16th century building in Malta is now a charming eco hotel that reflects a long history

April 3, 2019 by  
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Located within the fortified walls of Birgu in eastern Malta, the Locanda La Gelsomina building dates back to the 16th century. Today, the space has been renovated to bring the historic building back to its original glory in the form of a stunning boutique eco hotel boasting several sustainable features, such as solar power and a rainwater collection system. Visitors to beautiful Malta have a sophisticated eco hotel to hang their hats in while they visit the scenic Mediterranean island. Tucked into the hamlet of Birgu on the island’s eastern coast, Locanda La Gelsomina offers guests “an oasis of harmony” located just a short stroll away from the town’s historical sites and the harbor. Related: 8 gorgeous green hotels to add to your bucket list The building dates back about 500 years, but it was recently renovated into a jaw-dropping  boutique hotel . Although the objective was to provide a new and luxurious space for guests, the restoration project focused on retaining the building’s traditional Maltese architectural features as much as possible. Stone walls, high ceilings and arched doorways give the interior spaces a palace-like feel enhanced with antiques and decorative pieces collected from around the world. In addition to its aesthetic and structural renovation, the hotel was also updated with several sustainable features to bring it into the 21st century. A  solar-powered  heating system provides hot water for the property. Additionally, a rainwater collection system, which leads to an ancient well, is used for the hotel’s sanitation systems. The hotel houses four extremely spacious suites, each with its own individual interior design . In addition to the suites, guests can enjoy spending time in the hotel’s many social areas, such as the “jewel-box teahouse,” where Bellocq tea blends are served, or the rooftop terrace, where they can enjoy breathtaking views of the city. + Locanda La Gelsomina Images via Locanda La Gelsomina

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Zaha Hadid Architects unveils designs for sculptural Maltese tower

August 13, 2018 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects is bringing its modern, sinuous designs to Malta, a nation renowned for its historic sites. Set to become the tallest building in the country, the Mercury Tower will soar to 31 stories and a height of 112 meters in Paceville on the main island’s northeastern coast. The mixed-use tower will twist to separate the programmatic functions and optimize views of the sea. Zaha Hadid Architects’ Mercury Tower will take over a 9,405-square-meter site that had sat unoccupied for more than 20 years. The site is also home to the old Mercury House that dates back to the early 20th century. In addition to designing the strikingly modern Mercury Tower, the architects have been working with Malta’s leading conservation architect to renovate the area’s heritage structures, including the old Mercury House facades, and reuse the existing historic interiors for gathering spaces and as an entrance for the new apartments and hotel. Related: Chris Briffa Architects’ Sustainable Hanging Home Features a Green Roof in Malta The Mercury Tower’s new public amenities — such as cafes, shops and a large piazza with interactive water features — will be set alongside the refurbished Mercury House. The tower comprises nine stories of apartments below and a 19-story hotel volume above. The residences will be aligned with the street while the larger volume stacked above is rotated to position hotel rooms toward the Mediterranean Sea for better views of the water. This rotation — located at the 10th, 11th and 12th floors — also helps reduce solar gain. The insulated facade and carefully positioned glazing also improve the building’s thermal performance and ensure comfort for residents, workers and guests. Zaha Hadid Architects concluded in a statement, “Marrying a variety of public, residential and commercial functions together with the creation of a vibrant new civic space, the redevelopment of Mercury House includes the renovation of derelict heritage structures and responds to the demands of the island’s future socio-economic development.” + Zaha Hadid Architects Images via Zaha Hadid Architects, by VA

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Take a trip to the shire in this tiny ‘Hobbit House’ on wheels

