Architecture

Are Dutch Docklands’ Floating Islands a Sustainable Alternative to Dubai’s Sinking World Islands?

Are Dutch Docklands’ Floating Islands a Sustainable Alternative to Dubai’s Sinking World Islands?

This is not the first time that floating islands have been proposed as a solution to the struggling "World" islands project, in which hundreds of little islands collectively shaped like the world are

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Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs

Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs

Prefabricated off-site as three modules, the 960-square-foot portable classroom is topped with a distinctive sawtooth roof that uses north-facing windows to optimize ventilation and natural daylight to

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Loom Artist Studio is a Tiny Pink House Boasting Big Eco Strategies in Aspen

Loom Artist Studio is a Tiny Pink House Boasting Big Eco Strategies in Aspen

1 Friday Design Collective began working with the client to remodel their kitchen and then began designing a series of artist studio studies. These studies evolved into the result you see here - Loom, a

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Casa BS is an understated residence clad in locally-sourced flagstone

Casa BS is an understated residence clad in locally-sourced flagstone

The Casa BS is a stone-clad residence designed to blend in with the surrounding treeless landscape in Tapalpa. The horizontal volume, which was designed by Elias Rizo Arquiectos, is discreetly half-buried

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Wartime bomb shelter conceals a tiny and unexpected vacation home

Wartime bomb shelter conceals a tiny and unexpected vacation home

Created as part of Famous’ advertising campaign, this unusual holiday home is now permanently open for rental accommodations. The concrete bunker is surrounded by rolling green hills and is located in

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Marmol Radziner transform old waterhouses into a sustainable community center

Marmol Radziner transform old waterhouses into a sustainable community center

Architects of Marmol Radziner renovated the 9 Dots Community Learning Center in Los Angeles to create more transparency and openness and include sustainable design elements such as reused material,

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Traditional London house gets a whimsical, fox-shaped extension

Traditional London house gets a whimsical, fox-shaped extension

From the back of the Sanderson’s yard, the unusual addition appears literally like a colorful fox-shaped structure that sits in front of the original architecture in the grassy garden. Although the

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Undulating Croatian sports center is an urban design masterpiece

Undulating Croatian sports center is an urban design masterpiece

The campus is sited on a slope, so access is provided by flights of stairs that ascend the lower roofs. Complementing the upper adjacent park is a series of green roofs that enable rainwater infiltration

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Chrysalis Childcare Centre uses existing trees as symbolic centerpieces

Chrysalis Childcare Centre uses existing trees as symbolic centerpieces

Large and looming trees can be seen as problematic for commercial development, yet the architects at Collingridge and Smith Architects instead saw a unique opportunity. The site was realized as an ideal

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Oregon Man Lives Inside 727 Airplane Home in the Middle of the Woods!

Oregon Man Lives Inside 727 Airplane Home in the Middle of the Woods!

Rather than turning the plane into something like a modern house, Campbell is reusing much of the original equipment for his needs. After a decade Campbell’s enthusiasm for the project has not waned. He

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Garden-like Ecole Polytechnique Learning Center is bathed in soft light

Garden-like Ecole Polytechnique Learning Center is bathed in soft light

The Learning Center features a large atrium populated with plants. Instead of conforming to typological stereotypes, the architects opted for a space that looks and feels more like an indoor garden.

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Facebook signs Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus

Facebook signs Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus

pic Facebook is still getting settled in their brand-new headquarters designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry, and they must really 'like' it because they've got plans in the works to add two more

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Henry Island Residence is an off-the-grid family retreat for a Grammy-winning music producer

Henry Island Residence is an off-the-grid family retreat for a Grammy-winning music producer

World-famous music producer Adam Kasper commissioned architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to design a green-roofed vacation residence for his family on Henry Island, in Washington State’s Salish Sea.

