Nature-inspired Teak House welcomes Vietnams lush forests indoors

October 8, 2018 by  
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Architect Pham Thanh Huy of Vietnamese design firm 282 Design recently renovated a villa into the Teak House, a Northern European-inspired getaway in the cool highlands of Ng?c Thanh in northern Vietnam. Inspired by the surrounding pine forest landscape and spurred by sustainable principles, Pham Thanh Huy created the contemporary home mainly with teak wood sourced from sustainably managed forests . In addition to the predominate timber palette indoors, the house embraces the living forest with full-height walls of glass as well as with a live tree that grows up through the center of the residence. Located on a pine hill in Flamingo Dai Lai Resort, the renovated Teak House serves as a retreat from the busy city. Spanning an area of 460 square meters across two stories, Teak House is clad in a combination of teak wood and rough artificial stone, materials that are carried over to the interior to blur the line between indoor and outdoor living . Teak was selected for its durability, which was of particular importance because of the harsh climate in northern Vietnam. To keep the focus on the outdoors, the interiors are minimally and cleanly detailed. The furnishings are mainly Nordic in style, including the suspended fireplace. The ground floor of the residence includes a living room, kitchen and dining room that connect to the front yard and back garden. On the mezzanine level is a small bedroom, while two additional bedrooms are found on the floor above, as is a long lap pool on the upper floor. Related: Beautiful light-filled home puts a modern twist on the humble bungalow “Teak House is the result of a journey seeking for the beauty of architecture in the interplay between culture and environment,” the architect said in a project statement. “In this interesting and arduous journey, we have been looking for the harmony of architecture, interiors, materials and natural wood techniques to create a delicate and sustainable house.” + 282 Design Via ArchDaily Images by Quang Tran

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Senate passes lands bills protecting over one million acres of public land

December 18, 2014 by  
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A new suite of lands bills will protect massive, sweeping areas of American wilderness, including areas in Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and Washington. The bills will protect more than 245,000 acres of wilderness, and over one million acres of public land in total. The National Park System will also be expanded. Read the rest of Senate passes lands bills protecting over one million acres of public land Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: columbine-hondo , durango colorado , federal land grab , national park system , national parks , ndaa , one million acres of public land protected , pine forest , ted cruz , US Senate , wovoka

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Berlin’s Passive Minimum House is a Modernist Glass Residence in the Woods

May 2, 2012 by  
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Photo © Christian Gahl With the aim of blending the boundaries between indoors and outdoors, Ahlbrech Felix Scheidt Kasprush Architects designed this glowing glass home within a pine forest in Germany. Called Minimum House, the residence is situated in Mellensee, south Berlin , and it is currently up for sale – including all furniture and fittings. Modular, energy-efficient and topped by a green roof, this modernist shelter combines two key design elements: ecology and economy. Read the rest of Berlin’s Passive Minimum House is a Modernist Glass Residence in the Woods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , active energy , Ahlbrech Felix Scheidt Kasprush , Architecture , berlin , energy efficient , green lighting , Minimum House , modernist , modular , open-plan , passive energy , pine forest , Sustainable Building

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