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Ericusspitze by WES Landscape Architecture

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 09:22
The planning of the open spaces is based on the urban planning compositional principle: public promenades and a semi-public square with a base, supporting the buildings above. As a result, the square has become an integral part of the overall composition and part of the building base. The colour scheme and texture of the materials plays a significant role ... Source Reference: :  http://www.landezine.com/index.php/2015/03/ericusspitze-by-wes-landscape-archite...

How to Build a Laundry Room

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 09:16

Many handymen and women have the knowledge and skill to complete home renovations with ease, a laundry room is no exception for those with expertise in plumbing and electrical work. The major projects include the plumbing for washing machine and sink components, and installing a vent for the dryer. The most important thing to note are the building codes and safety components associated with the job.

This blog will walk you through the basics of laundry room installation and provide a list of needed materials to get started. Follow along before tackling it on your own!

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After getting up to speed on codes and regulations, some prep work is necessary prior to assembly. First, you want to ensure that the area is emptied out and cleaned up. Appropriate flooring should be installed or updated to ensure water resistance and load bearing. Next, inspect water lines and potential paths for electrical, plumbing, and ventilation. Once you know the space allowance and available pathways, measure your potential washer and dryer units to make sure they will fit. Check floor, wall, and ceiling clearance and mark necessary spaces for rough in.

Next, map out and dry fit all pipe runs. Horizontal pipes should slope toward drain line of ¼” per running foot. You want to mark where the existing drain lines are, so you can make all necessary fittings for washer, sink drain, and vent lines prior to cutting. Afterwards, you will prime, glue, and assemble parts of the pipe run. Remember to include a p-trap for sink and washer!

Before running the hot and cold water to the washer and sink, shut off the main supply. Choose the space that’s midway between your washer and sink and install tee fitting for each pipe. Additional hardware will be needed for finishing. Then, run your water supply to the washing machine box and shut off the valve.

For the dryer, you will need to install a 120/240V 4 prong wall outlet. Make sure to identify the requirements of your specific model and determine the length of electrical cable you need. You can then begin forming the connection between the dryer and electrical panel. You will need to designate a new breaker for the machine as well. Ensure power is off during all wiring for safety.

Your washer will require a GFCI receptacle for the electrical. The wiring is similar with the added benefit of a safety shut off in case the line shorts. Be sure to measure the length of the cord and wiring to install appropriately.

To ensure the proper transport of heat and moisture to the outside, in-house designers and  consultants will suggest you install the dryer vent next. Plan your dryer ventilation path and select non-combustible, non-corrosive metals for use. Strive for a direct path to the exterior of your home. In addition, it will need to exit a foot from the ground to prevent obstruction. Don’t forget about the exterior flapper, which will allow for proper airflow and prevent anything from entering your home at the site.

Now that your wiring, piping, and plumbing is complete, you can add the finishing touches like drywall, flooring, and a fresh coat of paint!

Once the finishing have set, place the washing machine in its space and attach the drain hose to the stand pipe, hot and cold water lines to the stop valves, and check for water flow. Repeat the process by placing the dryer in its place, connect the dryer outlet via metal elbow, and attach it to the ventilation system.

Finally, position your sink and any cabinets. Attach water lines and shut off valves.

When you are finished, check to see that everything is functional. Make sure to do a test load of laundry while you are home to watch for any errors that could cause flooding or fires. Remember, if anything becomes too complex to call a professional! It’s better to do the job right the first time!

 

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Margaret Perron is an appliance repair do-it-yourselfer, home solutions enthusiast and a home maker. With over 10 years experience in the home improvement business she is well suited to advise you on the best solution for identifying and locating the best home services in your area. You can follow her at Google+.

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Sporty side table: Ram & Row

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 08:00

Not enough time to hit the gym? Not enough space for any serious fitness machines at home? This clever box, perfectly disguised as a side table, means couch potatoes have no more excuses.

In just a few seconds, this attractive wooden box can be transformed into a high-quality rowing machine. French designer Patrick Saint-Martin developed Ram & Row as a good example of how stylish furniture can be combined with functionality.

Ram & Row is available in a variety of colours in order to fit into any decorating scheme. To prevent endurance exercise from becoming dull, a tablet stand has been built into the rowing machine to allow for entertainment while rowing. This film shows how Ram & Row works.

