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Site-sensitive Woodhouse Hotel promotes agricultural tourism in Guizhou

In China’s southwest province of Guizhou, Shanghai-based architectural practice ZJJZ has completed the Woodhouse Hotel, a government-backed agricultural tourism project that consists of 10 single-story timber cabins embedded into the hillside in the remote village of Tuanjie. As one of the first projects carried out under the government’s policy to help alleviate rural poverty through environmentally sensitive tourism, the Woodhouse Hotel was designed and constructed with as little site impact ...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Cabins, Carousel Showcase, Eco Tourism, Rural Poverty, Cabin Architecture, Guizhou, Chinese architecture, Charred Timber, Rural Architecture, Minimize Site Impact, Laurian Ghinitoiu, Agricultural Tourism


A solar-powered home in Maine rises above the sand dunes on wooden stilts

Portland-based firm Caleb Johnson Studio has unveiled a beautiful cedar-clad home elevated off the ground on stilts so that the natural “landscape is allowed to flow under the house.” The solar-powered home, named “In the Dunes,” was designed to not only protect the natural dune terrain, but the resilient design also reduces the risk of damage caused by potential coastal flooding. Located in the coastal town of Wells in southern Maine, the three-story home is built on sand dunes overlooking th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Maine, Portland, LED lighting, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Home Design, Resilient Architecture, Atlantic Ocean, Landscape Design, Wells, Trent Bell, Beach Homes, Solar Powered Homes


Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in these bamboo huts built on a remote Vietnamese beach

When it comes to completely disconnecting from the stresses of everyday life, sometimes it’s worth the while to really go off-the-beaten-path. Thanks to Vietnamese architecture firm, VTN Architects, now you can find a little slice of serenity in a very remote area of Vietnam. Located about 2 hours from the nearest port and only accessible by boat, the Castaway Island Resort is comprised of five bamboo guest huts, covered in thatched roofs and engulfed on one side by a verdant mountain range and...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Chi Minh City, Eco Retreats, Off Grid Retreats, Bamboo Building Materials, Vtn Architects, Eco-friendly Building Materials, Bamboo Hotels, Hiroyuki Oki, Vietnam Located, Building With Bamboo, Castaway Island Resort, Vietnamese Retreats


Green-roofed timber dwelling in Austria is built with recycled materials

In the historic Austrian village of Purkersdorf, Vienna-based architectural practice Juri Troy Architects has completed the L House, a timber home named after its L-shaped form integrated with sustainable design elements. Built with numerous recycled materials, the house forms a strong connection with nature from its green roof to its large windows that sweep views of the bucolic outdoors in. Nestled into a southern slope above the village of Purkersdorf, the 3,450-square-foot L House boasts ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Austria, Vienna, Gallery, House, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Natural Light, Green Roof, Natural Ventilation, Open-plan, Natural Pool, Terrace, Cantilevered, Floor To Ceiling Glazing


Old Swedish farm is reborn as a cozy woodland cabin holiday home

Swedish architectural practice Wingårdh Arkitektkontor converted a large old farm in the south of Sweden into a holiday home with a cozy woodland cabin atmosphere. Commissioned by a family who reside in the nearby city of Malmö, the countryside retreat was fashioned as a luxurious escape into nature built predominately with timber and designed to embrace views of the lush forest through floor-to-ceiling glazing. The adaptive reuse project—dubbed Kvarnhuset (The Mill House)—has respected the far...
Tags: Japan, Design, Sweden, Architecture, Gallery, House, Malmo, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Farmhouse, Barn, OAK, Limestone, CLT, Detailing


Solar-powered home takes advantage of cooling ocean breezes in Los Angeles

Crafted to embrace spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Ziering Residence is defined by its dramatically curved architecture and walls of glass. Local practice SPF: architects designed the contemporary house that’s perched high in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles and engineered to take advantage of passive systems, including cooling ocean breezes and the thermal mass of concrete floors. The home also reduces its energy footprint with rooftop solar panels and solar hot wa...
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Architecture, Gallery, Long Beach, Pacific Ocean, Carousel Showcase, Contemporary Architecture, Passive Solar Principles, Ac, Santa Monica Mountains, Pacific Palisades, Rooftop Solar Panels, Floor To Ceiling Glazing, SPF Architects, Rainscreen


