Sprawling MW House blends into the Peruvian landscape with an undulating green roof

July 13, 2017 by  
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MW House by Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos acts as an extension of the desert hills in Peru . Resembling the relief of the rocky landscape and featuring an undulating green roof, this seasonal house establishes a direct relationship with its surroundings and offers a series of rich indoor and outdoor spaces to its occupants. The house comprises two L-shaped blocks that house different functions. The first one is the main house which accommodates the living room, dining room, kitchen, wine cellar and a bedroom. This volume also features spaces that direct the view of the main rooms of the house towards the nearest hills. Related: Peru’s Chontay house was made using locally-sourced wood and clay to help it blend in with the surrounding mountains The second, smaller side houses service rooms and the entrance, laundry, bedrooms, car parking, kitchen and a storage space . An open courtyard connects the main house with secondary and guest bedrooms and allows occupants to enjoy a direct connection to nature. All of this is enclosed under a green roof that helps the home blend seamlessly with the landscape. + Riofrio+Rodrigo Arquitectos Via Archdaily Photos by Juan Solano Ojasi

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Incredible teepee-shaped ORKA house is made from 24 interlacing beams

May 23, 2017 by  
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This   teepee-shaped home is made from twenty four interlacing beams that shelter a large open-plan living space. Antony Gibbon Designs ‘ ORKA house explores different geometric shapes and unconventional forms for residential architecture. The three-story dwelling features a rooftop platform with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The house has twenty four wooden beams that coalesce, forming a pivoted illusion which transforms angles into a seemingly curved hyperboloid form. Using the frame as an aesthetic starting point, the architects interlaced the beams to naturally create diamond-shaped patterns. These patterns become part of the geometry and symmetry of the structure. Related: This charred wood cabin can be rearranged in an infinite number of ways The envelope wraps around an area 10 meters in diameter (33 feet), allowing for a large open-plan living space. A spiral staircase connects the ground floor to another three floors, with the top floor doubling as an outdoor viewing platform and balcony offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. + Antony Gibbon Designs

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Sophisticated minimalist house in Denmark lets you enjoy the outdoors even in the winter

October 5, 2016 by  
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The house references traditional Scandinavian craftsmanship and the region’s authentic principles of working with relief and texture. Providing a serene environment far from city bustle, the house facilitates a connection between the residents and the surrounding landscape. Related: Beautiful timber home is striking in its rugged Scandinavian simplicity The house comprises two volumes-the left one accommodates the main living room which offers views of the forest, and a combined kitchen and dining space on the first floor. The second floor houses the bedrooms and cabinet. Relaxation zones – sauna, swimming pool and play areas- and utility rooms, bathrooms and a garage are housed in the other volume. A glazed gallery connects the two volumes and functions as a winter garden that acts as a continuation of the landscape. + KAVA Architects Images by iddqd Studio

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Street artist makes this Lithuania trolleybus vanish for a fleeting moment every day

September 2, 2016 by  
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The streets of Vilnius, Lithuania are connected by a system of trolleybuses, one of which is receiving a captivating makeover by street artist Liudas Parulskis. For one moment out of the day, the trolleybus seems to disappear against the city landscape. The artist was asked to collaborate with Studio Vieta for the 4th annual Vilnius Street Art festival. Parulskis developed the Vanishing Trolleybus project for his hometown and nation’s capital as a way to give a new perspective to the city. To transform the vehicle, he propped it up and wrapped it in images of the streets over which it crosses. The project even includes the figure of a wolf crossing the street, known to be an influential icon in the legend of how the city was founded. Related: Old Bulgarian trolleybus transformed into awesome new Otets Paisiy public library Passersby can momentarily observe the trolleybus camouflage itself into the surrounding cityscape as it crosses over Tumo Vaizganto street and Gediminas Avenue. An eerie, but mesmerizing sight, and one of many of the annual Vilnius Street Art festival. + Studio Vieta Via  Demilked Images via Studio Vieta, Liudas Parulskis

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Hurricane Hermine downgraded to tropical storm after wreaking havoc in Florida

