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

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Futuristic solar home hidden inside 18th-century stone ruins

The stone ruins of an 18th-century Scottish farmhouse have been brought back to life as the envelope for a surprisingly modern solar-powered home. Nathanael Dorent Architecture and Lily Jencks Studio crafted Ruin Studio with layers like a palimpsest, from the 200-year-old farmhouse frame to futuristic and tubular interior shell. In addition to the use of photovoltaics, the dwelling was built to near passivhaus standards and boasts a super-insulated envelope.

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Hundreds of mysterious stone structures discovered near ancient volcanoes in Saudi Arabia

Like all things, technology is a double-edged sword. Without it, however, Professor David Kennedy of the University of Oxford would never have discovered hundreds of mysterious structures located near ancient lava domes in Saudi Arabia. Using the resource Google Earth, Kennedy found there are approximately 400 stone walls on ancient lava domes that are believed to be more than 9,000 years old. Because the structures appear similar to others found in the Middle East, they have been dubbed “gates”

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Why natural stone is the best choice for your fireplace

Now that fall has started to settle in across the United States, there’s nothing better than getting cozy next to a roaring fire. If you aren’t thinking about natural stone when it comes to creating a green fireplace, maybe it’s time you did. Natural stone retains heat better than just about anything out there, is practically maintenance-free and resists wear and tear. On top of that, it can handle the extremes in temperature that are an inherent part of fireplaces and doesn’t suffer from rot and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

15 stunning examples of interior design using natural stone

Successful interior design is a practice that creates aesthetically pleasing environments while enhancing how we live, work, and play. Since so many of us spend the majority of our time indoors, it is important that the spaces we inhabit work to make us happier, healthier, and more connected to the world around us. From rapidly growing, renewable bamboo, to hardy woods that develop rich patinas over time, it is no secret that nature produces some of the most beautiful building materials around, but… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How stone can help you create a more sustainable home

From the pyramids at Giza to Stonehenge, to Machu Pichu – there is a reason that all of the longest lasting human structures are made of stone. Stone lasts forever, is natural, and is readily available in the environment. When it comes to outdoor landscaping or interior applications that see a lot of use and moisture (think kitchens and bathrooms), natural stone is often the most durable and lowest-maintenance choice for surfaces. Unlike wood, plastics or composite materials, stone will not rot,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

7 gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

House of Ruins by NRJA

Latvian architects NRJA completed the House of Ruins, an award-winning contemporary home built inside the ruins of a 19th century Latvian stone barn. In addition to the beautiful contrast they provide, the stone and brick walls View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

experiment for dissolvable stone

dissolvable natural stone can be used for sea burial urn. which is 100% GREEN. here shows “3 pcs of small dissolvable stone” , they melted in tap water within 10 mins, (march 17, 2010 around 3pm at office’s pantry) please be patient while watching this experiment. u will see the size of 3 pcs getting smaller & smaller….

greenhaven woodland burial ground

greenhaven woodland burial ground
A tree instead of a head stone . Lock up your carbon in a tree and not the at the atmosphere,leave a footprint to be proud of. Leave a cleaner world for future generations. www.greenhaven.org.uk