The Invisible House is a reflective building that mirrors its desert surroundings

July 3, 2020 by  
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The Invisible House is a mirror-clad home designed to look like a New York skyscraper flipped on its side. It is covered in heat-reflective “Solarcool” glass to mirror the surrounding remote desert of its site, located 10 minutes from downtown Joshua Tree, California. Designed by architect Tomas Osinski and Chris Hanley, the LA-based producer behind American Psycho , the Invisible House is situated on 90 acres. The 5,500-square-foot building, completed in 2019, is made of concrete , steel and tempered glass. Related: Hidden in the Vinhedo rainforests of Brazil, this glass house was built for a scholar The home has a wall designated for movie screen projections and a catering kitchen. There are four bedrooms and bathrooms separated by white partitions instead of doors to provide views of the desert . The theme of invisibility is reflected in the interior furnishings, such as a bed frame made of glass and and a partially-exposed glass shower. The building’s sustainability features include an efficient insulation system using a combination of closed cell “Cool Roof” foam and a hill-adjacent  location protecting it from the sun. There is a solar water heating system, a thermal mass of concrete and a 100-foot-long indoor swimming pool to help regulate the temperature. During construction, large portions of the building were cantilevered to minimize disturbance of the natural grounds. The steel-frame is elevated above the ground onto cylindrical concrete columns.  The designers conducted a biological survey to map out the native flora and fauna before beginning construction, and the Invisible House has a landscape-to-dwelling footprint of 2,000 to one. Low-emissivity glass in the walls and photovoltaic panels on the roof help further reduce the environmental impact of the home. According to the owner of the house, the local birds have been thriving on the insects around the property and have not been harmed by the reflective glass nor have they flown into the building. + Tomas Osinski Via Dezeen Images via Tomas Osinski

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The Long Drop is an odorless composting toilet built with waste materials

December 12, 2016 by  
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This eye-catching composting toilet called The Long Drop was built entirely from scavenged and waste materials. Invisible Studio Architects designed and built the project to serve their own studio in the UK, with the aim of reducing costs and mitigating any impact on the local drainage system. The toilet features a system that eliminates foul odors thanks to a long drop from the main structure to the chamber. An exhaust fan draws air into the chamber. The chamber for solids can be easily swapped, leaving a full one to compost , while the empty one is in use. Related: Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box The studio designed the project with minimal drawings, and built it with help from friends and neighbors using locally-sourced wood ; they embraced the building’s rough edges and “mistakes” as a healthy sign of improvisation. + Invisible Studio Architects

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Invisible Portal disappears into the Andes Mountains with a mirrored facade

September 29, 2016 by  
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The small 13-square-meter Invisible Portal lives up to its name with its mirrored facade . The studio placed the viewpoint on a highpoint of an Andes mountain trail that stretches between Guaranda and Babahoyo. “The number of people who visit the natural vantage point use this space as a point for meeting and to rest on the grass,” said Natura Futura, according to Dezeen . Related: Prefab timber rest stops overlook gorgeous views of Mexico’s volcanoes Hikers can take a rest at the Invisible Portal, which has a small opening on the rear wall for access to the wood-lined interior. Timber steps that span the width of the interior double as seating at the edge of the structure. + Natura Futura Arquitectura Via Dezeen Images via Natura Futura Arquitectura

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Kaia is a wifi-equipped air quality sensor designed to help you breathe better

September 23, 2015 by  
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Are you sick of waking up congested every morning? Meet Kaia , an air quality sensor that may help you take control of your allergies and improve the air you breathe. Launched on Kickstarter by Make Future Stuff , Kaia is a small teardrop-shaped sensor that tracks the invisible allergens and microscopic pollutants around it and sends you the analytics and specific suggestions on how to improve air quality. The beautiful wifi-equipped sensor will glow different colors to display the quality of air you’re breathing, thus making “the invisible, visible.” + Kaia Kickstarter 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!

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This new folding Slider bike doubles as a scooter – and it fits practically anywhere

September 23, 2015 by  
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Sliders are ingenious vehicles that combine the concepts of a kick scooter and a folding bicycle to inspire a ride uniquely suited to the stop-and-go’s of urban environments. Sliders is focused on mobility, style, and convenience. It can be smoothly mounted and dismounted, kicked or pedaled. When not riding, it can be quickly folded up for easy transport or tucked away for storage. Folding process can reduce the storage volume by half. Now you can easily take it on the train, in a taxi, or into the office. Currently live on Kickstarter , Sliders is being offered to early birds for $499. + Sliders 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!

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The Invisible Chandelier Reuses Hundreds of Burnt Out Bulbs In One Brilliant Luminaire

May 11, 2012 by  
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Toronto-based Castor has come up with a radiant idea for reusing hundreds of burnt out light bulbs. The design team collected an array of working and non-working lamps and bulbs (all trashed) and fixed them into the shape of a cloud. Called ‘The Invisible Chandelier’, each lighting fixture is unique and shines with a low-energy bulb located within. + Castor Photo © Castor Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Burnt Out Lamps , Castor , green lighting , green products , recycled lamp , recycled lamps , Recycled Materials , The Invisible Chandelier

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Kony2012, Invisible Children, and Where Your Donations are Going

March 9, 2012 by  
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If you’ve listened to the news or checked Facebook in the last few days, you’ve probably heard of – or watched – the record-breaking viral video called Kony 2012, which was produced and directed by the 501(c)(3) non-profit Invisible Children . (The video has racked up 56,647,137 views as of the posting of this article.) Invisible Children is fighting for the arrest of Joseph Kony — a war criminal wanted by the International Criminal Court for heinous war crimes — and for peace in the regions of Africa affected by his violent rebel group, The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). They are hoping to use this video (and others that they’ve made ) to spread awareness about their most wanted subject. Invisible Children’s mission is an important one, however the founders of the non-profit are being put through the gauntlet by the media and some sources say that donations to organization could be better spent and better applied elsewhere. The critics have spoken so loudly that Invisible Children decided to offer a response on their website , which still isn’t quieting the discontent. Read the rest of Kony2012, Invisible Children, and Where Your Donations are Going Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: invisible children , invisible children donations , invisible children finances , joseph kony , kony , kony 2012 , kony 2012 donations , kony 2012 hype , kony 2012 video , lords resistance army , people’s liberation army , uganda fighting

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March 9, 2012 by  
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If you’ve listened to the news or checked Facebook in the last few days, you’ve probably heard of – or watched – the record-breaking viral video called Kony 2012, which was produced and directed by the 501(c)(3) non-profit Invisible Children . (The video has racked up 56,647,137 views as of the posting of this article.) Invisible Children is fighting for the arrest of Joseph Kony — a war criminal wanted by the International Criminal Court for heinous war crimes — and for peace in the regions of Africa affected by his violent rebel group, The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). They are hoping to use this video (and others that they’ve made ) to spread awareness about their most wanted subject. Invisible Children’s mission is an important one, however the founders of the non-profit are being put through the gauntlet by the media and some sources say that donations to organization could be better spent and better applied elsewhere. The critics have spoken so loudly that Invisible Children decided to offer a response on their website , which still isn’t quieting the discontent. Read the rest of Kony2012, Invisible Children, and Where Your Donations are Going Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: invisible children , invisible children donations , invisible children finances , joseph kony , kony , kony 2012 , kony 2012 donations , kony 2012 hype , kony 2012 video , lords resistance army , people’s liberation army , uganda fighting

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