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Tourner Autour du Ried

If you’re worried about what to do with an overabundance of corn, you could always follow in the footsteps of StAndré-Lang Architectes and build a giant home clad in corn cobs. The 20-square-meter circular structure won first place in the inaugural Archi.

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Steve Areen’s Dome House

This rotund orange home in Thailand has long been one of our favorites on Inhabitat for its adorable shape and incredibly low construction cost of just $8,000. Built by former Delta Airline flight attendant Steve Areen, this pumpkin-like dome home was built with locally made concrete bricks.

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Casa Cabeço

Green-roofed and clad in orange walls, this residential complex visually pops right out from the lush Portuguese hillside. Designed by MSB Arquitectos, the sprawling and colorful series of abodes evokes the image of a giant pumpkin patch.

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Mexico’s 2015 Milan World Expo Pavilion

Inspired by Mexico’s long relationship with maize, architecture firm Loguer Design wrapped Mexico’s pavilion for the 2015 Milan World Expo in a dried corn husk-like facade. The prefabricated membrane will help filter in daylight and protect the interior from direct sunlight.

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Lagenaria Gourd Building Blocks

Since ancient times, dried gourds have been celebrated for their many functions, including uses as bottles, instruments, and birdhouses. Andrew Mowbray has developed a new kind of function by growing and drying the gourds into the shape of modular cuboid building blocks. This inexpensive, organic, and sturdy material could pave pathways in sustainable architecture.

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Pumpkin Office Room

While it probably won’t whisk you to the ball, this Cinderella pumpkin-inspired pop-up meeting room is perfect for open-plan office environments. Designed by edg Creatives, this award-winning structure is made from polycarbonate panels wrapped around a steel frame.

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Dallas Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village

Every year, the Dallas Arboretum builds an enormous Pumpkin Village made from tens of thousands of various gourds. The nationally acclaimed installation uses as many as 45 different varieties of pumpkin, squash, and decorative gourd.

Lead image via the Dallas Arboretum