Architecture

Astonishing water-sensitive building material acts just like pine cones

Astonishing water-sensitive building material acts just like pine cones

Royal College of Art design student Chao Chen has developed a revolutionary new building material that responds to the presence of water.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like to

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Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio is a cozy workspace that doubles as a secluded spot for deer-watching

Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio is a cozy workspace that doubles as a secluded spot for deer-watching

Bath-based architecture firm Stonewood Design created this small green-roofed studio as a secluded workspace and spot for deer-watching. Built using locally sourced stone and patinated copper, the

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Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

After Barry Cox traveled the world admiring churches, he decided to build his own--out of trees. Using five different tree species and a tree spade from his work at Treelocations, the New Zealand resident

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Bright and bold QUO shipping container mall springs up in Buenos Aires

Bright and bold QUO shipping container mall springs up in Buenos Aires

QUO Container Center is a bold and bright idea by architect Cecilia Bertezzolo, founder of BZZ Arquitectura, and built by EcoSan.  It is situated in a leafy up and coming small town, and hour and a half

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Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof

Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof

This amazing concrete house in carved into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. OPA designed Casa Brutale as a brutalist building that reminds of the iconic Casa Malaparte in Naples, Italy, by acting as

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Inspiring LOSEV center in Turkey teaches visitors how to lead sustainable lives

Inspiring LOSEV center in Turkey teaches visitors how to lead sustainable lives

Turkish architecture firm MuuM Architects designed this unique educational and recreational complex meant to be located in the dry Anatolian plains in central Turkey. LOSEV Natural Life Center &

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Gorgeous Doll’s House extension transforms a drafty bungalow into an energy-efficient home

Gorgeous Doll’s House extension transforms a drafty bungalow into an energy-efficient home

Australian design firm BKK Architects completed the Doll’s House, a flexible and energy-efficient addition to a former drafty bungalow. Taking inspiration from the traditional children’s doll’s

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Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units

Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units

Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture teamed up with Method Homes to make a sprawling prefab home in breathtaking Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Set in the footprint of the property’s former home, the

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Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

With the population booming and housing expansion taking place in all corners of the world, catching wind of a swanky new high-rise in a distant land can lead to some raised eyebrows. The EcoSky living

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Plans for world’s first self-sufficient floating city advance to next phase

Plans for world’s first self-sufficient floating city advance to next phase

The Seasteading Institute is on target to launch the world’s first floating city by 2020. The Floating City Project is set to have political autonomy, although the concept involves an integrated

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Passive solar beach house is a contemporary take on the Australian beach shack

Passive solar beach house is a contemporary take on the Australian beach shack

The sculptural Northern Rivers Beach House reinterprets traditional building materials, including corrugated metal, fibre-cement sheeting, and timber. Vertical steel cladding wraps around much of the

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Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

London-based design studio LYN Atelier designed a temporary community center in Hackney Wick, constructed using recycled materials from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The community center,

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Camille Kurowsky’s Green Roof House is a rustic leisure home in Brazil

Camille Kurowsky’s Green Roof House is a rustic leisure home in Brazil

This green-roofed terraced house, designed by architect Camille Kurowsky, was conceived for the hot and humid climate of Brazil. Thanks to its green roof and a pergola built from discarded building

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Tubular school canteen made from 4 prefab modules pops up in 90 days

Tubular school canteen made from 4 prefab modules pops up in 90 days

This tubular primary school canteen in Oviedo, Spain, was built from four prefabricated modules in only 90 days. Spanish architect Miguel Ángel García-Pola Vallejo designed the project in order to

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BOOK REVIEW: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World

BOOK REVIEW: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World

Climate change, air pollution, and water scarcity—these are just a handful of reasons why you may be worried for Earth’s future. But all hope is not lost, at least that’s the attitude of writer and

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Las Vegas Extreme Sports Park Combines Wakeboarding, Organic Food and Repurposed Shipping Containers

Las Vegas Extreme Sports Park Combines Wakeboarding, Organic Food and Repurposed Shipping Containers

Los Angeles-based M-Rad design studio has proposed an extreme sports park for Las Vegas as a way to draw people outside.

