“natural materials”

Amazing Whanapoua Sled House Can Be Slid Around the Beach in New Zealand

Amazing Whanapoua Sled House Can Be Slid Around the Beach in New Zealand

Reminiscent of surf shacks or beach observation towers, the Whanapoua sled house features elementary building materials put together in a really sleek design. This is a two-storey project complete with

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The Cocoon House is an Amorphous Green-Roofed Retreat on a UNESCO Heritage Site

The Cocoon House is an Amorphous Green-Roofed Retreat on a UNESCO Heritage Site

Designed for a site in Gotjawal Village and just one part of the Jeju Airest City, an integrated residential and business resort, the Cocoon House features a central cocoon around which the rest of the

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Vietnam’s I Resort is a Beautiful Retreat Made Entirely from Natural Materials

Vietnam’s I Resort is a Beautiful Retreat Made Entirely from Natural Materials

The resort is located on a small hill near a river within a calm environment just outside Vietnam's Nha Trang city. Its round thatched-roof courtyard is used as a quite space and climate

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Cornelia Konrads’ Incredible Land Art Installations Hover Above the Landscape

Cornelia Konrads’ Incredible Land Art Installations Hover Above the Landscape

The Gate (2004) © Cornelia Konrads Konrads works in the field of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Rob Mullholland, responding to nature by presenting a way for the viewer, or more commonly,

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Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed KIEM School in the Netherlands

Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed KIEM School in the Netherlands

Mecanoo has just broken ground on one of their most exciting projects to date - the green-roofed KIEM education complex in the Netherlands. Located in Dordrecht amidst several parks and a nature

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Green-Roofed Natural Arbor is an Amazing All-Natural Fir Cabin in Poland

Green-Roofed Natural Arbor is an Amazing All-Natural Fir Cabin in Poland

Located astride a pond and surrounded by verdant forests, the cabin was constrained by strict regulations, not that Organica would have it any other way. Their attention to nature conservation can be

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11×11 is a Modern Wood-Clad Prefab in Germany

11×11 is a Modern Wood-Clad Prefab in Germany

11x11 is clad in vertical laminated wooden slats that extend to the roof. The same material is used to frame the deep-set windows which bend over eaves and wrap around corners, funneling enough daylight

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Madagascar’s Tranquil Tsara Komba Eco-Lodge Embraces Life in the Slow Lane

Madagascar’s Tranquil Tsara Komba Eco-Lodge Embraces Life in the Slow Lane

It isn't clear who is responsible for designing Tsara Komba's lodges, which are sized at either 70 or 100 square meters, but they did a fine job of blending an ethnic flavor with contemporary design. Each

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Natural Materials Become Delicate Manuscript Artwork by Chinese Artist Cui Fei

Natural Materials Become Delicate Manuscript Artwork by Chinese Artist Cui Fei

Hailing from Jinan, China, artist Cui Fei uses materials found in nature to make creative responses to the radical social changes her native country has experienced. In much of her artwork, she takes

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Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Set in an idyllic landscape of gorgeous national parks, Downley House was erected using the ruins of an old stoned-house. The client wanted a relaxing yet playful environment with good use of natural

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Spiders Spin Silk into Violin Strings Able to Create Superior Symphonic Sounds

Spiders Spin Silk into Violin Strings Able to Create Superior Symphonic Sounds

Japanese scientist and music lover, Shigeyoshi Osaki, has discovered that spider silk can be spun into much more the pesky cobwebs. After studying the eight-legged creepers and their silky habits for over

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WHIM Architecture’s Villa Al is a Green Living Complex In Tune With Nature

WHIM Architecture’s Villa Al is a Green Living Complex In Tune With Nature

Villa Al is WHIM Architecture's design for a green villa in Almere, the Netherlands. The concept was created for an open design a competition, and is a reaction to the growing desire to build as

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Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in the Woods

Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in the Woods

Inca Architectes designed this dome-shaped eco-tourism center that feels like a cozy living room in the woods. Commissioned by the Department Tourism Committee of Seine et Marne to protect the Gorges de

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The Una Cebu Car’s Swirling Exterior is Crafted from Coconut Flower Stalks and Other Local Materials

The Una Cebu Car’s Swirling Exterior is Crafted from Coconut Flower Stalks and Other Local Materials

When Clayton Tugonon set about creating his classy Una Cebu Car from locally sourced natural and recycled materials, he wanted to demonstrate to other Filipino designers the potential beauty and utility

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Formafantasma Crafty Vessels are made from Flour, Agricultural Waste and Limestone

Formafantasma Crafty Vessels are made from Flour, Agricultural Waste and Limestone

Using sustainable design as a bridge between craftwork and the industry, this collection of earthy vessels combines low-impact materials and old world techniques to create durable, functional objects.

