Huge factory turned into a cozy residence with plenty of room leftover for the residents’ hobbies

January 16, 2018 by  
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This former factory in Nobeoka, Japan, now functions as a modern home for a couple who wanted to preserve the industrial legacy of the building. Considering the fact that the building was large enough to house production and manufacturing facilities, Schemata Architects reorganized the layout to include several voids that will serve as areas where the owners can enjoy their future hobbies. The building occupies a corner lot in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan . It grew over time to reach its current total area of 4736 square feet (440 square meters) distributed across two floors. The project started as an initiative organized by a Japanese magazine BRUTUS, which invited readers who wanted to renovate their houses as well as several selected architects, and matched each reader to their favorite architect. Related: Tokyo factory is transformed into an industrial-chic Blue Bottle Coffee cafe Schemata Architects renovated the building working in close collaboration with the client and his wife, who wanted the project to preserve the history of the building. In discussing the design, the team reached the conclusion that the optimal size of the residential part would be as small as 1829 square feet (170 square meters). This meant that there was a large unused floor area that had to somehow be incorporated into the concept. They decided to keep these spaces as voids that will accommodate the clients’ future passions and hobbies. “Such voids, created somewhere between the interior and the building envelope , generate a dynamic space that raises expectations for something to happen,” said the architects. + Schemata Architects Photos by Takumi Ota

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Worlds first Nordic Eco-labelled apartments completed in Copenhagen

January 13, 2017 by  
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The world’s first Nordic Eco-labelled project just wrapped up construction in one of Copenhagen’s most desirable areas. Designed by Danish architects Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and COBE , the award-winning Krøyers Plads development infuses a historic site in the center of the Copenhagen harbor with contemporary, eco-friendly construction. The five-story housing project meets stringent levels for sustainability and is nearly 40 percent more energy efficient than the legal requirements. Krøyers Plads occupies a coveted waterfront site—next to the world’s best restaurant, Noma , and opposite the Royal Playhouse—that had sat empty for years due to disagreements over the best ways to handle the historically and culturally sensitive site. Given the site’s reputation as an architectural and political battlefield, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects and COBE’s award winning design is a major breakthrough. Created through a process that the designers call “hyper-democratic,” the development is a modern interpretation of the rows of 300-year-old industrial warehouses that sit perpendicular to the harbor. Related: House of Food Culture in Copenhagen will bring together food lovers and cooking aficionados “The neighbours were for instance invited to help define the height of the buildings and to help select the materials – both crucial for the way the new Krøyers Plads relates to its surroundings. Instead of inventing a new building typology, Krøyers Plads became a reinvention of the one already found adjacent to the site – the industrial warehouse,” says Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director at COBE. Krøyers Plads’ three five-story housing units comprise 105 apartments ranging from 79 to 250 square meters in size that overlook the water. The ground floor houses restaurants, shops, and a supermarket. The apartments are the first in the world to achieve the Nordic Ecolabel and recently won the Green Good Design Award in January 2017. + Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects + COBE Images via Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

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Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

August 1, 2015 by  
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Five Stunning Homes Take Home the AIA Award for Best Small Houses of the Year

June 6, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Five Stunning Homes Take Home the AIA Award for Best Small Houses of the Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aia awards , american institute of architects , Architecture , cooper joseph studio , fall house , Flip House , Fougeron Architecture , Fourgeron Architecture , Johnsen Schmaling Architects , Olive Grove Home , Redaction House , residential design , small homes , Small Projects Award 2014 , tiny homes , Topo House

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INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

June 5, 2014 by  
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Earlier this week Inhabitat reported that the Solar Impulse 2 launched its maiden flight in preparation for its record-breaking sun-powered trip around the world next year. The lightweight and ultra-efficient airplane is a marvel of modern technology – and mechanical engineering community GrabCAD recently published a great interview that takes a look under the hood. Read on to learn everything from the project’s tech specs to the team’s greatest engineering challenges and next steps. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , green airplane , green design , green plane , green transportation , renewable energy , solar impulse , Solar Impulse 2 , Solar Power , solar powered airplane , sun-powered airplane , sustainable design

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