Architecture

The Sochi Winter Village is Now a Ghost Town Just Six Months After the Olympics

The Sochi Winter Village is Now a Ghost Town Just Six Months After the Olympics

There was a lot of controversy over the Sochi Winter Olympics both before and during the competition, with allegations of corruption, shoddy construction work, and facilities not being ready for the

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Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

The unique location of the home, along with its height, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. For optimal viewing from every angle, the architects built a wrap-around terrace that covers

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Bio-Hotel Ulrichshof’s New Luxury Addition is Inspired by Old Bavarian Fairytales

Bio-Hotel Ulrichshof’s New Luxury Addition is Inspired by Old Bavarian Fairytales

Located within the beautiful Bavarian Forest in Germany, the Ulrichshof hotel has earned a reputation as one of the most kid-friendly hotels in the world, but since last Easter, the complex introduced

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3XN’s Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

3XN’s Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

Shaped as a semicircle that wraps around a landscaped courtyard, La Tour gradually terraces upwards to reach a height of over 300 feet. "The gradual elevation helps to convey the transition from the large

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Victoria One: Melbourne’s Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a Botanic-Like Green Glass Facade

Victoria One: Melbourne’s Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a Botanic-Like Green Glass Facade

Inspired by Victoria's famous landscapes, Victoria One's form and facade recalls the southern state's diverse terrain, from its waterfalls and rainforests to its oceanside beaches. In addition to

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Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

ECHO's flexible homes are made from 100-sq-ft prefab modules and feature a distinctive pyramid roof that lets natural light flow inside. They can stand-alone as a simple garden room, or link to other

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between Acadian-style

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Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Baobed’s oval shape was inspired by exotic fruit that dangles from the branches of baobab trees, known as the “tree of life,” characteristic of African landscapes. Related: Cocoon Tree Is A

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

ModFruGal isn't a writer, photographer, or designer, but she is a "gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty." The mother of two built her own modernist treehouse deep in the Tennessee

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The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

Very easy to assemble, the Garden Igloo comes with a step by step instruction guide. In fact, it's so simple to build, one person can do it themselves! The tiny shelter doesn’t need foundations and is

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Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

The building is carefully oriented to take advantage of natural lighting, heating and cooling while keeping its impact on its site to a minimum. The redwood bark facade was sourced from a neighboring

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Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Tali Shaul, a psychotherapist, and Hagit Morevski, an ecological pond water treatment specialist, became friends after their two sons started playing together. Sharing similar views, the two spent a long

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Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

The long-awaited promise of prefab construction is that it would bring us higher quality homes for less money with significant increases in sustainability and resource efficiency. While prefab is

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Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Inspired by the affordability of the material, Bilbao decided to build the walls using rammed earth in order to provide the home with optimal temperature control through its thermal mass properties. In

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25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

The tiny home revolution has reached Portland, Oregon, as the city nears approval for a massive new tiny house community. The project, which is pending the perfect plot of land, will provide modern

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Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

People who love architecture tend to love wild spaces as well: after all, buildings and landscapes complement one another, right? Well, imagine being able to study architecture design in a forest

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Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat

Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat

Located in Stockholm, Carlsson's low-cost prefabricated home is based on a frame made out of laminated plywood. The house can be assembled quickly on-site, and its modular construction allows it to be

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Iceland’s Magnificent Modernist Churches

Iceland’s Magnificent Modernist Churches

First of all, unlike most European capitals, Reykjavik doesn't have a cathedral or large church dating back from the Medieval or Renaissance eras. This is mainly because the city only emerged as major

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Montreal’s Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing Modern Day Makeover

Montreal’s Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing Modern Day Makeover

The main focus in converting the historic building into municipal offices was to re-establish the structure's presence as a community pillar. In order to bridge the old building's traditional presence

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Scientists Discover New Way the Egyptian Pyramids SHOULD Have Been Built

Scientists Discover New Way the Egyptian Pyramids SHOULD Have Been Built

The Egyptian pyramids are an incredible feat of human ingenuity - but they could have been built in a better way. Three physicists at Indiana State University came up with a brilliant method of stone

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Man Builds World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Castle in His Own Backyard

Man Builds World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Castle in His Own Backyard

Rudenko's grand 3D-printed castle and his self-built 3D printer was a labor of love. Drawing from the knowledge of the RepRap community, the Minnesotan contractor footed the bill for the project

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Algal Turf Scrubbing After spending years studying natural solar bio-energy in Caribbean coral reefs, Walter H. Adey, PhD. developed Algal Turf Scrubber, a biomimetic system that generates a fast-growing

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Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans - it's almost time for one of our favorite events of the year: The Architecture and the City Festival! AIA SF and the Center for Architecture + Design

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Beautiful Long Brick House Showcases 100 Meters of Books in Hungary

Beautiful Long Brick House Showcases 100 Meters of Books in Hungary

The bookworm owners of the Long Brick House were looking to create the perfect city escape where they could practice their literary love in a tranquil environment. Located on a slope in between the lush

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Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen

Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen

Winner of a design competition, the Shenzhen cultural center consists of four top-heavy volumes each clad in a reflective, red-tinted facade. A series of sheltered public spaces, which were created from

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Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

At first look, the timber barn-like building blends in seamlessly with the bucolic landscape, as if it were another historic structure on the site. With its pitched roof, unfinished exterior planks and

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Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Heads up architects and green building buffs - the world’s largest sustainable building event, Greenbuild, is coming up in New Orleans from October 22-24! This year the Big Easy is hosting this

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