Le House fills An’garden Cafe with plants to create an oasis in bustling Hanoi

April 7, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Plants, trees and a pond introduce greenery into this cafe in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, designed by local studio Le House as a relaxing place to escape from the city’s busy streets. An’garden Cafe is located in the recently redeveloped Van Quan urban area, which is part of Hanoi’s densely populated Ha Dong district. The building

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Peter Veenstra to build dome of plants at Design Indaba venue in Cape Town

March 5, 2018 India Block 0

Dutch landscape architect Peter Veenstra has revealed plans to build a plant-covered bamboo sphere in Cape Town’s Luthuli Plaza, providing an extra venue for next year’s Design Indaba conference. Veenstra, co-founder of Rotterdam-based LOLA Landscape Architects, was invited by Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo to develop a proposal to transform the elevated plaza, which connects the Artscape Theatre Centre – where

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David Guerra wraps Brazilian house around courtyard filled with tropical plants

February 3, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

A cluster of cement- and stone-covered volumes conceal a garden of bushy grass, palm trees and colourful plants that architect David Guerra has created at the centre of this house in southeast Brazil. Comprising one- and two-storey cubes, Valley House II is a sprawling 7,500 square feet (696-square-metre) residence located on an elevated site in Nova

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SelgasCano transforms Richard Rogers’ former studio into another Second Home workspace

January 25, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Spanish studio SelgasCano has completed a third plant-filled workspace for Second Home, in the west London building that housed Richard Rogers’ first architecture studio as well as providing the setting for cult 1960s film Blowup. Second Home Holland Park is the third venue that José Selgas and Lucía Cano have created for the London-based company, which provides studio

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Stefano Boeri designs first tree-covered social-housing project

January 16, 2018 India Block 0

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is bringing his vertical forest model to a social-housing project in Eindhoven, to show how green homes can be provided at affordable rents. Trudo Vertical Forest is a proposal for a 19-storey building boasting the same tree-covered balconies as the celebrated Bosco Verticale towers in Milan, completed by Stefano Boeri Architetti back in 2014, and

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Glazed extension to Taiwan home by 5X Studio provides views of plants and the sky

January 7, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

This extension to a house in Taiyuan City, Taiwan, contains independent living spaces for two brothers, which are connected by a glazed corridor that traverses a narrow plant-lined courtyard. Architects Joe Wang and Alfie Huang of local office 5X Studio designed the extension for clients who wanted their sons to have a sense of independence

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The Botanist restaurant by Ste Marie features rosy hints and copious greenery

January 3, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

Pastel tones and plenty of plants fill this hotel restaurant and bar in Vancouver, which local design studio Ste Marie modelled on a conservatory. The Botanist is located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in the Downtown area of the city, and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks to guests and the public. It was

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Stella Collective “brings the outside in” for seaside cafe interior

December 13, 2017 Ali Morris 0

Melbourne interior design studio The Stella Collective has paired lush green foliage with stark white walls for this cafe in Brighton, UK, which is designed to feel like a jungle. The jungle-themed interior, which the designers have coined “botanical punk”, was designed forBrighton’s oldest coffee house Red Roaster – headed by Michelin-starred chef Matt Gillan.

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A Green Wall Using Concrete Panels Was Added To This Small Building In Sweden

November 29, 2017 Erin 0

  Butong, a Swedish company that creates cast concrete panels, have installed a green wall on a small building in Uppsala, Sweden. Adding a green wall to the building helps with noise reduction, keeping the area cool, lowering nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels, and contributes to the biodiversity of the area.   Their concrete panels, that […]

Cool Product Alert: The Alluringly Beautiful Crassula Capitella Succulent

October 29, 2017 HD Staff 0

Sometimes you come across plants that just blow you away with their natural beauty. This south African succulent Crassula Capitella (Campfire plant) is one of them with its neatly stacked red-edged stemlets that radiate out. It’s a low maintenance plant and all you need to ensure is a fair share of sunlight for those beautiful […]

Vo Trong Nghia incorporates trees into chequerboard facade of Hanoi university building

October 19, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed an office building at Hanoi’s FPT University, featuring gridded facades that incorporate recessed windows shaded by trees. Nghia’s firm, which has offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, designed the administrative building as part of the first stage of a masterplan to upgrade the university’s campus, making it

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MVRDV’s “Seoul High Line” captured in new photographs

October 2, 2017 Amy Frearson 0

Four months after MVRDV revealed its plant-covered walkway on a former elevated highway in Seoul, photographer Jim Stephenson visited the project to see how it is settling into the city. Known by locals as the Seoul High Line, Seoullo 7017 is a 983-metre-long park created on a disused stretch of road built in the 1970s. Featuring

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Hearth Architects designs family house in Shiga with tree-planted atrium

September 24, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

This family house in Japan’s Shiga prefecture was designed by local studio Hearth Architects around an indoor garden, which is planted with a tree that extends towards a skylight. Kyomachi House is located in Koga, a city in the southern part of the Shiga Prefecture. The residence is set within the former boundary of the town of Minakuchi,

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DANstudio adds “green balconies” to facade of Hanoi townhouse

August 22, 2017 Amy Frearson 0

Big shelves create places for displaying pot plants on the facade of this house that DANstudio has completed on the outskirts of the Vietnamese capital. TH House was built as a part of a wider development, but Hanoi-based DANstudio was tasked with transforming it from a shell into a family home. To do this, the studio came

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Instagram photo inspires brightly hued terrarium shop in London

August 17, 2017 Natasha Levy 0

The owner of this terrarium store in south London used an image she chanced across on Instagram to inform the interior’s bright colour palette. It is the first retail space for London Terrariums, which creates plant-filled vessels for commercial and private clients. The company’s co-founder, Emma Sibley, came up with a concept based on an

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Heatherwick Studio releases new video of 1000 Trees under construction in Shanghai

August 10, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Thomas Heatherwick’s studio has revealed its own video and photographs of its tree-covered development in Shanghai, following the release of drone footage earlier this week. Heatherwick Studio’s 1000 Trees, previously called Moganshan, is currently under construction next to the city’s M50 arts district. The huge tree-covered development design is split across two sites, connected by a narrow strip of land containing a

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Vão Arquitetura organises São Paulo boutique around indoor garden

August 5, 2017 Alice Morby 0

An opening in the roof sheds light on this concrete-lined boutique in São Paulo, which Brazilian studio Vão Arquitetura has designed around a lush indoor garden. The Acolá store, located in the Pinheiros area of the city, is set inside a peculiarly shaped townhouse, which gets narrower towards its rear. Before their renovation, the Vão

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Stefano Boeri designs “vertical forest” city to eat up China’s smog

June 28, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans for a city near China’s Liuzhou, featuring towers completely covered in trees and plants to combat air pollution. The Liuzhou Forest City will feature nearly 40,000 trees and almost one million plants, comprising 100 different species. The greenery is designed to trail over balconies and the roofs of a series of skyscrapers spanning 175 hectares along the

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19 Pictures Of The Plant Covered Exterior Of The Oasia Hotel In Singapore

December 7, 2016 Eric Chen 0

Photography © WOHA   Architecture firm WOHA have designed the Oasia Hotel Downtown in Singapore that’s covered in plants, making this tropical “living tower” an alternative looking building compared to the other sleek buildings around it. The hotel has its own sky garden, pool, and generous public areas, and is covered in 21 species of climbing plants with colorful […]