The Bridge To Nowhere: Belhaven Bridge

Europe has a well-earned reputation of being one of the most fascinating continents to explore – particularly in terms of monuments. And whether we’re talking beer, traditions or history, it would take a lifetime to truly enjoy the beauty of Scotland. Surprisingly enough, though, one of the most fascinating landmarks isn’t on land – but by the sea. And it’s a bridge. Looking from afar of the... Source
Tags: Europe, Design, Scotland, Architecture, Bridge, Dunbar, Surreal, Belhaven, Belhaven Bridge


Notes: On Hudson Yards

Our takeaways from exploring the mico-city, its monuments and restaurants A city within the city of New York, the Hudson Yards district comprises 28 acres of residential, commercial and public space developed on top of and around the MTA’s former John D. Caemmerer West Side Storage Yard—once an untrodden abyss along the river. Almost all the statistics convey the staggering scope of this endeavor, beginning …
Tags: Notes, New York, Design, Shopping, NYC, Restaurants, Bars, Architecture, Mta, Thomas Heatherwick, Shops, Thomas Keller, Hudson Yards, Tak Room, John D Caemmerer, West Side Storage Yard


Kodasema unveils gorgeous prefab floating tiny house

Already well-known for their gorgeous and sustainable tiny structures, Estonian design firm Kodasema has just unveiled a floating prefabricated tiny home. The 227-square-foot KODA Light Float is an updated version of their KODA design, set on floating pontoons that enable the minimalist home to be installed on virtually any waterfront space. Much like its land-based counterpart, the solar-powered KODA, the floating tiny home is a beautiful example of modern minimalism. Built in collaboration w...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Prefab Homes, Tiny Homes, Tiny Home, Floating Architecture, Prefab Architecture, Prefab Housing, Prefab House, Koda, Floating Homes, Kodasema, Prefab Home Design, Floating Tiny Homes, Kodasema Prefab Floating House


A modern timber house in Indonesia celebrates mummified wood

When Bandung-based architectural studio Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture was asked to renovate an old house in the West Java neighborhood of Kiaracondong in Indonesia, they made a surprising discovery. During the demolition process, the architects found that the wooden roof truss structure was in very good condition, despite its age, thanks to a culturally significant type of timber, a kind of Albizzia wood that’s been mummified to improve strength and durability. Described by the architects as...
Tags: Design, Indonesia, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Timber Cladding, Bandung, West Java, Atrium, House Renovation, Albizzia House, Albizzia wood


Mobile, off-grid micro home can be configured into 20 different layouts

Architect Beatrice Bonzanigo from Milan-based firm IB Studio has unveiled a stunning, off-grid micro home that is transportable and adaptable to virtually any climate. The tiny structure, called Casa Ojalá, is just shy of 300 square feet but is equipped with a manual mechanical system that allows the space to be configured into as many as 20 different layouts. According to Bonzanigo, the flexible and transportable design of Casa Ojalá was inspired by the need to offer an alternative to the “wo...
Tags: Design, Milan, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Power, Sustainable Design, Tiny Homes, Off-grid, Micro Home, Tiny Home Design, Flexible Architecture, Tiny Home Living, Off Grid Tiny Home, Off-grid Home Design, Mobile Tiny Home, Micro Home Design


IKEA teams up with London artists to upcycle old furniture into funky abodes for birds, bees, and bats

Although putting IKEA furniture together is known to cause immense stress for humans, the giant Swedish furniture store has now found a way to bring some peace to the world’s smallest critters. The company has just kicked off a collaboration with London–based artists, architects and designers on the new project, “Wild Homes for Wildlife” that sees old IKEA furniture being upcycled into unique animal abodes for bees, birds, bats and insects. The Wild Homes project is part of a celebration of the...
Tags: Design, London, Animals, Architecture, Gallery, Ikea, Greenwich, Green Design, Upcycling, Repurposed Materials, Little Sun, Greenwich London, Ikea Furniture, Bird Houses, Insect Houses, Wildlife Homes


