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March 28, 2015

150 Trees Protect an Apartment Complex

150 trees 1 While living in an urban environment has many benefits, you’re often subject to noise, pollution, and lack of green space. This five-storey apartment building by Luciano Pia minimizes these disadvantages by cloaking the structure in a beautiful potted forest. Located in Turin, Italy, the facade also features silhouetted metal trees that foster the look and feel of a magnificent tree house.

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There are 150 trees scattered along the outside of the residential building, and they absorb nearly 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour. So, the lush greenery is not only aesthetically pleasing, but its natural absorption helps to eliminate harmful pollutants (such as car exhaust) as well as disruptive outside noise. Its presence also benefits the inside of the building, too. The plants’ full leaves in the spring and summer months mean that they help to block out the harsh sun. When they’re leafless in the winter, however, they bring in much-needed light to warm up the building.
This complex houses 63 units that each have terraces to hold the vegetation. In addition to the plants on the balconies, there are also gardens on the roof that further the idea of a grown up’s tree house. Though its inspiration comes from a childlike place, Pia’s design has fantastic real-world benefits for its tenants.

Submitted by: Sylvia

Source: My Modern Met

Posted by Mike McAllister 9:55am in Architecture, Being Green, Craftsmanship, Outdoor Living, Plant Decor No Comments

March 27, 2015

Norwegian Heights

Nor Heights 1This historic ski jump will soon be helping overnight guests reach new heights with an amazing, renovated penthouse apartment that is suspended 200 feet in the air. The lofty living space at the top of the Holmenkollen competitive arena in Norway was formerly a waiting room for competitors of the 1952 Winter Olympics. Now that it’s an apartment — set to open at the end of March — adventure lovers and ski enthusiasts can enjoy the spectacular vantage point overlooking snowcapped mountains with all the comforts of home. From the rooftop terrace, guests can even catch glimpses of the Northern Lights on a clear night.

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Lodging company AirBnB commissioned the project as part of a promotional contest, in which the company will give away the first night’s stay to the winner of an essay competition. The increasingly popular website that coordinates “places to stay from local hosts in 190+ countries” is known for offering accommodations in unusual venues. It’s no doubt the ski jump lodge ranks among the most unique. The apartment’s webpage humorously advises would-be guests, “Please do not apply if you are scared of heights.”

Submitted by: Jamie

Source: My Modern Met

Posted by Mike McAllister 9:45am in Architecture, Designer Homes, Modern Design, Outdoor Living No Comments

November 20, 2014


It has been announced that British designer Thomas Heatherwick is to build a public park and performance space on Manhattan’s lower west side. Entitled pier 55, the project will replace the dilapidated pier 54 with construction expected to start in 2016, costing in excess of $130 million.
Heatherwick studio has teamed up with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen in designing the pier, which will serve as a place of discovery, replete with lush lawns and pathways that offer expansive views of the Manhattan skyline. A performance space will serve as one of New York City’s premier venues for music, dance, theater and public art, along with independent community events. The majority of pier 55′s programming will be free and low cost, with prices set in accordance with nonprofit programming in New York City.

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November 06, 2014


10062014  1In the series of community development projects by 1+1>2 international architecture JSC, in collaboration with research centers and public health development COHED, the ‘bottle seedling house’ has been built within a rural community affected by HIV and AIDS. The work aims to improve the quality of agriculture, strengthen community connections, and help people with the conditions socially reintegrate.
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The land is located next to the sea dyke, with an average of 12 typhoons each year, which presents a big challenge when building. As a result, the architects understood that residence should be shaped to respond to natural disasters, protecting seedlings. The developed strategy has positioned the structure at the foot of the embankment – where it can be sheltered from the wind the most, the concrete pipe foundation can be buried deep underground, and enhanced cross bracing ensures a sustainable bamboo frame system.
With an aesthetic that displays the same design principles applied to wind-sails – a familiar image to the fishing villagers – the house appears as an interesting accent between fields. The combined curves from plastic bottles that sparkle like moving furniture, with strong visual appeal.

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Submitted by: Sylvia

Source: Design Boom

Posted by Mike McAllister 9:55am in Architecture, Ergonomic Living, Going Green, Modern Design, Modern Technology, Outdoor Living No Comments

August 12, 2014


Bamboo architects: a new movement led by architects Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban and Vo Trong Nghia is putting bamboo construction back in the spotlight, according to Chris Precht of Austro-Chinese practice Penda.
The rise of modern architecture in the last century pushed the material “out of the spotlight”, Precht said, but he added that the overuse of glass and steel in contemporary architecture meant that people are now “longing for a certain imperfection in things; an imperfection you get with natural materials.”
“When we see a building made of bamboo, we think about the natural environment,” added Precht, who recently unveiled a concept for a bamboo hotel and a spectacular bamboo gateway. “That creates a certain campfire romanticism of being off the grid for a while.”





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Source:  Dezeen

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December 13, 2013

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December 11, 2013

Create the Illusion of More Space with Transparency

More Space 12 11 2013For those who had enough with their living room setup and look for a more contemporary feel, designer Philippe Starck came up with these Kartell Victoria Ghost Chairs that promise to offer both comfort and versatility. Designed with a rounded backrest and keeping on the classic robustness, the new Ghost chairs are made from polycarbonate that makes them scratch and weather resistant, which means that you can use them both indoors and outdoors. Match these transparent chairs with the JOLLY Side Tables by designer Paolo Rizzatto and you have a complete set that will stand out.

Written by: Michael Veripapa

Source: Freshome

Posted by holdit 6:00am in Chair Design, Indoor Living, Modern Design, Modern Furniture, Modern Technology, Outdoor Living No Comments

January 30, 2013

POLaRT Outdoor Collection

Pol Art ArmchairOne of the most unusual new products from the Las Vegas World Market comes from the POLaRT outdoor furniture collection! Often described as fun, urban-chic design, POLaRT is a unique expression. POLaRT comes from the artistic way in which the company uses polymers. This outdoor armchair is definitely a statement piece!

Posted by bethany 4:17pm in Chair Design, Design Trends, Modern Design, Modern Furniture, Outdoor Living No Comments

October 21, 2012

Transparent Canoe Kayak

Check out the modern design of this unique hybrid canoe-kayak! Its transparent polymer hull offers paddlers an underwater vista of aquatic wildlife and waterscapes unavailable in conventional boats. Seating two people, the sturdy canoe hull is made of the same durable material found in the cockpit canopies of supersonic fighter jets.

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September 16, 2012

Garden on Wheels

Art and architecture collective Legge Lewis Legge have come up with this amazing opportunity to shape contemporary gardens. Named Fractal Garden, the project aims at constructing contemporary gardens by bringing together several diamond-shaped planters. Supported by wheels, these intriguing quadrilateral polygons expose a world of modern garden customization challenging you to express your love for geometry and nature.

Source: Freshome

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