Dreamy cabin is a luxurious escape in the New Zealand bush

September 4, 2017 by  
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Cabin envy is real with this gorgeous Back Country house in New Zealand’s Puhoi bush. Designed by David Maurice of LTD Architectural , this timber-clad holiday home combines backcountry tradition with beautiful contemporary design. The environmentally sensitive cabin was built with locally sourced materials and makes use of passive heating and ventilation. Inspired by New Zealand’s backcountry typology, the Back Country house boasts a simple and clean silhouette comprising a single volume for the communal activities and a lean-to annex for the lower floor sleeping and service areas. The main volume embraces indoor-outdoor living and is open fully on two sides to a large wraparound deck. The deck feels like an outdoor room with its large fireplace and twin built-in bathtubs. Related: Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials Locally sourced bandsawn macrocarpa is used inside and out to reinforce the cabin’s connection to the outdoors, while galvanized corrugated iron strengthens the hut aesthetic. Natural light floods the open-plan living room, dining, area, and kitchen, as well as the mezzanine master suite. To add interest to the mostly white and timber palette, bright and colorful furniture punctuate the spaces. Passive heating and ventilation as well as high performance insulation keep the Back Country house’s environmental impact low . + LTD Architectural Via Contemporist Images via LTD Architectural

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Israel’s greenest building produces more energy than it consumes

June 13, 2016 by  
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Tel Aviv University’s Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) wasn’t interested in achieving the minimum LEED certification — this building lives and breathes a dedication to the planet. In order to be awarded LEED Platinum certification a building must earn at least 80 points, but PSES surpassed this standard by leaps and bounds, completing construction with an impressive 92 points. The state-of-the-art solar energy system includes solar PVs and tubes that line the facade of the building. Any energy that the building doesn’t use is sent to other buildings at Tel Aviv University. When Inhabitat visited Israel it was upwards of 30 degrees celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) and we were astounded by how cool this building felt without any use of mechanical air conditioning. Using computational dynamics simulations, the architects were able to achieve 100 percent passive ventilation using natural airflow through the solar tubes, producing a low and high pressure Venturi effect that provides both heat during the winter and natural cooling in summer. PSES currently offers an International MA program that is focused on Middle East water issues, climate change, and several other environmental subjects. While Israel may be situated within the world’s most arid climate, you wouldn’t know it by experiencing its lush, verdant landscape. As a leader in conservation, the country reuses 70 percent of its water through water recycling initiatives . The Porter School is a prime example of a serious dedication to water conservation, utilizing an impressive drip irrigation system generated entirely from wastewater recycling. Students are also constantly experimenting with new alternative energy systems that could potentially be used on the PSES building; they are currently testing algal power in a lab that is viewable to passersby. An ecologically constructed wetland system purifies gray water for the landscape irrigation of a large native plant green roof and plentiful landscaping around the building’s facade. One of the prime goals of the project was to not destroy the original landscape for living creatures around the building. Dr. Joseph Cory, founder of Geotectura , told Inhabitat that he hopes the design “will create a new architectural vocabulary [for Israel] — people will start to ask what you are growing on your building, which is a different state of mind.” RELATED: Tel Aviv’s Gran Mediterraneo Tower will feature a lush vertical garden The interior and exterior of the building was completely constructed from local, recycled or renewable materials, including fiber cement, recycled wood, and bamboo. The majority of the exterior is clad with glass panels, providing an ample amount of natural daylight that eliminates any need for artificial lighting during the day. The remainder of the lighting is produced with an efficient LED system. One of the most captivating aspects of this building’s interior is the floating “Capsule” that hovers over the building’s atrium. Dr. Cory explained that the fascinating addition was designed to serve as both a quiet meeting place and “a constant reminder for the students that we have only one Earth.” He added that “we are living in a western culture that is behaving like we have two or three Mother Earths to take from, but this is not a way to keep on if you want to consider the living of future generations and of course people from other continents that are not living in the western world.” + The Porter School of Environmental Studies Photos by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat

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Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

March 3, 2014 by  
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The Preamble Plaza & Canopy Courtyard is a Dynamic Green Hub for Queretaro, Mexico

October 30, 2012 by  
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Combining community programs and a youth hostel, the  Preamble Plaza & Canopy Courtyard by Jonathan Choe  creates a new public green space within the historic center of Queretaro, Mexico . The new plaza contains all the amenities, while the private hostel floats above as a shade canopy for the plaza. What results is a a courtyard-like condition with ventilation, security, views, and a dynamic connection to the plaza below. Natural ventilation and green-wall shading eliminate the need for air-conditioning within the building. Via UrbanArchNow 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: “green wall” , green architecture , mexico architetcure , passive cooling , passive ventilation , pavilion design , Preamble Plaza and Canopy Courtyard

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Delicious Hard Apple Cider In 6 Easy Steps

October 30, 2012 by  
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Artist Pedro Reyes Creates Beautiful Instruments from 6,700 Mexican Drug War Guns

October 30, 2012 by  
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King County Parks and HyBrid Architecture Unveil Upcycled Shipping Container Camper

October 30, 2012 by  
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King County Parks just finished a new, comfortable and ecologically-sound camping structure that was created from a 24-foot-long used cargo container . The project, dubbed “Re-Tain” was developed by Joel Egan of HyBrid Arc , a Seattle-based design firm. The cargotecture retreat won King County Parks’ Little Footprint/Big Forest design contest in 2011, which called for sustainable designs for a camper using only a shipping container. Read the rest of King County Parks and HyBrid Architecture Unveil Upcycled Shipping Container Camper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cargo Container Camping , Cargotecture , full-sized bunk beds , hybrid architecture , Joel Egan , King County Parks , Re-Tain , Reclaimed Materials , Recycled Materials , recycled shipping container , shipping container , upcycled shipping container

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Jean Carrière Nursery School in Nimes, France Receives Gold Label from Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens

September 26, 2012 by  
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Jean Carrière Nursery School in Nimes, France Receives Gold Label from Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens

September 26, 2012 by  
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CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

September 26, 2012 by  
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