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The Natural Symphony Housing Project Conceptualizes Self-Sustainability in Architecture

The Natural Symphony Housing Project Conceptualizes Self-Sustainability in Architecture

    Designed by Cristian Ferrera Architecture, "Natural Symphony" is an exploration of architectural sustainability, with a prototype designed to house four people per unit. Centered

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CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

The 10,000-square-foot center is located on less than an acre of its 118-acre site of fragile marshland on the Lynnhaven River known as Pleasure House Point. The area was slated for an 1,100-home

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Light-Filled Timber Artist’s Studio Sits Comfortably in an Organic Australian Landscape

Light-Filled Timber Artist’s Studio Sits Comfortably in an Organic Australian Landscape

Chan Architecture clad the exterior of the structure with two different kinds of wood: darker colored vertical boards that cover the bottom storage volume and horizontal bands of a lighter colored timber

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COBE Completes Curvaceous Green-Roofed Kindergarten in Copenhagen

COBE Completes Curvaceous Green-Roofed Kindergarten in Copenhagen

COBE designed Forfatterhuset Kindergarten's five buildings to appear as a series of "potted plants," each with a lush roof garden and built to varying heights to maximize daylight filtration. A lush

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A21 Studio’s Rainbow Chapel Wins 2014 WAF’s Building of the Year Award

A21 Studio’s Rainbow Chapel Wins 2014 WAF’s Building of the Year Award

Built to serve an urban ward with a lack of communal space, the 1,500-square-foot Chapel accommodates a variety of community activities, such as weddings and conferences, inside a simple, shed-like

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ODR Architects’ Angular Hunter Street Home Adds Industrial Chic to Suburban Living

ODR Architects’ Angular Hunter Street Home Adds Industrial Chic to Suburban Living

ODR Architects created forms with corrugated sheet profiles which reference the industrial quality of workers’ houses, and hipped roofs that evoke the “saw tooth” typology. The larger urbanistic

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Studio Prototype’s Gorgeous Home Renovation Strikes the Perfect Balance Between Old and New

Studio Prototype’s Gorgeous Home Renovation Strikes the Perfect Balance Between Old and New

Architect Jeroen Steenvoorden drew from the existing structure's shape as inspiration for the new extension, but used different materials to create a clear contrast between the old and new buildings. The

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Kelly Cullen Community: San Francisco YMCA Transformed Into Exemplary Green Housing Development

Kelly Cullen Community: San Francisco YMCA Transformed Into Exemplary Green Housing Development

The landmark building was constructed in 1910 following the 1906 earthquake. Kelly Cullen Community's 172 new housing units are larger than the original hotel rooms at 230 square meters on average, and

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This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

What do you get when you combine public art with renewable energy? That's exactly what the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)'s annual design competition seeks to explore. Every year LAGI asks designers

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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

It's obvious that PARKROYAL on Pickering is a feast for the eyes with its vegetation-wrapped glass reinforced concrete layers, but it's not just a pretty facade. The building was awarded Green Mark

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Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

The sculptural Gue(ho)st House building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of France.

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This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

The home, known as Chez Hélène-Amboise Troglodyte, is situated in the Loire Valley. It sits about two miles out of Amboise, which was once home to Leonardo da Vinci. Troglodyte homes are common in the

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Feast Your Eyes On Mike Doyle’s Intricate Victorian LEGO Houses

Feast Your Eyes On Mike Doyle’s Intricate Victorian LEGO Houses

I know, I know, Halloween is over, but these awesome LEGO houses by Mike Doyle are too good to pass up! If you squint your eyes, you might think you're looking at old architectural photos, but in reality,

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Incredible Optical Illusion Suspends London’s Historic Market Building in Mid-Air

Incredible Optical Illusion Suspends London’s Historic Market Building in Mid-Air

Titled "Take My Lighting But Don't Steal My Thunder," Chinneck's bespoke work is set in the Covent Garden's Piazza, one of the busiest tourist districts in London. The fantastical installation was built

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INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE teamed up with the university, an engineering team and the building's architects to conceptualize a “campus walk” that refocused the campus center experience on pedestrians, rather than

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6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

Baltimore's Typographical Sculpture Bus Stop Designed by artist collective “mmmm…”, this unique bus stop is an experiment in typography and public art. Located on a Baltimore street, this design

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BIG Unveils Plans for BSN7 Mixed-Use Neighborhood in Aarhus

BIG Unveils Plans for BSN7 Mixed-Use Neighborhood in Aarhus

BIG's decision to design the public realm first deviates from the norm, which usually starts with developing private residences and then activating the remaining landscape after residents have settled in.

