This plant-covered Singapore skyscraper could be the tropical building of the future

December 8, 2016 by  
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Steel and glass skyscrapers may work in the climates of New York City or San Francisco, but in tropical Singapore they heat up fast. So WOHA Architects designed the sustainable 30-story Oasia Hotel Downtown , presenting a green vision for better tropical towers. Plants creeping across the facade and several sky gardens cool the structure naturally. 20 species of plants and flowering vines crawling across the aluminum mesh exterior afford the hotel located in Singapore’s Central Business District a lush appearance. Eventually the entire building should be covered with the plants. For now, guests can stay in one of 300 rooms and explore sky gardens in the tower. Related: Tel Aviv’s Gran Mediterraneo Tower will feature a lush vertical garden The architects behind the project planted the greenery in a manner that wouldn’t require too much maintenance, as it’s hard to find “laborers who are both Spiderman and gardeners,” according to WOHA Architects co-founder Richard Hassell. And while the client’s goals weren’t necessarily sustainability or energy efficiency – they primarily wanted a stunning building – Hassell said he thinks the building design will offer significant energy savings. He believes the Singapore hotel could offer a model for other tropical skyscrapers around the world, which could green up city skylines. He told Curbed, “What’s interesting is the emotional appeal it has for people all over the world…Examining the central business districts of so many cities is like looking at the moon from the Earth; one is filled with life, the other is just this collection of dead stone. With Oasia, we’ve seen so many birds and insects flying around the building. People respond so well to seeing a hummingbird flying right outside their office window.” If the plants grow as planned, the tower could be more densely covered with verdant plant life in around a year. You can book a room in the hotel here . + WOHA Architects Via Curbed Images via WOHA Architects , WOHA Architects Facebook ( 1 , 2 , 3 ), and Oasia Hotels & Residences by Far East Hospitality Facebook

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This nature-filled community is a smart housing solution for Singapores aging population

August 29, 2016 by  
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Developed as a prototype for senior assisted living, Kampung Admiralty conforms to Singapore’s dense urban setting with a mixed-use scheme that layers three programmatic functions onto a 0.9-hectare site. The first stratum is the People’s Plaza, a fully public area on the ground plane open to the surrounding community with a central open-air courtyard located at the heart of the building. Protected from traffic noise, the People’s Plaza is designed for festivities and events and also connects to food and retail on the second story. Childcare facilities are integrated into the building to bring young and old together for intergenerational living . Related: Visionary Homefarm combines retirement homes and vertical urban farms A Medical Center located above the People’s Plaza offers Kampung Admiralty residents immediate access to specialists. The top-most level gives way to greenery in the intimate Community Park, where residents can exercise or care for their plots in community gardens . Housing is also placed in the upper stratum and comprises 104 studio apartments for singles and couples spread out across two 11-story blocks. In addition to access to nature, the building is faced with generous amounts of glazing to allow for optimal views, natural light , and ventilation. + WOHA Architects Via WAN Images via WOHA Architects

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Low-cost, low-impact Neiling II house was built out of reclaimed wood

August 29, 2016 by  
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The Neiling II House is located in an area called Löwenberger Land , surrounded by agriculture, tiny villages and spread out solitary houses. It was built using materials left over from a demolished private home and was built around old brick  barn , which determined its final design. The home’s bolted wooden body stands 50 inches above ground causing minimal impact while avoiding the need for foundation. Related: Young Architect Builds Awesome Green Retirement Home for Her Mum in Uruguay The freestanding DIY furniture was custom-made by designer Thomas Poh l, who also provided the glass facade, bathroom and kitchen’s fixtures. The home’s radically open design allows a strong indoor-outdoor connection creating a sense of openness, transparency and lightness. During the warm summer months, the interiors seem to expand into the cool shaded terrace via the broad, tall glazing. + Peter Grundmann Photos by Peter Grundmann

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Treehouse-Like Huts at WOHA’s Goodwood Residences Serve as Cozy Gathering Spaces

February 27, 2014 by  
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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

September 23, 2013 by  
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For U.S., Rewnewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal, Study Finds

September 23, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A new study has found that wind farms are less costly than new coal-fired plants, and cost about the same, if not less, than new natural gas plants. It sounds pretty extraordinary, but if one looks at the cost of warming and health issues caused by carbon emissions, as well as the hazards caused by sulfur dioxide emissions from coal-fired plants, the numbers begin to fall sharply in favor of renewable energy. Read the rest of For U.S., Rewnewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal, Study Finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , carbon emissions , coal health , coal plant , epa , green energy , Laurie Johnson , National Resources Defense Council , nrdc , renewable energy , S+CC , social cost of carbon , Solar Power , sulphur , wind farm        

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WOHA’s Met Tower Remains Naturally Cool in Bangkok’s Tropical Climate

May 2, 2013 by  
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Vaulted Mapungubwe Interpretation Center in South Africa Shortlisted for 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award

May 2, 2013 by  
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DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes23

May 2, 2013 by  
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If you’ve always dreamed of having a little herb garden in your kitchen , here’s a video DIY from our friend Summer Rayne Oakes that can bring that fantasy to fruition today. Follow along as Summer and her dad use just a few components to create a mason jar herb garden that not only provides fresh seasonings for cooking but also looks fantastic. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY , diy design , diy herb garden , diy mason jar herb garden , diy vertical garden , eco design , eco model , green design , green nyc , Green Walls , how to make a container garden , how to make a diy garden , how to make a mason jar garden , model Summer Rayne Oakes , planted walls , Summer Rayne Oakes , sustainable design        

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GIVEAWAY: Win This Secret Compartment Cabinet + a Copy of New DIY Book Past and Present!

April 29, 2013 by  
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Could your home use a little extra hidden storage ? Instead of some boring shelves or a plastic storage bin, why not opt for a fun secret compartment cabinet disguised as a painting ? We’re giving one of these away to a very lucky reader as well as a copy of Amy Azzarito’s new DIY book Past and Present, which shows you how to make your own unique, one-of-a-kind furnishings, so enter to win this exciting prize bundle here ! ENTER HERE! > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amy Azzarito , decor books , DIY , diy books , diy design , diy interior design , free stuff , grace bonney , hidden compartment cabinet , inhabitat giveaway , interior design books , Jonathan Adler , past and present , past and present book , Todd Oldham        

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