This flower-clad home that spreads contagious happiness goes on sale in L.A.

July 25, 2017 by  
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A unique new home said to spread “contagious happiness” has hit the Los Angeles market—and it’s checking all the major boxes for walkability, amenities, and even sustainability. Architect and artist Cameron McNall originally designed the home, known as 4016 Tivoli, for his family, drawing inspiration from his dual careers and the California spirit of the 1960s. Wrapped in giant metallic flower cutouts, the quirky artistic home is also built to the City of Los Angeles’ “Green Building” standards. L.A. is notorious for its traffic and car-dominated landscapes, but 4016 Tivoli promises homeowners the freedom to walk and bike to nearly every imaginable amenity, from grocery stores to salons. Located on the east side of Venice in the west-Washington area known as “Silicon Beach,” the 2,700-square-foot house includes four bedrooms, a flex room, four-and-a-half baths, as well as an attached 375-square-foot studio garage that could be legally converted into an accessory dwelling unit. An 800-square-foot landscaped roof deck crowns the home and offers beautiful views that don’t compromise privacy. The beautiful rooftop includes built-in seating, hardwood decking, a gas fire pit, dining area, and a gas-heated hot tub. To create privacy and allow natural light to filter through, the architect wrapped the home with a decorative 110-foot-tall facade of computer-cut metallic flowers. The interior’s tall ceilings and white walls help create a bright, airy, and spacious living environment with framed views of the outdoors. The building’s energy-saving features include one-inch thick double-pane thermal low-E windows and doors, two high-efficiency heating/cooling units, low-flow toilets, LEDs, rain barrels, permeable pavers, 100-amp Tesla quick-charging capability, eco-compliant insulation, and remotely controlled smart home tech such as the Nest smoke detectors and Ecobee thermostats. The home is also outfitted with low VOC paints, FSC-certified wood, and other high-quality materials. Related: Gorgeous Japanese-inspired reading nook breathes new life into a Frank Gehry-designed home “I designed 4016 Tivoli for my family as a total design living experience that represents my relationship to art, architecture and design,” wrote the architect. “Although I was just a child when I lived in California in the sixties, I was very influenced by the energy and graphics of that period, everything from Warhol to the Mexico ’68 Olympics to Fillmore West concert flyers. When people walk by the house or visit inside, I am pleased that it elicits a smile and a contagious happiness.” The architect carefully curated and/or designed all the home’s furnishings, artwork, and objects to create a cohesive work of art. All of these objects and furnishings seen in the photos are included in the sale of the home. Price is not disclosed, however, 4016 Tivoli is offering tours and considering purchasing offers from qualified buyers. + 4016 Tivoli

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Thousands of plastic bottles transformed into an inspiring tower of hope in South Africa

July 25, 2017 by  
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A million plastic bottles are purchased worldwide every minute, with annual consumption set to top half a trillion by 2021 . In a bid to bring awareness to the problem of plastic bottle use and pollution, artist r1 led a project to transform over 7,000 plastic bottles into an incredible sight to behold: a 20-meter-tall permanent art sculpture. Created in collaboration with the local community, the environmental art piece, called the iThemba Tower, symbolizes hope and inspiration in Troyeville, Johannesburg. Artist r1 used a redundant communications tower as the base of the iThemba Tower, which derives its name from the isiZulu word that means trust or hope. The diverse local community was involved in all aspects of the design process, from plastic bottle collection to construction. Locals were also invited to fill each bottle with a “message of hope,” thus creating a symbolic communications tower that “broadcasts” the community’s diverse hopes and dreams. Related: 1,000 recycled CDs transform an abandoned farmhouse into a shimmering work of art “It is estimated that in South Africa alone, nearly over 250,000 plastic bottles are dumped into our environment every hour,” says the narrator in a video about the iThemba Tower. “One plastic bottle will take up to 700 years to completely break down in a landfill. The iThemba Tower project raised awareness the importance of recycling through workshops and various community activities.” LEDs were also inserted inside the bottles to turn them into “lights of hope.” The lights bring the tower alive at night and create a magical twinkling effect. The iThemba Tower is a permanent art piece at the Spaza Art Garden, a safe haven for creatives in Johannesburg. + r1

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