Forest Vs A.Villa
The design team conducts a renovation plan that maximizes the characteristics of the existing environment through a large gable roof hiding between the trees in the forest. A generous interior space, covered by the gable roof, spreads out in an open layout assembling most areas along the glass openings. On the side of the villa that faces directly to the forest, the design shapes an atrium through the longitudinal direction connecting the living room and the loft. All proportions of the windows are set horizontally to capture the panoramic view of the grenery. Several sitting areas and custom made wooden benches are assembled next to the large glass windows, while a reading desk is set up at the end of the stairs going up along the roof forming an intimate zone.
Forest vs A.Villa
Located in Aarhus, Denmark, Villa R sits on the edge of a forest, pushed back as close to the trees as it could be built. C.F. Møller Architects were inspired by the tree-lined locale making it important to design the home so that it felt like the trees were growing right inside.
The villas are generally located in places where the view is magnificent and more often in the countryside than in major cities such as Pisa or Florence. You can be surrounded by vineyards or oak forest. These are places whose security is controlled by the owners. In addition, you also have security with regard to the equipment of the house. The facilities (swimming pool, Jacuzzi, games for children, etc.) are perfectly designed so that you can live in peace.
Located in a pine forest in the Ljungskogen area close to the coast, Villa MSV was designed by Lund-based studio Johan Sundberg Arkitektur for a couple who wanted ample space both inside and outside for hosting large gatherings with friends and family.
To the west, a wooden decked area creates an extension of the living areas through full-height sliding doors. An outdoor dining table and seating spaces for evening gathering overlook a garden that leads directly into the nearby forest.
Contrasting finishes have been used for the exterior. Pale Danish bricks for the outward-facing areas were chosen to blend with the hues of the forest, while larch planking designed to weather over time clads the walls that surround the terraces.
White walls and sliding pocket doors create a minimal backdrop throughout to focus views of the surrounding forest, with the sauna lined in wood and the bathrooms finished with white-painted wooden planks.
The Sumatran mangrove forest has been particularly affected by deforestation and is still at risk of diminishing twice the rate of the Amazon forest. While the region had 200,000 hectares of mangroves in 1987, less than half of those mangroves exist today.
Mangrove forests provide:Long term carbon sequestration capacity: A single square kilometre of mangrove area has a carbon sequestration capacity equivalent to fifty square kilometres of tropical forest.
Protection from natural disasters: Mangroves protect coastal communities by reducing the height and energy of ocean waves, adapting to sea level rise and stabilising coastlines from erosion. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, a study conducted by ecologist Finn Danielsen found that coastal areas containing mangrove trees were suffered significantly less damage compared to those without.
Protection of the livelihood of local communities: The destruction of coastal ecosystems (including mangrove forests) result in rising ocean temperatures and ocean acidification, leading to changes in aquatic ecosystems. The distribution and productivity of marine life are affected, resulting in adverse impacts on the aquaculture and fishing industries, as well as local communities that depend upon fishing for their livelihoods.
A source of clean water: Mangroves help prevent water intrusion from the sea, thus protecting underground water systems. These are a source of clean water for coastal communities.