Go stargazing in this galaxy-inspired cluster of tea rooms in Japan

June 6, 2018 by  
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With a name that translates to “beautiful stars,” Bisei is a town in the Okayama Prefecture of West Japan that has long boasted a reputation as a popular stargazing destination. Now, a newly-added cluster of tea rooms in the Bisei countryside is making the nighttime activity even more enjoyable. Designed by Japanese architecture firm Moriyuki Ochiai , the sculptural Constellation of Stargazing Tea Rooms was completed earlier this year and offers stunning sky views. Extended across the rolling hills of Bisei, the Constellation of Stargazing Tea Rooms draws inspiration from the region’s status as a stargazing destination and as the birthplace of Eisai, a Japanese Buddhist priest who is believed to have introduced green tea to Japan. Commissioned by Pasona Group and irbisei, the open-air structures are painted a variety of striking colors and provide shelter and connection with the outdoors. “The Japanese tea room was developed as an enclosed microcosm called a “enclosure,” and as such, each unit is designed as a spatial installation where one can perceive minute changes in its natural surroundings and experience the wonder and mystery of natural phenomena,” wrote the architects at Moriyuki Ochiai. “Painted with stellar colors, each volume presents polygonal openings from which can be taken in the beautiful offerings of nature such as light, rain and the starry night sky. Moreover, mirrors placed on the exterior walls reflect the ever-changing outdoor environment like the water surface of rice paddies scattered across Bisei, thus modifying the look and perception of the constructions throughout the day.” Related: ARCHSTUDIO inserts a modern teahouse into an ancient Chinese structure The open arrangement of the “galaxy of tea rooms” is also conducive for a variety of events. The site is expected to host gatherings and performances hosted by the Astronomy Club, the Tea Ceremony Club, as well as other groups throughout the year. The layout also responds to the undulating terrain and is crafted to look like an extension of the landscape. + Moriyuki Ochiai Images by Fumio Araki

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SKURA Design turns coconuts into beautiful eco-friendly lamps by hand

February 3, 2016 by  
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SKURA Design’s handmade coconut lamps are a beautiful way to add a touch of the outdoors into your home. Lead designer and jewelry artist Neringa Puckoriute crafts each luxury lamp from coconuts and high-quality plywood. She drills small holes of varying sizes into the coconuts so that the eco-friendly lamp casts stunning patterns of light and shadow when illuminated. The drilled holes also lets the lamp double as sculpture when not lit during the day. + SKURA Design 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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These 5 fashion innovations could help change the industry

February 3, 2016 by  
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How would you like to see the fashion industry transformed? What about textiles made of citrus-juice byproducts or an online marketplace for textile scraps and leftovers? How about microbes that digest polyester waste? H&M’s nonprofit Conscious Foundation is hoping to change the fashion landscape and your vote can help decide where a portion of a €1 million grant will go to help bring these innovations to life. READ MORE >

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INFOGRAPHIC: U.S. residential electricity consumption drops for the first time in a century

February 3, 2016 by  
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While the U.S. still has a long way to go with alternative energy , a new statistic has given us incredible hope for the future. For the first time in a century, energy consumption in U.S. homes has dropped. Since electricity first entered the home in the 1910’s, residential energy use has been steadily on the rise, but thanks to new developments in alternative technologies, our dependence on electricity is becoming more sustainable than ever before. From small changes, like the rise of circuit breakers and panels , to huge innovations like solar panels and home automation, the road to a cleaner, greener future has been a long — but worthwhile — process. Check out this fascinating infographic below to see how energy consumption has changed over the years. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: U.S. residential electricity consumption drops for the first time in a century

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Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese architecture

April 27, 2015 by  
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Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

April 27, 2015 by  
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Move over Tesla, this is the Toroidion . It’s Finnish. No one knows how to pronounce it, so don’t worry about that. All you need to know is that it’s very pretty and — oh yeah, it’s electric . In fact, it’s described as a megawatt supercar – that’s right, a supercar. It’s full name is Toroidion 1MW Supercar and it is the result of a four year effort by Pasi Pennanen, a former designer for Jaguar and Zagato. Read the rest of Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100% electric car , battery swap , electric , electric car , electric concept car , finnish concept car , swappable battery , toroidion car , toroidion concept car

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Move over Tesla, this is the Toroidion . It’s Finnish. No one knows how to pronounce it, so don’t worry about that. All you need to know is that it’s very pretty and — oh yeah, it’s electric . In fact, it’s described as a megawatt supercar – that’s right, a supercar. It’s full name is Toroidion 1MW Supercar and it is the result of a four year effort by Pasi Pennanen, a former designer for Jaguar and Zagato. Read the rest of Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100% electric car , battery swap , electric , electric car , electric concept car , finnish concept car , swappable battery , toroidion car , toroidion concept car

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