Tuck into these off-grid meditation cabins proposed for rural Latvia

January 8, 2019 by  
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Bee Breeders and Lauku Tea have recently announced winners of their Silent Meditation Forest Cabins competition, an open international contest seeking designs for off-the-grid meditation cabins in rural Latvia. Launched in search of eco-friendly and cost-effective proposals for compact and easily replicable cabins, the competition asked designers to propose a series of all-season cabins that could comfortably house a single person for nearly a week, have enough room for meditation activities and food storage and incorporate alternative lighting options and a heating system. The winning proposals will be considered for construction. Keep reading to see the top three winning entries. First prize was given to designer David Florez and Stefani Zlateva for the Solo Cabin, a timber-clad building comprising three stacked and staggered 2-by-2-meter spaces symbolic of the “various layers of nature,” namely the forest floor, the understory and the canopy. The tall structure is centered on an atrium that’s flooded with natural light thanks to a roof made from polycarbonate sheets. Further tying the project to the environment, the proposed construction recalls techniques found in traditional Latvian architecture. In second place is Nest, a proposal by Marko Simsiö of the University of Oulu. Designed as a treehouse , the cabin is elevated into the canopy and clad in charred wood to blend it into the bark of the surrounding trees. In contrast, the interior is lined with light spruce and minimally decorated. The jury praised the design for its low-impact approach. Related: 8 cabins that are perfect for a dreamy winter getaway A team from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology took third place with Aesthesia, a proposal that consists of three rectilinear cabins. Each cabin is made up of a series of modules, half of which cater to the basic necessities while the other half are used as a meditation zone with three different rooms. Large windows frame views of the outdoors. + Bee Breeders Images via Bee Breeders

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9 eco-friendly ‘man caves’ for dudes and dads to get away from it all

June 29, 2017 by  
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Ah, the “man cave” – a place for dudes and dads to find solitude, tinker, build or read. Although the term may conjure up images of dank basements and wood-paneled rec rooms, the modern man cave has much more to offer. From prefabricated backyard pods and minimalist A-framed cabins to a futuristic voice-activated sphere in the sky, we’ve rounded up 9 inspiring ideas for men looking to get away from it all and recharge their batteries. 1. Prefabricated, versatile backyard getaway The Backyard Room is only available in Australia at the moment, but, logistics aside, it’s the perfect solution for creating a separate space without the need for moving or funding a pricey (and intrusive) home renovation. The prefabricated structure is built from renewable materials with high standards including LEDs and insulated roof and walls. It only takes a week to install this space-maximizer; calculate another few days to add on a green roof for the ultimate backyard eco-haven. 2. Man cave for a man-in-training For the young at heart, this man cave features pinball machines, a pool table, and a skateboarding bowl as well as a fully loaded tv and movie-viewing area. Designed and built for a very fortunate Cape Town teen, this space is a dream for men who want to go from shredding on their skateboard to playing video games to lounging with friends. There’s no need to leave the premises, especially when Mom and Dad’s stocked kitchen is just a few feet away. 3. Solar-powered, voice-activated Skysphere Image via Jono Williams Because having a regular, old man cave isn’t sufficient, Jono Williams concocted one of the craziest ones we’ve ever seen: a solar-powered sphere in the sky with electronics that operate on voice command. Williams designed and built the Skysphere himself (with a little help from friends), taking classes and learning a variety of topics to ensure that the Skysphere would be safe and structurally sound. While it’s awesome that he can say the word and custom LED lights change color or motorized doors open to cool the space down, it’s even more impressive that these awesome features are a result of educating himself and working until he had the dream space he wanted. 4. Cabin by the lake with a 55-year history This lakeside retreat isn’t truly tiny, but it began that way 55 years ago when an 18-year-old commenced construction on a 14-square-foot bunk house. That teen with a vision grew up to be Jim Olson, an accomplished architect . Over more than five decades, the cabin grew too, continually and gradually transforming into the picturesque getaway that it now is. Olson took care to build his outdoor deck around three trees to allow for their continued growth; a palette of woods used in the cabin’s interior as well as floor-to-ceiling windows make the space appear integrated into its gorgeous surroundings. Related|Build your own tiny home or treehouse with these stackable wooden micro-units 5. Modern micro-cabin made from recycled parts We love this 3-D printed micro-cabin , and we hope you will too. Dutch architects created the “Urban Cabin” using mostly recycled components and a sustainably produced and sturdy bioplastic frame. There’s enough room for a bed, which can also be folded into seating to leave room for Dad to tinker with other projects (or even set up a little table to serve as a mini office). A 3-D printed tub doesn’t fit inside the structure itself, but can be placed just outside. 6. Book nook nestled in nature For bibliophiles, this timber cabin is a green dream come to life. Felled oak trees that were left over from a separate construction project were repurposed into the bones of this tiny retreat, which was crafted using a Lincoln log-like method that created natural internal bookshelves and window spaces. This sublime upstate New York space is perfect for every season, although the wood-burning stove makes it the ideal place to snuggle up for a long winter’s nap. Image via Rok Pezdirc 7. Cabin among the trees This cozy cabin on stilts reminds us of a kiddie treehouse all grown up and elevated (literally). Inside there’s everything one would need for some R & R including a chair, storage units that double as a bed foundation, and a table. An outdoor deck offers optimal views, but between the skylights and numerous windows, the divide between inside and outside is minimal. Untreated timber forms the interior and exterior, but the space is surprisingly refined and could even serve as an office space. Image via Carolyn L. Bates 8. Wheelchair accessible tiny home with a mobile base Wheelchair accessibility is unfortunately not typically high on the list of specifics when designing tiny homes; the struggle to use every nook , cranny, and spare inch often supersedes an effort to make the space friendly to persons with mobility issues. Wheel Pad , designed with input from home health nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and doctors, aims to change that precedent. The home maximizes the available 200 square feet with a spacious and accessible bathroom, a wheelchair-level desk set-up and fixtures, and large windows to fill the home with natural light. 9. A-frame eco hut with a tiny footprint A-frame cabins by Lushna are reminiscent of human-sized bird houses, and they even come ready for some up-close-and-personal nesting: each has a king-sized mattress and was designed with four season living in mind. The prefab cabins are comprised of locally sourced larchwood and can be customized to include an outdoor wooden hot tub , curtains, or even a luxurious suite version with bathroom facilities and a mini kitchen.

