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* Design: Salone del Mobile Milan 2012: Lighting: Trace Solar Lamp by Gionata Gatto + Mike Thompson

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 19 April 2012

Design: Salone del Mobile Milan 2012: Lighting: Trace Solar Lamp by Gionata Gatto + Mike Thompson: “..self-sufficient lighting units powered by solar energy. the series continues the concept explored in their 2011 ‘trap light’ but uses a more efficient shape and the material of polyurethane rubber to power ray-shaped lamps with ambient light..a charge of about 30 minutes provides several hours of light. the ‘trace S’ small lamps utilize a combination of electrical and solar power, while the large ‘trace M’ model completely replaces the lightbulb with the ambient glow of captured sunlight, since it has a larger surface area from which to charge. the designers note that in contrast to their previous use of glass, ‘trace’ permits a higher concentration and greater control over the photoluminescent pigments used..at spazio rossana orlandi”  Sustainable, green and polyurethane (?!), hmmmm..

image, article + video: Designboom

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* Residential Architecture: NEXTHouse by David Vandervort Architects

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 1 April 2012

Residential Architecture: NEXTHouse by David Vandervort Architects:”..[a] custom-designed home fusing the northwest modern tradition with the highest quality environmentally sustainable building techniques, features, and finishes. It is a speculative venture on the part of the architect, created to demonstrate cutting edge “green” features and modern design..It is designed to fully appreciate the land, reaching out to views and light, while providing a lush microclimate of northwest appropriate landscaping. Terraces, decks, and patios encourage outdoor living in both formal and private settings..Energy conservation techniques include spray polyurethane foam insulation, a high efficiency / low emissions gas condensing boiler for the radiant floor system, an air-to-air heat exchange ventilation system, natural stack ventilation for cooling, PEX plumbing piping (better insulated, shorter runs to fixtures) and the use of clerestory windows to maximize daylighting opportunities. Energy generation is included via a roof mounted 1kw thin film solar panel array with net metering..”  Sustainability, re-use, solar energy, abundant natural light, views, indoor/outdoor sensibility..

See our posts on other residential work by David Vandervort Architects: Residential Architecture: Flowing Lake Residence by David Vandervort Architects and Residential Architecture: zHome by David Vandervort Architects.

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image: © Michael Jensen Photography; article: Henry , Christopher . “NEXTHouse / David Vandervort Architects” 02 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/139168&gt;

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* Residential Architecture: zHome by David Vandervort Architects

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 31 March 2012

Residential Architecture: zHome by David Vandervort Architects: “..concerned with preserving the urban nature of the community as it already existed; but in addition to the amenities afforded by compact urban living, they were interested in adding privacy and residential community ties that many people associate with suburban developments.   The architects prioritized the functional aspects of the development with the goal of making it an efficient and sustainable community – compact and integrated with technology that could provide the development with clean and renewable energy from heat pumps and photovoltaic panels, while also supplementing energy conservation with passive design..”  Solar energy, heat pumps, sustainability, social sensibility..

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image: © Aaron Ostrowsky; article: Vinnitskaya , Irina . “UPDATE: zHome / David Vandervort Architects” 30 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/220740&gt;

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* Architecture: Electric Boat House by Groosman Partners

Posted by the editors on Friday, 30 March 2012

Architecture: Electric Boat House by Groosman Partners: “..facing south, the roof is covered with 72 solar panels over an area of 91 square meters. the PV cells provide 11,072 kWh per year generating enough energy to fuel 1,385 boats per year. rainwater runoff is also collected in a tank for use in the toilets and washing the watercrafts. the structure’s temperature is regulated with an earth mouth heating pump. construction materials have been used in their most natural form as much as possible, without paint finishes to exude its natural beauty..a boat house which may charge electric boats..the industrial building contains a warehouse with machinery to store and rehabilitate vessels, an office and exhibition space which allows objects to be displayed by floating on the water’s surface. each programmatic area has a defined external appearance and character based upon its function. a black volume with an angled roofline hovers above the transparent base for exhibitions..”  Outstanding, sharp form, truly an example of form follows function..

image: Courtesy of Groosman Partners; article: Designboom

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