Flat-bike-lift Or How to Park Your Bicycle On The Ceiling [Video]

design ingenious bike system Flat bike lift Or How to Park Your Bicycle On The Ceiling [Video]The flat-bike-lift is a new ceiling hydro-pneumatic overhead bike rack to be used in the house garage or in place where we park our bike. Once the bike is loaded and securely attached in a simple and quick way, a slight upward hand push activates the lifting system of the flat-bike-lift that takes it safely and automatically into the horizontal position against the ceiling to get more free space on the floor for cars and other necessities.

ingenious bike system 12 Flat bike lift Or How to Park Your Bicycle On The Ceiling [Video]By a simple downward hand traction, flat-bike-lift takes it back to the vertical position, ready to be unloaded and used again. The idle upstroke is automatic and low-speed driven. Designed for all kind of bikes, the flat-bike-lift includes several useful optionals that make it suited for different ceiling heights and weights to lift. Moreover, it can be equipped with a helmet holder, a second handler to make its use even simpler and an optional tray to load two kid bikes. Have a look at the video below to better understand how the system works and tell us what you think! [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Flat-bike-lift]

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Minga Valpo: Architects and Sustainable Reconstruction in Valparaíso, Chile

After the fire this past April in Valparaíso, Chile, a group of young architects went to the port city to develop a reconstruction project based on energy efficiency, recycled materials, and adaptability to Valparaíso’s topographic context. The Minga Valpo project has not only achieved these objectives, but it has also allowed families to help build their own houses. In a mere three months, Minga Valpo has already built three houses.

Take a look at photographs of the project and read the architects’ description after the break. 

From the Architect. The Minga Valpo project came about due the fire which occurred in Valparaiso last April 12, 2014 and completely burned down the homes of more than 3000 families.

United by a common vision, a team of young architects, volunteers and families set out to offer sustainable solutions to people living in the affected areas. Paying careful attention to each location, its topography and orientation, the group has made progress in building thermal efficient homes with the use of local and recycled materials.

The construction of the houses has taken place through workshops with volunteer labor (without previous experience in construction) and is being led by a team of professional volunteers. 

Knowing how to build our own living spaces has always been a part of the human condition. The concept of the Minga is therefore to provide the necessary tools to reconnect with this ancient tradition.

The building technique favors the use of natural and recycled materials, conserves solar energy and allows for easy replication.

The proposed model is based on a backbone of rough pine 2″x6″ pallets as walls. The wooden pallets are filled with straw that serves as thermal insulation and are coated with a mix of mud and straw which acts as thermal mass. Once the scratch coat is dry a fine plaster of lime is applied to make the wall waterproof while still allowing the clay to breathe — one of the intrinsic properties of building with mud. 

Several experts in bioconstruction have also been a part in the experience, such as master Gonzalo Vargas who performed a special workshop of fine lime mud plaster.

Three months after the fire struck, Minga Valpo has built three houses, a place of encounter and an ecological bathroom module. 

The work has been fueled by the affection of the people involved and the families that offered material donations. The project has become an amazing experience of architecture and unity of the people under a common goal … to build sustainably.

Thanks to all who participated!
Thanks to this wonderful spirit!

Unidad
Minga

Architects: Carolina Moraes, Cristobal Hughes, Camilo Moraes, Anita Oyarzun, Constanza Cabezas, Sergio Levet, Barbara Inostroza,Barbara Isler, Macarena Cima, Rodolfo Rubio, José Murillo, Rohan Sutherland, Gerardo Coli, Estaban Moraga, Jano Ponce y Romain Ferrini.
Engineer: Ricardo Luna
Location: Cerro Merced, Cerro Mariposa y Cerro Las Cañas. Valparaíso
Materials: Wood, Pallets, bale of straw, mud,  bottles, cans, glass and zinc plates.
Area: Casa Beto 30 m2, Casa Abuelita 36 m2, Casa Edgardo 20 m2.
Year: 2014
Photographs: Camilo Moraes, Sergio Levet y Felix Po

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Fuks 34 / Henkin Shavit Studio

Architects: Henkin Shavit Studio
Location: Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Architect In Charge: Henkin Irit, Shavit Zohar
Year: 2014
Photographs: Aviad Bar-Ness

From the architect. The couple, an interior designer and a graphic designer, lives in the apartment for two years. The loft is based on the 12th floor of a prefabricated exposed concrete building built in the early 60′s and it occupies approximately 95 sqm. From the loft, found at the top of the building in southern Jaffa, Tel Aviv, there are some spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the ancient neighborhoods of Jaffa and Tel Aviv.

