Monday, June 17, 2013

Architecture and Home Design

Architecture and Home Design


Sears Tower Renovation Design by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, in Chicago, United States

Posted: 16 Jun 2013 09:43 PM PDT

This Sears Tower Renovation is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, located in Chicago, United States
According to the U.S Department of State, buildings account for an estimated 36 percent of overall energy use, 65 percent of electricity consumption, 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions and 12 percent of water use in America. Green improvements to Sears Tower are aimed at reducing electricity use by 80% in just four years, equating to 68 million kilowatt hours or 150,000 barrels of oil per year. The architects firm responsible for the retro-design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, has also designed a 50 storey highly sustainable tower to accompany Sears Tower on its south side which will draw power from the improved efficiency measures and work as a net-zero energy development.

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Sears Tower’s Chicagoan neighbour, Merchandise Mart, was an earlier example of monumental eco retrofitting in America gaining LEED Silver and becoming the world's greenest certified commercial building. As the world’s tallest tower for 24 years, the retrofitting of Sears Tower will be a significantly larger undertaking, with all 110 stories incorporated in the changes.

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Improvements include removing all 16,000 single-pane windows and swapping with modern replacements, modernizing the tower’s 104 high speed elevators, harnessing renewable energy through turbine and solar technology, introducing green roofs to reduce storm water run-off and improve insulation as well as creating the world’s tallest vistas for tenants and upgrading facilities throughout to use more efficient technology.

The ecological improvements will be created in tandem with ground level improvements to the entrance of Sears Towers and its surrounding area which will add attractive public space at the icon’s foot including a new park, the introduction of an interactive digital display wall and new planting. The new hotel will also feature a retail plaza level that complements the Sears Tower restaurant Level 2. The upper plaza will include an indoor connection to the hotel, outdoor seating and additional landscape elements.

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Sears Tower is to be the next of the American power-towers to set an environmental example by ‘going green’. In April WAN reported that the Empire State Building would be undergoing a $500 million renovation in an effort to improve the building’s sustainability and reduce energy consumption. Now it has been announced that Sears Tower (soon to be re-named Willis Tower after a tenancy deal with the firm), will undergo a similar $350 million transformation.

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New Contemporary Family House Design with Green Technology by Eldridge Smerin

Posted: 16 Jun 2013 09:43 AM PDT

This New Contemporary Family House with Green Technology is designed by Eldridge Smerin.
This house is designed as a new contemporary family house to replace an existing bungalow on 400 square meters site. It's situated in Ulcombe, Kent. The construction process was optimized as much as possible by prefabrication of many elements. Green technology was used as much as possible in a series of rectangular volumes on two levels around a screened courtyard. Cross laminated solid timber panels form these volumes and finished with panels of slatted timber and glazed. Timber panels also cover a lot of interior walls and have a waxed finish. Two levels of the house are linked by an open spiral staircase of plywood. There are also an indoor swimming pool and double garage on the site.

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