Heritage-listed church repurposed into modern solar-powered home in Brisbane

January 16, 2018 by  
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Brisbane-based architecture studio DAHA merged old and new with the Church House, an eye-catching modern home and adaptive reuse project. The unusual combination attaches a sleek structure of concrete, steel, and glass to a brick church, known as the Church of Figuration that was built in 1924. While the church’s position wasn’t moved, the architects carefully positioned the new-build based on climatic site conditions and to optimize passive heating and cooling and conditions for a photovoltaic solar array and water harvesting. The Church of Figuration was originally purchased as part of a $2.4million AUD hillside property in Norman Park, the sale came with the condition that the heritage-listed Church of Transfiguration be preserved . Thus, the architects kept the church as the property’s focal point by retaining sight lines: the heritage building is flanked by a tennis court on one side and a manicured lawn and landscape on the other. The elevated site provides sweeping views of the neighborhood. Related: Old converted church hides gorgeous modern interiors in London “The Church House extension is a sympathetic adaptation of an existing heritage church into a unique family home,” wrote the architects, who connected the church and extension with a dark zinc tunnel. “The extension responds to the grand scale and form of the existing church through robust materiality and formal gestures, creating balance between the old and the new.” Although the church’s facade has been kept intact, the interior character was changed to serve as the family’s entertainment room with a mezzanine-level home office. The extension houses three bedrooms and bathrooms. Interior designer Georgia Cannon carried out the minimalist aesthetic of cool-toned concrete, dark timber, steel, and glass. + DAHA Via ArchDaily Photos © Cathy Schusler

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Repurposed Furniture Ideas You Have to See

September 22, 2017 by  
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When a passion for repurposing is focused on furniture, the opportunities … The post Repurposed Furniture Ideas You Have to See appeared first on Earth911.com.

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9 Valentines Day gifts that last longer than a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates

February 9, 2017 by  
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If you are feeling like you are in a Valentine’s Day gifts idea rut, we’ve got some good, green suggestions for you. While some are simply more eco-friendly and sustainable versions of traditional Valentine’s presents, we’ve also rounded up a few other unexpected ideas, gifts that benefit others. Whether helping to fund solar energy projects in Chad, empowering women, or employing artisans around the world, these presents are made to last, and that is good for everyone. 1. Succulent garden Long-lasting and harder for brown thumbs to kill, succulent plants make a lovely gift for homeowners and Lula’s Garden takes in-home and easy gardening to the next level with its Valentine’s Day collection . The SoCal-sourced succulents come in their own planter gift box and are pre-planted, eliminating packaging waste. Cali residents have even more options for a selection. 2. Lingerie with an eco ethos Lingerie isn’t exactly a novel Valentine’s Day gift idea, but these aren’t your average bra and underwear offerings. Naja’s gorgeous lingerie is made using digital and sublimation printing, drastically reducing the amount of water used in the manufacturing process. They also include fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and are experimenting with other eco-friendly fabrics and technologies. The majority of Naja’s garment factory employees are single moms or female heads of households; in addition to flexible work policies, above-market wages, and healthcare benefits, the children of every Naja garment worker receives books, school supplies, uniforms, and school meals paid by Naja. Naja is serious about empowering women, but the brand is happy to toe the line between playful and sophisticated with cheeky knickers printed with adorable animals as well as elegant nude lingerie options for a variety of skin shades. 3. Artisan gift box Subscription gift boxes have exploded in recent years, and the monthly gifts from Globe In bring a socially conscious and artistic bent to the trend. Each themed “box” comes in a handwoven palm leaf basket filled with a variety of goodies. The Cozy Box, for example, includes a fair trade scarf from Thailand, a hand-painted Tunisian mug, and fair trade cocoa powder from Ghana . Whether you buy a one-off box or a monthly subscription, your gift is guaranteed to be a hit and to help artisans and makers around the world. 4. Hand-poured candles that help provide solar energy Starling Project candles come in four fragrances ranging from sultry Juniper + Saffron to comforting Vanilla + Hemlock. Soy-based and hand-poured in Brooklyn, the candles come in handmade glass containers and last up to 60 hours. Starling candles help bring light to homes across the world: the company has donated over $100,000 to UNICEF solar energy projects in Chad. 5. Sustainable and sophisticated jewelry Philadelphia-based jewelry brand Bario Neal is known for creating classic and cutting edge pieces that use ethically-sourced and recycled materials and for using low-impact environmentally conscious practices (which you can read about here ). Whether you go the custom route or grab a pair of modern diamond studs , the jewelry wizards at this proudly feminist company will create a piece that is traceable and responsible. 6. The gift of education The quickest way to make a $58 gift last a whole year? Make a donation to the International Rescue Committee and sponsor a girl’s education for a school year . The IRC works around the globe to help people whose lives are affected by conflict and crisis and to improve communities through education, economic wellbeing, and health efforts. In 2015, the IRC helped educate more than 13,000 girls in Afghanistan alone! 7. Hand-crafted home goods made from reclaimed and repurposed materials The husband and wife team that formed Peg and Awl have a gift for creating  practical and durable heirlooms for both the home and people. Their ever-expanding line of handmade goods includes roomy waxed canvas weekender bags with vintage zippers ,  macabre recycled metal rings , and a tree swing . Every piece is crafted in an old casket factory, and many are reclaimed from materials that are over 100-years-old. Image via Tamar Nahir Yanai’s Etsy page 8. A crafting kit Give the gift of creativity…and perhaps a little peace and quiet. An embroidery kit is a perfect, easy entrée into the world of crafting ; it’s also a balm for the soul during turbulent times. Whether you choose a kit with a wildflower theme, a mandala design, or something unexpected , getting your love’s hands moving in another way besides working their thumbs to a frenzy on their device is rejuvenating and restorative, not to mention fun. If you are gifting this to a mom or dad with young ones, be sure to include a “coupon” to watch his or her little ones so that crafting time is blissfully uninterrupted. 9. Recycled glass barware Elevate your after-dinner drinks with recycled glassware from Bambeco . Pick your poison and sip it thoughtfully, perhaps from the five beer flight  which includes a reclaimed wine barrel stave holder as well as five glasses made from recycled wine coolers.  Or knock back a cold one in a recycled   lager glass crafted in a factory that uses recycled cooking and engine oil to fuel the furnace and reuses gray water and collected rainwater in the production process. Lead image via Lula’s Garden

