Architecture

Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

Since Hotel Daniel was unable to expand outwards, its proprietors looked to the sky, deciding to grow vertically to accommodate the new luxury suite. The sleek new LoftCube adds 44 square meters to the

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Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

The Gate Project boasts several renewable energy technologies meant to assure a 50 percent energy saving and a significant reduction in carbon footprint. A mesh surface unfolds above all the building

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Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Johannesburg-based Architects of Justice were commissioned to design the library, but after the project ran out of money, the design team had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a solution

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Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

Here at Build Abroad, we have found that it is best to build with local materials. Local materials can vary from mud bricks to bamboo depending on the region, but the one thing they have in common is they

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Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

The block is organized around a large, green park and offers different types of housing units – from smaller spaces for students to large apartments for big families with children. All were created

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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own feet to knead the

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Timber-Framed Conan House is a Sculptural Toy-Filled Pod in South Korea

Timber-Framed Conan House is a Sculptural Toy-Filled Pod in South Korea

The Conan House was designed as a single-family home for a local TV producer, his wife, and his only son. Inspired by Moon Hoon's previous work The Lollipop House, the client asked for a similar skip

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Giant Transportable Art Studio in Utrecht Welcomes Artists Inside its Drawbridge Door

Giant Transportable Art Studio in Utrecht Welcomes Artists Inside its Drawbridge Door

Built for practicality and durability rather than ease of mobility and aesthetics, House No. 19's rectangular volume is painted black to recede into the background. The wood-clad interior can be

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Baskets Full of Local Limestone Make Up the Façade of This Stunning House in Poland

Baskets Full of Local Limestone Make Up the Façade of This Stunning House in Poland

Located in a region known as Polish Jura, which is dominated by rocky hills, cliffs and valleys, the building seems to be a natural extension of the landscape. The architects designed the walls in a way

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Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

HUB chose to build the structure out of CNC-milled wood not only for the ease of prefab construction, but also to evoke the wooden dacha country homes belonging to the client's homeland, Russia. The

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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

The modular shipping container block structures were designed by QED Property in collaboration with WCEC Architecture and are located in a former scrap metal yard, referred to as Richardson's Yard. Set

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A Whole Lot of Sustainable Spruce Clads This Striking Museum Addition in Finland

A Whole Lot of Sustainable Spruce Clads This Striking Museum Addition in Finland

The narrow long building is located on a piece of land parallel to the axis between the existing house, the garden and the adjacent lake. The positioning of the new building frames a new plaza, while its

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6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins Sedlec Ossuary Monastery of San Francisco   San Bernardino alle Ossa Czermna Chapel Capela dos Ossos Our Lady of the Conception of the

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EFFEKT’s House-Shaped Cancer Counseling Center Challenges Norms in Healthcare Architecture

EFFEKT’s House-Shaped Cancer Counseling Center Challenges Norms in Healthcare Architecture

When beginning the design process, EFFEKT started with the question, "How can we create spaces that accommodate all aspects of life with cancer?" The architects chose to create a place that felt more like

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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The UK’s First Zero-Waste Restaurant Silo Boasts a Raw and Minimalist Interior Aesthetic

The UK’s First Zero-Waste Restaurant Silo Boasts a Raw and Minimalist Interior Aesthetic

Brighton's restaurant-bakery-coffee house Silo was meticulously planned with sustainability in mind. It prides itself on having a pre-industrial food system that generates zero waste, has no bin, is

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Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

As if exploding out of the entrance to Bloc’s folly, This is Not a Lovesong is Faustino’s first piece, which combines sculpture and architecture. Framing the doors, the installation is made up of a

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Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

While the home’s gabled roof form and rustic materials recall the area’s early vernacular, the design also seeks to establish a language of its own, reflective of and specific to its current context

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These Tiny Cabins Built From 100% Reclaimed Wood are the Perfect Romantic Getaways

These Tiny Cabins Built From 100% Reclaimed Wood are the Perfect Romantic Getaways

Aires Mateus originally recovered the two fisherman huts from an established wharf and rebuilt them offsite before transporting them to their quieter, current location. The architect then stripped the

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Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

Clad in vertical timber, the Moore Studio is topped with an asymmetrical seamed aluminum roof. Although the gabled roof was initially designed in the simple vernacular form commonly found in Nova Scotia,

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Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

In the race to feed the growing population of planet Earth, biotechnology is quietly overtaking genetic modification, according to a new report by Greenpeace. The Guardian reports that the Greenpeace

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Rainwater-Harvesting Artscience Museum Floats Like a Lilypad on the Singapore Waterfront

Rainwater-Harvesting Artscience Museum Floats Like a Lilypad on the Singapore Waterfront

The museum, the structure of which was conceived by Arup, is supported by a complex steel lattice and 10 columns that come together toward the bottom in a basket-like shape. The envelope is made out of a

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

The nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica contracted Moore Ruble Yudell to design an affordable housing project. Located on the corner of 28th and Pico Streets, Pico Housing offers

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The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

Every year, 20 million tons of salt sink to the bottom of the Dead Sea’s fifth pond. The salt is waste from the colossal production of potash and bromine in the Dead Sea Works factory, and it piles up

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PPAG Architects Rework a Vienna Restaurant into a Labyrinth of Reflections

PPAG Architects Rework a Vienna Restaurant into a Labyrinth of Reflections

The extension has a long, finger-like form, with each table dotted along the length and having its own intimate environment. Each table unit has a curved backdrop and a sash window to create a private

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Twisted Timber Shell Wraps Around a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion in France

Twisted Timber Shell Wraps Around a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion in France

Surrounded by a boring asphalt parking lot outside the city center, the wood structure stands out as a surprising monument to sustainable design. The slatted bakelised plywood shell acts as a brise-soleil

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Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

When users enter the shipping container, which resembles a chalked-up blackboard on the outside, they are greeted with pitch darkness. As they start to stumble through the temporary room, the UV light

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Artists Convert Cargo Container Into a Giant Working Guitar!

Artists Convert Cargo Container Into a Giant Working Guitar!

CargoGuitar consists of eight giant steel strings stretched across the interior of the container in a half-twist design. The horizontal bar at one end of the strings holds them in place and frames the

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Will.i.am Creates a Truly Independent Smartwatch That Includes Designs by Zaha Hadid

Will.i.am Creates a Truly Independent Smartwatch That Includes Designs by Zaha Hadid

While some smart-watches out there are really no more than a complement for a smartphone, Will.i.am has created a truly independent smart watch that operates completely on its own. Called the PULS, it can

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