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Self-sustainable childrens center in Tanzania harvests water like a baobab tree

In northern Tanzania, a Swedish team of architects, engineers and a non-profit collaborated with local workers to complete the Econef Children’s Center, a self-sustaining facility for orphans in the King’ori village. Asante Architecture & Design, Lönnqvist & Vanamo Architects, Architects Without Borders Sweden, Engineers Without Borders Sweden and Swedish-Tanzanian NGO ECONOF created the center to provide sleeping quarters and classrooms to orphaned children, as well as to also increase ECONEF’s...
Tags: Design, Sweden, Architecture, Innovation, Tanzania, Norway, Sustainable Design, Sustainability Initiatives, Sustainable Architecture, Econef Children 's Center, ECONEF, Children 's Center Project


How to see these six fascinating animals in the wild while aiding in their conservation

If you’re going to travel, travel responsibly. The best way to show animals that you love them is by respecting their habitats and aiding in the conservation of their species. Here’s how to ethically view six animals in their natural habitats in ways that benefit them rather than disturb them. Sharks on Viti Levu, Fiji There are hundreds of different species of sharks who call earth’s waters home, and a trip to Fiji will give you the chance to see at least eight of them in their natural habi...
Tags: Design, Dolphins, United States, New Zealand, Argentina, Norway, Penguins, Greenland, Sharks, National Geographic, Christchurch, Fiji, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Svalbard, Maui


Cabins designed to help you feel one with nature

Cabins have long since had the reputation of being a little wooden structure with basic amenities, meant for plaid-clad angry men who cut off from the world. Well, the plaid-based clothing aside, there is something amazing of being in the lap of nature. Our collection here today reinvents the traditional cabin designs for a modern, even futuristic look. These cabins are designed with meticulous attention to detail, filled with modern-day amenities so you can interact with nature while being comf...
Tags: Home, Mountains, Design, Architecture, House, Norway, Quebec, Lake, Cabin, Product Design, Remote, Vipp, Børge Ousland, Jean Philippe, Varden, Vitznau


Architecture with a Twist: BIG's Sculptural Bridge in the Norwegian Countryside

Located at Kistefos Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, about an hour’s drive north of Oslo, the new project by Copenhagen, New York and London-based architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the firm’s first in Norway, has nothing to be jealous of the artworks that dot the park’s idyllic landscape of rolling woodland.
Tags: Art, London, Norway, Oslo, Copenhagen New York, Bjarke Ingels Group BIG, Sculptural Bridge, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Jevnaker


Jakob Ogawa: April

Reminiscent of bygone ballads, Norway-born Jakob Ogawa’s “April” toys with loneliness, even relishing in it along the way. Uplifting piano and buoyant synths contribute to the song, while Ogawa’s vocals are warm and soulful and ultimately the track is playful, as a childlike choir chimes in on the chorus. “Sometimes I’m all alone, even when I hold your hand,” he sings, between carousel-like piano solo—and …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Soul, Culture, Indie, Norway, Synths, Listenup, Pianos, Jakob Ogawa, Ogawa


Snhetta completes worlds northernmost energy-positive building

Snøhetta has once again raised the bar for sustainable architecture with its completion of Powerhouse Brattørkaia, the world’s northernmost energy-positive building located in the Norwegian city of Trondheim. Designed with a sloped roof topped with photovoltaic panels, the eight-story, 18,000-square-meter office building produces, on average, more than twice as much electricity as it consumes daily. It feeds surplus renewable energy to neighboring buildings and the city transit system through a ...
Tags: Design, Harvard, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Norway, Solar Panels, Carousel Showcase, Snohetta, Trondheim, Snøhetta, Skanska, Ivar Kvaal, Sustainable Architecture, Energy Positive Architecture, Powerhouse


RRA unveils mountain-inspired ski resort that emphasizes nature and community

Oslo-based architectural firm Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA) has won first place in Alpinco Gondoltoppen AS’ competition for the design of a new master plan for a mixed-use resort in Hafjell, an alpine village famous for its skiing and impressive mountain vistas. The project, called Mosetertoppen, will cover an area that’s slightly over 538,000 square feet and is expected to house approximately 1,000 people. Early design renderings show the buildings built primarily from wood, topped with gree...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Planning, Urban Development, Norway, Oslo, Green Roof, Mixed-use, Timber Architecture, RRA, Green Roofs, Residential Development, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Gabled Roof, Pedestrian Friendly


