Stunning new wooden sports center in Paris is hidden underneath sprawling green roof

July 14, 2016 by  
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The complex is framed by two contrasting urban conditions: a suburban zone of detached houses in the south, and a uniform configuration of social housing towers in the north. In order to reconcile the different social and architectural scenarios, the architects created a new artificial landscape that combines educational functions, urban design, and public space . Related: Spain’s Energy-Saving Ego Sport Center Supports a Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle The continuous, hollowed shell housing the gymnasium, changing area, and a tennis court, contrasts with the flat green roof . Its laminated wood skeleton was built by Metsä Wood , a Finish manufacturer of sustainable wood products. The extreme curvature of the beams was made possible by using the firm’s Kerto® LVL rafters which allow wide spans and structural integrity. Related: Plush green-roofed cultural center replaces 2004 Olympic Games facilities in Athens “The main challenge was to ensure that the elements supported the loads imposed by the shape of the roof,” said the company. “The stability of the building was achieved by a grillage frame structure made of Kerto® LVL beams. The structure transfers the loads from roofing, while delivering the desired architectural form. Certain areas in the structure were reinforced in order to optimize the cross sections and reduce the material cost of the diagonals.” + Gaetan Le Penhuel Architecture + Metsä Wood Photos by Sergio Grazia

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Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

October 31, 2013 by  
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Infographic: White Nose Syndrome Has Killed 5.7 Million Bats in North America

October 30, 2013 by  
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Bats get a bad rap – despite their spooky image, bats are far from terrifying, and we can assure you, they really don’t want anything to do with your hair. They aren’t flying rodents, don’t build nests or breed like rabbits, and won’t rapidly infest your house. What should we fear this Halloween instead of bats? Their extinction. The deadly white-nose syndrome is devastating hibernating bats – so far the disease has killed more than 5.7 million bats in eastern North America, and it has led to a 99-percent drop in northern long-eared bats in the Northeast. The US Fish & Wildlife Service recently launched a new infographic that shares more facts about these amazing creatures and the plight they face – check it out after the break! 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! Read the rest of Infographic: White Nose Syndrome Has Killed 5.7 Million Bats in North America Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , bats , conservation , endangered animals , endangered species , environmental conservation , halloween , infographic , US Fish & Wildlife Service , white-nose syndrome        

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Spain’s Energy-Saving Ego Sport Center Supports a Healthy & Sustainable Lifestyle

May 10, 2013 by  
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BLUA’s Civic Sports Center is a Naturally Cooled Artificial Mountain in Hangzhou, China

August 13, 2012 by  
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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Checks Out the World’s Largest Solar Bridge at Blackfriars

August 13, 2012 by  
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The Bambu Pet Hammock II Provides a Stylish Spot for Your Furry Friend to Relax

August 13, 2012 by  
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There is no need to sacrifice your finely planned home décor while trying to integrate your pet into your home. Pet Lounge Studios has created a refined piece of pet furniture that will meld beautifully with your interiors. The Bambu Pet Hammock II is a stylish, modern design created with a sustainable and solid bamboo frame, a cushy mattress, and a removable and washable cushion cover. Inspiration for the hammock was drawn from the same philosophy used by some of the most recognized Scandinavian furniture designers, which was to showcase the natural beautiful of the materials used. + Pet Lounge Studios 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: bamboo pet beds , eco-friendly dog beds , eco-friendly pet beds , green dog beds , green pet beds , pet lounge studios , sustianble dog beds , The Bambu Pet Hammock II

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Coromandel Bach is a Protected Timber Beach House in New Zealand

August 13, 2012 by  
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Off-Grid Storm Cottage is a Solar-Powered Timber Box on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

August 13, 2012 by  
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Colombia’s New Sports Center Is a Green Forest Full of Hope for the Local Community

February 22, 2012 by  
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