The Weirdest Monuments Of The Communist Era That Are Still Standing

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many Communist statues and sculptures were destroyed, while others were moved to statue parks or museums. But many of them remained in the same place for the last 20 years, while the former Soviet areas were transformed into modern countries. Here are thirteen of the most incredible ones. h/t: gizmodo Lenin’s giant head, Ulan-Ude... Source
Tags: Design, Weird, Architecture, Communist, Soviet, Monument, Giant, Soviet Union, Lenin, ERA


The Lewis and Clark of the Digital Building Frontier

These married architects are democratizing the 3-D printing process, using materials destined for the trash heap — like curry powder and coffee grounds — in place of drywall and foam.
Tags: Design, News, Virginia, Architecture, Berkeley, University Of California, Lewis, Clark, Ronald, Rael, Oakland (Calif, Ceramics and Pottery, 3-D Printers, San Fratello


LEED Platinum home generates net-positive energy in Oregon

Built for clients who wanted a home with minimal site impact, the Live Edge residence is an environmentally friendly beacon that boasts not only LEED Platinum certification, but also generates  net-positive energy, as it produces more energy than it consumes on an annual basis. Nestled into a bluff among rock outcroppings and juniper trees in Oregon’s Deschutes County, the luxury dwelling is the work of Salem-based firm Nathan Good Architects. Drawing inspiration from the rugged landscape, the ...
Tags: Design, Oregon, San Francisco, Tesla, Architecture, Gallery, Salem, Solar, Solar Panels, Carousel Showcase, Greenhouse, Leed Platinum, LEED, Deschutes County, Open-plan, Universal design


Santa Barbara home is surrounded by wooden screens for natural climate control

Indoor-outdoor living never looked so good! This modern design by Shubin Donaldson takes full advantage of the beachy climate of Santa Barbara, California. Wooden screens and a central skylight flood the entire beach house with natural sunlight while keeping the space protected from the ocean winds. “Environmentally, the home is cooled passively by ocean breezes, lit evenly during the day by daylight, and ipe wood screens minimize sun load on the extensive view windows,” the designers said. Th...
Tags: Design, California, Environment, Natural, Architecture, Ocean, Screens, Wood, Beach House, Sustainable, Santa Barbara, Eco-friendly, Sustainable Design, Passive Design, Climate Control, Skyline Residence


1950s fire lookout tower in rural Idaho is converted into a dreamy Airbnb rental

We’ve already featured tiny house entrepreneur Kristie Wolfe‘s incredible projects, such as the Hobbit Hole in Washington and a Hawaiian treehouse, but the innovative builder has outdone herself with her latest project. Sitting high up in the tree canopy overlooking 13 acres of forested landscape in rural Idaho, Wolfe has converted a 1950s fire lookout tower into an incredibly unique Airbnb rental. Located in Fernwood, Idaho, the tower, built on a soaring 40-foot frame, was originally used as ...
Tags: Design, Washington, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Idaho, Airbnb, Hobbit Hole, Cabin, Wolfe, Cabin Designs, Washington Hobbit Hole, Unique Airbnb Stays, Kristie Wolfe, Crystal Peak Lookout, Airbnb North Idaho


Solar-powered home puts an eco-friendly twist on the farmhouse vernacular

When architect Paul O’Reilly of the Australian architectural practice archterra was asked by his mother to design a modern farmhouse, he delivered a handsome dwelling that not only takes inspiration from traditional barn architecture, but also deftly addresses the region’s climatic extremes with its site-specific, energy-efficient build. Aptly named the Farm House, the roughly 2,000-square-foot abode features a gabled roofline, a veranda and timber cladding to mimic traditional barns, while th...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, House, Solar Energy, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Farmhouse, Rainwater Collection, Rammed Earth, Bush, Margaret River, Farm House, Energy Efficient


