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A’tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with rocks”, or “a house made out of rocks.”

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What Factors Affect Property Valuation?

Knowing the value of your property is crucial when you set out to sell your house. Valuation serves as a guide when you are setting the asking price as well as the final price for which you can sell your property.

It is obvious that every homeowner desires to sell their house for as much as they can. However, the house prices are determined against a number of factors. You can get an estimate value of your home with online tool like this. The good news is that there are those that you can influence yourself. Here are some of those factors that affect the value of property during valuation:
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BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Berlin, Germany, 2017-01-09 – Rather than settling for mass-market anonymity, BECYCLE focuses on nurturing its unique identity and providing personal customer service. The studio is a space for kindred spirits who share a healthy, urban lifestyle and have highly developed aesthetic expectations.

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Dynamic Seismic Hotel, Napoli / by Margot Krasojević Architects

Disaster control design

London, United Kingdom, 2016-12-19 – The hotel’s design and programmatic criteria involve the effects of earthquakes, tremors and dislocations in the immediate environment. Italy has a long history of earthquakes and they are increasing in frequency, this design has been commissioned to contain and reduce the building’s destruction and fatality as a result of earthquakes in the western province near Naples.
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Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub

Brooklyn, United States, 2016-12-21 – Eray Carbajo receives honorable mention in national architecture competition to design the transportation and interconnection hub of Izmir, Turkey. The avant-garde design proposal redefines the ground level and creates a new topography through its multi layered elevated parks, urban plazas and interconnecting green paths.

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Having to live, work and circulate in a never-ending mobility; the society revolves around the entity of mobility. Relocation of information, services, people and furniture reforms everyday life.
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Increasing Value of A Home While Adding Style with Exterior Updates

Patio House in Toronto / by Reza Aliabadi

The exterior of your home is the first thing potential home buyers will notice, so it is necessary to make a good first impression to increase the chance of a sale. There’s a lot you can do outdoors to make your home stand out while increasing the value of the home, such as expanding your living space to the great outdoors and increasing the curb appeal with creative landscaping.

Add a Deck

If your home doesn’t already have a deck, you should consider adding one for a variety of reasons. A deck expands your living space and gives you a place to host parties and get-togethers with friends and family. Decks also make your home more visually appealing, adding dimension so your property stands out. According to the experts at Archadeck of West Portland, decks help individuals experience nature’s beauty right on their own property. Decks are typically an inexpensive addition because the materials don’t cost a lot, depending on the type of lumber used.
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Energy Efficient Home Design

House with Glass louvers, Japan / by StudioGreenBlue

Your home is a system. You can save money and improve the performance by taking measures that are cost – effective that will reduce the building loads, and then by installing systems as appliances that happen to be just the right size in order to meet those reduced loads.

The strategy that is the most effective for improving the energy efficiency of your household is to target the envelope of the home – walls, windows, attic, and doors. Once you have done that, you can improve the efficiency of the various systems, like heating and cooling, appliances, and lighting. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things that can be done to make your home one that is more energy efficient:

Energy Suppliers

You might happen to live in an area where energy suppliers are still regulated. Most of us do. That means that there will typically be a single source of a type of energy in the area and that is the one that you have to use. For example, in Mobile, AL, the only supplier of electricity is Alabama Power, so that is what people have to use.

However, some states are becoming deregulated. This means that you will be have more local energy companies to choose from. This can help you to be more energy efficient. How? Well, the energy companies will want to be competitive to be able to get your business. This means that most of them will have a variety of plans and pricing options. This will allow you to get only the energy that you need as opposed to getting and using more than what is necessary.
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European Central Bank auf ARTE / by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

The striking twin tower shapes the skyline of Frankfurt’s Ostend

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The design of the Viennese architectural studio Coop Himmelb(l)au for the new premises of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt combines the horizontal structure of the landmarked Grossmarkthalle with a twisted double tower, which rises to 185 meters. United by an entrance building, these two elements form an ensemble of special architectural significance. Featuring bridges, pathways and platforms, the glass atrium between the two highrises creates a vertical city. The semi-public and communicative functions are located in the former Grossmarkthalle. The exceptional atrium and visible steel support structure show that the ECB building belongs to an entirely new typology of skyscrapers.

The hyperboloid cut
From the beginning it was an explicit request of the ECB to create a unique, iconic building as a symbol for the European Union. A distinctive and unique building can only be achieved by a completely different kind of Geometry.
The design concept of the ECB is to vertically divide a monolithic block through a hyperboloid cut, wedge it apart, twist it and fill the newly created intermediary space with a glass atrium. The result is a very complex geometry and a multifaceted building offering a completely different appearance from each angle: massive and powerful from the South-East, slender and dynamic from the West.
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