Two design students build a charming, off-grid summer cabin in a remote Finnish forest

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An updated Scandinavian summer cottage weaves Japanese influences throughout

There are few better places to spend a Scandinavian summer than in a breezy cottage by the water. One stellar example is the Summer House completed by Swedish architecture firm Kod Arkitekter in the northern Stockholm archipelago. Located on an island and surrounded by the forest and sea, this home makes the most of its idyllic surroundings with a design that maximizes indoor-outdoor living and combines Scandinavian cottage traditions with Japanese minimalism.

Built of timber to reference the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Confluence Park’s new solar-powered pavilions collect rainwater and provide shade from the summer sun

San Antonio’s idyllic Confluence Park just became a little greener and more scenic, thanks to the teamwork between American firms Lake Flato and Matysys with the support of landscape architect Rialto Studio. The riverfront park now boasts sweeping sculptural pavilions that provide shade from the fierce Texas sun as well as an elegant method for collecting rainwater.

 

Confluence Park is located at the spot where the San Antonia River merges with San Pedro Creek. Covering just over 3… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 tents perfect for camping this summer

Summer is here, school is out and it’s time to start planning for those upcoming summer camping trips. If it’s time to retire your old tent and finally purchase a new one, finding the perfect tent can be tricky. Do you need something that works well in hot weather for those beach vacations, or something that will keep you warm in cooler climates? Do you need a tent that will work in both climates? If you’re on the hunt for a new tent, here are some of our favorite options that are perfect for your… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Two protective layers keep this angular house in Chile cool in the summer

The angular Two Skins House, designed by architect Verónica Arcos, is enveloped in two layers which maintain stable temperatures throughout the year. Perched on high cliffs north of Santiago, capital of Chile, the house features generous openings that offer views of the Pacific Ocean.

The house has a simple rectangular plan and faceted walls that add drama to the space. Dark pine planks used as cladding add more variation to the exterior surfaces. Pine and other wooden structural panels were… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LAST CHANCE: Score $1150 of solar outdoor lighting in our summer giveaway

Now that spring is in full swing, we’re spending as much time as possible outdoors – and as longer days give way to warmer nights, the benefits of solar-powered lighting really start to shine. Whether you’re decking out your patio for an evening BBQ or setting up camp in the middle of the woods, solar lights keep the festivities going long after dark without relying on the grid. If you’d like to pick up some quality lamps, you’re in luck – we’ve teamed up with Deelat to offer you a shot at winning… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Score $1150 of solar outdoor lighting in our summer giveaway

Now that spring is in full swing, we’re spending as much time as possible outdoors – and as longer days give way to warmer nights, the benefits of solar-powered lighting really start to shine. Whether you’re decking out your patio for an evening BBQ or setting up camp in the middle of the woods, solar lights keep the festivities going long after dark without relying on the grid. If you’d like to pick up some quality lamps, you’re in luck – we’ve teamed up with Deelat to offer you a shot at winning… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Score 1150 worth of solar outdoor lighting in our summer solar giveaway

Now that spring is in full swing, we’re spending as much time as possible outdoors – and as longer days give way to warmer nights, the benefits of solar-powered lighting really start to shine. Whether you’re decking out your patio for an evening BBQ or setting up camp in the middle of the woods, solar lights keep the festivities going long after dark without relying on the grid. If you’d like to pick up some quality lamps, you’re in luck – we’ve teamed up with Deelat to offer you a shot at winning… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 cool cave homes that stay comfortable in summer and warm in winter

Cave homes have come a long way since prehistoric times. Far from primitive, many modern cave dwellings are surprisingly luxurious, comfortable, and beautiful places to call home. In addition to their head-turning location, cave homes tend to be very energy efficient thanks to their naturally insulating earth walls that keep the inside air at comfortable temperatures year-round without need for heating or cooling. We’ve rounded up six such abodes that could make you wanting a cave home of your… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Flying water taxis are hitting the rivers of Paris this summer

Parisians will soon have the opportunity to glide down rivers to get around the city, instead of riding in polluting cars. SeaBubble, a company creating flying water taxis, will debut their innovative mode of green transportation in Paris this summer on the River Seine. Think Uber, but for rivers – five people can climb aboard a SeaBubble and pay fares comparable to ridesharing services. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building