The Screen House comfortably and sustainably connects with the outdoors

October 23, 2018 by  
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When Camberwell-based design practice Warc Studio Architects was tapped to renovate and extend an existing Edwardian residence in Victoria, the Australian firm also wanted to open the house to greater connection with the outdoors. To mitigate the site’s potentially harsh western aspect and hot summers, the architects strategically constructed an externally operable screen that inspired the project’s name, the Screen House. Passive solar principles were also applied to keep the home comfortable year-round as were other sustainably minded design decisions, such as low-VOC finishes, formaldehyde-free plywood and the inclusion of a compost and vegetable garden. Completed in 2016, the Screen House began with the renovation of an existing detached weatherboard Edwardian residence. The architects upgraded the bathrooms and private areas while simultaneously improving internal circulation and making room for greater landscaping and a new swimming pool. To make the most of the newly added gardens and swimming pool, the firm designed an addition to house a new open-plan living room, kitchen and dining area overlooking the landscape. The main corridor that connects the extension to the existing house provides immediate views to the rear garden from the front entrance. “Windows, cabinetry, walls and ceilings were strategically placed to unveil views and openings to the outside,” the architecture firm explained. “As the the occupants proceed toward the rear, a series of views unfold: the North garden framed by cabinetry; glimpses of the sky through a strip skylight ; views of trees through high level windows; screened views to the western outdoor areas.” Related: An energy-efficient extension in Melbourne captures the owners’ adventurous spirits Timber hardwood screens envelop the rear additions to mitigate unwanted solar gain without compromising views and can be manipulated to maximize seasonal variation in passive solar radiation. To minimize energy needs and waste, the Screen House has also been equipped with high-performance insulation, double glazing, rainwater harvesting and hydronic heating underfoot. + Warc Studio Architects Images by Aaron Pocock

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Eleonora Nicoletti’s Sculptural ‘Dancing Screen’ Uses Solar Power to Charge Electronic Devices

October 9, 2013 by  
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The Dancing Screen by Eleonora Nicoletti is a dynamic architectural installation that generates electric power from the sun. Nicoletti designed the screen as a charging point for passers-by to quickly power up their electronic devices. The screen is constructed from thin film solar cells and its modules are continuously reconfigured as they “dance” in the wind. The power generated by the panels is stored in the base of the screen, and visitors can plug into docks that extend from the foot.  + Eleonora Nicoletti  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: Dancing Screen , eco-art , Eleonora Nicoletti , public chargers , solar design , solar power art        

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Over 80 Percent of Earth’s Ecosystems are at Risk Unless Climate Action is Taken

October 9, 2013 by  
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A new study finds that more than 80 percent of ice-free land is at risk of ecosystem transformation by 2100 unless global warming is limited to 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above preindustrial levels. Even if emissions are cut enough so that global warming doesn’t reach 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) by the end of the century, 20 percent of land ecosystems would still be at risk of moderate to major changes. Read the rest of Over 80 Percent of Earth’s Ecosystems are at Risk Unless Climate Action is Taken Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , ecosystems , emissions , global warming        

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2,000 IKEA Hangers Upcycled Into Dynamic Chromatic Screen Room Divider

August 1, 2012 by  
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Two Portuguese designers, tired of watching clothes hangers tossed aside after a brief life on the rack, decided to reclaim them as functional art. Diogo Agular and Teresa Otta of LIKEarchitects rescued 2,000 colorful IKEA children’s hangers that were destined for the landfill and designed a technicolor  Chromatic Screen  for the 2012 Oporto Show, the most prestigious event for interior design and architecture on the Iberian Peninsula. Read the rest of 2,000 IKEA Hangers Upcycled Into Dynamic Chromatic Screen Room Divider Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Design , Fashion , hangers , ikea , recycling , sculpture , upcycling

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Japan Builds First Swimming Robot To Create ‘Swumanoid’ Robo-Lifeguards

August 1, 2012 by  
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The Tokyo University of Technology have created the Swumanoid , a human-like swimming robot that they believe could one day be used to patrol beaches and save swimmers in distress (think of it as part Robocop, part David Hasselhoff!).  The Swumanoid was developed using 3D mapping software which allowed the Japanese team to reproduce how humans swim using motors and servos, instead of bones and muscles. Read the rest of Japan Builds First Swimming Robot To Create ‘Swumanoid’ Robo-Lifeguards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry , Japanese robot , robot lifeguard , robots , swimming robot , swumanoid , swumanoid test , Tokyo Institute of Technology

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Rudanko & Kankkunen Complete Rammed Earth Ringa Mountain Farm Pavilion in Shangri-la, Tibet

August 1, 2012 by  
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Danielle Trofe’s Live Screen Is a Self-Watering Wall Built for Indoor Plants

May 30, 2012 by  
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Bonn Climate Change Conference Fails to Make Any Progress Due to Lack of Political Will

May 30, 2012 by  
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The climate change conference in Bonn was supposed to see the creation of a work-plan that would result in a new global climate treaty by 2020. Instead, the talks ended with disappointment, no progress being made, and there are concerns that politics are getting in the way. More disturbingly, it is reported that decisions made during the Durban talks last year are now being undermined. Read the rest of Bonn Climate Change Conference Fails to Make Any Progress Due to Lack of Political Will Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2020 treaty , 2020 work plan , bonn climate conference , bonn kyoto agreement , Climate Change , climate change conference , durban climate conference , Greenpeace , kyoto protocol , qatar climate conference

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A Playful Checkerboard Facade Protects the Pegasus Building From the Indian Heat

March 28, 2011 by  
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NASA Satellites Can Help Farmers Save Massive Amounts of Water

January 6, 2011 by  
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