A lacy skin fills this Kenyan apartment building with sunlight and fresh air

August 28, 2017 by  
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This modern apartment building in Mombasa, Kenya is wrapped with a lacy structural skin that allows natural light to filter inside. Urko Sánchez Architects wrapped the building in two layers: the first acts as a barrier against excessive heat and sunlight. The second layer, comprised of handcrafted wood-lattice shutters , further manages light and provides privacy. The building occupies a narrow, sloping lot located on the waterfront of Tudor Creek, Mombasa. This privileged location offers stunning breathtaking panoramic views on the creek. In order to ensure optimal privacy, the architects designed a two-layer shell that provides natural ventilation and prevents heat gain . The facade is inspired by traditional Swahili design and redirects the tendency of local people to put bars on their windows. Related: Lace-like screen inspired by Portuguese tiles cover the rear facade of the charming Restelo House in Lisbon Vegetation is integrated in the patios and on the terraces , offering freshness and greenery. The patios allow natural ventilation via permeable wood lattices facing the water. They are accessible via lateral stairs that descend towards the creek, passing by an integrated gym at the bottom, and arriving to an infinity pool. Related: Ofis’ Colorful Lace Apartment Complex is Wrapped in a Sun-Shading Facade “The skin was rendered entirely structural thanks to the engineering team,” said the architects. “A novelty to Kenya, such structural skin was possible thanks to local and international engineers working hand by hand, and to the steel workers on-site who managed, by dedication and care, flawless bar bending work without access to any technology,” they added. + Urko Sánchez Architects Via World Architecture News Photos by Javier Callejas

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Terraces Home combines architecture with urban agriculture in Vietnam

November 11, 2016 by  
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True to its name, the Terraces Home features a terraced rooftop with planting beds and wooden surfaces. The terraces mimic the Vietnamese rice fields and each level is backed by a strip of glazing that lets natural light into the interior and provides framed views of the plants and sky. Irrigation systems fed by recycled rainwater are installed along the length of the roof to ensure constant watering year-round. The plants help protect the home against solar heat gain, dust, and traffic noise. Related: Ziggurat-like roof in London supports 800 sedums, heathers, flowers, and herbs “Terraces home serves as a constant reminder of the origin of paddy rice civilization in a flat world context threatened by various types of pollution currently at an alarming level,” write the architects. “It is, at the same time, expected to promote the expansion of farmland plots in urban areas with a view to securing food supplies for future life.” The home is entered through black perforated folding doors that open up to a large play area with a tall ceiling. The ground floor, which steps up from the play area, includes the living room, dining room, and kitchen, while the upper levels house the bedroom, study, workshop, and additional multifunctional spaces. The home is set back from a perforated wall in the rear that lets in natural light and ventilation. + H&P Architects Via ArchDaily Images © Nguyen Tien Thanh

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Irish town plans to plant world’s largest giant redwood grove

November 11, 2016 by  
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Lookout northern California ; a small town in central Ireland is vying for the title of most-populous giant redwood grove . Birr plans to plant and grow as many as 3,000 of the massive trees, and you can buy one of your very own. According to the Irish Times, the trees are planned for planting on 20 acres of land at Birr Castle Estate, near the town of Birr in County Offaly. The estate’s owner Lord Rosse, also known as Brendan Parsons, wants to plant a grove of the world’s largest living organisms, which grow to be over 300-feet tall. Redwoods thrive in northern California’s year-round temperate client, but Birr is known to be so cold in the winter that jokes are made about its name. Despite the climatic disparity, Parsons feels his plan is a solid one. “We are experimenters by nature,” the 80-year old lord told the Irish Times. “Trying new things in Birr is an old tradition. It’s absolutely cut out for Birr, this. We never do what other people do. The redwood grove will add a fantastic new dimension to Birr Castle Demesne, in line with the project we already have going on here – and also because of the new concept of a different sort of diaspora, an arboreal diaspora.” Related: Poachers are destroying California’s giant redwood trees According to Parsons, the “arboreal diaspora ” concept comes from the fact that giant redwoods once grew in Ireland – roughly two or three ice ages ago. So he wants to give them another shot at taking root in Irish soil en masse once again. And he is already apparently having some success. “At the moment, we have nine redwoods growing in ones and twos across the demesne: four of one species, five of the other,” he notes. “They were probably planted around the time of the third earl’s death, in the 1860s.” He says the coast redwoods seem to be doing the best, particularly those planted in the wettest places. What with redwoods being an endangered species and all, such a project can’t be cheap to undertake. So Parsons is offering folks an opportunity to participate by sponsoring trees at a cost of 500 Euros (about $540 US) per tree as a tribute to family members who are either living or have lived abroad. You can get yours today by visiting www.giantsgrove.ie . Via Irish Times Images via Kirt Edblom and IceNineJon , Flickr Creative Commons

