The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab (previously) is one of the most effective, most trustworthy expert groups when it comes to investigating the abuse of computers to effect surveillance and sabotage, so the launch of Security Planner, the Lab's peer-reviewed tool that guides you through the creation of a personal security plan, is a game-changing event.
These unusual examples of unique shelving treatments prove that you can successfully marry functional storage with artful design.
While most people see furniture as the strongest way to express style, interests, and aesthetics in a space, it's often what you put on the walls—shelving and the objects placed on them—that equally convey a sense of home and style. Let’s take a look at some interesting and modern types of shelving storage that you may not have considered before.
LED-lit, living wall screens provide privacy while allowing the home's owners to enjoy an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
A family of five in the Sydney suburb of North Bondi wanted a home that would allow them to entertain and engage in their favorite activities at the nearby beach, including swimming and surfing. But the plot they owned was a narrow site that was easily overlooked by the two-story houses that flanked it and the low-rise apartment blocks across the street.
To establish privacy while creating a place where the family could entertain and enjoy indoor/outdoor living, Sydney-based firm CplusC Architectural Workshop created a set of fully plumbed, self-maintaining, LED-lit, green wall screens fitted with custom planter beds on the front and side of the house’s facade.
These screens keep the interior spaces hidden, and once the plants have grown, they'll give the house a vibrant green "skin" when seen from the outside.
The two-story, 2,271-square-foot house is separated into social and family zones.
The ground level holds the kitchen, dining room, living area, and outdoor spaces, which are all interconnected and provide great circulation for parties.
The sports equipment is stored in the entry courtyard, so it’s easy for the family members to simply grab their surfboards when heading out to the beach.
A galley kitchen with a custom-built bench creates a highly interactive space where family members and their friends can chat as meals are being prepared.
An above-ground lap pool shares a transparent wall with the double-height living lounge, dining room, and kitchen—visually connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces while refracting sunlight throughout the lower level.
On the upper level are the bedrooms and bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms look out to either green spaces inside the property or the vertical living screens.
Cor-Ten steel, timber columns, burnished concrete, and unfinished, wood-composite boards that have been bonded with cement give the house a cool, laid-back charm.
The living green walls, a large rainwater storage, and 10KW solar systems on the roof make this screened home both stylish and self-sustaining.
This Oakville home is a bold and unique addition to the Bronte community street it stands on. The 3,700 square foot space is made to feel much larger by the open concept design and double height volume that resonates throughout the house. Features that include glass railings, walls of windows at the rear of the house and a floating staircase can be perceived and admired from nearly all vantage points. An oversized roof protruding at varied heights of the home allow it to take on a lighter presence. Locally quarried Eramosa square-cut stone shower the front of the house to add a soft yet luxurious appeal to the aesthetic. Finally, ACM panels dress the roof lines and long board siding round off the exterior finishes of the front façade. Although our clients were quite down to earth, this unique piece of architecture is out of this world.
Luminaire's Piano Coat Rack hangs up to 48 garment from pegs that swing in and out of the piece, made from beech, oak, or walnut; it's a clever, space-saving, beautiful design, but at $1800-$4100, it exceeds my coat-rack budget by more than an order of magnitude. (via Yanko Design)