Grass hill hides a magical hobbit teahouse in Slovenia

January 26, 2017 by  
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A magical little teahouse is tucked away in the verdant hills of Slovenia. Created by Danica and Jože Kolari?, this beautiful tiny building was made from natural materials and perfectly complements the organic garden that grows around it. The hobbit house -inspired tearoom is almost entirely hidden from view from above thanks to its turfed roof, while its charming cottage-like interior was crafted using reclaimed materials. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIcphf3dq5g This hobbit house-inspired tearoom was recently spotlighted on a popular TV show called Ambienti , where viewers got a sneak peek at the construction process . First, the hillside was excavated to create space for the foundations of the timber-framed building. A concrete retaining wall was built in the rear. Once the building was complete, growing medium for the vegetation was installed on the roof so that the grass from the hillside would grow overtop the structure and make it appear as if the structure were carved out of the hill. Related: This luxury hobbit home in the UK could be yours for just $1 million The quaint interior is lined in large timber planks and features a wood-burning fireplace built from stone and brick set into the rear concrete wall. Many of the materials were reclaimed from the crumbling ruins of nearby farmhouses, which gives the tearoom its charming antique character. In addition to the teahouse and the organic flower and herb gardens, Danica and Jože Kolari? also have a self-built beehive and garden pavilion. + Ambienti Images by Jasna Marin, screenshots from Ambienti

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Noordung launches stunning electric bike for cyclists who really, really love music

November 17, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/190976177 The exclusive pre-production series limited edition Noordung bikes seek to connect music with urban cycling in a new way. The electric bike is outfitted with a boombox powered by 32 Li-Ion batteries and featuring two high fidelity speakers. The sound system connects to the rider’s smartphone, blasting any playlist the cyclist desires. Because the speakers are pointed at the rider, the sound system doesn’t contribute to external noise pollution (and, more importantly, isn’t likely to distract other riders who may have different musical interests). Related: Handmade Italian e-bike stops traffic with its weightless, elegant design The bike ’s electric motor is housed within the frame, so as not to detract from the cycle’s stellar style. With a range of 19 miles (30km) per charge, the Noordung Angel Edition bike offers hours of cycling joy, complete with the rider’s favorite soundtrack. As a bonus feature, the speaker set can be removed from the bike frame. The boombox is fitted with a carrying strap, so the dance party can continue long after you dismount the ride. + Noordung Images via Noordung

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Endangered orcas under threat from bitumen pipeline planned for Vancouver port

November 17, 2016 by  
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A population of killer whales that live off the coast of Vancouver, Canada is under threat by a planned oil pipeline that could lead to a disruption of their habitat by increased tanker traffic. Texas-based Kinder Morgan is planning to build the $5 billion US Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline project that would transport bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands directly to the edge of the whales’ habitat in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern British Columbia. The Canadian government has already been advised to approve the project, and its fate now lies with the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to the Guardian , the proposal to build the massive pipeline project still needs approval from the Canadian federal government, led by Justin Trudeau. But if approved, it would result in a 1,000 km (620 mile) pipeline from northern Alberta to Vancouver, as well as roughly seven times more barge and tanker traffic. Killer whales , or orcas as they’re also known, have already had a rough existence in recent years. The Guardian notes that in the 1960s and early ‘70s, many of them were captured and sold to aquariums and theme parks, while those remaining in the wild were exposed to runoff chemicals from local industries – causing them to become the “world’s most contaminated marine animals.” Conservationists say that an increase in tanker traffic in their habitat could be disastrous for the genetically unique population of orcas – already classified as endangered in both Canada and the US. “The approval of the project is also the approval of the extinction of the population, Ross Dixon of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation told the Guardian. “No one is disputing it. Nobody is saying that’s not accurate. It’s been accepted.” Related: Donald Trump vows to nix Paris climate deal and pave way for Keystone XL pipeline So, will it be approved? As of May, the Canadian energy regulator finished two years of review that recommended the government approve the project, with 157 conditions attached to that approval, including 49 related to the environment. Yet the review panel noted that, conditions or not, the project is likely to have “significant adverse effects” on the killer whale population. The Canadian government has until December 19 to make a decision, and so far, all signs are pointing to approval. Prime Minister Trudeau faces pressure to approve the pipeline from Alberta, where low oil prices have dramatically increased unemployment. Ironically, promises by President Elect Donald Trump to bring back the Keystone XL Pipeline could kill the Trans Mountain project and save the whales. Via the Guardian Images via Matthew_Allen and Mike Charest,  Flickr Creative Commons

