This beautiful home in Portugal was inspired by a child’s drawing

October 31, 2017 by  
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This gorgeous monolithic house in Portugal , designed by Filipe Saraiva Arquitectos , uses modular design to stay true to the simplicity of a child’s drawing of a house. Its geometry and materials not only reflect the archetypal image of a home– they also allow for optimal energy performance and lower maintenance costs . The house sits on a sloping piece of farmland in Ourém, Portugal, with a difference in height of approximately 15 feet (4.5 meters) from one end to the other. It is surrounded by natural landscape and overlooks the historic Castle of Ourém. Related: This charming home in Portugal is insulated with soil The design of the residence mimics a child’s drawing of a house, composed of five lines that represent walls and roof, while rectangular shapes represent doors and windows. In line with this simplicity, the main approach to the construction is based on prefabricated elements such as black concrete panels . The black concrete panels not only help the project blend into the surroundings, but it also reduce maintenance costs. + Filipe Saraiva Arquitectos Photos by Joao Morgado

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Modern low-maintenance cabin is a seamless extension of the Puget Sound landscape

December 6, 2016 by  
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This modest yet stunning cabin overlooking beautiful views of Washington’s Puget Sound is a triumph of modern, environmentally sensitive design. Seattle-based MW works designed the Case Inlet Retreat for clients who had hiked, camped, and paddled on the 20-acre site for years and wanted a home that would forge a strong relationship with the land. The low-maintenance cabin beautifully delivers on the clients’ requirements and has since won several American Institute of Architects awards, including a 2016 National Honor Award. Tucked away on a forested slope along the eastern edge of the Case Inlet, the compact retreat is a quiet and low-maintenance sanctuary that blends into the landscape with large glazed surfaces and a natural materials palette. A weathered cedar -clad volume anchors the building in the north and houses the master bedroom en suite with the bath located in a wood-lined, light-filled room overlooking views of the outdoors—a space the homeowners describe as their “favorite spot to enjoy a glass of wine at [the] day’s end.” A stairway next to the bathroom leads to the basement, where a guest bedroom, bathroom, mechanical room, and storage room are located. Related: Element 1 is a modern prefab island retreat that frames views of Puget Sound In contrast to the mostly opaque sleeping volume, the living spaces are wrapped in glazing for a transparent effect. A concrete cantilever juts out over the edge to the west, projecting the open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining area towards panoramic views of the tree canopy and water. The kitchen sits on an Ipe wood deck that seamlessly extends the building footprint beyond sliding glass doors and into an outdoor meadow bathed in afternoon light in the south. A broad timber-clad flat roof, accessible via a staircase, tops the cabin and offers homeowners the chance to immerse themselves in the evergreen canopy. + MW works Images via Jeremy Bittermann

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Spahaus and Trihaus are “ready-to-live” homes tucked in a Canadian forest

July 23, 2015 by  
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Solar-powered Fontus pulls water from the air while you ride your bike

July 23, 2015 by  
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Kristof Retezár has designed a clever way for cyclists to harvest water while they ride. It is essential, for good times and good health, that cyclists stay hydrated while enjoying the mid-summer weather. In the heat of it all, even the most conscious cycler can forget to refill their water bottle, putting them in a precarious position. Thanks to Fontus, a new device which pulls water from the air, we may never have to worry about refills ever again. Read the rest of Solar-powered Fontus pulls water from the air while you ride your bike

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Armadillos blamed for leprosy outbreak in Florida

July 23, 2015 by  
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Alarms about funny-looking creatures spreading terrifying, debilitating illnesses seem more fitting for histories of Early Modern Europe or Biblical tales, but every now and then a truly strange contemporary case emerges. And (of course) the latest comes from Florida , where spitting armadillos are being blamed for an outbreak of leprosy that has so far affected nine individuals. Read the rest of Armadillos blamed for leprosy outbreak in Florida

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Snøhetta wins competition to design a new Cable Car system in Bolzano, Italy

July 23, 2015 by  
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Striking Villanueva Library Has Walls Lined with Natural River Rocks

February 18, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Striking Villanueva Library Has Walls Lined with Natural River Rocks http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Biblioteca Pública de Villanueva , Columbia , eco design , eco library , green architecture , Green Building , green design , local materials , local river rocks , low maintenance , miguel torres arquitecto , public library , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , sustainably harvested wood , villanueva public library

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IKEA Building Its Own Personal Wind Farm to Power 17 Swedish Stores

February 18, 2011 by  
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Swedish furniture giant IKEA announced today that it’s joined forces with Stockholm-based wind power company O2 to build a nine-turbine wind farm that will power 17 of their stores in Sweden. The wind farm is expected to be completed in 2012 and will be located in the Swedish province of Dalarna

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Green Blade: New Bio-Sourced Material Made from Banana Plant Trunks

February 18, 2011 by  
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French luxury tablewear specialist Pigment France recently revealed their new collection in a never-before-seen sustainable material at the Paris Maison & Objet exhibit.

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