Oulu Bar & EcoLounge, Brooklyn's First Living Wall

This is Oulu Bar & EcoLounge in Williamsburg, home to Brooklyn’s first living wall installation.  The 2,500 sf building was designed by Evangeline Dennie and it’s currently seeking LEED Gold certification.  You’ll find a few different photos below, including a before shot, for your viewing pleasure.

What do you think?  The green wall makes quite the design statement, doesn’t it?  It’s tough to deny the modern appeal of vertical greenery, I say.   

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By |March 25th, 2008|Categories: Modern design, Nature, Retail, Vegetation|14 Comments

Maine Cottage, Local + Quality = Green

Maine Cottage is a Maine-based furniture company specializing in colorful, fun furniture.  The company, which did not start out as an environment focused company, is actually quite green.  90% of their products are made by artisans in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and North Carolina.  Of course, local production means less travel and fewer harmful emissions.

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By |March 24th, 2008|Categories: Furniture|2 Comments

Popular Architecture's Mile High Eco Tower [S2]

This is a concept tower by Popular Architecture envisioned for Tower Hamlets in East London.  The design is a reaction, at least in part, to sprawl issues.  London is expected to need housing for 100,000 new people per year until 2016, and currently, most of housing that’s being built is low-density projects in commuter towns.  Popular Architecture’s Super Tower could house up to about 100,000 people with a seriously low site requirement (considering the number of people within the structure). 

The 1,500 meter tall tower would have about 500 floors.  You’d find floors or sections for needs such as a university, farmer’s market, pubs, a town hall, sky gardens, etc.  Anything and everything would be in the building.  There’s even a fire station on the 419th floor!  Which raises the question: what do you do if there is a fire above or below the 419th floor? 

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By |March 23rd, 2008|Categories: Land Use, Skyscraper|Tags: , |9 Comments

PTI: Testing Some Comments Changes

Been working under the hood again.  Over the weekend, I installed a new comments system by a company called Disqus.  Give it a go with a shout below, you’ll like it.  I decided to […]

By |March 23rd, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |9 Comments

First LEED Certified MLB Stadium [Nationals]

HOK and Devrouax +Purnell teamed up to design what could be the first LEED certified Major League Baseball stadium around.*  As the new home of the Washington Nationals, the stadium has a slew of green features such as high-efficiency field lighting, a 6300 sf green roof, state-of-the-art wastewater system that uses sand filters, and an in-house recycling center.  Originally, architects estimated an extra cost of $10-20 million for certification, but it ended up being only $2 million.  Plus, the up-front costs are expected to be returned in lower operating costs.  For a frame of reference, though, the owners agreed to spend $611 million for the stadium. 

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By |March 23rd, 2008|Categories: Corporate, LEED|0 Comments

Clean Cities, LEED Design, Green Remodeling Benefits, + SUVs Without Wheels [WIR]

New affordable, eco-friendly home built in 2 weeks. Best Places: America’s cleanest cities.  Architecture firm takes the lead in LEED design. Remodeling green is easy on the earth.  […]

By |March 22nd, 2008|Categories: News, Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments
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