This house called the Warehouse is located in the suburbs of Hiroshima, Japan. It has been designed by Shinichi Ogawa and associates. The Warehouse has a neat shape with an inner court providing an absolute privacy. The layout of the interior has a linear orientation creating a single room space with no limits. Rooms that needs an access to the water, as a kitchen or a bathroom, are stepped down from the living-room.
The placement of the furniture is functional, these free-standing wooden pieces with embedded toilets or closets should divide different spaces instead of a wall. The interior is separated from the enclosed court by a large sliding door that connects the outside with the interior and allows communication and interaction between these two areas. The dominant colour is white symbolising peace, harmony and light. White colour is complemented by black coloured elements or natural colour as decoration stones or flowers.
“7 More London” is a new headquarter of the company PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Southwark, London. This building has achieved very good results in BREEAM which is BRE Enviromental Assessment Method for sustainable technical building. BRE method was presented for the first time in 1990 and provides testing of the sustainability of new office spaces in Great Britain. The building is located near Thames river and Tower Bridge. The existing 10 storey building was extended by more than 60 000 square meters.
Architecture studio Foster&Partners created a multi-angle building with a polygonal inner court where the wings of the building meet by concave bridges. The facade of the inner atrium looks very simple and discrete. The building has a number of ecological and energy saving technologies and materials. A solar facade made in Germany for example with an incredible surface of 16 500 square meters. Because of the low sunlight transmittance of the facade covering, the interior has an optimal temperature even in the summer, what reduces air-conditioning costs.
Wadi Rum Resort is a concept created by Florida-based Oppenheim Architecture + Design for an 80,000-square-foot hotel in Wadi Rum, Jordan that will become a reality in 2014 when the rock is cut away and rooms are built in its facade. Wadi Rum is a stretch of desert in Jordan where there are rock formations and ancient rock paintings and carvings. With this resort, Oppenheim offers a harmonious unity between nature and man, working with the native materials and formations to guide their design. Read more…
Cuixmala, a luxurious and protected habitat sitting at the Pacific Coast of Mexico, houses over a mile of lush vegetation, golden sand beaches and lagoons. All of this natural beauty if surrounded a plethora of luxurious villas and private casitas. If service, setting and environmental experience is what you are looking for, Cuixmala delivers an exceptional product. With its own organic farms, Biosphere and protected habitat for endangered species, Cuixmala demonstrates that luxury does not have to be impacted by the commitment to maintain an environmentally integrated development.
- There’s no magic number for saving endangered species (physorg.com)
- Ontario green energy project could ‘kill, harm and harass’ endangered species (windconcernsontario.wordpress.com)
- The U.S. Issue: Endangered Species: A Coast-to-Coast Guide to Endangered Species (travel.nytimes.com)
- Bush-Era Endangered Species Policy Dropped By Obama Administration (huffingtonpost.com)
- Ontario wind power project could harm endangered species (news.nationalpost.com)
These days you’ll find that more and more hotels are putting up placards and hang tags encouraging guests to reuse towels and sheets on multi-night stays. But there are some hostels and hotels that are stepping up their green efforts even more. Kristin Conard of Matador Network recently listed 10 eco-friendly places to stay in the U.S. that will help you leave a smaller footprint as you travel, with options from spending $25 to $300 a night. Read more…
The Bella Sky Hotel and Conference Center, designed by 3XN Architects, will open next Monday in Copenhagen, becoming one of the largest hotels in Scandinavia. The dramatic twin towers twist and lean as they reach for the sky allowing all of the guests optimal views over the nature park ‘Amager Common’ located nearby. The hotel is in the new Ørestad neighborhood and has 814 rooms and 30 conference rooms. Its triangular patterned facade, which may be a little on the wild side, was designed with a purpose: to minimize solar heat gain and maximize energy efficiency. Read more…