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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between Acadian-style

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Surf Sauna in a Barrel Keeps Crazy Winter Surfers Warm

Surf Sauna in a Barrel Keeps Crazy Winter Surfers Warm

Surf Sauna's structure is made from marine grade galvanized and stainless steel to hold up to years of salt water exposure. The cylindrical walls are made from western red cedar which is naturally rot

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Make Architects Unveil Igloo-Shaped Cinema Made from Reclaimed Cardboard in London

Make Architects Unveil Igloo-Shaped Cinema Made from Reclaimed Cardboard in London

The Regeneration Film Festival, an open-entry short film festival dedicated to the theme of sustainable regeneration and construction, will be held during the annual Ecobuild exhibition in London. This

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Tiny Papay Fire Shelter Inspired by Nomadic Tents Pops up in the Orkney Islands

Tiny Papay Fire Shelter Inspired by Nomadic Tents Pops up in the Orkney Islands

The shelter was used during the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 festival, which celebrates video art, sound art, experimental film, music and architecture. It takes place at the first full moon in February on Papa

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Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

Live Lib Plug-in Capsule Homes Offer Affordable and Energy-Efficient Urban Housing in Paris

At this year's Solar Decathlon event, Team Paris will unveil an innovative new urban living concept: plug-in housing. Live Lib is a community of plug-in capsule homes that share energy provided and

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Silvio d’Ascia Unveils Gorgeous Lace-Like High Speed Rail Station for Morocco

Silvio d’Ascia Unveils Gorgeous Lace-Like High Speed Rail Station for Morocco

D’Ascia looked to the geometry of traditional Moroccan architecture for inspiration, transferring the repeating triangular patterns found on local facades to the framework of train track's structure in

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Bahadir Kul Architects’ Kayseri Ice Rink Sports Candy-Colored Windows in Turkey

Bahadir Kul Architects’ Kayseri Ice Rink Sports Candy-Colored Windows in Turkey

Located less than 6 miles from the city center, the Kayseri Ice Rink is easily accessible via public transportation. Inside, the two-story building is split into a ground floor dominated by the ice rink

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Pro Skater Bob Burnquist Busts Moves on an Awesome Floating Skate Ramp on Lake Tahoe

Pro Skater Bob Burnquist Busts Moves on an Awesome Floating Skate Ramp on Lake Tahoe

) As part of a campaign to help promote tourism in California, Visit California asked Bob Burnquist to skate on a floating ramp for one of their commercials. Burnquist said yes and did them one better,

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Elegant tresARCA Home Takes Cues from Nevada’s Raw Desert and Glitzy Vegas

Elegant tresARCA Home Takes Cues from Nevada’s Raw Desert and Glitzy Vegas

Although the luxurious home may seem to be way more glitz than rustic, connecting the home to Nevada's rural landscape drove the entire design process. All of the materials layered throughout the

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Spektrum Arkitekter Unveils a Rugged Semi-Outdoor Community Hub in Northern Denmark

Spektrum Arkitekter Unveils a Rugged Semi-Outdoor Community Hub in Northern Denmark

The Fjelstervang community hub has a large transparent roof that spans across a row of 6 meter high columns. The differently colored sliding doors reference the recently closed textile dyeing factory and

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Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic are from Serbia and designed Noah's Ark, a sustainable floating city, for the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Their hope was to design a safe and

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Plans for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center Are Looking Bleak

Plans for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center Are Looking Bleak

The plan to build the Frank Gehry-designed World Trade Center Performing Arts Center is looking bleak. The project currently has less than half of the funds it needs for construction, and there has been

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Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

There are five "squares" or rooms on a farm in Sasbachwalden village - a tiny community known for its wine-making and wood processing. Named after the kind of wine that was stored in each of the enormous

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Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Although Japanese architecture firm SANAA snapped up the winning bid, we felt that MenoMenoPiu Architects and Atelier Castro Denissof's inspiring proposal was too good not to share. Located next to the

