Handsome timber chalet shows off the beauty of modern minimalism

June 12, 2017 by  
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The charms of simplicity are celebrated in this beautiful timber chalet tucked in the Alps of eastern France. Designed by French architecture firm Studio Razavi , the recently completed Mountain House carefully sidesteps cookie-cutter design with its modern interpretation of the traditional alpine chalet. Located in the French village of Manigod in a popular ski destination, the Mountain House was subject to strict building codes that the architects say allowed for “very little freedom of architectural expression.” Local guidelines dictated numerous design aspects, including building height and width ratio, roof slope, building material , and even window sizes, in order to preserve the region’s traditional vernacular. The architects skillfully overcame these obstacles by studying the historical buildings and then producing a code compliant design that put a contemporary twist on the local architectural culture. The 200-square-meter Mountain House features the traditional three-story chalet layout with a pitched roof. Unlike its neighbors, however, the new holiday home sits on a lower level made of concrete rather than stone and doesn’t include the ornamental elements that adorn many of the homes in the valley. Related: Mind-bending mountain chalet looks as if it could tip over at any moment The Mountain Home only includes the essential features, making for a simple and utilitarian, yet beautiful design. Pine clads the first and second floor and untreated timber planks line the interior. A few painted surfaces and textures, such as the artificial stone tiles in the bathroom and dark carpet flooring, break up the largely timber palette. Large windows flood the home with natural light while several overhangs protect against harsh sun. + Studio Razavi Via Dezeen Images © Olivier Martin Gambier

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Swiss resident begins peddling jars of Alps mountain air starting at $97

March 5, 2017 by  
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Got an extra $97 lying around? With that money you can now purchase a jar of fresh mountain air from Switzerland . Resident John Green has started collecting air from the Alps and peddling it online, saying “the air in the mountains is like champagne [so] I decided I had better start selling it.” Born in London, Green says he’s resided in Switzerland for 20 years. He’s now decided to sell that fresh Swiss air from his website MountainAirFromSwitzerland.com , in three sizes. A pint costs $97, a quart $167, and a 3/4 gallon jar will run you $247. He includes a certificate of authenticity with each purchase, and captures the air in what he describes as a secret location. “Let’s just say it’s collected by a babbling mountain stream, fed by melt water from a famous glacier , near a very famous mountain,” says the website. Related: Australian entrepreneurs are selling canned fresh air to polluted China But anyone brave enough to shell out that money will also get GPS coordinates, according to the website, so they can pinpoint the location of their air on a map. Green suggests owners put the jar in the freezer first for the full effect should the owner decide to open the jar. On the website he says, “I seriously feel almost reborn every time I go to the Alps and breath the fresh air; there’s definitely something magic in that air. So get your little bit of magic right here, right now!” Green even says he’s donating 25 percent of profits to World Vision . He told The Local, a Swedish publication, “I know it’s a bit crazy but it’s a fun idea and it helps give some money to a charity that I think is deserving.” As for the price, he said he wants to make the business sustainable and must consider the costs of shipping the air worldwide. “And also don’t forget, it’s Swiss air! Everything in Switzerland is expensive.” When asked if anyone had been willing to purchase the air, he said, “It’s starting slowly, let’s put it like that!” + Mountain Air from Switzerland Via The Local Images via Wikimedia Commons and Mountain Air from Switzerland

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Elevated glass-bottomed pool gives thrill-seekers dramatic alpine views

November 18, 2016 by  
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The dramatic cantilevered pool is one of many additions in NOA’s renovation of Hotel Hubertus, completed May 2016. The new accommodation wing, which includes 16 new suites and facilities, is visually connected to the old accommodation wing by the pool, which sits between the two. The sky infinity pool appears to float weightlessly in the landscape, hovering 12 meters above ground, and successfully passes on that gravity-defying feeling to swimmers thanks to a glazed front, a glass window at the bottom of the pool, and no view-obstructing barriers. The pool has a width of 5 meters, a length of 25 meters, and a depth of 1.3 meters. A 17-meter length of the pool juts out from the front of the hotel to overlook spectacular views of the Dolomites . Trunks of native larch trees stripped of bark support the pool. “The new pool , which imposingly rests in-between the two accommodation wings, seems like a floating rock, come to rest at the site, overlooking the valley,” write the architects. “The hidden edges of the pool, kept in anthracite-coloured stone, abolish the gap between pool and landscape, creating the impression of the water flowing into nothing, disappearing between pool and landscape. The pool metaphorically reminds of a mountain lake, nestled into the astonishing mountainscape of the UNESCO World Heritage site , the Dolomites…” Related: Glass-bottomed sky pool will be suspended 115 feet in the air To create a uniform appearance between the existing building and the new build, the architects added native larch tree trunks to the facade. The debarked trunks were installed in a rhythmic, alternating pattern and double as sun screens , room dividers, and rain protectors. New perforated, powder-coated metal balustrades replaced the old wooden ones and enhance the wings’ curved forms shaped to follow the existing topography. + NOA Via Dezeen Images via NOA

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This colorful Bienenhaus is a bee castle that provides sanctuary for 16 beehives

June 9, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: 33 Clever tricks to make any tiny space feel bigger

