A green-roofed ski cabin blends into the lush Canadian landscape

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Wrapped in cedar planks dyed black and topped with a lush green roof, the Cottage in Sutton appears to meld into the landscape from afar. Montreal-based architecture firm Paul Bernier Architecte designed the 2,400-square-foot residence as a weekend retreat for a family of four avid skiers. Modern yet minimalist, the home prioritizes views of the outdoors, in particular the vistas towards Mount Sutton in the south.

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Sculptural open-air pavilion blends into a rocky Norwegian landscape

When Oslo-based design studio MORFEUS arkitekter first laid eyes on Bukkekjerka, a rock formation framed by the rugged mountains on the east and the open sea to the west, its natural beauty stunned them. So, when they were tasked with designing an open-air pavilion on the site along the Norwegian Scenic Route Andøya, they understandably wanted to take a sensitive approach so as not to detract from the landscape. The resulting design is a contemporary structure built from folded concrete to mimic… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tudor-inspired tiny house blends old-world charm with minimalist functionality

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Solar-powered seaside cabin blends prefab design with traditional building techniques

This small solar-powered hideaway in British Columbia mirrors the natural incline of the cliff on which it sits. Architecture studio Battersby Howat worked together with Hinterland Design who assembled a small team of craftsmen to build the Valdes Island Shack as a cozy retreat that combines prefab design and traditional building techniques.

The 386-square-foot cabin sits on a bluff overlooking the Salish Sea and features solar power and a rainwater filtration system. A team of Hinterland Design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This modern hiking hotel blends into the dark alpine forests of Italy

The darkened wood façade of the award-winning Hotel Bühelwirt is specially tinted to reflect “the dark green, or often black forest tinge [that] seems to blend nature and topography with the building”. Pedevilla Architects designed the building as a natural extension of the breathtaking alpine landscapes of South Tyrol, Italy.

The 20-room hotel references traditional hiking hotels of the region. It marries simplicity with modern forms–rectangular forms meet an asymmetrical saddle roof… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Rammed-earth walls clad an observation tower blends into a Belgian nature reserve

Mother Nature has reclaimed a former gravel extraction area in Maasvalley Riverpark, a 2,500-hectare nature reserve straddling the Belgium-Netherlands border. To help visitors fully experience the revitalized area, De Gouden Liniaal Architecten designed a small observation tower that blends into the landscape with its rammed earth walls. Built of locally excavated materials, the Observation Tower Negenoord is the first public earthen building in the Benelux region.

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Striking rammed earth home blends into the hills of Santa Fe

Inspired by thickened stone walls of Chaco Canyon and the regional geology the La Tierra Nueva home is influenced by the vernacular architecture of Santa Fe and northern NM. The custom residence is notched into the juniper-studded hillside outside of Santa Fe NM. Material choices for the house are informed by Northern New Mexico’s traditional building materials, such as mud plastered, site cast adobe and corrugated metal in addition to colors and textures found on the site.

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