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Australian Architect Builds Eco-Conscious Prefab Home

Ecoshelta is a series of modular, demountable prefab homes with timber frames and corrugated-metal siding and roofs that can be specified in a variety of styles. The Ecoshelta building system was designed by Stephen Sainsbury, a Sydney based architect so that all timber frames are "extendable, demountable, relocatable, robust and long lived."

The Ecoshelta system has been developed over the last three decades as an environmentally responsible alternative in response to the rapidly emergent new technologies making prefabricated modular building systems the way of the future, and the now. The system uses advanced design and the latest technologies to produce an environmentally minimal impact, rapidly deployable buildings for cabins houses and ecotourism ventures.

Different customized versions have been used for everything from little cabins to entire resorts. And given conditions in Australia, they are cyclone proof and bushfire rated.

 

 

5 Scan-Worthy Hotels

When you think of the World's best hotels, you may imagine cities like Paris or New York, but there are a few hotel properties that serve as amazing destinations of their own.  If you've ever dreamed of sleeping in a Medieval castle, beneath the Northern Lights, or in a luxury tree house, keep reading. We have put together a list of our most scan-worthy hotels.  

1. Conrad Hilton (Rangali, Maldives):  Out of all of the amazing hotels in the Maldives, the Conrad Hilton is by far the coolest.  Located on Rangali Island, this hotel takes the lagoon experience to the next level.  Many of the Hilton's stilt huts are complete with sections of see-through glass flooring, private fresh water pools, and some even have beds that rotate 270 degrees to follow the sunset.

2.  Ashford Castle (Cong, Ireland):  While many vacations to Europe are spent touring Medieval castles, the Ashford gives you the ultimate chance to stay in one overnight.  From your entrance through the impressive gate and wall, the Ashford separates itself from other castle hotels by its sure size alone.  This massive castle was built over a number of centuries, starting with the first mansion built in 1228.

3. De Glase Ice Hotel (Québec, Canada): From January through March the De Glase Ice Hotel in Quebec opens its icy doors to visitors from around the World.  Expert sculptors create the massive structure over the course of a few weeks and the amount of detail they use in unbelievable.

4. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (Saariselkä, Findland):  While the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is open year round, it's their Glass Igloos during Northern Lights season that we love the most.  The Northern Lights season runs from late-August through April each year and the Glass Igloos give you an unobstructed view of Finland's sky and natural beauty.

5.Tree House Lodge (Limón, Costa Rica): This Tree House Lodge is basically a real life version of the Swiss Family Robinson home within Costa Rica's Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.  The 10 acre property has both jungle access and beachfront with the almost perfect Punta Uva Beach nearby.