Architecture

Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

After bush fires decimated areas around Canberra in 2001, the city decided to rebuild by creating the National Arboretum Canberra. Plans for the Arboretum actually date back over 100 years ago, when

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Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

According to their literature, LEAPfactory's Gervasutti refuge represents the pinnacle of the Italian firm's achievement. LEAP refers to Living, Ecological, Alpine Pods, their speciality, and their latest

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Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926 Building in Los Angeles

Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926 Building in Los Angeles

The 28th Street YMCA was listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2006 and was acquired by nonprofit developer Clifford Beers Housing (CBH) in 2009. Commissioned to revive the structure and

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Guedes Cruz’ Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

Guedes Cruz’ Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

The Social Complex in Alcabideche is comprised of 52 houses and a support building spread over a well-planned 10,000 square meter site. Guedes Cruz Arquitectos write that “Portugal is not a

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Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

Finland has a deeply-embedded sauna culture; so much so, in fact, that there are two million saunas in a country that has a population of just 5.3 million people. That's why it makes perfect sense for

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Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Vena Cava Winery was started by Phil Gregory, who also owns and runs the nearby luxury hotel La Villa del Valle in Guadalupe Valley. The desert valley enjoys an interesting microclimate for growing grapes

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AEDAS Unveils Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building in China

AEDAS Unveils Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building in China

The Sino-Foreign cooperative university is part of a new program approved by the government in 1994. The University decided to build a world-class university dedicated to training experts. Its

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Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Most of the house is encircled by patterned geometric screens, which not only reference the concrete blocks used by Knox, but also create spaces that can be used as courtyards. These screens also act as

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ArchiWorkshop Unveils Gorgeous ‘Glamping’ Tents Shaped Like Doughnuts

ArchiWorkshop Unveils Gorgeous ‘Glamping’ Tents Shaped Like Doughnuts

Designed for a remote campsite in Yang-Pyeong, ArchiWorkshop's "Glamping for Glampers" tents come in two distinctive shapes. One is a long, curving form that easily adapts to rough terrain. This tent's

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2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

Apart from its primary function as a football stadium, the building's horseshoe design opens the grounds out onto an inner city lake located just outside, which makes it perfect for concerts, parties, and

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Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

Brooklyn's Barclays Center has announced that it will be topping off its already impressive environmental achievements with a 130,000-square-foot green roof. Designed by SHoP Architects, the new planted

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The Summer Cave is a Tranquil Italian Restaurant Tucked into a Cozy Sea Cave

The Summer Cave is a Tranquil Italian Restaurant Tucked into a Cozy Sea Cave

The clifftop Grotta Palasezze has 20 rooms overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the old town of Polignano o Mare. Dimly lit and outfitted with furnishings made simply from natural materials in order to blend

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Canada’s New Moriyama RAIC International Prize to Rival the Pritzker and Stirling Prizes

Canada’s New Moriyama RAIC International Prize to Rival the Pritzker and Stirling Prizes

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and architect Raymond Moriyama have launched the new biannual Moriyama RAIC International Prize, which will rival the renowned Pritzker and Stirling Prizes. The

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Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Unveil Daylit Zero-Emission Apartment Building in Berlin

Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Unveil Daylit Zero-Emission Apartment Building in Berlin

The 7-story building features triple-glazed windows, a high level of insulation, and it's practically airtight. The photovoltaics mounted on the roof produce energy primarily for the building, although

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Gleaming Pop-Up Habitat Made from Repurposed Photographic Reflective Panels Packs Down in a Jiffy

Gleaming Pop-Up Habitat Made from Repurposed Photographic Reflective Panels Packs Down in a Jiffy

The Pop-Up Habitat is a modular, multi-purpose system made of reflective panels. It uses their rigidity, flexibility and collapsibility to create an array of spatial configurations. Each module consists

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Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Baobed’s oval shape was inspired by exotic fruit that dangles from the branches of baobab trees, known as the “tree of life,” characteristic of African landscapes. Related: Cocoon Tree Is A

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Flowers Top Awesome Shipping Container Guest House in Texas

Flowers Top Awesome Shipping Container Guest House in Texas

To keep the message of sustainability at the forefront, Poteet decided to leave the exterior of the shipping container as is, including its original blue color and markings from when it was used to haul

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Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners Unveil Designs for Battersea Power Station

Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners Unveil Designs for Battersea Power Station

To the east of The Electric Boulevard, Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners designed Prospect Place, a cluster of five mixed-use buildings with twisted and rippled facades matching Gehry's distinctive style.

