Architecture

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

The new DublDom home is a modular dwelling fabricated not far from Moscow. Designed by BIO Architects, it can be used as a first home or vacation retreat, and consists of a gabled structure clad in dark

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Removable Stacked Metal Cubes Filled With Plants Find Balance in Paris

Removable Stacked Metal Cubes Filled With Plants Find Balance in Paris

Sou Fujimoto, who designed the 2013 Serpentine Gallery in London, just completed the Many Small Cubes installation in Paris. Commissioned by Galerie Philippe Gravier, Fujimoto's art and architecture

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Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

The timber-framed Turf House was commissioned by an ambitious couple set on building a low-energy eco-home and was completed for approximately $337,000 USD, including the cost of the land ($64,000 USD).

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Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

aq4 arquitectura designed OKE to engage its immediate environment through views and circulation. The building is set perpendicular to the main street so that its eye-catching form and facade can be seen

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Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Building with earth is an ancient practice that has recently been updated to accommodate modern homes. Vallejo built this house using a system called Superadobe, which was originally invented by Iranian

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Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

AATA Architects first carefully selected the site location and building orientation to the sun in order to minimize the cabin's energy consumption. Special attention was also given to the windows, which

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This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

The Cazucá community is currently home to around 70,000 people and is marked by extreme poverty and poor access to public services. In order to address these issues, the Nukanti Foundation teamed up

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Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

The Garden Factory consists of the Manufacturing Plant and Global Parts Center located in the arid climate of northeast Rajasthan in India. The buildings boast photovoltaic panels producing 1.5 Megawatts

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The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Infinity Centre was designed to draw students back to the library by making it the central heart of the campus. Radiating out from the library are two wings that together form protected and private

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Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

The architects designed the addition as a strong and distinctive space that remains inconspicuous when seen from the outside. The aim was to dematerialize the room by using white walls and an envelope

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Catawba Falls Campground Gypsy Cabins Are Tiny Hikers’ Retreats in North Carolina

Catawba Falls Campground Gypsy Cabins Are Tiny Hikers’ Retreats in North Carolina

The tiny arched houses are just 8 x 14 feet, but can accommodate four people. The cabins are located next to a mountain creek and are the closest accommodation to Catawba Falls, around two miles away.

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Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame

Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame

UID Architects designed +node with a subdued all-timber palette to help the light-filled structure blend into to its forested surroundings. A diagonal pathway interrupts the upper-level rectangular

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Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

The Pittwater House’s floor plan is divided into pavilions, one addressing the beach and the other facing the street or “front” of the home. Either side is connected with a sprawling double-height

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Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

Prolific starchitects Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been picked to jointly design two of three new resorts in what is being referred to as the 'Hawaii of China.' Slated to be built in the Chinese

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind pioneering

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Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest

Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest

Built on a gently sloping site, the cabin gradually steps down on the landscape from the master bedroom down to the light-filled living room. The sloping diagonal roof helps frame views of the forest and

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Philippe Starck’s New Wind and Solar-Powered Home Produces 50% More Energy Than it Consumes

Philippe Starck’s New Wind and Solar-Powered Home Produces 50% More Energy Than it Consumes

The two-story house is one of the four different types of homes designed to consume much less energy than traditional dwellings. This made-to-order-type home is located just outside of Paris and will soon

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

Algae is blessed with qualities such as bioluminescence—the ability to glow in the dark—and photosynthesis, which is a process used by plant life that converts solar energy into chemical energy, the

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Rent This Surreal Tikki Beach Barge Complete With Huts and Palms

Rent This Surreal Tikki Beach Barge Complete With Huts and Palms

Debra Dawson, who bought the vessel in Wisconsin and then brought it to Florida, moored the Tikki Beach Barge at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach until 2009. It is now one of nine boats available

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Have a Picnic or Sled on Top of Henning Larsen’s New Moesgaard Museum in Denmark

Have a Picnic or Sled on Top of Henning Larsen’s New Moesgaard Museum in Denmark

Standing on the side of a hill in a suburb known as Skåde, the new Moesgaard Museum has a green roof that rises from its rural environment. Covered in grass, moss and flowers, it features

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Bosco Verticale: World’s First Vertical Forest is Finally Complete in Milan

Bosco Verticale: World’s First Vertical Forest is Finally Complete in Milan

The Bosco Verticale mixed-use towers were constructed with a $2.5 billion public-private investment as part of the redevelopment of Milan's Porta Nuova district. The towers, measuring 260 feet and 367

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Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay

Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay

Italy's WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) aims to help the world's impoverished by 3D-printing sustainable dwellings using all natural materials. Unveiled at the Maker Faire Rome, the portable 3D

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100% Recyclable UNBOXED Wooden Prefab is Equipped for Energy Generating Roof Tiles

100% Recyclable UNBOXED Wooden Prefab is Equipped for Energy Generating Roof Tiles

The high standardization of the modules and their total prefabrication creates great flexibility. This goal is also achieved by splitting the building in several basic structural elements designed to be

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7 Luminous, Lantern-Like Houses that Glow in the Dark

7 Luminous, Lantern-Like Houses that Glow in the Dark

Cherry Tree House by Tom Hare Acclaimed willow sculpture Tom Hare recently completed an enchanting glowing tree house built atop an old cherry tree. The spherical, nest-like structure is woven from

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Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Located on a lakeside in Michigan, the Harbert Cottage was built in a classic American ranch style. Although its size and general layout were working well, it needed an urgent renovation as its sloping

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Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos’ Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos’ Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

Portugal's [i]da arquitectos designed an extension to the sublime Monte Novo da Cruz development as a rural tourist destination. Although they were focused on recovering and expanding the existing

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Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Located in a former factory site, the architects' aim was to create a building that could bring back an interest in, and pay homage to science and industry. A museum, communications centre and archive

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Sett Studio’s Modern Live Oak Residences in Austin Show that Green Design Should be Standard

Sett Studio’s Modern Live Oak Residences in Austin Show that Green Design Should be Standard

Shown here is 902 W Live Oak, a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home adding up to 2,222 sq ft. You can buy this home right now for $799,000 and it's next door neighbor, 900 W Live Oak is also for sale - for the same

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The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

The results are in, and the mountain wins - a Washington State Court just ordered architect Tom Kundig to move his controversial Flagg Mountain Hut. The lawsuit was raised by residents of nearby Methow

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