“natural materials”

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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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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Andrea von Chrismar Weaves Giant Structures Out of Wicker

Andrea von Chrismar Weaves Giant Structures Out of Wicker

According to von Chrismar, "The wicker woven surfaces change their behavior in an opposite way from design to architecture." Essentially woven architecture is more flexible and therefore more resistant to

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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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Sand-Brick Sossusvlei Lodge in the Namib Desert Protects the Land, People and Wildlife

Sand-Brick Sossusvlei Lodge in the Namib Desert Protects the Land, People and Wildlife

Sossusvlei's circular rooms were modeled after naturally-occuring "fairy circles" - patches of land devoid of vegetation up to 5 meters in diameter that occur throughout the plains. River sand was sourced

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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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Fairy Tale Strawbale Cottage is a Charming Waldorf Preschool in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Fairy Tale Strawbale Cottage is a Charming Waldorf Preschool in Cuernavaca, Mexico

This charming straw bale classroom in Cuernavaca, Mexico is actually a Waldforf preschool that was designed and built with the help of the local community over an 8 week period. Laboratorio Arquitectura

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Arkus’ Green-Walled Eco Office is a Flexible Workspace that Blends Into its Surroundings

Arkus’ Green-Walled Eco Office is a Flexible Workspace that Blends Into its Surroundings

Arkus were approached to design a flexible office space that can easily be reconfigured, so they developed an floor plan of 4 expandable blocks divided by "green" entrance service cores. A double roof

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Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

We've noticed a surge in hobbit homes as more people throughout the world seek alternatives to the bigger is better model of living. For example, in Switzerland, one family buried their home but opted for

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Sydney Home Topped With Twin Lilypads is Steeped in Nature

Sydney Home Topped With Twin Lilypads is Steeped in Nature

The two lilypad portals are freestanding structures placed on either end of the home. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, they also provide support to the remainder of the decidedly minimalist

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Cork-Clad Treehouse Grows Roots & Intermingles with the Branches

Cork-Clad Treehouse Grows Roots & Intermingles with the Branches

To design the treehouse and minimize the impact on the tree, Urbanarbolismo utilized photogrammetry to make an accurate 3D model of the tree. With this model, the team could fine tune their design to fit

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