The loft was designed by the office of the Zohar Shavit and his partner Irit Henkin, who decided to demolish the interior walls, also, the old floor was dismantled and a wooden deck made of Gushen Pine board was laid and allowed the concealment of the new electricity and plumbing infrastructure. The pine deck was colored in light grey oil paint which integrates with the grey sky and sea in the winter.

The loft which combines an interior design and architectural studio, with a residential interior, is divided into two main parts: A large space which includes a living room and a spacious work area and in front of it, a bedroom, bathroom and toilet. The free standing column helps define the various spaces, separating the living room and work area.

The dining table is in fact a seating bar, a sniper weapon cleaning table; the table is placed on a three-dimensional patterned concrete floor that defines the scope of the kitchen from the rest of the loft space. The work area’s desk is made of oak and was designed by the studio. Crystal lamps from the 50′s were hung on the bare concrete column. A round dining table, purchased in Jaffa’s flea market, is positioned Next to the column, on its other side, and around it are yellow Eames chairs. Dror’s and Shavit’s final thesis from their academic years, are leaned against the living room wall. A large industrial aluminum profiles library is also prominent in the living room, the library was built around the air conditioner and it contains an archive, a library and a presentation of the studio’s projects. The bathroom and toilet doors were purchased at Haifa’s flea market; the doors were dismantled from a 20′s eclectic building and were renovated and refurbished by the studio. The shower floor was designed by Dror, inspired by a Cuban pattern. The sink in this area was placed on a clear pine surface that was to the legs of a diamonds polish machine. Irit Henkin and Zohar Shavit established their office 10 years ago and since then have planned and designed numerous residential projects.

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Fuks 34 / Henkin Shavit Studio originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 02 Sep 2014.

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1930 City Lodge / Ren Pepe Arquitetos

Architects: Ren Pepe Arquitetos
Location: Rua de Costa Cabral 1930, 4350 Porto, Portugal
Architect In Charge: Ren Ito, Alessandro Pepe
Area: 172.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Attilio Fiumarella

Collaborator: Yo Irie, Lara Arribas
Constructor: : Paulo Bessa, Manuel Silva, Pedro Freitas

From the architect. 1930 CITY LODGE is a design hotel in the north of Porto city. It has 3 sweet rooms and 2 dormitory rooms.

Using the original structure of an old existing house, the hotel was designed with changing partitions. Plenty of Portuguese pine wood was applied on floor, stair and furniture and we especially developed the detail of the stair handrail.

The original stone wall is shown partially to display to the visitors the traditional structure of Portuguese architecture of beginning of 20 century and creates the warm and cozy ambient with mixture of wood and stone.

The space is illuminated by indirect lighting and originally designed “Origami Lamp”, which enables to illuminate the space by architecture itself.

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Gökçeada Sustainable School Campus by ONZ Architects

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Chinese School puts running track on its roof

In use since September 1, 2014, an elementary school in Tiantai, Zhejiang province, built a 200-meter running track on the roof of its school building. In “School puts running track on its roof” Chinese architect Ruan Hao [LYCS Architecture], chief architect of the teaching building, said “that breaking the tradition of a running track on the ground might provide a solution for other schools with limited land.”

The “No 2 Elementary School of Tiantai Chicheng district” – located near Hangzhou – is one of the 11 case-studies that is part of the “ADAPTATION – architecture and change in China”-exhibition – one of the 21 Collateral Events of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia – curated by prof. Marino Folin & MovingCites, and hosted by the EMGdotART Foundation at Palazzo Zen in Venice.

As part of the exhibition, and in co-production with China Daily Video, EMGdotART Foundation created a short documentary on the construction of this project called “Ruan…

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Honsinzi House / SPLK Architects & Partners

Architects: SPLK Architects & Partners
Location: Hwayang-eup, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Area: 198.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hélène Binet

Construction: FILOBE Enc. + TL Homes
Main Manufacturer: FILOBE system window

From the architect. The Honsinzi house (‘Honsinzi’ is the name of a lotus pond) is a holiday home in Cheongdo-gun, in the southern region of Korea. The place is of profound tranquility where the rich natural scenery reflects in the stilled mirror of the Honsinzi. The requirement was to create a 198 square – meters home to share with family and friends for relaxation, spa and other special events.