June 9, 2015 by  
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Wish you could expand your house without paying for a costly renovation? Vanessa Arbuthnott has you covered with this infographic featuring 33 clever tricks for making any small space feel bigger. Whether it’s a studio bedroom that needs some extra space or a cluttered kitchen, these tips are perfect for all the major rooms of your house. Even better, these helpful and low-cost suggestions are accompanied by short explanations that break down how a certain color change or proposed organization style can make a big difference. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 33 Clever tricks to make any tiny space feel bigger Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: infographic , reader submitted content , space-saving , space-saving tricks , Vanessa Arbuthnott

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What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

July 1, 2014 by  
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Are there really places on the earth where the elements magically combine to provide idyllic climates? Although the concept might seem a bit fantastical, microclimates do indeed exist, and are far more common than you might have realized. In fact, there might be one of these hot or cool spots just around the corner from where you are right now! From warm areas in gardens where vegetables can be grown late into the winter , to a neighborhood block that’s cool in summertime because of surrounding buildings, countless microclimates exist all over the world, and people have been harnessing (and enjoying) the benefits of these places for centuries. Read the rest of What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alps , Cote D’Azur , france , french , French Riviera , Health , Leysin , Menton , micro-climate , microclimate , microclimates , passive solar , San Fran , San Francisco , Solar Power , sun , sunshine , Switzerland

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Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take Anywhere

July 1, 2014 by  
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SunCache introduces a powerful portable solar charging system integrated into an innovative custom-designed carrying case. With SunCache, users can easily carry the system anywhere, set it up in seconds and point it at the sun, creating an immediate power source for all electronic gadgets. Devices can charge directly from the sun, store power away in rechargeable batteries for future use, or perform both functions simultaneously! Equipped with a powerful solar panel (available in both 10 and 15 watt sizes), super-efficient power regulation technology, and a flexible power distribution system, SunCache packs an impressive amount of power in a large tablet-sized form factor. “It’s my most flexible solar charging platform to date,” explains Don Cayelli, who has created two previous solar charger iterations. “The combination of charging power, ease of use, and flexible power distribution, makes this an unbelievably handy off-the-grid power accessory for everyone.” Check out the SunCache on Kickstarter project — it’s on fire! + SunCache The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , clean tech , green energy , green tech , portable power charger , portable solar charger , renewable power , Solar Power , SunCache , tablet-sized solar charger

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Wildspitzbahn Ski Lodge Harmonizes With Austria’s Alpine Landscape

February 25, 2013 by  
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Italy Plans to Push Ahead with High-Speed Train Line Under the Alps

April 10, 2012 by  
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Italian Alps photo from Shutterstock Plans to build a high-speed train line from the Turin, in Northern Italy, under the Alps to the French city of Lyon have been a source of bitter contention between local residents, environmental activists and successive Italian governments for over 20 years. Now the Treno Alta Velocità, or TAV’s development looks set to move forward under new impetus from Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who reportedly maintains a strongly held belief that the line is vital to the area’s economic rejuvenation, in spite of opponents’ fears that the railway will damage the mountain ecosystem and pose health concerns as drilling would release asbestos and uranium currently held within the rock. Read the rest of Italy Plans to Push Ahead with High-Speed Train Line Under the Alps Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alpine environment , asbestos hazard , europe high speed rail , italy alps , mario monty , no tav , Northern Italy , susa valley , turin to lyon , uranium in rock

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Refuge in the Alps Looks Like a Giant Telescope

December 16, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Geography & Travel . ] After a long day of climbing mountains in the Alps, looking out over snow-covered boulders and valleys shrouded in fog, wouldn’t it be amazing to spend a night in this cozy cantilevered getaway ? The prefabricated tube juts out over a cliff, resembling a giant telescope from which occupants can continue to gaze at their incomparable surroundings. ‘New Refuge Gervasutti’ was designed by Italian architects LEAPfactory, who specialize in modular survival structures that can withstand extreme conditions and environments. The tube was built off-site and carried to its rocky perch by a helicopter. Though the red pattern has a practical function – making the refuge visible to climbers and mountaineers – it also has a bit of Alpine charm, looking like decorative trim on a sweater. The refuge pod features a number of circular porthole-like windows on either side, and is covered in solar panels which power lights, a weather monitoring station and other electronics. There’s a living area with a kitchen, a table and seating, and a sleeping area with bunk beds and storage space for gear. Say the architects, “The realisation of the refuge is a great achievement, in that the materials used are of a high standard and use sophisticated technology capable of handling the problems of extreme temperatures and the difficulties of installation, given the altitude and the position in the midst of a glacier.” Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Amazing Living Art: 18 Giant Rice Murals [PICS] Cooler than crop circles, the agricultural artistry is incredibly inventive which gives rise to marketing creativity. Here are 18 amazing and artistic rice murals. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» Giant German Airship Hangar Transformed into Tropical Resort A massive airship hangar was transformed into a self-contained tropical city in the middle of the German countryside, complete with the world’s largest pool. Click Here to Read More »» Slime Stew, Anyone? Giant Snails Battle Malnutrition You’ve heard of crime-fighting turtles, but malnutrition-fighting snails? These slimy slinkers could be the key to keeping African families fed and healthy. 3 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design & Geography & Travel . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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