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A++ Tehran is developing a new Building in the heart of Tehran.
Designed from the ground up, this iconic 6 storey fashion building will reveal itself in the next 6 months.
The building will house some of the most famous italian fashion and furniture brands.
Iran is at a point where the majority of urban development that could exist in 100 years hasn’t even taken place yet.. It is a giant opportunity to do good..
Healthy, prosperous and resilient communities develop not as a result of isolated initiatives but through a combination of clear vision and strategic actions. a forward looking governments should increasingly understand the importance of addressing the urgent needs of today, while not compromising the opportunities of tomorrow. Sustainability, the term most commonly used to describe this approach, encompasses a broad framework of interrelated issues that includes (but is not limited to) environmental stewardship, economic growth, public health and social equity. Given the all-encompassing nature of sustainability, A++ tehran is aimed to provide the local market with a broad overview and action items commonly contained within a city-wide sustainability strategy. A++ goal is to represent, locally recommended and replicable strategies that have successfully contributed to city-led sustainability efforts across the world providing ideas and inspiration for a community seeking to develop or expand upon sustainability initiatives mainly Encouraging Green Building Standards for New and Existing Buildings.
Green buildings, when part of a broader sustainability plan, consume less energy, produce fewer emissions, protect occupant health, minimize waste and create jobs. By adopting green building standards for public buildings, cities lead by example and help to create a market for similar standards across a community. it is possible to choose to apply standards to new construction or extend requirements to existing buildings based on certain requirements (i.e. age and size of a building).
A++, has made a step forward to to its effort in communication and its awareness of the need to build a more sustainable world.
From today, the site of the studio will also be reached through the new extension “.green” de facto abandoning each geographical identification in favor of a broader and international vision. A++ and its green philosophy are today shaping each and every design of ours, and ever more leading our thoughts towards a new and renovated future of architecture and design.
see you on a2plus.green !!
Al Hamra Real Estate Development has held an official ground-breaking ceremony for Falcon Island, a luxury AED1 billion residential development that will soon be home to one of the most exclusive and environmentally-friendly pieces of real estate in region.
“With exquisite European architecture, some of the finest interiors anywhere in the world, and stunning green spaces, nothing else in the GCC will compare with what is on offer at Falcon Island. It will also completely redefine the real estate landscape in the northern emirates,” said Al Hamra Real Estate Development General Manager, Benoy Kurien.
“This is something we have been doing for over a decade, and the ground-breaking of Falcon Island is not only another proud moment in our history, but it is also symbolic of new ground we’ve been treading in the property market in Ras Al Khaimah,” he said.
Built to the highest international standards and with LEED Platinum Certification in mind, the 150 exquisite properties that will be built on Falcon Island will offer unrivaled waterfront living and world-leading energy-efficiency specifications, as well as excellent value and a return on investment to rival anything that is on offer in the big cities, said Mr Kurien.
“The prospects of owning a LEED certified property in a booming property market where average sale and rental rates across UAE have been increasing by around 30 and 25 percent, respectively, is one of the key reasons why the first phase of Falcon Island has sold out. LEED properties are 30 percent more valuable and retain more of that value.”
“A second off-plan phase has been released and is also selling out fast, and shows that there is real confidence in the Al Hamra Village brand and the local property market.”
Accademia Pop limited edition winner of Red Dot Design Award 2014.
As the “zero energy” and “net zero energy” concepts are relatively new, there are not yet definitive, widely accepted zero-energy metrics. at present there are four ways in which net zero energy may be defined and building designers, owners, and operators should select the metric that best fits their project: :
• Net Zero Site Energy
• Net Zero Source Energy
• Net Zero Energy Costs
• Net Zero Energy Emissions Site Energy refers to the energy consumed and generated at a site (e.g. a building), regardless of where or how that energy originated. In a net zero site energy building, for every unit of energy the building consumes over a year, it must generate a unit of energy.
Source Energy refers to primary energy needed to extract and deliver energy to a site, including the energy that may be lost or wasted in the process of generation, transmission and distribution. For example, a coal-burning power plant may generate 1 Joule of electricity for every 3 Joules of energy in the coal consumed. If natural gas is used at a site, for every 20 Joules consumed, 1 Joule may be needed to extract and distribute the gas to the site. Metrics for net zero source energy buildings account for these factors, though exact metrics can vary depending on site and utility factors.
Net Zero Energy Cost is perhaps the simplest metric to use: it means that the building has an energy utility bill of $0 over the course of a year. In some cases, building owners or operators may take advantage of selling Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from on-site renewable generation.
Many conventional energy sources result in emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, etc.
A Net Zero Energy Emissions building either uses no energy which results in emissions or offsets the emissions by exporting emissions-free energy (typically from on-site renewable energy systems). Grid Connection and Net Zero
As happens also in our recent development “ falcon Island”, Most Net Zero Energy Buildings are connected to the electric grid, allowing for the electricity produced from traditional energy sources (natural gas, electric, etc.) to be used when renewable energy generation cannot meet the building’s energy load. When, conversely, on-site energy generation exceeds the building energy requirements, the surplus energy should be exported back to the utility grid, where allowed by law.
The excess energy production offsets later periods of excess demand, resulting in a net energy consumption of zero. Due to current technology and cost limitations associated with energy storage, grid connection is usually necessary to enable the Net Zero Energy balance. Differences in how utilities and jurisdictions address payment for energy that is exported from the building into the grid can impact project economics and should be carefully evaluated.
Regardless of the definition or metric used for a Net Zero Energy Building, minimizing the energy use through efficient building design should be a fundamental design criterion and the highest priority of all NZEB projects. Energy efficiency is generally the most cost-effective strategy with the highest return on investment, and maximizing efficiency opportunities before developing renewable energy plans will minimize the cost of the renewable energy projects needed. Using advanced energy analysis tools, design teams can optimize efficient designs and technologies.
Energy efficiency measures include design strategies and features that reduce the demand-side loads such as high-performance envelopes, air barrier systems, daylighting, sun control and shading devices, careful selection of windows and glazing, passive solar heating, natural ventilation, and water conservation.
Once building loads are reduced, the loads should be met with efficient equipment and systems. This may include energy efficient lighting, electric lighting controls, high-performance HVAC, and geothermal heat pumps. Energy conversion devices such as combined heat and power systems, fuel cells, and micro turbines do not generate renewable energy. Instead, they convert fossils fuel energy into heat and electricity and are can be considered energy efficiency strategies.
On-Site Renewable Energy
Once efficiency measures have been incorporated, the remaining energy needs can be met using renewable energy technologies. Common on-site electricity generation strategies include photovoltaics (PV), solar water heating, and wind turbines.
Renewable, on-site thermal energy can sometimes be provided by effective use of biomass. Wood, wood pellets, agricultural waste, and similar products can be burned on-site to provide space heating, service water heating, etc. Biofuels, such as biodiesel, may also be used in conjunction with conventional fossil fuels to meet thermal loads.