We have erected two parallel volumes in the heart of the site open to the landscape. The disposition of the two volumes is defined in terms of the views and functions. The front volume is for the public area, containing the living space, dining space and an inner yard opened to the sky. The second volume, more private, has a guest room and two bathrooms on the ground floor, and, a bedroom with a large bath on the upper level.

The architecture, and the four surrounding walls, three of which are headed up by blue stones – locally available and sourced material ensuring a visual coherence within the landscape – and the other made of low iron glasses, create four areas, each with its own form and function.

Through the transparent walls, the southern area connects the living space to the landscape without any barriers. In the eastern area, there is an entrance that leads throughout the whole site. The western area shelters diverse facilities for living – gas, electricity, water, etc. As the calmest space, the northern court is for the contemplation of the dwellers in a enclosed atmosphere. All these compositions allow varied views into and through the house, enhancing the experiences of the spatial depth while mediating between enclosure and exposure

As the procedures of disposition, the interior spaces are also calibrated to keep a visual spatial expansion. The varied height of the living space, its wooden surfaces, and the white marble on floor have been designed to keep the spatial continuity. The master bedroom and bathroom of the upper level are very important spaces for relaxation, designed by simple geometry using the white materials and wide opening.

The inner yard bears distinct qualities and purposes within the environment. When opened, the rotating wall, perpendicular to the surrounding wall plane, provides a magnificent scenery and direct access to the southern court. When closed, it defines the volume enclosed and extends the space retaining the continuity of the surface as much as possible

To be a radical passive construction, this house of simple structure and high insulation utilizes a number of sustainable measures and was largely completed by a local firm and craftsmen. It has the hybrid skeletal frame of reinforced concrete, wooden beams and studs, filled with glass wool insulation. And we also put the EPS wall panels outside and inside of this skeleton. The facade is clad with the cement boards (1800

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Skow Residence / Colorado Building Workshop + DesignBuildBLUFF

Architects: Colorado Building Workshop, DesignBuildBLUFF
Location: Navajo Mountain, Navajo Mountain, UT 86044, USA
Faculty Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Director Colorado Building Workshop, Hank Louis, Director DesignBuildBLUFF, Andrew Foster, Craig Harren
Student Team: Ellen Adams, Brett Blackmon, Lura Blumfield, Jay Burkhalter, Glen Camuso, Jacob Ebling, William Koning, William Murray, Rebecca Sockwell, JD Signom
Structural Engineer: Christopher O’Hara Studio NYL
Area: 882.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jesse Kuroiwa

From the architect. Having received a typical Navajo “home build kit”, the clients, Harold and Helena Skow, had already completed a CMU foundation to accept a traditional rectangular gable-trussed home. Unable to complete the building the Skows turned to students from University of Colorado Denver and DesignBuidlBLUFF. The students decided to utilize the existing foundation and virtually all of the build kit materials stock piled on site in their design.

While walking the site with the clients on their first visit some students took note that Harold wore a large brimmed hat which shielded the harsh sun from his face and neck. When asked about the protective garment Harold commented that everyone should have a sombrero in the desert. Inspired by his comment and resisting the idea of a traditional gable roof house, the team chose to turn the trusses upside down and create a sombrero for Skow’s home.

Programmatically, the 800 sf, two-bedroom home is separated into two volumes. The private volume, containing the bedrooms, is wrapped in highly insulative straw bale construction and is located to the north, providing a sense of comfort surrounded by natural earthen plaster and security from the desert elements. The public volume containing the living room and kitchen/dining room opens up to the southwest, providing spectacular views and a connection to the landscape while allowing direct solar gain, in the winter, through two walls of orientation-specific solar glazing. A large deck wraps the western and southern sides of the home and brings the ‘livable’ space outdoors for much of the year, while an eastern entry porch provides shaded outdoor space to gather during summer afternoon hours.

About the Design Build Program

Since 2010 the University of Colorado Denver has partnered with DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah to design a home for a family living on the Navajo Reservation. Master of Architecture students spend the spring and summer semesters living in Denver designing the home and working on construction drawings. They make frequent visits to Navajo Nation meeting the client, surveying the land and presenting their ideas. After the design is finished students spend the fall semester living in Bluff, UT where they construct the home. Faculty from the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Utah help throughout the year-long program.

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Skow Residence / Colorado Building Workshop + DesignBuildBLUFF originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 01 Sep 2014.

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