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Aedas sleek office tower and green space will bring a "missing humanism to Shanghai

November 10, 2016 by  
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The 45,000-square-meter Gemdale Changshou Road development is nicknamed “Cloud on Terrace” after its rounded and reflective tower set on a terraced retail podium. The landscaped terraces soften the building’s appearance and break down the development to a human scale. The terraces step up to form a tower with rounded edges and an angular orientation—a contrast to the surrounding boxy skyscrapers . The terraced building is a visual bridge between the low-rise, residential developments to the south and Changshou Road in the north. Related: Aedas unveils mountainous mixed-use building that looks like a stack of books The building is mostly glazed and will be installed with high-performance, low-e , and low-iron glass to save on energy. The landscaped terraces help provide a cooling microclimate , purify the air, and reduce solar heat gain. Horizontal solar shades extrude from the tower’s glass curtain wall to further reduce solar gain. The building is slated for completion by 2019. + Andrew Bromberg Aedas Via ArchDaily Images via Aedas and AsymmetricA

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Penda designs beautiful Indian garden with water mazes and stepwells

May 20, 2016 by  
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Developed by Pooja Crafted Homes , the 8,000-square-meter garden is part of the Magic Breeze residential project, also designed by Penda. The garden will serve as a communal space for the residents of the 127 apartments and offer a mix of active and passive spaces so that groups of different sizes can use the park at the same time. The circulation paths also cater to different user groups and comprise three main routes that accommodate walkers of different speeds, from runners to casual strollers. Related: Penda’s winding green pathway at the 2015 Garden Expo lets visitors experience life as a river The inclusion of stepwells, an ancient Indian architectural feature that comprises wells or ponds set at the bottom of a series of steps, led to the creation of the terraced gardens. “We were always inspired by Indian stepwells,” said Penda. “It is very rare to find an architectural typology where function and beauty are so intertwined, and a harmony of human needs and environmental impact is so in balance.” The project is slated to begin construction this summer. + Penda Via Dezeen Images via Penda

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Cyborg artist can sense earthquakes around the world as they are happening

May 20, 2016 by  
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Some artists play to the beat of their own drum – but Moon Ribas plays to the beat of the Earth’s constant seismic movement. A self-proclaimed “ cyborg artist,” Ribas feels the vibrations of earthquakes through a subdermal implant and expresses what she feels through a unique interpretive dance called “Waiting for Earthquakes.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Un4MFR-vNI Dubbing her vibrational sensitivities a sixth sense, Ribas interprets the planet’s moving and shaking in her own artistic way. She decided to have a small magnet implanted under her skin near her elbow, which is connected to a personalized iPhone app. The app tracks the Earth’s seismic activity by aggregating geological data from all over the world, giving her a buzz akin to a phone vibrating in her pocket whenever the device is turned on and an earthquake is rumbling. She calls the phenomenon her second heartbeat, or “Earthbeat.” Related: The mega-earthquake that will probably someday wipe Seattle off the map Ribas has a certain affinity for the Earth’s rumblings. She told Quartz , “I think it’s unfair that our perception of earthquakes are all bad. Earthquakes are part of the evolution of our planet. The bad thing is that humans haven’t adapted to this natural phenomenon.” She is considering adding more implants to fine tune the sensations and, in the end, her performance art . She explains, “Maybe I’ll use each toe to define each continent, but that’s still in process.” +Moon Ribas Via Quartz Images via Moon Ribas

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Mabire-Reich’s Landscape House extension maximizes outdoor spaces

February 29, 2016 by  
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This honeycomb-like residential structure sits atop an existing car park in London

February 25, 2015 by  
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Chilean architects unveil a prototype home made out of prefab geodesic domes

February 16, 2015 by  
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MVRDV proposes twisted, hourglass-like skyscraper in Vienna

January 22, 2015 by  
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