An angular timber cabin is hidden inside an ancient mountain forest

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Rising like a tree out of rich volcanic ash soil is the Cabin Shangri-la, the first structure in a series of mountain cabins in Las Trancas, Chile. Architect Nicolas del Rio of the Chilean architecture firm DRAA designed the geometric cabin that’s clad in timber inside and out and punctuated with large windows. Built of prefabricated structural insulation panels, the compact cabin boasts minimal site impact thanks to its elevated footprint, which also gives the dwelling a treehouse-like feel.

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Mountain Heroes cyclist aims for world record to fight climate change

Michael Strasser, famous cyclist and the first to join the UN Environment’s Mountain Heroes Campaign, has now been cycling for just over 10 days and 19 hours. His goal? Establishing a new world record by cycling form Alaska to Patagonia through the longest overland route. The 14,300 mile (23,000 kilometer) and nearly 610,000 vertical feet (185,000 vertical meters) Ice2Ice expedition is not just about immense feats of strength and stamina, however. The expedition seeks to demonstrate how sustainable… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered mountain home is a sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Like many places across the U.S., the real estate market is booming in Aspen, Colorado. As companies move in to replenish the dwindling housing inventory, one real estate developer hopes to provide a more sustainable alternative to inevitable onslaught of cookie-cutter homes. Working in collaboration with San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design, the developer has completed a solar-powered dwelling that serves as a new energy-efficient prototype for speculative real estate in Aspen.

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Historic Polish microbrewery and mountain lodge gets a beautiful 21st-century update

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Abandoned house transformed into a gorgeous sanctuary on a remote Chinese mountain

This rustic sanctuary, nestled in a remote village in China, is a beautifully renovated private home that combines modernity and vernacular design. Architecture studio RSAA approached the renovation project with a strong sense of respect for the history of the building and its stunning natural surroundings.

The original house, nested on the top of the mountain in the north of Anhui Province, China, was uninhabited for years, until the owner decided to renovate it into a modern residence. The design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

German community bands together to convert old WWII bunker into a ‘green mountain’

Related: Century-old WWI bunker is reborn as a contemporary alpine shelter

“We are rebuilding what we inherit.” The project’s initiative states, “Adding something to history while dealing with it and thereby reshaping history itself.”

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Swiss resident begins peddling jars of Alps mountain air starting at $97

Got an extra $97 lying around? With that money you can now purchase a jar of fresh mountain air from Switzerland. Resident John Green has started collecting air from the Alps and peddling it online, saying “the air in the mountains is like champagne [so] I decided I had better start selling it.”

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The biggest artwork in Europe “recharges” an Italian mountain with new trees

Related: Irish town plans to plant world’s largest giant redwood grove

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Vertical forest Mountain Hotel will clean the air in Guizhou, China

The Milan-based design firm made headlines with Bosco Verticale, the world’s first vertical forest built right in the company’s hometown. A few years later, the firm’s design for a second green skyscraper won a competition to add an eco-friendly building in Lausanne, Switzerland which will break ground next year. The Mountain Hotel design follows the same principles, with a focus on sustainable architecture and a green facade that can improve the quality of the air around it.

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Wildlife officials ignore return of mountain lions to the Blue Ridge Mountains

There are mountain lions in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but wildlife officials still call them extinct and haven’t done much to support their populations. Numerous sightings, videos, and DNA tests on captured animals point to the existence of a small population of the cats in Tennessee, where the big cats have previously been declared extinct. Despite the evidence of their existence, mountain lion habitat is not officially protected, leading environmentalists to accuse wildlife officials of negligence… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building