Architecture

London’s Famous Gherkin Building Goes Green – Literally

London’s Famous Gherkin Building Goes Green – Literally

Under pressure from other more sustainable buildings popping up around the world, London's Gherkin Tower, designed by Norman Foster, has recently begun testing an innovative vegetated facade panel which

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Gardens of Anfa: Flourishing Vine-Wrapped Skyscrapers Set to Spring Up in Casablanca

Gardens of Anfa: Flourishing Vine-Wrapped Skyscrapers Set to Spring Up in Casablanca

At the heart of the design is a series of tower blocks, each of which is connected by a central plaza. These include three mid-rise residential towers, a low-rise office tower, and a series of residential

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Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air

Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air

Following in the footsteps of the world's first cloned village, a Chinese developer has announced plans to build yet another copy of the historic Alpine town of Hallstatt to offer an idyllic rural retreat

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The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

It is not often that an architecture master reinvents himself, but that is precisely what Pritzker Prize winning architect Frank Gehry has done. Gehry, who first won international recognition with his own

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John McAslan + Partners Convert a 1929 Stone Barn into a Luminous Student Center

John McAslan + Partners Convert a 1929 Stone Barn into a Luminous Student Center

The completed barn conversion now serves as a welcoming new social center for the university's students. The interior space was extended significantly thanks to a new sloped roof. The architects left the

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Plans for “City of Dreams” Hotel Tower in Macau

Zaha Hadid Unveils Plans for “City of Dreams” Hotel Tower in Macau

Lawrence Ho, Co-Chairman and CEO of Melco Crown Entertainment, described the new hotel tower as a "key milestone" and "iconic landmark for Cotai and Macau." Created with Hadid's signature curves, the

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Michael Reynolds Lands One of His Self-Sufficient Earthships at the End of the World

Michael Reynolds Lands One of His Self-Sufficient Earthships at the End of the World

Architect Michael Reynolds's latest Earthship sits near the center of "the southern city of the world", just in front of Antarctica. An initiative of Fundación NAT (by actor Mariano Torre and singer

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Norwegian Town Builds a Soaring Tower with Thousands of Pallets – and Then Burns it to the Ground

Norwegian Town Builds a Soaring Tower with Thousands of Pallets – and Then Burns it to the Ground

Many people choose to watch the tower crumble from their boats in the adjacent harbour, while others opt for dry land to catch a glance of the sky-high flames. It's not the first time the town has put

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White Wolf Hotel Hovers Over Northern Portugal’s Gorgeous Landscape

White Wolf Hotel Hovers Over Northern Portugal’s Gorgeous Landscape

The entire development was designed with clean geometry and white exteriors that aim to create an atmosphere of calm and intimacy. Adopting a holistic design strategy, the architects created a series of

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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Broadway Malyan Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

Broadway Malyan Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

Broadawy Malyan recently celebrated the launch of the Century City Mall in the Philippines. The architecture seeks to challenge the ‘business as usual’ energy and water intensive mall typology by

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Oregon’s Out’n'About Treehouse ‘Treesort’ has the World’s Highest Concentration of Treehouses

Oregon’s Out’n'About Treehouse ‘Treesort’ has the World’s Highest Concentration of Treehouses

Garnier says he founded the 'treesort' in an effort to make a living off Oregon's number one natural resource -- trees -- without cutting them down. When Garnier got started building treehouses, he

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OFF Architecture Proposes a Solar-Powered Vertical Village to Replace “Mafia-Built Highway”

OFF Architecture Proposes a Solar-Powered Vertical Village to Replace “Mafia-Built Highway”

The Mafia-built Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway in Italy is a symbol of corruption and failure, which is why OFF Architecture proposed an idea for a solar-powered community that would stand for a

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3,280 Sq Ft Rooftop Garden Tops Impressive Solar-Powered Syd Energi HQ in Denmark

3,280 Sq Ft Rooftop Garden Tops Impressive Solar-Powered Syd Energi HQ in Denmark

The building’s innovative treatment of acoustic insulation and its economic energy consumption are coupled with a stunning design that creates a great working environment for the company’s employees.