Adobe brick combines with wood in a low-carbon villa in Chiang Mai

Architectural practice Chiangmai Life Architects has completed a striking villa that blends elements of traditional Thai architecture together with environmentally savvy construction practices and modern amenities fit for 21st-century living. Located in the mountains of northern Thailand, the project, dubbed the ‘Earth & Wood Villa,’ was built primarily of locally sourced natural materials from the self-made adobe bricks to the exposed timber elements throughout. In addition to mountain vistas,...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Bamboo, Chiang Mai, Sustainable Materials, Thermal Insulation, Natural Ventilation, Earth Walls, Locally Sourced Materials, Natural Materials, Natural Stone, Chiangmai Life Architects, Thai Architecture, Adobe Architecture


The New Tia Clinic is a Complete Reimagining of the Gynecology Office Experience

When history credits a man for introducing modern gynecology (yes, it’s true, his name is James Marion Sims, and he was known to experiment on enslaved women at that) it’s no surprise that OBGYN clinics receive notorious complaints as being a place of angst and uneasiness. Whoever decided that asylum-like patient rooms, harsh white lights, and cheap paper gowns would foster the cornerstones of a place where females get their reproductive health examined was probably not a woman. Let us introdu...
Tags: Design, New York City, Medical, Architecture, Flatiron District, Interior/exhibition Design, Hoffman, Rockwell, Tia, James Marion Sims, OBGYN, Rockwell Group, Alex Proba, Servi, New Tia Clinic, Rockwell GroupWhat


OMA unveils designs for zigzagging residential towers in Brooklyn

OMA’s New York office has unveiled striking designs for the Greenpoint Landing mixed-use towers—two dramatically stepped buildings that appear to be two jagged halves of a whole. Designed to frame views of Greenpoint and vistas of Manhattan beyond, the project is “a ziggurat and its inverse…carefully calibrated to one another,” says OMA Partner Jason Long. Greenpoint Landing, which is expected to break ground in August of this year, is located in the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of Greenpoi...
Tags: New York, Design, NYC, New York City, Architecture, Brooklyn, Gallery, Amsterdam, Manhattan, Green space, Carousel Showcase, Mixed-use, Williamsburg, Oma, Greenpoint, Waterfront


These sustainable tiny cabins offer a serene escape in nature just 2 hours from NYC

For anyone looking to find some serenity surrounded by incredible nature, Gather Greene is waiting for you. Located just two hours outside of NYC in beautiful Hudson Valley, Gather Greene is a glamping retreat featuring 17 minimalist cabins. Designed by Lushna, the tiny cabins with gabled roofs and large glazed “picture walls” were designed to let guests immerse themselves in the idyllic surroundings. The distinctive wooden eco-cabins are part of Lushna’s Petite Reflect collection. Located dee...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Cabin Design, Hudson Valley, Greene, Lushna, Glamping Cabins, Off Grid Cabins, Tiny Cabins, Sustainable Cabins, Eco Cabins, Sustainable Glamping


Singapores new-build, first net-zero energy building opens its doors

Opened earlier this year, the newly completed NUS School of Design & Environment 4 (SDE4) is distinguished as Singapore’s first new-build, net-zero energy building school. Developed by the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore and designed by Serie + Multiply Architects with Surbana Jurong, the six-story multidisciplinary building is located on a hillock along Clementi Road near the southern coastline of Singapore where it joins a larger campus redevelopment. ...
Tags: Design, Singapore, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Net-zero Energy, National University Of Singapore, Natural Ventilation, Net Zero, Ac, Rooftop Solar, Eco Friendly School, Solar Photovoltaic Panels, School of Design and Environment, SDE4


COBE unveils LEED Gold-seeking affordable housing units in Toronto

Danish architectural firm COBE has unveiled a new mixed-use residential development in Toronto designed for LEED Gold certification. Created in collaboration with Toronto-based architectural firm architectsAlliance, the project will comprise three buildings — two designed by COBE — set in West Don Lands, a former industrial area on Toronto’s waterfront. The housing development will consist of 761 market rental apartments, including 30 percent affordable rental units indistinguishable in design ...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Architecture, Gallery, Denmark, Green Building, Residential, Warehouse, Urban Farming, Affordable Housing, Mixed-use, Leed Gold, Community Design, LEED, Distillery District, COBE


