Most architects and developers prefer to demolish run-down buildings and start from scratch, but not Edgley Design. The East London architecture firm chose instead to sustainably upcycle a 1960 one-story structure into the Wrap House, a striking contemporary home clad in stainless steel. Located in rural surroundings near the town of Godalming, the Wrap House retained the structure’s distinctive silhouette and was recognized as a winner in the Architects Journal Retrofit Awards 2014.
Architect Gianluca Gelmini transformed an old fortified building in Bergamo, Italy, into a beautiful modern space meant to accommodate a public library. Torre del Borgo is dominated by iron ramps and walkways and is part of a larger project that aims to redevelop the public spaces of Bergamo's Piazza del Borgo.
We’ve been following closely the story of the Texas man who paid $350,000 for the chance to kill an endangered black rhinoceros, and we’re sad to report today that the hunter has succeeded. Corey Knowlton purchased the permit to kill the endangered animal in an auction in January 2014, igniting a firestorm of controversy. Less than two months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sanctioned the hunt, Knowlton traveled to Namibia and killed a bull rhino with three shots.
Looking for a timber alpine retreat that’s different from the norm? Feast your eyes on the gorgeous Valley House, a proposed timber cabin that overlooks views of Italy’s Dolomite Mountains. Designed by architecture firm Plan Bureau, the asymmetric home was inspired by the topography of its mountainous surroundings. Geometric windows punctuate the timber facade to bring in natural light and frame views of the landscape.
China is floating plans to build a 3,300 mile railway network through the Amazon, jeopardizing one of the most critical and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Next week while touring South America, China’s Premier Li Keqiang will move ahead with discussions started last year by President Xi Jinping to connect the Atlantic in Brazil with the Pacific in Peru in order to facilitate faster and cheaper trade in commodities such as oil and iron ore, the Guardian reports. The railway network would slice through Amazonian swamps, forest and either desert or mountains, and disturb tribes that have never before had contact with the outside world.
If optical illusions strike your fancy, this dramatic mirrored sconce might be the closest you'll come to observing infinity. Drawing inspiration from American painter Frank Stella, this dazzling work of art from the Brooklyn-based Rosie Li mirrors LED light in a series of geometric shapes, producing a mesmerizing trick to the eye.
If you thought water and lighting are two things that should never meet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this mesmerizing new “Rain Lamp” by designer Richard Clarkson. The nature-inspired Rain Lamp uses a pump system to circulate water through a glass globe, allowing for a slow, steady drip of droplets that are projected by light onto surrounding surfaces. The steady drip of the lamp results in a mesmerizing ripple effect on your floor. Read on to see a short video of this unique light in action.
Up until now, Londoners haven't been able to rent their homes on a short-term basis without the fear of being fined. Now, the law will be updated to allow homeowners in the capital to use sites like Airbnb to rent their houses, apartments, or spare rooms for up to three months a year. To celebrate the new law, Airbnb has set sail on the Thames, in a fully functional two-bedroom house.
AERO Bike, a prototype birch bicycle frame, not only provides strength and flexibility in a lightweight material, but is also being used to test wooden design techniques for architecture. Conceived by student designers Martino Hutz, Atanas Zhelev and Mariya Korolova while working on structural designs for a wooden house, the initial birch bicycle prototype was shown as part of a presentation by Ezgaat Architects at Milan Design Week 2015. "To further develop our ideas and the technology for large-scale buildings," said project manager Zhelev, "we chose to start at a smaller scale by creating a bicycle."
These days, the U.S. is importing significantly less oil and bolstering its energy independence, and part of the reason is that renewable energy use is increasing throughout the country. While some states are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels (Texas, we are looking at you), others are producing an incredible amount of energy from clean sources like wind (we’re looking at you… wait, Texas?). This infographic reveals which states are leading the renewable revolution (and which could use a kick in the pants).
The federal government has unleashed its new action plan to save honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators currently at risk. While the plan, created by the U.S. Pollinator Task Force, makes some positive strides towards renewing pollinator habitats, it falls short of banning the pesticides which have been linked to bee decline.
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has transformed thousands of empty eye shadow containers into a glistening wave for the Venice Biennale. Entitled “Reverberation- Pavilion of Light and Sound,” the piece upcycles 90,000 black containers from cosmetics company Shiseido. The sparkling installation adds a sleek modern infusion to the Palazzo Pisani, a historic landmark built in 1603.
Japan’s scenery is both mesmerizing and inviting, yet its landscape is also often threatened by natural disasters. This leaves homeowners with the task of reinforcing their homes. One family in southwest Japan has opted to hire Architecture Studio Nolla to build a hybrid house of both traditional lumber and glued laminated timber (glulam, for short), which provides protection from Mother Nature, cost-effective climate control, and - most importantly - peace of mind.