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11 Innovative planters for the home

October 13, 2015 by  
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Inhabitat’s Top 6 Design Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

December 27, 2013 by  
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In 2013, architects and designers went above and beyond to push the boundaries of design and build a more sustainable future. But it wasn’t all glossy skyscrapers and high-profile projects – in the past year we showcased the world’s first vertical forest and one of the world’s coolest tiny apartments , while IKEA opened up new possibilities by launching the first augmented reality catalog . Check out our top design stories of 2013 below, and make sure to vote for your favorite! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , 2013 best designs , 2013 best in design , best of design 2013 , eco-friendly design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green products , sustainable design , top 6 design stories , top 6 inhabitat stories , top design stories 2013 , top design stories of 2013 , top designs 2013        

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Upcycle Goods Launches iPad Sleeves Made From Salvaged Treadmill Belts

July 11, 2013 by  
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These new Upcycle Goods Rubber Tread iPad Sleeves are handcrafted in Seattle, WA by local skilled artisans who really care about what they are making. The rubber tread is sourced from a local treadmill belt manufacturer that was tossing the excess rubber into landfills. Upcycle Goods rescued the material, re-engineered it, and lined it with a soft, plush USA-made felt lining. The finished cases are functional, durable and the perfect fit for any iPad owner who is excited about keeping local factories humming and the landfills just a little less full. + Upcycle Goods 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: eco-friendly design , green accessories , green design , green products , ipad case , ipad sleeve , Recycled Materials , recycled rubber , sustainable accessories , sustainable design , Upcycle Goods        

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Erik Maki’s Sustainably Made Longboards Look and Ride Like Surfboards

December 14, 2012 by  
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Sanserif Creatius’ Recycled Cardboard Chair Hides a Footrest and Table In Its Seat

March 29, 2012 by  
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This awesome recycled cardboard armchair from Sanserif Creatius is a curvy and comfortable piece that maximizes space by concealing a separate footrest and coffee table within its seat. Dubbed ‘Prejudice’, the chair incorporates three elements in one using 100% recycled cardboard as its base material. The new chair joins the Valencian designers’ already sizeable collection of sustainable designs. Read the rest of Sanserif Creatius’ Recycled Cardboard Chair Hides a Footrest and Table In Its Seat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , eco-friendly design , Prejudice Cardboard Chair , recycled card furniture , Recycled Materials , sanserif creatius , sustainable design

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Vintage Book Clocks Transform Dusty Volumes Into Time-Keeping Tomes

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Vintage Book Clocks transform dusty old tomes into fresh modern timepieces that give the aging books a new lease on life. The Venice, CA-based designers scour boutique bookstores and private collections for books and transform them into unique pieces that preserve their history in a new form that will go on ticking through the years. If you’d like to pick one up, you’re in luck – Vintage Book Clocks is currently having a sale on Fab.com ! 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! Read the rest of Vintage Book Clocks Transform Dusty Volumes Into Time-Keeping Tomes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: book clock , eco clock , green design , green interiors , recycled book , recycled book clock , Recycled Materials , sustainable clock , sustainable design , vintage book clocks

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Chop-Flops Made From Repurposed Chopsticks Spotted at ICFF!

May 20, 2011 by  
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Walking the halls of the Javitts Center during New York Design Week, we were more than thrilled to see one of our Spring Greening 2010 Finalists on show at at this year’s  ICFF ! Chop-Flops , the brainchild of designer and student Joseph Palmer, is a design that has been made from discarded chopsticks reclaimed from a restaurant dumpster. Both eco-friendly and comfortable, we were wishing for a pair for ourselves! Read the rest of Chop-Flops Made From Repurposed Chopsticks Spotted at ICFF! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chop flops , contemporary furniture , cork , eco design , eco-friendly design , flip-flops , Furniture Fair , green design , green furniture” , green lighting , ICFF , icff 2011 , icff 2011 nyc , icff new york city , inhabitat icff , inhabitat icff reporting , International Contemporary Furniture Fair , joseph palmer , new york city furniture fair , nyc furniture fair , recycled chopsticks , Recycled Materials , spring greening 2010 , sustainable design

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LivingHomes Completes 3 Unit Ray Kappe-Designed Multi-Family Residence in Los Altos

May 20, 2011 by  
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