Rainforest Retreat is a nature lovers escape with minimal building impact

November 10, 2016 by  
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Hidden away in the British Columbia rainforest, the 825-square-foot cabin enjoys privacy and its many windows offer carefully framed views of the landscape. The building is handsomely clad in locally milled Douglas Fir and Red Cedar, which lend the cabin a sense of warmth, while helping it blend into the surroundings. The use of timber is repeated in the interior, where it is complemented by large white surfaces for a clean and contemporary appearance. Shade from the trees and cross-breezes naturally cool the building. Related: Modern timber-framed cabin is hidden high among the tree canopy of a Swedish island “The client’s wishes for simplicity, gentle exterior appearance, a small footprint, and abundant natural light set the stage for an open sculptural form,” writes Agathom. “Great effort was taken to minimize the building’s impact on the site, resulting in a long, slim structure. Slightly twisting two main blocks of the plan, and overlapping those shapes, made a building modest in area ever expansive and full of unexpected depth.” Custom lighting enhances forest views in the dark and a periscope light was installed to guide the client when outdoors. The Rainforest Retreat was this year’s Architizer A+ Awards winner in the Popular Choice category for Private House XS. + Agathom Via Dezeen Images via Agathom

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Couple spent 20 years building Freedom Cove, their self-sufficient floating oasis

May 6, 2015 by  
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Over 200 leading scientists agree: non-stick pans are bad for you

May 6, 2015 by  
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This won’t be the first time you’ve heard that the man-made chemicals in non-stick coating aren’t exactly healthy. The world’s leading scientists signed a statement to tell the world that they are highly concerned over the spread of certain chemicals called poly and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) which are in most non-stick cookware and some types of food packaging. The group of over 200 top scientists published their opinion in Environmental Health Perspectives in a document called “The Madrid Statement.” In animal studies, some PFASs have been found to cause liver toxicity, disruption of metabolism, the immune and endocrine systems, tumors in multiple organs, neonatal toxicity and death as well as other health issues. PFASs are emitted during industrial and firefighting operations and find their way into drinking water as well as the air and soil. The scientists propose a number of solutions including a mandate that product manufacturers label products with PFSAs and stop using them altogether when safer alternatives exist. Via Treehugger Images via Shutterstock and  Alpha Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 200 scientists speak out against nonstick pans , coated pans , hormone disrupters , hormone disruptors , hormone disruptors in every day products , hormone disruptors other than BPA , non-stick cookware , non-stick pans , scientists against nonstick pans , teflon pans

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Fully automated parking garage helps reduce vehicle emissions in Turkey

May 6, 2015 by  
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Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

March 13, 2013 by  
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