Minimalist wine-tasting pavilions sustainably embrace Napa Valley

July 7, 2017 by  
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There are few places better to enjoy fantastic wines and views than Napa Valley , and Walker Warner Architects has elevated that experience with a series of elegant wine tasting pavilions. Crafted with environmental sustainability in mind, the pavilions were built for Quintessa Estate Winery, a Napa Valley estate also designed by Walker Warner Architects in 2003. The minimalist structures harmonize with nature with locally sourced and reclaimed materials, as well as prefabricated construction to minimize site impact. Winner of a recent American Institute of Architects San Francisco (AIA SF) Citation Award , the Quintessa Pavilions is commended for exemplifying “the ideal fusion of architecture and nature” on the ridgeline of a beautiful 280-acre winery estate. Carefully placed amongst existing oak trees and surrounded by drought-resistant native grasses , each 250-square-foot pavilion was crafted to provide an immersive, privately hosted wine-tasting experience. The pavilions’ industrial materials palette references the winery’s architecture and will age elegantly over time. Related: The Bardessono is Napa Valley’s Newest Eco Resort and Spa The architects carefully sited each pavilion to shade visitors beneath tree canopies, optimize views, and protect existing mature oaks. Visitors access the pavilion through a doorway carved into a concrete wall, built of fly ash, that runs along the ridgeline. Once inside the prefabricated steel structure, the visitors enjoy plenty of natural light, cross winds, and panoramic views through full-height glazed operable doors. Custom furnishings are built of FSC-certified Afromosia. Reclaimed Sinker cypress was used for casework and ceilings, while locally prefabricated concrete pavers cover the terrace surface and Napa syar stone retaining walls hold back earth. + Walker Warner Architects Photo credit: © Matthew Millman

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Beautiful zoo pavilion built from sustainably sourced timber grows a green roof

October 21, 2016 by  
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The new entrance pavilion was commissioned for La Garenne zoo’s new location in Le Vaud and designed to “define the new identity of La Garenne zoo.” Both of the 315-square-meter building’s long facades are curved inwards and visitors pass through the center of each concave curve; this narrow channel marks the threshold between the outside world and the zoo . The pavilion’s hourglass shape flares out on both ends and includes a reception space, gift shop, restaurant, and multipurpose event space. Related: Tiny timber meditation pavilion in Italy reconnects people to nature A wide and curved vegetated roof with overhanging eaves tops the building. The timber pavilion is largely prefabricated to minimize construction waste and to make any future dismantling processes easy. All structural timber is FSC-certified or equivalent and the building earned Certificat d’Origine Bois Suisse accreditation for its use of Swiss wood, which accounts for 97% of the building materials. The facade features large glazed triangular panels that alternate with prefabricated wooden triangular panels. + LOCALARCHITECTURE Via ArchDaily Images via Matthieu Gafsou

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Eco-friendly Zagbox snaps together in a pinch for unique multipurpose storage

May 27, 2016 by  
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Ikea -style flat pack meets eco-friendly design and simple assembly in Zagbox , a line of containers for household objects designed to be beautiful, useful, and environmentally responsible. Zagbox is laser cut from sustainably grown wood and shipped flat, for users to assemble like a 3D puzzle. The unique and ornamental appearance of Zagbox actually derives from being designed to assemble easily without tools or fasteners. “Living hinge” edges give the wood flexibility, and reduce the number of pieces to assemble by allowing the sides to be made from a continuous piece of material. The boxes also incorporate dovetail joints, which snap into place and join the pieces securely. Each box takes about 2 minutes to assemble. Currently, there are three Zagbox designs: the diminutive Lichen (3″ tall), the intermediate Moss (4.5″ tall) and the heftier Fern (6″ tall). Each container is multipurpose; for example, an upcycled salsa jar can be added to the Moss as a liner to expand its use as a planter, vase, or luminary. Sustainability is a central focus of Zagbox. The biodegradable boxes are made of FSC-certified wood and natural shellac finish, they are produced with renewable energy, and the flat pack design reduces packaging and shipping impact. + Zagbox 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!

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World’s tallest timber skyscraper proposed for London

April 12, 2016 by  
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PLP Architecture and Cambridge University have unveiled plans for London’s first timber skyscraper at the Barbican Estate. If built, the 300-meter-tall wooden building would be the tallest of its kind in the world and the second tallest building in London after the Shard. In addition to the use of renewable materials, the skyscraper’s timber frame could also lock in 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide—equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 5,000 Londoners. Read the rest of World’s tallest timber skyscraper proposed for London

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Lose yourself inside the Abyss Table’s mesmerizing ocean depths

January 15, 2016 by  
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How sustainable is wood?

