Artists transform gigantic Japanese park into a psychedelic forest of light

November 13, 2017 by  
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Japanese art collective teamLab has transformed a 5-million-square-foot park in Japan into a luminous “Forest Where Gods Live”. The massive art installation features 14 distinct artworks that use lights, projections, sensors, and sound to react as visitors stroll through the grounds. Mifuneyama Rakuen park is located in Japan’s Saga Prefecture in Kyushu. The exhibition spans the landscape of rocks, caves, and ample vegetation that leads to the towering Mount Mifune. The park is home to various Buddhist statues as well as 5,000 cherry blossom trees and 50,000 azaleas, all of which play key roles in the art installation . Related: Singapore Night Festival dazzles crowds with 13 stunning light installations TeamLab believes that digital art can connect people with nature: “We exist as a part of an eternal continuity of life and death, a process which has been continuing for an overwhelmingly long time. It is hard for us, however, to sense this in our everyday lives. When exploring the forest, we come to realize that the shapes of the giant rocks, caves, and the forest that have been formed over the eons, are the shapes of the continuous cycle of life itself. By applying digital art to this unique environment, the exhibition celebrates the continuity of life.” The exhibition, which is part of a Shiseido skincare campaign, uses projectors, motion sensors, and an ambient soundtrack to create a soothing forest of light in constant motion. Visitors can stroll through the park, passing through 14 artworks where the natural landscape lights up in reaction to the crowds. There’s a simulated waterfall that cascades down a sacred rock wall and a giant moss-covered boulder that digitally depicts the entire life cycle of colorful flowers. Walking along, visitors will see an example of artful Japanese calligraphy projected onto a large rock, surrounded by smoke. One of the most popular stops is the WASO Tea House, which displays beautiful flowers blooming inside a teacup, representing the skincare company’s slogan “All things beautiful come from nature”. + teamLab Via CNN Images and video via Team Lab

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Bright blue trekking tents are designed to pop up with speed in Iceland

November 13, 2017 by  
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As if Iceland’s gorgeous waterfall-studded landscape wasn’t enough to draw the eye, Stockholm-based Utopia Arkitekter has designed a bright blue cabin for installation along the country’s most famous trekking trails. Created for a competition, the Skýli (“shelter” in Icelandic) is a rugged yet beautiful structure that takes after the classic tent shape. These off-grid shelters are designed for minimal landscape impact and are estimated to take two to three days for on-site assembly. Skýli was designed for high visibility with its four triangular gables and steel cladding painted bright blue, a hue reminiscent of Reykjavik’s colorful urban architecture. Each structure comprises four rooms: two bedrooms; a multipurpose kitchen area and first aid room; and a dining room with storage space. The cabin accommodates 15 people. Four triangular triple-glazed windows let in natural light and frame views, while the inner shell and furnishings are made from light-colored cross-laminated timber . Utopia Arkitekter designed Skýli for quick and easy installation anywhere on the landscape with efficient delivery via helicopter. A system of plinths would serve as stable foundation for the cabin’s weather-resistant steel shell painted with GreenCoat® , the only product on the market using Swedish rapeseed oil instead of fossil fuel-based oils. “Skýli is designed for pristine environments where sustainable development is of the highest importance. Materials need to be eco-conscious, while also resistant to extreme weather, which is one of the reasons we decided to choose GreenCoat steel for the roof,” said Mattias Litström, from Utopia Arkitekter. Related: Compact floating cabin pops up in extreme remote locations Each cabin would be equipped with a solar panel and battery for limited energy storage. Rainwater can be collected from the roof and can be purified for potable use. Liquified petroleum gas powers the kitchen appliances and can be used for heating when necessary. The Skýli trekking cabin was recently nominated for the World Architecture Festival Award 2017 in the category “Leisure-led Development – Future Projects.” + Utopia Arkitekter

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Beautiful visitors center curves around a semi-natural ice rink in a Japanese forest

