TAG: Tree

Heavy Duty Varatojo House Owns The Hilltop

Heavy Duty Varatojo House Owns The Hilltop

From Atelier Data, this inventive hilltop home is situated in Portugal. Complete with curious entryways, pool, suspended fireplace, wine cellar and a cohesive attentiveness to natural elements, the Spiral House, also referred to as the Varatojo House, is an exciting and unusually composed build. With consideration of the topography and weather systems in balance with sustainable design, the developers blended lifestyle in unison with ecological responsibilities and regard for the land. The designers took advantage of its plot layout and considered ways that the sun and wind exposure would affect the home. The positioning of the frame takes advantage of the northern winds… read more

Threatened Trees From A Warming Climate

Threatened Trees

Trees are equally at risk as the planet grows hotter and humans continue to be careless with the environment. Here are three beautiful trees that are in danger of becoming extinct. Monkey Puzzle An evergreen that is native to South America. It received its unusual name in the early 1850’s when a British man who was unfamiliar with the tree remarked, ”It would puzzle a monkey to climb that.” The national tree of Chile, the Monkey Puzzle is an ancient species with individual specimens able to live for up to 1,000 years. The long straight trunks used to be considered ideal for lumber mills. Logging, along… read more

The Lungs Of A City

The Lungs Of A City

Great pillars of the Earth, running in thickets along riverbanks and spotting the backs of mountains, trees offer sylvan beauty and life – in the form of the oxygen they provide, as well as the creatures that flock to them for protection. Of course, they can also be found in cities amassed with concrete where pavement makes way for them to take root. And in this setting they provide more than friendly tree-lined streets. Trees have many qualities whose value is unique to urban and suburban environments. Areas with concentrated population density produce a heat-island effect, which accounts for higher temperatures, more greenhouse emissions, and… read more