Natural stone and an expansive green roof blend the stunning Gozu House into the Andes Mountains

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Minimalist cabin in the Chilean mountains lets climbers escape the daily grind

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This solar-powered cabin is a dreamy green getaway in the Colorado Mountains

Perched on a rocky cliff at 10,000 feet elevation, the Big Cabin | Little Cabin offers unique views of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, the Collegiate Peaks, and the South Platte River. Renée del Gaudio Architecture designed the residence as a pair of solar-powered cabins which capture the essence of traditional cabins through a modern interpretation.

A thick forest surrounds the site to the north and offers a sense of privacy and protection to the occupants of the cabin. Gabled roofs… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Spectacular bamboo domes mimic the mountains of Vietnam

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4.4 billion years ago Earth had no mountains and was covered with water, say scientists

Tiny grains of zircon have allowed two scientists at Australian National University to paint a portrait of Earth over four billion years ago. Their scrutiny of the mineral grains – the oldest fragments of Earth we’ve ever uncovered – led them to think our world was a much different place back then. They say Earth was mountainless and barren, and probably only had a few islands poking up above the water blanketing the rest of the planet. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This man spent 36 years carving through mountains to bring water to his village

 

In 1959, the small village of Caowangba in China’s Guizhou Province had a problem – a drought had dried up all the nearby water sources, and residents were forced to rely on a single well for drinking water. Even that single well was faltering, sometimes leaving the people of the town without enough water to go around. Worse yet, the town’s single rice paddy had dried up, making it hard for residents to access enough food. Something had to be done. But rather than give up and move… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – 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.

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Invisible Portal disappears into the Andes Mountains with a mirrored facade

The small 13-square-meter Invisible Portal lives up to its name with its mirrored facade. The studio placed the viewpoint on a highpoint of an Andes mountain trail that stretches between Guaranda and Babahoyo. “The number of people who visit the natural vantage point use this space as a point for meeting and to rest on the grass,” said Natura Futura, according to Dezeen.

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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

A gigantic tree lives inside this gorgeous glass house in the mountains of Kazakhstan

A. Masow Design Studio just unveiled plans to build a gorgeous glass house that wraps around an entire tree in the woods of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The home’s circular glass façade envelops the entire trunk along with the branches, reinventing the concept the View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building