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Vincent Callebaut’s Twisting Citytree Towers Generate More Energy Than They Consume

Vincent Callebaut’s Twisting Citytree Towers Generate More Energy Than They Consume

The swirling volumes were inspired by the helix DNA structure and the Taij philosophy based on dynamism and harmony. The towers are covered with greenery cascading down and boasting 360-degree panoramic

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Hotel Shabby Shabby: Pop-Up Hotel Offers Recycled Rooms Built for Under €250

Hotel Shabby Shabby: Pop-Up Hotel Offers Recycled Rooms Built for Under €250

The Hotel Shabby Shabby's 22-rooms were spread out in unexpected locations including a high rooftop, a bustling market square and a tranquil a riverbank. They were built from found or recyclable

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Bunker-Like Concrete Home Hides a Courtyard and a Tree Root Chandelier in San Francisco

Bunker-Like Concrete Home Hides a Courtyard and a Tree Root Chandelier in San Francisco

At the time of its foreclosure in 2011, the property had three separate structures on the lot: a garage, a middle studio, and a rear residence, with not-to-code former renovations. Inspired by homes in

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Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

Designer Marc Mimram wants “to create a garden station, a station of the senses that delights travellers and allows them to engage with the beauty of their surroundings.” The concourse design responds

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Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

  The challenge for this year's Mud House Design competition in Ghana was to design a single-family unit on a plot no larger than 60 x 60 feet at a cost of no more than $6,000 (excluding

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HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

The Binhai Eco City Master Plan is a Sino-Singaporean project created with the support of both governments. Bordered by a planned green belt to the north, the mixed-use plan comprises a new Central

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This Crazy Solar-Powered Cabin Looks Like a Giant Ice Cube

This Crazy Solar-Powered Cabin Looks Like a Giant Ice Cube

Atelier 8000's cubic retreat is made from laminated timber beams. Due to the home's angled position, the rooms have slanted ceilings and unusual angles. The building is clad in a combination of glass,

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

By now, you've probably heard of the High Line, but did you know that there is also an underground park called the LowLine proposed for downtown Manhattan? It may have seemed like a pipe dream at first

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the recovering town. The

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6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins Sedlec Ossuary Monastery of San Francisco   San Bernardino alle Ossa Czermna Chapel Capela dos Ossos Our Lady of the Conception of the

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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Renovated XVIII-Century Venetian Villa Combines Noble Patina and Luxury Modern Design

Renovated XVIII-Century Venetian Villa Combines Noble Patina and Luxury Modern Design

The design approach was based on the teaching of the Schola Riccatiana and the concept of absolute beauty achieved through the relationship between architecture, mathematics and music. The architects used

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The Serenity Passive House Redefines the 21st Century Country Manor

The Serenity Passive House Redefines the 21st Century Country Manor

First things first, this house is huge at 16,000 square feet and is estimated to cost over 11 million dollars to build. That's a lot - so what does it have to justify the extravagances? The sumptuous

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6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

Tourner Autour du Ried If you're worried about what to do with an overabundance of corn, you could always follow in the footsteps of StAndré-Lang Architectes and build a giant home clad in corn cobs.

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RRA’s Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

RRA’s Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

To add more variety and character to the traditional gable-roof structures, Reiulf Ramstad Architects designed each cabin with varying widths and roof pitches, although the ridge height for each stays

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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Wunderbugs Pavilion Creates Music From the Movement of Insects and Humans

Wunderbugs Pavilion Creates Music From the Movement of Insects and Humans

The 323-square-foot circular Wunderbugs pavilion was constructed from wood using a combination of CNC machinery and traditional woodworking techniques. The designers created Wunderbugs' distinctive shape

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Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

We first reported on Huibers' Ark last year when the massive structure (it's so big, it's classed as a building not a boat!) was nearing completion. Now that the Ark is officially open to the public, more

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EMBT and Elizabeth de Portzamparc Unveil Plans for Two New Paris Metro Stations

EMBT and Elizabeth de Portzamparc Unveil Plans for Two New Paris Metro Stations

EMBT will design the Clichy-Montfermeil station in collaboration with French architects Bordas + Peiro. Elizabeth de Portzamparc will design the Le Bourget station. The Grand Paris Express project was

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Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

Located on a park's riverbank in the city of Nanjing, AZL Architects' brilliant chapel shelters weddings and other religious services. Its distinctive V-shaped roof was covered in dark shingles and rises

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Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Arhitektura d.o.o. designed the Ribja Brv Footbridge for an international design competition to replace a decaying timber bridge built in 1991. The bridge was first conceived by the late architect Joze

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Modern Wood-Clad House Uses Limestone Walls for Passive Cooling in the Italian Alps

Modern Wood-Clad House Uses Limestone Walls for Passive Cooling in the Italian Alps

From afar, Casa Prè de Sura fits the local alpine vernacular with its traditional gable roof and vertically laid wood panels. Upon closer inspection, however, the building's contemporary influences

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Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

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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INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

We tend to take for granted the bridges that bind the world around us, but where would we be without gap-spanning marvels of modern construction? The Ohio University's Masters in Civil Engineering program

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Sistine Chapel to Illuminate Michelangelo’s Masterpiece with 7,000 LEDs

Sistine Chapel to Illuminate Michelangelo’s Masterpiece with 7,000 LEDs

Art lovers can now take in the Sistine Chapel's sprawling painted ceiling with ease, thanks to a new installation of 7,000 LED lights. Viewers have been admiring Michelangelo's 16th century fresco in

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Could 3D Printing be the Future of Earthquake-Proof Building?

Could 3D Printing be the Future of Earthquake-Proof Building?

Architecture is tapping into 3D printing technology in a major way through the production of building elements and structural components. Recent developments have also begun to work on

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Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Currently situated on FLACC's first floor gallery as part of the Manifest 9 Parallel Events in Genk, Verbandkammer hosts cultural production, work and residential space as well as archival facilities in

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The Nautilus – Giant Snail-Shaped Home Fit for a Family

The Nautilus – Giant Snail-Shaped Home Fit for a Family

The Nautilus, designer Javier Senosiain’s bizarre, snail-shaped dwelling, is a mind-bending union of artistic experimentation and simplified living. Inspired by the work of Gaudí and Frank Lloyd

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Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48 Hours

Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48 Hours

Snoozebox’s cozy rooms carry all the comforts of home. The rooms sleep two to four guests comfortably, with double beds and adjacent bunk beds. The adaptable rooms also feature drawers and storage to

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WG3′s Hypercubus Micro Hotel is a Tiny Home Tilted Towards the Sky

WG3′s Hypercubus Micro Hotel is a Tiny Home Tilted Towards the Sky

A new concept for a mobile hotel, the Hypercubus sits on the edge of almost any landscape - as well as on the edge of itself. The designers envision the units used for the tourism industry and for

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