Barn-inspired home offers back-to-nature living with a crisp, contemporary twist

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Reconnecting with rural roots has never looked better than at Silvernails, a beautiful hillside home fashioned as a rural barn in Rhinebeck, New York. Set on a picturesque 120-acre property near the east side of the Hudson River, the gabled holiday retreat is the first “ground-up” residential work of Manhattan-based Amalgam Studio. In addition to its modern good looks and spectacular outdoor views, the house—dubbed Silvernails—also boasts an energy-efficient design optimized for cross-ventilation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



ESCAPE offers free tiny home rentals that could earn you money

If you’ve ever wanted to earn some side cash with a tiny house rental but never had the means or time to invest in one, here’s your chance. After having long wowed us with their luxurious tiny house builds, Wisconsin-based ESCAPE Homes has launched the “Free ESCAPE Tiny House Program” and they’re looking to partner with anyone with a qualifying property. If you’re approved, ESCAPE will deliver and set up one of their award-winning homes as a rental unit on your site completely free of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Unique Fuzzy House offers locals a public shortcut through the building

When architecture studio Situation-based Operation (SO) was asked to create a home in Chiang Mai, the brief came with an unusual request: preserve the existing desire path. Since the plot had been left empty for many years, locals had created a desire path, or shortcut, through the land between two roads—and the owner wanted to keep that path functional for the community. As a result, the architects designed the Fuzzy House, a concrete home that blurs the line between public and private use.

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Macron offers 18 scientists the chance to “Make Our Planet Great Again”

France’s president Emmanuel Macron had an answer to President Donald Trump’s decision to tug America out of the Paris Agreement: invite scientists to research climate change solutions in France. The Make Our Planet Great Again initiative now has its first class: 18 scientists from around the world. They’ll move from institutions like Princeton University, Stanford University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to France.

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Woven bamboo pavilion offers shelter to passion fruit farmers in China

Amazing projects like Ibuku’s Green Village in Bali, and Tokyo pavilion by Vo Trong Nghia demonstrate the strength and malleability of bamboo. Students and researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have also recognized its limitless potentials as a great sustainable alternative to conventional building materials. After completing a glowing pavilion in their hometown, they designed another innovative bamboo structure– this time in China– using traditional weaving techniques and digital… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered safari lodge offers sustainable luxury digs in Botswana

Elevated on stilts, the sustainable and cocoon-like lodge takes its inspiration from the pangolin, an endangered scaly animal native to the African bush. The architects clad the curvaceous facade with natural and locally sourced shingles and woven in a View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building