Eucalyptus screens block out the sun’s harsh rays in this off-grid home

April 24, 2019 by  
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São Paulo-based firm Studio MK27 has unveiled a spectacular home made out of a beautiful blend of natural and prefabricated materials. The Catuçaba House is tucked into the remote rolling hills of Catuçaba, its horizontal volume sitting almost 5,000 feet above sea level. Wanting to forge a strong relationship with its stunning natural surroundings, the architects designed the home with a number of sustainable features to be completely off-grid and low-impact. In fact, the home’s sustainability profile is so impressive that it is the first building in Brazil to earn LEED Platinum certification. The 3,300-square-foot home is a beautiful study in eco-friendly minimalism. The residence, which is a wooden prefab structure , is comprised of an elongated form that sits on a series of pillars. These wooden pillars were carefully embedded into the landscape to reduce the impact on the terrain. Related: This off-grid home on a Greek island provides ‘cinematic frames’ of the sea A wooden deck cantilevers over the hilly topography, creating a large platform that is book-ended by two adobe walls made from local soil. As a passive feature , sliding shades made out of eucalyptus branches cover the floor-to-ceiling front facade and filter light through the interior, offering a vibrant movement of shadows and light in the living space. Further integrating the design into its natural surroundings, the architects covered the home’s roof in native greenery. Like the home’s exterior, the interior is marked by wood finishes throughout, all of which are certified as sustainably-sourced lumber . The living and private spaces are designated by interior wooden frames filled with eco-friendly wool insulation. The rustic decor continues with exposed wooden ceilings, clay flooring, white walls and wood-burning stoves. Because of its remote location, the house has no access to grid electricity or water; therefore, it operates completely off-grid. Solar panels on the roof, along with a nearby wind turbine, generate enough energy for the residence’s needs. Drinking water is collected from a nearby spring. Additionally, the house was installed with an integrated rainwater collection system which routes gray water to irrigate the garden. The sustainable Catuçaba home was completed in 2016 and has since earned a number of accolades. It is the first building in Brazil to earn LEED Platinum certification from the Green Building Council. + Studio MK27  Via Dezeen Photography by Fernando Guerra via Studio MK27

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Cozy pop-up Seedpods let you escape into nature with a minimal footprint

April 24, 2019 by  
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Reconnecting with Mother Nature has been elevated to new heights with Nomadic Resorts ‘ latest treehouse initiative — the Seedpod. Shaped like a human nest, these lightweight sleeping pods are designed for minimal landscape impact and can pop up in remote locations in just one day. The pop-up hotel rooms were recently installed in Mauritius’ Bel Ombre Nature Reserve, where they were hung from trees and made to “float” above the forest floor. Founded in 2011 as a reaction against the environmental footprint of traditional hotel development, Nomadic Resorts is an interdisciplinary design and project development company that services the hospitality industry with sustainable and contemporary projects. The Seedpod, developed after years of research, builds on the company’s commitment to low-impact design. Drawing inspiration from the shape of a seed and a bird’s nest, Nomadic Resorts crafted an aerodynamic structure that is not only capable of resisting wind speeds of 120 kilometers per hour, but can also be quickly installed in remote locations without using heavy machinery or power tools. “Our goal was to take inspiration from the humble seed to create a floating hotel room that was both ephemeral and robust — comfortable but exciting to sleep in,” said Louis Thompson, the CEO of Nomadic Resorts. “The idea is that sleeping in the pod is a transformative experience in its own right — a chance to spend a night in a human nest where you can see the movement of the wildlife below and hear the gurgling of the stream. Our team has been striving to find a symbiotic, harmonious relationship with the sites we develop. To achieve that, we need to find a compromise between durability and sustainability, environmental integrity and guest comfort — size was an important consideration in that discussion — it is the place, not the space, that is true luxury.” Related: Nomadic Resorts’ tiny prefab pod homes can pop up anywhere The Seedpod debut at the Heritage Nature Reserve consists of two units set up for a unique picnic experience where visitors can learn about the endemic forest, swim in the natural pools and enjoy a mosquito-free lunch inside each room. The pods, which were attached to trees at the reserve, can also be erected on their own with an optional tripod and equipped with lighting, solar panels , a ceiling fan, a cool box and a charging station for devices. Each unit measures nearly 12.5 feet in height (nearly 7.5 feet for internal height) and slightly over 7 feet in diameter. + Nomadic Resorts Images via Nomadic Resorts and The Heritage Nature Reserve

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Extinction Rebellion LA protests climate change by supergluing themselves to Universal Globe

