Nature and art merge with these stunning, colorful lanterns

April 22, 2022 by  
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As the largest lantern festival producer in North America, Tianyu Arts & Culture has produced over 62 festivals in 32 cities. One might envision lit lanterns floating through the sky, only to later land and contribute to  pollution . In contrast, the events managed by Tianyu are stocked with reusable, colorful and educational displays that often emphasize nature and animals. While entertainment is an obvious goal, Tianyu believes the lantern festivals can, and should, focus on conservation and the  environment . To this end, the festivals highlight fun facts about the animals and objects represented by the lanterns.  Related: Dande-lier: Everyday objects transformed into stunning art in Singapore The Tianyu team works with parks, zoos and botanical gardens to ensure accurate representations of nature. In alignment with educational goals, the current festival features many endangered  animals  from all categories of birds, land mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish in their natural habitats. Some extinct species are also included. Tianyu believes that festivals can facilitate the spread of valuable information that can help protect  wildlife .  Despite the pandemic, Tianyu’s outdoor festivals have attracted record audiences over the last two years. In 2022, Tianyu will host more than a dozen festivals in locations such as Philadelphia , Reno, Chicago and more. Due to the lanterns’ durability, festivals can occur year-round without damage from the elements.  The company explained, “Tianyu’s custom lanterns use traditional materials such as wire, metal, silk, and  wood  and incorporate innovative lighting, animation, interactive components, and creative materials into their displays.” Tianyu lantern festivals are custom-made to meet the needs of the hosting facility. For example, in addition to animal lanterns, Tianyu also helped create a rotating Van Gogh-inspired walk-through tunnel. Other displays appear on the water or suspended in air, captivating visitors at every turn.  With a goal to entertain and engage, the Tianyu team said, “Inventive new displays incorporate guests’ movements to make the lanterns interactive , like a Pufferfish lantern where visitors step on a pedal to fill the fish with air. One exhibit allows guests to ride bikes alongside mechanical lantern monkeys where the monkeys match the pedal speed of the visitors. Tianyu’s production team created a parrot lantern that visitors can talk to; the parrot can mimic words and act on specific commands. A new heart-shaped lantern lights up when visitors touch its handrail after holding hands or sharing a kiss.” + Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc.  Images via Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., Fred Ernst, Edmond Wong, Bobbi Sheridan and Marvin Sandoval

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Montreal building melds design with sustainable technology

April 22, 2022 by  
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The Ilot Balmoral is a 13-story mixed-use office building commissioned by the Societe d’Habitation de Montreal (SHDM). It lights up the Quartier des Spectacles in Downtown Montreal’s creative district as one of the final major developments in the area. “We proposed four visions of what an office building specifically designed for a cultural economy could look like, and Ilot Balmoral was selected to echo the very vibrant, dynamic nature of the district,” said Architect Claude Provencher, founding partner at Provencher Roy. “The Quartier des Spectacles is a cultural center of activity that is now almost complete in its revitalization and transformation of the urban fabric surrounding Place des Arts.” Related: LEED Gold HEC Montreal will house AI research Furthermore, Provencher Roy is an award-winning Canadian architecture firm. They focus on all forms of the built environment , integrating interior and exterior design with sustainable technology . From the outside, Ilot Balmoral is an almost perfect cube. It is wrapped in glass covered in a white frit pattern that controls thermal heat gain. The façade of the building doubles as a screen that can have images projected onto it. Additionally, the glass allows natural daylight into the structure. These components helped the building meet LEED Gold sustainability standards. Inside, the large red atrium curves diagonally through the center of the cube, creating an interior alleyway. This was to serve the site’s previous pedestrian flow, which moves between the Place des Arts metro station and Place des Festivals. The diagonal cut through the center of the building is marked on the outside by a red external fold visible against the smooth glass exterior. As a result, Ilot Balmoral looks to be a neighborhood unto itself, with interior passageways and a cohesive design that is simple and lovely at the same time. Moreover, the National Film Board of Canada agreed to be the building’s core tenant in order to modernize their facilities. Provencher Roy redesigned four floors of Ilot Balmoral to meet the technical requirements of the new tenant, including editing rooms and the latest in film equipment. Meanwhile, the main stairway lights the way to the Film Board’s offices. Also, pedestrian bridges connect the building’s interior offices with stunning views of the surrounding city. One side of the interior space is taller than the other, which features a green rooftop space for outdoor events. The building is a candidate for Gold LEED-NC Certification. + Provencher Roy Photography by Stéphane Brügger

