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New “inflatable concrete” construction system is born in Austria

New “inflatable concrete” construction system is born in Austria | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Architects hoping to play with large, free-form concrete structures often get sent back, literally, to the drawing board because the complex timber formwork required is so expensive. But now a new, “inflatable concrete” system developed in Austria could restore some of that freedom by removing the need for formwork altogether.

Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (VUT) this month announced the successful demonstration of a system that uses air cushions to push and bend newly-poured concrete slabs up into predetermined shapes..


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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 7, 2014 2:31 PM

Interesting new technology for concrete

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Materials Of The Future: 7 Amazing Trends For 2014 And Beyond

Materials Of The Future: 7 Amazing Trends For 2014 And Beyond | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

The history of architecture is deeply engrained in technological developments of the time. Skyscrapers would have never reached such heights without developments in steel, for example, and facades would have never slimmed down without thin-shell concrete.


In a time that is so buzzing with technological development, we cannot help but salivate a little at the material prospects for architecture that are just on the horizon. With 2014 just beginning, we want to take a moment to see what drastic innovations may be leaking into the world of architecture in the near future.


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CNC-Cut pavilion is a Wave of Renewable Cork in Portugal

CNC-Cut pavilion is a Wave of Renewable Cork in Portugal | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it
Cork is making a comeback as an insulation material; this project demonstrates you can make an entire structure out of this versatile material.

Warm to the feel, insulating and renewable, cork is truly an amazing material. We've seen beautiful structures made completely out of cork previously, and now a trio Portuguese designers are experimenting with cork as a material for parametric design. Rising up from the ground like a wave of cork, the Vaulted Cork Pavilion by Pedro de Azambuja Varela, Maria João de Oliveira and Emmanuel Novo was recently showcased at Porto's biennial Concreta fair.


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Contemporary Farmhouse in Victoria: Designed for flexibility & sustainability

Contemporary Farmhouse in Victoria: Designed for flexibility & sustainability | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

This contemporary farmhouse in Victoria, designed by Doherty Lynch, was a complete rebuild after the original farmhouse was destroyed in a fire. The clients wanted a modern and relaxing holiday home for 4 families, including 17 grandchildren.


Therefore, the design needed to expand and contract to accommodate a fluctuating flow of guests as well as be durable, insulate against noise and be completed within a tight budget.


A layered approach to textured, robust and honest materials called for cabinetry that is a mix of Japanese Sen ash, ‘Moleskin’ by Laminex, and other laminates with exposed ply edges. Walls & ceilings were painted out in Dulux ‘Natural White’ with recessed areas (for electronic equipment) in Dulux ‘Luck.’ Other materials include double-glazed glass, concrete slab, fire-resistant timbers, porcelain tiles and plywood substrates at joinery locations.

Additional sustainable features include passive temperature control from the thermal mass of the concrete slab and low-e glass, while resource-conserving sustainable features include water harvesting, solar power, and energy-efficient windows.


View more images of this beautiful, sustainable and contemporary farmhouse at designhunter.net.


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Living Within Nature: A Contemporary Farm House in Sweden

Living Within Nature: A Contemporary Farm House in Sweden | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

The house, that is situated on the wets coast of Sweden, is a retreat for a family living in England. The house is a combination of the typical Swedish farm house form with a contemporary way of living in close contact with the surrounding nature.


The house is clad with untreated wood on the outside that will turn grey over time. The inside of the house is more delicate. The large living room / kitchen can be opened up with large sliding glazed doors so the inside becomes part of the outside.

It's considered a "'super-normal" house that is both modern and traditional at the same time.


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The Rock House in Norway Adjusts to the Terrain...

The Rock House in Norway Adjusts to the Terrain... | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

The Rock House replaces an older building at the site and had to be well adjusted to the terrain, both in terms of shape, scale, material and color. The house and terraces are partly built upon existing stone walls, the parts of the walls which are new are made of stones from the blasting at the site. The low elongated volume is cut into to allow for wind shielded outdoor areas, embraced by the house itself. These cuts also bring down the scale of the building, and together with the local variations of the section, make the building relate to the surrounding cliff formations.

On the outer perimeter of terraces and pool, a glass fence also protects against wind, but allows for maximum view. The house is clad with Kebony wood, a sustainable process of treating the wood to allow for good durability towards the exposure to salt water...

 

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Sculptural architecture blurs the division between built form and landscape...

Sculptural architecture blurs the division between built form and landscape... | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Barwon Heads in Victoria is undergoing a period of significant change. Heritage restrictions currently protect older fishing shacks whilst the remainder of the seaside town is progressively being redeveloped.

The architecture now emerging is significantly contributing to the evolution of this small coastal township. The interesting circular building form of this house emerged from the architects Jackson Clements Burrows exploring circular forms, which resulted in a circular skylight over the first floor living areas and the overall shape of the house mirroring and immersing the structure into the Ti-tree dominated landscape.

