Post-war home in Kyoto brilliantly renovated to blend modernity with tradition

November 10, 2017 by  
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Japanese architecture is known for its minimalist sophistication and this beautiful renovation of a pre-war home in Kyoto is a shining example. Designed by Osaka-based firm, atelier Luke , the renovation process of the Ichijoji House included exposing the beautiful timber beams that were once concealed and conferring with local craftspeople to create design elements that pay homage to the traditional Kyoto vernacular. The home was originally built in 1961, but had become rundown over the years. A Danish-Australian furniture maker purchased the home to convert into a modern living space while maintaining its traditional character. Related: This nomadic origami teahouse is made of hundreds of sheets of folded paper Due to the poor state of the home, the first step was gutting the space while trying to retain the original timber structure. During the renovation process, the team found that many of home’s structural timber elements, such as the large cambered roof beams , had been hidden from sight. The decision was made to leave the beams exposed in order to create a series of wooden sculptural forms that enhance the home’s neutral, minimalist design. To make better use of the space, the layout of the home was reversed from the original layout. The first floor would now house the private spaces while the living area was installed upstairs, reached by a timber ladder. What was once the ground floor kitchen was converted into a beautiful traditional Japanese bedroom, complete with tatami mats , shoji screens, and handmade wallpaper. An extension was added to back of the home in order to make room for indoor plumbing system for the new bathroom and kitchen. The space was also built out to create a peaceful screened-in courtyard reached through a series of sliding timber doors and paper screens. As for the interior design , the design team went to local craftspeople from Kyoto, as well as Osaka and Nagano to create a traditional atmosphere. Most of the decorative or functional elements such as the stained wallpaper, lacquered flooring, and timber joinery were either hand crafted or finished using traditional techniques. Bespoke furniture pieces including various cabinets and the “floating” dining table were made out of Japanese oak. + atelier Luke Images via atelier Luke

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5 Responsible Tourism Tips

September 13, 2016 by  
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When we travel, our most memorable moments are of the beautiful places we see and the people we interact with. But have we made those people’s lives better by visiting them? Did our visit have a positive impact? Socially and environmentally…

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Adidas x Parley host giveaway for 3D-printed sneakers made from recycled ocean plastic

June 11, 2016 by  
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If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on a 3D-printed shoe, here’s your chance. In honor of World Oceans Day , Adidas and Parley for the Oceans are giving away 50 free pairs of their beautiful 3D-printed running shoes made almost entirely of recycled ocean plastic. Around 16.5 post-consumer plastic bottles and 13 grams of gill-net plastic were used in the production of every sneaker. Read on to learn how you can enter.

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The mysterious phenomenon of “hair ice” finally solved by scientists

August 13, 2015 by  
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For nearly a century, scientists have been baffled by the phenomenon known as hair ice – hair-like ice formations found in the forest during certain times of the year. Now, scientists have discovered that the answer to the mystery may be found in the humble fungus. Though most of us don’t realize it, fungi are pretty incredible organisms. The majority of carbon sequestration in northern forests is facilitated by fungi , clean-burning biofuel can be created by fungi, and fungi can be used to remove toxins such as BPA out of the environment.  Not impressed? Fungi also play an essential role in building the environment, as scientists recently determined after finding that the beautiful and rare “hair ice” are the handy work of fungi. Read the rest of The mysterious phenomenon of “hair ice” finally solved by scientists

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INFOGRAPHIC: Learn the history behind modernist design

July 27, 2015 by  
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Have you ever wondered where all the beautiful modernist buildings featured on Inhabitat got their roots? London’s modern furniture store ARAM sheds light on the history of modernist design with an infographic. The visual explores multiple aspects of Modernism, from its key principles and art movements to the important figures like Le Corbusier . Understanding how Modernism evolved from a philosophical movement and into the art and architecture spheres is critical to appreciating its legacy. Read on to learn more. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Learn the history behind modernist design

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Extreme hanging pods create a meditative, light-controlled space for rock climbers

July 27, 2015 by  
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Love Is In The Air: Romantic Outdoor Dates For Summer

May 29, 2015 by  
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Don’t let this beautiful month pass you by without doing something sweet with your significant other. After all, for most parts of the country this is the perfect time to enjoy weather outdoors. Plan a fun, romantic and eco-friendly outdoor date…

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This beautiful furniture by Emilie Mazeau-Langlais is actually made from cardboard

February 3, 2015 by  
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Step into the fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm with these amazing landscape photos

January 20, 2015 by  
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A Mathematical Formula Allows This Beautiful Wooden Home to Preserve the Surrounding Forest

August 8, 2014 by  
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