Gorgeous barn is built of reclaimed, century-old oaks from the site itself

June 4, 2018 by  
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In 2017, Dutch design firm HilberinkBosch Architects found out that seven of their century-old oak trees were in ailing health and would need to be cut down. Instead of sending the oaks to the paper mill, the architects decided to try their hand at building a timber barn using traditional construction techniques. The result—called the Sixteen-Oak Barn—was a stunning success that combines modern and rustic features with large panels of glazing and untreated timbers. The idea for a barn came from the local building vernacular in the Dutch region of Meierij van ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which features gabled farmhouses traditionally built from locally available materials . In a design the architects describe as “haphazard aesthetics,” the Sixteen-Oak Barn was constructed of the locally felled, century-old oak trees in addition to a couple of oaks sourced from the nearby Wamberg estate. The barn comprises a carport, storage room, and a workshop / meeting room for office use. There is also an addition loft space located above the storage room. A mobile sawmill brought on-site was used to cut the core sections of the felled oak tree trunks into structural timber for the frames, roof, and siding. The transverse-frame barn involves tie rod trusses and roof rafters to hold up an asymmetrical shingled roof clad in cleaved soft sapwood. Stanchions with bark serve as solar fins to shield the glazed facade from unwanted solar heat gain. Board-formed concrete complements the timber palette indoors. Leftover timber was chopped and stored as firewood in the barn’s recessed north facade. Related: Traditional barn raising techniques bring a modern cost-effective farm to life “The barn’s aesthetics have been strongly influenced by coincidence,” wrote the architects. “It lends this contemporary building a vital expression that merges old and new in a wonderful and extraordinary way. Untreated timber, concrete and glass have been intermingled in various ways. The irregular dimensions of the wood used to build the formwork resulted in far from perfect concrete surfaces.” + HilberinkBosch architects Images by René de Wit

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Vertical village built almost entirely of wood to rise in Paris

April 27, 2018 by  
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Sou Fujimoto , Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel have won a design competition to design a striking new mixed-use development as a counterpoint to Paris’ urban sprawl. Titled “Vertical Village,” the 164-foot-tall tower will serve as a “new gateway” to the east suburb Rosny-sous-Bois and be built almost entirely of timber. The nearly 400-foot-long timber-framed structure will be reinforced with a concrete base and supporting column. Developed by La Compagnie de Phalsbourg and REI Habitat, the 303,542-square-foot mixed-use Vertical Village will comprise 57,000 square feet of office space and 183,000 square feet of housing, nearly a third of which will be allocated for social housing . Unlike the conventional architecture surrounding the structure, Vertical Village is designed in Fujimoto’s iconic architectural style with its undulating white form and seemingly random assortment of geometric canopies supported by thin pillars. Glazing wraps around the building as will greenery. Related: Paris hopes to create a forest 5 times bigger than NYC’s Central Park The ground floor and rooftop will house 64,583 square feet of open community space including a food court, day care center, family office, community centers, an escape game center, and a rooftop bar. A sports hub will span the full height of one section of the building and feature climbing walls , urban soccer pitches, and a gym. The Vertical Village is part of a wider government-backed scheme to revitalize Paris’ suburbs as directed by Inventons la Métropole du Grand Paris . + Sou Fujimoto + Nicolas Laisné + Dimitri Roussel Via ArchDaily Images © Sou Fujimoto, Nicolas Laisné and Dimitri Roussel

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Mountain Tree House in Georgia encompasses a beautiful bamboo garden

December 28, 2015 by  
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Elliptical Music Pavilion in Austria is made from locally-sourced silver fir

November 20, 2015 by  
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Ethereal eco-resort blends Chinese tradition with modern elegance

November 9, 2015 by  
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LA’s new street lamps will keep cell service running after an earthquake

November 9, 2015 by  
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Los Angeles just announced plans to roll out a new generation of high-tech street lamps that can keep citizens connected even when cell networks are down after a debilitating natural disaster. Philips ’ SmartPole streetlights are equipped with energy-efficient LED bulbs and 4G LTE wireless technology by Ericsson . City officials are eager to celebrate the adoption of 100 SmartPoles, which will keep both businesses and citizens connected in densely populated areas. Read the rest of LA’s new street lamps will keep cell service running after an earthquake

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Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world’s largest timber office building

May 27, 2015 by  
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Shigeru Ban Chosen to Design Timber Swatch and Omega Headquarters in Switzerland

June 21, 2013 by  
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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won an international competition to expand Swatch and Omega’s headquarters in Switzerland. The design involves adding three new buildings to the watch companies’ existing campus in Biel, a leading center of timber technology . Ban’s winning proposal includes three wooden structures that house exhibition galleries, a visitor center, and public plazas, and there will even be a riverside hiking trail. Read the rest of Shigeru Ban Chosen to Design Timber Swatch and Omega Headquarters in Switzerland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biel , eco design , green design , renewable materials , shigeru ban , sustainable design , swatch and omega headquarters , Switzerland , timber buildings , timber construction        

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to botObjects Founders About ProDesk3D, The World’s First Full-Color 3D Printer

June 21, 2013 by  
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Just over a month ago, we showcased a product with the potential to revolutionize the still-new 3D printing industry: the ProDesk3D by botObjects . Hailed as the world’s first full-color 3D printer , the ProDesk3D allows designers to pick a desired palette and quickly print the final product with a five-color, re-usable PLA cartridge system. Since the ProDesk3D is only in the pre-order phase (and we were eager to know more), Inhabitat reached out to botObjects founders Martin Warner and Mike Duma to dig deeper into the development process of this ground-breaking product. Read on to find out why the ProDesk3D pushes the boundaries of 3D printing technology , and how it was designed to make self-fabrication accessible to a larger audience. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to botObjects Founders About ProDesk3D, The World’s First Full-Color 3D Printer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printers , 3D printing , botObjects , DIY , interview , Martin Warner , Mike Duma , prodesk3d , Technology        

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C.F. Møller Unveils Plans for a Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper in Stockholm

June 14, 2013 by  
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