Cozy egg-shaped treehouses offer stunning views of the Italian Alps

October 10, 2017 by  
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A pair of adorable egg-shaped treehouses is hidden away in one of Italy’s oldest forests. Architetto Beltrame Claudio designed these dreamy retreats, called Pigna, that overlook stunning views of the Italian Alps. Inspired by the shape and texture of pinecones, these shingled dwellings are carefully designed to blend into the landscape while serving as a cozy and elegant getaway. Pigna was originally conceived for an architecture competition in 2014 but was only recently completed this year in Malborghetto Valbruna, Italy. The 70-square-meter project comprises two treehouses and both are elevated ten meters off the ground with three stories each. The egg-shaped buildings were constructed from cross-laminated timber with wood fiber insulation. Larch shingles clad the curved exterior punctuated by two covered balconies framing views of the outdoors. Related: Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler “The project started from the desire to create a structure that is not only a refuge for man, but also a natural element of its environment, a mimesis of its surrounding,” wrote the architects. “From the tree, for the tree.” The treehouses are anchored to nearby trees. Both the first and second floors can be reached via outdoor stairs or a walkway. The first floor serves as panoramic covered terrace, whereas the second houses the main living areas with a small kitchen, bathroom, and living room. The bedroom with a double bed placed beneath a circular skylight is located on the third floor. Wooden stairs connect all three floors. + Architetto Beltrame Claudio Via ArchDaily Images via Architetto Beltrame Claudio , interior shots by Laura Tessaro

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Adorable owl cabins let you camp inside for free and off the grid in France

July 7, 2017 by  
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A giant trio of adorable timber owls has popped up in rural France—and you can sleep inside them for free! Perfect for summer camping in Bourdeaux, these beautiful cabins are the work of Bruit du Frigo partner Zebra3/Buy-Sellf and built as part of the Refuges Périurbains (Peri-urban shelters) in the Bordeaux region. Named “Les Guetteurs” (The Watchers), this sixth unique cabin of the series is located off the grid along the edge of the city and is designed to encourage urban hiking and exploration of lesser-known sites. Zebra3/Buy-Sellf designed and built “Les Guetteurs” in the likeness of Bourdeaux’s ground-dwelling owls that live in open landscapes. The three enchanting owls are huddled together as a single mass, creating a large cabin with three floors. The building features a circular plywood frame clad in strips of curved wood. Shingles cut to look like feathers top the roof, while giant circular windows are installed for the owl’s “eyes.” The shelter is built atop a boardwalk elevated over a wetlands area. Related: MVRDV to upgrade historic French city with modern, ecological design A forest-inspired glazed door opens up to a light-filled interior with faceted timber walls. Operating off-grid without running water or electricity, the cabin is fairly bare bones yet its timber palette creates a cozy environment. Circular white beds built to look like nests are located on the different levels connected via ladders. Like all of the shelters in the Refuges Périurbains project, “Les Guetteurs” can host up to nine people and helps encourage locals and visitors to reconnect with Bourdeaux’s landscape and environment. Bookings for the free lodging can be made on the Refuges Périurbains website. + Zebra3/Buy-Sellf Via Tiny House Blog

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Sophus Søbye Arkitekter’s parkside meetings spot in Copenhagen changes with the seasons

September 22, 2015 by  
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A Year In Shingle Recycling

August 31, 2015 by  
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When getting ready to replace a roof, many people don’t know that the shingles can be recycled — and turned into new products like roads. Up to 10 million shingles are torn off homes and buildings every year. Most are land-filled, but it doesn’t…

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Contemporary Cone House resembles a shingle-clad boat brought ashore in Sweden

January 29, 2015 by  
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DIY: How to Recycle Aluminum Soda and Beer Cans into Roof Shingles and Siding

August 21, 2012 by  
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Many people recycle old aluminum cans so that they are diverted from landfills and reused to make a variety of items. But if you’re a fan of DIY projects , you might consider saving those cans and transforming them into shingles, tiles and siding. Over at Instructables , a self-described stay-at-home dad has published a set of instructions explaining how to transform old cans into useful roofing tiles for a small structure. Read the rest of DIY: How to Recycle Aluminum Soda and Beer Cans into Roof Shingles and Siding Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aluminium cans , aluminium shingles , aluminium tiles , DIY , drinks cans , drinks recycling , instructables , recycling , robbtoberfest , tiles

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Scientists Develop New Material That Could Cut Diesel’s Pollution By 45%

August 21, 2012 by  
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A team of engineers has managed to identify a material that could reduce the amount of pollution produced by diesel fuel -powered vehicles by 45%. The new material comes from a family of minerals called oxides , and could serve as a cheaper and cleaner alternative to the rare and expensive platinum that is currently used in diesel engines. Read the rest of Scientists Develop New Material That Could Cut Diesel’s Pollution By 45% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Diesel Fuel , diesel pollution , nanostellar , oxide mullite , platinum , University of Texas dallas , world health organisation

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Parents Host Chicken Pox Parties to Infect Their Children With the Virus

November 12, 2011 by  
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Would you ever willingly infect your child with a virus? Parents across the country are doing just that as they host chicken pox parties and invite uninfected kids over for fun and a body-full of itchy bumps. Facebook pages such “ Find a Pox Party Near You ” are allowing parents of infected kids to find one another, in turn forgoing the need to vaccinate their kids from the virus. So would you bring your kid to a pox party ? Take our poll and share your thoughts ahead! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adult chicken pox , baby health , chicken pox , chicken pox complications , chicken pox party , chicken pox vaccine , deadly chicken pox , pox party , shingles , vaccine safety , viruses

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Honda Leaks Pics of Its AC-X Concept Plug-in Hybrid

November 12, 2011 by  
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Scientists Create New Super-Insulating Smart Roof From Cooking Oil

March 22, 2010 by  
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Scientists just announced that they’ve found a great new use for used cooking oil — and it doesn’t have anything to do with a VW bus . They’ve figured out how to turn the waste from your favorite greasy foods into a “bio-coating” for roofs that regulates temperature in hot and cold weather.

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