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Shigeru Ban Architects’ Oita Prefectural Art Museum opens in Japan

Shigeru Ban Architects’ Oita Prefectural Art Museum opens in Japan

The new Oita Prefectural Art Museum, designed by Shigeru Ban Architects, is an open environment nestled into a box-like volume. The building is highly sensitive to context and local climate, with

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Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere

Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere

If the POD-Idlala looks familiar, it’s likely you’ve seen images of its predecessor, the Indawo/lifePOD, also designed by Almeida and Dokter+Misses. While the rebranded POD-Idlala sports a similar

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Wood and metal sandwich panels clad PAN Architects’ striking Marseille Architecture School extension

Wood and metal sandwich panels clad PAN Architects’ striking Marseille Architecture School extension

The prefab new addition of Marseille’s Architecture School, designed by French architecture firm PAN Architecture, is a low-cost prefab building clad in vertical metal strips and corrugated iron which

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Off-grid earthen abode in Senegal gets all its energy from wind and solar

Off-grid earthen abode in Senegal gets all its energy from wind and solar

Unlike many earthen structures, the Khamsa earth house looks quite luxurious. Atelier Koe constructed the home from concrete-reinforced bricks made from clay, which was harvested from the site on which

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This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

Anna Webster, fourth-year student at the Cass, London Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture, has designed a simple but sturdy house that fits right into the Ghanaian countryside where it has

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Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

Since 2010, the number of homeless people 'sleeping rough' on the streets of London has risen 77 percent, according to James Furzer, the architectural assistant at Spatial Design Architects. In response

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Patrick Nadeau’s Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

Patrick Nadeau’s Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

The Wave Home has two floors. On the ground level the living room, kitchen and multimedia space open up towards the exterior by sliding walls. The upper level houses two bedrooms and a bathroom that can

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Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials

Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials

Annandale Seascape Cottage, designed by New Zealand-based architectural firm Pattersons, is a gorgeous retreat set into a rock escarpment in a tiny boulder strewn South Pacific cove. The house, built

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Daniel Libeskind to build soaring pyramid skyscraper in Jerusalem

Daniel Libeskind to build soaring pyramid skyscraper in Jerusalem

Studio Daniel Libeskind and local architect Yigal Levi, unveiled  new renderings of the high-rise design in Jerusalem's downtown area, first unveiled in 2011. Dubbed the Pyramid, this multi-purpose tower

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Gorgeous cantilevering roof made of timber tops Hungary’s spectacular new Pancho Arena

Gorgeous cantilevering roof made of timber tops Hungary’s spectacular new Pancho Arena

The Hungarian Football Academy decided to build a UEFA category III football stadium suitable for hosting Hungarian league matches and junior tournaments as well as different international competitions.

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NEXT Architects reveals undulating Shouxi Stone-inspired Fuzhou apartment complex

NEXT Architects reveals undulating Shouxi Stone-inspired Fuzhou apartment complex

Architecture firm NEXT completed an apartment complex inspired by the famous local 'seal-stone' or 'shouxi-stone' of Fuzhou, the capital of the Fujian Province. The meandering balconies flow around the

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Studio Vara converts a boring old box building into a refreshing green office space in San Francisco

Studio Vara converts a boring old box building into a refreshing green office space in San Francisco

With a smart design strategy, even the most boring buildings can be transformed into interesting spaces. Architecture firm Studio Vara redesigned a plain commercial box building in San Francisco and

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Problem solving architects give Venetian apartment a flood-proof upgrade

Problem solving architects give Venetian apartment a flood-proof upgrade

The city of Venice, Italy celebrates its commitment to history by preserving, and still utilizing, its canals throughout the city. Citizens have seen a need, however, to address some natural consequences

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Extreme hanging pods create a meditative, light-controlled space for rock climbers

Extreme hanging pods create a meditative, light-controlled space for rock climbers

The pods, commissioned by Manz Wine Estate Cape Town, have a specific function of reducing harmful light wavelengths and control and edit visual hallucinations and mirages induced by exhaustion and high

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Urban Crepe is a blooming Buenos Aires food stall in a repurposed shipping container

Urban Crepe is a blooming Buenos Aires food stall in a repurposed shipping container

Urban Crepe is located at the 'Distrito Arcos Premium Outlet', an open-air mall on a former railway area within the leafy Palermo. It's massive discount clothes stores are sheltered in re-adapted railway

