Architecture

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveil designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveil designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library

Christchurch’s Recovery Plan envisions a “greener, more accessible city with a compact city centre and a strong identity.” In keeping with that vision, the Danish architecture firm designed the New

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Vineyard Schmidt’s striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

Vineyard Schmidt’s striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

Although the same family has run Vineyard Schmidt for generations, this stunning wooden building is completely new. Located among rolling hills and luscious farmlands, it was designed to shelter the

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EcoCasa Suyana is an sustainable, open-source home project in Argentina

EcoCasa Suyana is an sustainable, open-source home project in Argentina

First ecological, economical and social home 100% open source in Argentina. Suyana means “hope” in Quechua language. EcoCasa Suyana is a project lead by a young couple of engineers and travelers.

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Take a tour of this professional snowboarder’s innovative off-grid cabin

Take a tour of this professional snowboarder’s innovative off-grid cabin

Mike Basich was one of the early innovators in professional snowboarding, and now he’s leading the way in stylish off-grid living. On his 40 acres of land near Truckee, California, Basich has built

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Kengo Kuma’s striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

Kengo Kuma’s striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

Tetchan is located in Kichijoji, a suburb in Western Tokyo that is popular for its hip boutiques, convenient department stores and large park. The architect sums it up better “A wondrous bystreet that

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Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

This beautiful house in Toyota, Japan, designed by studio ihrmk, is dominated by passages that connect it to the scenery of the adjacent terraced paddy field. Conveniently entitled “Passage of

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Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese architecture

Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese architecture

Yoshioka, a designer famous for the use of transparent materials, chose to clad the modern teahouse in glass to preserve the pavilion’s spectacular views and create a seamless integration with nature.

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Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

This is the Toroidion. It’s Finnish. No one knows how to pronounce it, so don’t worry about that. All you need to know is that it’s very pretty and -- oh yeah. It’s electric. In fact, it’s

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Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint

Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint

The Dune House is a contemporary reinterpretation of the local architectural typology that features wood cladding and pitched roofs. The wooden cross-laminated structure uses a unique timber roofing

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The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has shared a house with

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Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

Many of the details of the trailer’s interior have been crafted by hand. The original chandelier piece is born of a vintage tea pot and copper pipes. The illusion of a library is devised by using a

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Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work environment

Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work environment

Harvey and Yu’s design team spent one month researching the preferences of the Portland team members before designing the space for the over 200-person staff, most of whom were already Portland

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Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape

Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape

The building is located on the edge of the town center facing an ancient castle mound with medieval, state-preserved ruins- the main tourist attraction of the town. It was the site itself that suggested

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100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally incomplete look

100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally incomplete look

Each room of the timber-framed home is lined with plywood. Left unstained, the plywood covers every wall, floor, and ceiling and makes the house look almost like a construction job left undone. The

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How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

Sometimes, I sit in my lawn chair at night, next to the campfire, and look at the big blue bus in my campsite spot -- or in the parking lot of a Walmart -- or wherever we may be at the moment, and I

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a sustainable landmark that houses 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame that also serves as a silent, motionless wind

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La Capsula preserves existing green space with a pod-like home addition

La Capsula preserves existing green space with a pod-like home addition

This concrete and wood extension to a house in Mexico perches over and encloses a large backyard. The two structures, collectively named La Cápsula, sit opposite each other and house, each housing

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The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected the best green buildings of 2015 that enhance and promote ecological design. The projects feature different integrated approaches to sustainable design

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Modern Cliff House overlooks stunning seaside views on Scotland’s Isle of Skye

Modern Cliff House overlooks stunning seaside views on Scotland’s Isle of Skye

Inspired by the region’s simple stone agricultural typology, the Cliff House is constructed with Caithness stone and is cut into the landscape to protect the building against harsh winds. The protective

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19th-Century fort with tower turned into charming guesthouse in Greece

19th-Century fort with tower turned into charming guesthouse in Greece

The Tainaron Blue Retreat rises from a crag overlooking the Greek coastline of Cape Tainaron. Originally a 19th-century fortified tower, it was restored and converted into a luxury 3-suites accommodation.

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Minimalist steel cabin floats above a rugged slope in Quebec

Minimalist steel cabin floats above a rugged slope in Quebec

Located in the Eastern Townships, the Bolton Residence is built on a natural plateau just below the highest point on the site. Its minimalist gabled form is a contemporary twist on the local vernacular

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Australian Pavilion will become a pool for 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Australian Pavilion will become a pool for 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

What better way to show off the history of the swimming pool and the impact it has had on Australian society, then to turn Denton Corker Marshall’s recently finished Venice Biennale Pavilion into one.

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TreeHouse Memorial City becomes the highest rated LEED Platinum Core and Shell Building in Texas

TreeHouse Memorial City becomes the highest rated LEED Platinum Core and Shell Building in Texas

The 14,700-square-feet building was design in collaboration with Acumen Design. The building exterior is clad with wood siding, limestone, natural vegetation and fritted glass which resemble the lower

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Man transforms a salvaged trailer into an elegant tiny home and sells for $36,000 on Craigslist

Man transforms a salvaged trailer into an elegant tiny home and sells for $36,000 on Craigslist

It’s amazing what can be done in a small space and Ron Rusnak of Ashland, Oregon exemplifies that well in this trailer turned tiny home. Rusnak took an old trailer, gutted it and used it as the

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Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

We can take our hats off to Germany, leading the way with investment in renewable energy, pioneering Passivhaus standard homes and public buildings. However Germany's Earthship builders point out that

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Handsome lakeside cabin supports a cantilevered timber gallery in Wisconsin

Handsome lakeside cabin supports a cantilevered timber gallery in Wisconsin

The Family Retreat comprises a cluster of structures: the cabin, south-facing deck with fireplace, storage building, and sauna. Wood is the primary building material, but the architects’ careful

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Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

Two traditional gabled volumes are unified with wooden louvers, in Kuhnlein Architecktur’s Timber House in rural Germany. The double-peaked home is divided into two sections, keeping living spaces and

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Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

While the front of the Stroblkeller matches the modest aesthetic of the surrounding buildings, its low-key exterior contrasts dramatically with the contemporary rear facade and minimalist interior. The

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How to build a compact and multifunctional Cheryl Cabin with just $3K of materials

How to build a compact and multifunctional Cheryl Cabin with just $3K of materials

Do you dream of building your own tiny house but don’t have the foggiest idea of where to start? Architect Joshua Woodsman can help. As Founder of Pin Up Houses, a company that creates easy-to-build

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Prefab C/Z House is clad in blackened timber on the island of Pico

Prefab C/Z House is clad in blackened timber on the island of Pico

Built into the hilly terrain, the C/Z House is divided into four rectangular volumes that connect at the center with a glazed living room. Its irregular shape was created to take advantage of views in

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