Architecture

Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

The Liv-Lib' project consists of two elements: “hubs” and “habitation capsules.” The hubs are solar-powered urban infrastructure cores that contain technological and ecological systems necessary

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Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

The owners of the Altbau will invest to refurbish the rooftop and possibly replace old electrical appliances, fix windows and the façade and renew the heating system. The modular addition can be

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Simbcity Zero-Energy Additions Revive Decaying Housing Estates in Spain

Simbcity Zero-Energy Additions Revive Decaying Housing Estates in Spain

Taking inspiration from the natural phenomenon of symbiosis, Plateau Team proposes "the colonization of the roofs of the target buildings with an extra level of construction." The additional level can be

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Bucharest’s EFdeN Modular Home Is Part Home, Part Greenhouse

Bucharest’s EFdeN Modular Home Is Part Home, Part Greenhouse

The EFdeN house consists of a cubic volume punctuated by a glass structure that brings an abundance of natural light into the living space. This greenhouse-like structure allows the modular house to

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like to

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Perfectly Passive Ressò House Wins Architecture Award at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Perfectly Passive Ressò House Wins Architecture Award at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Like a box within a box, the double height 81m2 communal space provides multifunctionality and adapts to form a meeting space, dining hall, play space, dance room and even a basketball court. Playful rope

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Tiny 100% Solar-Powered Maison Reciprocity House Shines at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Tiny 100% Solar-Powered Maison Reciprocity House Shines at the Solar Decathlon Europe

The home is based on designing row house neighborhoods that have a minimal environmental impact. Built as an affordable multi-story house, Maison Reciprocity is organized around a central Container for

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Quiet Mark Treehouse Set to Be the Star Attraction at Upcoming RHS Flower Show

Quiet Mark Treehouse Set to Be the Star Attraction at Upcoming RHS Flower Show

“This year's RHS show will focus on the themes of ‘Grow, inspire and escape’ and the treehouse will reinforce these ideas,” says Blue Forest Director, Simon Payne. “The extraordinary stand-alone

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Nesting Block Birdhouses for Trendy Tree Sparrows

Nesting Block Birdhouses for Trendy Tree Sparrows

The design wunderkids over at Zupagrafika have worked their architectural magic yet again, this time creating small buildings that any hipster nuthatch would be happy to call home. The Hispano-Polish

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Peter Zumthor & LACMA Unveil Revised Design For New Solar-Powered Museum in Los Angeles

Peter Zumthor & LACMA Unveil Revised Design For New Solar-Powered Museum in Los Angeles

Zumthor’s plans for LACMA’s new campus on Museum Row in Los Angeles is a meandering structure with double-height, glazed openings and a fluid form that creates a feeling of continuity. The $650

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Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

Watersquare Benthemplein brings a cool oasis to Rotterdam locals amidst an otherwise dense urban environment. The square is centered around a multi-use sports field, which can be used for soccer,

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Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

The students, now-alumni Eric Swanson and Austin Jorn, and current student Megan Archer, received grants from two student organizations to build one solar charging station, build two more, and run

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Geothermally-Cooled Jesuit Community Center Protects Extensive Root System in Connecticut

Geothermally-Cooled Jesuit Community Center Protects Extensive Root System in Connecticut

Situated at the heart of the campus, the community center sits on a steep sloping hillside flanked by enormous mature European beech trees to the south. In exchange for the shade provided by giant beech

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TAKT’s Tiny Copper-Clad Beach Retreat House Captures a Modern Industrial Aesthetic

TAKT’s Tiny Copper-Clad Beach Retreat House Captures a Modern Industrial Aesthetic

Although the Copper House serves the same holiday function as other beach bungalows, TAKT's choice of materials makes the structure stand out from the typical beach home. Instead of a light-colored facade

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INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”

INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”

We've featured many a tiny house on Inhabitat, but did you know that one trailblazing lady was the inspiration behind many of those miniature homes? Meet Dee Williams: an early pioneer and sustainability

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Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Wins Design of the Year

Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Wins Design of the Year

Now in its seventh year, the London Design Museum's Design of the Year Award annually recognizes the most innovative and interesting designs from 70 nominated entries in the categories of Architecture,

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The “Most Portuguese Town in Portugal” is Built Around, and On Top of Giant Boulders!

The “Most Portuguese Town in Portugal” is Built Around, and On Top of Giant Boulders!

Monsanto sits on the edge of a mountain not far from Serra da Estrela. The town overlooks the valley below, affording sweeping views of the region from many vantage points. The ancient population carved

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The Tent: Low-Hanging Wooden Roof Creates a Secret Hideaway for Hot Spring Visitors in Vietnam

The Tent: Low-Hanging Wooden Roof Creates a Secret Hideaway for Hot Spring Visitors in Vietnam

The idyllic spring is a tranquil resort for visitors, yet its one drawback is the intense heat that rolls in from the West, which limited the time of year people could enjoy the springs. In order to

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B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

Candelaria Chapel sits atop a black clay hill special to villagers, where each year they visit on pilgrimage to honor Candelaria’s Virgin. Previously, the hill only held a concrete altar, but as the

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Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Erected for property developer Folkhem, the Strandparken tower shelters 31 apartments among its 8 floors. It was designed to explore the potential of multi-occupancy housing while offering inhabitants a

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Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

Swiss Students’ Sustainability Vision for Lucerne: Your Room, Our Room, My Room

The protoype was constructed with wooden materials and was built for maximum flexibility. The building is designed to produce a positive amount of energy that could be used to share energy as part of a

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ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

Another of the Institutes’ bionic research pavilions, the structure investigates the structural performance of protective shells of beetles. These have proven to be a suitable role model for highly

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Penda’s Wooden Donut-Shaped House O is Inspired by a Tree Trunk

Penda’s Wooden Donut-Shaped House O is Inspired by a Tree Trunk

Following the cyclical nature of the client's daily routine, the interior spaces of House O are laid out in the order of his day-to-day activities. The south-facing master bedroom occupies the highest

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Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

  Installing a green roof on your home or business is not a matter that can typically be resolved by consulting the Yellow Pages. Companies that specialize in this subject are few and far

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Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Curitiba’s green initiatives originated in the 1960s with its mayor, Jaime Lerner, who famously said, “This city is not for cars,” well before smart growth principles were adopted in the more

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Danish Students’ EMBRACE House for Two Boasts a Super Energy-Efficient Double Envelope

Danish Students’ EMBRACE House for Two Boasts a Super Energy-Efficient Double Envelope

Students from the Technical University of Denmark designed the home for two by combining passive and active technological solutions. The building’s thermal envelope shelters only the necessary area

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Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

BioCasa_82 is one of the few private residences in the world to have privately conducted carbon footprint analysis with great results. Built for Diadora CEO, Enrico Moretti Polegato and his wife Claudia,

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The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The $2 billion, 772-bed facility is seeking LEED Silver status and seems likely to precipitate a paradigm shift in the way that health care is done. Architects at Canon Design designed the building with a

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MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

Skateboard recycler MapleXO joins forces with boombox maker Case-of-Bass to turn skateboards into music and a ramp that is blowing minds. The ramp is a 4-foot tall quarter pipe covered in the colorful

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C.F. Møller Wins Bid to Design Environmentally Conscious Herningsholm Vocational School in Denmark

C.F. Møller Wins Bid to Design Environmentally Conscious Herningsholm Vocational School in Denmark

Located in an existing campus cluster of educational buildings, the approximately 50,000 square foot Herningsholm Vocational School is designed as a standalone structure that brings together three

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