Trees will grow on the balconies of Istanbuls honeycomb-like apartments

May 12, 2017 by  
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Istanbul is on track for a stunning new landmark that’ll bring rural living to the heart of the city. International architecture studio Eray Carbajo designed Urban Rural, a modular residential high-rise that aims to raise the bar for sustainable development in Turkey’s capital. The modular units will fit together into a honeycomb-like volume with a balcony filled with greenery. The design of the Urban Rural building began with an abstraction of the traditional gabled rural house and garden. The architects created a “hybrid model” that integrates those rural aspects into a hexagonal modular unit. The architects say that use of a hexagonal grid will maximize the building volume while minimizing the number of building elements needed. “One hexagon unit consists a polygonal area to inhabit and a triangular cavity to be used as an irrigable garden ,” write the architects. “When all modules combined, these triangle cavities act as a truss structure transferring the building’s loads to lower members. As a whole, Urban Rural creates interdependencies between building systems, structure, landscape and architecture. Integration of such complex systems are achieved through modular design that persevere flexibility.” Related: Spectacular green-roofed modular Tangier Bay Housing offers enviable views of the Atlantic The modular high-rise would be built of locally sourced materials . Its location in the heart of the city is walkable with access to public transit, thus reducing occupant need for cars. Social and recreational spaces on the lower floors will foster a sense of community in the building. Construction is slated for completion in 2019. + Eray Carbajo

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Austrian residential building relies entirely on nature for heating, cooling, and ventilation

January 3, 2017 by  
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Good design really does make all the difference when it comes to energy conservation. This residential building in Lustenau, Austria, has no active, energy-intensive heating, ventilation , or cooling systems . Instead, baumschlager eberle architects opted for passive design features that allow users to regulate indoor temperatures and ventilation themselves. The building relies on natural principles to provide optimal environmental conditions within its well-insulated stone envelope. The inner layer of this shell ensures high compressive strength, while the other layer guarantees efficient thermal insulation . Recessed windows reduce heat gains, while sensor-controlled vents fastened on the inside provide fresh air. Related: Japanese box house uses passive design to slash energy bills In cold winter weather, waste heat ensures a high energy input and the window vents only open if the volume of carbon dioxide in the room increases. During summer nights, the vents open to induce a draft for natural cooling . + baumschlager eberle Via Architizer Photos by Arch Photo, Inc.

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MAD Architects unveil the green-walled 8600 Wilshire, their first residential project in Beverly Hills

July 1, 2015 by  
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MAD Architects unveiled their first residential project in Beverly Hills and it looks like a luscious green hillside in the center of the city. Topped with clustered glass villas, 8600 Wilshire includes 18 residential units blended with commercial spaces on the main level. The project combines private gardens, townhouse architecture and condominiums, wrapped in a water-efficient “living wall”  containing drought-tolerant succulents and vines. Read the rest of MAD Architects unveil the green-walled 8600 Wilshire, their first residential project in Beverly Hills Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , Beverly Hills , courtyard , glass facade , green architecture , green roof , internal courtyard , MAD architects , perforated facade , residential building , urban village

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Daniel Libeskind Unveils Designs for Funky Metallic Apartments in Berlin

December 9, 2013 by  
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Architect Daniel Libeskind has just unveiled his designs for a modern, metallic-coated apartment complex located in the heart of Berlin . Projected for competition in 2015, the eight-story tall Chausseestrasse 43 will feature large asymmetric windows to maximize natural light and a shining ceramic facade etched with a striking geometric pattern. Read the rest of Daniel Libeskind Unveils Designs for Funky Metallic Apartments in Berlin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air purification , apartment complex , berlin , ceramic panels , Chausseestrasse , Chausseestrasse 43 , Daniel Libeskind , mixed-use , residential building , self-cleaning facade        

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