Using nature as inspiration during the design process of a building is not uncommon. The shape of the landscape can lead to new ideas and visions, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. In autumn 2022, Fjelltun School in Jørpeland was completed, using nature as both an inspiration and a guide during the process. We talked to Marthe Schjelderup at Arkipartner about Fjelltun School, where the slopes and rolling watercourses of the landscape were a major inspiration for the design of the school.
As the world increasingly acknowledges the reality of climate change and the crucial role of sustainable practices, understanding the carbon footprint of materials, such as aluminium, becomes vital. However, when it comes to aluminium recycling, not all processes are created equal - a fact that can result in confusion and misinterpretation.
Driving decarbonisation forward yet again, SAPA part of Hydro, has reached a new milestone for its recycled, end-of-life aluminium Hydro CIRCAL 75R, which now carries a carbon footprint of only 1.9 kg of CO2e/kg of aluminium – 70% less compared to the European average.
In the realm of architectural design, the creation of resorts stands as a distinctive endeavor. The canvas expands beyond the urban jungle, inviting architects to weave a tapestry that harmonizes with natural landscapes and captivates the senses. However, the process of designing large buildings is also an intricate dance between the artistic vision of the architect and the pragmatic constraints imposed by the site, budget, and structural requirements.
To find out more about the possibilities and challenges of this unique discipline within architecture, we spoke to Marie Claussen, partner at LPO Arkitekter and lead architect of the five-star Lily Country Club outside of Oslo.
In 2018, Slottsholmen in Västervik was acquired by Björn Ulvaeus, and a new investment for the building began. Today, Slottsholmen is surrounded by idyllic views where an expansion of the restaurant has taken place. Now guests can quietly look to sea and almost feel the breeze through the large glass sections. With a long-term approach, Slottsholmen has managed to become self-sufficient through energy and water, and they also bring in locally grown ingredients from farms to create a sustainable cycle. SAPA's folding door AMBIAL blurs the line between outside and inside and makes the restaurant become one with its fantastic outdoor environment.
Hydro Building Systems and Saint-Gobain Glass are joining forces to drive decarbonisation by helping the building industry design sustainable facades that have circularity built in. The two companies are leading the way through the use of low embodied
carbon products thanks to a high percentage of recycled materials: specifically, Hydro Building Systems aluminium façade products manufactured from Hydro CIRCAL® 75R and the Saint-Gobain Glass ORAÉ® glass substrate.
Accelerating their commitment to sustainable development, SAPA part of Hydro, has become the first aluminium building system company to manufacture door, window and curtain walling profiles from 100% recycled aluminium - Hydro CIRCAL 100R. The new recycled material is produced from 100% post-consumer aluminium. This means it is possible to specify profiles with a near-zero carbon footprint (0.5kg of CO2e/kg of aluminium on average) - the lowest in the world.
Skånetrafiken's new headquarters in Hässleholm is conveniently located near the central station, which has gone from a traditional office to a more modern open office landscape. Where new well-planned gathering areas are available, which generates a more attractive workplace. With the help of GlasLindberg, SAPA has delivered facades and doors to the project. The building is also certified according to Miljöbyggnad Silver.
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