Architecture

DIALOGUE and Snøhetta Win Competition to Design Calgary’s New Central Library

DIALOGUE and Snøhetta Win Competition to Design Calgary’s New Central Library

Calgary’s New Central Library features an entry with wood-clad arches inspired by ‘chinook’ winds predominant in the West of North America. The building takes its cue from the landscape and

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Camping Reaches New Heights with This 5-Level Campsite Skyscraper!

Camping Reaches New Heights with This 5-Level Campsite Skyscraper!

  Low-budget accommodations aren’t always easy to find, especially in some of the world’s bigger cities. Camping is a great alternative to pricey hotels or limited youth hostels, but

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Children Help Build and Set Ablaze a Miniature City Made From Wood Waste at Valencia’s Fallas Festival

Children Help Build and Set Ablaze a Miniature City Made From Wood Waste at Valencia’s Fallas Festival

Held every March to welcome the spring season, the annual Fallas Festival is Valencia's biggest and most vibrant event. The noisy and gunpowder-filled celebration gets its origins from the time carpenters

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Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

After receiving $400,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wayne National Forest commissioned Third Sun Solar to install their 51.6 kW rooftop solar array on the building's

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O’Donnell + Tuomey are Among the Youngest Winners of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2015

O’Donnell + Tuomey are Among the Youngest Winners of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2015

Dublin-based architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey of the firm O'Donnell + Tuomey have been announced as the 2015 winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects's lifetime achievement award,

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Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Designed by Portland-based SERA Architects and Los Angeles-based CO Architects, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building is comprised of two volumes--a 12-story north tower and a five-story south

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home

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Stunning Lakeside Villa in Austria Boasts an Amazing Wooden Shading Structure

Stunning Lakeside Villa in Austria Boasts an Amazing Wooden Shading Structure

The house features a spatial hierarchy that favors areas where its residents spend most time. Primary living spaces have double height ceilings, while auxiliary rooms occupy less space and have lower

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BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Force Majeure The Force Majeure is a large-scale, holistic response to global warming and accelerated resource exploitation. Created by world-renowned artists Helen and Newton Harrison, the project

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Zig-Zagging Constellations Bar Rocks Urban Rehabilitation in Liverpool’s Arts District

Zig-Zagging Constellations Bar Rocks Urban Rehabilitation in Liverpool’s Arts District

We love urban rehabilitation projects, and this one in Liverpool is especially inspiring. The zig-zagging Constellation Bar is an outdoor venue located on a former industrial site that has been converted

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Graham Hill’s Transformable Cube-Within-A-Cube Cleverly Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

Graham Hill’s Transformable Cube-Within-A-Cube Cleverly Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

Graham Hill has many claims to fame, but the one that reverberates the loudest is his viral Ted Talk, which explored how doing more with less is not only a more sustainable lifestyle, but one that can

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How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, also known as The Clark, originally opened in 1955 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Over the years the museum has expanded to include the Manton Research

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Beautiful Wooden Addition Strikes Contrast With an Old Brick House in Belgium

Beautiful Wooden Addition Strikes Contrast With an Old Brick House in Belgium

Belgium's residential architecture has been dominated by widely-produced pavilion-type houses, which are affordable and can be quickly built. The industrialization of housing enabled many people to

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Tim Cook Says Apple’s New Spaceship Campus Will be the “Greenest Building on the Planet”

Tim Cook Says Apple’s New Spaceship Campus Will be the “Greenest Building on the Planet”

Apple’s new spaceship campus could be the "greenest building on the planet" according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who made the assertion in a talk at yesterday's Climate Week NYC event. Currently under

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8 Awesome Cat Houses Showcased At Architects For Animals Event

8 Awesome Cat Houses Showcased At Architects For Animals Event

Although one might be quick to assume the designers stapled some old carpet on a pvc pipe, one would be incorrect. The designers who participated in the event came out clawing with some incredibly

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Munchausen’s Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

Munchausen’s Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

You might be forgiven for assuming that LEGOs are just child’s play. Forgiven, that is, until you see this stunning kitchen renovation. Parisian designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti created a

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INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

  Metropolitan areas are growing faster than suburbs for the first time in decades, as more and more people want to live closer to where they work, eat, drink, and play. As populations in

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The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings

The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings

The rigorous Passive House building standard just got a major update: It will now recognize net zero buildings and buildings that generate more energy than they consume as "Passive House Plus" and

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Gorgeous Charred-Cedar Clads an Oasis of Calm at a Three-Road Juncture in Tokyo

Gorgeous Charred-Cedar Clads an Oasis of Calm at a Three-Road Juncture in Tokyo

The building’s gorgeous façade is made from charred cedar wood, which is weather- and decay-resistant. It was built on a sloping 230-square-meter site located at a junction between three roads in

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Utopian Cloud-Shaped Skyscraper Unveiled for Shenzen Bay

Utopian Cloud-Shaped Skyscraper Unveiled for Shenzen Bay

The visionary 2,230-foot-tall mixed-use Cloud Citizen proposal was created in response to the competition brief for a 170-hectare financial city district that would move the Shenzhen Bay Ring area from

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The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is tucked into a hillside in a rural area with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Oriented to take advantage of solar gain, the home faces south, but is properly shielded

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Jean Nouvel Unveils Plans for Nature-Filled National Art Museum of China

Jean Nouvel Unveils Plans for Nature-Filled National Art Museum of China

Nouvel's nearly 33-acre museum will be seven times larger than the current institution located near the Forbidden City and will be built in collaboration with the Beijing Institute of Architectural

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nArchitects New Zig-Zagging M2 Building Will be a Civic Landmark in Calgary

nArchitects New Zig-Zagging M2 Building Will be a Civic Landmark in Calgary

The 20,000-square-foot building occupying a quarter-acre lot east of the historic Simmons Building will contain two restaurants on the ground floor and offices and large terraces on the upper floors. The

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Blues Giant Memphis Slim’s Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Blues Giant Memphis Slim’s Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Peter Chapman, aka Memphis Slim, grew up in a low-income neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee. The collaborative project fuses a desire to preserve an important historical landmark, while also giving back

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Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

A big folded-plate roof wraps around the “divided houses” and shelters the common area and living room shared by the entire family. The name Rain Shelter House references the regional climate where

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Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Heavily landscaped with green roofs, planting beds, and water features, Butterfly Square was designed to look like an extension of the neighboring park. To keep the development pedestrian-friendly and

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26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House

26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House

Bear in mind that Chris started working on his home back in the 1980s, which may seem like the dark ages to our younger readers, but puts into perspective the fact that he had access to a completely

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The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini Home's exterior materials are comprised of an Iverit façade and a bitumen roof while the floor is laid with hardwood panels. All of the prefabricated modules and add ons, including a compact

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INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an

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Villa Escudero’s Waterfall Restaurant Lets You Dine at the Foot of the Falls

Villa Escudero’s Waterfall Restaurant Lets You Dine at the Foot of the Falls

The entire villa is in fact a historical plantation surrounded by mountains and coconut trees. Once guests have dried off from their refreshing lunch, they can enjoy numerous local activities such as

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