Australia’s largest commercial timber building rises in Sydney

July 12, 2017 by  
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Timber constructions are rapidly carving their rightful place in urban environments all over the world, and now, beautiful Sydney is home to the Australia’s largest commercial all-timber building. The International House by Tzannes Architects is a beautiful seven-story building constructed entirely with engineered or cross laminated timber . Located between the Barangaroo South area and the historic heart of the city, the International House is a beautiful all-wood design. With the exception of the single ground retail level, which is made out of conventional concrete, the striking building was constructed with engineered or cross laminated timber , including the floors, columns, walls, roof, elevator shafts, etc. The building is the first timber commercial building of its size in Australia. Related: Nation’s largest cross-laminated timber academic building is an icon of sustainability The architects chose to go with timber for its many sustainable features , but were also determined to create a design whose all-wood aesthetic would serve as an iconic landmark for the city. According to the architects, “We have turned the structural limitations imposed by the use of timber to advantage and celebrated them, forming a unique colonnade form evocative of a forest of trees which gives the building its distinctive character.” The project used a massive 3,500 cubic meters of sustainably grown and recycled timber . Using timber instead of concrete resulted in saving thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases from being emitted into the environment. + Tzannes Architects Via Archdaily Photography by The Guthrie Project

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The minimalist Yoshino Cedar House was built entirely out of locally-sourced timber

June 15, 2017 by  
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The beautiful Yoshino Cedar House , located near Osaka, was built by local carpenters and craftsmen with sustainable cedar harvested from the nearby mountains. The community-run retreat was created through a collaboration between Airbnb designers, Samara and architects Go Hasegawa . The team sought to foster the local community while providing a much-needed source of income for the town. The cedar retreat’s design was part of the 2016 event, Kenya Hara’s House Vision , an exhibition that showcases community-led housing projects that aim to help small towns boost their economies. Like a lot of rural areas in Japan, the small town of Yoshino has an aging population that is dwindling by the day. For years, the town’s principal industry was sustainable forestry , but without young workers working to enter the workforce, the town’s only economic boost these days is its annual cherry blossom festival. Related: Circular garden walkway cuts straight through Japanese timber home From the start of the Cedar House project, the architects and designers worked with locals every step of the way. Local foresters, woodcutters and carpenters collaborated on the process, from harvesting and cutting the timber to its construction. According to the architects, the design of the Yoshino Cedar House, which is technically owned and operated by the community, was meant to pay homage to the area’s local traditions as well as foster new relationships between residents, “Every detail of the structure inspires connection to the people of Yoshino and their underlying traditions.” Located on the bank of the Yoshino River, the structure is clad on the interior and exterior in warm-hued cedar planks whose intricate patterns create a calming, peaceful environment. The bottom floor, with a single table built into the floor, houses the living and dining space. An open staircase leads to two separate bedrooms on the second floor. The simple, uncluttered rooms have one mattress and a small table and are beautifully illuminated by natural light coming through the structure’s A-frame window. Since its inauguration, local townspeople take care of the Airbnb retreat ‘s rental operation and all proceeds are used to support the community. + Go Hasegawa + Samara Via Dwell Photography via Airbnb

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Norway’s 2016 Youth Olympics student housing is a passive house block clad in sustainable wood

August 28, 2015 by  
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CASA Kids Will Bring Their Awesome Transforming Bed to BKLYN Designs 2013

April 19, 2013 by  
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Transforming furniture has become quite popular these days but many people don’t know where to source these types of pieces. If you’re in the New York area and have been hoping to try out a murphy bed for yourself, CASA Kids will be bringing their double duty Tuck Bed collection to this year’s BKLYN Designs in May. Visitors will be able to see the bed’s functionality for themselves at the show, but if you’d like a sneak peek ahead of time, click here for the scoop! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable furniture” , BKLYN Designs , BKLYN Designs 2013 , Brooklyn , casa kids , double bed , eco design , foldaway beds , furniture festival , homegrown , kid-friendly design , locally-built furniture , modular furniture , NYC , Roberto Gil , single bed , sustainable design , sustainable timber , Tuck Bed        

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Rooftecture OT2?s Folded Perforated Skin Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

February 7, 2013 by  
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Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

January 10, 2013 by  
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Timber Treehouse Addition Adds Almost 200 Sq Ft of Living Space to Moscow Flat

October 14, 2011 by  
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PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

October 14, 2011 by  
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Uniquely Angular Sandal Magna School is One of The Most Carbon Efficient in UK

August 2, 2011 by  
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