Architecture

Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

Organic Cities is a concept for an addition to the coastline somewhere in the United Arab Emirates that will merge with existing cities to create a more organic megalopolis. The inspiration for the

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A Small Group of Villagers are Living in Caves in China’s Anshun Mountains

A Small Group of Villagers are Living in Caves in China’s Anshun Mountains

A small community of villagers in Guizhou Province, China refused houses that the government offered them, and decided to continue living in caves in the mountains of Anshun. The Miao ethnic minority

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Green Metal-Clad Werkhouse Blends into the German Countryside

Green Metal-Clad Werkhouse Blends into the German Countryside

Werkhouse's charm comes from its simple yet precise design with few decorative frills. The no-nonsense, minimalistic style is evident in the restrained color scheme, exposed trusses, and its raw, but

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Le Corbusier’s Iconic Ronchamp Chapel Damaged by Vandals

Le Corbusier’s Iconic Ronchamp Chapel Damaged by Vandals

The broken window and the other windows in the church are not made from stained glass, because Le Corbusier considered stained glass to be too similar to the old ways of architecture. Instead, he

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Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Originally chosen to build a school on an old war bunker site located in Bergen, the Norwegian architects quickly realized that the bunker area was too small for the project, forcing the city to look for

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MAPA Architects’ Tiny MINIMOD House is a LED-Lit Prefab Home for Off-Grid Living

MAPA Architects’ Tiny MINIMOD House is a LED-Lit Prefab Home for Off-Grid Living

The house is assembled in a factory and transported to the site as a ready-made living unit. Its large openings provide a visual connection to its natural surroundings, while different coating used for

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Historic NYC Building to Be Topped with Shigeru Ban-Designed Rooftop Penthouses

Historic NYC Building to Be Topped with Shigeru Ban-Designed Rooftop Penthouses

A pair of sexy rooftop penthouses designed by Shigeru Ban will soon be topping a historical building in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood. The 2-level additions appear to be quite modern in design, but

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Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Measuring 1,000 square feet, the House Under the Oaks is a wide wooden box overlooking a luscious landscape. Its structure was made from prefab FSC timber and assembled on site, reducing

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Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

The sustainability strategy with the Hollin House revolved around increasing the amount of daylight in the house, improving the building envelope and installing a completely new heating system for the

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Bone-White Geometric Facade Wraps Around Contemporary House in Israel

Bone-White Geometric Facade Wraps Around Contemporary House in Israel

To counteract the cramped urban environment, the architects swathed the house in shades of white to create the feeling of airy lightness and spaciousness. Large glass windows and reflective porcelain

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9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

IKEA furniture is often looked down upon for being mass-produced, but its cookie cutter attributes also make it a perfect medium for hacking into cool and original custom pieces. We recently rounded up

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FILM REVIEW: IF YOU BUILD IT Examines Design as a Catalyst for Transforming Communities

FILM REVIEW: IF YOU BUILD IT Examines Design as a Catalyst for Transforming Communities

“If I hadn’t have been a part of this program, I would have left school and I wouldn’t have given it a second thought,” explains Stevie Mizelle, a student featured in the new film IF YOU BUILD

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Green Mountain College’s Tiny Pod-Shaped House is Designed for the 21st Century Nomad

Green Mountain College’s Tiny Pod-Shaped House is Designed for the 21st Century Nomad

Green Mountain College students are redefining the American dream with a tiny “living system” home that offers a mobile lifestyle with a reduced environmental footprint. Created as part of professor

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Colorful Ice Fort Makes the Most of Below Freezing Temps in Ontario

Colorful Ice Fort Makes the Most of Below Freezing Temps in Ontario

In December 2013, in Northwestern Ontario, temperatures averaged a daytime high of about -25 degrees celsius (-13 degrees fahrenheit) or colder for about 4 weeks in a row. The cold may have kept Marchand

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‘Top of Tyrol’ Lookout Platform Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Austria’s Stubai Glacier

