A mountain refuge in Spain is brought back to life with brickwork

April 30, 2019 by  
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In the mountains of the southeastern Spanish town of Jumilla sits “La Casa del Ángel,” a small shelter where outdoor enthusiasts have long sought shelter. To bring more people to the shelter, the local government commissioned Murcia-based firm Martin Lejarraga Oficina de Arquitectura to refurbish the small building, which had been worn down by use and the outdoor elements. In renovating the space, the architects reinforced the structural strength and clad the facade in a variety of brickwork to make the building pop against its lush green surroundings. After decades of use, La Casa del Ángel has become a known fixture in the town of Jumilla. To pay respect to the site history, the architects wanted to turn the building into a “landscape piece” that can be used internally and externally. As a result, a sculptural bench was added to the exterior that wraps around two walls while an extra opening has been added to the covered entrance area to invite passersby to take shelter beneath the roof, which has been reinforced with concrete construction. Inside, the architects improved the building’s thermal and acoustic insulation and added natural materials that create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The wood used in the structure, windows and doors complement the unique original masonry. Vertically laid brick is also used in the interiors for a portion of the walls and the floors, matching the vertically oriented brick that covers half of the facade. The other half of the facade comprises horizontally oriented brick perforated to let in light and natural ventilation. Related: Towering prefab cabins envisioned for Iceland’s rugged landscape “None of the materials are coated, taking advantage of its bareness for giving refuge also to other kind of inhabitants: plants, insects, birds, etc.,” the architects explained. “Because of all this, the refurbishing of ‘La Casa del Ángel’ turns out to be a sustainable and recognizable intervention and, on top of this, a proposal with the goal of being the shelter of people, animal and plants within the wonderful landscape it is inserted.” + Martin Lejarraga Oficina de Arquitectura Photography by David Frutos via Martin Lejarraga Oficina de Arquitectura

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Bibliophonies is a public bench that dispenses music, text and light

January 12, 2015 by  
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Near the newly-constructed L’Autre Lieu library in Bretagne, France sits a clever little bench that isn’t your typical resting spot. Called the Bibliophonie, the bench dispenses sound, text and light to people passing by. Isabelle Daeron designed the public art project so that during the day, people can press a button to hear open-source music and texts, which are curated and rotated by the staff working inside the library. At night, the bench acts as public lighting and a signal for the building. The result is an inviting space that acts as an enticement to explore the library and as a public gathering spot that connects people with the local community. + Isabelle Daeron 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: Bibliophonies art , Bibliophonies bench , Bibliophonies France , Bibliophonies Isabelle Daeron , Isabelle Daeron , library bench , musical public bench , public library bench , reader submission , reader submitted content

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Urban Reef Encourages Summertime Street Lounging in Vancouver

August 12, 2014 by  
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How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

August 12, 2014 by  
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People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also for all sorts of structures . The average shipping container is a very versatile thing, and they can be easily connected together to make many different shapes and sizes of buildings, somewhat like constructing a building with giant Lego bricks. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option to build your new family home or business office, then using modified shipping containers could be the perfect choice for you. Read the rest of How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ‘Container House , building permits , container home , container homes , Prefab , Recycled Materials , shipping container , shipping container home , shipping container house , shipping container houses , shipping containers , solar panels , summer

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Marko Vuckovic’s Tree Bench is a Perfect Spot for Quiet Contemplation

December 3, 2012 by  
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The  Tree Bench  concept is pretty self-explanatory: a seating area encircles a tree, which serves as the design’s focal point. Constructed by Marko Vuckovic from white corian material , the bench has five holes in its surface; the tree grows through one and grass through the others. It is easy to install and immediately incorporates the tree as part of the design. Read the rest of Marko Vuckovic’s Tree Bench is a Perfect Spot for Quiet Contemplation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , industrial design , marko vuckovic , nature products , tree bench , white corian. sustainable design

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Itay Kirshenbaum’s Transforming Chair is Four Seats in One

November 12, 2012 by  
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Designer Itay Kirshenbaum has a created a 4 in 1 chair that can be turned into four different seats with a simple flip. Kirshenbaum developed his chair during his industrial design studies at Hadassah College in Israel, and it’s capable of serving as a rocking chair, a beach chair, a double bench or a plain ol’ chair. The 4 in 1 chair is made of wood and manufactured using CNC technology. + 4 in 1 Chair 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: “green furniture” , 4 in 1 Chair , beach chair , bench , cnc technology , eco chairs , eco furniture , green chairs , green home decor , Hadassah College , Israel , Itay Kirshenbaum , multi use furniture , rocking chair , Transforming Furniture

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Abracadabra Bench by Lagranja Turns Boring Seating Into a Colorful Sculpture

April 16, 2012 by  
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Abracadabra by the Barcelona-based design group Lagranja is more than a bench. It is a set of elements of different colors and materials that, when combined, give birth to an infinite number of shapes. Linear, cross, or with a branch structure, the seating arrangements can start at 140 centimeters and reach 20 meters. The bench is an iconic object, a little urban sculpture, and Abracadabra is an antidote to the grey of our cities. Pietra serena stone, painted iron, wood, and recycled aluminum are the chosen materials. Each element, however, is made of a single material, to allow – in many, many years from now – for easy recycling. + Lagranja Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , Abracadabra Bench , Abracadabra Bench lagranja , barcelona design firm , lagranja , recyclable materials , sustainable design firm

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Aandeboom’s Portable Tree Bench Turns Any Tree Into a Shady Seat

February 10, 2012 by  
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This clever pop-up Tree Bench was designed by Aandeboom , the Dutch team that brought us the clever P-Tree urinal. This quirky design takes the traditional park bench to another level by supporting it with a set of industrial straps, allowing it to hover over the ground while providing space for plants and grass to thrive beneath it. Designed for the Dutch city of Amersfoort , the temporary bench can be easily detached and moved to another tree, making it a useful solution for temporary outdoor seating. The design is also a brilliant way to make the most of the sunny spots in a park all year round, surprising visitors when they find it has been attached to a different nearby trunk! Read the rest of Aandeboom’s Portable Tree Bench Turns Any Tree Into a Shady Seat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AAndeboom , attached to tree bench , dutch bench design , green park bench design , mobile benches , park bench design , rogier marten , tree bench

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Blue LED Rings On Famous London Monuments Show Just How Far Sea Levels Could Rise

February 9, 2012 by  
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Leave a Book on a Bench: Be Part of the Book Swap

October 3, 2011 by  
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Photo: B. Alter At a time when libraries are being closed down and the very future of the book is being questioned, let’s give a cheer for the book swap. Organized by the UK newspaper, the Guardian , think of it as a generous act of recycling. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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