Inside The Mohicans: an Ohio treehouse empire

Waking up in a tree 30 feet off the ground with no noise but birdsong, you might not think you were halfway between Columbus and Cleveland. But The Mohicans is a collection of treehouses and cabins in the quiet woods of Ohio’s Amish country. The treehouses are situated off the road and far enough apart that you can spend a night or two and never run into your human neighbors. Kevin Mooney began building treehouses on his property in 2012. Now, he’s a treehouse addict— with seven completed and a...
Tags: Food, England, Design, London, Trees, Architecture, Arkansas, Hotel, Ohio, Green Building, Insulation, Norway, Cleveland, Columbus, Cabins, Forest


The worlds tallest wood building was just completed in Norway

In March 2019, the Mjösa Tower became the tallest wooden building in the world at 18 floors (for a total of 85.4 meters tall), followed closely by the HoHo Wien building in Austria (84 meters) and the Peri-Săpânţa Monastery in Romania (75 meters). Because it was made in part with Kerto LVL wood that is both sustainable and green, the building is eco-friendly as well. While both the skeleton and the facade of the building are made of wood, the decks on the upper floors (apartments) utilize concr...
Tags: Design, US, Renewable Energy, Green, Austria, Energy Efficiency, Finland, Romania, Norway, Sustainable, Eco-friendly, Green Materials, Building Materials, Wien, METSA Wood, Kerto LVL


This Norwegian National Ballet Principal Is Balancing A Career, Another Career, And Parenthood

Moving to Norway can focus the mind, or so says former Houston Ballet star Melissa Hough: “I had quite a few life revelations that took me by surprise. I began to ask myself a lot of hard questions and forced myself to find the answers. One of these questions was, ‘Do you want to be a choreographer and if so, why?'” – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Norway, Houston Ballet, 04.03.19, National Ballet Principal, Melissa Hough


Underwater Restaurant Has Been Completed In Norway And It Looks Out Of This World

The first, the largest and the most research-friendly. Under (previously) is the world’s largest underwater restaurant with a total seating capacity for 100 guests, it’s the first of its kind in Europe, and it also functions as a research center for marine life. The Snøhetta-designed dining experience started operating just yesterday but people are already adding it to their Norway destination... Source
Tags: Europe, Design, Architecture, Norway


Europes first underwater restaurant opens its doors in Norway

Europe’s first underwater restaurant, “Under,” has just welcomed its first guests to an extraordinary Snøhetta-designed environment that embraces stunning seabed views. Located at the southernmost point of the coastline in Lindesnes, Norway, Under is a partly submerged building that rests directly on the seabed 16.4 feet below water. The monolithic building also serves as a research center for marine life, and its rough concrete envelope will, over time, become a habitat for an artificial reef....
Tags: Europe, Design, Led, Architecture, Restaurant, Gallery, Norway, Sustainable Food, Periscope, Carousel Showcase, Eat & Drink, Concrete, Locally Sourced Materials, Snohetta, Snøhetta, Ivar Kvaal


Are bioenergy facilities the solution to the growing garbage problem?

Have you ever heard of bioenergy? Or, have you ever wondered where your garbage goes once you throw it out? For many people — especially Americans — once their trash leaves the house, there is no more thought about where it goes or what happens to it. As soon as a sanitation worker picks up your garbage, there is no reason to think about the serious problems that massive amounts of waste can cause. Every year, Americans discard about 250 million tons of resources, making them the largest genera...
Tags: Verizon, Design, Sweden, Australia, Norway, Oslo, Veena Sahajwalla, University of New South Wales, UNSW, Bremmer, Peekskill New York, Energy Central, Gayle Sloan, Jane Bremmer, Robin Chapple, Sahajwalla


Finland plans to complete its coal ban one year early

Finland is following through with its coal ban initiative and making it a top priority over the next 10 years. The country promised to eliminate its reliance on coal by 2030, and Finnish Parliament just pushed through a motion to complete the ban a year earlier than the previous goal. One year may not seem like much, but moving the ban up means Finland will be completely coal-free in the next decade. The move also means that the country will have to increase its phasing out program by around 10...
Tags: Design, News, Sweden, Climate Change, China, India, Renewable Energy, Britain, Coal, Fossil Fuels, Finland, Norway, Parliament, Renewable Enegry, Coal Ban, TreeHugger LEGO