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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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Inner Forest Pavilion Made From Thousands of Pine Cones Springs Up in Norway

Inner Forest Pavilion Made From Thousands of Pine Cones Springs Up in Norway

Iván Juárez, founder and principal of Mexican firm x.studio was part of the 2011 A-I-R program at Centre Dalsåsen. The art center is located on the west coast of Norway where a range of landscapes

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Industrial Chic Dining Pods Pop up at Fabbrica Restaurant in The Netherlands

Industrial Chic Dining Pods Pop up at Fabbrica Restaurant in The Netherlands

Fabbrica Rotterdam has a similar layout but the difference between that restaurant and the new one in Bergen lies in the materials. Whereas Rotterdam is shiny and glittery with massive chandeliers hanging

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Baumraum Breaks Ground on Its Awesome Schrems Treehouse Resort in Lower Austria

Baumraum Breaks Ground on Its Awesome Schrems Treehouse Resort in Lower Austria

The best way to enjoy a site that still reflects nature's instinctive proclivity for abundance is to stay in low-impact buildings that exist in total harmony with their surroundings. That's a Baumraum

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Ultra Minimalist Dogma House Has a Sloping Roof Ramp That Leads to a Lake

Ultra Minimalist Dogma House Has a Sloping Roof Ramp That Leads to a Lake

The ultra minimalist Dogma House features an amazing sloping roof ramp, and it was designed by Alex van de Beld and Haiko Meijer in accordance with the Dogma Rules conceived by a group of Danish movie

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Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

The 1,056 square foot home really is the rustic home of anyone's dreams. Situated in a cozy corner of a 5 hectare plot, it is clad in original stone and finished off with other natural materials such as

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Mercado Palhano: A Beautiful Brazilian Eco-Market Adorned with Sexy Sliding Louvers

Mercado Palhano: A Beautiful Brazilian Eco-Market Adorned with Sexy Sliding Louvers

Making sure that the project met the most stringent sustainability requirements was high on the designers' agenda, so they commissioned a local environmental consultancy - Master Ambiental - to lead the

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Happy Cloud Coasters Made From Super Sustainable Cork Cost Less Than $20

Happy Cloud Coasters Made From Super Sustainable Cork Cost Less Than $20

If you're looking for a gift that will make the nature-lover in your life really really happy, look no further than Barefoot Dynasty's amazing cloud coasters made out of Portuguese cork. First of all,

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Guilhem Eustache’s Bewitching Fobe House Captures Morocco’s Enduring Mystique

Guilhem Eustache’s Bewitching Fobe House Captures Morocco’s Enduring Mystique

Originally, the Fobe House was going to be a lot larger than it is, but sustainability became a central concern so it was scaled right down. The vast acreage threatened to swallow up the minimalist

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Brazilian Home is Made From Recycled Bricks

Beautiful Green-Roofed Brazilian Home is Made From Recycled Bricks

Bricks salvaged from a demolition project were used as the main building material for this project. Adding to its sustainability, the designers chose Cumaru hardwoods to give the house a natural,

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MDW Architecture Revamps Belgium Le Lorraine Apartment Complex with Green Roofs and Natural Lighting

MDW Architecture Revamps Belgium Le Lorraine Apartment Complex with Green Roofs and Natural Lighting

Previously, walls blocked most of the light that would have otherwise penetrated the buildings, so MDW raised the complex's elevation so that it is now illuminated during the day without artificial

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0 to 1′s Gorgeous Geometric Artist Studio Concept

0 to 1′s Gorgeous Geometric Artist Studio Concept

0 to 1 designed this modern live-work space concept for an artist in Fiskars, Finland. The form was inspired by the local climate, Finnish culture, and a set of functions and guidelines provided by the

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