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

Inhabitat: Guy, one of the first of your many projects we came across was the sketch proposal submitted to the Design Indaba 10x10, a Silvio Rech collaborative effort. Can you describe the Chesterfield

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DEVELOPING NEWS: Huge Explosion and Building Collapses Rock East Harlem

DEVELOPING NEWS: Huge Explosion and Building Collapses Rock East Harlem

Photo: Alyssa Alimurung Emergency crews are on the scene near 116th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem this morning after receiving calls about a massive explosion and partial building collapse. 11

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Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

The $34.6 million dollar project includes demolition and reconstruction of the first floor Eiffel and Ferrié pavilions, which house the welcoming center, shops and a restaurant. Upon completion, the

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Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort

Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort

The dome is the world's largest freestanding building, and it was originally owned by a company attempting to develop a transport dirigible. When that company went belly-up, a Malaysian company took the

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Mesmerizing Penumbra Kinetic Shading System Brings Dull Facades to Life

Mesmerizing Penumbra Kinetic Shading System Brings Dull Facades to Life

An up-and-coming architecture student has designed an incredible shading system that rotates in three directions in accordance with sun's position. Tyler Short designed the Penumbra kinetic shading system

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Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Buckminster Fuller must be smiling down on this DIY geodesic houseboat built for just about $2,000. Buffalo, NY resident Michael Weekes decided to create the floating digs out of sustainable plywood and

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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Bercy Chen Studio’s Green-Roofed Edgeland House Transforms a Former Brownfield in Texas

Bercy Chen Studio’s Green-Roofed Edgeland House Transforms a Former Brownfield in Texas

The form of the home itself is shaped like a scar, perhaps commenting on the site's industrial past, while the lush sod represents healing. According to the architects, the home is a modern

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Mysterious 1960′s Avoriaz Ski Resort is Straight Out of a Fantasy Film Noir

Mysterious 1960′s Avoriaz Ski Resort is Straight Out of a Fantasy Film Noir

The Avoriaz resort was the brainchild of 1960's Olympic downhill gold medal winner Jean Vuarnet. After Vuarnet returned home triumphant from the games, the municipality of Morzine asked the professional

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its

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Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

The Exo Shelter is inspired by the humble coffee cup - a sturdy, stackable, insulated object that is easily transported and utilized to deliver life-saving sustenance. Turn that coffee cup upside down and

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Starbucks Opens First LEED-Certified Store in Downtown Disney District, California

Starbucks Opens First LEED-Certified Store in Downtown Disney District, California

Millions of guests visiting the Disneyland Resort in California this year will have the opportunity to relax and recharge in the new Starbucks store that opened yesterday. The new store features a large

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100-Year-Old Utah Church Lifted 40 Feet Above Ground Without Moving an Inch

100-Year-Old Utah Church Lifted 40 Feet Above Ground Without Moving an Inch

A historical treasure and city landmark, the Provo Tabernacle was originally constructed from 1883 to 1898 and has since been used as a gathering place for community meetings and cultural events, most

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Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

When Barney and Nancy Leonard decided to move out of Philadelphia to Chester County and build a new home, they knew the home would be super sustainable. They hired Matthew Moger of Moger Mehrhof

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Sou Fujimoto’s Tree-Inspired Tower Sprouts Balconies Like Leaves

Sou Fujimoto’s Tree-Inspired Tower Sprouts Balconies Like Leaves

The city of Montpellier launched its ambitious 12-building "Folies" competition in hopes of enriching its 21st century architectural heritage. A product of both Japanese and Mediterranean influences,

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MVRDV Reveals Giant Mirrored “Salad Bowl” Art Depot for Rotterdam’s Museumpark

MVRDV Reveals Giant Mirrored “Salad Bowl” Art Depot for Rotterdam’s Museumpark

40% of the large museum space will be visible or accessible to the public. Visitors will pass through the building taking in the various art exhibitions and restoration workshops as they make their way up

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