Striking green-roofed house cantilevers over a cliff in Japan

November 30, 2017 by  
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This striking concrete house extends from a cliff above a river in Japan , providing spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The two-floor green-roofed structure, designed by architecture firm Planet Creations , establishes a delicate balance between rugged and warm materials, with raw wood contrasting against stark concrete walls. The villa is located in Tenkawa village, and it cantilevers over the Tenokawa River, 56 feet below. It’s built into flat bedrock, and the layout is split along the length of the structure. A bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom occupy one side, while the master bedroom, living room and deck area occupy the other. Related: Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree The steep slope dictated the design of the house and constrained the flatland space to only 64 square feet – enough to accommodate two cars and not much else. In order to ensure structural stability, the architect decided to “submerge the building near the rock so as to melt into this surrounding environment.” + Planet Creations Via Ignant Photos by Masato Sekiya

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Newly discovered property of graphene could lead to infinite clean energy

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Physicists at the University of Arkansas have discovered a new property of graphene that could be exploited to generate endless, clean energy . While investigating the simple phenomenon of graphene’s ability to ripple and shake, physicist Paul Thibado and a group of graduate students uncovered a previously unknown behavior in which the wonder material buckles and twists in small, random fluctuations, potentially allowing graphene to be used as an ambient power source. When two electrodes are added on either side of a subtly shaking sheet of graphene, a small shifting voltage is produced, one that can could be magnified for practical use through layering. This new discovery was made over the course of a fairly mundane exploration of graphene’s known tendency to jiggle. It is this random movement of atoms that allows the nearly 2D graphene to function as a 3D material. To study this behavior, students laid sheets of graphene on a copper grid and observed the atomic movement through a scanning tunneling microscope . “The students felt we weren’t going to learn anything useful,” said Thibado , “but I wondered if we were asking too simple a question.” The students then searched for a pattern in graphene’s movement. “Looking at large-scale averages hid the different patterns. Each region of a single image, when viewed over time, produced a more meaningful pattern,” said Thibado. Related: New graphene sieve can remove even small salts from seawater This meaningful pattern of small, random fluctuations that result in dramatic shifts is known as a Lévy flight. Although the phenomenon had been previously observed in biology and climate studies , this marks the first instance in which it was observed on an atomic level. These movements allowed for the production of a small voltage within the graphene. Thibado estimates that a single ten micron by ten micron piece of graphene may produce ten microwatts of power. While this may not seem like much, graphene’s ability to be layered heavily even in a small space could result in a practical electrical charge, one that may be used to power bioimplants. Thibado is working with the US Naval Research Laboratory to further investigate and develop the concept. Via Futurism Images via Depositphotos   (1)

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Spectacular forestry dome shines like a gem in the woods of Belgium

July 26, 2017 by  
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Like a Russian Matryoshka doll, this shining dome houses another building within its shell. Architecture studio Philippe Samyn and Partners designed the compact, oval forestry building to respond to the irregular shape of its site, which is timbered with beautiful 200-year-old oak trees. Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Daylight Liège sprl The facility is located at Marche-en-Famenne in the heart of the Ardennes Forest in Belgium . It’s dedicated to the treatment of sylviculture grains from the Walloon Region. It comprises a pre-drying zone, a storage area, and an area for treating grain. Photo by Simon SCHMITT Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Related: Desert dome camp in Jordan offers tourists “The Martian” experience An apron of reinforced concrete unifies a framework of arcs that constitute the outer skin of the building. Two smaller building placed inside house cold storage, administrative rooms and small laboratories . Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Simon SCHMITT Related: Prefab smartdome homes can pop up practically anywhere The secondary role of the interior buildings is to provide additional support to the arcs. 1691 tiles of laminated reflective glass cover the entire building and emanate a soft glow at night. + Philippe Samyn and Partners Via Archdaily Lead photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART

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Modern alpine home is built on the ruins of an old rustic structure

October 25, 2016 by  
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The S.V. house retains a traditional gabled form, but the interior and the front facade are decidedly modern in design. A reinforced concrete slab connects the stone walls on the first floor, while the use of brushed larch wood for the second floor, roof, and part of the facade soften the look of the natural stone and reinforce the building’s connection to nature. Large windows overlook views of the countryside and mountains while allowing natural light to flood the interior. Related: Tiny alpine hut is a cozy refuge in the harsh yet spectacular Slovenian Alps The interior design makes efficient use of the building’s 22-square-meter footprint. “Overall space is limited but this condition and the choice of materials, helped to create that feeling of ‘hearth’ with evocative power and was one of the cardinal principles of many rural architecture as well as much of the academic architecture,” writes the architect. + Rocco Borromini Via Gessato Images via Rocco Borromini, by Marcello Mariana

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Golden Le Toison d’Or complex “floats” on balloon-like frames in Brussels

February 9, 2016 by  
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Crescent-shaped cutouts give Moon Hoon’s Two Moon building its playful edge

June 26, 2015 by  
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Polyhedral Monoclinic House Boasts Eye-Catching Geometric Skylights in Tokyo

January 20, 2014 by  
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