Beech Architects convert 125-year-old windmill into a modern guesthouse

September 26, 2017 by  
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Beech Architects converted a 125-year-old windmill in Suffolk, England, into a modern guest house for rent. Complete with a metal-clad observation pod on top, the new guesthouse is well insulated and features custom-made furniture that fits its constraining circular layout. The 60-foot high windmill was built in 1891 and had a role in agricultural production at the time. However, the building had been disused for decades–until Beech Architects restored it. The owners, a surveyor and his wife who live in the house next door, plan to rent out the new guesthouse for extra income. Related: This windmill converted into a beach house is the perfect waterfront getaway “The biggest design challenge was the reinstatement of the cap or ‘pod’, which was not intended as a faithful historic reconstruction, but rather as contemporary and innovative interpretation that would also serve as the principal living and viewing platform ,” Beech Architects told Dezeen. Related: Rothschild Foundation Moves Into Beautifully Renovated Windmill Hill Dairy Farm The architects added insulation panels to the exterior walls and topped the entire structure with a wooden observation pod. The flexible timber rib system, manufactured by MetsaWood , is covered by 200 panels of zinc. This particular element of the conversion is why some locals complained that the structure doesn’t fit into its surroundings and looks “alien”. Nevertheless, the conversion project has recently received a RIBA award nomination. + Beech Architects Via Treehugger

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Wolves return to Rome’s periphery for the first time in 100 years

September 26, 2017 by  
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The wolf , an animal that has served as a symbol of Rome since ancient times, has returned to the historic Italian city for the first time in a century. The alpha predators were recently sighted in a nature preserve at Castel di Guido, only a short distance from Leonardo DiVinci international airport and the perimeter highway encircling the capital of Italy. Scientists estimate that there are at least four wolves, two cubs and two adults, that reside in the area. According to Roman mythology, Romulus, Rome’s founder, and his brother Remus were suckled by a female wolf in a cave after being abandoned on the Tiber River. This episode is represented throughout Roman iconography, including the seal for Rome’s soccer club, AS Roma. The return of this iconic species to Rome is welcomed by the locals. “We’re very pleased that they are back,” said Alessia De Lorenzis, a professor whose work involves tracking and documenting the wolf pack. Related: American Coywolf is a fascinating hybrid species with supercharged adaptation Wolves were originally hunted in Europe and North America, nearly to extinction, in part due to their predation of livestock animals. The modern wolves of Rome seem to pose little threat to livestock as an analysis of their feces has demonstrated that they rely almost entirely on a diet of wild boar, a plentiful animal in the region. In Italy, the killing of wolves was promoted until the 1970s, a time when the Italian wolf population had fallen to about 100 animals. Wolves received protected status in 1971 and the population has since recovered to about 1,500-2,000 individuals, with a particularly robust population in the mountainous region on the border of France . Via The Telegraph Images via  the Italian League for Bird Protection

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This windmill converted into a beach house is the perfect waterfront getaway

October 2, 2015 by  
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Interlocking windmills make green energy as easy as assembling LEGOs

April 30, 2015 by  
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GREEN BUILDING 101: Eco-Power and Energy Efficiency

June 5, 2014 by  
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Most of us underestimate or ignore our incredible dependence on electricity, but there’s nothing like a blackout caused by overzealous summertime air conditioner use to remind us of the importance of responsible, efficient usage. Just as we can cause a major outage through the accumulation of our personal actions, we can as easily facilitate the reverse effect through simple, smart choices about what kind of energy we use, and how we use it. Today’s Green Building 101 talks about how to retrofit your home to be more energy-efficient, as well as how to convert to more clean, green and efficient sources of energy . From simply turning off lights to installing photovoltaics, we’ve got you covered. Read the rest of GREEN BUILDING 101: Eco-Power and Energy Efficiency Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “wind power” , BIPV , Building Integrated Photovoltaics , energy efficient architecture , energy vampires , geothermal heating and cooling , Geothermal power , Green Appliances , green architecture , Green Building 101 , green energy , greener energy , hydro power , iceland geologic activity , LED , LED lights , micro hydro , Philips Simplicity LED light bulbs , photovoltaics , renewable energy , solar , solar panels , Solar Power , Solar Roof shingles , Solar Roof Tiles , The sun. , vampires , wind turbines , windmill , windmills

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Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

May 27, 2014 by  
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Rotterdam company Archimedes has created a small windmill that can be installed on just about any roof, anywhere. Meet LIAM : a quiet, affordable wind energy source that’s ideal for urban settings; it’s compact and quiet, and its yearly output averages between 300 and 2500 kilowatts, depending on wind speed and roof height. You can also place more than one of these windmills on your roof for added power, or combine them with solar panels so you have a backup source of energy on still days. The price in holland will be € 3,999 (approximately $5,452 USD), and a mini-LIAM will soon be available as well. These turbines will be available for consumers to order as of June 1st, 2014. + The Archimedes  The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , “wind turbine” , archimedes , liam , renewable energy , wind mill , windmill

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Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

October 25, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Japan has nearly completed construction on the first of 140 floating windmills that will eventually provide a safer alternative to its nuclear energy infrastructure. When switched on next week, the 350 foot tall windmill floating just 12 miles from the severely damaged and leaking Fukushima nuclear reactors will be generate enough electricity to power 1,700 homes. Read the rest of Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , Floating Windmill System , Fukushima , Japan , Japan Windmill project , Offshore windmills , renewable energy , renewable resources , tokyo university        

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The Enessere Hercules Wind Turbine Generates Wind Energy in Fine Style

May 17, 2012 by  
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Wind energy is one of the cleanest, most reliable sources of renewable energy out there, but there’s one strike against it: Most wind turbines aren’t exactly the most attractive sight. But for anyone who says that wind energy can’t match form to function, feast your eyes on the Enessere Hercules wind generator . With curved wooden blades, the 23-foot-tall wind turbine looks more like a sculpture than other more utilitarian wind turbines, and because of its clever design, it can harness the power of wind coming from any direction. Read the rest of The Enessere Hercules Wind Turbine Generates Wind Energy in Fine Style Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , “wind turbine” , Enessere , Hercules , renewable energy , wind energy , wind generator , wind turbine design , windmill , wooden wind turbine

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Harvest Pavilion Collects the Bounty on an Eco-Farm in China

May 17, 2012 by  
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Wearable Windmill to Harvest the Breeze Looks A Little Flighty

March 19, 2010 by  
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Image via Mary Huang A windmill. That you wear.

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