Home Design 3D allows users to drag and drop furniture into the virtual layouts of their homes to understand how the furniture will look. The app gives you a better sense of direction of the type of decor pieces one would want to fit in their homes. Once the user chooses the furniture, the app also redirects you to the website where the user can purchase it. The app has now only been rolled out for the iOS system.
Slovakian firm Nice Architects has developed a transportable, hotel-like comfort in a micro home made specifically for off-grid living. The home is self-sustainable and has solar panels as well as an integrated wind turbine for energy consumption needs. Called the ‘Ecocapsule’, the floor plan is compact yet not cramped. The design accommodates a bedroom, kitchen, dining area and a bathroom. The material had to undergo rigorous testing with seismic, fire and acoustic safety requirements to be approved.
The Framework Building, designed by Lever Architecture received permission to build a tower completely of wood, making it the first and only all timber tower to be approved in the USA. The 12-storey building in Portland, Oregon is unique in its materials that compose cross-laminated timber and glue-laminated timber. The architects claim that wood is wood is taking over from steel and concrete in the building industry. The material had to undergo rigorous testing with seismic, fire and acoustic safety requirements.
The changing nature of office markets and rise in start-ups has caused an increased demand for office spaces. The entry of international players in the market has sparked off property rates unlike before. Developers are now looking to enter the market with co-working spaces.Bharti Realty, Vatika Group, Skootr, Supertech are some of the big names entering this space. Another major cause of the demand is the availability of facilities in prime locations with ample of space and at the fraction of the cost.
NDTV Good Times is soon to launch Season 3 of Luxe Interiors with host Saket Sethi. The show will travel across the country and varied architectural stamps of India. The show, as always will also bring in exclusive episodes of famous homes and spaces by designers. The show will feature cool products and trends of 2017. Watch out for the tips to do your own space and other DIY ideas too.
Girish Sethi, Senior Director of Energy Programme at The Energy and Resources Institute (India) flagged off a bus with solar roof tiles called Solar Comet. As part of the project, it is a small house on wheels and has appliances commonly used in a household. The house has LED bulbs along with other major energy consuming appliances like a washing machine, air conditioner and refrigerator. There are 2kilowatt solar panels on the roof that display the capacity of solar energy utilisation. The house also aims to debunk myths like costs, application and usage.
The World Architecture Festival in its tenth edition will be held at the Arena Berlin in Germany from 15-17 November 2017. The chair of the Jury will be Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects. The other include Nathalie de Vries, Director & Co-founder of MVRDV; Ian Ritchie, Founder of Ian Ritchie Architects; and Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder of Ingenhoven Architects. The festival will also feature a thematic conference and an exhibition supported by a series of networking and social events as fringe activities.
Godrej Properties is going to develop a housing project in its eight venture in the National Capital Region at Sohna. The 1.7 million sq ft project will be done with a local developer. The company is currently developing residential, commercial and township projects spread across around134.69 million sq ft in 12 cities.
In a bid to launch new products, Apple released the designs of the HomePod, iPad Pro 10.5, and MacBook Air. The HomePod provides features like Amazon Echo and Google Home, entering the smart homes products market. A10X processor that should improve gaming and overall app performance are special features of the new iPad Pro 10.5. The iMacPro has new processors, a 5K display and a sharp design.
The new Google office will be designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studio. The ground scraper will be 11-storeys and will combine their 6 Pancras Square to create a campus that will be able to accommodate around 7,000 employees. Based at King Cross, the design is very different as compared to the Mountain View Office. The low building has protrusions and shifting heights as a part of its design. The design has been submitted to the Camden Council, awaiting approval.