You can buy this private Scottish island starting at 250,000

January 31, 2018 by  
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In the market for a private island ? One off the coast of Shetland is on sale through Vladi Private Islands starting at £250,000 – and it hasn’t had any human inhabitants since 1934. The island of Linga is around 63.75 acres, and planning consent includes “a windmill and solar panels for power.” Photo via www.vladi-private-islands.de Could this private island be your next getaway? Linga may not be tropical, but Vladi Private Islands describes it as “a place of spectacular scenery and beauty.” Sheep are among the island’s current dwellers – with no humans to be found. Two roofless stone cottages on the island have been approved for renovation. Vladi Private Islands said there’s planning consent for a new cottage, a pier, new agricultural buildings and a storage shed, septic tanks with reed beds, and “a two-acre loch with traditional watermill.” The cottage and shed roofs could be set up for rainwater collection . Photo via www.vladi-private-islands.de Photo via www.vladi-private-islands.de Linga is located on Shetland’s west side. The subarctic island would be best for those who aren’t afraid of a little chilly weather: temperatures average around 39 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter, and 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. The town of Walls (population 978) is a 1,600-foot boat trip away, although The Spaces points out you’ll have to supply your own boat. And you can catch a flight into Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, from places like Edinburgh and Glasgow, and then a 35 minute or so drive will get you to Walls. Linga is accessible year-round, and it’s located in the Vaila Sound. You can learn more about the private island on Vladi Private Islands’ website here . + Vladi Private Islands + Private Island off the coast of Shetland Via Curbed and The Spaces Images courtesy of Vladi Private Islands Photo via www.vladi-private-islands.de

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Earthship pioneer Michael Reynolds is building the first sustainable school in Argentina

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Architect Michael Reynolds is known for his sustainable “ Earthship ” buildings – and how he’s taking his radical work one step further by instilling the principles of green architecture in the next generation. Reynolds’ latest project is an ultra-green public elementary school made out of repurposed materials. The building is set in a remote Buenos Aires town, where Reynolds will teach students from around the world the basics of self-sustaining architecture. Working in collaboration with Una Escuela Sustentable – whose objective is to build a sustainable public school in every Latin American country – Reynolds will construct a sustainable elementary school in Mar Chiquita, a remote area outside of Buenos Aires. He will work with students from around the world to build the school, focusing on green design principles, construction methods, and philosophy. Related: Michael Reynolds Lands One of His Self-Sufficient Earthships at the End of the World Reynolds has worked with the program before, most notably in Jaureguiberry, Uruguay where he built an incredible school out of reclaimed materials with a team of students. Slated to begin construction in March 2018, the Mar Chiquita building will measure just under 3,000 square feet and it will be built in just seven weeks. The project will utilize Reynolds’ six core Earthship building principles – including recycled and repurposed materials, thermal/solar heating and cooling, water harvesting and contained sewage treatment. The school will also have an onsite food production area. You can help support the project by donating to the Mar Chiquita funding campaign on Indiegogo + Michael Reynolds Via Platforma Arquitectura Images via Una Escuela Sustentable

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Earthship pioneer Michael Reynolds is building the first sustainable school in Argentina

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