This Puget Sound eco cabin is made almost entirely from reclaimed materials

January 24, 2018 by  
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Activist and artist Anna Hoover collaborated with architect Les Eerkes from Olson Kundig Architects to build the Scavenger Hut – a beautiful, low-impact cabin hidden in the idyllic landscape of the Puget Sound. The design for the 693-square-foot compact cabin called for both affordability and sustainability. Accordingly, it was built using mostly reclaimed materials and leaves a minimal footprint thanks to a unique six-foot raised foundation. When artist and activist Anna Hoover was considering the cabin’s design , she was looking for something simple and rustic that would be a “thought refuge, a room with a view to sit and contemplate future projects and reflect on recent travels and interactions, plenty of ‘headspace’—tall ceilings—and the ability to host other artists for studio time,” she explained. Related: These minimalist prefab cabins are designed for human “recharging” Enter architect Les Eerkes, who designed the project while at Olson Kundig . Working with Hoover, Eerkes designed an eco-friendly timber cabin that would be a simple, but elegant space to encourage thoughtful contemplation. Even better, Eerkes came up with a plan to build the structure for less than $200 per square foot. To cut costs, the cabin was built with glued laminated timber . The exterior facade is clad in T1-11 plywood, which Hoover charred herself using a Weed Dragon Torch. Additionally, the six columns that support the cabin not only reduce the structure’s footprint, but also added an affordable way to avoid excavation and labor costs that come with laying a concrete foundation. The majority of the building materials – and even the plants – were reclaimed from homes and buildings slated for demolition. “The process of reclaiming these plants and items and giving them a new life and home is fulfilling on many levels,” Hoover says. “Easier on the pocketbook and the environment—and you receive the benefit of a good workout.” The interior is a light-filled space, flooded with natural light thanks to an abundance of windows. The kitchen and living room are on the ground floor topped with a sleeping loft. Along with the salvaged kitchen cabinets, the interior is a hodge-podge of reclaimed materials. A hot-rolled steel staircase leads to the loft where floor-to-ceiling windows give stunning views of the surrounding forest. The room even has a drop-down door that opens completely to further blend the space into its surroundings. + Les Eerkes Via Dwell

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Take refuge in this off-grid bungalow tucked into the lush Mexican forest

January 23, 2017 by  
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If you’re looking for a stunning off-grid escape, Cadaval & Solà-Morales architects are creating a lovely remote paradise in the quiet town of Tepoztlán, about 50 km outside of Mexico City. The international firm has just unveiled LMM Bungalow, a compact hut strategically tucked into the lush forest overlooking the valley. Visitors to the minimalistic refuge will be able to enjoy the serene environment along with a relaxing lounge area and pool, also designed by the Spanish architects. The modernistic hut is designed to be a relaxing sojourn for anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of Mexico DF.  The small structure is built into a concrete base tucked into the steep slope of the terrain. Open air platforms extend from the interior space through floor-to-ceiling glass doors, creating a seamless connection from the interior to the exterior. The structure is painted a matte black to minimize its visual impact on the surrounding green landscape. Related: Rescued 1927 Austin bungalow gets new life as a sweet new solar-powered home To create a division between the interior spaces, the architects choose to break the rectangular volume by “folding” the exterior glass wall inwards. This technique physically separates the living area from the master bedroom, without forsaking the natural light that floods both of spaces. Along with creating extra privacy, vegetation is allowed to grow in the open space, further fusing the natural surroundings into the interior. + Cadaval & Solà-Morales Via Architonic Photography by Diego Berruecos  

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

December 16, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amazing winter resorts , eco design , eco retreats , eco-resorts , eco-tourism , eco-travel , experience nature , experience the outdoors , Green Building , green design , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , winter , winter activities , winter resorts , winter wonderland resorts

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