Unusual ellipse-shaped home celebrates a return to nature in Vietnam

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There’s no question that the healing powers of nature can do wonders for our well-being, which is why the client behind the V4 House asked Hanoi-based design studio TNT Architects to create a home that felt peaceful and rural despite its suburban setting. In response, the architects created a dwelling that celebrates a return to nature with an immersive garden, swimming pool and unusual pavilion-like form. Located in Vietnam’s Nghe An province in the Nghi Loc district, the V4 House offers a strong… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Bolivia creates a nature reserve for world’s rarest macaw

The Blue-throated Macaw is one of the most critically endangered species on the planet with only about 300 remaining in the wild. The species of parrot is indigenous to Bolivia where Asociación Armonía has partnered up with the American Bird Conservancy, the International Conservation Fund of Canada, the IUCN Netherlands and the World Land Trust to create the first protected area for the imperiled macaw.

Related: Endangered green and loggerhead turtles make Mediterranean comeback

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Escape into nature at Alberto Kalachs timber cabins in Oaxaca

Renowned Mexican architect Alberto Kalach has designed a series of idyllic timber cabins along the Pacific Ocean in Oaxaca, Mexico. Available to rent on AirBnB, these cabins built near the beach were developed as part of the Punta Pájaros, an ecological development located approximately 25 minutes from Puerto Escondido, a port town with stunning surf, jewel-like beaches, and a buzzing nightlife. The cabins, which are strategically placed away from the hustle bustle and are oriented to face the ocean,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The spacious Camberwell House reconnects a large family with nature

Camberwell House, by AM Architecture, had a tall order to fill. The renovated property is a redesign of an existing structure that aimed to bring together parents and kids as well as fuse the indoors with outside.

 

The result is a 5,920 square-foot property in Melbourne, Australia. The family wanted a larger indoor living space to accommodate their numbers as well as an improved layout that would allow them to enjoy both indoors and outside.

 

To full the family’s demands,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This prefab pavilion in Zhejiang brings travelers closer to nature

There’s no better way to build appreciation of nature than to immerse people in its beauty. That’s the idea behind the Pine Park Pavilion, a recently completed structure by the riverside in China’s Zhejiang province. Designed by Beijing-based design studio DnA Design and Architecture, the prefabricated Pine Park Pavilion serves to bring cyclists and hikers closer to the landscape.

Commissioned by the Songyang Department of River Control and Reservoir Management as a piece of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

These charming timber cabins in South India are a retreat for nature lovers

If your dream getaway involves nature excursions in a tropical environment, prepare to fall in love with the Cardamom Club resort in Thekkady, India. Recently renovated by Bangalore-based Kumar La Noce, this boutique resort now features a series of elevated cabins built mainly of sustainably sourced Bangkirai hardwood. Combining contemporary design with traditional elements, the 430-square-foot cabins rest lightly on the landscape and blend in with the verdant surroundings.

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Artist uses materials found in nature to create elaborate cairns and mandalas

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Nature takes center stage at this renovated Soviet resort in Georgia

An old Soviet resort received a modern makeover that transformed it into a stunning mountain retreat facing the dramatic Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. Tbilisi-based duo Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia restored the brutalist building as the new home of the Rooms Hotels Kazbegi, named after a 19th-century Georgian poet.

The building combines rustic and industrial aesthetics as a way of reconciling its architectural legacy with the appreciation of its alpine surroundings. It features 155… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Mirrored pavilion all but disappears into nature

Portuguese architecture agency depA has hidden a pavilion in plain sight. This camouflaged structure, clad in mirrored panels, appears to disappear into the lush green landscape and houses an impressive artwork for those who manage to find their way inside. Located in Porto’s Serralves Park, the aptly named Liquid Pavilion is a temporary installation belonging to the famed Serralves Museum, Portugal’s leading contemporary art museum.

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Double whirlpool spotted in nature for the first time

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have observed “double whirlpools” in the natural world for the first time. Until now, the unusual fluid dynamics phenomenon had only been theoretically envisioned. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building