Architecture

Amazing Costa Rican Hotel Made from an Old Airplane Takes Flight

Amazing Costa Rican Hotel Made from an Old Airplane Takes Flight

The airplane was transported piece by piece from the San Jose airport to its current resting place on a pedestal 50 feet above the beach. It looks a bit like a model airplane on a stand, and we can only

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Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Studio Marco Vermeulen believes that we need new building materials that aren't made from increasingly scarce fossil fuels. That's why they are partnering with Nabasco, which uses widely available waste

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Uhlik Architekti’s Tiny Timber Forest Retreat Rests Atop a Giant Boulder

Uhlik Architekti’s Tiny Timber Forest Retreat Rests Atop a Giant Boulder

Finished with blackened timber and rabbet joints, the periscope-shaped retreat features two large glazed openings that let in natural light and direct views towards two different directions in the

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Tagus Linear Park Uses Recycled Pallets and Solar Power to Rehabilitate an Industrial Area of Portugal

Tagus Linear Park Uses Recycled Pallets and Solar Power to Rehabilitate an Industrial Area of Portugal

The project combines recycled materials such as tires and old pallets to create a space for environmental education, leisure and sports. Located in Povoa de Santa Iria in Portugal, the park aims to

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Your Position: A Standing All-in-One Workspace that Folds Away to Fit in Any Apartment

Your Position: A Standing All-in-One Workspace that Folds Away to Fit in Any Apartment

'Your Position’ is a clever adjustable workspace designed by David Manning that focuses on improving physical and mental wellbeing. The workspace is completely adjustable depending on the user's

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Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

Open House was designed by raumlaborkorea (with the help of the community), and celebrated its grand opening last month. But it isn't technically "complete" - and that's the whole point! raumlaborkorea's

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This 5-Floor Prefab Brings Urban Camping to New Heights

This 5-Floor Prefab Brings Urban Camping to New Heights

"Camping is defined as getting away from an urban area, and enjoying nature, spending one or two nights in a location. As such, the phrase urban camping contradicts itself. "Urban camping informally and

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NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

Rather than build each school its own gym, the three pooled their resources to build a single Mega-Gym that would provide their students lots of options for play and sport. Inside the Spordtgebouw are

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Amazing “Green Machine” Mobile City Concept Transforms Deserts into Lush Oases

Amazing “Green Machine” Mobile City Concept Transforms Deserts into Lush Oases

In 2007, the UN declared that desertification is one of the world's biggest environmental challenges that lead to widespread famine and economic instability. Malka's thought experiment is a provoking

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Affordable Apartment Block Boasts Sculptural Zig-Zagging Balconies in Graz, Austria

Affordable Apartment Block Boasts Sculptural Zig-Zagging Balconies in Graz, Austria

The building comprises 15 small apartments and a penthouse on the top floor. Oriented to the south, the apartment balconies have a cantilevered slab and are partially covered. Running along the

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Geometric Green-Roofed Education Center Sinks Beneath the Czech Park Landscape

Geometric Green-Roofed Education Center Sinks Beneath the Czech Park Landscape

The angular, mountain-inspired rooftop comprises sedum-covered triangles framed by metal vectors that represent the slopes of the nearby mountain range. The sides of the building located above ground are

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Slim Profile ZNC Windows are First to be Certified by Both Passive House Institutes

Slim Profile ZNC Windows are First to be Certified by Both Passive House Institutes

The new ZNC (Zola No Compromise) window features a slim profile design, with rail mounted rainscreen cladding and powder coated aluminum exterior for longevity. The first window to be certified by both

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Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

The Luck Drops’ bold design was bred from necessity. It's located on a long and extremely narrow lot, so the architects were challenged to make the shelter feel open and airy while keeping it from

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Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

The Urban Cabin's interior flooring is comprised of a combination of FSC-certified timber and brown granite. Since the structure sits amidst a shaded woody area, it was treated as a work of art - a la

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3XN Wins Design Competition for Grand University Building in Sweden

3XN Wins Design Competition for Grand University Building in Sweden

The new Mälardalen University building consists of a big but dynamic volume divided into smaller units. This decision not only makes the new building to adjust to the scale of the existing public bath,

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Gun Architects’ Rainforest Pavilion Creates a Cool Oasis in the Middle of London

Gun Architects’ Rainforest Pavilion Creates a Cool Oasis in the Middle of London

The Rainforest Pavilion is an extension of Gun Architects' ongoing body of work that focuses on the Chilean climate. Many of their projects create forms out of the circulation and accumulation of water,

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INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America, and countries around the world are quickly following suit. One thing most health and nutrition experts can agree on is that there's no one solution for

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First Ever Mushroom Tower Sprouts at MoMA PS1 in New York

First Ever Mushroom Tower Sprouts at MoMA PS1 in New York

Mushrooms aren't just for eating anymore. Biotect David Benjamin and his firm, The Living, recently completed their latest project - the world's first tower made of fungus bricks - at MoMA PS1 in Queens,

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Swarm of Tiny ‘Minibuilder’ Robots Can 3D Print Giant Buildings On-Site

Swarm of Tiny ‘Minibuilder’ Robots Can 3D Print Giant Buildings On-Site

The Minibuilders comprise three robots, each programmed to carry out different functions for the three separate stages of the building process: Foundation, Walls and Ceilings, and Reinforcement. First,

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Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Drawing inspiration from traditional basket weaving techniques and the flexibility of snake skin, the designer uses weatherproof fabric drawn between durable, curved plastic tubing. This creates a

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Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Nestled within mature woodlands on the grounds of Benenden School in Kent, this new environmental education facility raises the bar for self-sufficient buildings in the UK. The designers claim it’s the

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Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

Despite being accused of corruption earlier in June, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) released a video of the new host venue planned for the 2022 tournament. Employing the latest

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An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10)

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JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

The project is located in an area called the Red Neighborhood, named after its historic red brick harbor buildings. In a contextual nod, the concrete garage will be tinted red. Set in contrast to this red

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Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten Casts a Tiny Concrete House from an Old Log Cabin

Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten Casts a Tiny Concrete House from an Old Log Cabin

Nickish Sano Walder used the logs of the wood construction as a form work for the concrete to create a fossilized version of the old barn. This way they captured some of the texture, age and character of

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Built along the side of a highway, the Salvaged Ring coffee shop features a curved thatch roof that connects the roadway with the riverbank. The sloped roof helps soften the appearance of the building in

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Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances

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Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

The new Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital replaces a 1960's facility with advanced equipment and expanded capacity to house and treat animals. At 77,000-square-feet, the two-story hospital provides space

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