Innovative Architecture Amidst The Trees

Innovative Architecture Amidst The Trees

Konrad Wójcik, an architecture student with WK Design, created a model of a unique home for a project. The goal was to develop a fully sustainable structure with a minimal imprint during the building process, and to maintain this after completion. Receiving the honor of a special mention, the conceptual idea for the tree line structure is a futuristic and highly interesting model. Called Primeval Symbiosis, the Single Pole House, they are built with wood and modeled after a naturally genius design – trees. The abstract development’s goal is to remain in balance with its surroundings, and floating along the… read more

Could You Spend 10 Days In A Wheel With Someone?

Could You Spend 10 Days In A Wheel With Someone?

An experiment that would test the patience in most, spending 10 days in an open Ferris wheel like environment is probably not something the majority would be lining up to do. Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder have created an installation titled In Orbit that makes observers see architecture in an interesting way. It is a performance art installation with a curious and in depth look into how our living situations, surroundings and those we live with affect us. It is a 25 foot structure that is composed of 2 units, one on the interior and the other outside of the… read more

3D Printing Gets Even More Intricate

3D Printing Gets Even More Intricate

The world of 3D printing has taken off, and one area that has seen an increase in the details and variety is with furniture and even larger products. One newer 3D printer allows plastic materials to be printed however; a process called fused deposition modeling (FDM) also makes it capable of utilizing blends of wood fibers, nylons and even polymers. Called the BigRep One, it is making quite a buzz in the ever developing printing arena. First shown at a 3D print showing in New York, it is now available on the consumer market. For a suggested retail price tag… read more

The Thesis Project Turned Mobile Living Space

The Thesis Project Turned Mobile Living Space

People have long held a love of being able to travel with their homes. Last year, a graduate student in architecture, Hank Butitta, reported that he was growing tired of school projects which were seemingly not useful in the real world of architecture. Evaluating the learning process in architectural application, he wanted to employ a full scale development instead of a project on paper for his thesis. A self-reported hands-on student, his proactive nature led him to an interesting purchase and renovation idea. Wanting to do more than a drawing assignments that would never leave the conceptual board or constructing… read more

Relax and Rest in Your Nest

Dedon's Nest Rest

An up-market sustainable product, DEDON’s beautiful ‘Nest Rest’ is a zero-waste cocoon for finding inner peace. This eco-friendly and very gorgeous piece of furniture was inspired in the way birds build their homes and cozy up in their nests. This cocoon was entirely created by waving a special trademark fabric that is recyclable, waterproof, long lasting and very strong. Shaped like a womb, the ‘Nest Rest’ is the perfect place to chill out, enjoy the subtle movement of this unique hammock and allow yourself to drift and daydream away. It was designed by Paris-based Daniel Puzet and Fred Frety, two longtime collaborators… read more

If You’re Stuck In An Office Read This

If You’re Stuck In An Office Read This

If you’ve been there – then you are with me on this one. Stuck behind a slab of concrete starkness or a carpeted cubicle, a drab working environment can completely drain you. If your surroundings are repeatedly uninspiring, chances are that over time you may feel a decrease in motivation and will be less productive. Architectural team Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano from Selgascano obviously thought of this with their open office space. Though the building may seem somewhat restricted in terms of size and shape, they have been able to create a sense of openness and availability to a beautiful… read more

Retro Refrigerator Redo

Retro Refrigerator Redo

Refrigerators are not normally an eye-catching appliance, usually more beloved for their contents than their appearance. The following designs, however, are stylish replicas of vintage refrigerators that hold true to their eras but have updated efficient features. EU Energy Label and US Energy Star ratings provide guides and suggestions to consider when purchasing appliances that will have an increased energy efficiency capacity. Colorful in lime green, red or toned down in cream, Oranier has a line of free standing refrigerators, which unlike older appliances, these have an A+ energy efficiency rating. This model features a cooling system and fan that… read more

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Those with young children around, in particular, can have a tendency to hate plastic toy clutter. Poor quality plastic toys and trinkets can invade a space, quickly taking up room, and it can also be a reminder of wasteful consumerism. As someone who has loathed my share of I will break in an hour or less plastic toys, the following artists with a strange approach to recycling them is sort of captivating to me. Oh Barbie. She has taken an abstract turn with these jewelry designs from Margaux Lange. An early love of the Barbie doll and all her infinite and imaginative adventures… read more

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefabricated homes can be smart choices when it comes to cost efficiency and time constraints. Soleta has designed a series of manufactured homes that are on the mark for their economical and ecofriendly features. They offer a zero energy version that comes fully equipped with hydroelectricity, solar and wind power. It is heated with thermal energy that is supplied by a system that combines geothermal and solar power. Cellulose is integrated in the building supplies to aid in retaining warmth along the base. Other sustainable and energy saving features include using materials that decrease heat transfer and energy loss. Additionally, there… read more

Use Cavity Closers to Fix Heat Loss in Buildings

Insulating with cavity closers

Most of the heat loss from buildings occurs at the windows as the heat passes through the glass. This can be minimized with high performance double or triple glazing. The next problem is that heat loss also occurs around the window. This is where cavity closers come into their own. In cavity walls, the inner and outer leaves of the brickwork have to be closed at the reveal, the recess around window and door frames. But if this is closed with more bricks and mortar, it may create a thermal bridge for heat to escape from the property. Bricks and… read more