“natural materials”

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig, who designed

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BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

Seeking to change the perception that straw bale buildings are only suitable for rural areas, Beyond Architecture Group Officinamobile (BAG) recently built Rome's first straw bale home! The

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First Phase of Aedas’ Seaside Eco-Resort Opens in Guangdong, China

First Phase of Aedas’ Seaside Eco-Resort Opens in Guangdong, China

Aedas recently announced the completion of the first phase of its seaside eco-resort at Huidong, Guangdong, China. The natural setting of this seaside town, located 40 miles from Shenzhen, is the perfect

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Woodendot’s Modern Ka Lamps Are Handcrafted in Spain Using Natural Materials

Woodendot’s Modern Ka Lamps Are Handcrafted in Spain Using Natural Materials

Madrid-based design studio Woodendot recently launched a new line of modern lighting handcrafted from natural materials. Their Ka Lamp collection is locally produced using traditional craft techniques in

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Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Built on pilings on the beach, Nueva Esperanza (which means new hope in Spanish) was constructed in accordance with the community's longstanding vernacular. A timber base is accentuated with bamboo walls

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Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

The Bromont Residence is a compact 2700 square meter cabin built of natural materials in Quebec. Clad in wooden cladding, it also boasts a cedar cathedral ceiling within. This material palette not only

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SunRay Kelley’s Harbin Hot Springs Temple in Napa Valley is Made from Natural Materials

SunRay Kelley’s Harbin Hot Springs Temple in Napa Valley is Made from Natural Materials

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer Part of the reason that SunRay Kelley's buildings are so unique is because they are all handmade. Using nature as his guide, Kelley has built an estimated 50 organic

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

Stepping away from the architectural status quo of a residential neighborhood en route to the famed and magical Ha Long Bay, Vo Trong Nghia stacked hundreds of smooth blue stones on top of one another in

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Artist Chris Maynard Creates Flocks of Birds Out of Individual Feathers

Artist Chris Maynard Creates Flocks of Birds Out of Individual Feathers

Olympia, Washington-based artist Chris Maynard uses individual feathers to create images of large flocks of birds. Using eye surgery scissors, forceps, scalpels, and magnifiers to cut and carve the

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Lee Jae-Hyo Turns Ordinary Pieces of Wood Into Giant Sculptural Spheres

Lee Jae-Hyo Turns Ordinary Pieces of Wood Into Giant Sculptural Spheres

Lee Jae-Hyo's work is on display in temporary and permanent collections throughout the planet - in cities as far afield as London and Washington DC - and it's easy to see why. Using nothing more

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Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

Situated on a lovely green ten acre plot, the Heritage School constructed within the confines of a tight budget was designed with great respect for the land. The curved roofs blend into the hills while

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Cibicworkshop Showcases Green Building Techniques with “Cultivating a House”

Cibicworkshop Showcases Green Building Techniques with “Cultivating a House”

Cultivating a House is a large-scale installation consisting of two houses built from sustainable materials by Cibicworkshop, a design research center that is based in italy. The two houses, which were

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Two Homes Tucked in the Ground are Topped With Sweeping Arched Roofs in Paraguay

Two Homes Tucked in the Ground are Topped With Sweeping Arched Roofs in Paraguay

BAUEN was very concerned to ensure that this eco-luxe home in Paraguay would have a relatively small environmental footprint, so they tucked the majority of it underground. Tall double-height windows

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Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

Whether you're returning to school or just need a new bag to bring your laptop to and from work, Corkor's all-natural women's laptop bag is one of the greenest options available. The bag is handmade with

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Solar Geodesic Dome-Covered Cob House Rises in the Far Reaches of Norway

Solar Geodesic Dome-Covered Cob House Rises in the Far Reaches of Norway

Ardent followers of permaculture, the couple and their three children are lucky to be surrounded by a host of like-minded families who often come by to help with the building. They are also vegetarians,

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TECLA Studio’s Elegant Cork Chair is Made from Natural Materials

