Archive | November, 2011

COP 17 – Safintra attends the Official Opening of RePurpose

30 Nov

Safintra was honoured to attend the official opening of RePurpose Exhibit hosted by the Priority Zone. This stunning exhibit featured 4 exhibitions by Sao Paulo, Priority Zone, City Architects and UIA. Exhibitions all dealt with varying levels of repurposing urban spaces and buildings and through that making a tangible difference to the people engaging and re-engaging within that space, and changing perceptions of that space.

The Priority Zone Rooftop Garden was an absolute feast! The garden incorporates indigenous succulents, landscaped gardens, food landscaping, and vegetable and herb tunnels.  The garden was built from recycled products including old tyres, drums and pallets.  A meeting area, relaxation area and chessboard are also incorporated.  Jobs have been created through the maintenance and sale of the produce grown, while a large portion is also donated to charities in the area.  The garden has seen the return of birds, butterflies, and bees.

Also see: http://priorityzone.weebly.com/eco-building.html

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This has to be one of the coolest architecture practice websites ever…..

28 Nov

It’s a pity that they haven’t done a project I could share….but their site in my opinion is a visual feast! Have a look see….

http://www.dmva-architecten.be

Formosa 1140 by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

28 Nov

I found it!!!

Blogged about this a while ago and didn’t know who to credit! The project is called Formosa 1140 and is situated in West Hollywood. The facade of this eleven-unit residential building is clad in red metal panels that separate the circulation between the public-private domain and provide privacy for the units. The project was design by 2010 Los Angeles Firm of the year – Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects.

Pictures by Dezeen.

Also see: http://www.loharchitects.com/

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COP17 / CMP7

28 Nov

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, is currently being held in Durban, South Africa.

Safintra Roofing braved a windy Durban yesterday to shoot the “Baobab Tree”; an eco-friendly work of art sponsored by Siemens and Osram. The massive Baobab Tree will be donated to the eThekwini Municipality as a legacy project post COP17. The tree is 5m x13m in width and15m high with 8 large branches each measuring 7 metres in length. The tree is made out of recycled wooden pallets set against a metal frame with LED lights fixed to the branches which will be lit by night & day. Public will be asked to pedal on cycles located adjacent to the tree, in order to “light” the tree.

The Baobab Tree also forms part of the logo of the event.

Safintra Roofing welcomes delegates to our sunny country!

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For all the Gaudi Fans :-)

25 Nov

I’ve blogged about the talented Ms. Amy Davies before. She is currently chronicling her travels through Barcelona on her blog. Absolutely stunning photography! Naturally she’s featured all the prominent ones: La Sagradia Familia; Casa Battlo & La Pedrera. I sincerely hope that Amy has a Park Guell post up her sleeve too.

Below are the links to the various Gaudi architecture posts.

La Sagrada Familia

Casa Batlló

La Pedrera

Photograph by Amy Davies

Bosco Verticale – Urban Vertical Forest

25 Nov

Milan-based architecture studio Stefano Boeri‘s Vertical Forest is a residential building duo named Bosco Verticale that can be seen in construction in the metropolitan center of Milan, Italy. This exciting green residential project was meant for growing forests in the sky and allowing residents and neighbors to enjoy fresh outdoor air. Bosco Verticale  adds green space in an over-industrialized busy city, challenging future metropolis to offer its inhabitants a safe, healthy environment.

How incredibly cool!

Also see: http://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/

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Schell-Wheeler residence by Johnston Architects PLLC

24 Nov

Talented Seattle based architecture firm, Johnston Architects designed this stunning eco-friendly home for mountain guides Scott Schell and Margaret Wheeler in the foothills above Snoqualmie. The builders used trees blown-down by storms to provide the logs that were milled into siding, fascias and trim. A ground source heat pump, supplemented by solar water preheating, supplies energy to the house. Safintra roofing loves the sheet metal cladding of this light filled mountain forest retreat! Truly beautiful architecture in a magical setting.

Also see: http://www.johnstonarchitects.com

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