Architecture

MVRDV to Transform Moscow’s Hammer & Sickle Factory into a Modern Mixed-Use Urban Center

MVRDV to Transform Moscow’s Hammer & Sickle Factory into a Modern Mixed-Use Urban Center

Design firm MVRDV recently won a competition to transform Moscow’s Serp & Molot (Hammer & Sickle) factory into a sprawling mixed use development. The former steel factory will be integrated into

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OVA Studio Unveils Plans for Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

OVA Studio Unveils Plans for Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

Just like the game Jenga, the shipping containers can be inserted or taken out of the stacked and staggered tower with ease. A metal grid structure, however, would ensure that unlike Jenga, the tower

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5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

Coco Hut Made From Recycled Scrap Wood Made from FSC-certified wood and random scraps, Coco Hut is a cozy shelter shaped like a ball. Created by Dutch designer Gert Eussen, it stands on stilts and can be

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Baumraum’s Tiny Solling Treehouse is a Daylit Dream on a Lake in Germany

Baumraum’s Tiny Solling Treehouse is a Daylit Dream on a Lake in Germany

Treehouse Solling is located beside an old forester’s house in a small valley in Lower Saxony. It stands on stilts without relying on trees for structural support, and it measures almost 400 sq ft over

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Tiny Cabin Drop XL is the Perfect Pop Up Hotel for Environmentally Conscious Travelers

Tiny Cabin Drop XL is the Perfect Pop Up Hotel for Environmentally Conscious Travelers

Like its predecessor, organic forms found in nature inspired the design of Cabin Drop XL. The 325 square foot hotel room would be prefabricated off site and can be virtually transported anywhere that the

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MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques

MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques

MAPA's MR House is perched on steep terrain at El Buchén, on the Chilean side of the Andes Mountains. It was constructed from steel, local timber, and salvaged wood and glass in a forest clearing. The

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Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

This home was the original birthplace of comedian and actress Beatrice Lillie (known as Lady Peel), but it now serves as a modern, bright and airy residence in Toronto. The historic home was remade with

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125 Foot Tall Treehouse Teaches Boy Scouts About True Sustainability

125 Foot Tall Treehouse Teaches Boy Scouts About True Sustainability

The Sustainability Treehouse is a towering 125 feet tall, and it rises amidst the forests of West Virginia with its Corten steel frame and luminous wooden box platforms. It is targeting Living Building

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Level Architects Hide Tokyo’s Fukusawa House Behind Black Walls and Fill it with Natural Light

Level Architects Hide Tokyo’s Fukusawa House Behind Black Walls and Fill it with Natural Light

Though the site is exceedingly narrow, it is long and the architects used that as an asset to create privacy. The long facades of the house are solid black and windowless to restrict views into the

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UNStudio to Renovate Seoul’s Hanwha Headquarters With Photovoltaic LED Facade

UNStudio to Renovate Seoul’s Hanwha Headquarters With Photovoltaic LED Facade

Hanwha Group manufactures photovoltaic panels and environmental technology and they felt their office tower no longer reflected their values or met their needs, so they asked for proposals to renovate

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Unique Elliptical Skylight Naturally Illuminates Portugal’s Sophisticated Pó House

Unique Elliptical Skylight Naturally Illuminates Portugal’s Sophisticated Pó House

The low, rectangular design stems from the architect's desire to take maximum advantage of the solar exposure, while simultaneously minimizing impact on the surrounding environment. The architects took

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi

Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi

Thomas Heatherwick just unveiled plans for an incredible semi-subterranean public park in Abu Dhabi that features a fragmented canopy to keep visitors cool. Al Fayah Park would transforms the desert into

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Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects' peaceful rural holiday cottage offers a discount for travelers who arrive on foot or bicycle. The home responds to its rural context by incorporating elements of local building

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Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Chris and Malissa's adorable wood-clad house is based on a seven-by-twenty-foot dual axle utility trailer, which enables the cottage to be moved should the Tacks decide to switch up their locale. The

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban's pro bono work in disaster

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Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Founded in 2007, the Make It Right Foundation was created to rebuild safe, energy-efficient and affordable housing for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Using the Cradle-to-Cradle

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gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

In addition to its emphasis on sustainable design, the real estate giant has secured a prime location for its new office buildings near the Shanghai South Railway Station. The 900,000 square foot offices

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Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Wind turbines are rarely designed for cities-they are loud, affect views, and buildings tend to block the winds anyway. Eager to find an aesthetically-pleasing solution for harvesting wind energy in urban

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Henning Larsen Wins Bid to Design Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli

Henning Larsen Wins Bid to Design Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli

Henning Larsen Architects used the existing excavations found on site to inform their circulation design and architectural design. Inspired by the Berber underground cave dwellings, the architects dug

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Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

The metal structure of the 2,000 square meter plaza echoes the verticality of the surrounding logs. Reused wooden railway ties serve as blinds that help control daylighting and indoor temperature. The

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Urban Screen’s ’320 Licht’ Transforms Former Gas Tank into a Magical Cathedral of Light

Urban Screen’s ’320 Licht’ Transforms Former Gas Tank into a Magical Cathedral of Light

As the lights display a continuous series of hectic, flashing images on the tank's vast interior, sounds react to the unique acoustics, creating a dizzying atmosphere designed to make viewers lose

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TSC Architects’ Home for Two is Wrapped in a Folded Origami Roof

TSC Architects’ Home for Two is Wrapped in a Folded Origami Roof

The house was designed for a young couple returning home to their village. Commissioned to design a home which would be modern, yet communicate with tradition and the surrounding mountainous landscape,

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3XN Chosen to Design the New Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland

3XN Chosen to Design the New Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland

Danish practice 3XN has been selected to design the new headquarters for the Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. The team was chosen among 11 competing architectural firms and household names such as

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Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

140 New Montgomery is an art deco skyscraper completed in 1925 that was home for the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company for 80 years. The property recently underwent extensive renovations and

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Should Human Remains be Composted as a Soil-Building Project?

Should Human Remains be Composted as a Soil-Building Project?

Everything that lives will eventually die: it's the one absolute that can be counted on. One question that comes to everyone's mind eventually is what to do with their body after they've passed away; some

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Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building

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Triple-Story Glass Rieteiland House Boasts a Suite of Strategies to Reduce its Environmental Impact

Triple-Story Glass Rieteiland House Boasts a Suite of Strategies to Reduce its Environmental Impact

Towards the West, where the waterfront and parks are located, the building consists almost entirely of glass walls and sliding doors, which give the residents access to beautiful views 24 hours a day. The

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Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Robinson Architects designed the Wallaby Lane House with a linear plan that follows the landscape’s natural contours. The house and the studio space are positioned side by side under a common roof, with

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Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

From afar, the House of Toilet has the profile of a typical pitched-roof home. Yet upon closer inspection, the public restroom is split into six distinct sections, each of which is cut at a slight angle.

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Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

The Columbia Building is an educational demonstration of sustainable building techniques. Designed in a radial fashion to track the sun, this single-story concrete building folds seven cast-in-place

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