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All this inspired Bloomberg Green—Bloomberg Media’s multiplatform editorial publication dedicated to reporting duly on all things re: climate change—to commission three of the world’s most preeminent contemporary architects, all leaders in the realm of sustainable design, to imagine what the world might look like, in the era of the new European Bauhaus – enter Koichi Takada. “For the future of the planet we must shift from industrial to natural,” says Takada. “We need a kinetic, living architecture that respects the environment while enhancing the wellbeing of the humans who inhabit it.” Exhibit A of Takada’s utopia is Sunflower House: a carbon positive, single-family dwelling inspired by the distinctive yellow flower and, much like its namesake, powered by the sun. “Artificial structures require large foundations, but with sunflowers nature achieves a beautiful balancing act,” explains Takada. “There is minimum intervention on the ground so the earth has room for other activities, yet the sunflower magically nods its head to bathe in the light. “The Italian word Girasole literally means ‘turn to the sun’.” Aptly designed for the Italian region of Umbria—a place renowned for its rolling farmland and yellow fields of sunflowers, where the torment of heat waves is becoming more frequent, and more extreme—Sunflower House is built elevated from the ground, as if levitating, to minimise the structure’s interference with the biodiversity of its surroundings. Featuring a petaled roof fitted with solar panels, the circular structure of Sunflower House rotates around a central “stem” to follow the sun, allowing the moving “disc florets” to produce up to 40% more energy than static panels. Energy that isn’t used can be fed onto the grid or stored in battery “seeds” and rainwater is collected and used for irrigation and toilet flushing. The perimeter around the roof shades the windows below and aids in ventilation, and a secondary rotating mechanism over the glass walls protects the building from solar radiation. Each floor of Sunflower House hosts a two- or three-bedroom apartment, and each building can be as high as three stories. Scalability opens up the possibility of creating a climate-positive neighbourhood inspired by sunflower fields, in which the plants self-organise, unfurling in a zigzag pattern to avoid overcrowding and maximise exposure to sunlight. “Designers and architects talk about drawing inspiration from nature in an aesthetic sense but we must go much deeper than that,” says Takada. “It’s not just about making a building look natural, it’s about creating positive environmental change in the homes we live in, the neighbourhoods we work and play in, and ultimately the planet we are privileged to inhabit.” Koichi Takada Architects koichitakada.com Sunflower House designed by Koichi Takada Architects, visualisation by Doug & Wolf We think you might like this story where architect Koichi Takada was shadowed for a dayabc
“It’s not just about making a building look natural, it’s about creating positive environmental change in the homes we live in, the neighbourhoods we work and play in, and ultimately the planet we are privileged to inhabit.” – Koichi Takada
Where wine storage goes wrongAcross the board, there are two critical wine storage faux pas most commonly made – and they both come down to storage location. Wine is most commonly stored in the kitchen, but contrary to this popular practice, it is actually one of the most unsuitable locations in the house. It’s well lit and has a constantly fluctuating temperature, especially near the stovetop, fridge or oven as they dissipate substantial amounts of varying heat levels. On the other hand, some prefer to shelve their wine collections someplace within their homes akin to a cellar, such as a garage or basement. Unfortunately, this is another prevalent wine storage mistake, as these environments generally have poor air quality — carbon monoxide dispelled from your car, or the accumulation of dust could result in wine contamination and bad odours. So we now arrive at the pivotal question: what is the optimum wine storage solution for a house? According to the professionals, there are six conditions to storing wine at home like a connoisseur: 1. Get the lighting right The correct lighting is imperative — anything that's too bright and emits heat can damage your wine. Instead, a soft, brightening effect created through LED technology is more efficient than traditional lighting, preserving both your wines and the atmosphere of your home. 2. Fine wine needs fresh air As mentioned earlier, the finest wine collections deserve the best air quality. Ensure that your storage has a form of air purification or filtration to prevent any contamination. 3. Protect and preserve using the right doors An unlikely and often forgotten feature of wine storage are the doors. Indeed, they are required to create the dark environment that’s necessary for correct preservation, but also to avoid exposure to UV light. This natural light, in particular, results in the formation of hydrogen sulphide compounds in wine, which affect tannins and colour. Further, ensure that you select doors which close smoothly and quietly, to eliminate slamming and unnecessary vibrations which can damage your bottles. 4. Maintain perfect temperature Of course, to store wine like a connoisseur, it is absolutely imperative to protect wine from temperature fluctuations. The ideal preservation temperature is between 12ºC and 14ºC — although this is not a wide range, constant variation damages wine structure, flavour and life expectancy. Therefore, ensure your form of storage can maintain precise temperatures and keep your wine safe from overheating undercooling. 5. Take control of the environment As all these factors of light, air and heat come into play, it's important to be able to effortlessly control and adjust every feature of your storage compartments.
6. Store with styleAesthetics are always important, and wine storage shouldn’t have to compromise the atmosphere and exuberance of your home. Choose a storage with considered stylistic design and incorporate accessories, such as door handles, wooden racks, custom engravings — don’t hold back from expressing your creativity.
Achieving ideal wine storage conditions at home: the solutionLiebherr’s Monolith Wine Cabinet — exclusively distributed by Andi Co. in Australia — consists of innovative features and world-leading design technology that make it the perfect storage environment for wine preservation. Addressing every factor mentioned above, it is the contemporary built-in solution for the wine connoisseur. Features like the soft and low heat InfinityLight LED technology, FreshAir Activated Charcoal Filter, SoftSystem for doors, temperature regulation through InfinityProtect, InfinitySwipe control panel, and their wide range of accessories, make Liebherr’s Monolith Wine Cabinet a distinctive and flawless wine storage option. Liebherr’s sleek, flawless Monolith Wine Cabinet from Andi Co. truly delivers convenience and practicality with its incorporation of storage features. Providing unmatched protection, precision and professionalism, the Monolith Wine Cabinet creates the perfect environment to store and preserve wine.
The 2021 INDE.Awards marks the programme’s fifth year, and our first opportunity as an industry to truly celebrate all that we have achieved in some of the most difficult of circumstances. This year, the Awards are not just a celebration of excellence but of resilience, perseverance and dedication, where a rapidly changing world demanded the highest levels of innovation and progressive thinking.
2021 has seen our highest ever number of entrants as we’ve welcomed back past alumni and uncovered new faces and names. This year has seen the launch of “The Graduate”, a new entrant category that recognises outstanding projects from final year architecture students.
It is with great excitement that we officially announce the 2021 INDE.Awards Shortlist: a selection that pays homage to the talent and vision of an industry and a region.
Winners of the 2021 INDE.Awards will be announced on Thursday August 5. Secure your free ticket for the live broadcast now and be there as we award our Region’s best and brightest.
We would like to thank our 2021 Jury for lending their time, expertise and knowledge to the judging process; our Platinum Partner Zenith and all Category Partners for their continued support of this programme and its vision; and to each and every entrant – for all that you contribute to our industry and your world.