‘Top of Tyrol’ Lookout Platform Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Austria’s Stubai Glacier

Perched high atop a peak in the popular Austrian ski area, the Top of Tyrol platform gently extends over the mountain’s edge above the glacial ski area below. The panoramic platform was created to give

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Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Founded on state-of-the-art ecological and urban strategies, Sasaki’s urban master plan celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic,

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15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

The conical pillars are made with bamboo that was first soaked in mud, smoke-dried, and then joined using rattan fiber and bamboo nails. Not an ounce of steel was used to support the structure, which was

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Curious NY Castle Given New Life by Preservationists

Curious NY Castle Given New Life by Preservationists

Castles are pretty hard to come by in New York, so if you've ever passed by this one on your way upstate, you probably wondered about its history. Named Bannerman Castle, after the Scottish ammunition

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Polyhedral Monoclinic House Boasts Eye-Catching Geometric Skylights in Tokyo

Polyhedral Monoclinic House Boasts Eye-Catching Geometric Skylights in Tokyo

According to the architects, polyhedral homes have become an effective design solution to Japan's notoriously small and congested urban lots. The house consists of a main residence located at the front of

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Mikou Studio’s Feng Shui Swimming Pool Provides a Refreshing and Spiritual Oasis in France

Mikou Studio’s Feng Shui Swimming Pool Provides a Refreshing and Spiritual Oasis in France

Paris-based Mikou Studio recently won a local competition to build a city pool for Issy Les Moulineaux in France. But this winning design is no ordinary public pool complex. While the green roof and

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Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Monan had dreamt of building his own home for a while, but lack of funds meant he would have never been able to afford having craftmen build the house of his dreams exactly as he imagined it. So, he took

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VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

We love treehouses here at Inhabitat, and are enamored with eco-architect Mitchell Joachim's visionary ideas about how to grow living treehouses from ficus molded around frame structures. We've covered

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New Photos Show ‘Bosco Verticale’ Vertical Forest Nearing Completion in Milan

New Photos Show ‘Bosco Verticale’ Vertical Forest Nearing Completion in Milan

At first glance it looked too fantastical to be real, but now the completion date for the world’s first vertical forest is drawing near. Located in Milan, Bosco Verticale is Boeri Studio’s answer to

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Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

The Chamfer Home is a tiny self-sufficient shelter with a clean modern design that is made from eco-friendly materials. Designed by S-Archetype, the portable living unit can operate completely off the

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Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House to be Moved and Restored by Crystal Bridges Museum

Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House to be Moved and Restored by Crystal Bridges Museum

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art just acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House, and the institution plans to transport it from the Borough of Millstone in New York to Crystal Bridges’

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Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Simply dubbed the Cement Factory, the complex hosts Bofill’s architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, exhibition space, his personal apartment, guest rooms, and extensive gardens. The

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Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Each module for MF Architect's Pre-Fab Cottage measures 14' x 14' in size and can be assembled in any configuration. For this setup, the owners wanted four modules connected together via a hallway module.

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Snøhetta’s Glacier-Inspired Deloitte Office Building Completed in Norway

Snøhetta’s Glacier-Inspired Deloitte Office Building Completed in Norway

Wrapped in a distinctive, fragmented snow-white facade, the sculptural Deloitte building was commissioned as one of the main Barcode redevelopment buildings in 2007. Titled the Barcode Project, the

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Dramatic Cantilevered House Boasts Magnificent Mountain Views in Nagano

Dramatic Cantilevered House Boasts Magnificent Mountain Views in Nagano

According to the architects, the client spent years searching Japan for the ideal site before settling on a scenic sloping mountain ridge located at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains. To maximize the

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Haus Fontanella Hugs a Snowy Mountainside in Western Austria

Haus Fontanella Hugs a Snowy Mountainside in Western Austria

Haus Fontanella is a beacon within the beautiful woods surrounding the mountainscape and village of Fontanella. The home is built on a concrete base, with one side partially submerged into the hillside to

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