Posts Tagged ‘Materials and Supplies’

Hemeroscopium House: Not an average neighborhood house

13/04/2011 Comments off

Houses Hemeroscopium by Ensamble Studios presses constraints on what can be prefab architecture. The house is constructed of three giant concrete I-beam, two concrete segments of the irrigation channels and two steel beams, all anchored by a 20-ton granite slab. The entire structure took about a year for engineers but only about one week to build. 

Prefab House Pool Designs 600x350 Hemeroscopium House: Not your average neighborhood house
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Bright Green Shipping Container Hut Welcomes Visitors to Evergreen Brickworks In Toronto

03/04/2011 Comments off

Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto is an environmental community center that has transformed the former Don Valley Brick Works factory into a showcase for urban sustainability. The mostly outdoor 12-acre site features a restored park and examples of green design, urban farming and much more. Welcoming visitors to the community center is an eye-popping, bright green hut, built from a shipping container and other reclaimed parts salvaged from the brickyard. Designed and built by Levitt Goodman Architects, the Brickworks Welcome Hut is serving as a temporary orientation center for visitors and is built with the same focus on sustainable building as the rest of the site.

For the Welcome Hut, Levitt Goodman repurposed a 20 foot shipping container and painted it bright green, which is Evergreen’s signature color. Two barn doors on either side open the space up to welcome visitors in from either direction and a bump out window box adds an interesting architectural element, not to mention a cool place to put some more plants. A scupper on the roof directs rainwater down a chain and into a rain barrel on the side of the hut.

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Curving Wood Floors Make Less Waste

03/04/2011 1 comment


Wood floors aren’t normally what you would think of as high tech. But a Dutch company called Bolefloor is using computers and CNC production to produce attractive and distinctive wood flooring that maximizes the amount of wood used. By scanning the wood and then using computer algorithms to calculate how best to cut the wood, unique floors with curving patterns can be produced that fits together like a jigsaw puzzle and minimizes waste.

According to the company, the technology used in this process maximizes the yield of usable wood flooring by using “wood scanning systems, tailor-made CAD/CAM developments and innovative optimization algorithms for placement software developed by a Finnish engineering automation company and three software companies in cooperation with the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology.” In addition to determining how to fit together the pieces of wood, the software also takes into account imperfections in the wood near edges or ends, so that the floor will be more durable.

I’m not completely sold on the idea that this is leads to a significant savings of wood. But, for the wood that is used, this aproach should allow some further use of material from each log and the ability to use smaller logs, as well.

Each floor needs to be custom produced using this system, which limits its applicability for off the shelf projects. But, if the need for a repair arises, the fabrication of a replacement piece should be easy to accomplish, using the same file that was used to create the original piece to fabricate a copy.

If you are interested in maximizing production volume, this certainly wouldn’t be the way to go. Efficiency is all about straight and regular. But if your definition of sustainability means ‘taking care of what you have,’ then creating something unique and beautiful that will encourage its owners to care for it and maintain it so it lasts, then this is a wonderful sustainable material.

via: BoingBoing

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Concrete Wallpapers

10/09/2010 Comments off

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 A new solution to cover blank and boring walls: wallpapers. Check out this ingenious product, via @Nordic_Design. The wallpaper can be applied with regular wall glue. For any further information as well as the various looks available, visit ConcreteWall.

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Apprentice Formation Centre by AIR in France

09/09/2010 Comments off

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Architects:  AIR / Cyrille Hanappe & Olivier Leclercq
AIR in collaboration with Cyille Hanappe & Olivier Leclercq, hace recently finished the extension of the Apprentice Formation Center in Val-de-Marne department, near Paris. The key aim was to transform the extension in a compact and economic building. The new extension, achieves the composition of the complex of the Chambre des Métiers of the Val-de-Marne Departement, near Paris.

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