Sunday, January 04, 2009

The curving arcs house by Oshatz

The Fennell residence is a floating house in Portland, Oregon designed by the architect Robert Oshatz. The imaginative use of curved glue lam beams evoke the poetry of the ripples and contours of a river. The clients likes loft-style living, so they need was no more than a living areas, a kitchen, a master bedroom, a study, guest bed and bath.

The expansive glass facade embraces the river and frames the sunset, and one accesses the deck via an expansive sliding glass door. The master bedroom sits over a study and looks out over the living dining area and out to the river beyond. The curvilinear forms create spacial differentiation that enhance the experience of time as light plays through the daily and
seasonal changes. Oshatz says “For this house I created one curving radius for the full home, then manipulated an s-curve to fit inside that radius,” The resulting interior gives the feeling of being inside a seashell.


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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Lighthouse UK’s first zero carbon home

The Lighthouse is the UK’s first ever net zero carbon home that also meets the level 6 of the UK Standard Code for Sustainable Homes. The design has been unveiled at the Offsite 2007 exhibition in Watford. The two-bedroom house is only 93.3 square meters and is insulated to lose 60% less heat than a normal home. The building has solar panels and evacuated solar tubes on its roof, as well as making use of passive measures with ventilation chimneys. It also incorporates rainwater catchment as part of the building design.

The Lighthouse use Kingspan Off-Site’s TEK Building System with a U-value of 0.11W/m2K and excellent levels of airtightness and has been designed to provide generous daylight levels and includes effective solar control.

The building integrate renewable and sustainable technologies designed by Arup. These include water efficiency techniques, such as low volume, sanitary ware and appliances, rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling, as well as renewable energy technologies, including a biomass boiler, building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and a solar-thermal array.

Lighthouse also includes mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR), as well as a roof-mounted wind catcher, which provides secure night-time ventilation for passive cooling, in conjunction with thermal mass boards in the ceilings and external shading.

It is a leading example because not only is it made with the most sustainable materials, but is also designed to encourage and shape a more sustainable lifestyle for its occupants.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Green on 19 by Jesse Bornsteinis

The "Green on 19" Project recently completed by the Architect Jesse Bornsteinis a town home project on 19th Street in Santa Monica with environmentally features.

This project was to integrate green technologies and materials within a modern design sensibility on a larger scale to act as a catalyst.

It received a lot of ink for being a very green development, i.e., for having solar panels, low water landscaping, double-sided EcoSmart ethanol burner, high efficiency ac, bamboo cabinetry, dual-glazed windows that provide abundant natural light and ventilation and many other features.

The design with its serial pattern and clean dipartite formal composition capped with semi-transparent bi-facial photovoltaic solar canopies that provide shade for roof decks as well as over 3, 000kwh of electricity generation per year for each unit, these townhomes are made to incite excitement and a sense of optimism for a sustainable future.

Also at the core of each house is an ethanol burning fireplace that is encased in the same FSC-certified bamboo laminate that is used throughout the project for cabinetry and flooring.

Orther features include low flow plumbing equipment and fixtures and 100% drought tolerant landscaping. All rainwater is retained on site for irrigation use and urban runoff mitigation. HVAC equipment exceeds 90% efficiency and uses non-toxic refrigerant.

In addition to its active green features, each townhome has been designed to take the greatest possible advantage of natural light and ventilation.

Project details

* Project Name: Green on 19 Sustainable Townhomes
* Location of Site: Santa Monica, CA, USA
* Design Team: Jesse Bornstein AIA, Myung Jong Lee, David Peartree AIA
* Project Type: Multi-Family Residential
* Site Area: 8000 sf
* Built-up Area: 3959 sf
* Date of completion: March, 2008

Excellent article in the Los Angeles Times

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