August 28, 2017 by  
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Tokyo-based Klein Dytham architecture completed a beautiful timber-clad visitor center befitting its surroundings in a breathtaking Japanese forest. Set in the foothills of the active volcano Mount Asama in Karuizawa, the Picchio Ice Rink Visitors Center welcomes tourists who flock to the area for hiking in the summer and ice-skating in winter. The architecture and landscape are sensitive to nature, particularly the site’s natural flow of water and ecosystem, and also draws direct inspiration from the surrounding flora and fauna. Designed in collaboration with landscape design firm Studio on Site , the Picchio Ice Rink Visitors Center is part of the popular Hoshinoya resorts area in Karuizawa, Nagano . One of the biggest highlights of this year-round destination is the “KERA-IKE (pond) Ice Rink,” a semi-natural gourd-shaped ice rink made from both assisted and natural freezing. In the distance rises stunning snow-capped Mount Asama. Deep wintering pools were carved into the pond to give fish and other aquatic life a place to live where the ice doesn’t freeze entirely. Related: Elegant Japanese wedding chapel mimics curved leaves The Picchio Ice Rink Visitors Center, which opened in summer 2016, features a clubhouse and serves as a trailhead during the summer and skate-rental area in winter. The building and a pair of complementary gabion walls behind it are curved to follow the shape of the pond and reference the arcs made by skaters in the ice rink. The walkways, landscaping, and benches are also informed by the landscape’s natural topography. The building facade is clad in cedar shingles punctuated by bright green and blue anondised aluminum tiles. Floor-to-ceiling glazing lets in natural light and offers views of the rink and nature from inside. + Klein Dytham architecture Via Dezeen Images © Brian Scott Peterson and Makoto Yoshida

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Amazing photos capture the magic of Slovenia’s startling ice formations

December 23, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Amazing photos capture the magic of Slovenia’s startling ice formations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Frozen Trees , Marko Korošec , Mount Javornik , rime ice landscape , Slovenia , snow photographs , weather photographer

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16 Last-Minute Gifts for the Procrastinator

December 23, 2014 by  
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Are you a procrastinator ? The holiday is fast approaching and if you find yourself without presents for several people on your list, you might want to panic, but don’t! We’ve rounded up 16 practical, clever, and eco-friendly gift ideas that can be found or thrown together at the last minute. From wine subscriptions to cherished recipes to homemade pesto , we’ve got something that will be perfect for everyone on your list. In fact, these gift ideas are so great, no one will be able to tell that you waited until the last minute! LAST-MINUTE GIFTS> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY , diy gifts , eco christmas , eco friendly presents , eco holiday , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , eco-friendly stocking stuffers , edible gifts , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , gift in a jar , green christmas , green gift guide , green holiday , green holiday gift guide , green presents , Green Stocking Stuffers , green xmas , last minute gift ideas , last minute gifts , last minute holiday gifts , mason jars , recipe in a jar , stocking stuffer ideas , stocking stuffers , Sustainable Stocking Stuffers

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Elegant glass and steel study pavilion boasts picturesque lakeside views in Berlin

December 23, 2014 by  
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Margherita is a beautiful lamp made from recycled pizza sauce cans

December 23, 2014 by  
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Did you know an estimated 15,000 pizza sauce cans are thrown away every day in Turin, Italy? Although that’s good news for pizza lovers, the growing amount of landfill-bound waste is bad for the environment. That’s why Italian design studio Izmade has developed a plan to collect and recycle the metal cans into Margherita , a beautiful and sustainable lamp. Each lamp features a CNC-milled plywood stand that’s bonded together by renewable soybean adhesive. You can help Izmade launch their environmentally conscious and beautiful designs by supporting their Indiegogo Campaign . + Margherita Indiegogo Campaign 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: cnc milled plywood , indiegogo campaign , izmade , Margherita lamp , metal can lamp , metal cans , pizza sauce cans , plywood , reader submitted content , recycle tomato sauce cans , recycled lamp , renewable soybean adhesive , sustainable lamp , tomato sauce cans , upcycled lamp

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MARS Architects Cleverly Fold Climbing Walls Into Bulgaria’s First Sustainable Activity Center

December 3, 2013 by  
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7 tools you need to climb Mount Sustainability

October 1, 2013 by  
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Are you tasked with the uphill climb of corporate sustainability? Pack these essentials in your career knapsack.

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Artists Transform 1.5 Tons of Mt. Everest Trash into Treasure

December 6, 2012 by  
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Empty beer cans, bottles, utensils, old rope, broken tent parts and discarded mountaineering equipment are just some of the trash items abandoned on the slopes of Mount Everest every year. A group of Nepalese artists are raising awareness of the…

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