This beautiful tiny home doubles as a tasty doughnut shop

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Spectacular town hall doubles as a bridge in Denmarks Faroe Islands

When Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects was tapped to design the Town Hall in Eysturkommuna, they knew that there would be no point in trying to compete with the sublime Faroe Islands setting. Sculpted by wind and volcanic forces, the lush Nordic landscape instead provided inspiration for the building, which doubles as a bridge over a river and appears like a green-roofed extension of its surroundings. Blurring the line between nature and building, the Town Hall pays homage to traditional… 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

Lookout Loop bird observatory in Latvia doubles as a temporary shelter

This bird observatory in Latvia is a beautiful loop structure that doubles as a temporary shelter. Design studio Ulf Mejergren Architects conceived it as a sculptural element that would allow visitors to enjoy expansive views of the wetlands and rest before continuing on one of the paths that the Pape Nature Park offers.

The observatory rises from the ground like a dock, with three pairs of curved stair sections joining in a loop, leaving a void in the center. The stairs gets wider closer to the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gorgeous Bostanl Bridge doubles as public park, designed for sunset watching

This beautiful footbridge in Izmir, Turkey, offers much more than a passage from one side of Bostanlı Creek to the other. The timber-clad bridge doubles as a cascading seating structure that complements the adjacent Bostanlı Sunset Lounge. Studio Evren Başbuğ: steb designed both the bridge and lounge area as vibrant urban spaces that offer stunning views of the bay.

Both interventions are part of the ‘İzmirSea’ coastal regeneration project and turn the site into a public attraction point… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This train station which doubles as city hall in Sweden will function as an “urban living room”

The new station and city hall in the southern Swedish city of Växjö is an urban living room that gathers several functions under one striking, prismatic roof. White Arkitekter’s winning proposal for an anonymous competition, the building combines an expressive form with accessibility and provides a series of public spaces for citizens, visitors and employees.

The 150,000-square-foot wooden structure is topped with an elegant, sloping roof that ensures lower energy consumption. The three main… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New Swiss solar cell doubles the efficiency of residential systems

As if to prove the sheer speed at which solar cell technology is evolving, a new startup called Insolight claims to have beaten the efficiency record set just over a week ago by a joint team from MIT and Masdar Institute. The new device was invented by a team while working in the innovation incubator at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and it reportedly has a solar energy conversion rate of 36.4 percent, one percent more than the Masdar/MIT innovation. That efficiency… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building