Efficient Superlofts adapt to homeowners needs over the course of a lifetime

February 20, 2018 by  
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Marc Koehler Architects has created a series of lofts that put the design decision-making process in residents’ hands. Their Superloft design is comprised of a flexible and efficient structural system that adapts to residents’ changing needs over a lifetime. The innovative framework, integrated with a number of sustainability features , allows homeowners design “hybrid spaces” from scratch, and co-create the community’s shared spaces with their neighbors. Five Superlofts have already been completed in Amsterdam. Superloft Houthaven Amsterdam, which is located in an redeveloping industrial area in the north of the city, is comprised of 19 residences ranging from affordable mini lofts to luxury penthouses. The design was co-created by a cooperative of buyers who installed a panoramic rooftop terrace, garden space, and cooking studio. The star of the program, however, is the building’s sustainability profile. The homeowners decided to create a climate-neutral building by installing solar panels and other sustainable features , such as water-based cooling systems, CO2 sensors, wireless light switches and electric charging stations. Related: This wooden loft house has a seamless layout that continuously flows from floor to floor Using the open building movement as inspiration, the studio gives Superlofts the utmost in flexibility for home design: not only can the living spaces be personalized at move in, they can also be adapted to the future lifestyles of its inhabitants. The design uses a prefabricated concrete base that frames a series of wide modules that can be combined into a variety of configurations from housing blocks and high-rises to townhouses and more. Homeowners can build out their living or working spaces within the raw volumes, enjoying a blank canvas to customize the space to fit their individual needs, which can change greatly over a lifetime. Centrally-placed utility shafts allow the kitchens and bathrooms to be placed almost anywhere in the lofts. Suspended cross-laminated timber mezzanine floors allow for extra spaces to be added without the need for supporting walls to be built or removed. The buildings come integrated with a number of sustainability features such as an aluminum smart facade that incorporates C02 sensors for ventilation, sun shading, drainage, and more. Floor-to-ceiling glazed walls flood the interiors with natural light, reducing heating and artificial lighting use. The shared living scheme creates an “urban village” feel, fostering a sense of connection within the buildings, versus the isolation that stems from the anonymous atmospheres of most city buildings. The Superloft design focuses on creating vibrant, self-organized communities through installing a series of collective community spaces such as workshops, rooftop gardens , playgrounds, co-working spaces, physical fitness centers and lounge spaces. The Superloft design not only offers optimal flexibility for homeowners, but also for cities. The adaptable design is especially beneficial to urban areas because it facilitates a circular way of building, resulting in less obsolete constructions. It can also be used to revive neglected areas and provide affordable housing solutions . + Marc Koehler Architects Via v2com

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Salesforce dives headfirst into water recycling with new HQ

January 11, 2018 by  
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Meet the largest commercial “blackwater” system in the United States.

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Designing the Tesla building

November 1, 2017 by  
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As DHL, IKEA, Volvo and General Motors go, the building industry follows?

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These 4 data streams provide the key to smart buildings

October 20, 2017 by  
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To power sustainable office campuses and commercial buildings, Navigant Research highlights these areas for investment.

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Creating a truly green building may be harder than rocket science

September 11, 2017 by  
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Promised energy savings in buildings don’t deliver. The problem is inept modeling systems that fail to capture how buildings really work.

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Does ‘net zero’ live up to the hype?

August 23, 2017 by  
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Utilities are peering into a likely future of high-efficiency buildings with integrated photovoltaics, shrinking base loads and peaking generation.

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The commercial building sector is disrupting the lighting industry

August 22, 2017 by  
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Moving beyond energy savings and building codes for the adoption of “human-centric” lighting controls.

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How P&G, Wells Fargo finance the circular economy

August 22, 2017 by  
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Here are three approaches to harness the business opportunities in radically rethinking materials and waste.

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3 ways building controls must evolve

July 17, 2017 by  
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The dream of energy efficient, comfortable and intuitive buildings lies in better operational controls.

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Why Kilroy is turning buildings into batteries

July 7, 2017 by  
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Its initial energy storage installations in California, which should be online in 2018, will automate demand response services more seamless for tenants.

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