marzo, 2010 | Diseño & Arquitectura

Fincube, perfección alemana

german firm studio aisslinger have created ‘fincube’ a concept for a new modular, sustainable and transportable low energy house. developed together with a south tyrolian team the ‘fincube’ was created 1200m above sea level near bozen in northern italy. made entirely of local wood, the building provides 47 sqm of living space with a minimal CO2 footprint. it is a materialized vision of a small housing unit with a long lifecycle. it can easily be dismantled and rebuilt on a new site, and even more important for nature hideaways: it requires minimum soil sealing – just... 
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Fracture Tables by Tyco Tat

One table is fractured into three, then connected again by a series of colourful resin links. The jigsaw puzzle nature of Tyco Tat’s Fracture adds the element of play that makes this modular piece of furniture memorable. Tyco is a Toronto-based industrial designer who “sees the world as a creative playground of endless possibilities” and translates this vision into practical products through work at his studio, Tychotic Design.  Read More →
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EcoRock: Sustainable drywall

Drywall is the number three producer of greenhouse gasses among building materials, trailing just behind cement and steel. Its production generates 200 million tons of carbon dioxide gas, a host of gypsum mines, and immense amounts of energy are required to fire the 500 degree kilns in which it is produced. But a ‘game-changer’ is on the horizon: EcoRock. This innovative material requires no gypsum, no ovens to produce, is made from 85 percent industrial by-products and is fully recyclable!  Read More →
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Inside out – outside in by Rocker-lange architects

Boston- and Hong Kong-based Rocker-Lange Architects have designed a villa called Inside Out – Outside In for the Ordos 100 project in Inner Mongolia, China. The house is one of 100 private residences, all designed by different architects selected by architects Herzog & de Meuron for the Ordos 100 project, which is master planned by artist Ai Wei Wei.By creating an architecture which is interwoven with its surroundings, we allow the climate to work with the inhabitants, rather than against them.”  Read More →
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Waiting room

Jeffrey Inaba of Inaba Projects has a new pavilion on display now in Rome, sponsored by Enel, Italy’s largest utilities provider. Because of that sponsorship, Inaba “wanted to use numerous forms of alternative energy applications,” but decided, in the end, to apply “just one that was highly productive and cost effective.” The pavilion is thus solar-powered – Inaba describes it as an “Alice in Wonderland mushroom meets solar-ray chomping Pac-Man.”  Read More →
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VilaSofa store by Tjep.

Tjep. was commissioned to create a shop environment for a new furniture brand called VilaSofa. VilaSofa is positioned between a conventional furniture shop and Ikea in terms of distribution speed.The graphics are derived from symbols used in transportation, while a white wall with cut-out shapes representing chandeliers, windows and balconies represents the home.Staff use sales desks on wheels to allow customers to complete their purchase while sitting on their chosen sofa.  Read More →
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Objetos de diseño (varios)

Desk Job by Simon Fujiwara Via @designboom, a desk, photos, documents and text by artist Simon Fujiwara that tells a story. “His passion for constructing stories and his love of writing and writers are all evident in his narrative work.”  Read More →
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10 Things to Consider in Using Shipping Containers

Modern day pioneer John Wells is doing some interesting work in Alpine, Texas.  On his desert swath in The Field Lab, which is also referred to as The Southwest Texas Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Field Laboratory, Wells is living off the grid and maintaining an interesting (and humorous) journal in the process.  Read More →
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Eco Cabin for Camp Emerald Bay Scouts

Richard Hammond and Gensler’s Santa Monica office contributed to a unique container project for a Boy Scouts’ campground in Emerald Bay (on Catalina Island off the coast of southern California).  According to Metropolis, the low-impact cabin was made with old shipping containers, reclaimed lumber, durable rubber flooring, LED lighting, and solar photovoltaics.  The roof — which is, perhaps, more eye-catching than the transformed containers — was made with a stretched silicone-coated fiberglass material. The built prototype presents a new and sustainable, albeit... 
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Refugios Temporales para Haití / Andrés Duany

Tras el desastroso Terremoto que azotó Haití, arquitectos han estado trabajando arduamente para lograr soluciones que puedan dar refugio a las miles de familias que perdieron sus hogares. Ha pasado poco tiempo y ya se pueden ver algunos resultados concretos. El Arquitecto Andres Duany ha diseñado una práctica propuesta en relación a la realidad que se vive en Haiti. Junto con la asesoría de profesionales de otra áreas como sicólogos y antropólogos logró cuatro estructuras diferentes. Las diferencias entre cada una de ellas se deben a las distintas formas de habitar que se tienen dentro... 
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