A series of cylindrical volumes break up this modernist home in Mexico

March 27, 2019 by  
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Merida-based architecture firm Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos has unveiled a gorgeous,  modernist home comprised of a low-lying structure interspersed by several cylindrical volumes. Marked by clean, simple lines, white cladding and natural light, the contemporary House O + I is 1,776 square feet of pure, unadulterated sophistication. Located in Merida, Mexico, the family residence is set on an expansive plot of land, which inspired the incredible design. To take advantage of the building site, the architects opted to create an elongated, low-lying volume with an open floor plan. This strategy, according to the design firm, would allow the home owners to enjoy multiple perspectives of the natural surroundings from virtually any angle. Related: Award-winning Palm Springs home embraces the California climate in sustainable style The two-bedroom home is clad in smooth, all-white surfaces, both on the interior and exterior, that contrast with the existing rustic environment. Additionally, the home’s modernist aesthetic is enhanced with long, angular cutouts and various cylindrical volumes that rise up over the main structure’s roof line. The cylindrical volumes separate the home according to use, with one side housing the communal areas and the other side containing the two bedrooms. Clean, simple lines define the interior space, which, like the exterior, is clad in smooth, white surfaces. However, to create a bit of contrast, the architects used chukum, a limestone-based, red-hued stucco mixed with resin from chukum trees, to bring in hints of nature into the interior, from accent walls to bathroom features. At the heart of the home is the south-facing living room that leads out to the swimming pool through a series of sliding glass doors. This expansive outdoor space is enclosed with a textured, earthen wall that contrasts nicely with the all-white house. From the large terrace area, a “floating” staircase leads to a rooftop terrace that overlooks the surroundings. + Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos Via World Architecture Photography by Diego Ayuso via Garrido Lizarraga Arquitectos

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Minimalist tiny cabin is a secluded retreat in a Brazilian forest

January 30, 2019 by  
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São Paulo-based architect Silvia Acar Arquitetura has unveiled a minimalist tiny cabin tucked into a remote Brazilian forest. Elevated off the ground to reduce environmental impact, Chalet M is one-room cabin with a large glazed facade that connects its humble interior to it stunning surroundings. Located in the heavily forested region of São Lourenço da Serra, the incredible natural setting was the primary inspiration for the design. Wanting to create a refuge that would respectfully blend into the surroundings, the architect decided to create a minimal structure comprised of mainly wood, corrugated metal and glass. Related: One-room tiny cabin is a minimalist refuge deep in the Brazilian forest Although the setting is certainly idyllic, the remote location and rugged landscape provided quite a few challenges for construction. In this area, there is no room for large trucks to pass through. This meant that all building materials had to be lightweight and durable enough to be carried by hand. Accordingly, the entire construction process took place completely on site. Lightly elevated off the ground to reduce its impact on the environment , the tiny cabin is comprised of various thin sections of hardwood and panels of corrugated metal. The dark exterior is virtually camouflaged into the lush forestscape. At the heart of the refuge is the front facade, which is made up of sliding glass panels that open up to a wooden platform, the best place to take in the views of the mountains across the valley. On the interior, the walls are clad in a soothing plywood with thermoacoustic insulation. The simple furnishings, which include a small bed and custom cabinetry, were made out of the same plywood  for a cohesive, minimalist finish. + Silvia Acar Arquitetura Photography by André Scarpa via Silvia Acar Arquitetura

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Newly-discovered world’s oldest sewing needle wasn’t made by Homo sapiens

August 27, 2016 by  
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Russian archaeologists just found what might be the world’s oldest intact sewing needle. The needle was crafted from a large bird bone and is at least 50,000 years old. But the incredible discovery might not have been crafted by Homo sapiens .

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Explore a monarchs choice of architecture by country

May 23, 2016 by  
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Most monarchs today no longer wield the political power their positions once promised, but they still serve as strong symbols of national unity. One of the greatest examples of that lasting national pride can be seen in the incredible architecture of their kingdoms and palaces. Fly to Dubai created an infographic to take you around the world for a look at the different choices of architecture for monarchs from present day to the recent past. + Fly to Dubai

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This incredible Hobbit Treehouse is a Tolkien fan’s dream come true

October 5, 2015 by  
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Couple convert vintage 1954 Airstream into a dream home on wheels

October 5, 2015 by  
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This incredible airport could be built right above city streets

July 16, 2015 by  
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Artist Monsieur Plant created this incredible Batman suit out of bark

July 11, 2015 by  
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From the artist who brought you the Nike Just Grow It! topiary sneaker comes this crazy Batman suit made  out of moss, bark and fungi. Christophe Guinet , or Monsieur Plant as he is known, created the amazingly-detailed suit as a way to examine “the balance that exists between the symbiosis of nature and that of this mythical character.” READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bark Batman , bark moss fungi suit , Batman plant suit , Batman suit , Christophe Guinet , Christophe Guinet plant suit , Monsieur Plant , Monsieur Plant Batman suit

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Students are creating $350 bionic arms for children using 3D printing

March 14, 2015 by  
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A team of students at the University of Central Florida is using 3D printing to create bionic arms for children. The arms are fully-equipped with a muscle sensor and costs just $350 to make. Find out more about the incredible project that is making a difference in the lives of children. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printed arms , 3D printed bionic , 3d printed bionic limbs , 3D printing , 3D printing for health , bionic arm , bionic limbs , Inhabitots , University of Central Florida , University of Central Florida bionic arm

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Artist Victor Moore Built This Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

June 24, 2014 by  
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