Priority should be given to renewable approaches that are readily-available, replicable, and most cost-effective. System maintenance must also be given consideration to over time. Life-cycle cost analysis should be used to evaluate the economic merits of various systems over their usable lifetimes.
Off-Site Renewable Energy
Depending on the metric and guidelines used, buildings may be permitted to use energy generated off-site to offset energy used in a building. If space is limited, a facility owner may install dedicated wind turbines, solar collectors, etc. at a separate location. Most often, however, credit for off-site renewable generation is gained by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs).
RECs are available from many renewable energy technologies. Large, utility-scale wind farms, solar plants, geothermal plants, and hydropower facilities generate electricity without using fossil fuels or primary energy. The costs of constructing and operating these generation facilities are often paid for by selling the “credit” for generating energy renewably (as well as selling the energy itself). The structure and market for RECs is evolving and it varies regionally.
Allowable renewable energy strategies which include: “energy produced by solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas, ocean (including tidal, wave, current, and thermal), geothermal, municipal solid waste, or new hydroelectric generation capacity achieved from increased efficiency or additions of new capacity at an existing hydroelectric project”.
Cover Photo: Falcon Island’s Photovoltaic Bridge
Conceived as Part of the ENERGY BUILDING PROJECT that A++ has started few years ago it refers to the development of a completely sustainable luxury island off the shores of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.
The project involves the design and construction of N ° 150 prestigious villas with the highest energy efficiency .
The whole complex will be characterized by the implementation of high sustainability systems , both for the production of electricity as well as for the production of thermal energy.
The villas will be built using a partial pre-cast assembly, performed by dedicated companies in protected environment thereby ensuring effective control of the quality of the implementation .
The villas will be characterized by the use of sustainable materials and technical systems with low consumption and low maintenance.
The island will be powered by electricity generated from a combination of centralized production , by means of a photovoltaic roof built on the access bridge to the island, and localized production by means of panels placed on the roofs of individual houses .
The cooling of homes and public areas will be secured by a centralized system powered by solar energy and distributed through a system of district cooling. Falcon Island Net Zero Development
It has been a long and tiring year, nevertheless our work towards sustainability has given us its fair amount of satisfactions.
We have been given the chance to once again prove our theory in the field in many places in the world by the hands of visionary investors that, if possible, have believed in our new approach to design and construction even more than us.
And once again we have had the satisfaction of being proved right: Thinking sustainability from the first stages of design not only works perfectly towards the quality of the realization, it also yields short, medium and long terms advantages for both the investor and the final user:
The end message of the marketplace is that green homes and buildings are worth more than non green homes and buildings, in every aspect, for good peace of green believers.
For as much positive this result might be, it is not an arrival but a continuation of an ongoing project that reflects a succession of explorations, encounters, and emotions, as well as yearnings as a result of the work of many passionate people, all around the world: architect, engineers, field specialists, researchers, artists, financial advisers, technical experts and simple enthusiasts along with families and friends who have supported ( and tolerated) our work and our dedication.
We are grateful to this people and together with them , we would like to wish you the merriest of Christmas and we would like to share with you our hope for a greener and more sustainable world.
The A++ team.
it is a revolution in design and construction of sustainable buildings started years ago By the firm with the aims to rethink the process of design and construction to meet the needs of the modern building development.
This resulted in an innovative disciplinary of integrated sustainable design and construction based on the use of a conscious approach that forges the project around the characteristics of the place in which it is carried out in a constructive manner using its constraints and peculiarities, skilfully mixing different processes of design and construction technologies with the use of tested innovative materials;
A realization that is always characterized by the highest energy performance, formal and constructive quality, low cost of construction and operation
This approach assesses and makes use of all available resources, combining ancient technologies together with highly innovative ones. Their choice and composition ensures the creation of an extremely sustainable realization. All the solutions adopted are transparent to the user, who perceives the benefits of comfort and ease of use satisfying, at the same time, the aesthetic and qualitative expectations.
Each project is conceived to be industrialized and completed at the place of its insertion, to fit in the most transparent way to the context.
The economics of an implementation based on this innovative approach will benefit the client and the user throughout its life cycle which provides a very low cost of operation and maintenance. The aesthetic quality and craftsmanship as well as the social and ecological sustainability are intrinsic in the realization of the project because it is designed to adapt to the context rather than to confront with it.
Despite the long history in the health care, only in recent periods the impact of the natural environments on the health was studied systematically. In the mid-1980s, a holistic approach in medicine reappeared this believe that gardens have an important role in treatment. Perhaps the best example of this study was conducted in 1984 by Roger Ulrich. These studies showed the relationship between the period of treatment, drug usage and access to the nature landscape from the window. According to Ulrich, patients who have a sight to nature, recover faster and need to use less drugs.
“Healing Gardens” is a term which refers to the gardens that are designed to improve diseases and “Healing” in the context of health care is a broad term and concept that does not necessarily refer to a specific disease and the purpose of healing is the improvement in the mental conditions just the same as physical one. At the moment it is difficult to offer a detailed theory for the comprehensive and precise design of perspective for the health and healing promotion. Also the needs of specific patients are unknown. Whether a design will cure all diseases or different designs for different conditions are required? Moreover, which designing elements have positive impact on the patients’ outcome?
What is a Healing Garden?
According to the researches of Ulrich and others there exists a theory that each garden is a healing one. In order to have a better perception of this sentence a definition is mentioned here: “a garden, a healing station, designed to give people a better feeling”. Traditional healing gardens were within or nearby the medical locations. Healing gardens can be found in mental hospitals, schools and centers for the disabled peoples, nursing homes and clinics. Although a famous example of the healing garden can be found inside or near the hospitals and Alzheimer’s Care Facilities.
The usefulness of the healing garden which is built for patients and the disabled ones is a function of the amount of physical or visual access of the users of these spaces, though even in the therapeutic centers a larger population of employees and visitors, such as the patients or residents of that place use the healing garden. On a larger scale, some believe that any garden can be a healing one and the public can use the healing benefits of these spaces. In this scale green spaces with healing effect should be easily accessible for all the people who are in the countryside.
Principles of a Successful Garden
Healing gardens are effective if they have the following conditions:
1. The sense of control
Patients should easily find the garden and have access to it and use its spaces in active or passive way. The various types of spaces allow users to have a choice and sense of control can be created by engaging users in the design of the garden.
2. Promoting Green Materials
Minimizing the harsh spaces and the dominance of the plant material in the garden, the goal is that harsh spaces contain the one third of the occupied space thus with a soft and pleasant view; patient have an improvements in his good sense.
3. Physical movement and exercise
With a proper design, can encourage the patients to do light exercises and design spaces like walking loops and consider some spaces for children in order to reduce the psychological stress and increase physical activities and games.
