Curvacious, Stylish and Green h2hotel

This is the design for a new place to stay called h2hotel in Healdsburg, California.  Healdsburg is a small town of something like eleven thousand people.  It’s smack dab in the heart of Sonoma County, a place where wine enthusiasts and travelers go for rest and respite. Environmentalism is quite common in northern California, so its natural that h2hotel would be designed to include a plentiful array of green amenities.  And starting in 2010, transients and guests of all kinds will have the opportunity to stay in one of thirty-six rooms in the four-floor h2hotel.

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By |December 17th, 2008|Categories: Hotel, LEED, Modern architecture, Nature|0 Comments

Arhaus Offers Eco-Friendly Furnishings

Arhaus, a furnishings company, was founded in 1986 with commitments to design, craftsmanship, and responsibility.  Today, they are also committed to searching out eco-friendly materials and methods.  Arhaus has always focused on artisan crafted pieces, created by furniture makers from across the world whom Arhaus maintains "face-to-face" relationships with in order to assure quality and fair labor practices. 

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By |December 17th, 2008|Categories: Furniture|3 Comments

Looking for Smart Contributors

Update – 12/18/08 – the response has been huge!  I’m sorting through everything and will be in touch shortly.  All contributor positions, for the foreseeable short term, appear to be filled.  Thank you!

In a little over a year’s time, this site has grown like indigenous landscaping rooted in fresh, fertile soil.  We’re seeing three times more readers and feed subscribers.  Emails have gone through the roof!  To be honest, the team right now just can’t write about all the great content worth writing about.  So we’re looking for contributors.  We’re not looking for junk stories and we’re certainly not interested in adding to the blogosphere echo chamber — this is a magazine and we like to spend time gathering images and information to appropriately tell a unique story.  Doing so takes some time and collaboration, but the rewards are many and diverse.  These are some of the areas we could use contributors:

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By |December 16th, 2008|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

Truro Net-Zero Energy Beach House

Over a year ago, we took a moment to discuss the Truro Residence, which was designed by Zero Energy Design.  Back then, though, the home was confined to renderings, while now, it’s fully constructed and inhabited.  It is, as you will quickly note, a 6,200 square foot second home that acts a lot smaller that it actually is.  The client wanted something to accommodate a large and fluctuating number of family members for weekends and holidays.  As a result, ZED split the home into a “living bar” and “sleeping bar.”  It’s an interesting idea that creates impressive results.

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By |December 16th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |7 Comments

Echo Series Designer Green Furniture

Christian Brown Design just released a new line of eco-friendly furniture called Echo Series.  The green furniture is made from salvaged wood, reclaimed panels of eco-resin, and stainless steel rods, cap screws, and connector bolts.  By design, the panels levitate above reclaimed wood blocks and captivate the eye with a woodsy, contemporary style.  Christian Brown uses panels manufactured by 3form and much of the wood appears to be salvaged pine.  Plus, with all the variations in wood stains and eco-resin colors, the possibilities are practically endless.   

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By |December 15th, 2008|Categories: Furniture, Materials, Recycled|1 Comment

Gwanggyo Green Power Centre Designed to Mimic Nature

This is Gwanggyo Power Centre digg_url = '/2008/12/gwanggyo-power.html'; , a concept design for a new town located roughly 20 miles south of Seoul, South Korea.  MVRDV won a competition with this design, which consists of skinny, hill-shaped buildings that contain housing, offices, parking, retail, leisure, and educational spaces.  Although the concept plan is currently under review for feasibility and cost estimations, if everything moves forward, Gwanggyo Power Centre will become a self-sustaining town of 77,000 inhabitants. 

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By |December 15th, 2008|Categories: Nature, Skyscraper|Tags: |4 Comments
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