Tiny meditation shelters are the perfect place for hikers to connect with the forest

February 20, 2017 by  
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These tiny  meditation shelters offer protection and a place to rest for hikers exploring the Lithuanian forests. The shelters are a place where people can find solitude to reconnect with nature and find harmony with the environment. A slithering stone pathway that weaves throughout the forest garden was inspired by a Lithuanian fairy tale about serpents. The project, named Gapahuk, is part of a larger Meditation Garden designed by Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio which won the American Architecture Prize 2016. Used for individual meditation and as a place where hikers can rest and get warm, this cluster of shelters was built during the Human Birdhouse Workshop in Lithuania last August. The team cleared a forest clearing and shaped pathways that naturally weave in and around the garden. Two fireplaces installed in front of the shelters are surrounded with sitting areas. Holy stones added to the site look like totems of masculine and feminine origin, while a symbolic stone pathway represents a Lithuanian fairy tale about serpents. Related: FORÊT II is a Meditation Pavilion Made from 810 Reclaimed Shipping Pallets The workshop took place on the property of famous Lithuanian children books author, poet and film/theatre director Vytautas V. Landsbergis. The idea was to design and build architecture in the style of Constructive Shamanism, which brings together architects, builders and spiritual practitioners to strengthen and reveal the connection between humans and nature. References to Lithuanian mythology dominate the project, with visitors participating in spiritual ceremonies and singing mantras around a bonfire. + Bjørnådal Arkitektsudio Via v2com Lead photo by Lidija Kaleinikovaite

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Eyesore garage transformed into a stunning waterfall illusion in Lithuania

September 20, 2016 by  
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The 4th annual Vilnius Street Art Festival in Lithuania is all about changing perceptions of existing city structures. The Vilnius Waterfall project revamps an old, riverside Soviet building from a concrete eyesore into a striking facade of rushing, tumbling waters, thanks to the creativity of street artist Ignas Lukauskas and Studio Vieta . The building belongs to the Lithuanian Parliament, housing and maintaining government-owned cars, yet the plain structure right on the Neris River has never been a dazzling addition to the cityscape. The addition of the lively, crashing waterfall image across the 2000-square-meter-exterior, albeit temporarily, completely changes the view from the river. Related: Street artist makes this Lithuania trolleybus vanish for a fleeting moment every day Artist Ignas Lukauskas based the project on the topic of his Ph.D. thesis that explores how art and architecture can disrupt urban landscapes. Water seems to flow naturally from the descending structures into the river, creating a unique and visually intriguing connection between manmade creation and Earth’s natural splendor. The Vilnius Waterfall is the one of the largest pieces ever curated for the street art festival, where the Vanishing Trolleybus by artist Liudas Parulskis was also featured. +Studio Vieta Images via Studio Vieta

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"World’s saddest polar bear" offered new home at UK wildlife park

September 20, 2016 by  
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A ” tragic polar bear ” living in a cramped space in China ‘s Grandview Aquarium incited international concern after photos and videos of him searching for a way out surfaced. Pizza the polar bear has been described as the “world’s saddest polar bear” and Animals Asia is gathering signatures to close the Grandview Aquarium. Now Yorkshire Wildlife Park has offered to provide Pizza with a large new home, but it’s unclear whether or not the aquarium will let Pizza go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UhP4bcYcsU The Grandview Aquarium is located in a Guangzhou, China mall. Although an online petition has asked the general public to avoid the aquarium, some have stopped to take selfies. The aquarium also contains a wolf, six belugas, arctic foxes, and five walrus calves in ” horrifying conditions .” Related: Polar bears are getting dosed with Prozac to keep them calm in captivity Pizza has been offered a way out. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park offers polar bears 10 acres in which to play and two lakes. One lake is more than eight meters deep, so polar bears can dive as they do in wild habitats. Pizza would also be able to live with other polar bears instead of in the solitary space in which he is currently trapped. Dave Neale, Director of Animal Welfare for Animals Asia, said the organization has spoken with Grandview Aquarium and they realize they have made mistakes in providing habitats for their animals . Neale said Animals Asia would be ” delighted ” to see Pizza moved to Yorkshire Wildlife Park where he would “enjoy incredible facilities.” Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s offer stands only if Grandview Aquarium will not “replace Pizza with another polar bear or any similar-sized animal.” Over half a million people have signed Animals Asia’s petition to close the Grandview Aquarium. If you want to add your name to the petition, you can do so here . + Animals Asia + Yorkshire Wildlife Park Images via Graham Hogg