TECLA Studio’s Elegant Cork Chair is Made from Natural Materials

The TECLA chair, produced by Portuguese firm TECLA Studio, is characterized by the simplicity of its smooth lines, which result in a minimal and elegant form. Two angles and a vertical bar come together

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Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

The Solar Decathlon competition is designed to foster creativity and innovation, not winners. As a result, we admire the teams who have risked their chance of winning in order to experiment with new

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Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Team Brasil chose wood as the main construction materials for their solar-powered Ekó House since these are more readily available in their home country and because they help to raise awareness of the

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Team Valencia’s Solar Decathlon SML System House Adapts to a Growing Family’s Needs

Team Valencia’s Solar Decathlon SML System House Adapts to a Growing Family’s Needs

This "medium" version of their design was fully constructed in under a fortnight, proving the credentials of their efficient building technique. The kitchen was fitted with the appliances off-site and

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Earth-Covered Subterranean River Sauna Heats up a Sizzling View in Norway

Earth-Covered Subterranean River Sauna Heats up a Sizzling View in Norway

The subterranean sauna has a mild industrial feel to it thanks to the raw concrete and rusted metal wall, combined with a minimalist Japanese aesthetic and a view that will make a grown man weep. Each of

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Terunobu Fujimori’s Otherworldly Tree Houses Defy the Laws of Gravity

Terunobu Fujimori’s Otherworldly Tree Houses Defy the Laws of Gravity

Terunobu Fujimori had his first building erected at the age of 44 (the Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum was commissioned by his hometown, Chino City in Nagano). Enveloped by local stones and hand-cut

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Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu is one of the leading green companies in the homewares and gift segment. The China-based company received Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval for its efforts to preserve the environment, promote

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Curvy Lakeside Chenequa Residence Wraps Around a Solid Stone Wall in Wisconsin

Curvy Lakeside Chenequa Residence Wraps Around a Solid Stone Wall in Wisconsin

The first of two phases, the primary Chenequa residence will soon be followed by an additional structure for visiting grandparents and an enclosed swimming pool. Meanwhile, working around the existing

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Casa 34 is a Long Rectangular Home With a Green Roof and an Enviable View in Chile

Casa 34 is a Long Rectangular Home With a Green Roof and an Enviable View in Chile

Set up against an extended stone retaining wall, the timber-clad home is barely visible from afar. This integration is further served by both the lush green roof and the natural materials with which the

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Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

As with his former renovation projects, including the Patchwork House that we love, Kostelov demonstrates his total mastery of timber. It appears that a new, independent oak tube has been inserted into

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Atelier Vecteur’s Timber Pavilion for the Festival of Lively Architecture is Not as Simple as it Looks

Atelier Vecteur’s Timber Pavilion for the Festival of Lively Architecture is Not as Simple as it Looks

Built out of timber sticks of different lengths, the welcoming pavilion by Atelier Vecteur, at first glance, is no more than a simple box. But the design team added what they call an "ovoid" to the cube,

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Metcalfe Architecture’s Daylight-Filled Spence House Boasts Soaring Ceilings

Metcalfe Architecture’s Daylight-Filled Spence House Boasts Soaring Ceilings

Commissioned by a writer in the midst of a major lifestyle change, the Spence house is tucked away in an agricultural enclave of Cornwall, CT. Strategically-placed windows permit the perfect amount of

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The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

There's very little information about the Noach Cradle, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming the talk of the design town. Numerous European publications have gushed about them and van Veldhuizen was

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Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Fann prefers to use Eucalyptus branches because they are strong, flexible and last longer than other branches. He harvests them by cutting them off healthy trees, careful not to cause any damage. Then,

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Bolivia’s Palacio de Sal is a Hotel Made Entirely of Salt!

Bolivia’s Palacio de Sal is a Hotel Made Entirely of Salt!

The Palacio de Sal was built in 2007 to accommodate travelers to the Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes. The hotel is organized as a palace with large common rooms, a bar, a

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