August 13, 2018 by  
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Not only have we found the cutest hobbit tiny home on wheels , but there’s a whole gaggle of these cute dwellings at the WeeCasa Tiny House Resort set in picturesque Colorado. Guests can choose from 22 tiny homes , but the Hobbit House is by far the most adorable, complete with a circular front door, ivy-clad roof and hand-crafted wood features. The WeeCasa Resort is located in Lyons, Colorado , just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. The resort’s tiny homes, which range in size between 135-400 square feet, are set up neighborhood-style to foster a sense of community among the guests. Visitors can enjoy a peaceful stroll around the neighborhood, a dip in the nearby river or a hiking or biking excursion through the beautiful surrounding landscape. Related: Spend the night in this magical Hobbit House tucked into the Washington shire Each tiny house in the resort is different, with its own distinctive charm and character. The 170-square-foot Hobbit House is one of the most popular choices by far. Built by Incredible Tiny Homes , this four-person guesthouse immediately gives off “shire” vibes, which are enhanced by the cedar shake siding and an ivy-covered roof. The entryway is through a large round door — of course — that opens up into a cozy, wood-clad interior. The fairytale structure has a spacious kitchen and living area punctuated with more circular windows. For sleepy hobbits, there is a queen-sized bed in the sleeping loft at the far end of the tiny home. The retreat even houses a small felt Frodo, who can often be found perched in the windows or lounging on the couch. An electric fireplace heater keeps the space nice and toasty while guests enjoy a nice warm cup of mead. + WeeCasa Tiny House Resort + Incredible Tiny Homes Via Tiny House Talk Images via WeeCasa Tiny House Resort

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More Bikes Were Sold Than Cars Last Year in 23 European Countries!

October 30, 2013 by  
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Bicycle photo from Shutterstock The bicycle and the automobile were invented in Germany, so the European love affair with both modes of transportation goes back a long time. However last year bike sales actually overtook car sales in 23 of the 27 European Union member states. (New car registrations weren’t available for Cyprus and Malta, and car sales topped bike sales in Belgium and Luxembourg). In Italy, bikes outsold cars for the time since World War II, and in Spain bike sales topped the transportation charts for the first time ever. Read the rest of More Bikes Were Sold Than Cars Last Year in 23 European Countries! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , bike sales , bike-friendly policies , car sales , cars , european union , italy , recession , romania        

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Biotic Earth Infographic Shows How Soil Building Techniques Can Encourage Plants to Grow

October 29, 2013 by  
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Biotic Earth just launched a new infographic that shows a variety of ‘ soil building ’ techniques that can improve arable land and encourage plants to grow. The infographic explores how soil is naturally created, and how organic and erosion resistant materials and management techniques can be used to improve soil quality. Check out the full infographic after the break! 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! Read the rest of Biotic Earth Infographic Shows How Soil Building Techniques Can Encourage Plants to Grow Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Biotic Earth , erosion , Gardening , green design , infographic , Soil Building , sustainable design        

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Barrakka Lift Scales 20 Stories of Fortified Walls in the Capital City of Malta

September 30, 2013 by  
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Capital Bikeshare Expands to Montgomery County, Maryland [PHOTOS]

September 30, 2013 by  
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NASA Speeds Towards the First 3D-Printed Creations Made in Space

September 30, 2013 by  
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The dream of 3D printing in space is speeding ever closer to reality. Last year, word that NASA intended to send a 3D printer to space  smacked of a lofty dream machine. But just a few weeks ago, Made in Space wrapped up another pre-launch 3D-printing test, which included an exercise that solved the infamous 1970 Apollo 13 problem , when moon-bound astronauts jury-rigged their own carbon dioxide filter in a harrowing number of days, in just hours with a newly printed replacement part. Read the rest of NASA Speeds Towards the First 3D-Printed Creations Made in Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printer , 3D printing , astronauts , DIY , fabrication , filament , Getting Stuff to Space , international space station , iss , made in space , nasa , News , rockets , space travel , Spacex Falcon        

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Chris Briffa Architects’ Sustainable Hanging Home Features a Green Roof in Malta

February 15, 2013 by  
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13-Year-Old Maker Uses Weather Balloon to Send Hello Kitty Into Space

February 15, 2013 by  
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Pencil boxes, t-shirts, jewelry, stationary—Hello Kitty seems to be everywhere on earth. Thanks to seventh grader Lauren Rojas’ science project for Cornerstone Christian School in Antioch, California, the iconic feline has also now been to space . Inspired by a Visa commercial showing a couple of guys sending a balloon into the upper atmosphere, Rojas decided to create her own mission to examine the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature. Her video of the experiment went viral, and garnered nearly 1 million views on YouTube, making a celebrity out of the student and her beloved Hello Kitty doll. Read the rest of 13-Year-Old Maker Uses Weather Balloon to Send Hello Kitty Into Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antioch , atmosphere , California , cornerstone christian school , gopro camera , hello kitty , high altitude science , home depot , lauren rojas , livermore , lowes , san jose , science project , seventh grader , spot gps , visa , weather balloon

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