Fringe Table Lamp

Adorned with three tiers of hand-dyed silk fringe, this brass table lamp from Huldra of Norway is opulent but playful. Undeniably glamorous, the fixture is available in three colorways—including an ombre purple and bold coral.
Tags: Design, Norway, Retro, Interiors, Silk, Lighting, Decor, Lamps, Brass, Huldra, Table Lamps


The Life & Work of Edvard Munch, Explored by Patti Smith and Charlotte Gainsbourg

Look beyond the highly distressed genderless figure in the foreground of The Scream, one of the most famous painting in existence, and you'll find plenty of women. While its painter Edvard Munch was a man, as his name might suggest, the rest of his body of work featured not a few female bodies: 1895's Woman in Three Stages, 1896's Young Woman on the Beach, and in 1907's The Sick Child, a highly personal work by an artist whose mother and sister both died of tuberculosis. Or take 1895's M...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Pink Floyd, Madonna, Norway, Patti Smith, Smith, Seoul, Munch, Edvard Munch, Facebook Twitter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gainsbourg, Colin Marshall, Munch Museum


Sculptural wood cabin is an alpine retreat with magnificent views

Perched high on weather-beaten mountain is the Hooded Cabin, a sculptural wood cabin with a rugged exterior and a sleek interior. The contemporary building is the work of Arkitektværelset, a Norwegian architectural practice that embraced the many environmental and building challenges that the project posed. From the high altitude mountain conditions of Imingfjell, Norway to the strict building regulations, the limitations not only shaped the iconic form of the retreat but also encouraged “playf...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Norway, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Alpine Cabin, Alpine Architecture, OAK, Timber Cabin, Wood Cabin, Arkitektværelset, Hooded Cabin, Imingfjell, Grethe Løland, Avalanche Zone


Rising temperatures are putting the Global Seed Vault at risk

Global warming is putting Earth’s doomsday vault at risk. New research from Norway suggests that rising temperatures could melt the ice on the island where the Global Seed Vault is located, potentially endangering seed samples from around the world. The seed vault, which is capable of preserving 2.5 billion samples, is located near the Arctic on an island called Svalbard. The Norwegian government manages the island with help from the Nordic Genetic Resource Center and Crop Trust. Frigid tempera...
Tags: Design, Earth, Arctic, Norway, Svalbard, Nordic Genetic Resource Center, Gizmodo Svalbard


Triangular treetop cabins offer an unforgettable stay in the Norwegian woods

Elevated on angled steel legs and clad in sleek black metal, the PAN Treetop Cabins tucked away in a forest two hours from Oslo are unlike your typical forest retreat. Located in the woods of Finnskogen (the Finnish Forest) in east Norway, the two cabins were designed by Oslo-based architect Espen Surnevik for Kristian Rostad and Christine Mowinckel, a couple who wanted to create an eco-friendly and sustainable tourism destination. Opened for bookings in late 2018, the pair of cabins offers all...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Norway, Oslo, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Tourism, Taiga, Radiant Floor Heating, Espen Surnevik, Treetop Architecture, Eco Friendly Tourism, Finnskogen


This Norwegian alpine cabin fits together like a 3D timber puzzle

A new treat awaits hikers in Hammerfest, Norway — perched high on a mountain is a contemporary hiking cabin engineered to provide comfort, views and architectural beauty above the Arctic Circle. Designed by Norwegian design studio SPINN Arkitekter and U.K.-based FORMAT Engineers, the recently completed cabin on the mountain Storfjellet is one of two Hammerfest Hiking Cabins—the second will be built on Tyven in 2019 — created to promote hiking in the mountains around the region. The wooden struc...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, 3d Printing, Norway, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Cross Laminated Timber, Prefab Architecture, Alpine Architecture, Prefab Cabin, CLT, Norwegian Trekking Association, Hammerfest Norway, Prefabrication, Hammerfest Hiking Cabins


Norway's favourite painting to go on display in London

Winter Night in the Mountains by Harald Sohlberg will feature at Dulwich picture galleryEdvard Munch’s The Scream is a classic symbol of dread that has been hailed as the ultimate icon of contemporary politics – but a very different Norwegian painting is the country’s favourite. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Norway, British Museum, Edvard Munch, Dulwich, Harald Sohlberg


Ovoid cabin offers day hikers shelter in Norway

These one-of-a-kind structures blend effortlessly into the northern landscape.
Tags: Design, News, Norway


