October 15, 2015
Green architecture has been much discussed but few architects have realised the concept in such spectacular fashion as Stefano Boeri with the Bosco Verticale ("Vertical Forest"). The project comprises 2 residential towers on the edge of the Isola neighbourhood in Milan together hosting 900 trees and over 2,000 plants, all supported by a sophisticated irrigation system which recycles water used in the apartments. This vertical forest equates to an area of over 7,000 square metres of forest on flat land. The end result is not only visually stunning but also extremely environmentally sound. Not only do the trees regulate heat by creating shade in the summer, they also create a microclimate, produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles and produce oxygen. Gives a whole new meaning to "tree house".
February 26, 2021
How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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