ACES treehouse in Colorado is perfect for wildlife observation

January 26, 2018 by  
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A new treehouse in Aspen, Colorado is bringing kids closer to the wonders of nature. Charles Cunniffe Architects (CCA) completed the ACES Treehouse, an outdoor classroom designed pro-bono for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). Located in the 25-acre Hallam Lake nature preserve and environmental learning center, the elevated platform was built of CNC-milled plywood that will develop a patina and blend into the surroundings over time. Built to replace a former decaying platform, the ACES Treehouse is located on a half-mile nature trail on the banks of the Roaring Fork River in an area rich in birds of prey and lush riparian ecosystems. The treehouse was realized through a series of fortuitous events, beginning with CCA’s donation of the design to the Buddy Program for its annual fundraising program to the purchasing of the design by Gunnar Sachs and donated labor and discounted materials by the community including CCA, Hansen Construction , LGM , and Sopris Engineering . Related: This gorgeous modern treehouse hides a surprising interior “It feels as if the structure belongs in its environs, and beckons you in,” said CCA. “Utilizing the existing four pillars, the goal of the design was to create different stations to enjoy the various aspects of the ecology. Approaching the platform from the trail, one is surrounded by a stand of Cottonwood trees, including a downed tree worth exploring.” The lower level brings users close to the river ecology, while the upper platform brings them in closer view of local fauna like American dippers, deer, foxes, bears, ACES resident Golden Eagle, Great Horned Owl and Red-tailed hawks. Vertical timber strips double as bird blinds that camouflage the viewers for wildlife observation. + Charles Cunniffe Architects Via ArchDaily Images © Ross Kribbs

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Dumping ground reborn as beautiful bamboo and rammed-earth community space

January 26, 2018 by  
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H&P Architects dramatically transformed an informal dumping ground in Mao Khe, Vietnam into a beautiful pavilion built mainly of locally sourced bamboo and earth. Named BE (bamboo & earth) friendly space, the structure comprises a zigzagging rammed-earth wall punctuated with multiple openings and topped with bamboo roofing. The project was created as part of a series of projects to create a “friendly space in suffocating urban areas” increasingly dominated by concrete. Located in the center of the populous Vietnamese town of Mao Khe, BE friendly space is a 220-square-meter pavilion made of local natural materials and constructed by local labor. “The objective of BE friendly space is to help raise social awareness of the need for friendly spaces for community in the context of urbanization and concretization which is gradually suffocating Mao Khe – one of the most populous towns in Vietnam, thereby making contributions to shaping actions of community in the process of creating sustainable spaces for the future immediately from today’s friendliness,” said H&P Architects in a design statement. Related: Plant-covered bamboo structure in Vietnam offers low-cost sanitation and food A 40-centimeter-thick zigzagging rammed-earth wall forms the spine of the project and its short, asymmetric form stands out from the skinny modern apartments that surround it. Randomly placed windows connect the various spaces enclosed by the wall and promote natural ventilation . BE friendly space comprises several multifunctional open areas, while the service room, kitchen, and toilets are located in the fully enclosed rammed-earth building on the east side of the site. + H&P Architects Images by Nguyen Tien Thanh, Doan Thanh Ha

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Danger: Snow Drop Thefts on the Increase

February 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: the Telegraph You would think people would have better things to do (or steal) but you never know… Thieves in England have been digging up snow drops, the lovely white flower that is just popping up now in woods across the land. Then again, since one single rare snowdrop bulb just sold on ebay for £357 ($575), vigilance is necessary

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