April 24, 2019 by  
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A group called Extinction Rebellion Los Angeles (XRLA) organized a protest on the campus of Universal Studios for Earth Day. A few members of the group climbed the company’s famous globe and superglued themselves in place with the hope of sending a message to NBC and the rest of Hollywood. The goal of the protest was to inform the business community in Los Angeles that climate change is real and that we need to take drastic steps to avoid destruction. The group outlined several demands alongside the protest, challenging NBC to publicly act on behalf of the environment. Related: Climate activists will turn up the heat at presidential debate The first call to action is for NBC to admit that we are facing an environmental emergency unlike anything we have ever witnessed. Secondly, XRLA wants the studio to inform the public about the truth of climate change and how the government has failed to do anything about it. Thirdly, the group asks NBC to stop accepting ad revenue from companies that deal in fossil fuels, go zero-carbon by 2025 and perform an internal audit that shows its  carbon footprint . The last demand is for NBC to hire environmental lobbyists and think-tank personnel to handle climate discussions, as long as their funding sources are completely transparent. XRLA sent a letter to the president of NBC Universal outlining these goals and encouraging the company to take part in building a sustainable future. Members of Extinction Rebellion come from a variety of backgrounds and professions and are spread across 38 cities in the United States and 49 countries around the world. To date, Extinction Rebellion protests have led to more than 1,100 arrests in the name of bringing awareness to and action against climate change. The organization often works with other environmental groups to meet specific goals and raise awareness . NBC has not responded to Extinction Rebellion’s letter, though the company did remove the protesters from the iconic globe. + Extinction Rebellion Image via Prayitno

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The Glen House is a sustainable retreat in the mountains of New Hampshire

April 24, 2019 by  
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Hikers have long flocked to Mt. Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire . Back in 1852, the original Glen House hotel opened to serve visitors who wanted to ascend the Northeast’s highest peak without roughing it. Today, the fifth and newest iteration of Glen House blends history, mountainous beauty and 21st century sustainability initiatives. “Each new hotel took advantage of whatever the latest in building theory and technology had to offer,” said Howie Wemyss, general manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road/Great Glen Outdoor Center, which owns the hotel. “In 1885 when the second Glen House was constructed, it had electric as well as gas lights, a telegraph and an elevator. The fourth Glen House, built in 1924, was winterized with insulation and central heat to take advantage of the growing winter sports of skiing, tobogganing and snowshoeing.” Related: 16th century building in Malta is now a charming eco hotel that reflects a long history Nowadays, the 68-room Glen House has progressed from the telegraph to new, cutting-edge technology and the aim to be as energy self-sufficient and carbon-neutral as possible. A geothermal system composed of 30 wells drilled 500-feet deep heats the Glen House in winter and cools it in the summer without the burning of fossil fuels. A hydro-generator provides for most of the electric needs of the Great Glen Lodge activities center, located across the street.  The same water system also irrigates the hotel’s flowers, shrubs, trees and grass and is used for snowmaking and fire safety. Other sustainability features include high-efficiency insulation, LED lighting throughout, Otis Gen2 models that regenerate energy as elevator cars descend and water fountains designed to fill reusable water bottles. The hotel’s outdoor lighting is dark-sky compliant, meaning fixtures point at the ground rather than up toward the sky. Glen House even provides wax paper bags in the bathroom to encourage guests to take home partially-used bars of soap. Visitors who want to climb the 6,288-foot Mt. Washington and then sleep in a bed instead of a tent can feel good about supporting Glen House. + Glen House Images via Glen House

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Eco friendly origami house unfolds on Brazilian beach

June 23, 2016 by  
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Italian architect Renato Peron , designed the “Casa dos Cajueiros” using reforested eucalyptus wood and natural fibers to minimize its ecological footprint. The home, which belongs to the Origami Eco Residence, is located in Camamu Bay, Brazil and takes full advantage of the natural ventilation flowing from the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired by origami , the unique palm-fiber roof is topped by solar panels, which due to the roof’s many slopes and folds, maximizes exposure to the sun during its daily trajectory. Ecologically friendly water harvesting, filtration, and irrigation systems also contribute to making the Casa dos Cajueiros a notable example of sustainable architecture in the region. + Renato Peron 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!

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Secluded home outside of São Paulo epitomizes living in harmony with the environment

September 3, 2015 by  
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Gustavo Penna’ Shining Freedom of The Press Monument Wins World Architecture Festival Award

October 17, 2014 by  
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Arena Cuiabá Brings Energy Efficiency to the 2014 FIFA World Cup

July 31, 2012 by  
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Gustavo Penna’s Lincoln Residence Embraces the Brazilian Highlands

March 29, 2012 by  
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