Architecture

Despite financial collapse, Architecture for Humanity volunteer chapters wish to continue

Despite financial collapse, Architecture for Humanity volunteer chapters wish to continue

At the beginning of January, Architecture for Humanity closed its doors, surprising the design world and an army of volunteers around the world. Tension had, apparently, been brewing for months and many

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Concrete Yogananda Library is bathed in natural light

Concrete Yogananda Library is bathed in natural light

The building starts as a narrow strip of an extroverted, yet shaded space on the lower two floors. This part of the structure houses research cells and discussion areas of senior students and faculty. The

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Self-supporting Dome Homes can be lit with the energy equivalent to boiling a kettle

Self-supporting Dome Homes can be lit with the energy equivalent to boiling a kettle

The shells are completely self-supporting and free from columns or pillars. Their outer layers are made from FSC certified timber built to German Passive House standards. They are ultra – low energy

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Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

The house is organized around a central courtyard and evokes the sense of a small, clustered village. The courtyard divides into two sections: the main residence, and the guest wing/pool house. Large

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Passive solar Martin-Lancaster House is wrapped in glass and cedar shingles

Passive solar Martin-Lancaster House is wrapped in glass and cedar shingles

Overlooking the rugged Atlantic coast, the Martin-Lancaster House’s spatial layout is designed like a “procession toward the sea.” The courtyard home is divided into four primary components: a gable

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H&P Architects unveil brilliantly efficient urban office with interwoven vegetation

H&P Architects unveil brilliantly efficient urban office with interwoven vegetation

+ H&P Architects Via Archdaily Photography © Nguyen Tien Thanh H&P Architects, SRDP-IWMC Office, Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, sustainable architecture, sustainable design, climate

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Snøhetta selected to design Le Monde headquarters in Paris

Snøhetta selected to design Le Monde headquarters in Paris

The Le Monde Group selected Norwegian studio Snøhetta to design their new headquarters in Paris. The architects will work with local studio SRA on the design, which will comprise a twisted structure clad

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Richard Martinet of Affine Design designs five shell-like pavilions in Monte-Carlo

Richard Martinet of Affine Design designs five shell-like pavilions in Monte-Carlo

Architect Richard Martinet of Affine Design designed five shell-like pavilions between Avenue de la Costa and Place du Casino in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Once they're built, the round structures with their

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Thomas Phifer and Partners wins 2015 AIA award for LEED Gold Utah courthouse design

Thomas Phifer and Partners wins 2015 AIA award for LEED Gold Utah courthouse design

LEED Gold-certified United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City, by Thomas Phifer and Partners has received 2015 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for its role as civic landmark and

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300 Ivy Street is a mixed-use block of pedestrian-friendly living

300 Ivy Street is a mixed-use block of pedestrian-friendly living

The mixed-used 300 Ivy Street development in San Francisco aims to return space to the public realm and create the comfortable, human-scaled edges. Designed by David Baker Architects, the development

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MVRDV proposes twisted, hourglass-like skyscraper in Vienna

MVRDV proposes twisted, hourglass-like skyscraper in Vienna

Rotterdam architecture firm MVRDV scooped the winning bid in a design competition for a modern, mixed-use skyscraper in Vienna. The proposed 361-foot-tall tower is sheathed in a glass curtain wall that

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Contemporary concrete chapel projects over a mountainside to take in spectacular lakeside views

Contemporary concrete chapel projects over a mountainside to take in spectacular lakeside views

Perched atop a grassy knoll, the Capilla Cardedeu chapel features a minimalist, demure design so as not to detract from the surrounding landscape. The wedge-shaped chapel is open on both sides, with the

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The Oak Tree Ring House is an innovative home that blurs the lines between inside and out

The Oak Tree Ring House is an innovative home that blurs the lines between inside and out

  The Oak Tree Ring House is a new kind of interactive home designed by Michael Jantzen. The space was designed with a temperate climate in mind and the structure consists of a large

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Sealoch House is a cozy prefab home in the Scottish Highlands

Sealoch House is a cozy prefab home in the Scottish Highlands

Sealoch House is a prefab private residence built for a couple who wanted a cozy new home with beautiful views of a bay area in Scotland. It boasts an eco-friendly heat exchange system, solar panels, wood

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DOMAT designs low-cost, educational waste and recycling collection prototype in rural China