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Shelters for Nepal earthquake survivors can be built from reclaimed materials in two days

Shelters for Nepal earthquake survivors can be built from reclaimed materials in two days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfFXLHJ_D6c Charles Lai and Takehiko Suzuki collaborated with AONA architecture studio and the One Village Focus Fund to deliver the design to a remote area of

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Spahaus and Trihaus are “ready-to-live” homes tucked in a Canadian forest

Spahaus and Trihaus are “ready-to-live” homes tucked in a Canadian forest

Montreal-based design studio YH2 were commissioned to design two types of wood and concrete mountain retreats that would offer panoramic vistas of the gorgeous landscape of the Fraternité-sur-Lac resort

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Lush living plants engulf the green-roofed Pure Spa in Vietnam

Lush living plants engulf the green-roofed Pure Spa in Vietnam

No spa or yoga retreat is complete without a verdant backdrop of vegetation. MIA Design Studio takes that principle to the next level by draping a nearly overwhelming amount of lush living plants atop the

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Shape-shifting PortHotel transforms from a 2D symbol into a 3D habitable space

Shape-shifting PortHotel transforms from a 2D symbol into a 3D habitable space

Building workshop TOMA! have designed a shape-shifting wooden sculpture for this year's Lively Architecture Festival in La Grande Motte, France. The PrortHotel utilizes the parallax effect to change its

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The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

Great Britain’s first affordable energy positive house has just opened its doors in Stormy Down, Wales. Dubbed the Solcer House, the residence can produce more electricity than its occupants can use.

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4a Architekten transformed a 1926 Barry Dierks villa into an airy escape on the French Riviera

4a Architekten transformed a 1926 Barry Dierks villa into an airy escape on the French Riviera

The villa was originally built for a the architect, Barry Dierks, and his partner. It was built in 1926, sold in 2011, after which 4a Architekten were commissioned to renovate the building. The team

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Bird-friendly Invisible Barn camouflages itself against trees

Bird-friendly Invisible Barn camouflages itself against trees

You've may have seen montages of this structure that camouflages itself against a forest, but the designers at New York-based studio stpmj have now built the actual building which looks as impressive as

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Old Sydney warehouse transformed into a modern man cave with a hidden sleeping pod

Old Sydney warehouse transformed into a modern man cave with a hidden sleeping pod

Australian architecture firm Allen Jack+Cottier transformed an old warehouse into a two-level private residence with a huge carbon-fiber pod that undulates underneath the rustic roof and hides an entire

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Timber-clad school weaves between the trees in a French commune

Timber-clad school weaves between the trees in a French commune

Created to provide after-school and summer school facilities for young children, the school heavily references its surrounding environment. The curvaceous facade is clad in strips of vertical battens of

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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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7 Bright red shipping containers repurposed as modern offices in Israel

7 Bright red shipping containers repurposed as modern offices in Israel

Tel Aviv studio Potash Architects repurposed seven shipping containers and transformed them into a modern office located near Israel's capital. The stacked red boxes accommodate office spaces, event areas

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ANMA transforms marine hangars into a naturally-ventilated housing block in Bordeaux

ANMA transforms marine hangars into a naturally-ventilated housing block in Bordeaux

Paris-based Agence Nicolas Michelin et Associés transformed existing buildings of the heritage site in Bordeaux into a housing block that offers a variety of living units and engages in a dialogue with

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This building’s geometric facade transforms to regulate daylight

This building’s geometric facade transforms to regulate daylight

One of the building's most important features is the responsive facade made of perforated metal screens-1600 in total-which reference the site and regulate the amount of natural light reaching the

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Backyard BI(h)OME is a tiny, low-cost house with a light environmental footprint

Backyard BI(h)OME is a tiny, low-cost house with a light environmental footprint

This tiny low-cost, low-impact home which contains a bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom and dining room, was designed as a semi-permanent housing solution that can be recycled and reinstalled in

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Compressed-earth bird-watching center in Switzerland celebrates ancient building methods

Compressed-earth bird-watching center in Switzerland celebrates ancient building methods

The rammed earth walls, created by compacting layers of damp earth in a mould, form the centre's load-bearing structure. The ancient building method was used for its low environmental impact and the

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