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The brilliance of nature’s designs inspires architecture like Calatrava’s bird-themed World Trade Center Oculus and the blooming floral Lotus temple in New Dehli. And now something as humble as a hikers’ shelter in northern Norway is taking the angular tortoise-shell approach to keeping the elements out. The Hammerfest Hiking Cabins were created in response to an invitation from a Norwegian hiking association called Hammerfest go Omegn Turlaf to design two shelters on adjacent mountain peaks for hikers in need of some respite from the trail. SPINN Architecture designed the textured cabins that use solid timber panels and screwed dowel connections for easy assembly. The design eschews complex building techniques and allows the cabins to be built off-site and then transported as one piece. The brilliance of its rounded shape keeps snow away from the entrance and keeps structural rigidity, while simultaneously providing a beautiful structure that keeps in stride with the resplendent beauty of the natural surroundings. The first cabin was finished in the summer of 2018, and the second will round out the project this year.

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In short, this is a key-shaped multi-tool built of stainless steel that has all of the tools you need for everyday repairs for everything from light switches to bicycles. Bit driver. Protractor. Metric and Imperial rulers. Imperial and Metric closed wrenches. Bottle Opener. File. Scoring tip. Wire bender and bike spoke key. Wire stripper. Screwdrivers. 1/4 hex driver pocket. So you might need to throw in some hex bits for specific projects, but otherwise, the Geekey has you covered for almost all of your everyday repair needs. As if that wasn’t enough, the hexogon can also serve as a smoking bowl, with the shaft of the key hollowed out to serve as a pipe.