The new, slim, transparent Tribunal de Paris, located in the north-central part of the Paris located in the country of France (rather than the Paris in the state of Texas in the United States) will round-up the varied facilities currently dispersed around the capital like Voltron to become Europe’s largest law courts complex. The 525-foot-high by 115-foot-wide tower building is composed of four stacked superimposed volumes of decreasing size — similar to that of a staircase — that are carefully planned and designed for the best and efficient ease of use. The tiered level system (with each tier containing about ten stories) also allows large roof terraces that will be landscaped and planted with some 500 trees. This would soften the building’s sharp glass motif to create more comfortable spaces for solitary and group activities.
The House ACP, designed by Candida Tabet Arquitectura and completed last year (2016), is located on a semi-circle-shaped plot of land in Indaiatuba, Brazil that is a single story tall and features a mezzanine — acting as a featured social area — and an annex playroom house for the two children of the couple who this house was designed and built for. The building’s orientation helps maximize the views of the beautiful surrounding environment, as well as showcase the ciruclation of the interior spaces, while the double-height of the mezzanine’s great cieling promotes cross-ventilation (allowing the hot air to do what it does best; RISE).
Denmark-based Studio LOKAL has won the competition for the design of a residential tower in Copenhagen, with The Hanging Gardens, its proposal for a merger of the historic brick buildings of Carlsberg (which is also the site of a former vegetable market) with the concept of a personal garden for each resident. The project — with construction set to start in April of 2017 — also has the concept of encouraging residents to grow their own produce in one of the tower’s gardens, a method of returning to homegrown roots. Continue reading Studio LOKAL’s Hanging Gardens Tower Wins Copenhagen Residential Competition
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
Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architectures teamed up with Agroecologist Amlankusum to create Hyperions, a vertical, energy positive eco-neighborhood proposed for Jaypee Green Sports City in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) in India. The project’s goal is to “reconcile urban renaturation and small-scale farming with environment protection and biodiversity,” the project combines low-tech and high-tech elements with the “objective of energy decentralization and food deindustrialization.”
Continue reading The Hyperions, an Eco-Neighborhood that Produces Energy in India
Many have considered trading their houses for a life on the water and have gone through with it. However, many people don’t like the idea of living in a cramped area and having below deck living quarters. If you’re on the fence about it, you should look at this floating, solar-powered home designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema. Zema’s design, called “Waternest 100,” had been designed for years by EcoFloLife in response to Earth’s climate warming and rising sea levels that would irrevocably change our coastlines. Continue reading Float in Style with this Recycled & Solar-Powered House!
When you step inside a facility like this one in upstate New York, you’d see a series of conveyor belts transporting heaps of electronics — ranging from hard drives, laptops, old TVs, printers, medical devices, etc. — to and from shredders and sorters. It’s called e-waste, which is made of millions of broken, dead, and obsolete gadgets, and sometimes much of the gadgets are either too toxic and/or too valuable to just chunk into a dumpster, sooooooo, they get recycled. At Hugo Neu Recycling, formerly the largest recycler of scrap metal in the country, they now specialize in e-waste, and much of their clientele are businesses who want/need to offload their junk. Plus, it’s also a grim and sobering reminder of just HOW MUCH waste is being produced by our society’s obsession with latest and greatest of electronics. Continue reading Check Out this E-Waste Recycling Plant Demolishing your Dead Tech…
Are you looking for a place to live (like me)? Are you currently looking into the Prince George’s County area in Maryland (NOT like me)? The this house might have you turning your head, and all for interesting design and eco-efficiency reasons. This home stands out from, well, just look at it; the house is partially constructed underground! The 3,300-square-foot home sitting on 1.3 acres of land in Clinton, Md. may LOOK like your average colonial brick design in the front, but if you look at the side and rear, you’ll see that the underground design provides a natural insulation that is eco-friendly. According to the home’s listing, utility bills will average you about $150 a month. Not bad…
Just for the sake of imagination and comparison, you could realistically walk pass or through this narrow lot by just taking two huge steps. While that may make you think that a lot of this size wouldn’t seem ideal for any structure, much less a home for three (INCLUDING parking), however that’s exactly what this Japanese family got and it’s fantastic. This house in Horinouchi, Japan comes to us from the design work of Mizuishi Architects, and it displays some very clever design choices. If you look at that overhang in the picture above, it adds square footage to the inside of the home, AND provides weather protection for a parking spot. Continue reading Awkward Plot Success Story: A 594 Square Foot Japanese Home
One of the things that strikes me the most about the Tiny House Movement, is the affordability, a varied shapes and sizes they come in, the freedom, and basically how resourceful and resource-friendly most of the dwellings are. Of course, while style and function make a tiny house standout, this adorable A-Frame house is a standout on its affordability, as well. Relax Shacks offers this A-frame for just $1,200, which includes a translucent polycarbonate roof attached with hinges and props up on stakes to expand the space from 80 square feet to 110. Continue reading Get Yourself a Tiny, Transforming A-Frame House for $1,200!