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See the beauty in Trkiye’s plan for sustainable tourism

March 31, 2022 by  
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Travelers often wonder if claims of ecotourism and sustainability are greenwashing. That’s why the  Global Sustainable Tourism Council  (GSTC) developed the GSTC Criteria. The organization vets destinations,  hotels  and tour operators for sustainable management and socioeconomic, cultural and environmental impact. Türkiye, also known as Turkey, became the world’s first government to start developing a national plan with GSTC. The folks at Türkiye Tourism collectively answered some questions for Inhabitat about sustainable tourism in Türkiye. Inhabitat: Türkiye’s government has become the first in the world to sign an agreement to develop a national program with GSTC. What do you think makes the country so forward-thinking about sustainability? Türkiye Tourism:  We believe the impact of  COVID-19  on tourism and travel provides us with a unique opportunity to shape a new future for our vital sector and ensure we recover sustainably and inclusively in a way that empowers both industry stakeholders and communities across the world. Having signed the  Paris Agreement  at the end of 2021, Türkiye accelerated its sustainability efforts with the effect of the lessons learned from the pandemic. Türkiye signed a cooperation agreement with GSTC, the world’s top environment and sustainability platform, at the beginning of 2022. Türkiye, which started working with GSTC to prepare a National Sustainable Tourism Program, is the first country in the world to sign an agreement to develop a national program in the field of sustainable and green tourism.  This program with the GSTC is planned to restructure the Turkish tourism industry with a three-year protocol. It is expected to be completed in 2030 while also meeting the commitments of the Paris Agreement. The first phase of the program will be carried out gradually in 2023 and the second phase in 2025. As of April 2022, a sustainable transformation will be initiated in accommodation facilities in Turkey. The National Sustainable Tourism Program prepared with GSTC sets the most widespread and highest standards in the field of sustainable tourism. With this, Türkiye aims to ensure the sustainability of the country’s rich natural and cultural resources. Inhabitat: What are some steps that Türkiye has already taken to become a more sustainable tourism destination? Türkiye Tourism:  With the  Safe Tourism Certification Program implemented in the first months of the pandemic, Türkiye instilled great confidence in its visitors. It has put into effect the Safe Tourism Certification Program, which defines a series of measures by all actors of the industry: from  transportation  to accommodation and from facility employees to passengers’ own health status for Turkish citizens and foreign visitors spending their holidays. Thanks to this Safe Certification program, which is one of the first of its kind in the world, and the comprehensive vaccination program carried out by  Türkiye , the country accomplished a “V” shaped recovery in 2021. Along with the lessons learned about sustainable tourism during the pandemic, the Safe Tourism Certification Program will continue to be implemented as the Safe and Green Tourism Certification Program. It will gain a function that also determines and oversees the sustainability conditions in Türkiye as of 2023. Türkiye has already implemented the Provincial Promotion and Development Program in 2021 with the purpose of promoting tourism throughout the four seasons and gaining sustainable criteria for the whole country. Currently, the Safe and Green Tourism Certification Program is assessed by four ministries. This program aims both to create a more  sustainable  tourism model by preserving the nature of the regions that receive intense visits and to bring Türkiye to the fore with all its richness in the international arena. It will enable Türkiye’s provinces and sub-destinations to be promoted more effectively in the national and international arena. Inhabitat: What future sustainability initiatives do you anticipate for Türkiye? Türkiye Tourism:  Future initiatives include the creation of a Green Türkiye rubric on the  GoTürkiye  platform as a B2C method of directly informing the public. The aim is to provide a one-stop for those looking for activities and accommodation with a low  carbon footprint . The TOURISM2023 Master Plan of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has been shaped within the framework of the sustainability vision to generate sustainable tourism policies. In line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable tourism management, [the plan] focuses on  environmental , cultural and socioeconomic impacts. Our ministry has worked in tandem with the Environment Ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on various initiatives such as the integration of local farmers into the tourism supply chain. A  nationwide map  of eco-labeled facilities in Türkiye is currently being worked on. Among many available national and international eco-labels, touristic facilities showing sustainable initiatives are awarded a green star or ISO 14001 label. National eco-labels have been implemented and will continue [at] different levels. Airports and organizations operating at  airports  are granted a national label encouraging the systematic reduction of harm they may cause. In the same manner, cruise ports are awarded the Green Ports label aimed at reducing environmental risks, namely emissions, arising from port and ship operations. Additional villages are expected to join the 18 “ Cittaslow ” towns recognized in seven regions. Typically, towns with  historical  character, settlements on high altitude plateaus and stone houses on narrow streets near the seacoast are awarded by the Slow Food movement. An initiative developed as a result of the pandemic has been the promotion of  touring Türkiye by train . Inhabitat: What is Türkiye doing to combat overtourism? Türkiye Tourism:  Before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, the main initiatives were implemented with the main goals of reducing the pressure from mass tourism in  coastal  areas and spreading the socioeconomic benefits of tourism to underdeveloped regions. These projects developed before the pandemic include the Blue Flag Project for sustainable boating, … Botanical Tourism Project and Silk Road Project. Inhabitat: What else should readers know about sustainable tourism in Türkiye? Türkiye Tourism:  Türkiye has been aware of the importance of sustainable tourism within the scope of protecting the environment and  biological diversity  before and after the pandemic. Türkiye has implemented many pioneer projects in this regard. In addition to 3S [sun, sea and sand] tourism, Türkiye presently offers coastal tourism, culture and historical tourism, winter sports, mountain and nature tourism, highland tourism … 44 national parks, 247 nature parks, 30 nature protection areas and 116 nature monuments. Along with these products, Türkiye has a rare richness in endemic species, flora and fauna. And there’s lots more information about  sustainability in Turkiye here . In addition, the Antalya  aquarium , the Atatürk Cultural Center, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, the Odunpazar? Modern Museum and Galataport were all built with a sustainable strategy. Images courtesy of Türkiye Tourism