4. Access to the Nature and Natural Attractions
Various medicinal herbs that get all the senses are the perfect choice for designing the plant parts. (Figure1) Prickly, poisonous plants and the ones attract annoying insects should not be used. Especially for the gardens that will be used for the children and patients with mental illness.
Forrest McDowell and Tricia Clark-McDowell in the book called The Sanctuary Garden: “the key to a (healing garden) is to honor and celebrate our broader human relationshipwith nature and spirit, not just plants” the nature and spirit, not just plants. This book proposes seven design elements as the strategy for design and as a means of identifying and the space.
• Special entrance which invites visitors to the garden.
• An element for the water and psychological, emotional and physical impacts
• Creative use of color and light (to stir emotion or surprise visitor)
• Garden integrity to enhance the spirit of garden
• The shape and composition of the garden that will attracts birds and the settlement provides a settlement for the variety of birds.
Designing Healing Garden
In order to design healing garden the considerations that are used for other gardens is taken into account design that can be used for other applications. But, the following considerations are used for certain healing environments.
• It is essential that the space should be functional because the garden should adapt itself with the of space limitations of the users.
• It is important that the design of garden should be in such a way that its physical health and therapeutic benefits can be maintained especially in an organization like a hospital, the maintainability of the garden is important since poor maintenance can reduce patients’ trust to this issue that they are not nursed well.
• Healing gardens are created to provide a refreshing environment and to have a restoration impact on the users. If garden is not visually appealing it would not be successful.
Also below designing principles are necessary for the design of healing garden and to create an integrated environment
• Simplicity in design of healing garden is an essential element, thus the space is perceived easily. Many people, who use the healing garden, are dealing with great stresses, thus the space should be in a way that does not add to the stress. It should be designed in a variety of shapes, textures, colors and should also have seasonal variations to stir up the feelings. In the case of not providing sufficient relish for the users of space, confusion and distress can be caused.
• Creating balance is important, no difference whether symmetric or asymmetric one. So the space can be as a sustained whole.
• Use of evidence, emphasis, sample, group planting, in order to emphasize on the importance of space which provides a focal point to help the people in navigation.
Create a hierarchy or a smooth transition from one area to another. This is especially good for creating a good and easy moving stream from a public to privacy place which is important to create a more private place.
In addition to the design principles, the following list of suggestions is provided for roads and levels in the healing garden, which are actually guidelines.
• At least 5 feet wide sidewalks for one-sided pass to match up with the rotation angle of wheelchairs. Two wheelchairs to pass, at least 7 feet wide is needed.
• make a difference in the texture of the pavement edge to help people who have low- vision, in order to notice the edges of pavement. The raised edges of sidewalks can be dangerous.
• The materials that make up much radiation should be avoided. Concrete can cause difficulty for the elderly people. It’s better to use colored concrete.
• Pavement slope should not exceed 5%. Transverse slope should not be more than 2%.
Healing garden designed for specific users
• Entries that are pleasant and welcomed by children
• providing separate spaces for preadolescent / adolescent groups, if appropriate.
• Create a comfortable social environment with large spaces, for families and staff, to spend time with the kids.
• Where possible, provide great choices for kids thus they can have reaction with nature through the senses and activities.
Garden for treating Alzheimer’s
• Sidewalks should be a continuous loop without dead-end.
• Create a non-toxic ways.
• using herbs and other elements which stimulate, memory, conversations and activity
• The use of color, texture and shapes to create a calm environment.
• Use of clue such as statues, flowers, water combines to help the navigation of spaces.
• create a natural relaxing space in the garden (Figure2)
• Create a quiet space to sit and ponder
• To encourage people to touch things in the garden, use the plants and structures with different textures
• Create a view of window for the people who cannot go out.
• Creating the water combinations. Water is a soothing agent. Water also creates a place for contemplation, thinking or meditation. (see below)
garden for dreams and thinking
Garden for the low- vision and blind people
• In order to help them for finding their way the edges of the garden should be smooth and should be layout with right angles. Complex patterns and curves should be avoided.
• Use signs to help with navigation. Some guiding examples can be tactile plants or aromatic ones, decorations or furniture, sound factor like the sound of the falling water or wind, pavement materials such as gravel or tree bark.
• Use vivid colors and rough materials for the reference point for partially sighted people.
• Spreading fragrance in different places of the garden and at different times of the year. Many fragrances can also cause dizziness and prevent the navigation.
• Use tissue changes, to represent changes in pavement. (Figure4)
Therapeutic landscape designed for people with vision loss, outside London, England
According to the above mentioned issues it can be perceived that the people’ preferences of scenery emphasize that natural landscapes have qualities which satisfy the biological needs of humans. The innate linkage of human with nature can cause some contacts with the natural world to directly affect the health. In healing garden, activities should also be considered as much as the perception and feeling. Although it is extremely difficult to achieve a balance between experience in the garden and work in the garden but to achieve this balance, the designer should consider that the garden is designed for which group of people and should be aware of their mental abilities. Healing garden should be able to establish a positive relationship with the visitor depending on the stress level of visitors; garden should have different areas with different characteristics: relaxed, wild, diverse with various plants, public space, happy and cultural spaces. Finally, a healing garden, like all parks and gardens should be accessible to all the people.
Betsy Severtsen, “Healing garden”, available on the internet: zallio.hollosite.com
Cooper Marcus and Marni Barnes, 1999,”Healing Garden, Therapeutic benefit and design recommendation.”
Jean Larson, Mary Jo Kreitzer, “Healing by Design: Healing Gardens and Therapeutic Landscapes”, InformeDesign, VOL. 02 ISSUE 10
Ulrika A. Stigsdotter and Patrik Grahn, 2003, “Experiencing a Garden: A Healing Garden for People Suffering from Burnout Diseases, JOURNAL OF THERAPEUTICHORTICULTURE
Ulrika A. Stigsdotter and Patrik Grahn, “What Makes a Garden a Healing Garden?”, Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture
Terry Hartig, Clare Cooper Marcus, 2006, “Healing gardens—places for nature in health care”.
ABU DHABI May 11, 2013: Organizers of World Future Energy Summit Show (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, outlined the significant business opportunities that the Middle East region and the UAE in particular offer to renewable and energy-efficient technology providers during a recent visit to Tokyo. Rising energy needs, adoption of energy efficient-solutions and the scope of renewable energy as an increasingly popular means to power the region were addressed. By 2020, Abu Dhabi has committed to producing 7 per cent of its energy through renewable sources, while Dubai has committed to producing approximately 5 per cent of its energy through solar power set by 2030. As one of the world’s leading producers of oil and gas, Abu Dhabi is investing heavily in renewable and sustainable energy knowledge, technology and capacity. A prime example of the Abu Dhabi’s unrelenting commitment is the creation of Masdar City, an emerging global clean-technology cluster and special economic zone in Abu Dhabi. Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted renewable energy company will once again host the seventh World Future Energy Summit from 20-22 January 2014. The 2013 event attracted 91 official government delegations at the opening ceremony and over 25,000 attendees from 155 countries. WFES is an important global event that brings together world leaders, policy makers, business leaders, financiers and entrepreneurs to address the key issues affecting the future of energy.
