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Modular Greenhouse/ Storage Shed Brings Nature a Step Closer

Modular Greenhouse/ Storage Shed Brings Nature a Step Closer | sustainable architecture |
A modular greenhouse/storage shed combination is the result of a collaborative effort between two Finnish companies: Avanto Architects and Kekkilä Garden.The versatile structure of wood and glass can be enlarged or contracted based on the owners’ needs. The covered portion is ideal for storage, while plants can be grown in the glass-enclosed atrium. The structure can even serve as an “outdoor” bedroom. The Garden Shed Rest model includes a covered patio between the shed and greenhouse- thanks to a simple setup and elegance of design, the possibilities are endless...
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Sustainability, Simplicity and Natural Materials at New York's Won Dharma Center

Sustainability, Simplicity and Natural Materials at New York's Won Dharma Center | sustainable architecture |

A retreat designed by Hanrahan Meyers Architects reinforces the Buddhist mantras of simplicity and nature in upstate New York at this beautiful, simple and green meditation center.

Located in the Hudson River Valley, New York, the 22,000 sf project was under construction when Chung Ohun Lee, of the organization's leaders, attended the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. She was so inspired by Obama's speech—in which he vowed to cut emissions by 8% over 40 years—that she asked the architects to switch from conventional building systems already ordered to such energy savers as geothermal heating and solar hot water.

While many of the building systems were changed after Lee's trip, the architecture itself needed few adjustments- wood framing (dimensional lumber and glulam beams) was used rather than steel, and interiors used locally harvested oak for flooring with furniture made of FSC-certified, formaldehyde-free apple plywood. LEED certification would have added $50,000 to the cost, so the client instead opted to spend the funds on green features. It helps, Hanrahan says, that "reducing their carbon footprint is part of their philosophy."

But the real lesson is that even the most advanced systems require the client's participation to achieve significant energy savings...

Lauren Moss's insight:

A beautiful structure that aptly reflects the philosophy of its users serves as an architectural manifestation of key Buddhist principles and values. The minimalist design is an inspiring example of a fundamental commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship- the building employs modern technology and innovative green systems, in conjunction with passive design strategies and the use of locally-sourced materials...

ParadigmGallery's curator insight, April 5, 2013 4:22 PM

inspiring design, philosophy and implementation...enviable commitment to going greener and owning the responsibility we all have to adapt our approach to new builds....


Jasbin's comment, April 22, 2013 2:31 AM
A beautiful photography
Snow Lion Crystals's comment, September 7, 2013 4:14 AM
Lovely article, simply inspiring.