DOMAT designs low-cost, educational waste and recycling collection prototype in rural China

Waste Recycling Point for a Village School; Hunan, China 
 Waste disposal in villages throughout China is a visible, yet neglected issue. As urban influences have spread to rural areas, old habits of

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Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

The studio is a masterpiece in warm ochre. Built from locally-sourced hoop pine, the studio is not the first cylinder Pritchard has designed. He admits to using the circular form in other projects, as he

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Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

With this extension of the JST Malaysia factory, Japanese architect Ryuichi Ashizawa has worked with nature, capturing sunlight, wind, rainwater and geothermal energy to build a living green factory that

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Dream-like Kaleidoscope is a mirrored, multi-sensory children’s playhouse in Spain

Dream-like Kaleidoscope is a mirrored, multi-sensory children’s playhouse in Spain

Although A2arquitectos kept the squash court building’s short and boxy structure, the space was majorly altered by the insertion of a 29.5-foot-long hexagonal tunnel. Measuring 6.5-feet-tall, the

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Charles Wright’s self-sufficient Alkira House in Northern Australia on sale for $15 million

Charles Wright’s self-sufficient Alkira House in Northern Australia on sale for $15 million

The Alkira Resort House shocked the design world when it emerged like a spacecraft from the World Heritage rainforests of Queensland, Australia, in 2012. After serving as an off-the-grid vacation rental,

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Architecture for Humanity headquarters shuts down

Architecture for Humanity headquarters shuts down

Architecture for Humanity, the international nonprofit that addresses global humanitarian problems with sustainable architectural solutions, recently shut down its San Francisco headquarters. The

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Óbidos Technological Park’s floating architecture frames the Portuguese landscape

Óbidos Technological Park’s floating architecture frames the Portuguese landscape

The project aims to increase the presence of green surfaces. This attitude informed the overall shape of the buildings, which creates a large piazza in the middle of a countryside. The central space

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Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Closely sandwiched between neighboring buildings on the east and west sides, the Queenscliff House uses large fin walls to provide privacy for the upper level bedroom wing. The wedge-shaped home widens at

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INFOGRAPHIC: The 7 best treehouses on Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: The 7 best treehouses on Earth

Treehouses appeal to the child in all of us, but some of them go far above and beyond the simple structures of our youth. These seven treehouses, brought to you by Heiton Buckley and NeoMam Studios,

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Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Equipped with solar panels and earth water cooling, Lund City Hall only uses a fraction of the energy normally consumed by typical government buildings. Its dynamic, W-shaped facade was key in reducing

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Tokyo apartment retrofit makes space for incredible spa

Tokyo apartment retrofit makes space for incredible spa

This incredible rooftop garden is the product of an inspired retrofit that re-imagined a mediocre three-story home into six bright and beautiful apartments in Ekoda, Tokyo. Designed by Suppose Design

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3D-printed Solar Bytes Pavilion pushes the boundaries of architectural innovation

3D-printed Solar Bytes Pavilion pushes the boundaries of architectural innovation

DesignLabWorkshop 3D-printed the Solar Bytes Pavilion’s 94 modules using a 6-axis robot arm in the Robotic Fabrication Lab at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

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Green Box: Gorgeous studio completely wrapped in living plants by Act_Romegialli

Green Box: Gorgeous studio completely wrapped in living plants by Act_Romegialli

Rather than renovating the exterior of the garage with paint or siding, Act_Romegialli decided to let nature take its course, extending the idea of a green roof all the way to the ground. Leafy vines and

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Welsh couple transform old vans into rustic campers with wood interiors

Welsh couple transform old vans into rustic campers with wood interiors

The Goddards are based in the Welsh border town of Presteigne, where Bill works as a tree surgeon and carpenter. Bill uses locally sourced wood, and he tries to allow the wooden interiors to retain the

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FCC Arquitectura gives a crumbling stone farmhouse a modern facelift

FCC Arquitectura gives a crumbling stone farmhouse a modern facelift

Sited on a steep slope, Casa RM overlooks sweeping views of the Portuguese city down below. Outdoor balconies and large glazed windows take advantage of those views and bring natural light into a

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House in a Meadow is an affordable modular home that brings the outside in

House in a Meadow is an affordable modular home that brings the outside in

Who says affordable houses can't offer great design and magnificent views? This small wooden cabin combines the economic advantages of small budgets and spatial qualities that give new meaning to minimal

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