Energy efficiency meets clean design at Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter Architects. Located on a protected habitat, the house is split into two spaces, one underground, and one suspended above it. The subterranean level houses the entrance, garage, storage, and a workspace overlooking the pond. Upstairs, you'll find the living quarters, including the bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, and patio, set on an open floor plan with a glass facade. As far as efficiency goes, there's an air circulation system, a central heating system, solar panels on the roof, a biomass stove for heating water, and a windmill. And don't worry about the wide-open surroundings: over 70,000 trees have been planted that will provide plenty of privacy in the years to come.
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Never judge a speaker by its size, especially in the case of the Heresy from Klipsch — one of the best compact floor standing speaker lines ever created, and still made in the USA. The Klipsch Heresy III, the latest iteration, is another leap forward for the most affordable model in Klipsch's Heritage line. It features a more powerful woofer, a titanium diaphragm tweeter, and a new midrange compression driver with its own titanium diaphragm. Available in walnut, cherry, or black lacquer, the Heresy III focuses on high sensitivity and maximum output and takes the sound places that other compact speakers can only dream of.