Elderly man spends 53 years building an incredible cathedral by hand

July 14, 2016 by  
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This extraordinary cathedral made from salvaged materials has steadily risen over the past 50 years in a quiet Madrid neighborhood. Justo Martinez (who goes by Don Justo) has been working on the massive undertaking nearly single-handedly ever since he had to leave an order of monks due to illness. After recovering, he dedicated his life to building a church using his own money, on his own land. The massive undertaking is built almost entirely from local materials that he is able to salvage, and now topped out at 131 feet the cathedral just needs a few finishing touches — like a roof, some windows and permits. A new video from Great Big Story tells the inspiring tale – watch it below! https://vimeo.com/174350113 While the cathedral’s design is loosely based on St. Peter’s Cathedral , Don Justo has created no formal drawings or engineering plans. His background in farming did not stop him from taking on such a challenging project, which incorporates motifs found in castles, churches, and even the White House . Most of the bricks are salvaged from nearby brick factories, and cathedral’s walls are certainly unorthodox. After leaving life as a farmer to become a Benedictine Monk, Don Justo came down with tuberculosis which forced him out of the monastery in a greatly weakened state. He promised himself that if he survived he would erect a church dedicated to the Lady of The Pillar who he prayed to during that turbulent time. So far the cathedral totals an astonishing 8,000 square meters. The many concrete support columns use old oil drums as forms. The roof is adorned with countless tons of salvages bricks and locally-salvaged tiles, and paint buckets sprout from the towers. Donated materials make up the bulk of the rest of the construction. He gets some help with the labor from his nephews and an assistant. While the building has neither plans nor permits, the City of Madrid has tolerated its existence. Martinez is in the process of consulting with an architect to formally apply for a permit so that when the building is closer to completion it may be used as a house of worship. Don Justo’s dedication will surly inspire others through this bold and committed endeavor. + Great Big Story

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Adorable solar-powered tiny home has a rock climbing wall inside

July 14, 2016 by  
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Vince Sorgentoni and Sam Adams had the house built mainly to pursue living with less of a carbon footprint , which they achieve in part with rooftop solar panels and a compost toilet . Their innovative design includes a sunken living area, full kitchen, sleek bathroom, and two sleeping lofts. Hidden storage, like a dog crate under a set of stairs, can be found throughout the Z Huis, which rests on an RV platform. The couple wanted the home to reflect their love of the outdoors and rock climbing, and the rock wall allowed them to put a funky, personal spin on the tiny home. Related: Rotating tiny house in Portland soaks up sunshine all day long Sorgentoni and Adams resided in the home in New Jersey for close to a year. Because the Z Huis is on wheels, it was actually registered as a vehicle with the DMV. The home is 13 feet and five inches tall, just an inch shorter than New Jersey’s mobile home height limit of 13 feet and six inches. While the couple ultimately had to sell the Z Huis because they couldn’t find a place to park it near their work and school in Philadelphia, they still speak highly of their home. Sorgentoni told the Courier-Post, “It was so personal and customized…It was a luxury home. It was just 200 square feet.” According to Tiny House Town, Z Huis models are available from Wishbone Tiny Homes for between $65,000 and $75,000. The company can have them ready in as fast as seven days . Via Tiny House Town and the Courier-Post Images via Wishbone Tiny Homes and screenshot

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A classic Baroque church is reimagined as a glowing Orangery in Denmark

July 29, 2015 by  
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Krill Architecture Unveils Plans for Circular Solar-Powered Church in Valer, Norway

April 6, 2012 by  
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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 Krill Architecture Unveils Plans for Circular Solar-Powered Church in Valer, Norway Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , circular church , circular ring church , eco church , green architecture , Green Building , green church , green design , krill architecture , norway , Valer , Valer church parish

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Lakewood Church Wins 2010 Energy Star Congregation Award

October 5, 2010 by  
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Recently the United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded Lakewood Church with the 2010 Energy Star Congregation Award for excellence in energy efficiency for implementing energy management improvements over the last two years.

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