We welcome the new A++ Abu Dhabi branch among our big family!!
After a long history of A++ project work in the Middle East that includes thousands of square meters of mixed-use properties working with various developers including Emaar, Seasif and Nakheel, the new Abu Dhabi’s office will be up and running very soon. Ongoing project works range from master plans for residential and office towers in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Dubai. The A++ Abu Dhabi office of locally experienced architects and technical staff offers clients increased production capabilities. Niko Sandro Alvarez, who is the Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi office, brings his previous experience with the design of large retail, entertainment and mixed-use projects.
As well as developing architecture and interior projects with a conventional approach, and characterized with the look and taste that has made the firm renewed internationally , the A++ Abu Dhabi office has the main aim of developing the implementation of X new projects in the area of gulf that aims to revolutionize the approach to design and sustainable building, as a result of the work developed by A + + in the last three years and that will be brought to light in the coming months.
This innovative project will spark a new light and will open up tremendous opportunities for developers of the area of the Middle East.
we would like to wish you the happier Easter and that peace and serenity go with you always, regardless of your beliefs.
A++ is in an advance phase of designing and almost ready for the development of a set of highly efficient modular homes for the mongolian government to set new living standards for the people of Ulaanbaatar. The recipients of this new dwell is the people currently living in YURTAS, the traditional wood and felt tent that has been used for centuries by the nomadic population of mongolia and that today, due to the massive migration towards the cities and the and the effective end of the nomadic life, loses its meaning and function.
the new home follows a process that rethinks the design and building process to respond to a wider sustainability criterion and to be equally responsive to environmental, qualitative, aesthetic and social Issues, without compromises, to provide a quality realization to a more broad audience, through the optimizing the costs of constraint and the use of local materials, manpower and resources in accordance with the most current technologies.
The house is designed, industrialized and completed in place of his final implementation, in order to fit into the context and the local needs and standards, while comply with new international regulations to reduce building short and long term costs and minimizing maintenance. This methodology provides a considerable advantage to local businesses, with which we develop relationships of partnership for labor, production of building materials, the assembly of finite elements and technical support to local governments, effectively providing support to a social and economic grow of the local community.
the Estia method empowers a design process that evaluates and make use of all available technologies combining millenary application together with highly innovative ones. their choice and composition ensures the creation of an Energy Efficient Envelopes without compromising on functional or aesthetic characteristics.
All these solutions are transparent to the user, who perceives the benefits of comfort and ease of use while limiting and often eliminating the need for human intervention also in terms of maintenance.
The modules will be built with the use of mostly local material such as mass providing stones, cold formed steel structures and wool scraps for thermal insulation, assembled with new technology and methodology and will be fitted with new means of heating that uses a new patented technology of deep geothermal probes that allow for the provision of heating energy to a high number of homes with a single borehole.
The shape, size and orientation of each house is designed to respond to its relative to sun, dominant winds and surroundings and the walls are fitted with solar gain elements to increase the thermal efficiency of the envelope. shape and composition of walls and windows as well as the roof inclination are designed specifically to adapt to geographical orientation and the home, which will have a price that it is considerably lower then standard construction methods, is proven to meet and exceed the stringent european standards of efficiency and it is undergoing the process of its leed certification.
A++ is opening its doors to the chinese community.
With so many environmental failures leading to social instability, China have begun to understand that changes need to be made in order to effectively address its sustainability challenges.
A++ and its valuable Chinese partner will employ all the available tools to play, for as little as it might be, a role in a process that has already begun, primarily in areas where economic development is the most advanced, and involves policies, technological solutions, and awareness and engagement campaigns.
The translation of our site it is our first step to share our vision to chinese speaking people,in the quest of a better and sustainable world.
Nowadays, the traditional criterion for judging design, such cost, performance and aesthetics is being redefined by the introduction of the concept of sustainable design.
Many professionals dismiss this issue by stating that green and sustainability have nothing to do with Architecture and the term “sustainable” has the reputation to be a matter of substance and not of style.
Sustainability is believed to be bounded exclusively to energy efficiency, carbon emission and material chemistry and as a result, many consider green design a technological matter rather that a creative process leading to something that could be inherently beautiful and, truly, we can argue that our experience has taught us that most sustainable design is inevitably unattractive.
The issue here is to be able to use all possible skills, to produce something that is as sustainable as possible without compromising on its aesthetic values. Yes but how?
Originally, the concept of sustainability promised to broaden the purpose of contemporary design, specifically by adding ethic to aesthetic; this approach failed, and ethic took over the place of aesthetic by providing clear and compelling standards for its implementation without giving guidelines for this to go along with the process of beautiful design.
The mistake in this approach lies in the misleading conviction that attractiveness is not essential to sustainability.We need to create a different approach to our consideration of the beauty of a realization and consider aesthetic as the result of testing and research as much as sustainable solutions are. Many study demonstrate the effectiveness and the benefit hidden behind a procedure or a material, but many other show that shapes, pattern and texture, can create environmental, social and economic value.Green procedures and technique can be both invisible and visible.The first are those that relies on the environmental performance of the building and do not concur on the final look of the realization, the visible one affect the form, shape and image directly.Although the enviable ones can be easier to control and measure, the visible can have an even greater impact on both conservation and well being of the inhabitant. The shape of a building has great impact on its performance so much so that over 90% of the product environmental impact is determined during its shaping phase; isn’t it enough to consider aesthetic an integral part of conceiving a sustainable building?Lets start considering aesthetic and sustainable design as bound together and beauty intrinsically part of the basic principles of sustainability, and develop a more rational approach to beauty by merging techniques and material innovation with the human millennial knowledge and research on the methods and technique to create a graceful interaction between the environment and its user:
Isn’t this the definition of architecture?
Architects should develop ways for a societal valuation of their building plans by future users, neighbors and others, making them adaptable and integral part of their surroundings by implementing aesthetic and sustainability as adjoining paths to be walked contemporaneously.
Architecture, urban planning, design and technology have as its primary goal to improve our living conditions based on quality. Over time has often happened that in reaching this goal has sacrificed an important asset, the environment. From several years is greatly increased sensitivity to the relationship between quality of life and health of the environment.
There is much talk of ecology and sustainability, particularly in design today is designing and creating functional objects, and respectful of the ecosystem, for example by recycling materials, devising ways to ensure maximum energy savings by adopting technologies that use renewable and non-polluting energy, without sacrificing the comfort and progress.
