“natural materials”

Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

It's great to see more of the vernacular in contemporary architecture, like this sturdy rock fence that frames a summer home just south of Melbourne. Designed by b.e. Architecture and located on the

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Ramshackle alpine shed transformed into a rustic mansion in France

Ramshackle alpine shed transformed into a rustic mansion in France

+ Chevalier Architectes Photos by Alexandre Mermillod courtesy of v2com

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Engineers build artificial muscles from onion skin and gold

Engineers build artificial muscles from onion skin and gold

Onions are already known for making people cry, but the humble allium’s contribution to a recent technological breakthrough may be reason for tears of joy. In the journal Applied Physics Letters,

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Lommel Observation tower is wrapped in over 3.5 kilometers of rope to reflect the surrounding sand dunes

Lommel Observation tower is wrapped in over 3.5 kilometers of rope to reflect the surrounding sand dunes

Dutch design studio Ateliereen Architects designed a thirty-meter-high wooden observation tower inspired by the sand dunes of Lommelse Sahara in the Belgian town of Lommel. The triangular structure is

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Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

The first thing you notice is the reclaimed wood siding Medici Architects applied to the outside of this modern home in downtown Kirkland, WA, which earned Built Green 5 star certification. A voluntary

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PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

Spanish manufacturer of hand-made lamps, PET Lamp, creates colorful collections of pendant lamps using indigenous craft techniques from all over the world. Their latest collection, Abyssinia, was

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Henry Island Residence is an off-the-grid family retreat for a Grammy-winning music producer

Henry Island Residence is an off-the-grid family retreat for a Grammy-winning music producer

World-famous music producer Adam Kasper commissioned architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to design a green-roofed vacation residence for his family on Henry Island, in Washington State’s Salish Sea.

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Gabriel Schama creates intricate wooden sculptures with laser-cutting technology

Gabriel Schama creates intricate wooden sculptures with laser-cutting technology

These beautiful wooden sculptures combine natural materials and abstract Islamic and Buddhist patterns with the 3d printing technology. Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates these pieces using both

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Community-designed eco-lodge saves wildlife in Cambodia

Community-designed eco-lodge saves wildlife in Cambodia

Saving wildlife through building community led eco-lodges in Cambodia: Building Trust international are pleased to announce a new sustainable design prototype for an eco-lodge that will assist local

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Elegant timber extension uses angular volumes to maximize natural light

Elegant timber extension uses angular volumes to maximize natural light

The two-level addition extends diagonally from the back of the house. A sloped roof section that connects the original cottage to the timber extension doubles as an angular overhang that protects the home

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Nymph’s Workshop makes unique, handcrafted lamps out of coconut shells

Nymph’s Workshop makes unique, handcrafted lamps out of coconut shells

Artist from Lithuania creates lamps out of coconuts that not only looks like a piece of jewelry but also shines amazing light art. Nymphs lamps are handcrafted out of coconut shell by drilling thousand

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The Cave is a gorgeous rammed earth villa that opens onto the Sierra Madres

The Cave is a gorgeous rammed earth villa that opens onto the Sierra Madres

The Cave is a beautiful rammed earth villa designed by studio Greenfield that harmonizes with the grounds of the Maderas del Carmen natural park in Mexico. Built for the staff of the on site animal

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Adorable TIPI Lamps are made from natural materials and 100% wool felt

Adorable TIPI Lamps are made from natural materials and 100% wool felt

Designer Javier Herrero designed TIPI, an adorable table lamp inspired by Native American teepee houses and developed for the Valencia-based children’s lighting workshop BUOKIDS. Created to evoke a

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Spruce-clad Öijared Hotel quietly blends into the surrounding Swedish forest

Spruce-clad Öijared Hotel quietly blends into the surrounding Swedish forest

Designed to complement architect Gert Wingårdhs’ green-roofed Öijared Country Club, the Öijared Hotel was similarly designed with a nature-inspired, neutral-toned palette. In contrast to the country

