Beautiful bamboo building withstands floods and storms in Vietnam

July 13, 2017 by  
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Architecture firm RÂU ARCH created this beautiful thatched roof building burrowed deep into the lush rainforests of Vietnam. The MOOC Spring building is designed to accommodate the many visitors that come to the nearby natural springs. Due to the reoccurring storms and floods in the area, the architects chose to use a combination of locally-sourced stone, timber and bamboo , along with traditional building techniques in order to create a resilient structure able to withstand the harsh climate. The building was designed as an addition for an adjacent resort and houses a restaurant and lounge area. In addition to using locally-sourced materials in its construction, the Mooc Spring building was also built using traditional methods. The circular shape was chosen to withstand harsh winds and the building sits on a base made out of local stone. The first floor contains utility rooms as well as the kitchen and bathrooms. Related: Luxurious bamboo beach bar and restaurant bolsters spa in Vietnam The upper level, which houses the reception area and restaurant, was constructed using timber and bamboo . Although concrete pillars were used for optimal strength, they were wrapped with honey-hued nulgar bamboo for added resilience and of course, for its beautiful aesthetic. The local material was woven throughout the building in various intricate patterns and details to create an atmosphere that would blend in with the natural surroundings. The interior space is exceptionally well-lit thanks to the large glass skylight in the thatched roof that floods the interior with natural light . + RÂU ARCH Via Archdaily Photography by Hùng Râu Kts

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Plans for a new underground hotel have been approved in London

December 1, 2016 by  
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London tourists may soon get a chance to spend sleep underground at the upcoming subterranean LDN Hotel, the first of its kind in the city. Ian Chalk Architects is working on the sustainable hotel , which will reportedly feature a plethora of plants , and air that’s cleaner than outside. The underground hotel, slated for construction in London’s West End under St Giles Hotel, will house up to 166 guests at affordable prices. The LDN Hotel would sprawl across what is currently an underground parking lot on the fourth and fifth floors below ground. The LDN Hotel design will be similar to Japanese pod hotels, according to Design Curial, except with a toilet and shower in the room. Related: Incredible eco-friendly mansion is hidden entirely underground While critics raised concern about air quality in an underground hotel, the hotel design features a mechanical ventilation system for air purification that is said to ensure the air will be even fresher than outdoors. Sustainability was also said to be an important consideration, though it is yet unclear what features would make it so, apart from comprising a better use of space than the disused parking lot. Wood paneling, flourishing plants that improve air quality, and bright rooms are among the planned hotel’s interior features. While some may balk at the idea of staying in a room without a window, the hotel will be near to tourist attractions, according to planning inspector David Prentis, and offer unique budget accommodations. The initial proposal for the underground hotel was rejected, but planning officers have since granted permission for its construction. Via Design Curial and Evening Standard Images via Ian Chalk Architects

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Songjiang Hotel: Construction Begins On Chinese Eco-Resort Nestled into 100-Meter-Deep Quarry

June 28, 2013 by  
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Construction has started on the sustainable hotel resort built into a 100-meter high cliff in the Songjiang district just outside Shanghai. Looking like a gorgeous villain lair from one of the James Bond movies, the 19-story hotel complex will have a huge waterfall pour down from its roof and two of its first floors submerged in the water. Read the rest of Songjiang Hotel: Construction Begins On Chinese Eco-Resort Nestled into 100-Meter-Deep Quarry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Atkins architecture , geothermal energy , green roofed hotels , hotel resort China , renewable energy sources , Shimao Group , Songjiang , Songjiang Hotel , sustainable hotel China , Sustainable Hotels        

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Luxury Buenos Aires Grand Hotel Aims for LEED Certification

January 3, 2013 by  
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The Buenos Aires Grand Hotel may have just opened in October, but it is already gunning for LEED certification .  The modern hotel has all the comfort and amenities of a luxury hotel, with the eco-friendly and energy efficiency of a green hotel . Located in the arty and historic neighborhood of Recoleta, the hotel provides sustainable accommodation in a cultural hotspot. The neighborhood of Recoleta is one of Buenos Aires most affluent areas with a rich cultural center, attracting many tourists and locals alike to the museums , boutiques, restaurants and nightlife of the area. The classic lobby bar of the BA Grand is a seamless addition to the thriving character of the neighborhood. A full-floor glass curtain wall illuminates the lobby with natural light during the day, while showing off the chic crowd to passersby at night. Guests can sip on cocktails in the lobby bar, or head up to the expansive roof terrace . Flanked with a pool with a view, lounge areas, candles and lush gardens, the rooftop is a place to enjoy a panorama of Buenos Aires while feasting on fresh local fare from the restaurant, Club 31.  Pool parties, cocktail hours and hors d’oeuvres tastings make ample use of the busy outdoor space. Each of the ninety guest suites is packed with cushy comforts of home as well as state of the art energy efficient technology. The Buenos Aires Grand Hotel is a new asset to sustainable travel, in the heart of metropolitan Buenos Aires . + Buenos Aires Grand Hotel

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Zendome creates sustainable Ecopod Boutique Retreat in Loch Linnhe

March 19, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable holiday retreat created in the Scottish Highlands. Zendome in association with Scottish owners, English designers and German furniture designers have created the Ecopod Boutique Retreat on the shore of Loch Linnhe

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Cabestan develops the world’s first solar-powered mechanical timepiece

March 19, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Mechanical watch powered by onboard solar panels.

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