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UK’s first interactive virtual garden room showroom (video)

by noreply@blogger.com (alex johnson) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:07 AM
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Summer House 24, part of the international Hansa Garden Group, has launched the UK’s first interactive virtual garden room showroom in Totnes, Devon. The company has developed the software to provide prospective customers with an intriguing opportunity to see their ideal garden room come to life in a fully immersive experience (see video below). Using the HTC Vive virtual reality system, buyers can now walk through the building and change the layout and colour, windows, doors, furniture and more.  HTC Vive users can download the free software from the company’s website and access the virtual showroom from their home or office (or indeed shed).   John McQueen, CEO of Summer House 24, said: “We strive to bring our customers something different every time. That could be our modern looking Hansa line range of cabin designs, functionality such as German made Roto tilt and turn windows or exceptional value. Now, we are proud to continue our innovation and lead the way by bringing interactive virtual reality technology to the garden building sector”. Summer House 24 is a newish name in the garden room world but has seen impressive growth figures over the last three years and is now rolling out display sites across the UK. ------------------------------------------ Wednesday posts are sponsored by Eurodita , the leader in serving smart dealers

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Building a garden office: part 2 (video)

by noreply@blogger.com (alex johnson) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:07 AM
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We're highlighting a couple of 'how to build a garden office' video series at the moment. Here's the latest episode - see bottom of this post - from web designer and developer Jack McConnell 's build (you can see part one here ). Here's what he says about it: This second video is mostly a 2-week timelapse of all the deconstruction and re-construction work that happened in my garden as a result of this. The work included removing a large hedgerow, replacing all the fences, installing a new side-gate, and adding a compacted hardcore pad ready for the office foundations to sit on. I wasn't going to add a hardcore pad at this stage but as the digger was there and the company I was using were well priced, I decided to get this done at the same time. Although not in the video, it turned out the trees in the hedge were so rotten that a couple of them snapped in half when pulling them over, punching a large hole in the old fence before it was fully removed - a good job I had it all replaced! All the insulation for my garden office build just arrived! Really pleased except it’s filled my garage :/ May need to re-think how I’m going to store my materials. — Jack McConnell (@jackmcconnell) January 9, 2019 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thursday posts are sponsored by Cabin Master : garden offices and studios to fit any size garden. Top quality contemporary or traditional buildings.

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Sheds in The Idler

by noreply@blogger.com (alex johnson) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:07 AM
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The latest issue of The Idler is out now with my usual column about sheds inside (and also about snooker for those of you interested in baizecraft). It's a look at Shed lit, the books that every shedworker and shedowner will want to have handily on his or her bookshelf featuring the likes of Jane-Field Lewis, Sally Coulthard, Kathryn Ferry, Joel Bird, and Michael Pollan. Click the link above to find out more and subscribe. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thursday posts are sponsored by Cabin Master : garden offices and studios to fit any size garden. Top quality contemporary or traditional buildings.

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Entries are open for Shed of the Year 2019

by noreply@blogger.com (alex johnson) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:07 AM
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  A quick note to remind you that entries are now open for Shed of the Year 2019 . You need to send in/upload at least two photos of your shed, an inside and an outside one, plus some details about it. Sadly, if you don't have an image with your entry, you can't win the top prize. Or indeed any of the prizes. You also need to be living in the UK/Ireland, although there is an international title at stake too for those outside the UK. As before, judges will select a shortlist of the best, the public will decide on category winners, and the judges will then pick the overall best in show. Entries from previous years will roll over although you can add new images. Good luck! ------------------------------------------------------- Friday posts are sponsored by Warwick Buildings , manufacturers of outstanding quality timber buildings. Click here for more information.

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MVRDV unveils a three-dimensional city skyscraper for Shenzhen

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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MVRDV is shaking up skyscraper design in their competition-winning proposal for Chinese real estate developer Vanke’s new headquarters building in Shenzhen. Envisioned as a “three-dimensional city,” the striking 250-meter-tall Vanke Headquarter Tower—dubbed the Vanke 3D City by MVRDV—will consist of eight mixed-use blocks stacked together in a sculptural arrangement optimized for views. Accessible green roofs top the staggered volumes to create a lush, park-like environment integrated with...

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SELVAGEN designs a geodesic dome pavilion inspired by a tree

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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Nature meets computational algorithms in Brazilian design practice SELVAGEN’s Arena Arbor, a striking dome pavilion created for the CasaCor Pernambuco 2018, a major conference that explores interior design, architecture, and landscape architecture. Developed using parametric design methodologies, the pop-up events space takes inspiration from the structure of a tree from the root system to the way light filters through the canopy. Spanning an area of 65 square meters, the dome-shaped...

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UNStudios green-roofed TBC Forum breaks ground in Tbilisi

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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Construction has recently broken ground on the TBC Forum, a green-roofed complex in Tbilisi designed by UNStudio to champion openness, sustainability and creativity throughout. Located within the Lisi Lake resort outside Tbilisi’s city center, TBC Forum will consist of the new headquarters for the TBC Bank, an Innovation Lab, and a mixed-use Culture Hub. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding highland landscape and traditional Georgian architecture, the large-scale development features a terraced...

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Timber-clad Polish kindergarten encourages kids to play on the green roof

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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A recently completed kindergarten in Poland is giving children a new way to reconnect with the outdoors and stellar views of the neighborhood. Designed by Polish architecture firm Biuro Toprojekt, the kindergarten in Żory boasts an accessible roof terrace planted with ornamental grasses with plenty of space to play and gather. In addition to encouraging play and appreciation of nature, the inspiring design of the building has also earned it a nomination for the European Union Prize for Contemporary...

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10 species at risk of extinction under the Trump administration

by Perry Miller from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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The Endangered Species Coalition has released a report titled Extinction Plan: Ten Species Imperiled by the Trump Administration, and in it, they outline the possible impact of the current administration’s anti-wildlife policy stances. The report highlighted the ten species that are in the most danger due to proposed new regulations, and the specific changes that put these animals at risk. California Condor The California Condor has a 10-foot wingspan, making it one of the largest land birds...

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Solar-powered COAF SMART Center brightens the future of Armenias rural youth

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) recently completed its flagship COAF SMART Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will empower Armeria’s rural communities through locally and globally relevant knowledge and technologies. Designed by Beirut-based architecture firm Paul Kaloustian Studio, the innovative campus features a contemporary and sculptural form powered with clean energy. Opened May 2018, the first COAF SMART Center is nestled in the rural hills of Armenia’s northern province of Lori. Designed...

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