“natural materials”

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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Parameria’s Handcrafted Furniture is Made from Sustainable Khreau Suut Vines

Parameria’s Handcrafted Furniture is Made from Sustainable Khreau Suut Vines

Parameria's handcrafted furniture offers a beautiful and simple way to bring sustainable design into your home. Made from natural and organic materials, each piece is woven from a local Southeast Asian

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Green-Roofed +House is a Tranquil Woodland Home in Beautiful Ontario

Green-Roofed +House is a Tranquil Woodland Home in Beautiful Ontario

+House has a rectangular form that is nestled into the southern slope so that the house is virtually indistinguishable from the landscape when viewed from above. Along with small skylights, a 4.3 meter

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Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

The new porch was constructed out of western red cedar native to the western United States, which is ideal for deflecting Texas' vicious summer sun and yet retains some of the delicacy of southern living.

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Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

The Swiss embassy complex has been designed to have three main functions: the Chancellery, the Ambassador's residence and staff quarters. Private and public functions have been separated, and the

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STICKS: Miniature Tipi-Shaped Kindergartens for Urban Parks in Paris

STICKS: Miniature Tipi-Shaped Kindergartens for Urban Parks in Paris

Each Stick "nursery," as Djuric Tardio calls them, will feature the latest in sustainable bioclimatic technologies to ensure that they are energy efficient and infused with natural light. The lower level

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6 Cozy Cocoons to Retreat From The World

6 Cozy Cocoons to Retreat From The World

DEDON's Zero Waste Nest Rest is Made From a Recyclable Synthetic Resin Fiber Made from an innovative eco-lux material that is recyclable, non-toxic and weatherproof, DEDON's Nest Rest is the perfect

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Gorgeous Summer Home in Austria Doubles as a Wine Cellar

Gorgeous Summer Home in Austria Doubles as a Wine Cellar

The cubed construction features copper corner plates that create stark edges against the verdant Austrian landscape, and Judith Benzer deliberately left the wood, steel and concrete materials unfinished

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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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Barkow Leibinger’s Amazing ‘Loom-Hyperbolic’ Art Installation is Made from Local, Natural Materials

Barkow Leibinger’s Amazing ‘Loom-Hyperbolic’ Art Installation is Made from Local, Natural Materials

"Loom-Hyperbolic" is a site-specific architectural installation that was designed by foreign architects but inspired by local craftsmanship. Created using algorithm-based software programs like

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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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