The uses and the examples are many: Sunglasses that convert solar energy into electricity to power iPods and cell phones, dishes made from biodegradable materials, bicycles and solar car, building coatings with high thermal efficiency, technical recycling water used for sanitary and irrigation equipment, shoes that fulfilled their life cycle biodegrade and sprout, furniture, chairs and armchairs in a sturdy corrugated cardboard, chandeliers made entirely with recycled Bic pens …
The goal is to raise awareness that our every gesture and every one of our single choice (from grocery shopping), determine a definite impact on the environment depending on the way in which we perform.
It ‘s necessary to optimize fuel consumption and at the same time significantly reduce waste.
Focusing for example on the amount of plastic bottles that are thrown away every day you realize that for that bottle we pay twice, once when we buy it and one when we dispose it. Would not it be easier and cheaper for everyone to drink the tap water, constantly monitored and analyzed?
An example of sustainable design in all its phases is the tree-shirt, a shirt to plant a tree, a T-shirt designed by Vivienne Westwood. This is a new project for Green UP sponsored by UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) to raise the public awareness of deforestation and to raise money for reforestation European Union.
The design created by the designer has been printed on T-shirts donated by Anvil Eco T-Shirt Collec, knitwear that has patented a fabric for shirts made from recycled plastic PET bottles and cotton grown on farms that have implemented a process to become organically certified, and each chapter contains a QR code which allows access to all information regarding the Green Up program. Revenues will be allocated to plantation forestry in Europe: a T-shirt is equivalent to planting a new tree.
As stressed by Vivienne Westwood, during the press conference at the launch of the Tree-shirts are designed to provoke and inspire a new way of thinking. The antidote to consumerism and climate change is the culture.
A++ has hosted the 2012 architectsParty in Milan. More than 300 people have attended the event and plunged deep into the fantastic worlds of architecture and design.
We would like to thank each one of you for giving us the opportunity to make this event a success story.
A comprehensive look toward sustainable architecture reaches us to this point that it can typically account as the climatically responsive architecture. A general review of the Iranian traditional architecture principles indicates the dominant effects of natural environmental factors on above-mentioned principals. Climatic factors can be considered as the most significant component in natural environment that has a leading influence on the formation of Iran’s architecture principles. As in some cases, forming factors merely serve a climatically responsive function and utterly shaped according to natural environmental factors.
The vast area of Iran has hot and dry climate and the raining average rate is less. This region is located in the east and central of Iran. One of the signs is having no plant and no rain. (1)
Characteristics of Iran’s climate are as follow:
• Having a very low shower rain.
• Few trees and plants.
• Very low humidity.
• High difference in temperature between day and night.
A typical example to make this clearer is Iranian gardens. The research shown Iranian garden has been very famous even it has been mentioned in Bible. Agronomy and constructing garden was holy in ancient period of Iran. After entering Islam constructing garden has been developed around Islamic world. Geometry of Iranian gardens is very important. Normally a garden is divided into little sections. The original of this geometry is based on land divisions. Every parts of the garden are squared or rectangle shaped and inside each of these parts there are other smaller rectangles that are normally planted with flowers and trees. The separation of these parts is normally trees or streams.
Contribution elements in Iranian gardens that can create a sustainable space have been divided into two sections: physical and non-physical.
Some Physical Elements:
1. The area of garden is surrounded of wall.
2. The area of garden has been divided into four sections.
3. Rose bushes have to be plant more often.
4. There is no interval or boundary line between the mansion and the rest of the garden.
5. A large amount of trees have been planted in order to make shades.
6. Canals are so designed that the flow of the water produces a sound.
7. There are a large number of fruit trees; the bigger the garden the more fruit-trees are planted. (2) [figure1].
Figure 1. A typical Iranian garden
Description of important physical elements:
1. Wall: It is an important physical element that of a garden that plays an important role in security and prevention of storms.
2. Water: It can be a ground water or spring water. Normally ground water that flows over the ground has supplies from under water channel that Iranian calls in Quanat. This water can water trees, flowers and plants of the path side and of course would add humidity in environment that in a dry weather .Therefore, providing heat in days and cold at nights. With increased humidity plants and trees can overcome unsuitable desert conditions and maintain their green structure. Sometimes you can find water fountains which help the humidity maintenance and making the environment more beautiful plus thermal comfort for the garden. [3,4,5].
Description of a Non-Physical Element:
In Iranian garden, we always observe the phenomenon of transferring from one space to another. Mainly, one of the main features of architecture in Iranian garden is the combination and mixture of garden and building; these two are mixed and connected so much that nobody can feel where the garden starts and where it finishes [Figure 2]. The continuity between garden and the building in the middle of it makes the natural ventilation and makes the air circulation much easier. It also provides unexpected perspective for the residents.
Figure 2. Dolaat-Abaad garden- Yazd- Iran
Iranian architects use tangible and physical elements such as trees, water streams and by mixing them with designing techniques they create shades and suitable places for a dry environment. Have to mention that the effect of features of Iranian gardens is obvious on creating comfort in hot and dry climate; thus, making use of these features and architectural methods can create sustainable spaces for related climate.
1) V. Ghobadiyan, The Climatic Investigation of Iran’s Traditional building, Tehran University Publication, Tehran, Iran, 2001.
2) Y. Daneshdost,Tabas gardens, Sorosh Publication, Tehran, Iran,2000.
3) H. Behbahani, Iranian Garden: A Place of Coexistence: City-Nature- Landscape, paper presented on Environmental Science, 2006.
4) A. Masoodi, Iranian Garden, Nashre Faza Publication, Iran, 2008.
5) H. Penelope, Gardens of Persia, Cassel Illustrated, United King¬dom, 2001.
6) International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.291-302.
A + + has-been selected by the organization and from partner companies of the event, to host the 2012 architectsParty in Milan. For one evening, A++ will transform itself into an ideal location for a party immerse among architecture and design. A place of encounter and dialogue, within which you can enjoy a cocktail directly into the studio, through the architects’ rooms and tables where ideas take form into projects.
The party will be held in A++ Milano’s headquarters, in Via Durini, 7 at 19:00
Nowadays, one of the hottest topics about Iranian architecture is sustainability. It is a term that for some people is still unknown; even architects would understand this term by saying some examples such as going green, natural materials and some similar terms. we want to talk about sustainability and architecture and their relations that will lead the reader to be able to compare Iranian new architecture methods with olden architect methods.
Currently, energy saving and productivity are the most discussable topics in the world. Increasing demand for energy saving the popularity of sustainable architecture and using natural materials grow rapidly. The necessity of consumption natural energy is being believed by everyone; specially architects, engineers and developers. Therefore, by using natural energy resources like wind, solar systems, geothermal and ect. in buildings plus the consumption of natural architect materials and its decoration and design, energy consumption decrease and that going to be more profitable for the home owner.