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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing

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How to Find the Right Window Treatments to Save Energy and Money

How to Find the Right Window Treatments to Save Energy and Money

The last time you may have given thought to window treatments might have been when you noticed your neighbor peering into your living room window while you were eating breakfast in your undies. But in

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17John: Design New York City’s First Crowdsourced Hotel and Win $50,000 in Prizes!

17John: Design New York City’s First Crowdsourced Hotel and Win $50,000 in Prizes!

Heads up architects, designers, and creatives - Prodigy Design Lab just launched a groundbreaking competition where you can contribute to the design of 17John - New York City's first crowdsourced hotel -

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Artist Envisions Futuristic Fort-Like Homes Designed to Withstand Hurricanes

Artist Envisions Futuristic Fort-Like Homes Designed to Withstand Hurricanes

The artist designs otherworldly structures and carefully inserts them into existing landscapes through photographic manipulation. These physical sites are found on Dauphin Island, located in the Gulf of

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Baumraum’s Tiny Tree Cubes are Colorful Retreats Set High in the Treetops

Baumraum’s Tiny Tree Cubes are Colorful Retreats Set High in the Treetops

The Baumquadrat (Tree Cube) is a small room in the trees that can be used for relaxing, sleeping and playing. Depending on the size and stability of the trees in your backyard, the structure can stand on

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Construction to Finally Begin on the World’s Tallest Tower Next Month

Construction to Finally Begin on the World’s Tallest Tower Next Month

After a few false starts and a lengthy delay, the world's tallest tower has finally been given a start date to begin construction. When it is completed, the Kingdom Tower will eventually stretch 3,280

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OIKOS Completes “Unbuildable” Davos Hotel With Scale-Like Façade

OIKOS Completes “Unbuildable” Davos Hotel With Scale-Like Façade

Located amidst the subalpine forests of Davos, the InterContinental Davos Hotel is an oval-shaped building wrapped in an envelope that reflects the magnificent natural surroundings. Inspired by pine

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Could You Squeeze into the 10-Foot-Wide Imai House in Japan?

Could You Squeeze into the 10-Foot-Wide Imai House in Japan?

Due to Imai's narrow footprint, Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates' carefully controlled and directed the use of natural light. Smaller single-occupancy rooms such as bedrooms receive less sunlight in order

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Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Girasole House Rotation from Liz Eve on Vimeo DNA Architects were commissioned by builder John Andriolo of MAG Constructions, who, as a youth studying in Italy, dreamed of building a house that

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$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $4.9 billion plan designed to protect NYC transportation infrastructure from future superstorms and extreme weather. Some of the precautions outlined

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Foster + Partners Selected to Design First and Mission Towers in San Francisco

Foster + Partners Selected to Design First and Mission Towers in San Francisco

Foster + Partners were just selected to design the two million square foot mixed-use First and Mission Towers in San Francisco. The development will be a joint venture of the architecture firm and TMG

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Contemporary Bungalow Triptych Captures Views and Sunlight in Three Directions

Contemporary Bungalow Triptych Captures Views and Sunlight in Three Directions

The Bungalow Triptych's three volumes face east, west, and south to capture sunlight from morning to night. The architects arranged the layout and function of the interior to sync with the sun's path: the

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Imposing Communist-Era Television Tower Transformed Into a Unique Hotel in Prague

Imposing Communist-Era Television Tower Transformed Into a Unique Hotel in Prague

Visitors to the hotel can also get a different perspective of the city from the observatory located at the tip of the tower. For food and other culinary delights, the Oblaca restaurant is located one

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10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand Shigeru Ban designed, pro-bono, this stunning temporary Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch following a devastating earthquake in 2011. Built with his

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Solar-Powered LEED-Certified Fairmount Avenue Townhomes Offer Low Income Housing in Tennessee

Solar-Powered LEED-Certified Fairmount Avenue Townhomes Offer Low Income Housing in Tennessee

The development comprises nine three bedroom units at 1,383 square feet and nine two bedroom units at 1,103 square feet. All are organized in clusters of four and additionally connected by three

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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