Solar-powered home puts an eco-friendly twist on the farmhouse vernacular

March 14, 2019 by  
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When architect Paul O’Reilly of the Australian architectural practice archterra was asked by his mother to design a modern farmhouse, he delivered a handsome dwelling that not only takes inspiration from traditional barn architecture, but also deftly addresses the region’s climatic extremes with its site-specific, energy-efficient build. Aptly named the Farm House, the roughly 2,000-square-foot abode features a gabled roofline, a veranda and timber cladding to mimic traditional barns, while the interior is decidedly contemporary and dressed in natural materials, including rammed earth and oiled timber cladding. Moreover, the home is energy-efficient , taking cues from passive solar principles and drawing power from a 2.5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array. Located on a grassy paddock on a working cattle farm near Margaret River, the Farm House is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom abode that places the sleeping areas toward the south and the open-plan living areas to the north. Large outdoor decks open off of the two bedrooms and the living area toward the east. “Primary outlook across paddocks to the east and a need to maintain a passive solar orientation to the north generated a T-shaped plan response with the living pavilion orientated to the north, whilst the sleeping areas align east-west,” explained the architecture firm. “Morning sun is moderated on the sleeping pavilion by the traditional veranda to the east whilst a thick rammed earth wall to the west ensures the thermal lag effect of the earth wall keeps internal spaces cool into the early evening.” Related: Solar-powered Bush House exemplifies chic eco-friendly living in the Australian outback The home’s passive solar orientation mitigates unwanted heat gain and permits cooling cross breezes to flow through the home from all directions. In addition to the thermally efficient envelope, the energy efficiency of the Farm House is bolstered by the addition of an evacuated tube solar hot water heater, a solar photovoltaic array, rainwater collection  and wastewater treatment systems. Recycled timber and bricks lower the embodied energy of the project as well. + archterra Photography by Douglas Mark Black via archterra

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Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

August 28, 2014 by  
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In what may be the most adorable exhibit in the history of art, Claude Ponti ‘s Sleeping Bird Topiary can be seen by those lucky people living in or visiting Nantes, France. Located in the city’s botanical garden, Jardin des Plantes , the French artist’s exhibition features one very adorable gigantic baby bird quietly napping on the lawn. Read the rest of Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Claude Ponti , france , jardin des plantes , nantes , plant sculptures , Poussin endormi , sculpture , Sleeping Bird Topiary , sleepy chick , topiary , topiary art

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Rent a Tiny Sleepbox At Moscow Airport. For Sleeping.

September 14, 2011 by  
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Images credit Arch Group/Ivanov Ilya. When I first wrote about the Sleepbox two years ago , I was dubious that it would ever see the light of day, noting “It is an interesting exercise in seeing how small a space one can comfortably live in, but one suspects that the opportunity for, um, misuse might keep this idea of the 15 minute hotel room from going mainstream.” But it has, with a working prototype set up in Moscow. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Scotland Makes World’s First Urban Green Space Map

September 14, 2011 by  
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Holyrood Palace, the royal residence in Scotland, is surrounded by green space. Photo: Bernt Rostad / Creative Commons . Finding a place to hike or picnic in Scotland’s cities just got easier with the introduction of what is thought to be the world’s first comprehensive,… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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break(er) dance.

April 10, 2010 by  
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Want to save max energy (and money) the next time you go out of town? Flip off breakers on large appliances (the ones you can’t move to unplug) when you leave your house for extended periods. For every day energy trimming, unplug out-of-use appliances such as coffee makers, microwaves, cell-phone chargers, computers and lamps.

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Transformer Clothing: The Sleeping Coat Becomes Your Bedroom

February 24, 2010 by  
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Ever since Micheal Webb’s 1968 Suitaloon, (shown below fold) I have been fascinated by designs that let you carry your home on your back, or even integrate it into your clothing. Here is another: Lin Tsui-Wei won a Red Dot Award from Germany’s Red Dot Institute for her Sleeping Coat. It looks like a normal jacket, but functions as both a windbreaker and a sleeping bag

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The Atlantic Gets Its Own Great Plastic Garbage Patch

February 24, 2010 by  
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Plastic marine debris collected in a surface plankton net tow. Photo: Sea Education Association

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