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McDonough House is built to last 80 years

February 3, 2022 by  
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McDonough House at Loghaven Artist Residency in Knoxville, Tennessee is a cabin built of RHEINZINK-prePATINA gray zinc material. It’s meant to last more than 80 years on the 90 acres of woodlands overlooking the Tennessee River. RHEINZINK-prePATINA products are processed to achieve a natural, pre-weathered patina during production and will continue to patina over time as it is exposed to the elements of Tennessee’s woodlands. The McDonough House is an unobtrusive modern cabin with skylights on the paneled wood raised ceilings inside. The small building is nestled within a stand of oak and hemlock. The zinc roof was complemented by Sanders Pace Architecture’s design for the building of bluestone base, bronze railings, a wood rain screen siding system and mahogany window frames. From a distance, the cabin looks like any other in an artists’ colony. Up close, the attention to detail becomes apparent. Related: These sustainable cabins settle into gorgeous landscapes So apparent it earned awards, including an American Institute of Architects 2021 Architecture Award. The McDonough House is named in honor of late Aslan Foundation Board Member James McDonough, the foundation that established the Loghaven Artist Residency. The goal of the organization is to support arts and culture , animal welfare, land conservation and livability in the Knoxville area. However, original founder Myssie Thompson built Loghaven as a cabin rental community in the 1930s to support her two sons. The Foundation’s goals were to preserve the cabin’s original character and inspirational intent to support artists, protect the local ecosystem and create an artist residency to promote new work. “The McDonough House has a similar visual language to the nearby historic cabins, reinterpreted in a more modern way to create a restrained and harmonious contemporary addition to the campus ,” said Brandon Pace, Sanders Pace Architecture’s founding partner, FAIA, LEED AP. General contractor Johnson and Galyon Inc. worked with a team of specialists to build the new 4,528 square-foot structure. Above All Roofing Contractor installed the double-lock standing-seam roof. Inside, the fireplace is also made of bluestone. Beams, floors and the vaulted ceilings are made of white oak to create a comfortable and welcoming place for resident artists. The chimney is clad in the same zinc panels, as is the exterior trim, which has hidden LEDs installed above the exterior windows and sliding doors to highlight the beauty of the building. This zinc material doesn’t just last a long time, it is also 100% recyclable . This corrosion-resistant metal requires minimal maintenance to last up to 80 years and is the only material of its type currently approved for this use. “The McDonough House is a stunning example of quality design, materials and craftsmanship that will serve thousands of  artists  by inspiring new work and collaboration,” said Andrea Bailey, executive director of The Aslan Foundation. + Sanders Pace Architecture Images via Bruce Cole Photography

