Gleaming, recyclable facade clads a solar-powered Dutch house

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Move over brick and mortar—a new house in Amsterdam is eschewing the traditional facade for a striking alternative that gleams golden in the sun. Local architecture practice MOPET architecten designed the contemporary home—named the Brass House Amsterdam—for a family who sought sustainable features. In addition to its fully recyclable facade, the house is equipped with solar panels, LEDs, and triple-insulated glazing.

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Gorgeous Dutch home in a converted church seeks buyers

A stunning church-conversion just fifteen minutes from Amsterdam has hit the market in Muiden, Netherlands. The adaptive reuse project kept its historical 1920s details intact –from vaulted ceilings to stained glass windows—while giving the interior a bright and contemporary revamp. The property, Singelstraat 26, is listed on Sotheby’s for sale—but you’ll have to call in to get the price.

Spread out across two levels, the renovated church offers 290 square meters (3,121 square… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dutch villa smartly taps into solar energy and optimal site conditions

EVA Architecten took the long view when designing Villa IJsselzig, a modern home optimized for energy efficiency and durability. Set next to the river Hollandse Ijssel, the villa respects the neighboring buildings by adapting a similar form but also quietly stands out with its distinctly contemporary design. Renewable energy including solar and a heat pumps power the home while the carefully positioned openings reduce unwanted solar gain.

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Dutch utilityplans massive windfarm island

TenneT, the primary electric utility company in the Netherlands, is planning to construct a “windfarm island” in the North Sea. This island would serve as an operational hub for a network of nearby offshore wind farms at a facility that would dwarf any current such centers. The plan, already in its advanced stages, proposes Dogger Bank, 125km (78 miles) off the East Yorkshire coast of England, as a potential location for the wind farm island. Once constructed, the hub would transmit electricity… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dutch designer creates a wooden motorcycle powered by algae

An algae-powered wooden motorcycle? The concept isn’t too far out, considering algae has been used to create everything from eco-friendly sneakers to living lamps that absorb CO2. There’s even an entire algae-powered building in Hamburg! Because the use of algae as a fuel is lesser known by the public, Dutch designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooij created a wooden motorcycle that uses algae oil for fuel.

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The team was interested in showing casing how algae… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Futuristic Dutch community features 50 out-of-this world spherical homes

Although it might look like the set of a science fiction film, this neighborhood in the Netherlands was built by humans for humans. Dutch artist and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp designed this unusual apartment community, dubbed the Bolwoningen (“ball” or “bulb”). Built in 1984, the residential development is comprised of 50 of these futuristic spherical structures grouped together amid walkways and trees, alongside a scenic canal.

http://www.ignant.de/2016/10/05/the-bolwoningen-by-dries-kreijkamp/

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Dutch parliament votes to shut down all of the country’s coal plants

The Dutch parliament voted Thursday night to shutter the nation’s coal industry in order to achieve a 55-percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. The vote, which is not yet binding, would require shutting down the five coal power plants currently operating in the Netherlands, three of which just came online in 2015. Slashing CO2 emissions by 55 percent would bring the country’s emissions in line with the targets set by the Paris climate deal last December, and set a strong precedent among… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Temporary pavilion by Frank Havermans references traditional Dutch farmhouses

The design of this angular pavilion in Waal, The Netherlands, was inspired by local farmhouses and traditional residential architecture. Dutch architect Frank Havermans designed the structure named KAPKAR/ SF – P7S as a temporary venue for a series of summer events organized by the arts organization Stichting Fabrikaat.

Overlooking a newly built channel in The Netherlands, the pavilion stands out from the tranquil, pastoral surroundings as a rib cage-like structure with sharp angles. It combines… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building