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In Harmony with the Site: New Forest House by PAD Studio

In Harmony with the Site: New Forest House by PAD Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

PAD studio have designed a house located in the New Forest National Park, United Kingdom.

The dwelling is set within an 18.5 acres, located within the New Forest National Park. The massing, form and orientation of the new building has been carefully conceived in order that the proposals minimise the impact on the site and its surroundings. The main dwelling and annex building both have low rise green roofs.

They are oriented to maximise solar gain and utilise ground source heat pump technology, and excavated material from the new basement and pool area has been re-used in the earth berming to provide a visual screen to the north and help to reduce the sound impact of the nearby dual carriageway.

The proposal also incorporates rain water harvesting, grey water recycling and a natural swimming pond to further increase biodiversity within the site...

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Sonoma Mountain House by Nielsen Schuh Architects

Sonoma Mountain House by Nielsen Schuh Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Sonoma Mountain House is organized to enhance this experience of drama and discovery, as an integral part of daily life.


A single fold in the uplifting roof allows the house to pan across the immediate setting, and expand outward, while embracing the upslope. A continuous deck extends the from the pool along the length of the house, bridging over the driveway to the guest house. The curved terrain drops abruptly where the guest house tower floats over the slope.

Guests arrive to find they are in the treetops. Spaces that occupy the sheltering structure are open and flowing, so that boundaries dissolve both inside and outside. Materials and finish balance comfort and refinement with the rustic setting. An exuberant structural framework knits into the forest surrounding the house...

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Forestry Center at the Edge of the Urban Fabric in Switzerland...

Forestry Center at the Edge of the Urban Fabric in Switzerland... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The site of the forestry center extends on both sides of the 'Reuchenette' road. To facilitate it's function, the program's content focused on only one side.

Following the topography of the land, two buildings form an elongated space ending with a court for the maneuvers.

The single level building dominates the main street façade and differs, both in form and aspect, from the urban architecture. Its envelope is of untreated strips of wood, generating a vertically-oriented texture that connects with the forest structure, filtering light and external views.

The second building, on two levels, is positioned behind the first. It's covered with simple wood cladding, pierced with large windows. The ground floor houses the changing rooms, the carpentry workshop and the technical rooms, while upstairs, the administration. Located on the edge of the urban fabric between the city and the forest, the project -through its form and materiality- gives visibility to this singular institution...

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Living in 'An Extension of Nature': CasasNaAreia in Portugal

Living in 'An Extension of Nature': CasasNaAreia in Portugal | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

CasasNaAreia is a gorgeous holiday retreat based on the transformation of old masonry buildings into new, contemporary structures.


The property is about the experience of living almost in an extension of the natural environment, especially in the kitchen/dining area – which is laid out with a carpet of fine sand. One of the two wooden volumes was converted into a two-bedroom pavilion and the other is employed for common and social areas.

Surrounded by rice paddies and umbrella pine forest, CasasNaAreia looks out onto the Sado estuary, famous for its stunning sunsets, salt pans, flamingos and flocks of dolphins...

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Greenhouse of steel trees in Switzerland: a pavilion inspired by nature

Greenhouse of steel trees in Switzerland: a pavilion inspired by nature | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Steel trees with sprawling branches support the glass roof of this greenhouse in Switzerland. Designed by Buehrer Wuest Architekten and located in a botanical garden outside the village of Grüningen, the greenhouse is used for growing subtropical plants such as banana and papaya.

The architects borrowed structural patterns found in nature, like the membranes of a leaf, to create the geometric structure of the roof. 

 

From the architects: 'The new pavilion at the botanical garden at Grueningen relates strongly to its context. The design was inspired by the surrounding forest, not the built environment. Both the formal vocabulary and the structural concept derive from nature. The pavilion is conceived to harmonize with and expand the forest. The geometry of the roof as surrounding membrane was determined by the position of the old and new trunks. The forest was augmented by four steel trees that form the primary structural system of the pavilion. At about five meters, the trunks branch toward the treetop, which forms the natural roof. A secondary glass construction, suspended from the steel branches, encloses the inner space of the greenhouse.'

 

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Eucalyptus House is a Low-Impact Brazilian Cabin on Stilts

Eucalyptus House is a Low-Impact Brazilian Cabin on Stilts | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architect Andre Eisenlohr's breezy Eucalyptus House is a low-impact wooden shelter that stands on stilts. Situated in a forest reserve area close to Sao Paulo, it makes the most of a neatly organized single level. Fitting a bedroom, a bathroom and an integrated kitchen and living room area into a small but well-thought-out space, this compact eucalyptus home rises above the forest...

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