ACES treehouse in Colorado is perfect for wildlife observation

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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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Hassell’s Sustainable Common Ground Housing Project Honored at the World Architecture Festival

October 29, 2012 by  
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International architecture and planning firm Hassell recently won multiple awards and commendations at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. One of the projects recognized was Hassell’s Common Ground housing project in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia. The project was built to provide stable permanent housing solutions for those dealing with chronic homelessness. The building’s design focuses on providing a wonderful blend of efficiency and comfort – both inside and out. Read the rest of Hassell’s Sustainable Common Ground Housing Project Honored at the World Architecture Festival Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Camperdown , Chronic Homelessness , Common Ground , grocon , hassell , homeless , housing , Housing NSW , new south wales , pro bono , Singapore , social design , social housing , world architecture festival

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BRC Designs’ Suicide Collection is Made from Hundreds of Recycled Soda Cans

October 29, 2012 by  
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Whether you call it ‘soda’ or ‘pop,’ we can all agree that  BRC Designs ‘ quirky and colorful ‘Suicide Collection’ is pretty impressive. The unique pieces of furniture are made from hundreds of recycled cans and pop tops that have been stitched and soldered together. The furniture collection, which features both a chair and a table, is crafted from an assortment of recycled cans, and it’s named after the suicide drink — a favorite of kids that involves mixing three or more different sodas together into one sugary concoction. + BRC Designs 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: BRC chair , BRC Designs , recycled aluminum cans , recycled can chair , recycled can table , recycled cans , recycled pop cans , recycled soda cans , Suicide collection

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Rotor Transforms Ghent’s Industrial Grindbakken Pits Into a Cutting Edge Art Space

October 29, 2012 by  
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