Unusual ellipse-shaped home celebrates a return to nature in Vietnam

August 22, 2018 by  
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There’s no question that the healing powers of nature can do wonders for our well-being, which is why the client behind the V4 House asked Hanoi-based design studio TNT Architects to create a home that felt peaceful and rural despite its suburban setting. In response, the architects created a dwelling that celebrates a return to nature with an immersive garden, swimming pool and unusual pavilion-like form. Located in Vietnam’s Nghe An province in the Nghi Loc district, the V4 House offers a strong connection with the outdoors as well as plenty of gathering spaces for visiting friends and family. Located on a spacious 2,000-square-meter lot in a quiet suburb, the V4 House’s built area only takes up about a quarter of the site with 900 square meters. The majority of the property is landscaped with gardens, including a fruit and vegetable garden. The living spaces are housed in a breezy, pavilion -like structure. Inspired by the traditional northern house vernacular, the main house features an elliptical roof supported by pillars and walls that delineate the interior rooms. The living room, dining room and kitchen are located on the west side of the home while the master suite, three bedrooms, bathrooms and storage are located on the other side; the wine cellar is tucked away underground. A spiral staircase leads up to the accessible landscaped roof that the architects liken to a “garden of Eden.” The roof offers plenty of entertaining space with outdoor furnishings and landscape views. Immediately south of the main house is the indoor swimming pool. Related: Beautiful bamboo arches breathe new life into a bland concrete building “Nowadays, most…people have gone too far away from the villages, so when we wake up in [a] noisy city, our original human ego desires a peaceful green countryside, tranquil forests and blue sky,” note the architects. “It’s the reason for us to create a new house based on the “Old man – new coat” spirit. This design is not only a home for man return to nature but also a place where people connect together.” + TNT Architects Images by Tri?u Chi?n

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This eco-hotel in Costa Rica will be completely solar-powered by 2019

August 22, 2018 by  
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Good news for travelers who want all the comforts of a hotel, but without the accompanying carbon footprint: Cala Luna, a luxury hotel in Costa Rica , provides a green retreat that’s about to get even greener. While Cala Luna has already attracted attention for its sustainability efforts, the hotel has launched new initiatives that will make it completely solar-powered and carbon-neutral by 2019. Related to: Repurposed cargotecture dwellings keep naturally cool in Costa Rica Cala Luna was one of the first luxury hotel resorts to embrace ecological concerns and sustainability . Renowned for its far-reaching renewability standards and goals, the tropical sanctuary is devoted to the local neighborhood and surroundings and is proud to have the highest Sustainable Tourism certification (level 5) bestowed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). Additionally, the hotel has a Programa Bandera Azul Ecologica (Blue Flag Ecological Program) certification, a government recognition for ecologically focused communities in Costa Rica. As if all this weren’t enough, Cala Luna recently announced its newest goal: attaining 100 percent solar-powered and carbon-neutral status throughout the hotel and villas by 2019. All of Cala Luna’s water heaters are already powered by solar panels, so the next step is solar power for the entire resort. According to Cala Luna general manager Federico Pilurzu, “Guests staying at our planet-friendly hotel can enjoy their vacation and know they are traveling responsibly. We are passionate about reducing carbon footprint, embracing our vibrant landscapes and promoting wildlife conservation. Sustainability is at the core of everything Cala Luna stands for.” From its inception, Cala Luna has been a pioneer in the inclusion of green efforts in all operations. These efforts include the use of LED lights , biodegradable toiletries and glass-bottled water in all their rooms and villas, endemic ingredients in spa treatments, and eco-friendly bamboo straws for beverages. Additionally, the staff is taught to implement green practices, and guests have access to free bikes to get around town. Besides providing an eco-conscious space for visitors to kick back and relax, Cala Luna actively participates in greening the local community. For example, the hotel leads farm tours that let guests learn more about the source of their organic meals and partners with local organization The Clean Wave to help with beach cleanups. Guests at Cala Luna can rest assured that their eco-retreat will not only help them get closer to nature, but help protect it as well. + Cala Luna Images via Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas

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Bioclimatic home optimizes thermal comfort and energy efficiency in Cancun

August 22, 2018 by  
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International architecture firm sanzpont has designed a bioclimatic home sculpted by site conditions in Cancun , Mexico. Currently under development, the single-family home — dubbed the T&N Villa — will occupy prime waterfront property within the subdivision “La Laguna 1” in Puerto Cancun. The contemporary building’s sculptural form is largely informed by the architects’ varied site analyses, which include thermal radiation studies and data collection on climate to determine optimal massing and orientation for energy efficiency. The proposed T&N Villa spans 3,414 square feet over two habitable floors, in addition to a basement parking pad and accessible rooftop. The street-facing front facade will comprise two main volumes — the left features a green wall backed by wooden ribs, while the right volume is predominately finished in white vinyl paint. The water-facing rear consists of white vinyl-painted walls that jut outward to provide protection against the sun. Large expanses of glazing will be treated with UV protection, and the windows at the front facade will be tinted shades of green for extra privacy. Non-reflective silver roller blinds will offer added sun protection. Using careful climate analyses that cover the area’s temperature, humidity levels, wind speed, solar incidence and even cloudiness over time, the architects devised a bioclimatic design to achieve thermal comfort year-round. Comfort is also ensured through careful placement of windows to facilitate cross ventilation and the best natural lighting, while the architecture was also modified with solar shades, like louvers and a “Serge Ferrari” roll-over solar protection membrane, to reduce unwanted solar gain and lessen dependence on air conditioning. A green roof also provides an additional layer of insulation. Related: Soak Up the Sun at Casa de las Olas’ Solar Powered Eco-Escape in Tulum “In order to improve the thermal comfort and the efficiency of the energetic demand, it was decided that the façades would be composed of mainly solid materials, with very little openings,” the architects explained. “Sun protection and privacy is resolved with narrow vertical windows, a green wall, walls with air chambers with thermal insulation and a series of louvers to prevent solar radiation inside the house, creating an emphasis on verticality.” + sanzpont

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Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

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