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Brazilian Pavilion at The World Expo transports visitors into nature

January 26, 2022 by  
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The immersive displays at The World Expo Dubai speak to technology, innovation, nature and the environment . Thanks to Cactus, an innovative award-winning design studio, the Brazilian Pavilion stands as an example of these water-cooler topics.  The exhibit aims to transport visitors into scenes of Brazil through the use of larger-than-life visual projections. Encompassing 24,800 square feet of space, the enclosure is covered in a custom-designed, 1002 HT projectable fabric built to withstand the extremes of the Dubai desert. Related: Innovative i-Mesh fabric takes shape at Expo 2020 Dubai The Brazilian Pavilion’s high-tensile strength keeps visitors protected and comfortable, even in the face of sandstorms, windstorms and extreme desert heat. On the other hand, it’s translucent enough to project images inside and outside the enclosure.  The nature of the fabric acts as a projection screen for 60,000 square feet of wall, floor and ceiling to be covered in illustrations of the Brazilian landscape. Guests are immersed into a sensory experience combined of technology and design that celebrates the culture and beauty of Brazil. The digital reproduction of rainforests, cities, canyons, animals , beaches and lush hillsides aims to remove the visitor from the desert and engage them in locations over 7,300 miles away.  The experience requires no transport emissions from travel, wait lines at the airport or pollution from tourists in sensitive areas of Brazil. Instead, it relies on more than 140 projectors to spin up the fully immersive 360 degree environment in a thought-provoking installation that’s both futuristic in design and current in content. The exhibit is open now until the close of The World Expo on March 31, 2022.  “We want the world to see and feel the beauty and intricacies of the country we call home,” explained Marcelo Pontes, head of architecture for Cactus. “The process of achieving seamless UX requires good design at its core. There were many technical roadblocks, including regional weather, sand and heat that made this project more difficult than anything else we have taken on before. Unlike traditional immersive experiences, which only focus on projection mapping inside spaces, we were designing for the entire exterior of the exhibit as well.” + Cactus Photography by Joana Franca and Leonardo Finotti

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Digital weather station in Spain looks like a wood ring

November 26, 2021 by  
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LPA Studios’ digital totem for the beaches of the Canary Islands has just won the Architizer A+ Product Award 2021 and the gold at Grand Prix du Design Awards 14th Edition 2021. This beautiful 2.5-meter tall digital beacon combines traditional art forms with modern function, working both as a decorative seasonal sundial and digital weather station. The device collects and displays local weather information for visitors at the beaches of the Canary Islands and celebrates the history of the culture here. A perforation at the top of the wooden ring allows the sunlight on the winter solstice to shine down and illuminate a bronze marker on the ground that celebrates the islands’ extraordinary climate. Related: Virtual pavilion looks into the future of sustainable design The design of this beacon takes the form of a digitally-fabricated wood ring, which reinterprets aboriginal ceramic art pieces from indigenous inhabitants of the islands . An image reflects the appearance of sun god Magheq, who is often represented through circular shapes and geometric patterns. The ring stands vertically with a north-south orientation. Carved surface patterns celebrate the diverse and varied cultural differences of multiple islands here. The northern face contains a video screen that broadcasts real-time environmental data and other information about tourist facilities in the area. The southern face holds solar panels to charge the device. “The totem infrastructural network acknowledges the more than 2,000 years of the creative relationship of the Canary Islands with the sun,” said LPA Studio. “The design solution bridges past and future: from marking the solstices for agricultural purposes in ancient times, to the current sun and beach tourist industry and the critical challenge of transitioning to a renewable energy economy .” Collaborators on the project include Project Director Juan Palop-Casado and Design Lead Ignacio Lopez with an assist from MEP Engineering. + LPA Studio Images via LPA Studio

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Will Biden keep his oil promises after COP26?

