The NFH is developed for serial production, based on a larger toolbox of prefabricated residential typologies. A first prototype was built for a European family in the southwest of Costa Rica. They chose a two-bedroom configuration with steel structure and pine wood finishes, which was shipped to its target location on one single truck. The building is designed around a central service core in order to optimize logistical efficiency regarding assembly, maintenance and usage. The project seeks for integral sustainability in terms of its economic, environmental, social and spatial performance.
The New Hanoi Arts House reflects the murals, paintings and images of public artworks designed by Thu Thuy since 2006. Murals featuring flora and fauna are on the first two floors. Photography highlighting Thu Thuy’s past public artworks line the stairwell. A mirror room on the fifth floor, designed by Thu Thuy and Mike Savad combine graphic imagery with an iconic symbol of Vietnam. Even the outdoor balcony serves as a flower garden. Entrance is free of charge.
Assembly and disassembly designed for sustainability cause. With an Innovative hinge structure system designed, 70 percent of parts were reduced, no glue or rivet for fixation, no sewing of the inner lining, that makes it easier to be repaired, and downsized 33 percent of freight volume, eventually, extend the suitcase life-cycle. All parts can be purchase individually, for customizing own suitcase, or parts replacement, no returning suitcase to repair center needed, saves time and reduce shipping carbon footprint.
Special sintered bricks were glazed and re-fired, then laid to build this kiln-shaped installation at this street corner to save it from random parking. An old brick masonry technique of corbel dome is also used in building this structure. With light passing through the holes on the kiln body at night, it looks as if thousand year old kiln fire had added a layer of shiny gloss to the outside enamel that freezes a moment of flambé glaze on site that reminds the locals of their long history of firing Celedon pottery.
Mar Mediterraneo 34 emerges as a strategy to give a second life to an eclectic style house in advance deterioration built in 1910. Multiple artistic and artisanal elements were recovered from the main facade. The main patio is reconstructed as a reinterpretation of the past, portraying the arrangement of the old portals as a sequence of light and shadow, these openings rise intermittently in double height from a volcanic stone baseboard and become a solid element of introspective architecture. The restored house has 3 levels with 7 apartments that adapt to different spaces.
They used a natural method of compost. They found that earthworms, as a common creature on the earth, are not only friends of crops, but also friends of humans. Life practice shows that vermicomposting is a kind of green composting method: earthworms convert food residues into agricultural fertilizer through their esophagus. This method of recycling reduces the additional cost of garbage collection, storage and transportation, and also makes food waste disposal easier.
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