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Skyward House / acaa

first_imgSkyward House / acaaSave this projectSaveSkyward House / acaa Projects Photographs photographs:  Hiroshi UedaPhotographs:  Hiroshi UedaSave this picture!© Hiroshi UedaRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEADoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. The residence is located along a gently-sloped hillside with no other house or obstacle around. It took some thinking for me to visualize a house standing in the middle of grass land. The house needed to provide a sense of protection since it would be the client’s final home. It also needed to be supple to blend with the surrounding natural environment. Standing in this rich land, I wanted the house to have a sturdy and fragile presence at the same time.Save this picture!© Hiroshi UedaThe adjacent street has almost no pedestrian traffic, but buses pass by a few times a day, and there is relatively heavy car traffic. In order to securely open the house to the surroundings, the living quarter had to be lifted higher to avoid the view from the street. The house can be opened in all four directions as long as it is not visible from the street. This would be, however, the final home for the female client. It is important to secure the comfort of her everyday lives first and then plan for extraordinary moments. Thus the house’s openness and closed-ness have to be well balanced. In other words, the centrifugal force toward the exterior (the scenery) and the centripetal force (force of shelter) toward the interior must pull each other with an equal strength.Save this picture!© Hiroshi UedaI proposed a compact square plan from the beginning in order to meet the budget and accommodate the necessary programs. Although each room is very small, the rooms could create spaces (parts) with distinct spatial qualities if they were positioned in different directions and assembled. This would give the client options of space to occupy. Specifically speaking, “soto-no-ma (exterior room)” – intended for sitting – has a flat, low ceiling which extends the space horizontally toward the surrounding nature. “Naka-no-ma (interior room)”, on the other hand, has a ceiling following the roof’s pyramid shape and is filled with natural light from the top. The diffused light creates different nuances of shadows on the ceiling and draws the space vertically toward the sky.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessAIV-Schinkel-Wettbewerb Competition Winning Proposal / David WeclawowiczUnbuilt ProjectThe ‘Power of Architecture’: Louis Kahn ExhibitionEvent Share Architects: acaa Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Hiroshi Ueda+ 23 Share Houses ArchDaily “COPY” Skyward House / acaa Year:  2012 Area:  408 m² Area:  408 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/346185/skyward-house-acaa Clipboard CopyHouses•Kofu, Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/346185/skyward-house-acaa Clipboard “COPY” 2012 CopyAbout this officeacaaOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKofuHousesJapanPublished on March 19, 2013Cite: “Skyward House / acaa” 19 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesCupa PizarrasCupaclad® 101 Random in Les PalmiersUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Ridgelight 25-40°Porcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Coverlam ImperialWindowspanoramah!®ah! Vertical SlidingFastenersSchöckConcrete Façade Fasteners – Isolink®CarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Arena®CoatingsFormicaLaminate – ColorCore®2More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more


Press release: Scottish Secretary visits site of new UK Government Edinburgh hub

first_img Work is progressing well on the new UK Government Hub in the centre of Edinburgh. The space will bring together some 3,000 UK Government civil servants, helping them deliver high quality services for people across Scotland. The Edinburgh Hub is a great example of the UK Government’s extensive support for the capital’s economy – which we are also driving through the ambitious Edinburgh and South East Scotland Growth Deal. The Edinburgh Hub will open during 2020. Work is also underway on a Glasgow Hub. The Edinburgh and Glasgow Hubs are a key part of the UK Government’s commitment to delivering excellent public services for people in Scotland, and building a strong Civil Service outside London. Across the UK it is estimated that the UK Government Hubs programme will save more than £2 billion of public money over twenty years, relocating civil servants from existing, often fragmented office locations, to modern, cross-departmental workplaces. The new Hub, located near Waverley Station, will bring together nearly 3,000 UK Government civil servants from a range of departments, including the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland, HMRC, the Office for Statistics Regulation, the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Government Actuary’s Department and HM Treasury.Due to open in 2020, the Hub will improve the work of the UK Government in Scotland, enabling closer collaboration between departments and helping them deliver better services for Scottish people.Mr Mundell said:last_img read more


