Minimalist Revugia retreat is nestled amidst Germany’s Black Forest

December 15, 2017 by  
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Revugia is new wilderness retreat designed for Germany’s Black Forest and Harz Mountains. It consists of a series of beautiful cabins and treehouses designed to have minimal impact upon the environment. Designed by architect Matthias Arndt, founder of lichtecht , for German developer TIDEVAND Bau , the resort will be built using wood, natural stone and glass. The Revugia resort will offer 50 suites in the main building and over 30 additional lodgings spread throughout the forest. Its architectural style champions simplicity and minimalist forms so as not to draw attention away from nature. Related: Inflatable spiky pinecone-shaped roofs top this forest resort in Latvia Revugia will offer spaces for recreation as well as venues for corporate events, meetings, presentations and seminars. It is expected to break ground in the second half of 2018, and is slated to open near the end of 2019. + Lichtecht + TIDEVAND Bau Via Fubiz Images by lichtecht

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8 gorgeous green hotels to add to your bucket list

May 11, 2017 by  
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Need an escape but don’t want to harm the environment in the process? There are hotels throughout the world centered around sustainability – from a seaside resort in Thailand that grows 100% of its produce to a self-sustaining vacation spot in Mexico. Featuring beautiful design and eco-friendly accommodations, these hotels allow you to satisfy your wanderlust in a conscious way. Hit the jump to check out the eight green hotels we’ve rounded up, and get your adventure started. Blue Lagoon hotel connects with Icelandic landscape When you think of Iceland , you probably think of the famous Blue Lagoon , colored via minerals in waste – but safe! – seawater from a nearby geothermal plant. But you may not know there’s a new resort, the Moss Hotel, under construction there, perched near the pools. The resort design is meant to connect seamlessly with the landscape. Visitors can explore lava corridors and waterfalls in a subterranean spa , and a new restaurant will feature seasonal and local ingredients. The 62-room hotel will open this fall. Related: Solar-powered cylindrical treehouse in Mexico is made with sustainable bamboo Thailand resort grows 100 percent of its produce Traveling to Thailand ? Look no further than The Tongsai Bay Hotel . The hotel was constructed with the environment in mind; not even one tree was cut down to make room for the family-owned resort. 66 species of birds and wildlife reside within the hotel’s 28 and a half acres. The resort also grows 100 percent of its produce , with food waste getting a second life as fertilizer. They practice radical reuse; a few examples include reusing old bathtubs as planters and old sheets as napkins. 121-year-old warehouse on Singapore River given new life as chic hotel An old Singapore warehouse – that once acted as an opium den – got a second chance as the classy Warehouse Hotel . The waterfront warehouse is 121 years old, but Zarch Collaboratives gave it new life with a design inspired by its industrial past in 37 rooms and a double-height lobby. The hotel kept some original elements of the warehouse like its peaked roofs and renovated others like the louvre windows. Self-sustaining Mexico resort incorporates permaculture principles Near Tulum, Mexico rests a self-sustaining, eco-luxe villa that’s the stuff of travel daydreams. The resort designed by Specht Architects is cooled in part by large cutouts in the walls and insulated with native plants adorning the roof. Solar-powered , the villa collects and filters rainwater for use. It even utilizes constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment. Not only does the hotel boast impressive sustainability but stunning bay views and gorgeous modern design as well. Switzerland visitors enjoy connection to nature in open-air hotel Brothers and artists Frank and Patrik Riklin took sleeping under the stars to a whole new level with their one-room, open-air hotel in Switzerland – with no walls or roof. Visitors to the second reincarnation of Null Stern (the first being a nuclear bunker turned luxury hotel) may not have access to a bathroom but do have a butler for the night who will bring breakfast in bed. The minimalist experience provides stunning views of the Swiss Alps . Sweden’s famed Treehotel welcomes Snøhetta-designed 7th room amidst the pines Treehotel , a collection of designer treehouses in Sweden , recently welcomed their 7th room designed by Snøhetta . The cabin is lifted over 30 feet above ground and immerses guests among the enveloping pine trees – Snøhetta said their goal was to bring nature and people closer together. Massive windows and skylights afford opportunities to gaze at the Northern Lights, and a pine tree print across the bottom of the cabin makes it appear invisible from underneath. Locally sourced, natural materials comprise spruce-clad Swedish hotel As you might guess, there’s more than one eco hotel in Sweden. Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture designed Öijared Hotel with a similar aim of blending the buildings into surrounding nature . Locally sourced and natural materials were used in the hotel’s 34 prefabricated rooms. Natural wood materials inside add to the earthy aesthetic. Whimsical hotel in Romania built with sand and clay In Romania , a storybook hotel built of clay and sand, hearkens back to both ancient stories and ancient building techniques. The Castelul de Lut Valea Zanelor , designed by owners Razvan and Gabriela Vasile along with eco architect Ileana Mavrodin , includes 10 rooms and was constructed without drawing on any modern building techniques. Natural materials , shaped by local craftsmen, give the hotel a fairytale feel. Images via Blue Lagoon , Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat, Warehouse Hotel , © Taggart Sorensen, Null Stern , © Johan Jansson, Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture , and Castelul de Lut Valea Zanelor

