Soundproofing, which is also known as insulation of the house is important, as it stops the sounds from your house to flow out and also does not allow outdoor noise to enter inside. Now the sound absorbing panels have come a long way from the clunky and boring eyesores of yesteryear. To diminish boredom of traditional design, Swedish company Blå Stationent has launched their Ginkgo acoustic panels at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. These colorful sound absorbing panels not only provide efficient insulation, but also offer a distinctive flair to the home décor.
Millions of people around the globe have some degree of sight loss, some since birth and others with age. One thing visually impaired or partially blind want is a home they can be safe, secure and completely independent in. They desire a home with open walkways, more storage space, limited furniture and accessible kitchen and bathrooms. Designing a house for someone who is blind can be tricky, so here we have provided some quick tips for accessible design that you can incorporate when designing your home to allow visually impaired to live more autonomously. Read More…
Besides enhancing the home décor, a good lighting system can also change the mood of the room. A bright light is needed to create a work ambience in the room,while a dim and dull glow can create a relaxing or romantic atmosphere. With the Light Object fitted in your room, you can alter the room’s environment according to your preferences. This lighting fixture is simple yet attractive and has the quality to be easily adjusted according to the purpose for which the light is needed.
None of us would fancy working in an office right above a fishmonger. Similar was the case with web design studio, Acato. Instead of sitting with folded hands, as most of us would, Acato instead hired BBVH Architects, a Rotterdom-based firm, to remodel a 19th Century Church building into an office for them. The church located in the center of Hague, Netherlands, was in dire straits. It met none of the codes for sustainability and safety, so BBVH Architects were staring into a herculean task. The building required extensive refurbishment, and the budget was tight, so the architects created two sets of stairs dividing the unplanned building into three separate units first up.
If you are blown by the magnificence of the dome, then like me, you will definitely fall for the wonderful Nature House covered by a gigantic dome made from glass and aluminum. Located on the Sandhornoya Island in Northern Norway, the three-level cob home belongs to the Hjertefolger family, who have built the house from recycled materials and have solar panels and garden (to grow vegetable) to maintain self-sufficiency. The Hjertefolger family home built out of sand, water, clay and other organic materials was glazed with a dome by Solardome Industries to allow the cob home to withstand the extreme Arctic winds and bad weathers.
Living in a small city apartment does not mean that you have to cook your food in a tiny cramped kitchen. The Stealth Kitchen is specially made for those who do not want to compromise with their cooking space even in a small home. This kitchen offers you a complete kitchen concealed within gorgeous wooden cabinets when not in use. With Stealth Kitchen in your home, you would not have to create a separate kitchen in your small apartment.
You’ve automated your lighting, security, and entertainment systems, but if you’re still getting up and crossing the room to open or close your shades, you haven’t truly discovered the ease and pleasure of home automation. By installing automated shades, you can enjoy privacy or daylight with just a press of a button. But now, with Scroll, you can enjoy the benefits of a smarter shade that too without installing a new and expensive automated shade.
Space saving modular studio is every artist’s dream, where he/she can conjure up revolutionary designs. To satiate an artist’s dream, Israeli architect Ranaan Stern has designed space-saving modular workspace out of a 15 sqm room inside an artist’s Tel Aviv apartment. The adaptable workspace contains personalized collection of 2D objects (collected by the artist) dating from the 1940s to the present date. The studio features a pair of desks, modular storage compartments, set of 36 drawers, pegboard display walls and a wall retracting bed.
Off-grid living doesn’t always mean living in prehistoric-style homes. Off-the-grid living can obviously be luxurious and fun. Reflecting on this notion, Australian architect Sam Zaher has designed and constructed Coorabell residence, his first self-sustainable home which exhibits luxury and comfort to the fullest. The solar-powered Coorabell residence overlooking Byron Bay is custom-built for an environmentally conscious family. The eco-friendly home which checks all boxes of sustainability has found place on the cover page of Grand Designs magazine for its exclusivity and functionality.
Many Architecture plans fail to see the light of day because of rad tape designers and architects have to wade through. Hoping red tape doesn’t become a hindrance, Bay Area resident David Grieshaber has visions of constructing a rentable home out of scrap from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The east span of the Bay Bridge was recently redone for seismic purpose, leaving the old span of the bridge waste. Grieshaber under the Bay Bridge House project wants to save the scrap pieces of the bridge and reuse them to construct a self-sustainable, rentable home which would be listed on AirBNB for anyone to rent. Read More…