Denmark’s PFA says sustainable investment does not harm returns

first_imgChoi Danielsen said since index provider MSCI launched the ESG Leaders version of its All-Country World Index, the return difference between the ESG-filtered and standard indices had grown to around 20 percentage points in favour of the ESG Leaders.However, stripping out emerging markets from both indices would trim that return premium to just 0.5 percentage points, she said.In emerging markets, Choi Danielsen explained, a high ESG score resulted in a wider return advantage than it did in developed markets, partly because of the greater variation in ESG development which existed in the corporate scenes of emerging markets.The PFA chief strategist said the coronavirus crisis had shifted some of the focus within ESG to social and governance factors, as opposed to the environment factor – which had received most attention before the outbreak.“This is because in times of adversity and when future prospects are uncertain – which has been the case in recent months – the gaze increasingly falls on executive management,” she said.“In this way, the spread of the coronavirus may have contributed to an even greater interest in sustainable investments,” she said.Since COVID-19 hit Italy in late February, Choi Danielsen said the Europe ESG Leaders index had fallen 11.5%, while the standard MSCI Europe index was down 17%.“Companies’ ability to deal with environmental concerns, social responsibility and management must be regarded as important parameters when it comes to achieving success in times of crisis,” she said.This development had also been supported by the fact that the EU’s upcoming recovery fund was expected to have a climate focus, she said.PFA has recently launched its new PFA Climate Plus pension product, which is based on climate-friendly investments. The chief strategist of DKK688bn (€92bn) Danish pension fund PFA has set out a series of arguments to show that investing sustainably does not jeopardise returns, and said firms with top environmental, social, and governance (ESG) credentials outperformed in the worst of the COVID-19 crisis.Tine Choi Danielsen, chief strategist at the Nordic country’s second-biggest pension provider, said:  “If you look at the development, there is no doubt that sustainable and responsible companies have performed at least as well as the remaining in the stock market – and in some periods even noticeably better.”She said history, the fund’s own experience and societal trends showed returns on investments were not compromised when investing responsibly and sustainably.In the coronavirus crisis, companies with high environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards outperformed the overall market, and in emerging markets in particular, sustainable companies had returned more than the index over the last few years, she said in a commentary on the commercial mutual provider’s website.last_img read more


Ajax Cape Town chairman regrets not signing Mikel in 2003

first_img Loading… Former Ajax Cape Town chairman, John Comitis, is still regretting why he did not accept the signing of former Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, in December 2003. Then a 16-year-old, Mikel arrived in Cape Town for a week-long trial spell and torched Ajax’s Ikamva training grounds with some sublime touches that left everyone awestruck. So impressive was Mikel that then Ajax coach Gordon Igesund had to briefly abandon the former Nigerian’s first training session and stormed into Comitis’ office demanding that he signed the teenager. “After about 20 minutes of training, I told the players, ‘listen, guys, I’ve got to dash somewhere but I’ll be back’. I left my assistant conducting training and I went straight into John’s office and I said, ‘John, sign this player right now, call him now and sign him right away’,” Igesund told Far Post. “The boy was in a different league. He was big, strong and he could pass the ball. We tried everything in our power to sign him, but there were a few issues – between Manchester United and another club. I don’t think he had intentions of signing [for Ajax].” Mikel was already on the radar of Manchester United and Chelsea who later on were involved in a protracted fight for the player’s signature before the Blues later won the battle. Had Ajax met the R1 million signing-on fee demanded by Mikel and his handler, they might have left the Premier League giants holding some fresh air. The Urban Warriors could have taken advantage of the fact that Mikel did jot qualify for a UK work permit and sign the player who had the potential of earning them big money from his sale. “During the first training session, Gordon Igesund came to me and said just sign him. I said I’ll try,” said Comitis. “He was really special, but they were talking about a R1 million signing-on fee. Had I known what I know today it was cheap at that price, but you never know.” Not only Igesund was blown away by Mikel, but also former Ajax forward Nathan Paulse who believes that Mikel’s boots were too big for Premier Soccer League (PSL) football. “We could not believe he was 16 at that time. He was that good. He had authority, he had a presence, he was extremely good on the ball,” Paulse said. “We looked at each other during his first two days and wondered if he was really 16. From a playing point of view, he was amazing. I don’t think playing in the PSL would have done him good. “His ability was just too good at that age. He stood out immediately, he was extremely calm on the ball. He could run with the ball like a top professional. I don’t think the PSL would have suited him in terms of the actual level.” read also:West Ham join West Brom in race for former Nigeria skipper Mikel It came as not a surprise that Mikel went on to win a Uefa Champions League crown and two Premier League titles with Chelsea. Mikel, who is now a free agent after recently leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor, also lifted the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more