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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The “Light of Life” chapel in Korea is a luminous haven for retired missionaries

The “Light of Life” chapel in Korea is a luminous haven for retired missionaries

  Built on the south-facing side of Bori Mountain in Gapyong, South Korea, this chapel is the central point in a village that's being built to house retired missionaries. Created as a project

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Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape

Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape

The two wings of the house offer very different experiences – in the main living space the large room has polished concrete floors that extend outside, while the bedroom wing rests on a piece of

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Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

The Northcote Hemp Houses in Melbourne are two attached family homes that share a backyard and are built with a combination of rammed earth, timber and Hempcrete walls. The project received an 8-star

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Lessmore Showcases Modern, Eco-Friendly Furniture Made Out of Cardboard and Natural Materials

Lessmore Showcases Modern, Eco-Friendly Furniture Made Out of Cardboard and Natural Materials

Italian architect Giorgio Caporaso designed Lessmore, an eco-friendly and modular furniture brand that effortlessly shows how beautiful sustainable design can be. His collection, which was recently

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The 18th Maggie’s Centre is a Tranquil Prefab ‘Treehouse’ for Cancer Patients

The 18th Maggie’s Centre is a Tranquil Prefab ‘Treehouse’ for Cancer Patients

The building has a prefab construction and spruce cladding that allows it to blend into the lush surrounding forest. It also features a wraparound terrace that acts as a lookout and is connected to the

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Handmade T2 LED Lamp Combines Natural Materials with Minimalist, Modern Design

Handmade T2 LED Lamp Combines Natural Materials with Minimalist, Modern Design

Are you on the hunt for a minimalist, energy-efficient desk lamp? If so, you won't want miss out on Ukrainian designer Nick Ponomarenko's T2 LED lamp, which is currently available for pre-order on

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High-End Indigenus Planters are Made of Sustainably Sourced Materials

High-End Indigenus Planters are Made of Sustainably Sourced Materials

Design entrepreneur Peter van der Post developed Indigenus, a line of beautifully crafted high-end planters that can stand alone as works of art, even without a botanical occupant. Designed by

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

This barn extension in the Pyrénées Mountains has a gorgeous green roof that minimizes its impact on an incredible site overlooking the Adour de Lesponne river valley in France. When the client

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Matali Crasset Works With Zimbabwean Weavers to Craft Organic Vessels With Drooping Udders

Matali Crasset Works With Zimbabwean Weavers to Craft Organic Vessels With Drooping Udders

Matali Crasset worked with 17 women and a master weaver for a week to create these containers during a workshop named Basket Case II. This was the second workshop that they completed with the aim of

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A Whole Lot of Sustainable Spruce Clads This Striking Museum Addition in Finland

A Whole Lot of Sustainable Spruce Clads This Striking Museum Addition in Finland

The narrow long building is located on a piece of land parallel to the axis between the existing house, the garden and the adjacent lake. The positioning of the new building frames a new plaza, while its

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Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

The timber-framed Turf House was commissioned by an ambitious couple set on building a low-energy eco-home and was completed for approximately $337,000 USD, including the cost of the land ($64,000 USD).

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Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

The building’s shape was derived from the native Cree people’s traditional longhouse, called a shaptuan, which was common in the village of Ouje-Bougoumou where the center now stands. The ground floor

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Willow Sculptor Tom Hare Crafts an Enchanting Glowing Tree House as a Surprise for a Friend

Willow Sculptor Tom Hare Crafts an Enchanting Glowing Tree House as a Surprise for a Friend

Long time friends Tom Hare, a celebrated willow sculptor, and Zoe Lathbury have always talked about the dying Cherry tree at the back of Zoe's garden and its potential for one of Tom's fabulous designs.

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

It took a full eight years for Aaron to finish building his striking 148 square meter home in the Mojave Desert since he used no contractors, sub-contractors or helpers to get the job done. And it was

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