The house is wrapped in a skin of vertical cedar battens, which not only provide privacy and solar protection but also blur the division between the built form and the landscape...


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A cross-shaped, self-sufficient micro home built from containers

A cross-shaped, self-sufficient micro home built from containers | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Georgian architect Dachi Papuashvili has developed a concept for a cross-shaped micro home built from shipping containers to house a member of the church.

Papuashvili, who is based in Tbilisi, wanted to design a residence that could accommodate either a cleric or a layman as a retreat for study. The intention is to use waste materials, including shipping containers, to produce a prototype that can be easily constructed and would be entirely self-sufficient.


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, May 12, 2014 5:30 AM

Autre projet encore de résidence temporaire ultralégère en énergie grise et en consommation énergétique (autosuffisante) au quotidien.  Plutôt qu'un lieu de vacances, un lieu de retraite et d'étude.

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Mesmerizing Minimalist Circle Sculptures Represent Nature's Cycles

Mesmerizing Minimalist Circle Sculptures Represent Nature's Cycles | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it
Environmental artists Martin Hill and Phillipa Jones create beautiful circular sculptures with an environmentally poignant message representing the cycles of nature.

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Sustainability From Top To Bottom: Locally Sourced Timber Clad Homes

Sustainability From Top To Bottom: Locally Sourced Timber Clad Homes | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

When designing a home according to high standards of sustainability, an architect must consider all details of construction, from the way the structure absorbs and releases solar energy, to rainwater collection, to incorporating double-paned windows to reduce heat transfer.

They must also consider the environmental impact of the materials used to construct the home itself. Transporting resource-intensive materials across long distances significantly increases the home's overall carbon footprint.

To mitigate these adverse effects, the solution is much closer than one might think: opting for locally sourced and responsibly harvested timbers and woods. Instead of cutting down pines and oaks in sensitive forests to use for hardwood floors and cabinets, architects can make use of already fallen trees near the construction site to source their design needs. The following homes, façades, floors, and products come from wood found nearby, and are either left untreated for a rustic appearance or milled and cured on-site for a richer finish. Sustainability from start to finish.


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mickelin burnes-browne's curator insight, November 8, 2013 4:02 PM

Think Green and save the environment.

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Living Within Nature: A Contemporary Farm House in Sweden

Living Within Nature: A Contemporary Farm House in Sweden | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

The house, that is situated on the wets coast of Sweden, is a retreat for a family living in England. The house is a combination of the typical Swedish farm house form with a contemporary way of living in close contact with the surrounding nature.


The house is clad with untreated wood on the outside that will turn grey over time. The inside of the house is more delicate. The large living room / kitchen can be opened up with large sliding glazed doors so the inside becomes part of the outside.

It's considered a "'super-normal" house that is both modern and traditional at the same time.


Visit the link for more photos of this beautiful and contextual project...


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Ecologia Montréal: a contemporary LEED Platinum home by Gervais Fortin

Ecologia Montréal: a contemporary LEED Platinum home by Gervais Fortin | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Ecologia Montréal, designed by Gervais Fortin, is the first single dweling home in Montreal, Canada aiming for a Platinum LEED certification.

The owner, in collaboration of the Ecologia Foundation, had the objective to reduce the home's ecological footprint by using healthy, local and non-toxic materials. The team demonstrated that it’s possible to build an ecological house without sacrificing good, contemporary design. All the materials were hand-picked from the most ecoresponsible suppliers of Quebec and featured a combination of exposed beams, large windows and an inner courtyard, creating a cozy and modern living space.

In addition to utilizing a geothermal system, he structure of the house is built with insulating concrete forms, mostly constituted of 100% recycled materials. As for the concrete used for the structure and as thermal mass, concrete contains 39% recycled materials. Ideal in an urban setting, a green roof completes it all.

Ecologia Montréal is the first house in Quebec to integrate the BioGeometry™ science, to control electromagnetic fields, to consider the energy of the earth and to infuse domestic water. The combination of all these factors harmonize the emotional, vital and spiritual levels of the home and its occupants...


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Sculptural architecture blurs the division between built form and landscape...

Sculptural architecture blurs the division between built form and landscape... | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Barwon Heads in Victoria is undergoing a period of significant change. Heritage restrictions currently protect older fishing shacks whilst the remainder of the seaside town is progressively being redeveloped.

The architecture now emerging is significantly contributing to the evolution of this small coastal township. The interesting circular building form of this house emerged from the architects Jackson Clements Burrows exploring circular forms, which resulted in a circular skylight over the first floor living areas and the overall shape of the house mirroring and immersing the structure into the Ti-tree dominated landscape.

The house is wrapped in a skin of vertical cedar battens, which not only provide privacy and solar protection but also blur the division between the built form and the landscape...


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