Sunday, March 22, 2015

Costa Rica: 100% Renewable Energy-Sourced Electricity in 2015!

Costa Rica has been run entirely on renewable energy so far this calendar year.  A combination of hydroelectric, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass have all contributed to the electrical power supplied to the small nation and the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) also attibutes this year's great start to some large storms that dropped lots of rain to power their hydrolic plants.

100% renewable energy and still going strong...the rest of the world should take note!

Take a look at the full article here.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Infill House near Barcelona

When design is useful, graceful, and promotes healthy living with light, air, and a good material palette...this is the result.  What a beautiful home.

It looks huge in the pictures despite being narrow, probably because of the huge courtyards that draw your eye upward to open space.  The light is excellent and I absolutely LOVE the wood and white paint.  I like that the underside of the stair is left with the corrugated metal and simply painted to match the surrounding scheme.  Very cool project and gorgeous drawings that depict it beautifully!  Kudos, Catalonia!

Check out the original article for all of the pictures and drawings of this home by H Arquitectes!