When French architect Stephane Malka decided to provide AME-LOT, a Parisian student residence with additional shade and ventilation, he took an interesting and very ecological approach. The entire street front of the building is covered in hinged shipping pallets hinged together that transform and can be adjusted for changes in light, shade, and ventilation.
Constructed of prefabricated timber on a foundation basement of pre-cast concrete, this 300 square meter single family home integrates the topographical setting of a hillside slope on the edge of a quaint Swiss village in the Kanton Thurgau.
Young members of the HASSELL design firm have partnered with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to bring the story of coffee production to the Red Stairs public amphitheater on the banks of the River Yarra in Queensbridge Square. The Australian festival, which runs from March 1 to 17, 2013, is celebrating its twentieth year of annual and year-round events that spotlight local food and beverage venues, as well as local agriculture and outdoor markets.
Yet another creative manifestation of the shipping container, the Sauna Box from Castor is entirely self-sufficient, getting its electric power from solar panels and heat from a wood-fired stove for sustainability. An insulated 96” cube of sculptural corten steel (it is not a true shipping container), the water-tight Sauna Box is a custom-built prefab structure, can be shipped anywhere, and requires very little in the way of site preparation.
Every inch of land on the planet has climate factors that present challenges when it comes to building a safe home. H&P Architects hopes to alleviate the displacement of housing due to nature’s course, particularly the extensive loss of homes due to flooding in Southeast Asia. The Vietnamese design firm has created a disaster-resistant housing prototype that actually floats atop a base of oil drums when water levels get too high.