A treehouse made from sustainable wood hides a luxurious interior

November 1, 2018 by  
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The sustainable builders at ArtisTree are known for creating some seriously beautiful and green structures. The company has just unveiled a charming treehouse located in a remote eco-retreat in Texas. Perched 25 feet in the air between two cypress trees, the Yoki Treehouse is an exceptional example of the company’s artistry and deep respect for nature. Located in central Texas, the Yoki Treehouse is Austin’s first treehouse resort at Cypress Valley. Designed to be a luxury retreat, the  treehouse sits 25 feet above a creek, which served as the inspiration for the design and name (Yoki is the Hopi Native American word for rain). According to Will Beilharz, founder of ArtisTree, “Water is life — one of our most precious resources, and ArtisTree treehouses are designed to let people experience nature’s resources more intimately.” Related: World’s most active volcano harbors a tiny off-grid home — and you can stay overnight Built with sustainable woods such as elm, cypress and spruce, the treehouse holds court high up within the tree canopy.  The retreat is comprised of a 500-square-foot suspended treehouse and a separate bathhouse, which sits on solid ground. The two buildings are connected by a 60-foot-long suspension bridge with various platforms to provide plenty of open spaces for enjoying the surrounding nature. In the main house, this strong emphasis on nature is apparent at every angle. The entrance is located on the roof, which doubles as an observation platform perfect for enjoying the lush green forest views and the babbling brook. There is also an open-air porch where the branches grow through the floor, further connecting the structure into its environment. Inside, the walls of the treehouse are clad in a warm birch wood, creating a cabin-like aesthetic. Again, an abundance of windows, including an all-glass front wall, allows guests to reconnect with nature. The interior design and furnishings were inspired by Japanese minimalism, while touches of Turkish decor add a sense of whimsy. The separate bathhouse was built with solitude in mind. It features a spa-like atmosphere, complete with a large Onsen-style soaking bathtub. Ample floor-to-ceiling windows offer guests a serene spot to enjoy a bit of bird watching or stargazing. + ArtisTree Via Dezeen Photography by Smiling Forest via ArtisTree

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Vancouver’s greenest office building envisions a new kind of office space with TELUS Garden

July 29, 2016 by  
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The one-million-square-foot TELUS Garden is a mixed use development that consumes an entire city block in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, and this building is green as it gets. The complex comprises a 53-floor residential tower and a 24-floor office tower, which includes the nine floors that hold the company’s national headquarters. Construction was completed in 2015, and the headquarters are targeting LEED Platinum certification, with many sustainability goals tied to the base building systems. The TELUS Garden building employs passive ventilation , copious daylighting, radiant heating and cooling, integration of indoor and outdoor space, and the extensive use of local wood throughout. Among the green building components featured in the TELUS Garden hub is a raised access floor with a displacement ventilation system which uses 100-percent outside air, as well as radiant exposed concrete ceilings. Systems such as these actually informed the design of the building, as the concrete radiant ceiling had to be largely left exposed in order for the heating system to function properly and efficiently. (See photo below) Related: Vancouver will be powered by 100-percent renewable energy While Henriquez Partners Architects were the project architect for this eco-friendly, soon-to-be LEED platinum office building, OMB Architects (Office of Mcfarlane Biggar designers + architects) were hired as the interior architects on the project. OMB Architects approached their design with a goal to match the sustainability of the LEED platinum structure throughout the interior details. For interior architecture, OMB chose local woods, such as Red Alder, all non-toxic surface materials, and low-VOC and recycled materials throughout the project. The local BC Red Alder wood was used throughout the office and meeting spaces, featured in the flooring as well as the sweeping spiral staircase. The TELUS headquarters also incorporates exterior space into the work environment, in the form of a terrace with solar cell-clad shades, a quiet garden space, and sweeping views of the cityscape. + Telus Garden + Henriquez Partners Architect + omb Images via Andrew Latreille and Ema Peter

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Striking louvered facade controls solar gain and updates an aging retail space

June 27, 2016 by  
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The building consists of two main volumes with a footprint of 70 by 52 meters. The building has three stories, with additional available space on the lot for future use.  According to the architects, “The redesigned facade provides a good, economical and functional shading device to improve heat gain in an existing facade.” Related: Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast The project also incorporates sustainable design strategies , with eco materials that were sourced locally where possible. These sustainable materials, combined with the prefabrication method of construction – which allowed construction to take place in a quick and efficient way – make the project not only an environmentally-friendly one, but one that had minimal impact on the store’s business. + Leaf Architects Studio

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Kengo Kuma designs minimalist Japanese alternative to Lego

January 13, 2016 by  
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All-black house in Poland is clad in sustainably harvested, chemical-free ThermoWood

January 8, 2016 by  
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Ehang’s autonomous helicopter could fly you up to 11,000 feet without a pilot

January 7, 2016 by  
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A Chinese drone manufacturer claims to have built a self-piloting electric helicopter that can carry one passenger up to 10 miles. The aircraft, announced yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is purportedly capable of lifting off, flying along a route, detecting obstacles, and then safely landing, all autonomously. Although this type of vehicle isn’t legal now, and isn’t likely to be allowed any time soon, the development of a pilotless personal helicopter marks a huge breakthrough in transportation technology. The hitch is that nobody has actually seen a human being ride in the thing. Read the rest of Ehang’s autonomous helicopter could fly you up to 11,000 feet without a pilot

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Renovated Isle of Wight Home is clad in beautiful maintenance-free Kebony softwood

December 1, 2015 by  
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Welsh couple transform old vans into rustic campers with wood interiors

January 17, 2015 by  
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IKEA Consumes a Full One Percent of the World’s Commercial Wood Supply

July 8, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Ikea furniture is ubiquitous in dorm rooms and apartments all over the world, but it’s difficult to fathom exactly how much of the world’s resources are actually used to make Ikea products. According to  Pacific Standard , Ikea uses about one percent—yes, one percent—of the world’s entire commercial wood supply . That amounts to about 17.8 million cubic yards of lumber last year. It’s difficult not to have mixed feelings about so much of the world’s forest going to the production of cheap furniture, but the Swedish retailer isn’t all bad. Read the rest of IKEA Consumes a Full One Percent of the World’s Commercial Wood Supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , FSC , fsc certification , fsc certified wood , ikea , ikea furniture , ikea green , ikea stores , Ikea wood , sustainable forestry , sustainable wood , timber , Wood , wood furniture        

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Atelier Oslo’s Lanternen Pavilion is Made From Sustainable Norwegian Wood

May 15, 2013 by  
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