Barn-inspired home offers back-to-nature living with a crisp, contemporary twist

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Reconnecting with rural roots has never looked better than at Silvernails, a beautiful hillside home fashioned as a rural barn in Rhinebeck, New York. Set on a picturesque 120-acre property near the east side of the Hudson River, the gabled holiday retreat is the first “ground-up” residential work of Manhattan-based Amalgam Studio. In addition to its modern good looks and spectacular outdoor views, the house—dubbed Silvernails—also boasts an energy-efficient design optimized for cross-ventilation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This contemporary light-filled home feels like an extension of Balis tropics

German architect Alexis Dornier of his eponymous Bali-based architecture practice recently completed a stunning modern home in an Indonesian tropical paradise. The private home—named House A—comprises four stories laid out in 8,072 square feet. As with his previous works, House A embraces indoor-outdoor living with full-height glazing and an open layout where views of lush greenery can be enjoyed at every turn.

Built primarily of stone and dark timber, House A appears to be a natural… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Origami-like alpine cabin brings contemporary style to Chile’s mountains

Alpine architecture has evolved far beyond traditional chalets, as can be seen in this contemporary cabin perched high above in Chile’s Valparaíso Region. Architect Gonzalo Iturriaga completed the blackened pine cabin, named RF C9, on a rocky site near the commune of San Esteban. Like a piece of origami, the angular refuge has numerous folds, some of which are turned into glazed openings that frame spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Elevated off the uneven ground, the 60-square-meter… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building