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Dome-shaped tents in Tanzania keep visitors warm at 10,000 feet above sea level

November 7, 2016 by  
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The Highlands camp is located on the edge of the mountain forest around the Olmoti volcano and functions as the main base for visitors exploring the wild Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. Until Asilia came in, the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area was used mostly by Masai herders. The remote, yet luxurious retreat comprises eight tents with sinuous Perspex windows that offer views of the surroundings and wildlife. Related: Eco-friendly resort in Australia mimics the surrounding sand dunes Thanks to the sensible design and choice of materials for the dome-shaped tents, located 10,000 feet above sea level, the interiors stay warm even at night and provide comfortable temperatures throughout the day. Each structure features wood-burning stoves , hot-water bottles, Masai-inspired tartan cushions, ottomans and other objects that strongly reference the local vernacular . + Asilia + Artichoke Via Architectural Digest

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MIT and NASA unveil "morphing" airplane wing that could revolutionize aviation

November 7, 2016 by  
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NASA and MIT just unveiled a new “morphing” aircraft wing that could revolutionize aviation . The flexible wing designed by NASA’s MADCAT team could be used to create super-efficient plans that use much less fuel. An Airbus aviation expert uninvolved with the research said the approach pioneered by MADCAT ” is a philosophical revolution, opening the gate to disruptive innovation .” Wing shape greatly impacts how efficiently an aircraft can operate, and according to NASA , rigid wings aren’t always the most efficient. They describe the search for a better wing as the quest for the holy grail. MADCAT, comprised of researchers and students from MIT ; University of California, Davis; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Cruz; Cornell University; and NASA may have found that long-awaited green wing. Related: Meet Maxwell, NASA’s zero-emission 14-motor electric airplane According to MIT, the wing is made of “a system of tiny, lightweight subunits” that robots could assemble. The subunits are covered by overlapping parts reminiscent of scales or feathers. The wing components are made from advanced carbon fiber composite materials. Computers and motors can help change the shape of the wing for better efficiency even while an aircraft is flying. The new wings could also be manufactured using much simpler and more streamlined processes. NASA is dedicated to green aviation “by dramatically reducing its environmental impact; improving efficiency, while maintaining safety in more crowded skies; and paving the way for revolutionary aircraft shapes and propulsion,” according to a statement on the morphing wings. The MADCAT team is still working on the design of the groundbreaking wing, but they’ve already experimented with the concept at a Modesto, California test airfield. The journal Soft Robotics published the innovative work earlier this year. + MIT News + NASA Images via Kenneth Cheung/NASA

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Eco-friendly resort in Australia mimics the surrounding sand dunes

August 16, 2016 by  
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The central facilities and 94 villas of the development mirror the surrounding landscape, with the leisure and conference facilities are nestled in three separate pavilions which mimic the sand dunes framing the resort . This organic quality of the architecture is marked by a curved shape of the complex, its colors, patterns, textures and finishes. Elements of rural and traditional architecture merge with modern design. Related: Stellar Townhomes are Lake Tahoe’s answer to the energy-efficient mountain house The resort is surrounded by an infinity lagoon pool which meanders alongside a communal fire pit and sun beds. The architects included over 65,000 new native trees and plants into the project and used conventional structures and finishes to respond to budget constraints. + Elements of Byron + Shane Thompson Architects Via Design Milk

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Inspiring LOSEV center in Turkey teaches visitors how to lead sustainable lives

July 7, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Inspiring LOSEV center in Turkey teaches visitors how to lead sustainable lives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , compost , educational architecture , green lifestyle , green resort , LOSEV Natural Life Center , MuuM Architects , organic farming , turkey , waste management

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Towering Magic Mountain Lodge is a Hill-Like Hobbit Highrise Straight Out of Middle Earth

July 17, 2014 by  
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Carlon Studio’s Sun N Fun Wellness Center Targets LEED Gold in Florida

June 21, 2012 by  
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The LEED Gold -seeking 18,000 square foot Sun N Fun Wellness Center was designed for a Florida resort looking to provide new services to attract the baby boomer generation of residents. The project’s goal was to connect to the existing pool and create an “open” feeling by taking advantage of views to the east. Full glass facades on the east and north provide large amounts of natural light and views outside. The building utilizes large overhangs on the south side to shade the against the harsh Florida sun, and it incorporates additional green building systems including a 10,000 gallon rainwater recycling cistern, a state of the art cooling system, and lights which are controlled by occupancy and daylight sensors. + Sun N Fun Wellness Center + Carlson Studio Architecture 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: “sustainable architecture” , carlson studio architecture , florida , green architecture , green resort , green retreat , green vacation , LEED gold , sun n fun wellness center , sustainable design , Sustainable Resort

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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

May 30, 2012 by  
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1,000 Year Old Monk’s Quarters Restored as Luxurious Cave Hotel

November 19, 2010 by  
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