Herzog & de Meuron are upcycling a historic gasometer into a stunning residential tower

October 23, 2017 by  
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A former industrial area in Stockholm is on its way to a stunning makeover. Several old gasometers in Hjorthagen are being  repurposed into a vibrant new residential area called Gasklockan at the hands of several talented designers. For one tower, Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron will convert the old brick building into a soaring residential tower, while Piet Oudolf and LOLA Architects  will create a lush green space that snakes through the development. Besides being a local landmark, the late 19th century buildings have quite a bit of historical value to the city, representing 100 years of gasworks in the area. Accordingly, the master plan for renovating the area focuses on integrating the beloved gasometers into the newly revamped residential area. Related: INTERVIEW: Walking the High Line with its garden designer Piet Oudolf The team behind Herzog & de Meuron will be converting the tallest gasometer into a 330-feet-high residential tower with 45 floors while the smallest gas holder will be turned into an art gallery (konsthall) for exhibitions. The remaining buildings will be rearranged to coexist with several new social areas around the complex, including a sculpture park, cafes and restaurants, as well as plenty of green space . Not only will the development count on amazing architecture, but will boast an equally stunning landscaping design . Led by renowned architect Piet Oudolf and LOLA Landscape Architects, the landscape design will focus on providing ample green space and a central plaza for residents and visitors to come together. According to the project description, the landscaping scheme will focus on creating a sustainable , natural environment that will enhance the climate around the complex and be accessible throughout the year, in every season. At the heart of the project will be an expansive meadow garden with a 300-feet long sun bench. Several walking paths will wrap around the meadow and snake between the buildings, creating a seamless connection between nature and the manmade. + Herzog & de Meuron + Piet Oudolf + LOLA Architects

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Swedish architect surprises mum with dazzling corrugated aluminum home

October 18, 2016 by  
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‘House for mother’ is made from two adjacent cabins, a home and a studio, that are slightly shifted from each other to make the most out of a narrow plot. All exterior walls and couple of gable roofs are wrapped completely in corrugated aluminum, a sturdy, durable and recyclable construction material that reflects daylight, making the house shine- literally. Although it’s undulated skin gives it a cold appearance, the home’s core is cozy and soft thanks to a warm color palette and natural materials. Related: Young Architect Builds Awesome Green Retirement Home for Her Mum in Uruguay The two  cabins  are united on the interior with a thick coat of white paint over the walls. The dwelling’s formal simplicity was balanced with warm, textured materials like cork, wool and plywood for the walls. ‘House for mother’ is Malmö -based Förstberg Ling’s first built house and started as a part of a housing exhibition in Linköping. + Förstberg Ling Via This is Paper Photos by Markus Linderoth

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Each room of this Swedish villa extends outward for a private lakeside view

July 6, 2016 by  
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Villa Sunnanö is a few hours northwest of Stockholm on land surrounded by an expansive lake, picturesque boulders, and greenery on all sides. Hans Murman, founder of Merman Arkitekter, told Dezeen , “We wanted to take advantage of the site’s unique conditions and make a dwelling with maximum contact with the surrounding nature and water but with respect to privacy.” Related: Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden Each major room of the home features its own gable and patio, extended outward from the center of the structure. The view from inside is almost as spectacular as from the patio itself, as the vaulted ceilings frame the landscape in a breathtaking manner. Each point in the home receives unique sunlight throughout the day, as well, giving every room its own glow and character. The roof and all timber cladding are treated with iron sulphate, which will help the wood match the surrounding grey hues as it ages. Additional features of the home include an existing log cabin that was renovated to be storage space and a footbridge extending from the central patio toward the lake. +Murman Arkitekter Via Dezeen Images via Åke E:som Lindman

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Beautiful Siberian larch clads the site-sensitive Villa Ljung in Sweden

January 4, 2016 by  
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Barefoot solar movement empowers, employs, and illuminates in Afghanistan

January 4, 2016 by  
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In Afghanistan, grid electricity reaches only 38 percent of the population, leaving many residents in the dark. Many communities are remotely located in mountainous regions, making it cost prohibitive to expand the grid to service residents in those areas. Increasingly, solar power is filling the gap as the ideal energy source, given its low cost and the abundance of sunlight in the arid region. One international aid organization, inspired by the barefoot movement of India, is working to empower locals and provide means of self-employment while generating much-needed electricity for rural Afghans. Read the rest of Barefoot solar movement empowers, employs, and illuminates in Afghanistan

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Streetmonkey’s Pulkabacken house is decked out with a rooftop sledding hill

June 22, 2015 by  
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Sweden’s “most sought after home” was created from Hemnet’s big data

May 20, 2015 by  
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Murman Arkitekter’s timber-clad sauna takes advantage of the stunning Stockholm seaside views

March 30, 2015 by  
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Utopia Arkitekter unveils gorgeous green-walled plan for transforming a Stockholm neighborhood

February 11, 2015 by  
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Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

February 11, 2015 by  
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When it comes to sustainability, Frankfurt is the place to be. The German city is  known widely for its green initiatives, and it took the top spot in the recently released Sustainable Cities Index by Arcadis. London and Copenhagen were named second and third on the list, respectively. According to Arcadis, Frankfurt topped the list due to its “long track record of proactively taking action to improve its sustainability.” Read the rest of Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arcadis , copenhagen , Environment , FRANKFURT , green , London , Sustainability , sustainable cities index , sustainable city

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