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Stefan Borselius develops Tondo chair into sofa system for Fogia

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 08:00

Swedish designer Stefan Borselius has created a modular sofa system for Fogia, based on the Tondo chairs he designed for the Swedish furniture brand last year. (more…)

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Stefan Borselius develops Tondo chair into sofa system for Fogia

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 08:00

Swedish designer Stefan Borselius has created a modular sofa system for Fogia, based on the Tondo chairs he designed for the Swedish furniture brand last year. (more…)

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JA97 SPRING 2015: Curving Line & Surface

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 06:00

JA97 is focused on the curving lines and surfaces in architecture. The issue explores the topic through works, an interview, and essays by 10 architects including SANAA, Jun Aoki, TNA, and Junya Ishigami.

The issue, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, also introduces works of architecture with curving lines and surfaces from the past such as Kenzo Tange’s National Gymnasiums for Tokyo Olympics from 1964 and Toyo Ito’s House in Kamiwada from 1977.

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Sculptural Lighting Cones That Descend From The Ceiling

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 04:45

Alcatel Lucent chose DEGW Italia to design a vibrant and energetic environment for its new office in Italy. One interesting feature that was created, were these sculptural light-filled cones that descend from the ceiling.

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Heritage Toronto Awards Call for Nominations

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 03:10
Heritage Toronto has issued its call for nominations for its 2015 Awards program. Nominations are eligible for five categories: Source Reference: :  http://www.canadianarchitect.com/news/heritage-toronto-awards-call-for-nominatio...

Compliment Shower: Kind Words Rain Down from Giant Spigot

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 03:04
[ By Steph in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

Would reading a message like “You could make a lemon laugh” make you feel good enough about yourself to spread kindness to others? That’s the idea behind the world’s biggest compliment shower, a massive spigot installed in Antwerp’s Central Station in honor of International Compliments Day 2015.

Dreamed up by creative agency FRIENDSHIP and commissioned by fashion retailer e5, the installation features what looks like the most absurdly oversized shower head in existence looming over commuters as they pass through the station. A sign simply says, ‘Pull for compliment.’

Anyone who does so (not minding the fine print, which reads ‘Smile, you’re on camera,’) instantly gets hundreds of complimentary phrases rained upon them and everyone watching. The little blue waterdrop-shaped papers bear messages like “You look like a million bucks today.”

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Daily Mirror. Jacobo García-Germán

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 02:42

Daily Mirror es la primera intervención finalizada dentro del Plan estratégico de actualización de instalaciones y programas para la Manzana Eurocís.
Este plan está destinado a actualizar los sistemas de redes energéticas y de comunicaciones del gran complejo urbano y a detectar oportunidades para posibles programas adicionales. Al mismo tiempo, se pone al día el cumplimiento del conjunto de normativas actuales que afectan a dichos sistemas, muchos de ellos obsoletos después de 40 años. La Manzana Eurocís, finalizada en 1975 y proyectada por el arquitecto Miguel de Oriol, proponía la implementación del modelo americano de bloque multifuncional autosuficiente, y combina un programa mixto de viviendas, oficinas, locales comerciales, un gran aparcamiento en cinco niveles y espacio público. El desdoblamiento de la cota cero en varios estratos, la segregación de circulación rodada y peatonal, el sistema constructivo, (predominantemente prefabricado y modular), y la ocupación de un bloque completo del Ensache Madrileño por un único edificio, dan fe de la ambición programática de este conjunto. Un ejemplo de “congestión metropolitana” a la madrileña, que junto con otras obras contemporáneas (Eurobuilding I y II, Centro Empresarial Barrio de la Estrella, Manzana Galaxia o Torres Blancas) pretendían inyectar programas inéditos y efervescentes en un tejido urbano normativo.
Es precisamente en uno de los principales ejes de acceso a Madrid, la llegada de la Carretera Madrid-Barcelona N-II, donde se sitúa la Manzana Eurocís, en un corte en la trama urbana que marca el punto de transición entre el Madrid del SXIX (Barrio de Salamanca) y la expansión del SXX (Distrito Chamartín). Apoyado al mismo tiempo sobre este límite entre dos ideas de ciudad y la penetración de una vía rápida en el corazón de Madrid, Daily Mirror es una instalación permanente destinada a señalar esta transición entre densidades urbanas y celebrar, como una gran puerta, la entrada en la ciudad, desde el coche, y a gran velocidad… Una entrada que viene marcada por una secuencia de hitos locales (Torres Blancas, Edificio Bancaya, Intercambiador Av. América, Manzana Eurocís…), secuencia que llega hasta el Paseo de la Castellana y en la que Daily Mirror  participa, tomando de ella su escala, su carácter afirmativo y valorando una percepción cinética y fugaz.
Incluido en origen dentro del proyecto de Paisajismo y Accesibilidad según Código Técnico para la plaza en la que se sitúa, Daily Mirror se trata de una “unsolicited architecture”: un proyecto no solo ajeno al programa inicial demandado al arquitecto, sino un proyecto sin finalidad ni uso específico, perteneciente a una intervención mayor, que no obstante ha tenido la capacidad de polarizar el interés del proceso y encontrar un eco de sentido para todas las partes implicadas en una compleja negociación, donde se solapan tres propiedades y clientes distintos (públicos y privados), y cuya mesa de negociación ha sido literalmente la plaza construida en la que se sitúa Daily Mirror.
Liberado de función y de programa pero reaccionando con astucia a su emplazamiento, Daily Mirror, originalmente pensado con atribuciones tipológicas, (un pabellón, una fuente, una pérgola…), se ha ido deshaciendo progresivamente de éstas para destilar un rendimiento puramente fenomenológico y empático: dos grandes planos reflectantes que flotan sobre el fluir de la cotidianeidad de la ciudad, revelando, distorsionado, este sistema nervioso. Reflejando un acontecer diario monótono y a la vez único a cada instante, como si de un diario, o archivo visual secuencial se tratase. Un punto de intensidad, una pausa o un imán (o “magnet”, en terminología de Cedric Price). Un lugar que ofrece sombra, protección frente al ruido, humedad y descanso. Un signo ambiguo que gravita sobre los peatones y sobre el tráfico intenso (y donde los conductores aburridos encuentran un instante de sorpresa al contemplar su propio reflejo).