Without considering the meaning of architecture it is simply understandable that it tries to define itself in terms of political, social and cultural issues. Sustainability term in architecture is like using a new substance in a missing cultural topic. Unfortunately at the moment Iranian architectural community view of “sustainability” and its usage in architecture is not clear because of a lack of knowledge and its advantages in design and architecture.
Using natural materials in Iranian traditional architecture has been inspired famous Iranian architects both in past and today. For instance, Yazd architecture and masterpiece works in Esfahan. Unfortunately, contemporary Iranian architects have been confused over the lack of government support of design and art. Therefore, in order to answer market demands which taste is more like European they have started copying other foreign architects’ work! Although, by using a main framework in green architecture or sustainable architecture, education and cultural development between Iranian unique architects we could see a great impact on constructions and architecture. Example of these architectural masterpieces is Iranian windward! Windward are like towers that being built on a roof of a house for ventilation. Also they can be built over water storage and mine openings for ventilation matters; with this system cool air is going through windward to the rooms on the lower floors which is a very basic ventilation technique. In fact windward are like Iranian architectural symbols that nowadays are using in many Middle East countries too. The basic shape of a windward is rectangular which has some holes in its each wall. Inside a windward there are some separator thinner walls that is normally made from brick or wood.
Taking right materials with appropriate usage of natural resources is not only important in sustainability but also it has some impacts on the way we use them just like a calculation for students; in order to work with a calculator we need to know how it works at first! For architects it is essential to have knowledge of materials as they need to foster the value of evolution in themselves to show it to the world.
If we see architecture as something that inherently associated with construction; thus, the role of materials and their combination together is like a DNA role in a cell structure. In architecture the problem is the way of achieving a standard structure that main elements are materials. In other words, there is no credit and meaning in architecture without truly understanding of materials and technology.
An architect should have a complete knowledge of inherent characteristic and behavioural of materials such as strength, reaction against different weather conditions and the return of light and ect. Just like a writer’s knowledge and dominance of the alphabet!
Another way to develop meaning of sustainable architecture in Iran is to motivate by justifying development or using a sustainable development in architecture. By not limiting an architect in his/her design and style, Iranian architects would have a considerable progress in their works along using today’s technology and unique materials.
Famous architects’ style in design especially those who are intending to register a long lasting design can be named as international design styles which have to geographical limits. Creating parametric relations in design while giving a special attention to persistency of design will cause to create international long lasting work. By saying work persistency and its long lasting, it actually means sustainability; which itself is a sustainable space and experimental evolution with environment.
It is estimating that Iran’s future architecture considering the events happened in the resent decade in the world has a full of new capabilities. The future of architecture in the context of the current discipline is very vulnerable which means if in architectural design methods with an approach of optimal usage of space, light and energy and natural materials not being observed and they be done by current design methods; therefore, the innovation of Iran’s architecture will be neglected.
1.Dara Golbon -point of view of sustainability.
2.Engineer Nader Tehrani’s interview with Memari & Shahrsazi magazine.
3.Scientific America 1989 , sustainability in Architecture in Iran.
With the inclusion of this historical language, we confirm our will to open our window onto Iran and the 110 million native speakers, giving to our partners the tools to better communicate our common philosophy and the value of our collaboration as part of a wider world and players of an important role in our creative network.
This collaboration works to draw on inherited technical and cultural knowledge while being projective and anticipating an evolving future by recognizing the value essential Iranian sensibilities and identifying salient past traits to be redeveloped into an enlightened contemporary approach.
We work towards the creation of a new amalgamations that shall point towards a sustainable Iranian architectural future.
Creativity and innovation, but also tradition, craftsmanship, Made in Italy, natural materials, primarily wood and all its variants.
Strong focus on hybrid objects, classic but reinterpreted in a contemporary way, they find new life in the trials of the recycling design. Strong focus on research and innovation of eco materials:
First prize at the Salone Satellite has been assigned to Raul Lauri, a Spanish designer, that, recovering coffee grounds and mixing it with other materials, has created the eco lamp Decafè. The resins of vegetable origin are mixed with inert natural end of life, but have been recycled to create a new material: Cristalplant biobased, with which they were made sinks and bathtubs. Mirrors, light bulbs and old bottles are recovered to produce ecomalte breathable and resistant to fire.
Interesting project “Barrique, la terza vita del legno” in which 30 architects and designers – including Mario Botta, Carlo Colombo, Angela Missoni – have invented a new way to use the old wooden barrels for storing wine and made by carpenters of San Patrignano.
Certainly no shortage of electronic and technological innovation, as the project developed by Panasonic Photosynthesis with Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata. The environmental impact of televisions is minimized because of their relationship with solar panels that reproduce the process of photosynthesis, capturing clean solar energy which is then stored in an accumulator of energy lithium batteries . To avoid unnecessary waste of energy, Whirlpool has produced a refrigerator equipped with smart sensors that constantly monitor and adjust temperature and humidity to preserve the best and the longer foods, or a dishwasher that adjusts water temperature and time according to dirt actual dishes.
Today more than ever, young designers from around the world show that, in exercising their inventive, a marked tendency to think about the potential of materials and objects “poor” and daily.
Strong presence of northern Europeans who are very strong with the recovery of wood, paper and industrial metal structures for the creation of tables made by assembly of colored pencils, collectible dolls full of graceful humor, style tables and chairs “Bauhaus eco-friendly”, chandeliers that link all the color, but also on the levity of the cellulose.
In furnishing the Controprogetto group has set up a very interesting space with some of their products. Real magicians carving and assembly of salvaged wood to create unique pieces of art: sideboards, chairs and armchairs, bookcases and garden furniture with a great personality.
As instead regards the apparel / accessories, really original the creations of Desybell: bags made of leather and reuse of materials (buttons, trimmings, seeds, bottle caps and so on and so forth). Very interesting also, at via Savona, the Ortofabbrica by Angelo Grassi: a fusion of proposals on eco design, architecture, art and craft and fashion, thinking about a way of life and creativity eco and stylish at the same time. Funny the initiative “happening” by Chinchen, who thought to involve the public in a fun test of his seat in cellular material paper-based and invited to sit in groups 15/16 people at once.
In Trienniale have been set a series of exhibitions on the latest news from some big names of design and some monographic exhibitions devoted to major figures of the Italian and international design, such as Alessandro Mendini, whose works have been exhibited in some midway between design and art, and Karim Rashid, which was presented a collection of pieces of furniture and objects created for various Italian and foreign companies, active in various sectors.
Interfaceflor, today highly committed to developing products with low environmental impact, has been presented to the public through the fascinating labyrinth of The Positive floor: installation-path to discover the most innovative design for “dress up” environments, from designer Francesco Maria Bandini.
