diciembre, 2009 | Diseño & Arquitectura

Container Solar Charging Station in NY

According to a recent press release, a sustainable energy company calledBeautiful Earth Group just unveiled this containerized electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  With a soaring array of photovoltaic panels, the BMW Mini E pictured runs exclusively on fresh, green power generated by the off-grid, modular station.  You’ll note that the station just so happens to be built with recycled shipping containers, too. After a 3-hour charge, the Bimmer has a range of about 100 miles.  When an additional charge is needed, the upper level of the charging station has a battery... 
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New Upcycled Container Cafe in Austin

Mark Meyer of Austin-based designSTUDIO recently pointed us to one of his newest projects, la Boite.  La Boite is a green, environmentally sensitive cafe with locally baked goods, sandwiches, and coffee.  It was built from an old shipping container, and if you’re interested in details of the transformation, read more about it on designSTUDIO’s blog.  For the project, DesignSTUDIO used Rainwater HOG’s for greywater collection, biobased spray foam insulation, and Forbo linoleum for the floor and one wall.  You can find la Boite on 1700 South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas. ... 
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20 Fuentes Gratis de Calidad

Every now and again we take a look around, select “fresh” high-quality free fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually the time you should be investing in your current projects. We search for them and we find them, so you don’t have to. In this selection we’re glad to present you Madawaska ExtraLight, Apparatus SIL, League Gothic, Contra and many other high-quality free fonts. Please read the license agreements carefully before using the fonts — the license can change from time to time. New Free Fonts For Your... 
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Building of Swatch in Tokio

Shigeru Ban design building in the heard of Tokio for the company Swatch. Building is separated into 4 parts, by Swatch´s luxury labels. Single parts are break up by superfloors with a hanging gardens. Others floors are anchorage and so the hanging gardens have visuale domination. The Nicolas G. Hayek Center is the new Swatch store in Ginza, Tokyo. It was built in 2007 and has 13 floors that are connected by hydraulic glass elevators. Every elevator is a showroom moving at 15m/min that connects visitors to one of the 7 stores. Each of the Swatch’s luxury labels has its own store and is completely... 
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Swiss Museum of Transport

Swiss Museum of Transport (Verkehrshaus), Lucerne – Switzerland (2005). Arquitectura, Anette Gigon and Mike Guyer “Gigon/Guyer architekten”. Diseño de la exposición, “oos ag”. Fotografías, e-architect.co.uk (arriba) yarchitekturblid/dominique marc wehrli (abajo). El proyecto resuelve la ampliación del “swis museom of transport” incorporando dos nuevos volúmenes; uno destinado a acoger el vestíbulo, dos restaurantes, un auditorio, el espacio destinado a exposiciones temáticas temporales y un taller, y el otro al transporte por carretera. La fachada del primer volumen,... 
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Cabaña Container para el patio trasero

Recently in The Oregonian, there was an article by Ruth Mullen about this upcycled container cabana built by Mike Corvi using a 8′ x 20′ steel shipping container.  Corvi bought the container for $2,900; hired some craftsmen to cut out the windows and doors; installed dual-pane Jeld-wen windows and a sliding door; wired the place for electricity, cable, and heat; and installed rigid foam insulation and birch plywood paneling.  He finished the space for ~$8,000, and Corvi wants to sell similar container cabanas for ~$16,000.  He’s also working on a prototype with a kitchen and... 
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Chicago Espera su Nueva Aqua Tower

Chicago has a new 82-story tower on its skyline that is due for completion in the Spring of 2010.  But in a city of grids and rectilinear forms, the AQUA tower has a distinctive character with a more fluid appearance coming from the deep projecting balconies which are reminiscent of geologic rock formations.  Designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, AQUA is also currently the tallest structure designed by a woman-led firm. The project is pursuing LEED certification, but only at the basic (Certified) level.  As such, it does not have a long checklist of impressive green features... 
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MDF de Masisa

Cocina Creativa – Lorena Menéndez Ohan Para este mes de Diciembre Masisa nos presenta otro de sus grandes productos para la construcción y el diseño arquitectónico. Se trata del MDF o tablero de fibras de densidad media, el cual es una placa que viene en diferentes espesores y es ideal para trabajar en revestimientos o mobiliario en general. ¿Qué es el MDF? Tablero de fibras de madera de pino radiata unidas entre si por adhesivo urea-formaldehído mediante presión y temperatura. MDF significa en inglés “Medium Density Fiberboard”, es decir “Tablero de fibra de Densidad Media” Dimensiones *Formato: 1.52... 
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A Super Efficient Straw BaleHaus

Modcell, a company in the UK that makes prefabricated panels from staw and hemp, this year completed a two-story straw bale home on the campus of the University of Bath.  The home, referred to as Balehaus@Bath, was designed by White Design.  Over a year, the Balehaus will be monitored in thirty-second increments with 12 sensors inside and 66 sensor in the walls, measuring such things as thermal performance, acoustics, air tightness, and relative humidity. The panels made by Modcell were assembled with renewable, non-toxic straw from a local farm filled in a wooden structural frame.  They’re... 
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Zaha Hadid y nuevas formas curvas

The largest investment and construction in Russia, of these days, are exhibition halls with residential skyscraper, Expocenter, located in a centre of the Moscow, designed by Zaha Hadid. The main aim of the horizontal space is to house the exposition and conference halls. In the ground-floor author created open, but cover place for outdoor exhibition. The skyscraper is compound from two slight towers, that tastily join moscow´s skyline. The Western tower is a hotel, provides comfortably services from a market to a spa. The residences are in the Eastern tower.  Read More →
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