Beautiful Wellington Welcome Pavilion glows like a lantern at night

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Calgary-based architecture firm Studio North led a team of architecture students from the University of Toronto Daniels School of Architecture in a design build seminar to realize a stunning new Welcome Pavilion for the village of Wellington, Ontario. Erected in just two weeks, the compact 100-square-foot structure is both sculptural and functional, featuring geometric CNC-milled cutouts inspired by barn quilts, a local craft and tradition unique to that area. The Welcome Pavilion offers shelter,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This beautiful planted bridge doubles as a public gathering place in China

When Beijing-based practice DnA Design and Architecture was tapped to renovate an old stone masonry bridge in Zhejiang, China, founding architect Xu Tiantian saw it as an opportunity to create a transformative and culturally significant gathering space for the public. Spanning the Songyin River, the updated Shimen Bridge now features a beautiful timber addition with built-in seating, planters, and even a centrally located square with trees. Here, villagers are encouraged to come and enjoy their surroundings… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

These beautiful desert biodomes will be 100% self-sustaining

In an effort to decrease conventional tourism, which accelerates pollution, soil erosion, loss of natural habitats and endangered species, the United Arab Emirates is encouraging ecotourism for the millions that visit the country each year.

 

The Biodomes will be located in the Al Hajar Mountains, the eastern region of UAE, and home to rare species of Arab wildlife. The project seeks to raise awareness of mountain biodiversity through programs at the wildlife conservation center and an… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A former anti-aircraft platform is now a beautiful skywalk in Gibraltar

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Beautiful bamboo arches breathe new life into a bland concrete building

Vietnamese architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia has unveiled their latest example of bamboo brilliance at Nocenco cafe, a renovated rooftop restaurant in the city center of Vinh in central Vietnam. The client asked the firm to insert a unique and eye-catching addition to the top of a seven-story concrete building using local materials. After studying several options, including brick and stone, the architects settled on bamboo to create an airy and lightweight space with dramatic vaulted ceilings.

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Historic Polish microbrewery and mountain lodge gets a beautiful 21st-century update

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‘House of Trash’ proves how waste can transform into beautiful home design

Located on Foro Bonaparte in the centre of the city, the ‘HOUSE OF TRASH’ as it will be known, will be dedicated to the exploration and showcase of technologies and applications using waste. From fashion waste and food packaging, coffee cups to mobile phones – it can all be found in beautiful new applications throughout the expansive location. The living spaces, hot desk hubs and bedrooms are all fitted and fixtured using post-consumer materials.

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This rustic Quebec cottage now has a beautiful, prismatic extension

When a client with a large family reached out to ACDF Architecture for an extension of their rustic country cottage in Quebec, the Montreal studio responded with a modern build that provides an interesting contrast to the historic house. Dubbed the Chalet La petite soeur, the addition mirrors the original building’s dimensions with a sharply gabled roof. Unlike the existing home, however, the new-build is clad in white-painted timber and a sheet metal roof for a crisp and modern appearance.

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Beautiful bamboo archways add dramatic flair to a Xiamen restaurant

Our favorite Vietnamese architecture firm is nearing completion on a gorgeous bamboo restaurant in Xiamen, China. As reported in ArchDaily, Vo Trong Nghia Architects is close to finishing the Ting Xi Bamboo Restaurant, a striking building with capacity for 200 people. The sculptural restaurant champions the beauty and strength of bamboo, used in its 14 fan-shaped support columns.

Bamboo is a favorite material of Vo Trong Nghia Architects. The firm’s eco-friendly work is helping… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Medicine drum woman builds beautiful earth home village in Joshua Tree, California

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in an earthbag dome home, here’s your chance. When Lisa Starr first purchased land in Joshua Tree, California, she wasn’t thinking about vacation rentals. Instead, the artist and drum medicine woman sought a place not too far from the coast where she could build a sustainable life for herself. After deciding to build in accordance with the Iranian architect Nader Khalili’s affordable and disaster-resilient superadobe methodology, she recruited volunteers and CalEarth… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building