Architecture

World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

Forming part of the Future Food District project curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the Urban Algae Canopy marks the culmination of six years worth of research. A custom designed ETFE cladding system,

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Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building

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NL Architects’ Mixed Use Center Mimics Lush Green-Roofed Hills in Xiamen

NL Architects’ Mixed Use Center Mimics Lush Green-Roofed Hills in Xiamen

NL Architects' mixed-use shopping center comprises three major layers: a network of SOHO (small office) spaces, a residential program, and approximately 100,000 square feet of retail space. Vankely's

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Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

The Bronx Box is a charming waterfront home that adds up to much more than the sum of its prefab parts. The two-module prefabricated structure features multiple skylights that fill it with natural light

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Elii Architects Equip Tiny Madrid Studio with a Host of Quirky Space-Saving Features

Elii Architects Equip Tiny Madrid Studio with a Host of Quirky Space-Saving Features

The owner of the studio, Dido Fogué, worked with the design team to not only achieve the optimal amount of useable space in her little Spanish haven, (nicknamed the Didomestic Home) but to do so in her

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Room11 Designs Light-Filled Cargotecture Headquarters for Shipping Container Company

Room11 Designs Light-Filled Cargotecture Headquarters for Shipping Container Company

To dispel the image of shipping container architecture as cramped and uncomfortable, Room11 painted the interior bone-white to create the illusion of space. Abundant floor-to-ceiling glazing and planted

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in

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SCADpad Europe is a Tiny House Solution to Sustainable Urban Living

SCADpad Europe is a Tiny House Solution to Sustainable Urban Living

Designed by SCAD fibers alumna Trish Andersen, SCADpad Europe is clad in large wooden panels painted with a diamond pattern and vibrant blue lacquer finish. The SCADpad roof is covered with scalloped

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MVRDV’s Colorful ‘Vertical Village’ Furnishings are Shaped Like Houses

MVRDV’s Colorful ‘Vertical Village’ Furnishings are Shaped Like Houses

Architects at MVRDV teamed up with the Belgian furniture label sixinch to design colorful furniture pieces that will speak to a more universal issue regarding city planning and residential architecture.

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SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

According to the 2012 U.S. Census, there are 105 million parking spaces in the United States--a number that roughly translates to five parking spaces for every registered car. As personal automobile

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Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

On the outside, Schneider + Schumacher Architekten's fantastic church looks like a white three-dimensional interpretation of traditional village church. But its interior is completely different, featuring

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Architecture for a Change: Cooking Up Community Spirit in Zandspruit, Johannesburg

Architecture for a Change: Cooking Up Community Spirit in Zandspruit, Johannesburg

Johannesburg-based architecture firm Architecture for a Change helped to create a low-cost community bakery in the Zandspruit region. Comprised of several friends who met at school, the firm is dedicated

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NYC’s Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift Village

NYC’s Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift Village

It looks like some of New York's homeless are trading in their ground-level digs for ones with better views. According to the New York Post, the Manhattan Bridge has become a mini shanty town of New

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Green Public and Residential Space Merge in Sydney’s Loopy Infinity by Crown Skyscraper

Green Public and Residential Space Merge in Sydney’s Loopy Infinity by Crown Skyscraper

Infinity by Crown is a new multi-residential complex in Sydney that uses pedestrian movement and traffic flow around the building to create a fluid architectural form. Designed by Koichi Takada

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SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

Situated between the SCADpad community garden and a parking space-sized exterior courtyard, SCADpad North America features large windows that overlook its adjacent spaces as well as the Atlanta city

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Snøhetta’s Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World’s Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building

Snøhetta’s Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World’s Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building

Solar energy forms the crux of the office building, which will use solar cells, heat exchangers and heat pumps to meet most of the building's electricity and heating needs. Rising from the fjord in the

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Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

With 250 days of sunshine a year, Mongolia's potential for solar energy is vast but mostly underutilized. That's beginning to change though - a new government sponsored initiative aims to equip

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ViVood: Tiny Pop-Up Wooden Home From Spain Comes With Built-in Solar Panels

ViVood: Tiny Pop-Up Wooden Home From Spain Comes With Built-in Solar Panels

ViVood was designed and manufactured in Spain using local materials and labor. Its technologically advanced design allows for easy mass production, and therefore lower costs. Its roof and walls pop-up

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Nike’s Aerostatic Dome is World’s First Structure Supported Entirely by a Helium-Filled Canopy

Nike’s Aerostatic Dome is World’s First Structure Supported Entirely by a Helium-Filled Canopy

To celebrate the launch of the KOBE 9 Elite Low HTM at this year's Milan Design Week, Nike teamed up with Arthur Huang, founder of upcycling company MINIWIZ, to create a stunning aerostatic dome

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Panasonic’s Sliding Nature Home ‘Breathes’ as it Shimmers With LEDs

Panasonic’s Sliding Nature Home ‘Breathes’ as it Shimmers With LEDs

Located at the University of Milan's Feeding New Ideas for the City exhibit, Sliding Nature is inspired by the harmony created when melding exterior and interior spaces. The traditional Japanese concept

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Studio Osk’s Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin

Studio Osk’s Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin

Studio Osk are the brains behind this amazing shape-shifting pavilion, which is set to take shape this summer in Berlin. The creative public space will rise in the ZK/U sculpture park, and it will host

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Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Having been in business for 20 years in the Bangkok area, Geodesic Design wanted to create an office with the smallest possible footprint. The home office was built on stilts, not only to lesson the

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Gorgeous Glazed House at Rupanco Lake Blends With the Woods in Chile

Gorgeous Glazed House at Rupanco Lake Blends With the Woods in Chile

Squella's idyllic gateway in Chile was envisioned as if it had no walls. Made from glass and wood, it beautifully blends with its natural environment and its few furniture pieces are fixed to the

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Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

UPA's design will potentially see the university as the first LEED certified building in the country. Once the campus is registered in the local Green Building Counsel (GBC), it can be classified

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Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

The new 5,900 square-foot Kraaiennest metro station was built to replace the original station from 1970. The overhaul of the station is one of the latest efforts turning Bijlmermeer from one of

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David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Sophisticated New Nobel Center in Stockholm

David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Sophisticated New Nobel Center in Stockholm

Slated for the Blasieholmsudden peninsula, the building will include a variety of exhibition spaces and meeting rooms, a library and of course an expansive auditorium, where the annual Nobel Prize award

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Herzog & de Meuron Wins Bid to Design Nature-Infused Hospital in Denmark

Herzog & de Meuron Wins Bid to Design Nature-Infused Hospital in Denmark

To bring patients closer with nature, the architects created an organic cross-shaped hospital building that wraps around a lush central courtyard. In contrast to traditional high-rise hospitals, the New

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Tiny Moose Road Residence Frames Stunning Views of Ukiah Valley in California

Tiny Moose Road Residence Frames Stunning Views of Ukiah Valley in California

The house is constructed on steel stilts and oriented to form three large apertures towards the most attractive views of the surroundings. By using standard sized sheet material such as plywood and

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Morimondo 23: Renovated Milan Factory Wrapped in a Concrete ‘Barcode’ Facade

Morimondo 23: Renovated Milan Factory Wrapped in a Concrete ‘Barcode’ Facade

Formerly occupied by a factory, Marimondo 23 was transformed into a contemporary commercial center. Building regulations required the renovated project to maintain the geometry and height of the original

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Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

State College, PA — Students at Penn State are turning a trailer into an off-grid disaster relief shelter that will be well-suited for both first-response, as well as long-term aid. The trailer, called

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