A chic, nature-filled office building in Tokyo boldly brings the outdoors in

May 27, 2019 by  
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In Tokyo, a new office tower stands out from the concrete jungle with its embrace of nature. Designed by prolific Japanese design studio nendo in the centrally located Kojimachi neighborhood, the Kojimachi Terrace is an 11-story high-rise wrapped in a grid-like, timber-faced facade that’s complemented with a bright interior dressed in a warm palette of wood, raw stone and bronze-colored stainless steel. A “Sky Forest” — a three-story, open-air garden — punctuates the building’s top floors and provides employees with a “nature-like hideaway” in the heart of Tokyo . Sheathed in a glass skin, the Kojimachi Terrace still manages to achieve a human scale thanks to its second covering, a grid of timber-clad elements that continues from the exterior to the interior. The grid’s seemingly sporadic pattern helps hide the safety rails and pillars that are required to support window construction and are disguised with wooden finishes to blend in with the grid. Further softening the building’s appearance are the plant-filled balconies placed on six out of the building’s 11 floors. These outdoor terraces can also be turned into private meeting spaces, while the three-story “Sky Forest” at the top of the building offers a more immersive nature escape open to the sky. “Typical office buildings are usually built as closed-off blocks with artificial climate control that do not share any real physical connection with their exterior environments. Therefore, in the ‘Kojimachi Terrace’ design, the external elements were taken into account to allow for a more physical experience of the outdoors, like witnessing the changing weather and yearly seasons,” explained the architects, adding that some of the glass panels that clad the facade are operable to allow for natural ventilation . Related: Cleverly layered compact dirt walls mimic ice cream cakes in this Tokyo patisserie The interior design also references the natural landscape. In addition to the inclusion of raw stone and bronze-colored stainless steel materials, the interiors feature a hand-applied plaster finish on the floors and walls that create a textured and uneven appearance. The woven grid elements from the exterior are also continued into the interior, where they are transformed into lighting fixtures and echoed in the design of the furnishings and carpet patterns. + nendo Photography by Takumi Ota via nendo

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Green-roofed wooden tower in Lagos maximizes daylight and natural ventilation

April 17, 2017 by  
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This green-roofed wooden tower planned for Lagos features a perforated envelope inspired by indigenous cultures of the area. Hermann Kamte & Associates designed the experimental structure as an alternative to the massive concrete buildings that dominate the city. By contrast, the wooden tower emphasizes passive design principles that marry indoor and outdoor living. The building was designed for the Plan B: City Above the City competition. Each floor provides a variety of residential units surrounded by a belt of lush greenery. Divided into 4 parts, the new building sits atop an existing housing estate, with sky gardens and other amenities separating the old and the new. A rooftop garden provides panoramic views of the city and functions as an informal gathering space and restaurant. Related: Shanty Megastructures envisions a colossal vertical slum in the heart of Lagos The wooden envelope incorporates traditional patterns from the Yoruba culture, and it provides protection from direct sun while giving the project a unique appearance. The entire structure is designed using LVL timber for both load-bearing and non-load bearing elements. + Hermann Kamte & Associates

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Urban Air To Transform Billboards into Wi-Fi Connected Bamboo Sky Gardens in LA

November 5, 2012 by  
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British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

November 5, 2012 by  
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The Westmill Solar Cooperative announced Nov. 1 the launch of the world’s largest community-owned solar project in the south of England near Oxford. The 5 MW 30-acre Westmill solar park consists of 20,260 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and is designed to generate 4.8 GWhr per year, which the cooperative says is equivalent to a year’s electricity consumption for 1,500 homes and enough to prevent 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The park was built by an initial group of private investors with the intention of selling it to a community-owned cooperative. Read the rest of British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , community , cooperative , Electricity , England , green , power , project , renewable energy , solar panels , solar park , Solar Power , watchfield , westmill

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Moscow’s Mercury City Tower Crowned the Tallest Building in Europe

November 5, 2012 by  
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Moscow’s new Mercury City skyscraper is still under construction, but it just broke 339 meters in height this September – making it the tallest building in Europe! The tower designed by Mikhail Posokhin and Frank Williams is part of a large-scale construction project for one of Moscow’s emerging financial districts, and it has eclipsed Renzo Piano’s Shard Skyscraper in London by 29 meters Read the rest of Moscow’s Mercury City Tower Crowned the Tallest Building in Europe Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Europe tallest building , glass facade , Mercury City Tower , Moscow architecture , Moscow skyscrapers , office buildings , Russian architecture , skyscraper architecture , tallest building

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UNStudio’s Scotts Tower is a Soaring Skyscraper Complete with Sky Gardens and a Green Roof

December 7, 2011 by  
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Vincent Callebaut’s Zero Carbon Biotic-Arch is a Gnarly Self-Sufficient Skyscraper

September 13, 2011 by  
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Duro Olowu’s S/S 2012 Line Delivers Optimism Through Adversity at New York Fashion Week

September 13, 2011 by  
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If you think your last cross-country flight was grueling, think about what it must have been like for the courageous West Indian immigrants who arrived in England in the ’50s. Inspired by the poise those brave women and men exhibited even in hardship, UK designer Duro Olowu’s Spring 2012 line is a vision in lively reclaimed silk prints and vintage fabric trims. Ecouterre peeked in at Olowu’s spirited presentation at Milk Studios for New York Fashion Week . Read on to see all of our exclusive photos ! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Duro Olowu , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , New York Eco-Fashion Week , New York Fashoin Week , New York Green Fashion Week , Spring/Summer 2012 , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style

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Sprialing Phoenix International Media Center Rises in Beijing

September 13, 2011 by  
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Scientists Turn Crocus Flower Chemicals into “Smart Bomb” Cancer Treatment

September 13, 2011 by  
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Cancer researchers in the UK have discovered a way to turn colchicine from the crocus flower into a new treatment that acts like a smart bomb to target cancerous tumors. Colchicine is naturally toxic to the human body , but it is also well-known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties . The team of researchers created a delivery system that allows the chemical to travel through the body with its toxic properties switched off. Once it arrives at the cancer site , an enzyme in the tumor naturally reactivates the colchicine. The chemical then goes to work cutting off blood supply to the tumor in order to starve it. Read the rest of Scientists Turn Crocus Flower Chemicals into “Smart Bomb” Cancer Treatment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cancer treatment , cancer treatment with no side effects , crocus flower , crocus flower cancer treatment , cutting edge cancer treatment , innovative cancer treatment , natural cancer treatment , new cancer treatment , non toxic cancer treatment

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