Remote holiday home champions raw materials and minimal environmental impact

Built to embrace the outdoors and radiate a sense of warmth, the Aculco project is an idyllic holiday home set in a pristine and remote landscape in Aculco, Mexico. Mexico City-based architectural firm PPAA designed the dwelling for two outdoors-loving brothers who had discovered the site on a rock climbing trip. Given the property’s isolated location and natural beauty, the project challenged the architects to use locally sourced materials and to minimize the visual and physical impact of the ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, Getaway, Carousel Showcase, Minimalist Design, Raw Materials, Locally Sourced Materials, Holiday Home, Minimal Site Impact, Low-maintenance Design, Low Maintenance House, PPAA, Aculco Project, Aculco


Rammed earth ties a contemporary home to the rocky New Zealand landscape

Emerging out of the landscape like a series of boulders, the Kanuka Valley House set into a lush valley in Wanaka, New Zealand mimics the large schist rocks that punctuate the pristine landscape. Wellington-based architectural practice WireDog Architecture designed the angular home for a winemaker and his family, who wanted the house to respect the beauty of the natural landscape. To that end, the architects not only modeled the building off of local rock formations, but also used a natural mat...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, New Zealand, Energy Efficiency, Brazil, Passive House, Wellington, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Reclaimed Materials, Lake Wanaka, Rammed Earth, Triple Glazed Windows, Wanaka, Thermal Mass


A circular home in Germany produces biogas for self-sufficiency

When a German pioneer in the field of biogas technology commissioned Korbach-based Christoph Hesse Architects, he had an unusual request: a round house. Drawn to the shape of a circular room, the client also found that a round form had the optimal proportions for supporting biogas production, which he would use to power his home. Dubbed Villa F, the project was envisioned as the “first link of a local heat grid” powered by biogas to encourage widespread adoption and reduce dependence on fossil ...
Tags: Design, Germany, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Fossil Fuels, Energy Efficiency, Biogas, Biomass, Locally Sourced Materials, Nature Inspired Architecture, Round Home, Circular House, Circular Architecture, Biogas Production, Cylindrical House


The Ultimate Video Art Retreat

It took 18 years for a collector couple to build a state-of-the-art home for their one-of-a-kind collection, with the architects Herzog & de Meuron. Now they can slow down and watch.
Tags: Art, News, Media, Architecture, Richard, Joan, Jonas, Acoustics, Peter, Herzog, Jacques, Iles, Chrissie, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Collectors and Collections, Herzog & De Meuron


A ceramic facade blends this dome home into the Spanish coastline

Cloud 9 architect Enric Ruiz-Geli has recently unveiled a beautiful home design in the gorgeous Spanish region of Costa Brava. Located on a rustic lot of land overlooking the sea, the dome home is an experimental prototype that combines traditional building techniques with advanced digital and sustainable manufacturing. The Stgilat Aiguablava villa is a domed structure inspired by traditional Mediterranean architecture, normally marked by ceramic cladding, flowing shapes and ample natural ligh...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Dome Home, Cloud 9, Dome Architecture, Toni Cumella, Enric Ruiz Geli, Catalan vault, The Stgilat Aiguablava villa, Volta Catalana, Inflatable Domes, Costa Brava Located, Ruiz Geli, Center College of Design Pasadena


Uber transforms 19th-century industrial buildings into hub for futuristic tech

A row of historic industrial buildings long considered at-risk of collapse has been saved thanks to Uber. The Uber Advanced Technologies Group R&D Center, a group that develops experimental and futuristic transit projects including self-driving technologies, is now housed within part of San Francisco’s Pier 70 — the best-preserved 19th century industrial complex west of the Mississippi. A sensitive undertaking, the adaptive reuse project breathed new life into the decrepit structures yet stayed...
Tags: Uber, Design, Mississippi, San Francisco, Architecture, Gallery, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Mixed-use, Dogpatch, Industrial architecture, Industrial Inspired Design, Post Industrial Architecture, Pier 70, SITELAB



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