November 16, 2021 by  
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Now that the world leaders have left the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, citizens around the world are wondering if they will keep their promises to cut carbon  emissions . As for U.S. President Biden, the verdict is mixed. He is trying to protect some of the world’s most sacred and important Indigenous sites at New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon with a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing. On the other hand, critics say he could do more to halt a whopper of an oil sale in the Gulf of Mexico. Chaco Canyon was a cultural hub for  Pueblo  peoples from about 850 to 1250 A.D. The landscape still holds outstanding remains of buildings used for homes, business, astronomy and ceremonies. The Biden administration proposed a 20-year moratorium on any new oil and gas leasing within 10 miles of the  Chaco Culture National Historical Park , which is a National Park Service unit. Related: Bureau of Land Management moves forward with the sale of sacred land “Chaco Canyon is a sacred place that holds deep meaning for the Indigenous peoples whose ancestors lived, worked, and thrived in that high  desert  community,” said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, as reported by Huff Post. Haaland, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, is the first Native American Cabinet secretary. “Now is the time to consider more enduring protections for the living landscape that is Chaco, so that we can pass on this rich cultural legacy to future generations.” Chaco is not safe yet. The Interior Department will pause new leasing for two years while it assesses  environmental  factors and considers public comments. Meanwhile, drillers are rubbing their hands together in eager anticipation of a ridiculously big area of the Gulf of Mexico the Department of the Interior is opening for lease sales. The 80 million acres could produce over a billion barrels of  oil  and 4.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The  Biden  administration has protested this enormous invasion of the seabed. But in June, a federal judge in Louisiana managed to strike down Biden’s executive order to halt new gas and oil leases in federal waters and lands. Critics suggest that Biden could fight harder if he were willing to take more political and legal risks. Via HuffPost Lead image via Pexels

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Chinese hospital’s biophilic design values patient wellness

November 16, 2021 by  
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B+H Architects has just unveiled their design for the new Jiaxing Kaiyi Hospital in Zhejiang province in China . It is designed with sustainability and patient wellness in mind. Opened in October 2021, the 500 bed hospital sets a new standard for wellness-oriented healthcare and includes natural ventilation, trees to buffer the facility from road noise and biophilic design in the interior, which brings outdoor growing spaces indoors. The hospital is built around the idea that patient wellness doesn’t just depend on good medical care, but on a connection to non-medical wellness , including fresh air, a peaceful environment, good food and a connection with growing things and the surrounding natural environment. Related: Check into Moliving’s mobile hotels Half of the patient rooms in the Integrated Procedures Unit in Jiaxing Kaiyi Hospital face south to maximize natural light. Other features include wider hallways for pedestrian comfort, optimized views of the outdoors , temperature and lighting interfaces that patients and their families can control and calming colors throughout the hospital. There is also more comfortable visitor seating and increased walking space around beds and waiting areas. Additionally, there are spaces specifically designed for families visiting the hospital. A family meeting hub and a lecture hall are designed to foster community in the facility. There are also sunken gardens, rooftop gardens, a restaurant, horizontal and vertical green spaces and a public garden with water features. Gingko leaf prints are used throughout, along with warm colors and tailored fabrics that complement natural wood and stone for an at-home feel. Materials are environmentally friendly and should exceed the energy savings and air quality standards of China Green Building Two Star sustainable standards. + B+H Architects Images via B+H Architects

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New resort area in Saudi Arabia breaks ground with Desert Rock

