Cozy READER shelter made from plywood offers escape into the world of books

December 29, 2016 by  
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Have you ever fantasized about burrowing into a tree trunk like a squirrel? First-year architecture and urban planning students at the Estonian Academy of Arts designed and built this cozy timber shelter that lets you experience something similar without going too far off the ground. Made from curved pieces of plywood , this cavernous installation is ribbed to mimic pages of a book and offers seating perfect for curling up on with a good novel. Developed in 2015 as part of an annual student architecture project, READER was selected out of 15 designs for construction and temporary display in the heart of Tallinn. When viewed from afar, READER appears as a solid cuboid mass. Upon closer inspection however, the shelter reveals itself to be made from individual plywood sheets evenly spaced apart. The project was constructed over the course of five days and is elevated atop nine adjustable legs. Related: Gigantic wooden megaphones amplify the sounds of the forest in Estonia READER can be entered via a round opening that leads to an inner winding path that diverges into two and rises and falls like a small hill. The individual pine plywood panels are connected by spruce logs and are cut to slightly different sizes for an undulating tunnel effect. The student architects invite the public to enter and “escape from the real world of problems into the fictional world of books.” READER is currently on display in a grove in Pedaspea, Lahemaa, North-Estonia as part of an outdoor exhibit that showcases student work. + Estonian Academy of Arts Via ArchDaily Images © Paco Ulman

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These student-designed cabins for Outward Bound are rustic and awesome

April 11, 2016 by  
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Architecture students develop a 3D-printing pen that “draws” incredible acrylic structures in mid-air

February 26, 2016 by  
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Luminous floating rings in London are made from 13,000 recycled plastic bottles

February 26, 2016 by  
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Architecture students design sustainable learning center for blooming community garden in L.A.

January 27, 2016 by  
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Rice Architecture Students Design Interactive Sculpture That Creatively Eavesdrops Across Campus

October 8, 2014 by  
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Most college students see contemporary sculpture as puzzling landmarks–useful only as visual markers and not to be touched. Rice University’s recently installed Soundworm! sculpture, however, rejects that stereotype. Made up of a series of bright yellow twisting steel pipes and embedded microphones, the installation serves as public seating as well as a creative eavesdropping device that collects conversation snippets from five locations on campus. The two-ton Soundworm! was built by a team of Rice University architecture students and was designed as part of a design charrette. + Rice University 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: Architecture , architecture students , charrette , Installation , public art , reader submitted content , rice school of architecture , rice university , soundworm , student installation

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Burton Street Peace Garden’s Learning Pavilion Was Built From Recycled Materials for $3,900

December 6, 2011 by  
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Are Green Gift Guides Destroying the Earth?

December 6, 2011 by  
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At Inhabitat, we’ve always been proponents of voting with your cash and supporting brands that make the effort to be sustainable, while sending a message to unethical brands that they need to change their ways. Unfortunately,  PSFK editor-in-chief Piers Fawkes made it clear that he doesn’t agree. In an editorial called  “Tis the Season to Avoid Green Gift Guides,” Fawkes rips on green publications and websites that hawk eco-gift guides during the holidays saying “The green media needs to stop telling people to buy cool stuff that’s labeled organic or BPA-free and they need to start helping people identify who is at fault here so that people can actively lobby the companies folks buy from, or the employers people work for.” Read on to see our rebuttal of Fawkes’ article and let us know what your thoughts are on the subject. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: are green gift guides bad for the environment , eco design , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green design , green fashion , green gift guide , green gift guides , psfk rebuttal , sustainable design , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style

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