The City of London will be powered with 100% renewable energy by October 2018

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The City of London, the historic “Square Mile” central district of London, will soon switch onto clean energy in a big way. Starting in October 2018, the City of London will source one hundred percent of its power needs from renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on local buildings as well as making investments in larger solar and wind projects and purchasing clean energy from the grid. Though no longer actually a square mile, closer now to 1.12 square miles, the City of London is a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



A storage shed is transformed into a bespoke light-filled home in London

London-based architecture firm De Rosee Sa has given an old storage shed a new lease on life by converting it into a bright, bespoke family home. Sandwiched between rear terraced gardens and a row of 16 West London garages, the shed—renamed the Courtyard House—was brilliantly renovated while adhering to planning regulations that included height limitations and the requirement that any new form match the existing gable outline.

Divided into two floors, the Courtyard House organizes… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Extraordinary Sci-Fi-esque spherical arena unveiled for London

Architecture firm Populous has unveiled their extraordinary designs for MSG Sphere London, a massive spherical arena set to rise on a five-acre site near Olympic Park. Envisioned as a glowing orb wrapped in digital screens, the 18,000-seat arena would host music and esport events for the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG). The MSG Sphere London appears visually identical to the renderings of the MSG arena for Las Vegas, also designed by Populous.

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London architects infuse dated Victorian townhouse with tons of modern personality

This refurbishment project in North London emphasizes the Victorian past of the house while infusing it with a modern personality. Architecture firm LLI Design enhanced some and reinstated other features of the building, and redesigned the rear kitchen extension by giving it a contemporary aesthetic.

The original layout of the house had nicely proportioned rooms, a delightful garden and a handsome exterior which the design team enhanced by stripping out some of the dated features and reinstating… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

London store recycles 60,000 plastic bottles for 3D-printed interior

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13 innovative, thought-provoking designs that broke new ground at the London Design Festival

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Trashpresso by Pentatonic

Trashpresso is a solar-powered mobile recycling factory. Furniture and home accessories company Pentatonic are at London’s Somerset House demonstrating to the public how plastic bottles can be transformed to tiles. It’s a potential model for recycling discarded materials in more remote areas of the world. 📷 @thecreativeedit_ #londondesignfestival @wearepentatonic @l_d_f_official… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

14 spectacular lamps unveiled at the London Design Festival

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Frost Light by EDHV Studio

EDHV Studio’s Frost Light is powered by melting ice! A chunk of ice is set on a block of solid aluminum, and as it melts it generates enough electricity to power an LED for 3 hours.

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Coal barge in London converted into a sophisticated floating home

A 1924 barge in London has been transformed into an amazing floating home. The historic Humber Keel cargo boat now functions as a comfortable two-bedroom home with two baths, open living space and terrace views. The restored houseboat maintains the original woodwork and custom midcentury furnishings.

The barge, originally used for transporting steel and coal and working in shallow waters, sits in the Poplar Dock Marina of London. It offers 812 square feet of living space which includes two bedrooms,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New bridge linking Japan and Russia could enable 8400-mile rail trip from London to Tokyo

The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the longest rail routes in the world, but it could get even longer under a proposal from the Russian government. The country is reportedly in serious discussions with Japan to build a 28-mile bridge that would lengthen the line. If the bridge was built, you’d be able to travel from Tokyo to London on different routes spanning 8,400 miles.

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Fly down a zipline in the Willy Wonka-esque Future Forest in London

Bompas & Parr are like real-life Willy Wonkas—and they brought their magic touch to the inside of a UK shopping mall. The design duo launched a free ‘Future Forest’ in the Westfield London shopping center with the theme of urban reforestation. The immersive experience is an incredible indoor forest playground with a fantastical Fruit Cloud, electricity-producing plants, a historic tree circus, and even a 40-meter-long zip-line that starts atop a 5.3-meter-high treehouse.

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