Antony Gibbons modern Trine treehouse is a tranquil nature retreat

September 15, 2017 by  
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Designer Antony Gibbon merges natural materials with modern design in his latest tree house design—the Trine house. Completed as part of his Roost treehouse series, this freestanding cluster of bulbous buildings forms a triangular formation elevated into the forest canopy. Slatted timber surrounds the living spaces to allow for light and views, creating an immersive experience in nature. The proposed Trine house comprises four elevated pod-like spaces that bear resemblance to budding flowers with long stems. The treehouses are accessed from the forest floor via a winding staircase in the central pod building that serves as an outdoor room and viewing tower. Three treehouses branch out of the main pod and are connected with canopy walkways. Related: Antony Gibbon unveils a new light-filled treehouse designed for the ground The triangular formation of the Trine house “distributes the support across all of the structures creating a sound and stable frame when high up in the elements,” wrote Gibbon. “The tree houses are accessed through the central staircase building which follows the form of the tree houses. The slatted wood design created a semi transparency to the building allowing the light and wind to pass through it.” The three peripheral treehouse pods contain a large open-plan living area with floor-to-ceiling windows, a bathroom on the lower floor, and an accessible top deck. Water pipes and wiring for energy needs would be installed through the supporting treehouse stems. You can explore more of Antony Gibbon’s work on his website and on Instagram . + Antony Gibbon Designs Images via Antony Gibbon Designs

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Luxury Tree Villa communes with breathtaking nature in India

August 16, 2017 by  
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A picture-perfect getaway roosts in the treetops of west India. Architecture BRIO completed the Tree Villa, a two-story luxury getaway on the cliff of a 160-acre “treesort.” Set within the rich river landscape of Tala near the Kuda caves, the treehouse -like glass dwelling offers an immersive experience within a forested tropical setting. Architecture BRIO built the Tree Villa around existing mature trees, which grow up and through the roof, deck, and fencing, and give the structure its treehouse-like appearance. The dwelling blends into its surroundings with its thatched roof , predominately timber palette, and clean modern design. The architects wrapped the elevated Tree Villa in full-height glazing to optimize views of Tala’s stunning scenery. Tie-dyed bordered sheer curtains filter harsh sunlight during the day. The Tree Villa accommodates four adults and two children. The elevated ground floor is surrounded by an expansive timber deck and comprises a large luxurious bedroom, bathroom with mirrored slats, and a spiral staircase to the upper floor. The larger upper level also features a large timber deck in addition to a second bedroom, loft bed for children, living area, kitchen, dining room, west-facing patio, and a semi-outdoor bathroom that’s dramatically pierced by the enormous brand of an old Garuga fruit tree. The modern and minimalist open-plan interior and lack of walls reinforces the immersive experience in nature. Related: Bamboo-Veiled Dormitory by Architecture BRIO The architects write: “The volumetric compositions of partly white, partly reflective and transparent surfaces within a wooden framework animate and lighten up the space. It questions conventional definitions of exterior and interior and reinterprets notions of privacy and exposure within a hospitality environment. The spatial composition in an otherwise traditional tropical roof structure lends a sense of softness, sensuality, intimacy and complexity, making it a perfect setting for a retreat into the wilderness of Tala.” + Architecture BRIO Via ArchDaily Images © Photographix

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Zencube is state-of-the-art LED salt lamp that helps you breathe easier

June 17, 2016 by  
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Zencube is a brand new take on the Himalayan salt lamp. Known for a multitude of health benefits, salt lamps are the perfect antidote to all the unseen negative effects of technology around us, helping us breathe easier and sleep better. Zencube contains the natural air purification of traditional salt lamps nested within a sleek, modern design. The all-in-one system connects to an app and changes colors to reflect your mood, with the option to add essential oils to its membrane. Its LED bulb uses 90% less energy than a halogen bulb, while providing soft, ambient mood lighting all day. Zencube’s Apple-reminiscent design also will not melt or get sticky like traditional salt lamps — something we can all say Om to. + Zencube

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LA opens new Backbone Trail with 67 uninterrupted miles of mountain hiking