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Ingenious Hippo Water Roller transforms access to water for poor rural families

July 10, 2016 by  
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Most Americans take clean water for granted. For many in the developing world, however, getting access to water can be a daily, backbreaking struggle. That’s why South Africans Pettie Petzer and Johan Joker created the Hippo Water Roller , a simple water-collecting device with a broad social impact. While the average adult woman can only balance a full 20-liter bucket of water on her head at a time, the Hippo Water Roller enables anyone, young or old, to transport 90 liters of water thanks to a rolling barrel setup that can be easily pushed or dragged. Each barrel is made of sturdy plastic and has an expected lifespan of seven years, after which it can be repurposed for other uses.

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3 Cool Uses For Repurposed (Or Reclaimed) Wood

April 26, 2016 by  
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Whether you are working with repurposed wood or reclaimed wood, one thing will ring clear very early.  Good tools, varied skill and lots of patience will be needed – it will not be a quick and easy job that you can bang out in less than an hour….

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Barbara Wildenboer repurposes books into complex works of art

March 12, 2015 by  
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Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

August 1, 2014 by  
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Kusakabe is a new kaiseki -style sushi bar that has elevated sustainable building to a new level of elegance. Designed and constructed by ArcHive designbuild, located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square, the 31-seat restaurant has salvaged materials throughout its interior, from the 30-foot slab of solid elm that functions as the bar to the ceiling and walls, made of salvaged eucalyptus and bamboo plywood, respectively. Its interior is tranquil and bright, with the minimalism and clean lines that characterize Japanese design. The restaurant’s sophistication is also reflected in its menu : kaiseki is the Japanese equivalent of  haute cuisine , and utilizes an extensive palette of colors, tastes, flavors, and cooking technique s. + Kusakabe + ArcHive Photos by Patricia Chang ,  Dan Hogman , and ArcHive The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo , elm , Eucalyptus , Kusakabe , repurposed , repurposed wood , Salvaged , salvaged building materials , salvaged material , salvaged materials , salvaged wood , sushi , sushi bar , sushi house , sushi restaurant , upcycled , upcycled materials

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Porsche Announces Plans to Launch the First Production Plug-in Hybrid SUV

August 1, 2014 by  
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Porsche recently unveiled the updated 2015 Cayenne SUV, which will be the first plug-in hybrid SUV on the market when it arrives this fall. Tesla and BMW are also working on electrified SUVs, but Porsche looks set to beat them to the market with the arrival of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. A powerful lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.8 kWh allows the vehicle to drive in fully electric mode at speeds up to 78 mph. Read the rest of Porsche Announces Plans to Launch the First Production Plug-in Hybrid SUV Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cayenne SUV , electric motor , green car , green transportation , hybrid SUV , plug-in hybrid , porsche , Porsche Cayenne , Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid , porsche hybrid , Porsche plug-in hybrid SUV

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Steam Punk Joben Bistro Boasts a Pile of Repurposed Materials and a Glowing LED Zeppelin in Romania

July 25, 2014 by  
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DIY: Make Your Own Artisan Soap Bar from Repurposed Scraps

October 9, 2013 by  
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