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Bookshelf House fits hundreds of books into multifunctional furnishings

October 17, 2016 by  
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The Bookshelf House was created for a family of five who wanted a dramatic room-length bookshelf. To make the most of the small 160-square-meter interior, Mosca added large multifunctional bookshelves beautiful enough to serve as focal points. The bookcases were constructed from light beech wood and are slightly staggered for visual interest. The largest bookshelf is stepped and doubles as a stair bannister to the mezzanine , while other bookshelves are used as room dividers or morph into storage cabinets. “In this project we tried to create a main thread which draws the principles of internal space of this villa to modulate it,” writes the architect. “This was the key element which now guides the circulations and movements between the various volumes. This carpentered set which acts as a mark in the house allows us to remodel the high volume of the living room, it leads a fluid movement which develops along both levels.so a big bookcase takes shape in the main room to become a functional lifeline which sublimates the existing staircase and finally splits up in isolated elements which bound the office allowing an open intimacy.” Related: Slovenia built a habitable structure with latticed wooden bookshelves White walls, ample glazing , and high ceilings fills the interior with natural light and make the rooms feel airy and spacious. The books on the shelves and the carefully selected furnishings—the chairs with the yellow cushions and the vibrant dressers in the bedrooms—add bright pops of color to the minimally decorated interior. + Andrea Mosca Via Dezeen Images via Andrea Mosca

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Tiny alpine hut is a cozy refuge in the harsh yet spectacular Slovenian Alps

October 14, 2016 by  
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Engineer and mountaineer Karlo Korenini designed the original 1936 bivouac shelter, which impressively withstood the elements for 80 years despite its simple construction. The new upgraded and improved Bivouac II is a replica of the old hut, which was airlifted and donated to the Slovenian Mountaineering Museum , and is located in the same wild area in the Julian Alps. The new bell-shaped hut was airlifted into place and was built to be as easy to maintain as possible and is capable of withstanding hurricane force winds and heavy snow loads. Related: Exceptional prefab alpine shelter overlooks mind-boggling mountain views Laser-cut and pre-bent aluminum plates were used to clad the steel-framed building and chosen for their aesthetics and durability. Specialty REFLEX glass with superior insulation was installed to let light into the hut. The less than nine-square-meter wood-lined interior fits six people and includes a folding table, overlapping bench, storage, and other elements for a cozy and relatively comfortable experience. + Bivak II na Jezerih Via ArchDaily Images via Anze Cokl

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Handsome House XL is constructed almost entirely from cross-laminated timber

July 28, 2016 by  
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Located on the outskirts of a new residential area, House XL comprises two gabled volumes that lie parallel to one another and are connected by a third gabled volume perpendicularly placed. All three volumes extrude past the slatted timber and glazed facades to provide shade from the sun . The two parallel volumes are clad in black panels while the third connecting volume is clad in light gray paneling; the colors and matte texture provide a striking contrast to the light-colored timber façade installed in diagonal and grid patterns. Related: SoNo Arhitekti’s House PS shows off the beauty of prefab The interior features a light-filled and spacious floor plan split into three levels: a basement and two upper floors. The small basement level was constructed with reinforced steel, while the upper levels consist entirely of cross-laminated timber elements. Large glazed surfaces let in natural light filtered by timber slats. The communal spaces, including the dining room, kitchen, and living areas are placed on the first floor and connect with an outdoor patio flanked by the parallel gabled volumes. The bedrooms are located on the topmost floor. + SoNo Arhitekti Via ArchDaily Images via SoNo Arhitekti

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Exceptional prefab alpine shelter overlooks mind-boggling mountain views

September 9, 2015 by  
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Brilliant 3D grass printer produces a garden in any shape you can imagine

July 19, 2015 by  
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Gardening has entered the 21st century. A team of students at the University of Maribor in Slovenia developed an innovative 3D printer that can create objects out of living grass! In 2013, Maja Petek, Tina Zidanšek, Urška Skaza, Danica Rženi?nik and Simon Tržan worked with assistant professor Dušan Zidar to develop “Tiskaj ZELENO” (Print GREEN), which links art, nature and technology. The device prints with a mixture of soil, water and grass seeds, so the printed designs sprout and turn green over time. + Print GREEN 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!

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Old Alpine barn is revitalized into a beautiful and modern loft apartment in Slovenia

June 10, 2015 by  
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Photographer captures mystical beauty of Slovenian mountainside at dawn

May 8, 2015 by  
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