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Thatched houses in England

Thatched houses in England
Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge, rushes and heather, layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof. It is a very old roofing method and has been used in both tropical and temperate climates. Thatch is still employed by builders in developing countries, usually with low-cost, local vegetation. In 21st century England, all this still exists, but they are expensive to maintain and since modern materials are cheaper and easier, thatches have been slowly disappearing over the last century. The thatch comes from natural, sustainable materials – the most common type in the UK and Ireland is wheat straw, while some parts of the country use water reed. If you stay in a thatched cottage, your tourist dollars are automatically helping preserve the tradition. Related:  Architecture / Buildings

The Abandoned Palace At 5 Beekman Street Update 9/11/2013 – Been meaning to update for a while. 5 Beekman is NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR FILMING, EVENTS, OR ANY OTHER RENTAL PURPOSE due to ongoing construction. 5 Beekman Street has a secret. You’ve probably passed it a million times in your travels through downtown Manhattan. Certainly anyone who has ever visited J&R Row or hit the Starbucks on the opposite corner for a post-Brooklyn-Bridge-walk bathroom break has noticed its twin towers, and perhaps wondered how much its wealthy tenants pay to live behind its beautiful brick and terra-cotta facade. Except, 5 Beekman Street doesn’t have any tenants. Until now. When you first go through the front doors, the lobby might strike you at first as nothing more than the gutted remains of an old building. And then you look up… …and up… …to the most beautiful atrium in New York City, over nine stories overhead… …enclosed by a beautiful, fully-restored iron and glass skylight. Each floor is lined with beautifully detailed cast iron railings:

Innovative Conversion: 1931 Water Tower Turned into Modern Apartment We’ve seen a large variety of unconventional homes on Freshome, but this is a first. Zecc Architects managed the impossible: converting a 1931 water tower in Soest, The Netherlands into a contemporary home with no less than nine levels. As you probably already imagined, many challenges came with this uncommon “home renovation”. According to I New Idea, light was the main issue, as the tower only had a few small windows. The solution? The First Zombie-Proof House Somehow, ritual drunk-conversation concerning team captains for the apocalypse has become a major part of the lives of 20-somethings. Having been matured in the Grandaddy-crowned masterpiece film (put “A.M. 180” on and forget that you have a job) 28 Days Later and the best-selling Zombie Survival Guide, we’re all a little too ready to deal with the 2012 zombie apocalypse of our dreams. “The Safe House,” designed by KWK Promes, starts to get eerily close to something I could work with, if say 200 bludgeoned members of the undead army came over to eat their way into borrowing some sugar. “The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security,” begins the designers’ website in the summary of the structure. The house, with its movable walls, has only one entrance, which is located on the second floor after crossing a drawbridge.

Rolling Bridge « Heatherwick Studio London, UK The studio was commissioned to design a pedestrian bridge to span an inlet of the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin, London, and provide an access route for workers and residents. Crucially, the bridge needed to open to allow access for the boat moored in the inlet. The aim was to make the movement the extraordinary aspect of the bridge. A common approach to designing opening bridges is to have a single rigid element that fractures and lifts out of the way. The structure opens using a series of hydraulic rams integrated into the balustrade. The whole structure was constructed at Littlehampton Welding on the Sussex coast and then floated up the Grand Union Canal, before being lifted into position and attached to the hydraulic system which powers its movement. The Rolling Bridge won a number of awards including a Structural Steel Award, and an Emerging Architecture Award. Go to images

Vader House by Andrew Maynard Architects Vader House by Andrew Maynard Architects Architect Andrew Maynard of Melbourne, Australia is amongst our favorites here at TheCoolist, and his Vader House is clearly one of his best. While it made the rounds of the design blogosphere earlier last year, we felt compelled to bring it back to light. National Centre for the Performing Arts (China) The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) (simplified Chinese: 国家大剧院; traditional Chinese: 國家大劇院; pinyin: Guójiā dà jùyuàn; literally: National Grand Theatre), and colloquially described as The Giant Egg (巨蛋), is an opera house in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. The dome measures 212 meters in east–west direction, 144 meters in north–south direction, and is 46 meters high. National Grand Theatre at night. Internally, there are three major performance halls: The Opera Hall is used for operas, ballet, and dances and seats 2,416.The Music Hall seats 2,017 seats.The Theatre Hall is used for plays and the Beijing opera. Building detail: transition from glass to titanium.

Hillside House by SB Architects Hillside House by SB Architects SB Architects has completed work on a sustainably-developed gem of architecture in Mill Valley, California. The Hillside House by SB Architects is the first LEED Platinum home in Marin County, located just north of California’s famed Golden Gate Bridge. The Hillside House is aptly named, as the site includes a sharp incline onto which this home was constructed. The home makes peace with the natural incline by utilizing a multi-story design, leaving much of the plot intact including the grand oak that reaches over the driveway. Beyond that, Hillside House earned its LEED badge by using reclaimed and consciously-produced materials like that stunning Western Red Cedar siding. Indoors, the occupants are treated to a warm, comfortable environment split between community and private spaces.

Theater Architecture: 10 Modern Music Hall Masterpieces Theater Architecture: 10 Modern Music Hall Masterpieces If it is a building’s job to host and contain performing art, the structure itself must reflect this in its design. While most of the world’s theaters are standard, columnic and republican, some architects have stepped forward to create truly wonderful, unique works of architectural art. To celebrate their structural ingenuity, here are 10 of the world’s most amazing modern theaters, concert halls and civic centers. Some may remain only ideas on paper, while others are a living part of the world’s cultural heritage. JS Bach Chamber Music Hall by Zaha Hadid Architects Much like the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the JS Bach Chamber Music Hall by Zaha Hadid is a twisting, mathematic display of carefully calculated rhythms. Singapore Civic and Cultural Center The Singapore Civic and Cultural Center will span a staggering 24,000 sq.m. of space in Singapore’s One-North precinct. The Sydney Opera House Hylton Performing Arts Center St.

Housing Design: 10 Masterpieces of Urban Community Creative Communities: 10 Masterpieces of Urban Housing The phrase “urban housing” can mean many different things. It can represent a small, multi-family structure, a large scale housing project or a high rise building that scrapes the sky. While most leave plenty to be desired in terms of aesthetic beauty, there are some that go far beyond the pale with amazing design and self-sustainable amenities. From the “cities within cities” of the past and present to the climate-ready buildings of the future, these 10 urban habitats are amongst the absolute best in modern architectural achievement. UFO Houses of Sanchih While these homes in coastal Taiwan were fully grounded, their appearance suggested that they originated in the skies. UFO Houses of Sanjhuh Gallery Nakagin Capsule Tower Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower is an amazing feat of urban housing, a prefabricated pod structure designed to house single occupants in serve-all units. Nakagin Capsule Tower Gallery Linked Hybrid City Building Gallery

Beautiful Island Dream Home | Luxurious Lifestyles of the Rich in Cayman Islands Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous never took a long look at those gorgeous homes in the Cayman Islands. This is just one of those Beautiful homes that only the super rich can afford. This is just one of those Luxurious 60 million dollar homes. You will find in house theaters, underground grotto spas, game room, steam room, billiards room, and exercise room. Luxurious multi-million dollar homes cost as much to create as a big hotel, but without the income associated with it.