Tiny Wirmboden chapel in Austria is made of stone sourced on-site

July 6, 2017 by  
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Nestled in an alpine valley in Western Austria, this tiny chapel is a serene haven for local farmers. After an avalanche destroyed the town’s original chapel, including several other huts in 2012, the community decided to rebuild, so they commissioned Innauer-Matt Architects to design a space for gatherings and celebrations using locally-sourced materials.   The Wirmboden chapel is located in at the foot of the steep north face of the valley’s Kanisfluh mountain in Austria . Local farmers organized the initiative to rebuild the original structure, destroyed by an avalanche in 2012. Built over the course of three years, the chapel complements the surrounding alpine architecture and offers a space where people can gather, celebrate and pray. Related: Modern chapel makes a powerful but minimalist statement in the Austrian countryside Locally sourced stone make up the walls of the building, with rough split shingles covering the steep truss. A roof opening brings natural light into the interior. Memorial photo cards were placed in the space between rafters to commemorate loved ones. The entrance, truss and bell space were made from German spruce conventionally used for making violins and guitars. + Innauer-Matt Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Adolf Bereuter

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Deconstructing Construction Waste

August 22, 2016 by  
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When I approached my neighbor’s construction site, Edward Small of Sheridan Brick & Stone Work was chiseling off construction waste — mortar from old bricks to be exact. He suspects they were salvaged from a nearby Maine paper mill, and…

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Portuguese stone ruins rise anew as a minimalist dream home

August 17, 2016 by  
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The respectful renovation is dominated by a stonewall facade that extends the old building’s remains to form new living spaces. It was created from locally sourced materials including granite stones rescued from another local construction that had to be demolished. Today, the home receives plenty of natural light from the east side opening, and overlooks a courtyard complete with a pool. Related: 7 gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins While its old-time appearance was left intact, its interiors tell a completely different story. In contrast with its rough shell, they feature a sleek, minimalist décor with accent pieces. Classic Eames plywood chairs along animals’ skins brings the white — and otherwise cold spaces — warmth, tactility and a rustic refinement. + Brandao Costa Architects Via Blog Gessato Photos by Brandao Costa Architects

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Gorgeous cedar and stone Cedrus House offers magnificent views of Canada’s Gate Lake

November 3, 2015 by  
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Beautiful glass inlays bring unexpected beauty to everyday objects

September 11, 2015 by  
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Curvaceous Brick House uses passive cooling and local materials in India

February 2, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Curvaceous Brick House uses passive cooling and local materials in India Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arched windows , bamboo , brick , brick house# , ferro-concrete , India , iStudio Architecture , local materials , locally sourced materials , Mumbai , natural light , passive cooling , rat-trap bond , stone , Wada , Wood

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Archeologists dig up what could be the largest human-carved stone block ever

December 5, 2014 by  
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It’s one thing to use a bunch of heavy, petroleum-fueled equipment to make a massive structure – but doing it by hand, the old fashioned way, is truly a feat. And archeologists recently discovered a grand example, in what could be the largest single stone block every created by the human hand. German archeologists recently discovered a 2,000-year-old stone dating back to the Roman Empire in a quarry in Baalbek, Lebanon . At 64 feet long by almost 20 feet wide, the new stone weighs in at a massive 1,650 tons. It was found next to some equally hefty neighbors that were previously discovered; the 1,000-ton Hajjar el-Hibla , or Stone of the Pregnant Woman, and another unnamed stone weighing in at 1,240 tons. Read the rest of Archeologists dig up what could be the largest human-carved stone block ever Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: archeologists , archeology , baalbek , german , Hajjar el-Hibla , lebanon , massive , old , Romans , stone

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VIDEO: Meet the world’s first hydrophobic t-shirt

December 5, 2014 by  
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You just bought your last plain white t-shirt , because after you see this water-repellant, dirt-repellant, everything-repellant t-shirt, you will never want to go back to a regular old Hanes again. Threadsmiths clothing, based in Melbourne, Australia, has developed a cotton material that completely repels liquids, dirt and stains. Hot sauce? No problem. Ketchup? Gone. All while still looking and feeling just like your favorite shirt. Read the rest of VIDEO: Meet the world’s first hydrophobic t-shirt Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dirt repellant clothing , hydrophobic clothing , hydrophobic cotton , hydrophobic material , hydrophobic t-shirt , stain free clothing , stain repellant clothing , Threadsmiths , threadsmiths clothing , water repellant clothing , water-repellant cotton , water-repellant t-shirt

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This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

September 30, 2014 by  
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Incredible Stone Plane Crash Tribute Emerges from Desert, Visible from Google Earth

December 13, 2013 by  
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