House ARM Uses Simple Geometry for Optimal Natural Light

© Eugenio H. Vegue & Francisco Sepúlveda

The House ARM, a 1,751 square-foot home designed by OOIIO Arquitectura and situated in Toledo, Spain (some 4,000 miles — give or take — from that other one in Ohio), is a functional, cost-effective one level home that uses geometric extrusions and sections to gather as much natural sun light as possible. Continue reading “House ARM Uses Simple Geometry for Optimal Natural Light”

Concrete Tubing Recycled into Affordable "All-Tube" Hotel

Upon initially seeing this picture below, the first thought that came to mind was:

“This is probably what the ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ would have built if the story took place in the late 20th-to-early 21st century.”

This is the “Tubohotel,” located in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico, which is less than an hour away from Mexico City.  The hotel was designed by T3arc, whose goal was to swiftly build a hotel at a low cost, and it is an affordable hotel that utilizes recycled concrete tubing for the rooms, which allows the rooms to showcase some amazing views of the area’s landscape and natural features.  The Tubohotel is said to have been inspired by architect Andreas Strauss’ Das ParkHotel. In contrast, the Tubohotel’s concrete modules have included some glass to provide better panoramic views for the guests (mainly of the local mountain range, Sierra del Tepozteco). Legend has it that Tepoztlan (the site of the Tubohotel) is the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, Mexico’s ancient feathered serpent god.   Continue reading “Concrete Tubing Recycled into Affordable "All-Tube" Hotel”

A History Lesson of Instant Ramen

I love eating Ramen Noodles; I even go as far as adding some extras spices and meat (chicken, sausage, brisket, etc.). I read this story from Gizmodo a while back that talks about the history of Ramen noodles and their original purpose in its conception: to combat poverty post-World War 2 in Japan, and, potentially, to end world hunger. To think that in the last century, a … Continue reading A History Lesson of Instant Ramen

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