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Project Little Dream Funds Inspiring Bamboo Thom Mun Community Center and School in Cambodia

Project Little Dream Funds Inspiring Bamboo Thom Mun Community Center and School in Cambodia

The main building is composed of two classrooms, both of which are wrapped in breathable bamboo screens. Space between the two classrooms have been converted to a shaded rest area thanks to a ceiling

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The Jane: Historic Military Chapel Transformed into Edgy Restaurant in Antwerp

The Jane: Historic Military Chapel Transformed into Edgy Restaurant in Antwerp

In order to mesh a feeling of modernity with the historical interior, Piet Boon Studio decided to focus on preserving the ceiling as a focal point to represent the building’s past. Rather than stripping

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10 Designs Show How Sandy-Affected Communities Can Be Rebuilt More Resiliently

10 Designs Show How Sandy-Affected Communities Can Be Rebuilt More Resiliently

Rebuild by Design, a competition to find resilient solutions for restoring communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, recently unveiled its ten shortlisted designs. The selected proposals include ideas

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Ross Lovegrove’s Solar-Powered Alpine Capsule is a Space-Age Mountain Retreat

Ross Lovegrove’s Solar-Powered Alpine Capsule is a Space-Age Mountain Retreat

Designers like Ross Lovegrove, who think of cars on sticks and solar trees, are constantly pushing the envelope. You may think concepts like these are absolutely off the wall and completely impractical,

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New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant by New Zealand based Pacific Environments Architects Ltd. (PEL) is a stunning architectural feat perched high above a redwood forest. Appearing for all the world like an

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3M futureLAB Students Build Tiny 3D Printed Mobile House for Millennials

3M futureLAB Students Build Tiny 3D Printed Mobile House for Millennials

3M futureLAB is a UCLA Architecture and Urban Design traveling studio based in Munich, Germany. Last year, the graduate students of 3M teamed up with other students from Germany and England to explore the

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Chinese Company Assembles 10 3D-Printed Concrete Houses in a Day for Less Than $5,000 Each

Chinese Company Assembles 10 3D-Printed Concrete Houses in a Day for Less Than $5,000 Each

A massive 3D printer measuring 490 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 20 feet deep was used to 3D print each of the structural components from the giant concrete slabs to the inner cross bracing. To cut down on

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Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Clad in black panels of corrugated iron, the Pump House is a small and quiet lakeside retreat that blends a rustic aesthetic with elegant simplicity. The architects and client used a simple materials

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Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless

Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless

PAO and PIDO used a CNC router to form the plastic Tricycle House, which is made out of folded polypropylene. This is the only plastic that is strong enough to handle the folds that act like an accordion

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Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Throughout many remote villages in Ethiopia, water gathering is quite an ardous and dangerous task. With the burden typically falling on matriarchs of the family, the trip to the nearest water source can

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Africa’s First Underwater Hotel Lets Adventurous Guests Sleep With the Fishes

Africa’s First Underwater Hotel Lets Adventurous Guests Sleep With the Fishes

Designed by the same firm that created The Utter Inn, an underwater resort docked in the middle of a Swedish lake, Manta Resort's floating addition is submerged thirteen feet beneath one of the Indian

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Old Gun Supply Store in Arizona Transformed Into Community-Friendly Creative Center of Scottsdale

Old Gun Supply Store in Arizona Transformed Into Community-Friendly Creative Center of Scottsdale

Michelle Biely bought a property in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona that operated as a gun supply store for over 50 years. She wanted to turn it into a more friendly, community-oriented place and hired

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