Heres your chance to stay at the first Airbnb on the Great Wall of China

August 3, 2018 by  
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If the climbing the Great Wall of China is on your bucket list, here’s your chance to check it off and take part in a one-of-a-kind overnight experience. Airbnb has teamed up with the Beijing Tourism Development Committee to bring the Great Wall onto the hospitality service site as a temporary lodging option. However, making a booking is not as easy as it typically is on AirBnB—hopeful guests will have to enter a contest for a chance to win. Working together with historians and preservations groups based in Beijing , the Airbnb team sensitively transformed a centuries-old Great Wall watchtower into a temporary suite complete with a bedroom, bathroom, dining area and living space. The elevated structure offers 360-degree views of the wall and lush scenery. “Known as one of the greatest architectural feats in human history, the Great Wall was built as a border to protect Chinese states against raids thousands of years ago,” reads a statement from Airbnb. “Today, it is widely considered to be one of the seven wonders of the modern world, bringing visitors from all walks of life together.” This unique Airbnb was created to bring attention to tourism to China by spotlighting its most famous icon and one of the world’s great wonders. Related: The Great Wall of China is slowly disappearing Airbnb will select the four winners (who can bring a guest) from the contest based on their responses to a prompt that asks about boundaries and human connections. During the stay, each winner will have the chance to experience different aspects of Chinese culture, from seal engraving to learning calligraphy. Guests will also have the opportunity to hike the Great Wall and enjoy a multiple-course gourmet dinner accompanied by Chinese music. Winners will be announced after August 11, 2018. + Great Wall of China Airbnb

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Stay in a dreamy treehouse inside an ancient English forest

August 3, 2018 by  
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A magical treehouse retreat has opened its doors in the village of Lee in England’s stunning North Devon region. Built largely by hand, this luxurious one-bedroom rental is dressed in a combination of reclaimed and modern materials. Set within remote woodland, the Treehouse Retreat immerses guests in a private paradise in nature without sacrificing modern comforts. Built to sleep two, the two-story Treehouse Retreat is clad in locally sourced cedar charred using Shou Sugi Ban , a Japanese technique that enhances the grain of the wood and naturally protects it from rot, pests and the elements. Timber is used throughout the interior as well to tie the treehouse to its surroundings. Reclaimed flooring from an old U.S. factory was used for the bookcase and windowsills, and the stairwell banister was constructed using locally salvaged branches. Large windows, indoor plants and an outdoor terrace also emphasize the getaway’s indoor-outdoor living experience. The spacious hexagonal terrace overlooks sweeping valley views and is furnished with a solid teak dining set as well as with a wood-fired pizza oven and gas-powered barbecue. Glazed French doors connect the terrace to a bathroom, living space, dining nook and a charming kitchen with a restored 19th-century oak sideboard. Upstairs, a bedroom occupies the entire second floor and offers views of the tree canopy as well as the ‘botanical fleur’ feature wallpaper. “Designed as the ultimate escape, this unique destination also boasts a wide range of features to help guests disconnect from their day-to-day lives, with everything from a Zen-inspired meditation corner to a thoughtfully-styled reading nook lovingly dressed to help visitors distress,” said Nadia McCowan Hill, Resident Style Adviser at Wayfair U.K. , which dispatched an in-house team of stylists to dress the treehouse’s interior. The Treehouse Retreat can be booked exclusively on TripAdvisor Rentals with nightly rates starting from $271. + Treehouse Retreat Images by David Cotsworth Photography

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Sprawling nets suspended mid-air turn a forest into a climbing wonderland

March 30, 2018 by  
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You don’t need to know how to climb a tree to enjoy this marvelous climbing maze suspended in a Guangdong forest. When the school affiliated to the Luofu Mountain Chinese Classics Institute wanted to encourage children to pursue more physical activity, the school tapped Chinese design studio unarchitecte to design a place conducive to play in the forested valley. Taking inspiration from nature, the designers created the Climbing Park of Luofu Mountain, a system of white nets and climbing areas elevated into the air that promotes a closer connection with nature. Careful consideration was taken to protect existing healthy trees during the construction process, while precautions were also taken to avoid damaging tree growth. Metal posts were installed to provide extra support. Hundreds of white triangular nets were pieced together to form an undulating surface with dips and rises evoking the surrounding topography. Related: Green Treehouse Provides an Incredible Learning Playground Children can explore the Climbing Park from multiple entrances, while adults (who are also invited to play up above) can supervise down below. In addition to the nets surface, the designers also included other net structures like spiral tubes and hemispherical tents . “A forest can become a place for children to return to nature, to explore and to think, to sweat and to sit still alone. In the nature, they can forget themselves and can also search for their inner selves,” wrote the architects. “Building a climbing system, architects connect all the trees in the valley by hundreds of diverse white triangle nets to constitute a combination of various topological folding surfaces like a “white sea” for children to swim carefree.” + unarchitecte Via gooood Images by Zhang Hetian

