Minimalist summer retreat in Denmark is like a house within a house

February 6, 2018 by  
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This summer retreat in Denmark may look like a minimalist dream, but there’s a bit of an interesting design twist when you take a closer look. Danish architecture firm CEBRA designed Treldehuset, a timber getaway in Vejle that merges contemporary design with the traditional silhouette of a low gabled roofline. Deep roof overhangs on all side of the home make room for spacious sheltered terraces and give rise to the building’s image as a “double house—a house inside a bigger house,” say the architects, who liken the project to Russian nesting dolls. Set within a beautiful coastal environment with views of the fjord, Treldehuset’s design draws from the surrounding nature and is built to encourage active outdoor living. A restrained materials palette comprising larch cladding outlined by aluminum profiles and dark slate strengthens the building’s clean and simple lines. A sheltered terrace wraps around the inner volume punctuated with large windows and glass doors that slide open for indoor-outdoor living. “The effect of a double house is achieved by placing the thermal envelope beneath and inside a bigger house,” wrote the architects. “In this way, a roofed outdoor area occurs between the thermal envelope, the actual house and the larger shell, which give access to a protected area – a continuation of the interior which allows you, even on rainy summer nights, to eat, grill or maybe clean a newly caught fish. This transitional zone between indoor and outdoor constitutes an interesting space between the characteristic trees with a view of the fjord .” Related: Ancient Bacteria From Norwegian Fjords Could Be Used to Make the Ultimate Sunscreen Larch is used in the interior for continuity and is broken up by whitewashed walls and concrete. The living room, dining area, and kitchen are placed on the west side of the home, where wall-to-wall glazing blur the lines between indoors and out. The private rooms, such as the bathroom and guest room, are located on the east side of the home. + CEBRA Via Dezeen Images via CEBRA by Mikkel Frost

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Staggered volumes help make Portland’s Slate building an energy-efficient marvel

August 15, 2017 by  
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Portland, Oregon’s new mixed-use development , known as Slate, consists of a shifting stack of volumes that reflect the vibrancy and complexity of the neighborhood. The development, designed by Works Progress Architecture for co-developers Urban Development Partners and Beam Development , earned  LEED Gold certification as an energy-efficient complex that takes the curtain-wall system to the next level. The 10-story development has six floors of apartment units, up to four floors of co-working office spaces and around 7,800 square feet of retail space at street level. Its modular, rectangular shapes have a sculptural quality on the east and west elevations, while a flat, clean look dominates the north and south side of the building. Related: Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification The architects worked closely with the glazing contractor to create a unitized curtain-wall system. Dallas Glass installed Wausau Window and Wall Systems, which can be put in place in a fraction of the time needed to install field-glazed systems. Related: Cherokee Mixed-Use Lofts is a LEED Platinum Award Winning Design The facade was thermally improved to respond to the challenges of Portland ‘s climate. This thermal barrier is combined with solar-control, low-e, insulating glass to achieve a high performance for solar heat gain control, condensation resistance and high visible light transmittance. The system also facilitates optimal natural ventilation in order to reduce the reliance of HVAC systems. + Works Progress Architecture Photos by Joshua Jay Elliott , courtesy of Works Progress Architecture

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Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

May 17, 2013 by  
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There are some phenomena in nature that inspire tears of joy, some that spark a sense of awe, and then there are those that send chills up your spine. The Taylor Glacier in Antarctica, which was discovered in the McMurdo Dry Valley in 1911, appears to be bleeding. The bright red waterfall, dubbed “Blood Falls,” is nearly five stories high, and it seeps through a crack in the ice. Geologists first believed that the color of the water came from algae, but the hue is in fact caused by a small body of water containing a hidden lake of microbes . Read the rest of Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctica , atlas obscura , blood , blood falls , extremophiles , Iron , lake , mcmurdo dry valley , microbes , red , slate , taylor glacier        

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DAPstockholm’s Energy-Efficient Villa Midgard is Nestled Into the Swedish Countryside

December 7, 2012 by  
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Republican ‘Warmist’: "I No Longer Believe There Can be Common Ground Between Conservatives and Environmentalists"

October 3, 2011 by  
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Photo: House GOP Leader via Flickr/CC BY D.R. Tucker, a Republican writer and radio show host, made a splash when he announced on Frum Forum that he had ‘converted’ to accepting the overwhelming scientific evidence that humans are causing the planet to warm. When I profiled his conversion in this Slate piece a few months ago, he was experiencing the backlash from br… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Photovoltaic Slate Tiles Upgrade Your Roof With Solar Power

September 7, 2010 by  
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There are two factors that stand in the way of most solar roof installations – cost and aesthetics. Heritage Solar Slate aims to tackle the latter problem with their innovative solar tiles, which are designed to look just like roofing slates

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BP Continues to Pollute Local Landfills With Oil Spill Waste

September 7, 2010 by  
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There may — or may not — be some scientific disagreement about how much spilled oil remains in the Gulf of Mexico , but there’s no mystery about how much oily waste is collecting in local landfills: more than 50,000 tons . Although the waste contains the carcinogen benzene, federal law — in another costly giveaway to the industry — exempts wastes related to oil drilling from being classified as toxic, allowing BP to merrily offload their used boom and other materials to local landfills, including several that have histories of environmental problems. Read the rest of BP Continues to Pollute Local Landfills With Oil Spill Waste http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , bp oil spill , british petroleum , environmental heatlh , environmental justice , epa , gulf of mexico , offshore drilling , toxics , trash , Waste

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