Spectacular is the salon Confindustria Ceramica, in which some of the leading Italian production of sanitary ceramics have designed a colorful presentation of the most “eco-cool”, assembled in the art installations. Very interesting also the Irregolare/Eccezionale: an exhibition of the contributions of “great names” of design, including that of Patricia Urquiola, the new frontiers of marble floors and surfaces with low and high relief carvings and inlays, and the additional bathroom and outdoor.
Interesting also the design work of Yi, the Taiwanese brand that brings together a large group of international designers led by Gijs Bakker. The team’s primary objective is to explore the links between craft and design and the possible synergies between the Western and Eastern creativity, through a rereading of some historical pieces of European design. Of course by respect for the environment, especially as regards the choice of materials.
A++ welcomes lighting designers Cannata & Partners among the list of its prestigious operative partners; an indispensable addendum to the network’s professionalism palette.
After a long therm collaboration, A++ and Cannata & Partners, are joining forces to provide a more comprehensive approach to architecture and design services.
what is Lighting design and what is its role in a sustainable architecture and interior design project?
most people in the architecture and interior design business have a dim view of lighting design. The general sentiment is that lighting design is an expendable extravagance added to the price tag of building planning and construction.
It’s difficult to explain to the man on the street why good lighting design is essential to the built environment and why a professional is needed to do it right, moreover, the profession of lighting design is a relatively young discipline among the design profession. Although lighting has certainly been an integral component of the built environment for centuries, its only emerged as a true design specialty in the last years…Once considered an obscure consulting niche or high-budget luxury, lighting design has become an accepted discipline in the project design process in many parts of the world for those who have understood that ” an architecture poorly lit is a poor architecture”.
Lighting design is to be considered as a science and art applied to the built environment for the functional and aesthetic benefit of society; it is the application of objective criteria such as science and technology, and subjective criteria such as art and inspiration, to every phase of design and construction for both a building or outdoor site to efficiently and properly illuminate spaces for the public good. Lighting design is a specialized multi-faceted discipline woven into the fabric of the design and construction process. It is a crucial component of the process and is worthy of more than just a unattentive glimpse.
The lighting design process, takes an important role since the earliest stages of a project as it considers vital aspects as user needs and preferences, psychological needs, visual tasks, quantity/quality of lighting, glare and visual comfort issues, color temperature and color rendering, combining them with architectural design features, the flexibility of spaces and their functions, the controls requirements, security issues, budget concerns, operating and maintaining costs and many others that are able to both enhance and shape architectural project’s decision.
Lighting design is furthermore an extremely important factor in all issues strictly related with the sustainability aspects;
those lighting designers that keep an updated profile and conforms to most recent standards, such as Cannata & Partners, use techniques to support health, well being, visibility and productivity, services that will minimize initial equipment costs with specifications that reduce operations costs, lighting that reduces carbon emissions, hazardous waste and controls outdoor light pollution, and last but not least, light that improves interior and exterior design aesthetic for a visual wellbeing of the inhabitant.
Our new partner, will actively improve the quality and the completeness of each A++ project, as well as be a new and highly authoritative contributor to our magazine’s content.
We like to think that a good architect is not defined by gender Being a studio with a great number of female talented architect we can understand the nuances that come along with being a female working in this profession – it’s not just about sitting in an office with co-workers who respect your abilities regardless of gender. It’s about all the other aspects of being a practicing architect where challenges present themselves. Although the list of archistar and famous architects is dominated by the male gender, there is an enormous working female force behind the lines that is basically building the grounds to many unspoken successes. We all shall remember this and we, as A++, are grateful as our female architects continue to be a driving force to our own success.
we dedicate this post as a tribute to all women that have and will continue contribute to the growth of this profession and that sometimes get lost in the shadow of their male colleagues.
Kazuyo Sejima is a leading exponent of contemporary architecture. In 1981, she earned a degree in architecture from the Japan Women’s University and began working in the studio of Toyo Ito. In 1987, she opened her own studio in Tokyo and in 1995, together with former employee Ryue Nishizawa, she founded SANAA, the Tokyo studio that has designed some of the most innovative works of architecture built recently around the world. A list of notable projects includ the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Serpentine Pavilion in London, and the Christian Dior Building in Omotesando. She and her partner, Ryue Nishizawa, share the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize..
Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, and in 2004, she became the first woman to win a Pritzker Architecture Prize (there had been 27 previous winners by this point). Her work experiments with new spatial concepts and encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban spaces to products and furniture.her progjects do not seem to follow any rules – including gravity.
Marion Mahony Griffin (February 14, 1871 – August 10, 1961)
Marion Mahony Griffin was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first employee, and she became the world’s first woman to be officially licensed as an architect. Like many other women who were architectural pioneers, although Marion’s contributions was hidden behind the figure of her male associates Marion contributed greatly to Wright’s career and also to the career of her husband, Walter Burley Griffin.
Jeanne Gang is principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, a 36-person architecture firm in Chicago, that has been recognized for its innovation and leadership in design. Ms. Gang’s work represents a diverse range of building typologies, from large-scale undertakings such as the 82-story Aqua Tower in downtown Chicago, which reconsiders the tall building as a site-specific structure, to the SOS Community Center on Chicago’s South Side, which visibly engages with the distinct material properties of concrete. In all of her projects, Ms. Gang explores new creative territory in materials, technology, and sustainability, and her work with Studio Gang has received national and international awards and recognition.
Julia Morgan (January 20, 1872 – February 2, 1957)
Julia Morgan was the first woman to study architecture at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first woman to work as a professional architect in California. During her 45-year career, Julia Morgan designed more than 700 homes, churches, office buildings, hospitals, stores, and educational buildings, including the famous Hearst Castle.
Denise Scott Brown
Over the past century, there have been many husband-wife teams. Typically the husbands have attracted the fame and glory while the women worked quietly (and some would argue, intelligently) in the background. However, Denise Scott Brown had already made important contributions to the field of urban design when she met and married her husband, Robert Venturi. Although he appears to be more frequently in the spotlight, her research and teachings have shaped modern understanding of the relationship between design and society.
Julie Eizenberg is another example of a successful husband and wife team. Forming Koning Eizenberg Architects (KEA) in 1981 with Hank Koning, Eizenberg and her partner have refocused architects’ attention on the value and design potential of socially responsible projects by demonstrating architectural excellence in the design of many tight budget, affordable housing projects and community buildings. In their buildings, one is encouraged to discover space and architecture for oneself guided by compositional cues, landscape strategies, spatial sequence and scale change. The result is innovative architecture with a rare kind of humanism. In their work unlike that of many others, the solutions always seem to be expeditiously solved using common materials in a clever way instead of relying on bleeding edge technology and big budgets.
Victoria Meyers is a founding partner of hanrahanMeyers architects (hMa). Ms. Meyers has been the principal designer on a number of award winning projects in the firm whose projects include public institutional buildings, urban master plans, and award-winning residential projects.
there is no doubt that the world needs additional homes for the current population. This deficit results from a incongruous real estate development that has built without sizing the market and failing to answer real world needs and from the lack of financing options, among other factors, as housing financing is available to only a small percentage of the total population.