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Office with arched openings shows off the beauty of cross-laminated timber

March 29, 2017 by  
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Increasing numbers of architects are celebrating the strength, beauty, and sustainable properties of cross-laminated timber . Japanese architecture firm Junichi Kato & Associates shows off how the timber can be used as both a structural and finishing material in the Santo CLT Office. Built in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture, this nearly 140-square-meter office building houses warm and welcoming workspaces with arched openings. Inspired by the climbing kiln in Shigaraki, a town famous for ceramics, Junichi Kato & Associates introduced an arch -shaped continuous frame into the building structure. A raised wooden terrace wraps around two sides of the building and is partly shaded by the roof overhang. The walls and floors are constructed from cross-laminated timber, while foam insulation and low-e glass improve energy efficiency. Related: Taiwan’s first CLT building paves way to greener alternatives to concrete and steel The office is entered from the west and visitors are immediately greeted with an exhibition space, reception desk, and a small informal meeting area. A wall divides the entrance area from the large working space in the center of the building. The night-duty room, shower, and toilet are located in the rear. Large windows fill the office with natural light which, coupled with the ample use of wood, gives the office its cozy and welcoming character. + Junichi Kato & Associates Via ArchDaily Images by Kei Sugino

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Visitors Fined For Climbing Shigeru Ban’s Aspen Art Museum

October 7, 2014 by  
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Interaction with visitors might have been one of Shigeru Ban ’s goals when he designed the new Aspen Art Museum , but three visitors took the concept a bit too literally and got themselves arrested after their attempt to climb the 47-foot-tall museum walls. The climbers have to pay a fine of $150, do 10 hours of community service, and will not be allowed to visit the museum for an entire year. Read the rest of Visitors Fined For Climbing Shigeru Ban’s Aspen Art Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art museum , aspen art museum , controversial buildings , lattice architecture , Museum , shigeru ban , veneer , wooden architecture , wooden facade , woven exterior

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Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life

October 7, 2014 by  
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If you’re looking for some tongue-in-cheek, slightly ironic wall decoration, look no further than Cardboard Safari . The Charlottesville–based company creates animal busts to hang on walls like hunting trophies, only without injuring any living creature: they only use sustainable and recycled materials to bring their designs to life. The animal heads come in a variety of different species , ranging from deer, moose, and bison to giraffes, lions, and warthogs. Although most are only available in natural cardboard or white hues, some also come in black or red, or even printed patterns : who wouldn’t want a floral unicorn head on their wall? Read the rest of Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal heads , Animals , cardboard , cardboard animals , cardboard heads , cardboard home decor , cardboard safari , cardboard taxidermy , cruelty-free taxidermy , deer , Elephant , giraffe , green home decor , laser cut cardboard , moose , rhino , sustainable home decor , taxidermy , unicorn , unicorns , wall art , warthog

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Brooklyn Boulders Rock Climbing Gym Allows Workers to “Climb the Walls” to Reduce Stress

February 14, 2014 by  
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Do stressful workdays make you want to climb the walls? Well, thanks to Brooklyn Boulders , you can now literally climb the walls to help relieve stress and stimulate your productivity. The climbing company’s venue in Somerville, Massachusetts is equipped with a 122-foot-high by 122-foot-long climbing wall topped with a spacious collaborative work area in the upper mezzanine. This unique climbing wall/office combo, set in a 40,000 square foot facility, is based on the philosophy that “physicality stimulates innovation and creativity.” Read the rest of Brooklyn Boulders Rock Climbing Gym Allows Workers to “Climb the Walls” to Reduce Stress Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: active work environments , active workspace , Brooklyn Boulders , Brooklyn Boulders Active Collaborative Workspace , Massachusetts , rock climbing wall , Somerville , urban architecture , Urban design , urban office design        

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Helical Robotics Introduces Climbing Robots for Wind Turbine Inspection

April 25, 2013 by  
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Inspecting wind turbines is not for the faint of heart. Some of the largest wind turbines possess rotating blades that are hundreds of feet in length suspended at dizzying heights, and getting up close to equipment is no easy task. Yet where humans dare not tread, machines have no fear. Wisconsin-based Helical Robotics  just debuted its  HR-MP20 , a climbing robot that can wirelessly scale a wind turbine and climb out onto the blades. At only 42lbs, the robot can move at max speed of 232.5 feet per minute, all while being controlled by a human back on the ground. Read the rest of Helical Robotics Introduces Climbing Robots for Wind Turbine Inspection Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind turbine” , climb , digital camera , helical robotics , hr-mp20 , neodymium magnets , radio control , robot , wireless , wisconsin        

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Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

December 28, 2011 by  
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10 creative sculptures made using recycled steel

