Modern charred timber house juts out of Quebecs forest landscape

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If you haven’t tired yet of the blackened timber trend, feast your eyes on this modern retreat that’s backed up on a forested hillside in Quebec, Canada. Montreal-based studio Atelier General designed The Rock, a boxy timber home that, like its name implies, is meant to evoke a natural extension of the mountainous terrain. Full-height glazing and extensive use of wood inside and out blur the line between indoor-outdoor living.

Topped with a flat roof, the two-story home avoids… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Off-grid Lake House escapes the Texan heat with minimal landscape impact

There’s nothing quite like taking a cool dip in a lake on a hot summer’s day. The lucky owners of the Lake House get to escape the brutal Texan heat with laps in Lake Austin thanks to their off-grid boathouse. American studio Andersson-Wise Architects designed the two-story boathouse that operates off the grid and exerts minimal impact on the environment.

Created as part of a residential estate, the Lake House in Austin is a boathouse set a half-mile away from the main residence… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Minimalist Timber Loft House gives you a birds-eye view of the Swedish landscape

The timber Loft House (Lofthuset) is a small getaway that offers expansive views of the mountainous landscapes in the north of Sweden. Architect Hanna Michelson,who works for Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, designed the building as a sanctuary and peaceful vantage point for visitors.

The house is lifted from the ground by a timber framework in an attempt not to disturb the surrounding nature. The lower part of the house offers a more immediate connection to the forest, while the upper part,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Charming Vega Cottage is a romantic getaway in the wild Arctic landscape

Kolman Boye Architects wrapped Vega Cottage in a continuous timber skin weathered to an attractive silver-gray patina that matches the muted and natural tones of the landscape. Situated on top of a rock beneath a granite shoulder, Vega Cottage complements View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Snhettas ready-made cabin can fit into any landscape

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a Snøhetta-designed home, this may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. The renowned Norwegian design firm just unveiled a beautiful prefabricated cabin designed to pop up in and complement any landscape. Created in collaboration with Rindalshytter, Norway’s leading producer of leisure homes, the Gapahuk cabin features an environmentally friendly footprint with off-grid capabilities.

Designed for adaptability, Gapahuk can suit an array of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Serene timber cabin in Austrian countryside floats lightly on the sloping landscape

Related: Contemporary timber cabin doubles as a lookout tower with dramatic island views

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Beautiful cabin pops up in ten days with minimal landscape disturbance

BIO Architects recently completed a modern modular cabin, proving yet again how beautiful homes can be affordable with the help of prefabrication. Commissioned by a young couple that desired a cost-effective home on the lake, the prefabricated cabin is the latest iteration in the Russian firm’s line of modular Dubldom homes. The dwelling, located at Pirogovo Lake in the suburbs of Moscow, was installed in roughly ten days with minimal site impact.

The lakeside cabin, named DublDom… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

10 landscape design projects that turned neglected spaces into incredible parks

The High Line Park in NYC. Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat

Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or land affected by war, natural disaster or disuse. These View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Manetti Shrem Museum’s 50,000-square-foot canopy was inspired by the texture of the agrarian landscape

The new Manetti Shrem Museum features a 50,000-square-foot permeable canopy that extends over the sides of the building and blurs its edges. Architecture firms Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and SO-IL designed the new museum for the University of California in Davis, and created a space with interiors activated by changing light, seasons and interwoven curved and straight sections.

The light-filled, multi-use building was built to further the educational mission of the museum and become a new cultural… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Starship-like Utsikten viewpoint juts out into Norways breathtaking alpine landscape

Utsikten—Norwegian for “The View”—is located near the top of Gaular Mountain following an ascent of hairpin bends. The viewpoint was constructed almost entirely of concrete with an 80-centimeter-thick platform and raised, wing-like corners that point towards the north, south, and west. “Each corner is shaped specifically in relation to the landscape and to different use,” write the architects. “It has been an object to create a shape that stimulates physical movement, and also can work… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building