A++and SUN-TECH (a joint venture between Nuovocorso, Seasif and Luxferov all leaders in their fields of action) are joining forces to take innovative action to address these issues. The introduction of new techniques and the implementation of a different commercial and financial approach of the real estate market along with joint private-pubblic initiatives to promote sustainable housing development, can induce one particularly significant step forward.
As we all know, sustainable housing refers to the homes and communities developed with the objective of reducing environmental impact through the use of ecological materials, equipment and practices and improving the quality of life for society by creating a social fabric that fosters prosperous societies, as opposed to simply building mono-market targeted cities with little to no interaction among inhabitants, and last but not least, increasing access to new and sustainable financing scheme to allow the youngsters and the less wealthy people, an access to a finely built dwell with the lowest impact on the future owner’s income.
with this in mind, the aim is simply translatable in numbers:
Allow the public the possibility to buy a house whose worth starting from 270.000 for a price as low as 40.000 €.
the process, although the result of a complex conceivement, turns out to be extremely simple:
• SUN-TECH has developed partnerships with major energy companies to “sell” solar plants spaces.
• SUN-TECH and A++, are designing and producing sustainable housing units that Integrate a solar plant in the form of a architecturally designed solar roof
• The roof is eventually lent to the energy company for which an annual lending fee is payed to SUN -TECH .
• The house, worth starting from 270.000 €, is sold to the client and a mortgage, deducted of the fees that the energy company will pay in the years, is issued by the producers financial division.
• The photovoltaic / thermic roof will produce hot water for the house use, and electricity exclusively for the energy company.
In the end, the client owns a high quality, new and highly sustainable house, for a fraction of the price needed to buy a smaller, not sustainable, old house.
this sustainable housing initiative is not only a commercial viable solution for both the producer AND the client, but innovatively addresses several of the countries problems, namely, a sustainable housing deficit, the marginalization of low-income families and youngsters, with the corresponding lack of social integration, and the growing environmental concerns.
The housing units are currently being sold worldwide.
We all have some idea about what interior design is. It is about creating a look for the interior of a building. It’s about being stylish. In either a contemporary, traditional, ethnic or minimal way, we, the interior design people, try to create a theme for a house or room by our choice of furniture, fabrics, accessories, wall coverings and flooring. This said is assumable that Interior design is a field of design that deals primarily with the aesthete. Namely, in making choices about what is beautiful and what is ugly, about what ‘works’ visually and what doesn’t.
Isn’t it? well, it shouldn’t.
Sustainable design has emerged as a guiding paradigm in the creation of a new kind of built environment: one that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Leading our project’s approach towards being greener and more conscious is a must and to effectively achieving successful results, we need to empower a cross vision of sustainability, a new idea that will lead us into a new and more interesting path, one that will consider not just “what” to use to be sustainable, as this will inevitabily lead to creating a possibly super environmentally friendly realization without satisfying one the main principle of sustainability i.e the satisfaction of the need of the present, but especially “how” and “where” to use sustainable solutions. The watch words of a truly successful interior design should be ‘cool’ ‘contemporary’ ‘stylish’‘now” and ‘sustainable’ ‘recycled’ ‘non-toxic’ , “tomorrow”..
Green interior design is about analyzing all aspects of a building’s interior – it’s parts and processes – to find ways to save energy and water, to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to make the interior free of toxic chemicals and to use materials that are the most environmentally friendly while carefully laying out, furnish and combining new and updated solutions that comes from a more sustainable aware design world of today.
Research and a careful selection of both companies and partners with the same philosophy will lead to a greater and more accurate palette of products and finishes that can fulfill the need of a true sustainability being both pleasant for the eye and fulfill our need to deliver a better world to our children.
As usual, moderation, not extremism, is the keyword.
A++ is working in tight collaboration with Seasif SUN-TECH and its associates Luxferov and Nuovo Corso, to join expertise’s, operational and engineering’s knowledge, to design and develop exceptional self-sufficient residential units that respond effectively to the more and more important demand for a fully sustainable and self sufficient dwell, in the housing scenario.
The new housing unit will host an innovative, light weight and extremely sturdy fiberglass, kevlar and resins’ compound structure, especially extruded to both be used as beams and pillars of the building and to house different typology of insulating packs, (Rockwooll or basal fibre) chosen with referral to the climate zones, in order to avoid temperature changes and provide more protection against humidity to the house.
An aluminum structure is than anchored to the building exteriors face, supporting extruded porcelain stoneware slabs that compose the facade and creating a few centimeter gap between the insulating packet and the external wall.
Extruded porcelain stoneware becomes a totally new material that brings to the project the joint advantages of an exclusive extrusion-based technology, such as low thickness, mechanical resistance and structure elasticity, with the typical benefits of porcelain stoneware, such as aesthetics, water-proofing and durability.
The building structure is then covered with a roof that integrates a new typology of solar panel that serves both to produce electrical energy and thermal energy to fulfill the house needs in terms of energy consumption, heating and cooling.
The new panels are built by mounting mono-cristalline solar cells directly into extruded porcelain stoneware which is being provided with small holes in its thickness where a coolant liquid is injected. The coolant injected into the panels exchange its thermal energy with the cells, keeping them cooler and thus maintaining a higher level of efficiency for energy production. The so heated liquid is then covered to an indirect heat exchanger, which leads to the production of hot water, which is then used directly for thermo-sanitary uses, or for heating and cooling with an addition of a heat pump.
This house of the future will boast many advantages such as a LEED PLATINUM certification
the use of Environmentally-recyclable materials to 80%, Summer natural ventilation
Natural cooling and the base structure will be sold inclusive of structure + finishes and all
plants such as air-water heat pump, electric kettle with hot water storage, forced air exchange with heat recovery, photovoltaic thermal plant, heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing and sanitary system.
Its production costs will not directly place burdens on the client’s pocket since the type of construction generates financial benefits to the end user that can use them as an immediate recovery of the money spent for the purchase of the property.
A++ new website is the expression of this philosophy, an open way of thinking that encompasses today’s architecture and design environment and their cross interdependencies, cross-disciplinarily and cross-cultural influences. is the the focal point of our international network, where diversity and expertise reaches far beyond national boundaries, where A++’s selected and trusted partners all over the world actively collaborate sharing work, projects and vision.
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To support the world need for communication in its more transparent and interactive face, we have created The A++ Magazine, an online, open source community dedicated to improving the way we all think of architecture and design through innovative and sustainable design. Here designers, student, architects, professionals and not of all persuasions will share their ideas, designs, plans, vision, belief and dreams to help build a more sustainable future. This site is, and ever more will be, an heterogeneous container of creativity, professionalism, background and culture brought together by a common way of conceiving today’s architecture and design.