Snhetta designs healing forest cabins for patients at Norways largest hospitals

Patients at two of Norway’s largest hospitals can now find respite in Snøhetta’s newly unveiled Outdoor Care Retreats. Designed for the Friluftssykehuset Foundation, the forest retreats offer a calm getaway where patients and their loved ones can benefit from the therapeutic qualities of nature. One of the retreats is located about 100 meters from the entrance of Norway’s largest hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, while its sister building is set near a woodland pond by Sørland...
Tags: Design, Hospital, Harvard, Architecture, Gallery, Norway, Cabins, Oslo, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Timber, OAK, Snohetta, Snøhetta, Ivar Kvaal, Patina


2018's Best Sustainable Design Developments and Trends

This year we've seen a lot of environmental rollbacks in the U.S., the result of a government that isn't terribly concerned with sustainability. So it's more important than ever that designers, researchers and scientists continue developing new solutions to extend the life of our planet. Here are some of the best sustainable design developments we've seen in the last 12 months, some of them quite quirky, but all of them green in some way: New Swedish Fitness Trend, "Plogging," Combines Jogging w...
Tags: Design, Norway, Honda, Sustainable Design, Don, Ronny Chieng, Rescue Organization, Plastic Storage


2018 Best of Bicycles, Part 1: Innovative Designs and Uses

While everyone seems obsessed with autonomous cars, bicycles are still the most relevant and sustainable transportation form for millions. Here are the best pedal-powered innovations we saw this year.Most bicycles have two wheels, but the Conference Bicycle has three. That's because it supports seven riders at once! If you'd rather haul goods than co-workers, the Supermarché Front Loader Cargo Bike offers a versatile series of configurations. For cargo capacity with an assist, check out th...
Tags: Design, Germany, Bikes, New Jersey, Manhattan, Norway, Carl, Tom Lutz, Arevo, Aeropack


Oslo Moves to Make Its City Car Free

In an effort to make its downtown more pedestrian and cyclist friendly, Oslo will remove the couple hundred remaining parking spots left in its city center. The development aims to turn the most heavily trafficked areas into to car free zones to limit congestion, reduce pollution and make the city more walkable. Other cities have launched similar initiatives with slight public resistance but quite positive …
Tags: Design, Cars, Culture, Air Pollution, Urban Planning, Pedestrians, Urban Development, Norway, Oslo


Climate change is killing reindeer in the Arctic

A new Arctic Report Card from the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has revealed that the wild reindeer and caribou populations have plummeted by more than half over the last two decades. According to the report, the impact of climate change in the Arctic has resulted in the reindeer population falling from 5 million to 2.1 million. The report found that the weather patterns and vegetation changes in the Arctic tundra have had a major negative impact on the reind...
Tags: Design, Bbc, Canada, Alaska, Arctic, Noaa, Norway, Howard Epstein, University of Virginia Epstein


A treetop house with a rooftop design

Designed to tickle your childlike fancy, the Treetop Cabin models itself on the concept of a treehouse, and the stylings of a triangular prefab. Designed with an A-shaped roof that travels downwards to become the wall, the house would, at first appearance, look small, but climb up the spiral staircase and into it, and you realize exactly how cozy and comfortable it is.With two floors, the PAN Treetop Cabin gives you a living room, kitchen, and a bathroom on the lower level, and a comfy bedroom o...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Norway, Pan, Espen Surnevik, Finn-Erik Nilsen, Treetop Cabin


Anderson Architecture revamps a dim heritage home into a modern sun-soaked abode

When Sydney-based design studio Anderson Architecture was asked to improve the livability of an old heritage home in the inner western Sydney suburb of Lewisham, the house suffered from a cold and dark indoor environment. Drawing on their experience on sustainable design, the architects rearranged the home in accordance to passive solar design in a light-filled transformation that earned the project its name, Suntrap. The contemporary renovation has even doubled the thermal efficiency of the li...
Tags: Extension, Design, Australia, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Norway, Passive House, Anderson, Carousel Showcase, Reclaimed Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Thermal Efficiency, Rainwater Harvesting


Charlotte Prodger Wins 2018 Turner Prize

Charlotte Prodger, via Independent The 2018 Turner Prize winner is artist Charlotte Prodger, taking home the £25,000 prize for her essayistic video work, drawng from her show at Bergen Kunsthalle in Norway. The artist, who shoots entirely on an iPhone, beat out Luke Willis Thompson and the collective Forensic Architecture to win the prize, capping […]
Tags: Art, News, Norway, Art News, Featured Post, Luke Willis Thompson, Charlotte Prodger, Bergen Kunsthalle



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