June 17, 2016 by  
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There are more nature getaways in Los Angeles than you might expect. Forget beaches – we’re talking miles of mountain hiking trails. Los Angeles is unique because it’s bisected by the Santa Monica Mountains, and now residents can traverse 67 uninterrupted miles on the National Park Service ‘s Backbone Trail . The Backbone Trail runs from Point Mugu in Malibu to Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades, about 20 miles west of downtown Los Angeles and five miles northwest of Santa Monica. For more than 40 years, people have worked to connect the trail from around 180 land parcels. Much of the land, which was worth over $100 million dollars and spanned multiple cities, was donated or given to the public. Hollywood actor and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger donated 40 acres of the land. Related: Los Angeles west side celebrates first new rail line in 60 years Now the trail, reachable by the #2 bus and close to the 101 Freeway, allows an escape for residents who want to spend a day or days hiking. It stands apart from other long-distance hiking trails in that it’s still quite close to civilization. Hikers can feel like they’re in the wilderness but only need to go a few miles to reach wineries, restaurants, and grocery stores on canyon roads near the trail. As of now there aren’t many camping options for hikers who really want to get away. The National Park Service aims to create backcountry campsites so people could eventually hike the entire trail in one go. Another goal is to connect the Backbone Trail to 500 miles of other hiking trails in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area , maintained by the National Park Service, is the biggest ” urban national park ” in the United States. Along with the Backbone Trail, the recreation area includes a Native American culture center and the old Paramount movie ranch. Via Gizmodo Images via the National Park Service on Flickr

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Dwell on Design 2016: Americas largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

June 9, 2016 by  
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It’s that time of year again – designers, architects, and design enthusiasts will soon be converging at Dwell on Design , America’s largest design event, held this June 24-26 at the Los Angeles Convention center. Curated by the savvy editors at Dwell magazine, the three-day event will celebrate its eleventh year of showcasing the newest and most exciting advances in design. Visitors are invited to explore exhibitions featuring the latest and greatest in design, tour exciting Dwell-approved Los Angeles homes, visit full-scale prefab homes, attend conversations led by world-class speakers, and network with industry experts. Register now to secure your attendance before tickets sell out! The 3-day convention will feature a staggering 250,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring over 350 brands and just outside the center valid-drivers-license-holders will have the opportunity to test-drive the all-new Prius . Those considering home renovations can schedule free consultations with architects, designers, or tile experts. The opportunities to soak up design knowledge abound with three days of continuing education sessions and over forty presentations and demonstrations from industry professionals. Architecture buffs will be pleased to discover that during three days of exclusive home tours , they will not only get to explore stunning residences in Mar Vista/Culver city, East Side/Hills, Santa Monica/Venice, but will be provided with the opportunity to meet the architects as well. Fans of Inhabitat favorite LivingHomes will be excited to learn that the official Show Home of the convention will be a brand new green prefab LivingHome – the CK4.2 . The stunning 1700-square-foot prefab house will be the first two-story home ever constructed inside the Los Angeles Convention Center , and features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, and an abundance of green features that have earned it LEED certification. LivingHomes founder Steve Glenn will be speaking at a panel discussion on June 26th. To get in on more LivingHomes goodness, visitors can sign up for Dwell on Design’s Home Tours and visit the iconic original LivingHome which launched the brand in Venice, CA. (We covered and toured this house back in 2006!) This gorgeous eco home, designed by architect Ray Kappe is still one of Inhabitat’s all-time favorite green homes, and it is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in LA. The continuing education sessions (CES) will explore a breadth of disciplines- including hot topics like 3D printing and Architecture, Innovation in Prefab, and The Internet of Things. The programs provide Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits and will be hosted by by AIA, ASID, IIDA, AWA+D, NAHB, IDC, SFC, NKBA, APLD, ASLA, along with other Industry Partners. Related: Dwell on Design 2015: America’s largest design event is coming to Los Angeles! Industry experts are scheduled on all three days to share their insights on topics that include Business of Design, Healthy Architecture, Nice Modernist, and The Smartest Home/Emerging Technologies. This year’s highly anticipated keynote speaker is architect Sou Fujimoto , renowned for his “delicate light structures and permeable enclosures.” Dwell on Design invites visitors to attend Fujimoto’s thought-provoking discussion of his international practice, which includes designing the temporary Serpentine Gallery pavilion in London in 2013, and winning first prize at the International “Reinventer Paris” competition. Inhabitat attended Dwell on Design for the first time in 2006 and many of the designs that fascinated us then, such as this BreezeHouse prefab home , are still making headlines today . Check out the rest of our favorites here . Dwell on Design is reliably always a great show, and we hope to see you there! + Dwell on Design 2015

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Chrysalis Childcare Centre uses existing trees as symbolic centerpieces

April 10, 2015 by  
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Modern Prefab-uluos Cloverdale Home in Sonoma Valley Built in Just 4 Months

October 7, 2014 by  
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SmartPlayhouses are Tiny Modern Recreation Spaces for Kids

December 1, 2013 by  
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SmartPlayhouses offer a departure from plastic, brightly-colored prefabricated forts . Made with birch plywood, acrylic windows, and steel, the modern designs are worthy recreational spaces for budding architects. Available for both indoors and outdoors, the playhouses are at once beautiful and durable. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acrylic windows , Birch-Plywood , budding architects , modern design , play space , SmartPlayhouse        

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Modern Silicom House in Madrid Peeks Out from a Leafy Allotment

September 10, 2013 by  
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Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design and It’s Green!

September 10, 2013 by  
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