This rustic Quebec cottage now has a beautiful, prismatic extension

May 23, 2018 by  
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When a client with a large family reached out to ACDF Architecture for an extension of their rustic country cottage in Quebec , the Montreal studio responded with a modern building that provides a visually arresting contrast to the historic house. Dubbed the Chalet La petite soeur, the addition mirrors the original building’s dimensions with a sharply gabled roof. Unlike the existing cottage, however, the new building is clad in white-painted timber and a sheet metal roof for a crisp and modern appearance. Located on Lake Ouareau near the town of Saint-Donat in Quebec, the charming 1,400-square-foot countryside cottage and its new addition are designed to optimize enjoyment of the outdoors and views of the lake. The architects took inspiration from the surrounding landscape of birch trees when designing the new space, described as a “refined version of the existing house.” The chalet’s smooth, white-painted wood cladding mimics shiny birch bark and recalls the whitewashed walls of rural barns, while providing a sleek contrast to the natural silvery patina on the facade of the existing home. An elevated glass bridge connects the old cottage to the chalet and lies on an axis between the kitchen of the old building and the new living room. Glazed on both sides, the bridge overlooks views of the landscape and garden. The floor and ceiling of the bridge are finished in timber that matches the warmth of the existing home’s old wood planks. Both ends of the bridge are framed in wood, evoking the appearance of large picture frames. Related: Dreamy cabin is the perfect lakeside escape for large families An open-plan family room dominates the ground floor and overlooks spectacular views of the lake through large windows. The minimalist interior is dressed in polished concrete floors and natural wood details, like the central fireplace with a black-slatted wood surround. Hidden storage inside the built-in benches helps reduce visual clutter. The new master bedroom is tucked into the lower level, which is built of concrete. + ACDF Architecture Images by Adrien Williams

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Rebuilding a resilient, renewable Caribbean

September 19, 2017 by  
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Instead of reconstructing the existing electricity grid, we can leapfrog ahead with technologies that make the Caribbean region less vulnerable to future storms.

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The ozone problem is back with a vengeance

September 19, 2017 by  
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The Montreal Protocol should have nixed the ozone-eating chemicals damaging the ozone layer over Antarctica. 30 years on, atmospheric chemists aren’t so sure.

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The top headlines from Climate Week 2017

September 19, 2017 by  
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If you can’t keep track of all the climate-hip corporate news from New York City, start here.

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How Native Americans Managed "Wild" Land Long Before Settlers

April 26, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Perennial Solutions When European settlers first came to North America, they assumed they were looking at “untouched” nature. Sure, there were native peoples, but history tells us they didn’t value the skills or knowledge of the existing civilizations too highly

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Bike Lock Concept Makes Bike Impossible to Ride If Stolen

April 26, 2011 by  
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Images by Jaryn Miller A bike lock concept by designer Jaryn Miller has caught our eye as a clever way to keep thieves at bay. If someone tries to steal this bike, they’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise. …

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Spray-on photovoltaics to turn steel into solar

October 25, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Photosensitive dyes could be sprayed onto steel for energy generation. Tata Steel-led Corus and Swansea University (Wales, UK) have collaborated to bring about solar conversion of steel sheets with a pioneering spray-on technology. As the developers plan to coat steel sheets with photosensitive dyes, they would act as power generating solar cells.

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Winners of the Brit Insurance Design Awards, 2010

March 9, 2010 by  
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Image from minkyu.co.uk . Last week we wrote an idiosyncratic view of the candidates for the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year awards

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