Architecture

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home

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Snøhetta’s New ‘Plus House’ in Norway Will Produce Twice The Energy It Uses

Snøhetta’s New ‘Plus House’ in Norway Will Produce Twice The Energy It Uses

This gorgeous experimental house in Norway can produce twice the energy it consumes! Designed by Snøhetta for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, the building demonstrates the latest

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New NASA Tech Lets You Design and Print Your New Martian Home in Just 24 Hours

New NASA Tech Lets You Design and Print Your New Martian Home in Just 24 Hours

The idea of living on Mars is no longer just the stuff of science fiction. In fact, one way or another, humans will likely be hanging out on the red planet within the next few decades. But landing there

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Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Heavily landscaped with green roofs, planting beds, and water features, Butterfly Square was designed to look like an extension of the neighboring park. To keep the development pedestrian-friendly and

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Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint

Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint

Created as part of the MiniCO2 Houses development project, the design for the Adaptable House is based on the belief that flexible design reduces resources needed and carbon emissions. Reconfigurable

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Czech Republic’s Prefab Pavilion is Built Around a Swimming Pool to Keep Cool at the 2015 World Expo

Czech Republic’s Prefab Pavilion is Built Around a Swimming Pool to Keep Cool at the 2015 World Expo

The three-story, prefabricated pavilion features a long rectangular swimming pool with a bar at its entrance. Inside, visitors will have a choice of three restaurants as well as a series of exhibition

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Metropol Parasol Architect Juergen Mayer H.

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Metropol Parasol Architect Juergen Mayer H.

Inhabitat: How did you get your start in architecture? Juergen Mayer: I found a book, which had a picture of Erich Mendelsohn’s Shocken department store, in Stuttgart. It was such a beautiful building

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INFOGRAPHIC: Amazing Facts About the World’s Tallest and Most Iconic Skyscrapers

INFOGRAPHIC: Amazing Facts About the World’s Tallest and Most Iconic Skyscrapers

Cities around the world are pushing the architectural envelope as they race to build taller and more spectacular skyscrapers. To track the progress and history of these super tall towers, Window &

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C.F. Moller’s  Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

C.F. Moller’s Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

C.F. Møller's Sæby Strand offers a wide range of apartments that feature natural materials, great accessibility and solar panels mounted on their roofs. Each of the volumes provides optimal views of the

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Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

Cast in concrete, the outer semi-circular shell attaches the house to the shoreline with sand foundations. Solar cells line the outer shell to take advantage of Cape Town's abundant sunshine however; the

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

The frame, made from precast concrete, is covered with nipa palm branches and polycarbonate panels that provide doors that can be opened to bring natural light and fresh air inside. The external surfaces

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Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

The container house is built on top of a commercial gallery space and a garage in Venice Beach, CA. Then on top are two private residences, each with an open floor living space and a core utility space in

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California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

Mason St. Peter is a fresh architecture graduate from San Francisco's California College of the Arts. He loves nature and surfing and it was while visiting a close friend at a cabin that he fell in love

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Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Apart from the original shed that still occupies a space in Jeremy and Heather's yard, the couple now have a 16x20 foot workshop that operates as a prototype for the company, which is based in Louisville,

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Spend the Last Days of Summer Hanging in a Cacoon Tree Tent!

Spend the Last Days of Summer Hanging in a Cacoon Tree Tent!

The Cacoon's shape takes inspiration from weaverbirds' nests that the couple spotted while on vacation in Mexico. Each tent is made from an extremely durable, strong and waterproof canvas fabric material

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Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

So as not to detract from the surrounding landscape, the Ion Hotel was built to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. The architects renovated

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Architects' TMFA takes the shape of a pentagon - a subtle symbolic representation of Tainan's city flower, the Phoenix Blossom. Beneath the pentagon-shaped canopy, the museum comprises a

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

If you think trees in the rainforest are pretty tall, a new tower being built in the Amazon to monitor climate change will make them look tiny. The Amazon Tall Tower is a joint effort between Brazil and

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Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

The new Amazon UK Headquarters is one of the major developments in London, called Principal Place, which will occupy the area between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations in east London.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven’t Been Built!

INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven’t Been Built!

If you love drooling over crazy architectural eye candy, here's one fantastic infographic you won't want to miss. In honor of World Architecture Day on October 6, Kon von der Schulenburg of Cantrell &

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Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

The stunning Mashpi Rainforest Eco-Lodge has been honored with a 2014 World Travel Award as Ecuador's Leading Green Hotel. Located in the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge is dedicated to

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Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

To match the color scheme of Palmela's urban landscape, the architects mixed an ochre pigment to the concrete to create a dusky warm tone. The concrete facade also shows a textured finish created from the

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home

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Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

Maki and Associates state: "The Museum has been designed as a celebration of light and the mysteries of its various qualities and effects. Utilizing a series of natural materials with differing light

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Portugal’s Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

Portugal’s Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

Monsanto's architecture is utterly unique in the world, as the town rose up in, around, and beneath these rock formations rather than making any attempt to remove or alter them. They've proven to be great

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Sculptural Aluminum “Crest” at the London Design Festival

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Sculptural Aluminum “Crest” at the London Design Festival

The Crest was designed as a demountable sculpture that tests the limits of a new construction technique involving the assembly of aluminum panels into a pre-stressed flat plate which is then lifted into a

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Chinese Students Unveil Tiny 43-Square-Foot House!

Chinese Students Unveil Tiny 43-Square-Foot House!

We’re no strangers to tiny homes, but these Chinese students just unveiled one of the smallest abodes we've ever seen! Developed as part of a school project at Yangzhou University, this locker-sized

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

"The aim of our proposal is not [to] compete to create another symbolic icon, but rather a structure that will preserve and enhance the current landscape views," write the architects. The architects also

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