Modpools turns shipping containers into amazing swimming pools

April 28, 2017 by  
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We’ve seen shipping containers transformed into homes , shops , and even urban farms – but Modpools gives these repurposed structures a whole new life as backyard swimming pools . Modpools are easy to install and transport, and they come with a series of cool features including heaters, jets, portholes, and LED mood lighting you can control with your smartphone. Modpools are available in 8′ x 20′ or 8′ x 40′ container sizes and they can be installed in no time. By adding a divider, users can even create a temporary or permanent hot tub section. These customizable all-in-one pool systems ship with ready-to-use, built-in pool equipment and a high-tech Ultraviolet system that keeps the water clean without the need for chemicals. Related: ScottWhitbyStudio transforms a shipping container into a pop-up cinema You can install Modpools above ground with raised decking, partially underground with retaining walls, or at ground level. This makes them versatile and easy to adapt to different topographies and backyard sizes. You can add a special touch to your prefab swimming pool by adding a window to the side of the shipping container. + Modpools Via Curbed

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Worlds greenest terminal opens at Oslo airport

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Nordic Office of Architecture recently completed the world’s greenest airport terminal with their new 115,000-square-meter extension that’s doubled the size of Oslo Airport. As the world’s first airport building to achieve the BREEAM Excellence sustainability rating, the renovated Oslo Airport boasts an array of energy-efficient strategies as well as on-site energy harvesting systems. The most notable energy-saving measure is the airport’s collection and storage of snow for reuse as coolant during the summer. The recent expansion is a continuation of Nordic’s work on the Oslo Airport, which the architecture firm designed in 1998. The Oslo-based design studio’s 300-meter-long extension preserves the building’s simple and iconic appearance while increasing airport capacity from 19 million to an anticipated future capacity of 30 million. New design elements also improve the passenger experience, such as the reduction of walking distances to a maximum of 450 meters, and the overhaul of the existing train station at the heart of the airport. Artificial lighting is minimized in favor of natural lighting to improve passenger comfort and reduce energy demands. Related: Zaha Hadid unveils plans for world’s largest airport terminal in Beijing In addition to the use of natural lighting and the reuse of snow as a summer coolant, the architects reduced the airport’s carbon footprint by 35 percent with the use of environmentally friendly and recycled materials . The new pier is entirely clad in timber sourced from Scandinavian forests, while additional natural materials, green walls, and water features, can be found throughout the interior. Recycled steel and concrete mixed with volcanic ash were also used. Improved insulation has helped the building achieve Passive House-level performance standards and, coupled with on-site energy harvesting, slashed energy consumption by over 50 percent as compared to the existing terminal. + Nordic Office of Architecture Images by Ivan Brodey

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Apple’s newest store has Solar Wings" that transform before your eyes

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Apple pulled out all the stops for their glamorous new store in Dubai. Designed by Foster + Partners , the recently completed Apple Dubai Mall is unlike any mall we’ve seen before with its giant “Solar Wings” that open and close in a beautiful choreographed display. The kinetic art installation, which ranks among the world’s largest, helps to create an engaging civic space, while providing an innovative response to the culture and climate of the Emirates. Located next to the iconic Burj Khalifa , the two-story Apple Store overlooks the famous Dubai Fountains through its 186-foot-wide and 18-foot-deep terrace. The architects drew inspiration from the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, or decorative screens, to create the perforated “Solar Wings” that shade the outdoor terrace during the day and open up at night. The wings are made from layers of lightweight carbon fiber mesh and arranged in patterns that minimize solar heat radiation, according to the architect’s solar studies. Related: Apple announces goal to make products from 100% recycled materials “The opening and closing of these majestic Solar Wings is analogous to a delicate ballet recital – but on a monumental scale,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners. “In some ways it is a very spiritual experience, with the sun streaming through them and creating the most delicate and beautiful patterns of light and shade – a seamless blend of technology and culture.” The shaded terrace features nine large trees with integrated seating. The tree planters rotate mechanically to ensure optimal sunlight conditions for the trees. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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14 amazing timber structures explore the future of wood as a building material

August 30, 2016 by  
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Fire Nest references the role fireplaces once played in building communities. As a place around which people gather, cook and share stories, the Fire Nest aims to expand and revive the role of fireplaces by accommodating different functions. Another project called Migrant Hous(ing) by Urban Think-Tank proposes a sprawling, informal wooden structure as a housing strategy for migrants. Community-driven and open to incremental upgrading, the prefabricated structure can be easily assembled and transported to different locations. Related: Hello Wood Unveils Epic Butterfly House Pavilion for the Budapest Spring Festival FORA ‘s The Bathhouse inverts the contemporary separation between privacy and exposure, and restores the public function of washing in the realm of the collective. Located at the heart of the village, the bathhouse functions as a space where participants can relax after a day spent building their projects. Play with Fire references the traditional Japanese technique of charring wood to extend its lifespan. The elongated structure is one of the camp’s first buildings and aims to contribute to its longevity. Inventory functions as a membrane where travelers can leave their gadgets and pass through a different world. The light, box-shaped object is reminiscent of the inventory in Moonrise Kingdom of Wes Anderson. Installed next to it is The Thread by Kosmos Architects , a “new kind of wall” that attracts instead of separating. The structure is built in layers according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and functions as a rudimentary shelter . The Parliament, another gathering space which fosters inclusivity and diversity, rethinks the archetypal outdoor amphitheater space. Here people can share food, welcome visitors, and discuss ideas. Related: Hello Wood’s massive Christmas trees will be dismantled and donated after the holidays “Project Village 2016 is the beginning of a new era for Hello Wood. We are building a rural campus that will be open throughout the year to welcome architects, artists, social scientists, and students. In our brief we asked for projects that address actual needs of the community, from the most mundane and pragmatic ones to the utmost spiritual. We were happy to see responses to these basic functions such as a sanctuary, a storage or a public kitchen, among others,” says Peter Pozsar, one of the founders of Hello Wood. + Hello Wood Lead photo by Photo by Gábor Somosk?i

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Amada Levete’s MPavilion is an LED-lit forest canopy that sways in the breeze

August 11, 2015 by  
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Japanese-Inspired Woven Willow Kagome Sandpit Offers Natural Play for Kids in Vienna

April 3, 2014 by  
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Tank-Shaped TRIWA Pop-Up Store in Poland is Made From 900 Cardboard Tubes

December 3, 2012 by  
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AECOM Unveils Their Masterplan for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralymic Games

September 3, 2012 by  
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It is said that the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro will be the most temporary games in history! As announced in August, London-based AECOM was given another go at designing a masterplan for the international event (the firm was also responsible for London’s 2012 Olympic park master plan). The design emphasises the temporary nature of sporting venues as a way to avoid the negative legacy of former host cities, icluding Athens and Bejing. Judging from the preliminary design of the Rio Olympic park, the games are definitely taking a turn toward sustainability. Read the rest of AECOM Unveils Their Masterplan for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralymic Games Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2016 Olympic Games , aecom , basketball arena , eco design , green design , london 2012 olympics , Paralympics , rio , sporting events , sustainable design , temporary design , temporary structures

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The G-POD Wins Best Outdoor Product at Dwell on Design

July 2, 2012 by  
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“Levitating” Red MIELE Lightbox Pavilion Pops up in Chile

January 5, 2012 by  
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