A tiny, 96-square-foot rustic pavilion brings the outdoors in

February 22, 2019 by  
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Small and portable, this tiny structure offers a versatile shelter for the artist, fisherman or weekend traveler. At only 96 square feet, it could make a micro home , but the space, now called a pavilion, is laid out for an effective work studio, storage shed or traveling gallery. When Danish architect Anders Hermansen designed the pavilion 10 years ago, he presented it as a movable art piece. Perhaps more widely known for his vast furniture line and work with audio-visual company Bang & Olufsen (B&O), the lifelong independent designer wanted to create something that encompassed his love for nature and an active lifestyle. Related: Recyclable art pavilion made of mesh pops up in Kolkata Inspired by that connection to the environment, Hermansen used discarded materials sourced from a construction project in Sydhavnen, Copenhagen to support the structure. The main wall hosts four built-in cabinets for storage and organization. Two of the sides are comprised of large double doors that open to the outdoors. The fourth wall incorporates an entrance and a huge floor-to-ceiling window that draws in natural light while protecting from the elements when Mother Nature is in a bad mood. The interior raw lumber creates a seamless transition from the surrounding natural elements and offers a place to mount supplies. The all-wood design adds to the rustic vibe of this tiny studio pavilion. With the idea that art and nature go hand in hand, the pavilion can be moved from place to place as the need arises by loading it onto a flatbed truck. Although tiny, the pavilion offers plenty of space for storage, work or living, and it is now for sale through Adam Schnack at a $38,000 price tag. It is currently situated in a scenic location at Værløse Flyvestation, near Denmark’s largest film studio. + Anders Hermansen Design Via Curbed Images via Adam Schnack and Lars Gundersen

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Amazon plans to reach net-zero carbon use by 2030

February 22, 2019 by  
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Amazon is continuing its dedication to sustainability by aiming for  net-zero carbon use by the year 2030. The e-commerce behemoth plans to accomplish this ambitious task by adding more renewable energy programs that will be incorporated in its shipping and packaging departments. Amazon already has several carbon cutting initiatives in place. This includes programs like Ship In Own Container, Frustration-Free Packaging and the Closed Loop Fund. The company has also invested in both solar and wind farms as well as solar paneled rooftops. More than 200 engineers, scientists and designers supervise these programs and are committed to long-term sustainability. Related: Amazon’s incredible plant-filled biospheres open in Seattle According to Amazon , the company plans to take its eco-friendly programs a step further by reducing carbon use to zero over the next decade. To that end, Amazon has invested in biofuels, electric vehicles , renewable energy sources and reusable packaging, all of which will make it possible for the company to reach net-zero carbon in 50 percent of its online orders. Reaching net-zero carbon use is easier said than done. Fortunately, Amazon has a host of suppliers who are also dedicated to bettering the environment through renewable energy . Amazon also plans to use customer feedback to help encourage companies to cut down on carbon use through reusable packaging. This is similar to what the online seller has accomplished through its Frustration-Free Packaging and Ship In Own Container programs, which have greatly reduced its carbon footprint in recent years. When it comes to accountability, Amazon is currently tracking its carbon use and plans to share its findings at some point this year. This will help the company gauge its progress over the next few months. Scientists will also use the data to come up with better ways to incorporate sustainable energy practices into its shipping and packaging departments, which will hopefully result in a net-zero carbon footprint  for the company by 2030. + Amazon Image via Amazon

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Quirky glamping park on South Korean island includes modern ‘pyramids’ and renovated Airstreams

February 22, 2019 by  
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Visitors to the remote South Korean island of Jeju may want to book a stay at the vibrant glamping location  Around Follie . Designed by Seoul-based firm  Z_Lab , the campsite, which is located on large lot of land adjacent to a defunct volcano, is made up of seven modern huts, three restored Airstreams and a number of camping sites for those who travel with their own tents. According to the architects, they wanted the glamping site to be a place where guests can fully immerse themselves in Jeju’s incredible landscape. With a wide walking path connecting the guest rooms, the layout was meant to provide visitors with the strong feeling of community. The individual huts are all spaced strategically to give guests privacy while still fostering the idea of people coming together to enjoy the outdoor experiences. Related: Go glamping Wild West-style in these Conestoga covered wagons The main lodging on site is comprised of seven individual huts in shapes reminiscent of modernized pyramids. The pyramid lodges come in four sizes: loft, twin, suite and pool villa. The interiors are bright and airy with minimal furnishings. Most of the cottages have a large wooden deck for dining al fresco or just taking in the fresh air. A fun feature is the open-air rooftop bathrooms, with a large tub to enjoy a bit of star gazing while enjoying a warm bubble bath. For those looking for more of a vintage atmosphere, there is also the option of staying in one of the three reformed Airstreams. The three RVs are each a different size and have been completely renovated into modern guestrooms . They have built-on wooden decks to enjoy the beautiful views that surround the campsite. The glamping site also offers a barbecue restaurant and café located in the large reception, which features a  green-covered rooftop  with an observation deck. Within Around Follie, there are plenty spaces for events and cultural programs year-round, another feature aimed at bringing the community together. + Around Follie + Z_Lab Via Archdaily Photography by Byung-geun Lee and video by hnh

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