An 1820s Catskills manor gets a marvelous modern makeover

June 26, 2018 by  
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Just two hours outside New York City sits a stunning vacation rental that blends old-world charm with contemporary design. Completed by architectural designer Tom Givone , the property was dramatically reworked over the course of four years from a decaying manor into the Floating Farmhouse , a beautiful home that combines historic and modern elements. Crafted to embrace the outdoors, the light-filled home features a veranda that appears to hover over the edge of a pristine Catskills creek as well as a fully glazed gable end wall. Originally built in the 1920s, the Floating Farmhouse had fallen into a severe state of disrepair when Givone came across it in 2007. After a painstaking demolition process that involved careful preservation of original features like the cedar roof shakes, he began rebuilding the structure — 11 pine trees felled on the property were used for the hand-hewn ceiling planks and wainscoting — and inserting a mix of modern and vintage furnishings throughout. “The hope at the outset was to combine archaic and modern elements throughout the home in a way that enhances the innate beauty of each by virtue of its contrast with the other, and create tension between polished and raw, primitive and industrial, sophisticated and simple,” Givone explained. “The Floating Farmhouse is an experiment in how these opposites attract.” Related: Disconnect in these A-frame tiny cabins in the Catskills The grandeur of the spacious interior is emphasized through ample glazing that fills the home with natural light and offers serene views. The most dramatic of the rooms is undoubtedly the “cathedral-like” kitchen with polished concrete floors, a wood-fired pizza oven and a double-story fully glazed wall that frames views of the brook, gazebo, apple orchard and barn. French doors to the side of the living area open up to a shaded veranda that hovers over the creek, where a waterfall cascades over an ancient stone dam. Givone has made his spectacular retreat available for rent . + Floating Farmhouse Images via Tom Givone

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Iceberg-inspired cultural center celebrates Inuit traditions

June 26, 2018 by  
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When Montreal-based Blouin Orzes architectes was tapped to design a new Inuit cultural center for the arctic region of Nunavik, they knew that the project would be no easy task. Nunavik, which occupies the northern third of the province of Quebec, not only has a harsh climate, but also faces incredibly high construction costs due to its remote location and lack of materials, which can only be shipped during the brief summer season. Despite these challenges, Blouin Orzes architectes has the advantage of experience—the firm has worked in Nunavik since 2000 and tapped into its intimate understanding of the culture and people to design a Cultural Center that celebrates Inuit traditions in a striking, iceberg-inspired building. Located in the Northern Village of Kuujjuaraapik near the mouth of the Great Whale River, the new 680-square-meter Cultural Center was created in close collaboration with the community. Drawing inspiration from the shape of icebergs , the architects designed the building—which spans 1 1/2 stories—with a strong geometric shape. The facility is sheathed in steel panels and yellow-painted timber planks that reference the sand dune on which the village sits. “Despite living in extremely remote communities, Nunavik’s Inuit do not hesitate travelling long distances by plane to visit each other or to attend an important cultural event,” wrote Blouin Orzes architectes in a statement. “Since the fall of 2017, the 10,000 people living in one of Nunavik’s 14 communities can now gather in a new Cultural Centre located in the Northern Village of Kuujjuaraapik, north of the 55th parallel. Originally planned as a showcase for the highly popular Inuit Games, the facility lends itself to all sorts of events, from storytelling, singing and dancing to concerts, films, banquets and other types of gatherings.” Related: Tiny Alaskan village votes to abandon 400-year-old ancestral home because of climate change The facility is accessed via a concrete ramp that extends to form an outdoor gathering space. A deep south-facing overhang that echoes the portico of the nearby church, the oldest structure in the village, protects the entrance. Beyond the lobby is the main hall, which accommodates up to 300 people and is equipped with state-of-the art AV equipment. + Blouin Orzes architectes Aerial image by Heiko Wittenborn, all others by Blouin Orzes architectes

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Modern timber-framed cabin is hidden high among the tree canopy of a Swedish island

October 12, 2016 by  
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Built for a family of five, the gabled cabin is perched on the rugged island of Viggsö off the eastern coast of Sweden. Wooden stilts elevate the structure into the tree canopy, helping to obscure the building from view while allowing for panoramic seaside vistas. A tight budget and the remote location also necessitated a restrained and minimal design with materials that could be transported to the island. Related: Affordable Polycarbonate Cabin is a light-filled vacation home in Chile A pitched white corrugated metal roof with a translucent corrugated plastic extension tops the building, which is built from untreated and exposed light-colored timber. Glazing wraps around the building to let in light and views. The ground floor comprises a 40-square-meter space with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and a double-height living room that opens up to a 20-square-meter outdoor terrace. A 20-square-meter loft is located on the upper floor. + Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor Via Dezeen Images by Mikael Olsson

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Green-roofed Dockboot holiday home blends into a Dutch island’s dune landscape

March 18, 2016 by  
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Blissful timber holiday home blends in with France’s countryside woods

March 7, 2016 by  
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Skater smashed Guinness electric skateboard record at nearly 60 mph

March 7, 2016 by  
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Professional longboard racer Mischo Erban has just hit a new Guinness World Record by clocking in at 59.55 mph on a modified electric skateboard . The fast and powerful NEXTBoard , by Next Generation Vehicle, took two years to develop and is already making noise with its debut. Read the rest of Skater smashed Guinness electric skateboard record at nearly 60 mph

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The endangered animal trade is taking off on Facebook

March 7, 2016 by  
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In Malaysia, you can purchase a pet gibbon, otter, slow loris, or even a bear without ever leaving the comfort of your own home , thanks to the explosion of exotic animal trading groups on Facebook. The issue was highlighted recently in a new report by the global wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic . Read the rest of The endangered animal trade is taking off on Facebook

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Zendome creates sustainable Ecopod Boutique Retreat in Loch Linnhe

March 19, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable holiday retreat created in the Scottish Highlands. Zendome in association with Scottish owners, English designers and German furniture designers have created the Ecopod Boutique Retreat on the shore of Loch Linnhe

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