October 19, 2011 by  
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Babita Sajnani: Creative recycled steel sculptures Creative sculptures made using recycled steel Recycling chunky pieces of metal is a very good way to save the environment and also spare the land fills from overflowing with non-biodegradable junk. There are huge amounts of metallic junk in the form of heavy equipment, cars and various automobiles to name a few. It is definitely a praiseworthy initiative of various motivated artists and sculptors to create amazing sculptures out of metal junk and to give it a new lease of life. Here are ten amazing creations from recycled steel that are very inspirational and motivating for today’s generation. 1. Stainless Steel Woman Sculpture Woman Sculpture Stainless Steel Woman Sculpture This amazing sculpture of a woman is crafted in stainless steel. This exquisite sculpture by Liu Tao is called Fine Rhyme and looks extremely stunning with the contrasting solid leg formation and the wire-based torso. This sculpture is priced at $25,000. 2. Recycled Steel Sculpture by Jason Lane Jason Lane Recycled Steel Sculpture by Jason Lane This amazing sculpture is made entirely out of recycled materials and is titled ‘Gremberlin’. This sculpture is made by Jason Lee, an artist from the United Kingdom and is one sculpture amongst the many that he has created out of old metal junk. 3. Horse Sculpture Made From Recycled Steel Created by James Oleson Horse Sculpture Horse Sculpture Made From Recycled Steel Created by James Oleson This amazing and fine horse sculpture is made by James Oleson and is crafted entirely out of recycled steel. This horse sculpture is reminiscent of the Equine sculpture that is placed in front of the City Hall in Brooksville, however, the dimensions of this sculpture are bigger than the Equine. The sculpture is still at its developing stage and has yet to get its tail. 4. Metal-made mechanical elephant Mechanical elephant Metal-made mechanical elephant This mechanical metallic elephant sculpture is a very innovative design in which various old metallic machinery has been crafted and joined in order to create the majestic elephant form. Sculpted by Andrew Chase, this metal elephant is made out of various old metallic materials such as electrical conduits, rod, pipe, sheet and automobile transmission parts. It took Chase around three and a half months to create this 85-pound structure which is also moveable as the joints can be moved back and forth and the trunk can also be raised and lowered. 5. Recycled Sculptures by Bob Campbell Bob Campbell Recycled Sculptures by Bob Campbell Bob Campbell alias Stig is a wonderful and talented metal sculptor apart from being a furniture designer and an industrial artist. He has made use of various metal scrap such as treads, chains and wheels to create amazing furniture pieces. He has also incorporated other materials such as wood and leather, however, metal forms the base of all his work. His unique metallic furniture pieces have been purchased by many people and he has also exhibited his pieces at his own private gallery. 6. Spectacular monsters Monsters Spectacular monsters Art can truly carry a message, and these amazing old metal creations prove this statement. Such amazing green creations earn popularity as well as appreciation as these exquisite pieces are Eco-friendly in nature. Krittayakorn Chaijit has made amazing monster creations out of discarded metal and his creations do not reflect their origins. His masterpieces that are styled on various monsters look like they are out of a science fiction movie! The Climbing Metal Alien is made out of old auto parts and machinery and looks amazing in its form, It is also coated in order to make it rust-proof. 7. Scorpion recycled metal sculpture Scorpion Scorpion recycled metal sculpture This amazing sculpture of a scorpion made out of discarded metal such as springs, a broken electric guitar and so on. These scrap metal parts have been put together so ingeniously to create a scorpion that looks life-like. The body of the scorpion is fashioned out of an old electric guitar and the rest have been made out of metal bits and pieces that have been put together artfully. 8. The Very Hungry God Sculpture Skull Sculpture Very Hungry God Skull Sculpture This metallic giant skull sculpture is called the Very Hungry God and is the work of Subodh Gupta, who made this amazing creation in 2006. This sculpture is crafted by using hundreds of kitchen utensils like pans, pots and so on. This sculpture weights around one ton and is displayed at the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park in London. 9. Steel Jack Sparrow Jack Sparrow Steel Jack Sparrow Captain Jack Sparrow made out of old steel looks extremely desirable and this amazing creation stands 2.7 meters tall. Crafted by Krittayako, Chaijit, this sculpture is made out of old machine parts and old car parts which have later been given a lacquer coating to make it rust-resistant. This is a green tribute to the most famous pirate by Disney that weights near around one ton! 10. Scrap Metal Sculpture Park by Dr. Evermor Dr. Evermor Scrap Metal Sculpture Park by Dr. Evermor This amazing park crafted out of scrap metal comprises of all things thrown away apart from metal. This creative park was a made by Dr. Evermor in Brooklyn which is located in Wisconsin. The park contains a metal sculpture called ‘Forevertron’ which is also touted as the word’s largest scrap metal sculpture!

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