Invisible Portal disappears into the Andes Mountains with a mirrored facade

September 29, 2016 by  
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The small 13-square-meter Invisible Portal lives up to its name with its mirrored facade . The studio placed the viewpoint on a highpoint of an Andes mountain trail that stretches between Guaranda and Babahoyo. “The number of people who visit the natural vantage point use this space as a point for meeting and to rest on the grass,” said Natura Futura, according to Dezeen . Related: Prefab timber rest stops overlook gorgeous views of Mexico’s volcanoes Hikers can take a rest at the Invisible Portal, which has a small opening on the rear wall for access to the wood-lined interior. Timber steps that span the width of the interior double as seating at the edge of the structure. + Natura Futura Arquitectura Via Dezeen Images via Natura Futura Arquitectura

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PHOTOS: Cacheuta Thermal Water Park is a summer escape wedged in Argentina’s Andes Mountains

August 27, 2016 by  
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Cacheuta Hot Springs is only a short bus ride away from Mendoza’s capital, and the entry cost is only  $7(US) for adults. It is the perfect place to spend a day out with friends or family swimming, or just relaxing in one of the  thermal pools or streams –some which even reach 39º C! It’s also a great place for kids to play, with slides, tunnels and an octogonal central pool featuring a stone water jet shooting thermal water 10 meters into the sky. Located next to the Mendoza River in a dry, mountainous area between the Andes , the Cacheuta Water Park is a mind and body-escape developed to extend from the natural environment. Visitors typically visit for the day, enjoying the park and dedicated picnic and BBQ areas. For those looking for more service, there is also a stone wall restaurant serving affordable food across Flintstones-style sets of tables that can accomodate large groups of people who want to enjoy eating al-fresco. The structure has been oriented in such a way as to maximize the magnificent views of the surrounding landscape. Not limited to water play, for the more sporty, there is also a climbing wall for practicing some moves before attempting to climb the nearby Aconcagua. With an array of activities rolled into one exciting destination, Cacheuta Water Park is a fun, healthy and relaxing option to spend a free day! + Cacheuta Water Park Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

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The sustainable, hilltop home in Ecuador built in 75 days

January 19, 2016 by  
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How road salt could turn your city into the next Flint, Michigan

January 19, 2016 by  
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Over the course of the past several months, the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s water supply has gained international attention. Flint’s 100,000 residents have been exposed to lead in their drinking water since the city switched its source from Detroit city water to the Flint River in 2014. The lead contamination stems from faulty pipes leaching lead into the water as it flows through them, but the reason for the advanced stage of corrosion in those pipes is something quite startling. According to local environmental experts, the widespread use of salt to de-ice slippery winter roads has led to increased chloride levels in the Flint River , as well as many others in the northeastern United States, where road salt use has risen steadily in recent years. Read the rest of How road salt could turn your city into the next Flint, Michigan

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Evans House in Argentina features enviable views of the Andes mountain range

November 3, 2015 by  
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This stunning green Andean house is partially buried under a sacred Patagonian site

May 22, 2015 by  
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Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

May 22, 2015 by  
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Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

July 4, 2013 by  
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Elqui Domos Hotel: A Star-Gazer’s Paradise Tucked Among The Chilean Mountains

October 1, 2012 by  
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Project ARQtainer’s House Liray Is an Earthquake-Resistant Shipping Container Home in Chile

July 12, 2012 by  
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Five corten steel shipping containers were transformed into a bright yellow earthquake-proof home that sits on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile . The house, by Project ARQtainer , was developed as an earthquake-resistant and low-cost home that could be built in a small time frame. For the architects, shipping containers provided the ideal building material given their strength, durability, stackability, modular form and ample availability. Measuring a little over 1,200 square feet, the container home features thermal pane windows, internal coating plasterboard and projected cellulose insulation. Beautiful views of the Andes Mountains can be seen from both the terrace and shared living spaces, making nature an integral part of the design. + Project ARQtainer 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:

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