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Unexpected living room with Soviet-era furniture pops up in a Lithuanian lagoon

September 9, 2016 by  
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The Living Boom offers an unexpected and quiet respite in Nida, the bustling popular resort town in Lithuania. A team of 18 international architecture students completed the project within a span of two weeks. The public space is partially hidden behind a five-meter-tall wooden wall so that visitors must physically walk onto the pier to see the entirety of The Living Boom. The wall, fixed to a concrete floor with metal bolts, serves as the symbolic threshold between the “interior” living room and “outdoor” nature. “A pier is a dead end. How can one change the ‘end of this long path’ and celebrate its end as a new space?” Write the designers. “Being already set into boundaries on three sides by the element of water, the start of the project was to construct a fourth wall that creates a new space. As one walks along the pier, approaching the wall in the middle of the plain landscapes of lagoon and sand dunes , one yet has to find out what the space behind the wall offers. Only after physically walking through, one can see and grasp the new space, with furniture shining in red, generating an unseen space in the middle of water, sky, sand dunes and forest.” Related: This timber installation challenges students to think about new ways to design homes The Living Boom is outfitted with local Soviet-era furniture modified with modern elements by the students and includes a three-meter-long table, multiple benches, a traditional wind vane, a giant wooden chair, and even a fireplace. All parts of the installation were painted the same shade of red. + The Living Boom Images by Alexandra Kononchenko and Miguel Angel Maure Blesa

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Daniel Libeskind unveils design for the new green-roofed Lithuanian Modern Art Center in Vilnius

November 26, 2015 by  
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Studio Libeskind just unveiled their latest design venture into the museum typology: the New Lithuanian Modern Art Center to be erected in Vilnius, Lithuania. The green-roofed building, dedicated to the works created by Lithuanian artists, was designed as two intertwined volumes clad in white concrete, with a large public piazza providing a connection to the historic medieval city which the museum aims to reference. Read the rest of Daniel Libeskind unveils design for the new green-roofed Lithuanian Modern Art Center in Vilnius

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Daniel Libeskind unveils design for geometric recreational attraction in Lithuania

January 7, 2015 by  
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Architect Daniel Libeskind just unveiled renderings for a year-round recreational and leisure destination that’s designed in his signature dynamic and geometric style. Located at the highest point in Vilnius, Lithuania , the Beacon will serve as a multipurpose attraction at the base of Liepkalnis Ski Hill. The Beacon’s swooping form was inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and is a visual contrast between hard and soft geometries. Read the rest of Daniel Libeskind unveils design for geometric recreational attraction in Lithuania Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Baltic region , Beacon , Canopy , Daniel Libeskind , Liepkalnis Ski Hill , lithuania , Lithuanian landscape , multipurpose destination , ski attraction , ski destination , Vilnius , Vilnius Beacon

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This breathtaking Lithuanian Christmas tree looks like a tumbling cascade of clouds

December 11, 2014 by  
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DO Architects Envision Contemporary Tubular Homes Along Lithuania’s Waterfront

November 28, 2014 by  
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Beautiful Speakers Made from Sustainable Bamboo and Leather

December 7, 2011 by  
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Designed by Serene Audio , these stunning little speakers are made from FSC approved bamboo and leather. The eco-minded company is as passionate about design as they are about music, and special attention is paid to all the minute details of both aesthetic and acoustic qualities. Each design goes though a myriad cycles, scientific measurement, fine tuning by ear, and aesthetic refinement to give way to pieces to be admired by both the eyes and ears. + Seren Audio 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: art speakers , bamboo speakers , eco speakers , fancy speakers , green gadgets , high end speakers , serene audio speakers , speakers as decor

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Drivers Beware! Park in the Bike Lane in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Your Car May Get Crushed By a Tank

August 3, 2011 by  
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Screenshot from YouTube . Though bad driver behavior in Vilnius, Lithuania, hasn’t quite reached Moscow -like levels yet, Mayor Arturas Zuokas had gotten sick and tired of cars parking illegally in the capital’s bike lanes. While other city officials might have upped the number of traffic cops or raised f… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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