Architecture

Compact Prefab House is Made from a Single Shipping Container in Milan

Compact Prefab House is Made from a Single Shipping Container in Milan

The upgraded version of the house comes with several options included in the base model, which comprises a bedroom with a double bed, three-piece bathroom with shower, several closets and a kitchen. The

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DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, Portside covers an entire city block in Cape Town's emerging financial district and is considered the city's first significant high-rise since the early 1990s.

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Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Roskilde's new power plant will incinerate rubbish from nine local municipalities as well as selected international locations to generate electricity and heat for the historic city. The building's unique

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The World’s Most Expensive Apartment Costs a Staggering $400 Million

The World’s Most Expensive Apartment Costs a Staggering $400 Million

Slated for completion in September 2015, the 35,500-square-foot quintuplex "Sky Penthouse" will tower over Monaco's skyline at a height of nearly 600 feet. Expected to hit the market next year, the

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Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

We've seen our share of dazzling mega-airports, each with more eco-friendly elements than the last, but Foster + Partners' recently unveiled designs for a new international airport in Mexico City really

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SHED Architecture Merges Concrete, Wood and Aluminum in a Cozy Refuge for an Elderly Seattle Couple

SHED Architecture Merges Concrete, Wood and Aluminum in a Cozy Refuge for an Elderly Seattle Couple

The house is located in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood and takes its name from the pedestrian path that that connects its site to the north. The 20-foot slope enabled the architects to design a

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Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

The minimalist oval chapel, designed by Berlin architects Rudolf Reitermann and Peter Sassenroth, was completed in 2000 and consists of a monumental rammed-earth core structure flanked with a translucent

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Wood-Fired Wa_Sauna is a Floating Refuge for Water Lovers in Seattle

Wood-Fired Wa_Sauna is a Floating Refuge for Water Lovers in Seattle

Wa_sauna is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production. The prototype for the design includes a large wooden platform and a wood-fired sauna. A rear ladder leads from the

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Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

When the Snøhetta studio arrived on Hudøy Island, the old wooden cabin was about to be torn down. Even though only the wooden framework and old doors were left standing, the architects decided to

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Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Michael Jantzen just unveiled designs for the Solar Rain Tree Oasis, a public gathering pavilion designed to help alleviate drought-stricken California. Made from a large prefabricated steel shell, the

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UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

The U.K.'s Airports Commission just rejected Foster + Partners' plans for a new international airport in England's Thames Estuary. The proposal was designed to alleviate air traffic from Heathrow Airport

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Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer’s Cottage Hangs Off a Hillside in Norway

Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer’s Cottage Hangs Off a Hillside in Norway

Completed in 2008, this 173-square-foot cabin is divided into two main spaces: an outdoor garden bounded by three walls that serves as the entry hall, and an indoor living space comprising an elevated

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Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

The Municipality of Amsterdam granted space&matter and their associates access to the De Ceuvel site with a 10-year lease. Because of the temporary nature of the project, the designers’ budget was

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ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

The ESTIA wooden cabin stands on stilts among the mountains of Camigliano, near the San Michele Cave. It was designed to provide shelter from the elements while offering magnificent views into the

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Amazing Transforming Cube Packs Many Rooms in One

Amazing Transforming Cube Packs Many Rooms in One

This engaging space can be used for studying, sleeping and can become a great playground for when the kids bring their friends over. Free from typical furniture, the 33-square-meter space is meant to

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VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

The pioneers behind the prefabricated HUF HAUS have constructed thousands of energy efficient houses across the globe. Their über-efficient designs have paved the way for a new wave of green modular

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COBE Transforms Old Industrial Silo Into High-Rise Housing in Copenhagen

COBE Transforms Old Industrial Silo Into High-Rise Housing in Copenhagen

Topping out at a little over 200 feet, the 17-story tall silo is the largest industrial building in Nordhavn as well as one of its most well-known and iconic landmarks. The architects hope to maintain the

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The Sochi Winter Village is Now a Ghost Town Just Six Months After the Olympics

The Sochi Winter Village is Now a Ghost Town Just Six Months After the Olympics

There was a lot of controversy over the Sochi Winter Olympics both before and during the competition, with allegations of corruption, shoddy construction work, and facilities not being ready for the

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Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

The unique location of the home, along with its height, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. For optimal viewing from every angle, the architects built a wrap-around terrace that covers

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Bio-Hotel Ulrichshof’s New Luxury Addition is Inspired by Old Bavarian Fairytales

Bio-Hotel Ulrichshof’s New Luxury Addition is Inspired by Old Bavarian Fairytales

Located within the beautiful Bavarian Forest in Germany, the Ulrichshof hotel has earned a reputation as one of the most kid-friendly hotels in the world, but since last Easter, the complex introduced

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3XN’s Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

3XN’s Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

Shaped as a semicircle that wraps around a landscaped courtyard, La Tour gradually terraces upwards to reach a height of over 300 feet. "The gradual elevation helps to convey the transition from the large

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Victoria One: Melbourne’s Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a Botanic-Like Green Glass Facade

Victoria One: Melbourne’s Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a Botanic-Like Green Glass Facade

Inspired by Victoria's famous landscapes, Victoria One's form and facade recalls the southern state's diverse terrain, from its waterfalls and rainforests to its oceanside beaches. In addition to

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Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

ECHO's flexible homes are made from 100-sq-ft prefab modules and feature a distinctive pyramid roof that lets natural light flow inside. They can stand-alone as a simple garden room, or link to other

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between Acadian-style

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Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Baobed’s oval shape was inspired by exotic fruit that dangles from the branches of baobab trees, known as the “tree of life,” characteristic of African landscapes. Related: Cocoon Tree Is A

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

ModFruGal isn't a writer, photographer, or designer, but she is a "gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty." The mother of two built her own modernist treehouse deep in the Tennessee

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The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

Very easy to assemble, the Garden Igloo comes with a step by step instruction guide. In fact, it's so simple to build, one person can do it themselves! The tiny shelter doesn’t need foundations and is

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Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

The building is carefully oriented to take advantage of natural lighting, heating and cooling while keeping its impact on its site to a minimum. The redwood bark facade was sourced from a neighboring

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Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Tali Shaul, a psychotherapist, and Hagit Morevski, an ecological pond water treatment specialist, became friends after their two sons started playing together. Sharing similar views, the two spent a long

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