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Cocoon Tree: A Lightweight, Spherical Treehouse for Sustainable Living

Cocoon Tree: A Lightweight, Spherical Treehouse for Sustainable Living

Cocoon Tree is a spherical aluminium structure that weighs only 130 pounds. Rigged up with ropes and secured by nets, the structure has 12 locking points for both the suspension and for lateral stability.

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SketchUp’s Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

SketchUp’s Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

What if you could assemble your house like Legos using free modeling software and a 3D printer? That's the idea behind Eric Schimelpfening's WikiHouse - a home designed entirely in SketchUp that can be

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Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor adventures

Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor adventures

Traveling cross-country is an adventurer’s dream, but it often means you have to adjust to lower comfort levels. Conqueror Australia is set to bust that myth with a camper trailer that features almost

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Robin Williams forever memorialized with a rainbow tunnel in his name

Robin Williams forever memorialized with a rainbow tunnel in his name

How fitting that a tunnel fronted with a giant rainbow arch would be named after Robin Williams, the man who could put a smile on just about anybody's face. Soon after the late actor took his own life

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Rooftop cloud pods naturally cool the landscape with the power of evaporation

Rooftop cloud pods naturally cool the landscape with the power of evaporation

The Clouds Observatory was built atop the Casa Decor rooftop terrace, an outdoor entertaining space with a bar, moveable seating, artificial turf, and potted plants. Carolina González Vives’ urban

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Alpine cable car station finds new life as a cantilevering restaurant in the Swiss mountains

Alpine cable car station finds new life as a cantilevering restaurant in the Swiss mountains

Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron transformed a cable-car station on of Switzerland's Chäserrugg mountain into a wooden restaurant. The building reflects the heritage of Alpine architecture and

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The Rainbow Chapel’s stunning kaleidoscope windows reference ancient Chinese symbolism

The Rainbow Chapel’s stunning kaleidoscope windows reference ancient Chinese symbolism

This gorgeous wedding chapel in Shanghai, designed by Chinese studio Coordination Asia is enclosed in glass panels made from 3060 elements using 65 different colors. The kaleidoscope windows of the

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Dubai to print world’s first 3D-printed office building

Dubai to print world’s first 3D-printed office building

Architecture in Dubai is constantly pushing the envelope. The United Arab Emirates likes to be first when it comes to amazing feats of construction and technology, and it often is. Recently, it was

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Jewel Box Villa takes energy-efficient green homes to a hip new level in Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa takes energy-efficient green homes to a hip new level in Switzerland

This eco-friendly villa in Switzerland, designed by Chinese studio design paradigms, is an energy-efficient, green-roofed home for an environmental consultant. The Jewel Box Villa uses both passive and

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Gorgeous Passive House renovation in New York wins the ‘Oscars of existing buildings’

Gorgeous Passive House renovation in New York wins the ‘Oscars of existing buildings’

The terraced energy-efficient residence in the Village of Mamaroneck in Westchester County, New York, is a retrofit and extension of an existing house built in 1963. New York-based Benzing Architects

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Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading

Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading

Tectône won the project bid in a 2011 design competition that specified wood as the primary structural material. The housing development was built on a former industrial site and includes 39 multi-family

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Fairphone’s Amsterdam offices built inside an old warehouse using reclaimed materials

Fairphone’s Amsterdam offices built inside an old warehouse using reclaimed materials

Amsterdam-based firms Melinda Delst Interior Design and Studio Modderman designed the new headquarters for smartphone manufacturer Fairphone as a space which reflects the company's focus on ethically

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Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

Back in November, the Paris city council voted to reject the proposal. This week’s vote overturns that decision, which had been criticized as invalid after some conservative councilmembers disclosed how

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