When it comes to using pallets in the garden, for firewood or construction, proceed with caution. Discarded shipping pallets, long used as construction material by gardeners and crafters. But regulations designed to prevent invasive pests from hitching a ride in the wood mean some pallets really shouldn’t be used in the garden or home (or burned for fuel, either).
The Hobbit has inspired generations of fantasy creators. But it’s also been an inspiration to tons of architects and designers.
Sometimes normal is good, sometimes it is boring. When it comes to houses most of us seem to think square boxes work well enough. This however is not always the case which leads to some very interesting and often quite beautiful structures.
Spanish studio, Churtichaga+Quadra-Salcedo (ch+qs) designed the Casa 4 Estaciones, or four-season house based on engagement with the countryside. A house that tells a story, a welcome invitation to sit back and relax and enjoy what nature has to offer.
It’s as if an alien but contemporary object of some sort has landed in a field in the East Tyrolean village of Nussdorf, a popular skiing area in Austria. It sits on its stilts or legs and because it looks remotely like a UFO or even some sort of bird, albeit a very strange bird, it’s called Ufogel.
This straw bale mountain vacation home was designed to connect visitors to the surrounding environment and serve as a welcoming retreat for friends and family.
Nestled in the hillside of Virginia mountains, the farmstead of David and Lisa Wallace received Passive House Certification. This is a net-zero-energy home; it can be heated on the coldest of winter nights with the energy required to power two hair dryers.