Posts tagged “Sustainability

Go Green! ReUse! DIY Ideas

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend!
I did a huge research on the Internet and I found some good ideas how to turn something old and useless into something useful. I did my best to find easy-to-do and affordable ones. I personally got inspired and I think I might try some of them sometimes soon!

Use old ladder as bookshelf (by dandelionexpress)Hanging flower tins (by Steph)TP Rolls Organizer Box (by berserk)Coffee Table (by diy-vintage-chic)Flower vase (jar or tin) decorated with shells (by homelife)Flower vase (jar or tin) decorated with disposable spoons (by craftberrybush)Flower vase (jar or tin) decorated with sticks (by thewonderforest)Wine Cork Trivet (by craftynest)Frame decorated with sticks (by HDTV)Christmas Ornaments from old CDs (by cremedelacraft)Sink Extender for kids (by Amy Clackum)


Living Walls

A green wall is a wall, either free-standing or part of a building, that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and, in some cases, soil or an inorganic growing medium. The green wall was invented by Stanley Hart White at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1931-38. White holds the first known patent for a green wall, or vertical garden, conceptualizing this new garden type as a solution to the problem of modern garden design. There are two main categories of green walls: green façades and living walls. Green façades are made up of climbing plants either growing directly on a wall or, more recently, specially designed supporting structures. The plant shoot system grows up the side of the building while being rooted in the ground. With a living wall the modular panels are often made of stainless steel containers, geotextiles, irrigation systems, a growing medium and vegetation.
Over the last couple of years, living walls have been popping everywhere. Most often they are found in urban environments where the plants reduce overall temperatures of the building. Living walls are particularly suitable for cities, as they allow good use of available vertical surface areas. They are also suitable in arid areas, as the circulating water on a vertical wall is less likely to evaporate than in horizontal gardens. via Wikipedia

Green Side-wall
Architects: Capella Garcia Arquitectura
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Year of the project: 2009 Completion: March 2011
Photography: Capella Garcia Arquitectura via domus Stacking Green
Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Co., ltd.
Location: Saigon, Vietnam
Photography: Hiroyuki Oki via freshome

Tower Flower
Architects: Edouard François
Location: Paris, France
Photography: Edouard François via archdaily

Musée du quai Branly
Architects:  Jean Nouvel
Design of the wall: 
Patrick Blanc
Location: Paris, France
via stylepark

Green Cast
Architects: Kengo Kuma and associates
Location: Odawara-shi, Kanagawa prefecture in Japan
via Kengo Kuma and associates


Old Bernal House by Feldman Architecture

“One of the oldest houses in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, this 1860’s cottage sat in disrepair for years.  Feldman Architecture’s charge was to repair, expand and modernize the small, dark house while maintaining the rustic charm of the original building.
To accomplish this, the firm kept the facade and envelope of the existing structure and added a contemporary, but unobtrusive, addition:  a narrow, ten-foot-wide wing that contains a garage, bedroom suite and studio office spaces on two levels. The roof and upper floor in the center of the house were cut away to create a central light core that washes a stone wall and illuminates the kitchen and living room. Large new windows create a connection with the backyard. Careful mixing of rough stone and wood with clean glass and metal breathes new life into the once-neglected structure.”
via Feldman Architecture | Photographer: Paul Dyer and Joe Fletcher

“Тази лятна вила от 1860 год.е една от най-старите къщи в квартала Бернал на Сан Франциско, но в продължение на години е стояла занемарена. Задължението на Feldman Architecture е да възстанови, разшири и модернизирана малката, тъмна къща, запазвайки провинциалния чар на оригиналната сграда.
За да постигне това, фирмата запазва фасадата и съществуващата облицовъчна структура и добавя съвременни, но ненатрапчиви допълнения: тясно крило, което съдържа гараж, спалня и офис на две нива. За да създадат централно ядро от светлина, която да покрива камения зид и да осветява кухнята и хола, архитектите пробиват покрива и горния етаж в центъра на къщата. Големите нови прозорци създават връзка с двора. Внимателното смесване на груб камък и дърво с чисто стъкло и метал вдъхва нов живот на веднъж пренебрегнатата структура.”
от Feldman Architecture | Фотограф: Paul Dyer and Joe Fletcher