Extraordinary Hobbit Home

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Since this post on Fascinating Underground Homes has been our most popular thus far, we could not overlook the Hobbit Home. Turns out, you don't have to be an architect to design and build a beautiful, cozy, low-energy home. With £3,000 (about $4,500), a few simple tools, and a little help from his father-in-law and friends, Simon Dale constructed an extraordinary hobbit home that has virtually no visual or environmental impact on its surrounding landscape. Using locally-sourced and natural materials taken from the nearby woodlands, alternative energy sources, and a lot of imagination, the … [Read more...]

9/11 Memorial Uses Green Design

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Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks is the opening of the highly anticipated and long-awaited national 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. Designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, the memorial is a peaceful tree-filled plaza and two reflecting pools that sit in the footprints of the lost towers. Sustainable design principles were used to create the space, which conveys a spirit of hope and renewal and provides a quiet escape from the city. In their proposal, Arad and Walker describe the pools as "large voids, open and visible … [Read more...]

Hammock-Filled House – Vienna

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In terms of Internet timing, this certainly isn't new. But that doesn't make it any less noteworthy. FLEDERHAUS is a (fairly) new public space project by Austrian design firm Heri & Salli. A literal translation of the term "hangout," the five-story building was built to “serve as an oasis of relaxation and a symbol of a vertical public sphere.”As far as the giant boob structure out front, I'm just as confused as you are. Perhaps it makes for a better, more relaxing view?   via Flavorwire images - via archdaily … [Read more...]

The 10 Oldest Buildings in the World

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Hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters rock modern buildings and structures each day. Though it seems that nothing can take down the buildings featured in Buzzfeed's list of the 10 Oldest Buildings. Caral, Peru A large ancient settlement in Peru, currently the oldest known city in the Americas, constructed in over 4,600 years ago. The King's Grave, Sweden Constructed during the Nordic Bronze Age, this is an "unusually grand" double burial tomb from about 3,000 years ago. Megalithic Temples of Malta These free-standing structures were all used as … [Read more...]

13 Incredibly Intricate Historic Libraries

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While having a newly remodeled library in your town is great for gaining access to more books and academic resources, they are never as architecturally interesting as the older versions. Dark wood, dazzling details, and tier after towering tier of books – classic historic libraries are a bibliophile’s dream. This list of 13 libraries (courtesy of WebUrbanist), dating from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, represent some of the most astonishingly beautiful book repositories ever built. Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland At Ireland’s oldest university, home to the book of Kells, … [Read more...]

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