 

 

 

 


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Villa New Water by Waterstudio.NL

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 00:44

Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.NL has designed Villa New Water, a waterfront home for a family in Westland, The Netherlands.

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Ole Scheeren combines an auction house and museum beside Beijing's Forbidden City

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 00:00

Ole Scheeren's architecture firm has unveiled a new headquarters for China's oldest art auction house, which is now under construction just two blocks away from Beijing's Forbidden City (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Ole Scheeren combines an auction house and museum beside Beijing's Forbidden City

archiWEB 3.0 - 10 March, 2015 - 00:00

Ole Scheeren's architecture firm has unveiled a new headquarters for China's oldest art auction house, which is now under construction just two blocks away from Beijing's Forbidden City (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Two New Homes That Feature A Variety Of Natural And Reclaimed Materials

archiWEB 3.0 - 9 March, 2015 - 23:32

Canadian-based Beyond Homes have designed b95, a project consisting of two semi-detached units in Calgary.

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Cliff Garten Completes New Sculpture In Los Angeles

archiWEB 3.0 - 9 March, 2015 - 23:11

Artist Cliff Garten has created ‘Los Angeles Opens Its Heart Of Compassion’, a suspended sculpture located in LA’s historic Koreatown.

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Apple unveils its thinnest and lightest Macbook ever

archiWEB 3.0 - 9 March, 2015 - 23:07

While many people were focused on the Apple Watch reveal, one of the most exciting things to come out of today’s Apple event was the newly-revamped Macbook. Rumors have been swirling for months about a new Macbook and Apple finally confirmed that a new design will be hitting shelves next month. Thinner and lighter than ever before, the new computer is designed to work in collaboration with your smartphone and has some incredible new technology that may usher in a new way of thinking about the personal computer.


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Regent Park Cultural Centre wins Civic Trust Award

archiWEB 3.0 - 9 March, 2015 - 23:00
Daniels Spectrum, the transformative cultural centre at the heart of a regenerated Regent Park community in downtown Toronto, received a Civic Trust Award at a ceremony at The Globe Theatre in London, England. Source Reference: :  http://www.canadianarchitect.com/news/regent-park-cultural-centre-wins-civic-tru...

Anti-transformation agents behind media onslaught on NECSA - NEHAWU

SA Politics - 9 March, 2015 - 22:42
Union says CEO Phumzile Tshelane has transformed the institution and has shaken off the cobwebs keeping it an ancient relic
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