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Frank Gehry’s Origami-Like Biomuseo Opens in Panama City

Frank Gehry’s Origami-Like Biomuseo Opens in Panama City

As if its multicolored facade wasn't eye-catching enough, the Biomuseo is prominently sited on the highly visible Amador Causeway at the Pacific mouth of the Panama Canal. The 44,132-square-foot building

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London’s New Footbridge Rises Like a Fan Over Grand Union Canal

London’s New Footbridge Rises Like a Fan Over Grand Union Canal

The architects envisioned a moving structure made of five beams that creates a fan-like effect: the first finger can rise up to 70 degrees, while the last beam lifts high enough to create a free space

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Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

MM++ Architects reduced the Thao dien House to it most minimal expression and then wrapped it with living walls. An extreme renovation turned the dated ugly building into a modern home. The new design

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Jonas Wagell’s Tiny Green-Roofed Arjan Sauna Vanishes in the Norwegian Outback

Jonas Wagell’s Tiny Green-Roofed Arjan Sauna Vanishes in the Norwegian Outback

The designer, whose work is focused mostly on functionality and the spatial experiences of users, envisioned the Arjan Sauna as a minimalist space that has a small porch overlooking the surrounding

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Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

Canadians Matt Becker and Andres Pang are working together to create an eco-community through crowdfunding efforts. With ecotourism as the travel industry’s fastest-growing sector, and increasing

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Architect Alex Michaelis Went Underground to Build His Elegant Notting Hill Home

Architect Alex Michaelis Went Underground to Build His Elegant Notting Hill Home

A self-proclaimed advocate of eco-friendly design, Michaelis did his best to source materials responsibly, bringing them in from all over Europe. When scanning the list of environmentally-conscious

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MVRDV’s Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

MVRDV’s Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

Markthal will primarily serve as a daily fresh food market and as a community hub that links the various surrounding neighborhoods. Its development, however, is part of a long-term city plan to bring more

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Arkitema Architects Design an Elegant New Home that Supposedly Requires Zero Maintenance

Arkitema Architects Design an Elegant New Home that Supposedly Requires Zero Maintenance

The Innovation Maintenance-Free House by Arkitema Architects promises to last 150 years, with minimal maintenance during the first third of its lifespan. The prefab structure was built completely

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This Amsterdam Hotel’s Climbable Mountain-Like Furniture Welcomes Adventurous Travelers

This Amsterdam Hotel’s Climbable Mountain-Like Furniture Welcomes Adventurous Travelers

The Edmund design clusters all the hotel necessities like a bed, bathroom, and storage space into a jigsaw-like mass that mimics the form of a snow-capped mountain. In contrast to the light wooden unit,

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INTERVIEW: MVRDV’s Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive Tunnel-Shaped Rotterdam Market Hall

INTERVIEW: MVRDV’s Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive Tunnel-Shaped Rotterdam Market Hall

INHABITAT: How did you get your start with MVRDV? Anton: After my architecture studies in Delft, I worked for one year as a freelance researcher at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. During

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Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

Praud's Leaning House is a two-storey residence standing on a hilly site near Chungpyong Lake in South Korea. It was designed as a weekend retreat for a couple of retired professors who wanted a space

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New Biomass Plant for the UK Looks Like a Giant Green Volcano

New Biomass Plant for the UK Looks Like a Giant Green Volcano

  Powered by palm kernel shells, which are the byproducts of palm oil plantations, the plant will reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent compared to traditional coal or gas fired stations.

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Stunning Greenhouses for Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Stunning Greenhouses for Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The two distilleries are nestled between existing Victorian-era buildings. Originally, the buildings were meant to house a mill that produces paper for English bank notes. After being abandoned for a

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