This prefab pavilion in Zhejiang brings travelers closer to nature

June 7, 2018 by  
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There’s no better way to build appreciation for nature than to immerse people in its beauty. That’s the idea behind the Pine Park Pavilion, a recently completed structure by the riverside in China’s Zhejiang province. Designed by Beijing-based design studio DnA Design and Architecture , the prefabricated Pine Park Pavilion serves to bring cyclists and hikers closer to the landscape. Commissioned by the Songyang Department of River Control and Reservoir Management as a piece of tourism infrastructure near the village of Huangyu, the 197-square-meter Pine Park Pavilion was prefabricated offsite and then assembled onsite. The installation is parallel to the river and comprises a pavilion, retail store, toilets, an infant room, management room, a tearoom  and private meeting spaces. “The elongated pavilion consists of four segments,” the architects wrote. “The building elements are separated with glass surfaces, on which the production of resin is illustrated in an artistically alienated manner, thus giving rise to one picture in combination with the already existing group of trees around the pavilion.” The prefabrication of the project and the preservation of existing trees are indicative of reduced site impact. The structural components are deliberately exposed, giving the modern pavilion a raw appearance. The large panels of glazing used throughout also give the structure a sense of transparency. The glass walls frame the landscape like a painting. In addition to serving as a viewpoint, the Pine Park Pavilion also includes an art installation that explains the production of pine resin in the neighboring village of Huangyu. Related: UNStudio designs cocoon-like pavilion made of 100% recyclable materials “The simple wooden building with its clear constructive structure serves as a resting place at the dam on the river and provides information about a traditional method of producing resin,” the architects wrote. “It consequently combines information about the location with a tourism infrastructure that links history and future for visitors in a playful manner.” + DnA Design and Architecture Images by Ziling Wang and Dan Han

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20-foot shipping container converted into off-grid oasis deep in the Catskills

June 7, 2018 by  
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The beautiful Contanium shipping container cabin , just a two-hour drive from NYC, is proving that going off-grid doesn’t have to mean going bare bones. Available for rent on Airbnb, the solar-powered container cabin offers peaceful solitude with all of the comforts of a luxury cabin, including a comfy sofa bed, kitchenette, writing desk, wood-burning stove, and outdoor hot tub. The 20-foot shipping container is perfect for a summer weekend away or even a winter wonderland experience. The container is highly insulated for the cold New York winters, and a wood-burning stove helps the interior stay warm and cozy at all hours of the day and night. The solar-powered cabin comes installed with a composting toilet and a gravity-feed water system. Low-energy windows also provide natural light while reducing heat loss in the wintertime. Large sliding glass doors open onto the patio in the warmer months, letting guests enjoy nature right outside their living space. Related: This amazing shipping container hotel can pop up anywhere in the world Inside the cabin’s beautiful woodsy interior, guests can enjoy the comforts of home. The lights are controlled by a touch-activated LED lighting system . A small but sufficient sofa bed can be folded up for seating space. The kitchenette, although compact, is fully stocked with top-of-the-line appliances. The bathroom is just 40 feet away and is a modern, sophisticated take on the traditional outhouse, with lots of natural light, pine paneling and an open shower stall. The outdoor patio has a large seating area positioned around a fire ring. Additionally, a yoga platform and hammock all but guarantee a rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit. Outside, guests will enjoy a wood-fired hot tub made out of a 120-gallon galvanized metal tub, which can be filled up with stream water. Besides staying in a beautiful eco-friendly cabin , guests will have a breathtaking natural forest to explore. The cabin sits on 20 acres of woodland with various trails to choose from, including one that leads to a 30-foot waterfall just 100 yards north. + Contanium Cabin Via 6 Sq Ft Photographs via Airbnb

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This Home Library Has a Built-In Slide to Make Reading Fun

November 15, 2014 by  
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Instead of diving into a good book, how about sliding into one? This home in South Korea has its own library that comes complete with a multi-level slide . The idea behind the design is to encourage activity and mental exercise all in one room for the four children who live in the home. We think its a great way to make reading even more exciting for young minds. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , in-home slide , interior design , library design , library ideas , library slide South Korea library slide , Panorama House library slide , SLIDES , south korea architecture , The Panorama House

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Scientists Pour Water Into Oregon Volcano to Generate Energy

November 15, 2014 by  
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A team of scientists from Seattle-based AltaRock Energy , Inc. and Davenport Newberry Holdings LLC  has announced plans to harness one of Mother Nature’s most powerful energy sources by pumping 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon . The team hopes that the water will return to the surface boiling hot, at which point it can be used to generate clean and cheap energy – without the explosive side effects and liquid magma associated with active volcanoes. Read the rest of Scientists Pour Water Into Oregon Volcano to Generate Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AltaRock Energy department of energy , AltaRock Energy geothermal energy , AltaRock Energy volcano energy , AltaRock Energy volcano project , AltaRock Energy volcano project. geothermal volcano power , alternative energy , Department of Energy , geothermal energy , geothermal volcano power , green design , renewable energy , sustainable design , volcano power

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French Scientists Test a Way to Deflect Earthquake’s Damaging Effects from a City

April 8, 2014 by  
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Someday in the future, when an earthquake hits a major city, rather than destruction there may come a time when we can just redirect the acoustic waves of the earthquake to a place where it won’t cause so much damage. At least, that’s the idea behind the research that the scientists at the Aix-Marseille University and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) are conducting. Using an idea based on metamaterial technology, the scientists teamed up with French company Ménard in order to conduct a large-scale experiment to test deflecting acoustic waves like those generated in an earthquake and so far the results have been promising. Read the rest of French Scientists Test a Way to Deflect Earthquake’s Damaging Effects from a City Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aix-Marseille University , American Physical Society , CNRS , dampening earthquake waves , dampening earthquakes , dampening seismic waves , deflecting earthquakes , earthquake boreholes , earthquake shield , French company Ménard , French National Center for Scientific Research , Ménard , metamaterial , metamaterial technology , redirecting earthquake waves , redirecting earthquakes , shifting earthquakes , stop bands , stopping earthquakes

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Company Unveils Biodegradable Toothbrush

February 1, 2013 by  
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Millions of toothbrushes end up in landfills each year, but what if you could safely toss your old toothbrush into a compost pile instead? That’s the idea behind the Bogobrush, a new 100% biodegradable toothbrush designed to break down and return…

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Limited Edition: A Lofty Treehouse Hotel Set Amidst Vineyards in Mendoza

June 5, 2012 by  
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Have you ever wanted to be surrounded by nature and still have the luxuries of a world-class hotel? Entre Cielos in Mendoza offers exactly that, fusing an outdoor experience with cushy hotel amenities. Dubbed ‘ Limited Edition ’, this lofted hotel prototype is a cocoon-shaped cabin poised atop several steel columns. Designed in collaboration with Baumraum , a German architectural studio, the idea behind the project was to develop several luxury treehouse -like accommodations amidst the Argentine vineyards. Read the rest of Limited Edition: A Lofty Treehouse Hotel Set Amidst Vineyards in Mendoza Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Baumraun , cocoon , Entre Cielos , Loft Style Accommodation , Luxury Tree House , mendoza , tree hotel , Vineyard Hotel

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Andrea Brena Upcycles Left Over Textiles Into Woven Furniture

June 5, 2012 by  
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