Architecture

JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

To bring glare-free and uniform levels of daylight into the airport, the terminal is topped by a lightweight and modular roof design made from twin-wall polycarbonate with nanogel infill sandwiched

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Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Work began on the South Surrey Passive House designed by Vancouver-based Marken Design + Consulting in 2012 and it was completed in 2013 with three generations of a family living in it - grandparents,

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Rustic Modern Home Built from Salvaged Wood Acts Like a Bridge in Chile

Rustic Modern Home Built from Salvaged Wood Acts Like a Bridge in Chile

Casa Estero Puente covers an area of 100 x 50 meters and acts as a bridge over a creek in Ulmos forest, located in the Lagos Region in Chile. The lightweight structure was elevated in order to minimize

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Shenzhen’s Vanke One City Mimics the Surrounding Forest and Waterfront

Shenzhen’s Vanke One City Mimics the Surrounding Forest and Waterfront

The project’s retail areas mimic the transition from forest to sea, as it gradually changes its structure and appearance towards the waterfront. This part of the development comprises buildings with

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Tiny Shelter Made From Recycled Window Shutters Opens Up to the Outside World

Tiny Shelter Made From Recycled Window Shutters Opens Up to the Outside World

Dennis Vullings and Lotte de Moor's Ont-luik pavilion is a small wooden structure that provides a transformable space for reflection and meditation. The pavilion was chosen as one of the winning designs

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

James&Mau's Casa El Tiemblo is an energy-efficient home made of four stacked shipping containers. Urgent Architecture is an organized, straightforward, no-nonsense collection of prefabricated,

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Modscape’s Cliff House Hangs Perilously Over a Cliff’s Edge in Australia

Modscape’s Cliff House Hangs Perilously Over a Cliff’s Edge in Australia

Australian prefab architecture specialists Modscape Concept have designed an exciting five story home that clings to a cliff’s edge. Aptly called Cliff House, the design was created in response to a

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How the Greensburg Tower Tree Has Survived 115 Feet Off the Ground for Nearly 150 Years

How the Greensburg Tower Tree Has Survived 115 Feet Off the Ground for Nearly 150 Years

Ms. Hess says the tree draws scores of tourists, especially on the weekends. "I once met some people who traveled all the way from Alabama to Indiana just to spot the tree on top of the roof," she

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The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team

The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team

The oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, is being destroyed by the very company the Egyptian government has hired to restore it. The roughly 4,600-year-old structure has been in

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The SkyHouse Features a 50-Foot Climbing Wall and 80-Foot Spiraling Slide in This NYC Penthouse

The SkyHouse Features a 50-Foot Climbing Wall and 80-Foot Spiraling Slide in This NYC Penthouse

There are some people who have so much energy they can practically climb the walls. The SkyHouse, designed by David Hotson must be meant for those folks.  The amazing four story abode features a 50-foot

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Grandparents Build an Amazing Victorian-Style Treehouse for their Lucky Grandkids

Grandparents Build an Amazing Victorian-Style Treehouse for their Lucky Grandkids

Back in the day, our grandparents didn't give us much more than a handful of toffees and a few shiny nickels. But these lucky grandsons received something much more spectacular from theirs—an

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Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Lovingly constructed over a period of several years with mostly recycled materials and help from friends, the HemLoft is truly one of the most perfect treehouse designs we have seen over the years, and we

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Vikings Built This Amazing Green-Roofed Village 1000 Years Ago!

Vikings Built This Amazing Green-Roofed Village 1000 Years Ago!

L'Anse aux Meadows is the only known site of a Norse village in Canada, and in North America outside of Greenland. When it was a bustling town, the settlement had three timber and sod longhouses as well

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Part Skyscraper, Part Thrill Ride: SkyRise Miami Approved

Part Skyscraper, Part Thrill Ride: SkyRise Miami Approved

Berkowitz invested $30 million of his own money into the project, and he plans to finance more than half of its development through foreign investment via the EB-5 visa immigration program. This grants

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Compact Prefab House is Made from a Single Shipping Container in Milan

Compact Prefab House is Made from a Single Shipping Container in Milan

The upgraded version of the house comes with several options included in the base model, which comprises a bedroom with a double bed, three-piece bathroom with shower, several closets and a kitchen. The

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DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, Portside covers an entire city block in Cape Town's emerging financial district and is considered the city's first significant high-rise since the early 1990s.

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Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Roskilde's new power plant will incinerate rubbish from nine local municipalities as well as selected international locations to generate electricity and heat for the historic city. The building's unique

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The World’s Most Expensive Apartment Costs a Staggering $400 Million

The World’s Most Expensive Apartment Costs a Staggering $400 Million

Slated for completion in September 2015, the 35,500-square-foot quintuplex "Sky Penthouse" will tower over Monaco's skyline at a height of nearly 600 feet. Expected to hit the market next year, the

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Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

We've seen our share of dazzling mega-airports, each with more eco-friendly elements than the last, but Foster + Partners' recently unveiled designs for a new international airport in Mexico City really

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SHED Architecture Merges Concrete, Wood and Aluminum in a Cozy Refuge for an Elderly Seattle Couple

SHED Architecture Merges Concrete, Wood and Aluminum in a Cozy Refuge for an Elderly Seattle Couple

The house is located in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood and takes its name from the pedestrian path that that connects its site to the north. The 20-foot slope enabled the architects to design a

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Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

The minimalist oval chapel, designed by Berlin architects Rudolf Reitermann and Peter Sassenroth, was completed in 2000 and consists of a monumental rammed-earth core structure flanked with a translucent

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Wood-Fired Wa_Sauna is a Floating Refuge for Water Lovers in Seattle

Wood-Fired Wa_Sauna is a Floating Refuge for Water Lovers in Seattle

Wa_sauna is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production. The prototype for the design includes a large wooden platform and a wood-fired sauna. A rear ladder leads from the

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Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

When the Snøhetta studio arrived on Hudøy Island, the old wooden cabin was about to be torn down. Even though only the wooden framework and old doors were left standing, the architects decided to

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Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Michael Jantzen just unveiled designs for the Solar Rain Tree Oasis, a public gathering pavilion designed to help alleviate drought-stricken California. Made from a large prefabricated steel shell, the

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UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

The U.K.'s Airports Commission just rejected Foster + Partners' plans for a new international airport in England's Thames Estuary. The proposal was designed to alleviate air traffic from Heathrow Airport

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Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer’s Cottage Hangs Off a Hillside in Norway

Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer’s Cottage Hangs Off a Hillside in Norway

Completed in 2008, this 173-square-foot cabin is divided into two main spaces: an outdoor garden bounded by three walls that serves as the entry hall, and an indoor living space comprising an elevated

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Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

The Municipality of Amsterdam granted space&matter and their associates access to the De Ceuvel site with a 10-year lease. Because of the temporary nature of the project, the designers’ budget was

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ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

The ESTIA wooden cabin stands on stilts among the mountains of Camigliano, near the San Michele Cave. It was designed to provide shelter from the elements while offering magnificent views into the

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Amazing Transforming Cube Packs Many Rooms in One

Amazing Transforming Cube Packs Many Rooms in One

This engaging space can be used for studying, sleeping and can become a great playground for when the kids bring their friends over. Free from typical furniture, the 33-square-meter space is meant to

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VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

The pioneers behind the prefabricated HUF HAUS have constructed thousands of energy efficient houses across the globe. Their über-efficient designs have paved the way for a new wave of green modular

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