Architecture

An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10)

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JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

The project is located in an area called the Red Neighborhood, named after its historic red brick harbor buildings. In a contextual nod, the concrete garage will be tinted red. Set in contrast to this red

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Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten Casts a Tiny Concrete House from an Old Log Cabin

Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten Casts a Tiny Concrete House from an Old Log Cabin

Nickish Sano Walder used the logs of the wood construction as a form work for the concrete to create a fossilized version of the old barn. This way they captured some of the texture, age and character of

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Built along the side of a highway, the Salvaged Ring coffee shop features a curved thatch roof that connects the roadway with the riverbank. The sloped roof helps soften the appearance of the building in

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Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

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Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

The new Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital replaces a 1960's facility with advanced equipment and expanded capacity to house and treat animals. At 77,000-square-feet, the two-story hospital provides space

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Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Dubbed Milly Film, the mixed-use building is designed to serve as a cinematographer’s residence, production studio, and workspace. The design began with the decision to maintain the existing structure

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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

With a footprint of just under 1,000 square feet, the new house was constructed using clay, sand, straw, and water bricks clad in recycled sheets of aluminum, and then accented with recycled shipping

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IPT Architects’ Timber Dream Pavilion Changes Shape Depending on Your Vantage Point

IPT Architects’ Timber Dream Pavilion Changes Shape Depending on Your Vantage Point

London-based firm IPT Architects recently unveiled this year's Summer Triumph Pavilion for the V & A Museum of Childhood's Museum Gardens. Titled the 'Dream Pavilion,' this self-supporting structure

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MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

The chapel, which was built by Jan Giudici in 1787, had long been neglected and without purpose. The beautiful architecture was revived by MVRDV, and the museum now spills out of into either side of the

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Smiljan Radic’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

Smiljan Radic’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

Photo by Iwan Baan Chile-based Smiljan Radic Studio just unveiled the 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. The studio's innovative temporary structure looks like a giant boulder propped up on

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5,000 Arms to Hold You: Starn Brothers Build the World’s Largest Bamboo Construction

5,000 Arms to Hold You: Starn Brothers Build the World’s Largest Bamboo Construction

Artists Mike and Doug Starn just built the largest bamboo structure ever out of 10,000 bamboo poles and 80,000 meters of climbing rope. Over the course of seven weeks, 25 rock climbers built the

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Robots Built This Peanut-Shaped Geometric Building From 243 Prefab Wood Panels

Robots Built This Peanut-Shaped Geometric Building From 243 Prefab Wood Panels

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is located in the picturesque town of Gmünd, Stuttgart. It was designed to showcase current developments in computational design and robotic fabrication for

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Frank Lloyd Wright House Among America’s Most Endangered Places

Frank Lloyd Wright House Among America’s Most Endangered Places

Spring House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s late-career hemicycle-shaped buildings built in 1954 for Clifton Van Brunt Lewis and her family. The building was constructed with cypress siding and columns,

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Enter This Competition for a Chance to See Your Design Built in New York

Enter This Competition for a Chance to See Your Design Built in New York

Calling all designers, architects and visionaries! FIGMENT is now accepting submissions for its 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition. They're looking for creative, forward-thinking designs made using

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Torsten Ottesjö’s “Hönshus-1″ is a Beautiful, Serene Chicken Refuge by the Sea

Torsten Ottesjö’s “Hönshus-1″ is a Beautiful, Serene Chicken Refuge by the Sea

This design is the second in Torsten's series of biomorphic structures that transform ideas from nature and are based on improvisation. His simple concept is also complimented by the more complex idea of

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Philip Ross Molds Fast-Growing Fungi Into Mushroom Building Bricks That Are Stronger than Concrete

Philip Ross Molds Fast-Growing Fungi Into Mushroom Building Bricks That Are Stronger than Concrete

We first discovered Ross' unique mycelium material at The Workshop Residence in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood during the 2012 AIA SF's month-long Architecture and the City festival. There, Ross

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HOK Unveils Plans for Biomimetic Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago

HOK Unveils Plans for Biomimetic Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago

International architecture and engineering firm HOK recently unveiled a proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum located in Bronzeville, Chicago. Developed in collaboration with the

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JRKVC’s IST House Uses Traditional Slovakian Building Techniques to Reduce its Footprint

JRKVC’s IST House Uses Traditional Slovakian Building Techniques to Reduce its Footprint

Built to follow a traditional three–room scheme, JRKVC's IST-Family House is organized around a central “service box” made from plywood. The box is able to accommodate a bathroom, a toilet, stairs,

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Foster + Partners Opens Doors to Lavish Clean Energy-Powered Yacht Club de Monaco Building

Foster + Partners Opens Doors to Lavish Clean Energy-Powered Yacht Club de Monaco Building

In celebration of Monaco's leading yacht industry, Foster + Partners designed the building after the likeness of a giant ship. Its large, sun-drenched terraces are shaped like ship decks and offer views

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Bespoke Terrapin Camper Handcrafted from Wood Boasts a Domed Roof and Plenty of Daylight

Bespoke Terrapin Camper Handcrafted from Wood Boasts a Domed Roof and Plenty of Daylight

Pavlowich began Casual Turtle Campers by designing and building slide in campers for truck beds. The campers are simple by design and do not include any plumbing, gas, heat or bathrooms. This keeps the

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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a group of

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Artist Victor Moore Built This Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

Artist Victor Moore Built This Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

Although found pieces and sculptures of various sorts are scattered about the property, the junk castle stands as a vigil above the rest. A masterpiece of assemblage, the castle is constructed from items

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Beautiful Tiered Treehouse Looks Like a Japanese-Style Pagoda

Beautiful Tiered Treehouse Looks Like a Japanese-Style Pagoda

This charming tiered treehouse might have you thinking you'd been transported to the Orient, but it's actually located on the other side of the globe in upstate New York. Built by Luderowski Architect,

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Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

The DOM(E) is an appropriate off-grid home for locations as far afield as the Namibian desert and Siberia since the unique construction and insulation provides a comfortable interior climate regardless of

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Michigan is Building a Fake 30-Acre City to Test Driverless Cars

Michigan is Building a Fake 30-Acre City to Test Driverless Cars

Testing automated vehicles is a risky process, which is why Michigan's Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan have joined forces to create a 30-acre urban environment that will be

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Earth Home Builder Machine “3D Prints” Entire Homes from Bags of Earth

Earth Home Builder Machine “3D Prints” Entire Homes from Bags of Earth

The low-tech practice of building homes using earth bags seems to be keeping pace with the most up-to-date 3D printing technologies. The Earth Home Builder is a skid-operated machine that can “3D

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Frank Gehry’s Scalloped Glass Louis Vuitton Foundation Center Nears Completion in Paris

Frank Gehry’s Scalloped Glass Louis Vuitton Foundation Center Nears Completion in Paris

The undulating structure is made up of 3,600 panels of glass, which in turn make up giant overlapping “sails.” The angles of each sail will allow natural light inside while also protecting from direct

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