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Modular net-zero net-energy SEED Classroom to debut in Pittsburgh

Modular net-zero net-energy SEED Classroom to debut in Pittsburgh

The Phipps SEED classroom follows the same design principles as the one in Seattle, which the SEED Collaborative built for the Perkins School. Both structures offer a sustainably restorative learning

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Telesis v2.0 is an open and airy renovated post-war home

Telesis v2.0 is an open and airy renovated post-war home

Metropolitan Architectural Practice (MAP) revamped an incomplete property that was started in the 1950s to create an open, modernist residence that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living called

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7 Futuristic floating cities that could save humanity

7 Futuristic floating cities that could save humanity

Floating cities may seem like utopian sci-fi, but autonomous ocean settlements could become reality as early as 2020, says The Seasteading Institute. The forward-thinking organization recently launched

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Thomas Keller is giving the French Laundry a Louvre-inspired makeover

Thomas Keller is giving the French Laundry a Louvre-inspired makeover

International design firm Snohetta has been chosen to work along with Envelope A +D and Harrison, Koellner, LLC to renovate the legendary French Laundry. Once completed, the landmark restaurant will have

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Mirrored Borden Park Pavilion glows like a lantern in Edmonton

Mirrored Borden Park Pavilion glows like a lantern in Edmonton

The curved building is covered in triangular reflective panels that make the pavilion “disappear” into the surrounding landscape during the daytime. The Borden Park Pavilion’s zigzagging truss

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Berkeley is building a pop-up library from 50,000 books!

Berkeley is building a pop-up library from 50,000 books!

It may seem that physical books are going out of style, but this interactive art installation proves otherwise. Lacuna is a pop-up library whose very walls are constructed with 50,000 books. The

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Cepezed transforms turn-of-the-century industrial buildings into the “Creative Cluster Delft”

Cepezed transforms turn-of-the-century industrial buildings into the “Creative Cluster Delft”

The three halls on the Ezelsveldlaan were built at the start of the twentieth century as a laboratory for the department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering, to teach the workings of steam and combustion

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Fantastic Cities is an architecture-themed coloring book for adults

Fantastic Cities is an architecture-themed coloring book for adults

This unique coloring book coming from Chronicle Books features immersive aerial views of real cities from around the world alongside gorgeously illustrated, Inception-like architectural mandalas. Artist

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House 3 is a green-roofed modern home in Toronto that seems to glow from inside

House 3 is a green-roofed modern home in Toronto that seems to glow from inside

The house is located in the West Queen West neighborhood of Toronto-a two-kilometer strip that runs along Queen West between Bathurst St and Gladstone Avenue which has reinvented itself since the 1990s as

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DIY: How to Recycle Aluminum Soda and Beer Cans into Roof Shingles and Siding

DIY: How to Recycle Aluminum Soda and Beer Cans into Roof Shingles and Siding

Many people recycle old aluminum cans so that they are diverted from landfills and reused to make a variety of items. But if you're a fan of DIY projects, you might consider saving those cans and

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Alaska’s whimsical Dr. Seuss House is an architectural marvel

Alaska’s whimsical Dr. Seuss House is an architectural marvel

This Willow, Alaska house is known as the Dr. Seuss house, for obvious reasons. Looking at the top, for example, one can see why it's considered to be one of the great architectural feats of

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Modern Scottish retreat is disguised as an old stone mill

Modern Scottish retreat is disguised as an old stone mill

WT Architecture has previous experience with transforming old ruins into stunning new homes. In 2011, we featured their award-winning The White House, in which they turned a crumbling stone facade into an

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This guy built his own tiny home for less than $500 using salvaged materials

This guy built his own tiny home for less than $500 using salvaged materials

Everywhere you look these days, some high-end designer is coming up with a pricey way to put all kinds of luxury options into the tiniest of spaces. Some tiny homes available on the market cost more than

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Traditional pole houses may be ideal shelters for a weather-ravaged future

Traditional pole houses may be ideal shelters for a weather-ravaged future

With the unpleasant prediction of more devastating weather patterns over the next twenty years (and beyond), safety and resilience are becoming top priorities for builders in disaster-prone areas. A

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Sprawling Dallas home is built from 14 shipping containers

Sprawling Dallas home is built from 14 shipping containers

The sprawling, 3,700-square-foot home is open concept, with different living spaces delineated by frames. On the 1,000-square-foot ground floor, dark, polished concrete floors juxtapose gorgeously

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Foster + Partners complete Buenos Aires’ new glass-and-concrete city hall

Foster + Partners complete Buenos Aires’ new glass-and-concrete city hall

Foster + Partners has completed the new city hall in Buenos Aires that features an undulating concrete roof and various sustainable principles such as chilled beams, natural ventilation and high thermal

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Old barn hides a contemporary larch-lined holiday home in the Swiss Alps

Old barn hides a contemporary larch-lined holiday home in the Swiss Alps

The tiny 16-square-meter barn and stable comprised a raised wooden volume for hay drying stacked above a stone foundation spanning the height of one floor. Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes retained the old

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