Sculptural open-air pavilion blends into a rocky Norwegian landscape

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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



Solar-powered cube home in Australia hovers over the landscape

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Find your zen in this tiny cabin tucked into New Zealand’s idyllic landscape

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St. Louis to transform abandoned landscape into a vibrant new greenway

Stoss Landscape Urbanism has won a design competition for the Chouteau greenway that will soon transform an uninhabited stretch of land into a thriving nature-filled space connecting St. Louis’ Forest Park and the Gateway Arch. The winning proposal envisions an “east-west Loop” that traverses the downtown and also connects to a “north-south Stitch” uniting Fairgrounds Park and Tower Grove Park. The greenway will be part of an overall network of greenways commissioned by the non-profit Great… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Modern charred timber house juts out of Quebecs forest landscape

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

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