June 3, 2015 by  
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Deforestation is one of the most visible of humanity’s destructive impacts on the planet, with mowed-down forests around the world emptied of animal and plant species. And despite the fact that wood has been a reliable staple for generations, used for building homes and making paper among other things, it is in no way a rapidly renewable resource. Even with the presence of managed forests and the availability of reclaimed wood, our dependence on timber continues to grow exponentially alongside world population. Which makes us wonder: can we possibly keep using wood and call it sustainable? Read the rest of How sustainable is wood? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bordercraft , deforestation , deforestation issues , Forest Stewardship Council , fsc certified wood , global deforestation , how sustainable is wood? , managed forests , sustainable forests , sustainable wood , sustainably-managed forests

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Housefish Launches Easy-to-Assemble Lock Seating Made From 100% USA-Sourced Materials

August 11, 2014 by  
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Denver-based design firm Housefish just launched Lock Seating , their newest furniture line made from sustainably harvested wood. Available as a regular height chair or as a counter stool, these easy-to-assemble chairs are crafted with FSC-certified plywood and zero VOC finishes. The chairs ship flat-pack and can be hand-assembled by simply sliding the seat into a locking notch in the back and then securing it in place with four screws. + Housefish 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: “green furniture” , flat pack furniture , formaldehyde-free , fsc certified wood , housefish , lock seating , plywood , reader submitted content , sustainably sourced wood , sustainably-sourced materials , USA sourced materials , VOC finishes

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ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week

April 26, 2013 by  
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Zona Tortona showcases unique, outside-the-box thinking every year during Milan Design Week – and few designers exemplify this better than Italy’s IDI Studio . A keen user of FSC certified wood , this charming design studio showed off several cool interiors at Milan Design Week  earlier this month, but we were particularly enamored with the firm’s ROPE ME series, which is made from 100-percent recycled materials. Read the rest of ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , fsc certified wood , green design , Green Design Events , green interiors , IDI Studio , italy , marine rope , Milan Design Week , recyclable materials , Recycled Materials , ROPE ME , sustainable design , zona tortona        

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Save the Thorncrown Chapel by Signing a Petition to Stop SWEPCO from Destroying the Surrounding Landscape!

April 26, 2013 by  
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  In 1980 E. Fay Jones , noted architect and apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright , unveiled the  Thorncrown Chapel – an iconic building located in the middle of a thicket near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The chapel is one of the world’s finest examples of organic architecture and it has become a beloved monument for the people of Eureka and architecture enthusiasts across the globe. Unfortunately, the Southwest Power Company (SWEPCO) recently submitted an application to the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) to construct a 48-mile-long high voltage transmission line across Northwest Arkansas that will encroach upon the Thorncrown Chapel ‘s untouched landscape. While a number of community members have voiced their opposition, much more support is needed –  sign this petition to stop SWEPCO from destroying the site of this important work! SIGN THE PETITION HERE > Read the rest of Save the Thorncrown Chapel by Signing a Petition to Stop SWEPCO from Destroying the Surrounding Landscape! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , arkansas architecture , arkansas chapels , chapels in the forest , eureka springs architecture , eureka springs chapel , green architecture , green chapels , throrncrown chapel , throrncrown chapel petition , throrncrown chapel preservation , timber chapels        

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Over 300 People Dead in Bangladesh Factory Collapse

April 26, 2013 by  
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Photo by Andrew Biraj for  Reuters The death toll at the horrific garment factory collapse that occurred earlier this week has now risen to 300 . According to the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, 80% of the factory’s workers were young women aged between 18 and 20 . As upsetting as it’s been to watch, we’ve been following the news on Ecouterre , as well as investigating how consumers can express to the big name brands that make their clothes at the factory that the working conditions that led to the casualties is absolutely unacceptable. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , Benetton , CA , Dhaka , Dress Barn , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , forced labor , green fashion , human rights , Joe Fresh , KiK , Mango , Primark , Rana Plaza , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sweatshop labor , sweatshop workers , sweatshops , Tazreen Fashions , The Children’s Place , walmart , workers rights        

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