The creative minds of Terry & Terry Architecture designed this San Francisco townhouse which maintains a classic Victorian front & exterior while the rear of the house boasts a contrasting, modern style.
In their words:
While maintaining parts of the original Victorian layout, Terry & Terry Architecture designed a new rear portion of the house, adding bathrooms, bedrooms, and an open concept kitchen, dining, and living area. Also added were outdoor desk spaces, a ground-level patio and tiered exterior stairs.
This Kindergarten Kekec in Ljubljana, Slovenia encourages kids to color on the walls, so to speak. It’s a multi-functional approach which brings the structure to life. The exterior walls are comprised of wooden slats with a natural finish on one side, and vibrant color on the other, making it both a means to direct nature’s elements while allowing the young ones to continually transform the color pattern of the facade.
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Singapore’s extravagant Marina By Sands Casino and Resort introduces a museum whose design is one of a kind. The Art Science Museum building, designed by green enthusiast Moshie Safadie, is described as one resembling a lotus flower or outreached hand allowing the roof to collect copious amounts of water and light for direct museum consumption.
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Naruse-Inokuma Architects have come up with something that’s not only eco-friendly, but innovative and functional as well. These house-shaped sticky tabs – or IE-TAGs (“ie” is Japanese for “house”) – originate from wood debris from actual houses.
via Design Milk
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The nation’s largest rooftop solar installation was unveiled last week in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The building (seen above) is a FedEx shipping plant and is quite impressive to say the least. Jersey leads the east coast in solar energy production and is 2nd to only California in the nation.
The Fashion Institute of Technology is getting a much needed face lift to their minimalist concrete box on 7th Avenue in NYC.
SHoP Architects was awarded the winning design in an invited competition to design the Institute’s new street front look. The new addition will add a multi-layered metal and translucent glass facade, as well as primary circulation, review and new exhibition spaces, which will connect to the studio spaces and the skylit student quad on the 5th floor.
For a complete analysis of the design head over to Inhabitat.
In light of the earthquake in Haiti and the emergent need for short-term emergency shelters, Core77 is inviting designers to create innovative pop-up shelter solutions in their latest 1 Hour Design Challenge. Core77 will donate $500 to Architecture For Humanity’s Haiti Earthquake Support Program in the name of the winner. For more details go here.
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PNC’s green wall towers at nearly 2,400 in square feet which is the size of two tennis courts. Wow!
According to a post over at Forecast Earth, the idea is catching on.
Like green roofs—their perpendicular counterparts—green walls are covered in vegetation and provide the benefits of natural insulation and removal of air pollutants. PNC, which provides banking and wealth management services, estimates it will be 25 percent cooler behind the wall than the ambient summer temperatures.
The PNC wall features more than 15,000 ferns, sedums, brass buttons and other plants that create a swirling pattern of varying hues of green above the company’s logo. They are divided among hundreds of 2-by-2-foot aluminum panels that were anchored onto the building’s frame after part of the granite facade was removed.
Joanne Westphal, a landscape architecture professor at Michigan State University (more…)
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Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti in this time of crisis. We would like to highlight Architecture for Humanity’s efforts and response to the Haiti crisis after the 7.0 earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince on the 12th on January. To learn more on Architecture for Humanities efforts and how to support their cause click here.
Taipei 101 mainly known for being one of the tallest structures built to date will be teaming up with SL+A International Asia Inc., Siemens and EcoTech International Inc. to incorporate eco-upgrades in hopes to reduce annual cost by almost 20 Million annually. Harace Lin, Chairman of the Taipei Financial Center Corporation, said on Monday, “As the world’s tallest [completed] building, Taipei 101 aims to raise people’s awareness about our environment and be a pioneer of international green building certification for existing buildings.”