September 2, 2016 by  
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Hurricane Hermine made landfall shortly after 1:30 a.m. local time in northwest Florida , and has continued on its northeasterly path toward George and the Carolinas. As is common with late season hurricanes in Florida, Hermine lost a tremendous amount of energy after hitting land, and has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Still, the storm brought enough wind and rain to cause widespread power outages, and many residents evacuated their homes in flood-prone areas, taking refuge in community hurricane shelters overnight. Prior to making landfall, the Hermine was a Category 1 Hurricane, the weakest in the five-level ranking system used to classify storms, with top wind speeds of 95 miles per hour. The front end of the hurricane caused storm surges early Thursday evening in Alligator Point that rose as much as six feet. Despite the winds and rising waters, only minor damage was reported there. Once the storm made landfall, though, it wreaked havoc on the power grid, leaving 100,000 customers in Tallahassee without power—but officials expect to have the affected substations back online within a few hours. Related: Unchecked global warming could bring the worst hurricanes ever seen by the end of this century Weather officials are urging residents in the storm’s path to take advisories seriously. Despite being downgraded to a tropical storm, Hermine still carries threats from wind and excessive rain. Officials in Florida have asked residents to stay off the roadways, so that emergency and utility crews can work to clear downed trees and power lines over the next several hours. Tornado watches were issued for Georgia and parts of South Carolina and North Carolina and until 4 p.m. EDT Friday, and several downspouts were reported in the Gulf of Mexico. As the storm continues moving northeast, it is expected to travel up the East coast through the Carolinas before heading back over the Atlantic Ocean sometime Sunday morning. There, the storm could gather more strength before pounding the Mid-Atlantic coast with even more rain and high winds. The National Weather Service reports that Hurricane Hermine is the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years. Although many storms have pummeled the state with wind and rain, Hermine is the only hurricane-strength storm during that time period to actually cross over the state. Via The Weather Channel Images via NOAA and The Weather Channel

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Fiji is the first country in the world to ratify the Paris agreement

February 16, 2016 by  
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Last Friday, the island nation of Fiji became the first to ratify the UN climate deal reached in Paris last December . Climate change is an issue of major concern in Fiji and other pacific island nations, which are already seeing the effects of rising sea levels flooding what little land they have. Fiji’s prime minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, told the nation’s parliament it was important to act now to protect the archipelago from floods, increasingly destructive tropical storms, and the loss of fish stocks as the surrounding seas warm. Read the rest of Fiji is the first country in the world to ratify the Paris agreement

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Antony Gibbon unveils a new light-filled treehouse designed for the ground

September 9, 2015 by  
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Everything that comes from the studio of treehouse-master Antony Gibbon is fresh and stunning. And his latest design is no different. Called Inhabit Ground, the open-plan woodland cabin is slightly different than his previous Inhabit Treehouse, since it was designed to rest on the ground, yet maintains an intimate connection with the surrounding forest. Its symmetrical form affords a room on either side while the glazed central area allows natural light to flood the interiors. Read the rest of Antony Gibbon unveils a new light-filled treehouse designed for the ground

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Researchers turn coffee grounds into a cheap carbon sponge in just one day

September 9, 2015 by  
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Java, joe, brew, go juice, cuppa – there are many names for the dark elixir that brings life to the morning hours and caps off a festive evening with friends. Coffee is an integral part of the daily routine for people in much of the world, and its consumption comes with a host of hotly debated benefits and risks for the human body. Recently, researchers in South Korea discovered another feature to add to the list of benefits – but this time, it’s for the health of the planet. Used coffee grounds – an innocuous if somewhat annoying side effect of coffee drinking – can be recycled into carbon capture material, thus helping to rid the atmosphere of harmful greenhouse gases. And the best thing about used coffee grounds, of course, is that the world is already producing tons and tons of it. Read the rest of Researchers turn coffee grounds into a cheap carbon sponge in just one day

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Chontay house was made using locally-sourced wood and clay to help it blend in with the surrounding mountains of Peru

August 12, 2015 by  
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Polar bears are eating dolphins stranded by climate change

June 16, 2015 by  
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Arctic polar bears have been forced to rethink their diet as a result of climate change. No, they aren’t considering vegetarianism to help offset the droughts in other parts of the world. Instead, they have been feasting on frozen white-beaked dolphins who have found themselves trapped in the surrounding ice. This practice was previously unheard of, since this species of dolphin doesn’t usually venture so far north in the Arctic Ocean during the winter or spring months. With fewer seals to hunt, bears in the region are availing themselves of an unexpected source of sustenance. Read the rest of Polar bears are eating dolphins stranded by climate change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic ocean , Climate Change , global warming , polar bear eats dolphin , polar bears , sea level rising , svalbard islands , white-beaked dolphin

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