This dreamy cluster of cabins houses light-filled live/work spaces in Hokkaido

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Japanese architect Makoto Suzuki has carved out a slice of live/work paradise with this cluster of cabin-like volumes in Hokkaido. While each mono-pitched structure appears to stand independently, the timber-clad buildings are interconnected. The building, called the House in Tokiwa, also achieves harmony with the landscape through the use of natural materials and low-profile structures designed to embrace nature at every turn.

Located near Sapporo, House in Tokiwa comprises a series… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This pinecone-inspired gazebo is a playground for kids and adults alike

This nature-inspired mobile gazebo acts as a space in and round which both kids and adults can play. Czech designers Atelier SAD designed the structure, named “mmcité”, as a small building with pinecone-like scales that facilitate natural ventilation and double as a drawing board for kids to express their artistic side.

The building was built out of 109 waterproof scales made of plywood. The boards are treated with resistant glaze and connected by galvanized joints to create a self-supporting,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building