RRAs Mandal Slipway offers a contemporary twist on the local Norwegian vernacular

March 15, 2018 by  
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This striking timber housing development breathes new life into the former industrial area of Mandal at Norway’s southern tip. After five years of development, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter recently completed the Mandal Slipway Housing Complex, a residential project that combines contemporary timber construction with local vernacular building traditions. Located at the junction where the river meets the sea, the apartments are optimized for seaside views. Ample access to sunlight , views, and the outdoors drove the design decisions behind the Mandal Slipway Housing Complex. The project comprises four residential buildings organized around a common outdoor area. The zigzagging roofs that top the buildings echo the gabled profiles of the surrounding buildings. Related: Norwegian Mountaineering Centre mimics a dramatic snow-covered mountain “Great emphasis has been placed on the relationship between the outdoor spaces and the shared building functions,” wrote the architects. “All the apartment layouts are highly effective and well organized, placing great emphasis on the provision of daylight, open views and good flow between the indoor and outdoor facilities.” All external components, from the doors and window frames to the roof drainage pipes, are visually minimized to create a clean and minimalist appearance. + Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Images via Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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Gorgeous Belize eco-resort will be 100% carbon neutral

December 13, 2017 by  
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A new eco resort in Belize is pulling out all of the stops to be the Caribbean’s first carbon-neutral luxury lodging. Itz’ana Resort & Residences will feature a green building portfolio unprecedented in the area. The complex – designed by Boston-based architect Roberto de Oliveira Castro – will consist of multiple four- and five-bedroom villas, built with locally-sourced materials and completely powered by a combination of solar and hydro-electricity. The complex will offer 50 resort suites and 46 waterfront residences located on a heavenly 16-mile long stretch of Caribbean shoreline. The sustainable design of the resort was created by Boston-based architect Roberto de Oliveira Castro in collaboration with NYC-based interior designer Samuel Amoia . The program is reflective of Itz’ana’s “Mission-Driven Luxury” concept, which envisions a lifestyle that is as sustainable as it is high-end. With luxury beach lodgings in the Caribbean obviously high in demand, the Itz’ana design caters to travelers and homeowners who want to experience the beautiful region, but without leaving a harmful footprint on the environment. Related: Nevis is on track to become the world’s first carbon-neutral island Each of the villas will be equipped with rooftop solar panels , which will cut energy and consumption in half. Although the resort will source the remaining energy from Belize’s national power grid, that energy is generated by eco-friendly hydroelectric dams. The resort will also work through its Belizean forestry partner to offset any additional carbon emissions that the complex produces. Along with its clean energy sources, the complex will also be installed with various sustainable features such as a rainwater collection system, LED-efficient lighting systems, and an organic garden. Additionally, the building materials will consist of locally-sourced wood and designer furnishings throughout the buildings. An eco-friendly system will be used to clean the pools and green cleaning solvents will be used in the laundry service. + Itz’ana Resort & Residences + Roberto de Oliveira Castro

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