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Earth-Sheltered Eco Hotel in Alps from Matteo Thun

Earth-Sheltered Eco Hotel in Alps from Matteo Thun
A radical new earth-sheltered design for the Bella Vista Trafoi hotel in the Italian Alps earns Italian architect Matteo Thun, one of the founders of the Memphis Group the Klimahotel designation, meaning “eco-responsible tourism”. Outwardly; these are just eleven lumps in the side of a mountain, but they provide guests with great views out and a warm and cozy stay within. There are many ecological advantages to earth sheltered designs like these. With no “outside” you get freedom from weather damage of the exterior, while in turn maintaining local habitat for the plants and animals in the region. Only the huge glass frontages remain as a sign of human habitations. Energy reduction is the main advantage to underground building. Source: Treehugger Related:  Subterranean & Earth Sheltered

Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings “In a hole in a ground lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing to sit on or eat: It was a hobbit hole and that means comfort.” This line by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the beloved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fantasy novels, has inspired hundreds of copycat underground hobbit homes around the world – and is itself inspired by ancient Viking hill houses. The World’s First Hobbit Motel (images via: For tourists the world over, New Zealand will forever be associated with The Lord of the Rings, since it served as the filming and production location for the film version of the saga. Modern Hobbit Home in Switzerland (images via: toxel) From outside, this home is like any other hobbit hole: half-hidden in a grassy hill, sheltered from the elements and blending in seamlessly with its surroundings. Rent-a-Hobbit-Hole: Hebridean Earth House (images via: webecoist) Hobbit Shed

See That Tiny Hobbit-Like Entrance? Well, Just Wait Til You Go Inside… I’m So Jealous. It’s not every day that people are struck with the motivation to do something downrightawesome. Luckily for us, Ash Yeates of Torii Gardens decided he wasn’t playing around. Whether it was because he is a huge Hobbit fan or maybe he was bored, he decided to build his very own hobbit hole. Even if you’re not J.R.R. Tolkein fan, you may love this. This is the glorious finished product. First you’ll need to clear space. Then, they built a strong wooden frame within the cleared hole. There was lots of digging by hand. It took a long time to get ready, but they were finally able to close and seal the hole. “The roof was again over engineered to keep moisture out and includes a variety of layered barriers which tuck right around the internal watertight pod created for the interior.” They added turf to the roof and some finishing touches. Once the interior was finished, it was downright COZY. Even though though it looks to be a bit small.. There’s plenty of room for relaxing. One of the proud owners.

Triple Dome Survival Shelter « Earthbag House Plans April 12, 2011 by Owen Geiger Triple Dome Survival Shelter (click to enlarge) Specifications: Three 16′ interior diameter domes with 603 sq. ft. interior, 3 sleeping lofts with 312 sq. ft., total 915 sq. ft. interior, one bedroom, one bath, Footprint: 38′ x 38′ Description: This Triple Dome Survival Shelter provides much more space than my first earthbag survival shelter. This design is for long term survival for a family. It is earthquake and fire resistant, bullet and nuclear fallout resistant. Like this: Like Loading... Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry in the United States. Specifically, the guide addresses program resources in community development; sustainable land management; and value-added and diversified agriculture and forestry. Thus, it can help farmers, entrepreneurs, community developers, conservationists, and many other individuals, as well as private and public organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit. The guide can also help USDA and other agency employees become aware and take better advantage of the enormous array of federal programs and resources available to their clients in supporting agricultural and forestry innovations. Website design and maintenance as well as distribution of hard copies of this guide are conducted by the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology

Seed - container housing clemson university caribbean SEED is a Winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, People, Prosperity and the Planet Awards The award ceremony was hosted by the National Academy of Sciences. SEED is also featured by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Research. Check out the featured story! SEED on WYFF Channel 4 SEED is interviewed on WYFF Channel 4 News in response to the housing crises in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. SEED at IABR Opening of Parallel Cases tonight in Rotterdam as part of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam!

Subterranean Living Down a dirt road and between thickets of trees, Paul Queen lives inside a grassy, man-made hill. Deer try to stroll across his rooftop. Gopher tortoises attempt to tunnel into the walls. Stephanie Thomas-Rees, a research architect with the Florida Solar Energy Center, said the state's sandy soil and high water table make managing moisture difficult in an earth-sheltered home. "If some contractor came up with a bunch of model homes and put them all in one place where the general public would just walk through them, it would change a lot of people's minds in a hurry," he said. Now Take A Look At This One In Australia:

Oil rig hotel I’ve been aching to write about hotels for a while now because after all, a good hotel should serve as your “home away from home.” For those of you who have fantasized about spending the night on an oil rig — there must be someone out there — this post’s for you. Renderings of an oceanic destination resort that makes use of one of the thousands of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico have been making the rounds in the green blogosphere for the last couple days. The design concept, Oil Rig Resort, Spa, and Aquatic Adventure, by Houston-based Morris Architects won the grand prize ($10,000 smackers) at the second annual Radical Innovations in Hospitality design competition. Not only does the resort make use of an abandoned oil rig (talk about creative reuse!) Would you spend a night on an oil rig if it was transformed into a super-lux resort? Via [Jetson Green] and [Inhabitat] Images: Morris Architects

What Is ‘Modern Homesteading,' Anyway? A few weeks ago a particularly ornery guy called me a ‘poser’ on my Facebook page. And then he went on and on an on in post after post about how I wasn’t really ‘homesteading’ and I should call my page something else. Sure Mr. Grumpy Pants. OK. Thankfully, a bunch of awesome people came out of the woodwork and told him a thing or two about what it is we do there. Thing is, I’ve never put myself out there as an expert at this gig. But back to the question – what exactly is ‘modern homesteading’ anyway? I asked the question on our Facebook page and here are some of the responses - I think you'll find them illuminating: • "It means "home". • "Each family is in a different place in their journey and has different homesteading goals. • "Living a simple life and treading as lightly as I can on mother earth." • "It's just a lifestyle - we all have our different path, but it does not mean we are lost. • "It is a journey, a process, not an event or a place. • "I've thought about that a lot too.