FaulknerBrowns Architects proposes to reinvigorate a Victorian villa

August 25, 2020 by  
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International architectural practice FaulknerBrowns Architects has submitted a proposal to England’s Newcastle City Council for sensitively preserving the Ashfield Towers — a magnificent, Victorian villa — by transforming the grounds into a contemporary residential development. Located in the affluent Gosforth district in Newcastle upon Tyne, FaulknerBrowns’ Ashfield Towers proposal calls for a mix of residential typologies housed within the restored Victorian villa along with a renovated late 19th century coach house and new, contemporary buildings. Originally built as a private residence, Ashfield Towers has been previously adapted into a workplace and most recently as the school building for the Westfield School for Girls. In 2018, Union Property purchased the 1.4 acre site to allow the school to consolidate its estate to its senior site. The Westfield School for Girls bid farewell to Ashfield Towers in the summer of 2019. Related: This tiny Victorian cottage on a wildflower meadow belongs in a fairytale Working closely with the local planning authority as well as conservation , landscape and urban design officers, FaulknerBrowns created a site-sensitive proposal that includes seven apartments within the Victorian villa, a single dwelling inside the renovated, late 19th century coach house and three new homes and three new apartments in the contemporary new buildings. The new construction would feature pre-cast concrete elements and hand-molded bricks to complement the mix of existing honed and chiseled stone, while the new color palette of light blue and peach tones take cues from the conservation area and complement the existing yellow sandstone of the original buildings. “Ashfield Towers has given us a fantastic opportunity to revive a beautiful piece of Gosforth’s heritage, returning the site to its original, residential use,” explained Jane Redmond, associate at FaulknerBrowns. “The rich context of the conservation area continues through to the proposed shared gardens while the new architectural elements are inspired by the language of their Victorian neighbour, but with a restrained form and simple material palette that brings forward a varied mix of elegant new homes.” + FaulknerBrowns Architects Images via FaulknerBrowns Architects

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Nestbox turns regular SUVs into camper vans

August 25, 2020 by  
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As more and more Americans continue to favor outdoor recreation over traditional vacationing amid the pandemic, Egoé Nest and Studio 519 are offering a sustainable option to transform regular vehicles into fully functioning camper vans. Enter Nestbox, a modular camper kit that fits into your SUV’s backseat or luggage area and expands to fit a water module and cooker module as well as modules for a fridge, a folding bed slat and a folding mattress. The camper kits were designed and built for Czech-based Egoé Nest and come in four models to fit vehicles as large as a Volkswagen Multivan to as small as a Subaru Outback. There are installed spaces for storage in the fold-out kitchen, but buyers can choose additional storage accessories such as window or ceiling bags and a specially designed pillow with sewn-in pockets. Related: This electric camper is a houseboat and tricycle in one The bottom of the bed pulls out to reveal a basic kitchen module, complete with a two-burner cooker, counter space and a mini-fridge. A water basin folds open, and a faucet attachment delivers water from the storage tank underneath. The entire model folds up into a neat rectangular box for easy storage while not in use. The idea came to life when one of the Nestbox co-inventors purchased a motorhome, only to end up disappointed in the bulky vehicle’s difficult maneuverability and camping limitations. Rather than being able to stop and camp anywhere, using the motorhome required extensive planning and didn’t fit into many desirable spots. Instead, the team decided to build a camping module that didn’t limit the original purpose of the vehicle and granted the owner complete freedom. “Traditional camping has its limits and we’re one of the first brands to start to change this,” said David Zezula of the Egoé Nest marketing team. “The numbers show the interest is growing, camping with a camping module is becoming a specific style of traveling. Freedom and flexibility are commodities people still demand.” Best of all, the Nestbox modules can be removed just as easily as they are put in, meaning you can use your vehicle for everyday things without having to install and reinstall a bulky traditional camper trailer. + Egoé Nest Via Dezeen Images via Egoé Nest

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Fly down a zipline in the Willy Wonka-esque Future Forest in London

August 24, 2017 by  
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Bompas & Parr are like real-life Willy Wonkas—and they brought their magic touch to the inside of a UK shopping mall. The design duo launched a free ‘Future Forest’ in the Westfield London shopping center with the theme of urban reforestation. The immersive experience is an incredible indoor forest playground with a fantastical Fruit Cloud, electricity-producing plants, a historic tree circus, and even a 40-meter-long zip-line that starts atop a 5.3-meter-high treehouse. The Future Forest is envisioned as rural escapism in the concrete jungle that promotes relaxation, health, and wellness as well as environmental awareness . “Imagining how we can co-exist in nature is one of the key challenges facing our collective future, where we face increased urban populations while climate change and pollution threatens the stability of the natural world,” says Harry Parr, Director of Bompas & Parr. “We’ve tried to bring to life these concerns in a fun and interactive way that conveys important messages and delivers big on the fun factor too. What better way to engage young people in the future of our urban environment than by zorbing through Westfield or experiencing the fruit cloud?” Related: London to Launch Edible Fireworks Display to Ring in the New Year! The temporary nature-inspired installation first popped up earlier this summer at Westfield Stratford City and has now moved to Westfield London , where it will stay until August 28. The move to Westfield also comes with the new addition of the Adventure Zip-Line that offers an exhilarating 40-meter descent front the top of a treehouse . It is the only indoor zip-line in the UK, and free to the public. A Fruit Cloud that immerses visitors in a breathable aromatic cloud with regularly changing flavors, as well as other inspiring installations, complements the zip-line. + Bompas & Parr Images © Ann Charlott Ommedal and Bompas & Parr

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