Otherworldly pavilion in Japan seems to float above the landscape

July 11, 2017 by  
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Japanese contemporary artist  Kohei Nawa  collaborated with art studio SANDWICH to create the ship-like KOHTEI art pavilion . The wooden building is nestled into the grounds of the Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens in Fukuyama-city, Japan as a quiet space for peaceful contemplation that seems to float above the ground. It was built using traditional Japanese techniques and materials – including bamboo nails and thousands of thin wood panels. The new pavilion is part of the Tenshinzan Shinshoji temple, which was built by the eponymous shipbuilding company as a respectful location to console the spirit of those who perish at sea. The building is clad in Japanese cypress and hovers over a rocky landscape, surrounded by greenery. Related: Ron Shenkin’s cemetery meeting space is a forest-like concrete canopy in Israel The “floating” roof design was created using the Kokera-buki technique, a traditional roofing craft that uses bamboo nails to connect multiple layers of thin wood panels as shingles. In fact, to create the KOHTEI roof, a whopping 340,000 pieces were laid by a roofing master based in Kyoto. The underlayer of the roof, the soffit, is comprised of 250,000 pieces of wooden cypress tiles. The result is a monolithic structure that – despite its abundance of sturdy wooden planks – appears to be light as a feather. Visitors to the pavilion are encouraged to walk through the building, exploring its expansive views. The flooring of the pavilion is made of large, smooth stones that represent the smoothness of the ocean. A walking path leads up to the building and weaves under the structure and out through the surrounding landscape. The path gradually leads into the interior of the structure through a small entrance of the vessel-like roof. Inside, a dark room with a water installation is barely illuminated by candlelight. According to the artist, the installation represents the immensity of the ocean and is designed to provide visitors with an opportunity to contemplate the sensibility and philosophy of Zen. + Kohei Nawa + SANDWICH Art Studio Via Archdaily Photography by Nobutada Omote

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Tent cabin clusters perfectly blend into the Californian forests

July 11, 2017 by  
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This family retreat hidden in the forests of Northern California is very different from your typical weekend home. Berkeley-based Envelope Architecture + Design designed the Forest House, a holiday retreat broken up into nine minimalist boxes hoisted off the ground for minimal site impact . Clad in stained timber, the cluster of one-room cabins blends into the heavily wooded landscape. Located in Mendocino County a few hours from San Francisco, the Forest House was built for a couple and their three young children. The structure’s nine tent cabins are organized within four clusters, all hooked up to plumbing and electricity, and spread out across two acres around a central concrete-paved plaza. The buildings are raised several feet off the ground on 4×4 posts for a treehouse -like effect and are carefully placed to preserve existing trees. A network of wooden paths connects the raised cabins. Related: Decrepit lumberjack shack transformed into a beautiful retreat with minimal site impact The roofs are topped with treated Army canvas anchored with nylon ropes. “The tented roofs and walls allow a connection with the natural setting—its sounds and changing seasons—while large clear and mirrored-bronze glass windows frame views of the landscape and neighboring ‘rooms,’” wrote the architects. “Wood-framed walls and floors lend warmth and support the comforts of modern living, deep within the forest. Here, the forest and house are one with indoor and outdoor rooms suspended between the treetops and canopy floor.” + Envelope Architecture + Design Via Gessato Images via Envelope Architecture + Design, © Richard Barnes

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The oceans stalled global warming, but they’re about to unleash the heat

March 5, 2015 by  
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Despite the recent floods, droughts and extreme winter weather, the effects of climate change have pretty much been on hiatus for the past few years. According to Nafeez Ahmed at the Ecologist , all that is about to change. He says about two atomic bombs’ worth of heat per second, now stored in the oceans, is about to hit the Earth with “a supercharged surge of rapid global warming” that will destabilize the climate system in “deeply unpredictable ways.” Read the rest of The oceans stalled global warming, but they’re about to unleash the heat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 125 terawatts , amo , atlantic multidecadal oscillation , atomic bombs , climate , Climate Change , false pause , global warming , heat , Hiroshima , pacific decadal oscillation , pdo

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Spiraling wedding chapel in Japan looks like gently twining ribbons

February 10, 2015 by  
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Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

August 26, 2013 by  
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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

May 15, 2013 by  
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UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

April 26, 2013 by  
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Forget the Housing Bubble – the Next Crisis May Be the Carbon Bubble

April 26, 2013 by  
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Bubbles are bad – how can we forget the internet bubble of the 90s or the recent subprime mortgage crisis ? Now it seems that we have gotten ourselves into a new bubble – and the consequences of ignoring it could be disastrous for the planet. A recent report by the  Carbon Tracker Initiative shows that companies invested 674 billion dollars last year in developing nonrenewable energy assets globally. Add that to the fact that fossil fuel reserves already exceed the carbon budget and you get an unsupportable surplus – aka a “bubble.” Read the rest of Forget the Housing Bubble – the Next Crisis May Be the Carbon Bubble Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energies , carbon bubble , coal demand , combating global warming , fossil fuel demand , fossil fuel supply , fossil fuel supply demand , global warming , oil demand , reducing carbon consumption , reducing emissions , reducing fossil fuels        

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Forget the Housing Bubble – the Next Crisis May Be the Carbon Bubble

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Bubbles are bad – how can we forget the internet bubble of the 90s or the recent subprime mortgage crisis ? Now it seems that we have gotten ourselves into a new bubble – and the consequences of ignoring it could be disastrous for the planet. A recent report by the  Carbon Tracker Initiative shows that companies invested 674 billion dollars last year in developing nonrenewable energy assets globally. Add that to the fact that fossil fuel reserves already exceed the carbon budget and you get an unsupportable surplus – aka a “bubble.” Read the rest of Forget the Housing Bubble – the Next Crisis May Be the Carbon Bubble Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energies , carbon bubble , coal demand , combating global warming , fossil fuel demand , fossil fuel supply , fossil fuel supply demand , global warming , oil demand , reducing carbon consumption , reducing emissions , reducing fossil fuels        

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