October 13, 2021 by  
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Saudi Arabia is about to see major development along the wadi vistas in the westernmost part of the country. The project being designed for The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) will be an expansive investment in driving tourism to the scenic and historic area. Award-winning firm Oppenheim Architecture is behind the current installment called Desert Rock, which is part of the larger Red Sea Project that will eventually see 50 resorts, 8,000 hotel rooms and 1,000 residential houses. Desert Rock broke ground this past summer and is expected to open for visitors at the end of 2022. Related: Mixed-use complex aims to minimize heat gain with greenery in Saudi Arabia Desert Rock is aptly named as it’s more than built from the ground up. It’s built into the side of a massive rock. While some might question the  environmental aspects of renovating the natural structure, the company has stated sustainability is high on its list of priorities. The rock that is removed from the mountainside will be used as a building material for interior and exterior walls and floors. Additional stone will be ground and, along with existing sand, used as the main building material. Processes within the building will focus on energy-efficient design elements that minimize energy consumption and aim to achieve the highest level of LEED certification. In addition to  passive design  techniques and energy-efficient systems, the building will incorporate water reduction strategies through rainwater harvest and native plants in the surrounding area.  Chad Oppenheim, founder of Oppenheim Architecture, said, “Desert Rock is one of the most dramatic desert landscapes in the world, which is why we wanted to use the architecture as a way to honor and respect it. By utilizing  natural materials  and integrating the resort into the rock, guests can connect physically with the destination and experience Saudi Arabia’s stunning, natural beauty.” Planners want to make the resort a cultural destination, hiring locals to educate visitors about the culture and history of the land. They also want to promote culture through art facilities. The outdoor and athletic opportunities include a spa and fitness center, remote dining, a lagoon, hiking, dune buggies and star gazing. Desert Rock is part of phase one of the project, which will include 16 hotels with a 2023 expected completion date. The destination will include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, leisure facilities and an international airport. A 100-hectare landscape nursery that will provide an estimated 15 million  plants  to the resorts is up and running, while housing for 10,000 builders is complete and housing for an additional 14,000 workers is underway.  + Red Sea Development Company Via Oppenheim Architecture Images via Red Sea Development Company 

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Furniture made from the sea plant eelgrass

October 12, 2021 by  
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Natural material selection for products can provide a low environmental impact and carbon emission output. Architect and designer David Thulstrup incorporated this idea into his recent exhibit called the MOMENTUM collection.  The collection is made up of four limited-edition pieces — low table, high table, podium and screen — exploring eelgrass. The sea plant was converted into legs for the furniture and screen material in the form of a product engineered by Søuld called Acoustic Mats. Related: Charlotte McCurdy, Phillip Lim design carbon-neutral algae sequin dress Building up from the Acoustic Mats, MOMENTUM also integrates glass and steel into the pieces. With the basis of natural, plant-based material, the furniture naturally battles carbon emissions, while bringing a bespoke interior design element to the space. Using eelgrass in building is not a new idea. It was formerly popular as a roofing material in traditional Læsø, located off the coast of the Danish mainland, seaweed houses. Surrounded by sea , eelgrass is prolific and is known to be used in construction dating back to the 1600s. Søuld converted that traditional building process into a modern option through innovative technology and ten years of research and development. Its Acoustic Mats have offered a welcome alternative in the construction industry, but MOMENTUM is the first example of using the material in furniture. “This collaboration has given us the opportunity to explore the material’s possibilities beyond the context of building construction,” explained Søuld’s Co-Founder Pi Fabrin. “[Thulstrup’s] purist material approach also highlights its natural beauty and tactility, and his designs respect the cultural heritage of eelgrass whilst meeting the design and environmental needs of today.” While the designs promote a connection between home interior design and nature, the function of the Acoustic Mats improves acoustics and speaks to the cultural heritage of the region. It not only provides an alternative to less environmentally-friendly options, but it also creates healthier indoor air quality. Søuld’s eelgrass products offer thermal and moisture-absorption properties. Similar to the characteristics of cork, eelgrass is highly resistant to fire, mold and rot and contains no toxic additives. “Working with eelgrass feels rewarding not only because of its truly unique characteristics, but also the fact that it’s natural , sustainable and revolutionary,” Thulstrup said. “I especially love the surface of the eelgrass, its warm hue and the smell of salt.” + Søuld Images via MOMENTUM by David Thulstrup for Søuld

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