Charming home uses local, natural materials to pay homage to a chestnut tree

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Young Czech architecture firm Valarch studio has completed a modest yet elegant family house built largely of timber to reference the property’s old chestnut tree in the garden. Named the Chestnut House, the home spans a compact footprint of just 840 square feet and comprises two sections: a larger living area and a smaller, green-roofed technical area united via a multifunctional vestibule. All building materials were locally sourced wherever possible with an emphasis on natural materials.

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A striking modernist home in Joshua Tree can be yours for $498K

If you’re a fan of multidisciplinary American artist Fritz Haeg, here’s your chance to own and live inside one of his unique works. Located in Joshua Tree, this eye-catching Haeg-designed home has hit the market for $498,000. Sandwiched between two large five-acre Bureau of Land Management (BLM) parcels, this Joshua Tree home offers spectacular views in every directions.

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The super-durable Sky Pod tree tent can support up to 550 pounds

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MIT’s winning solar-powered dome tree habitats for Mars mimic earthly forests

If humans start constructing cities on Mars, we have an opportunity to build sustainably from the start. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) team designed a city that mimics a forest, with solar-powered dome tree habitats connected with roots, or tunnels. Their vision, called Redwood Forest, was the first place winner in the architecture category of the Mars City Design competition.

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Geologists discover fossils from 13 ancient tree species in Antarctica

It may be hard to believe, but forests once sprawled across Antarctica. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee geologists recently climbed the slopes of McIntyre Promontory in the Transantarctic Mountains to uncover fossil fragments from 13 trees that greened Antarctica more than 260 million years ago – before the first dinosaurs ever walked the planet.

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Medicine drum woman builds beautiful earth home village in Joshua Tree, California

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in an earthbag dome home, here’s your chance. When Lisa Starr first purchased land in Joshua Tree, California, she wasn’t thinking about vacation rentals. Instead, the artist and drum medicine woman sought a place not too far from the coast where she could build a sustainable life for herself. After deciding to build in accordance with the Iranian architect Nader Khalili’s affordable and disaster-resilient superadobe methodology, she recruited volunteers and CalEarth… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beautiful cow barn in Basel is made of tree branches topped with a grassy roof

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This gorgeous ‘Tree House Tower’ was built using repurposed timber and old ship materials

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This urban tree cleans as much polluted air as an entire forest

Air pollution might be invisible, but it results in 7 million premature deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). To scrub the air of harmful particulates, “CityTree” installations have been placed in locations such as Oslo, Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the invention is said to have the same environmental impact as 275 urban trees.

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This playful Airbnb treehouse near San Francisco lets you sleep in a 150-year-old oak tree

A 150-year-old California coast live oak grows through this amazing treehouse– Bay area’s only Airbnb treehouse. Linda and Doug Studebaker built the house as a cozy overnight rental in the backyard of their hillside property in Burlingame, California, and furnished it with furniture that give it an old fashioned feel that will allow you to live out your childhood dreams.

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