Wood

How thousands of rough wooden logs protect this pavilion from solar radiation

How thousands of rough wooden logs protect this pavilion from solar radiation

The big surprise of this year World Expo is the striking entry of Uruguay. Participating for the first time in a Universal Exposition with its own national pavilion designed by Javier Díaz Charquero, an

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This building made from hundreds of apple crates has a surprise inside

This building made from hundreds of apple crates has a surprise inside

Have you ever seen a building built of thousands of recycled apple crates? That’s the case of the Polish Pavilion at Expo 2015 developed by the Warsaw office 2pm studio. Its exceptional façade is a

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Astonishing water-sensitive building material acts just like pine cones

Astonishing water-sensitive building material acts just like pine cones

Royal College of Art design student Chao Chen has developed a revolutionary new building material that responds to the presence of water.

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Barcode Room is a shape-shifting apartment that can be rearranged to create different spaces

Barcode Room is a shape-shifting apartment that can be rearranged to create different spaces

The twelve bars include a kitchen bar, a sleeping bar and a living bar that together create a customizable space that changes with the occupants' daily needs. Furniture and storage is built into each of

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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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Curvaceous Brick House uses passive cooling and local materials in India

Curvaceous Brick House uses passive cooling and local materials in India

Mumbai-based iStudio Architecture completed Brick House, a curvaceous and organic structure that looks like the picture-perfect yoga retreat. Located in rural Wada near Mumbai, India, the

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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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Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

The studio is a masterpiece in warm ochre. Built from locally-sourced hoop pine, the studio is not the first cylinder Pritchard has designed. He admits to using the circular form in other projects, as he

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Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture

Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture

Shamia developed her technique while studying at the Department of Industrial Design at Holon Institute of Technology. High and low tables, square stools and long benches in the furniture range are built

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The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling that’s controlled by a smartphone

The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling that’s controlled by a smartphone

The 1,033-square-foot Ecological House 3.0 boasts a modern design with rounded edges to match its innovative, 100% digital design, manufacturing, and home automation. Thanks to the digitization process,

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16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there's really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones' wider interests lie in

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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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Fascinating Hungarian House of Music Acts as an Instrument for Experiencing Rhythm and Melody

Fascinating Hungarian House of Music Acts as an Instrument for Experiencing Rhythm and Melody

The building attempts to merge musical performance, education, comercial functions and the surrounding landscape into an experiential whole. A public promenade from the ground floor to the rooftop of the

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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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Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Across the Himalayas, rural farmers and villagers rely on open, wood-fuelled fires inside their homes to cook their meals. The sheer amount of smoke created in these unventilated homes makes thousands

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RRA’s Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

RRA’s Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

To add more variety and character to the traditional gable-roof structures, Reiulf Ramstad Architects designed each cabin with varying widths and roof pitches, although the ridge height for each stays

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INFOGRAPHIC: Wood’s the Difference?

INFOGRAPHIC: Wood’s the Difference?

We features lots of sustainably sourced wood furniture here on Inhabitat, and for good reason - wood is a durable, natural, renewable resource that literally grows on trees. But there's hundreds of

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A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child

A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child

The couple had a strong aesthetic idea when they first approached Cousins. Their ideas ranged from Atelier Bow Wow’s Mountain House to other unconventional small spaces by Japanese architects. This

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Berlin Baumraum Treehouse Lets You Swap Your City Apartment For a Room Among the Leaves

Berlin Baumraum Treehouse Lets You Swap Your City Apartment For a Room Among the Leaves

In a tranquil woodland building plot next to Berlin’s popular Krumme Lanke Lake, these urban treehouses provide everything you need for a comfortable retreat within a compact 28m2 structure, 4m up

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Layoutfour’s Table and Chair Duo Pairs Functionality with Elegance

Layoutfour’s Table and Chair Duo Pairs Functionality with Elegance

Created by Layoutfour, this Dual line is presented as a new proposal in the framework of the furniture design. The project consists of two pieces: the Dual Table, and Dual Chair, created with sustainable

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Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

The new building serves as the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation's new headquarters and houses a mix of room types, including a glasshouse for experimental plant cultivation, refectory, and meeting

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Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Erected for property developer Folkhem, the Strandparken tower shelters 31 apartments among its 8 floors. It was designed to explore the potential of multi-occupancy housing while offering inhabitants a

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INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

The EPA recently released their proposed greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants, but these standards will require substantial time and investment to implement fully. Supporting and

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Ancient Kauri Wood Gets New Life in These Handmade Chairs

Ancient Kauri Wood Gets New Life in These Handmade Chairs

Born in the South of France, artist and artisan Guy Bucchi spent many years as a psychiatric nurse before moving to New Zealand to begin a new life. Using recycled materials such as wood, rope, copper or

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

When we think of greenhouse gas emissions, some of us might envision a tailpipe spewing exhaust... but 40% of the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change actually comes from buildings. While

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A New Twist on An Old Classic: Wooden Toy Animals by Bleebla

A New Twist on An Old Classic: Wooden Toy Animals by Bleebla

  The “animal box – jungle” by bleebla, a toy design company based in Portugal,  is a minimal rectangular block with 10 animals peeking out of its regular geometry. The set is smooth

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CATable: A Multifunctional Work Desk to Keep Your Cat Entertained and Off Your Keyboard

CATable: A Multifunctional Work Desk to Keep Your Cat Entertained and Off Your Keyboard

The Hong Kong-based designer Hao Ruan fabricated CATable out of a solid piece of wood and hand carved a series of tunnels that run beneath a flat and function workspace. "A proper sized hole could be so

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Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

Daniel Byström and Kristján Kristjánsson used discarded wood to develop a series of beautiful, hand-crafted light fixtures that raise awareness for serious issues plaguing forests. Their Hollow Lamp

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‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

Finnish designer and woodworker Jalmari Laihinen's amazing new collection of furniture celebrates the beauty of cracked, harsh edged wood that would otherwise go unnoticed or discarded. Laihinen's Broken

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