Architecture

Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

The 2 in 1 house derives its name from its spatial layout, which splits the building into two separated dwellings that are connected by a series of shared spaces. The communal areas, which help preserve

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The tallest building on Earth will host the world’s largest LED light show on New Year’s Eve

The tallest building on Earth will host the world’s largest LED light show on New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Eve, Downtown Dubai will host an epic celebration, featuring fireworks, lasers, lights, and an illuminated LED screen wrapped around the sides of the world’s tallest building. The

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo

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Inhabitat’s top original photos of 2014

Inhabitat’s top original photos of 2014

  Here at Inhabitat, we're fortunate enough to be able to write about some truly spectacular topics, and occasionally we also have the opportunity to travel around and take great photos to

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind pioneering

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Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Green design will save the world, and this year designers went all out with an incredible range of innovations. Sada brought us an incredible hubless folding bike while Klemmens Torggler introduced the

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Tiny prefab Shepherd Hut is a picturesque time portal to the 19th century

Tiny prefab Shepherd Hut is a picturesque time portal to the 19th century

The Shepherd Hut’s old-fashioned look was achieved through Güte’s careful attention to detail and handmade furnishings. For example, the design team installed cast iron wheels instead of regular tube

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Charming timber-clad bungalows blend into Portugal’s bucolic landscape

Charming timber-clad bungalows blend into Portugal’s bucolic landscape

To complement the predominantly rural surroundings, the wooden volumes were crafted with a simple silhouette inspired by the traditional architecture of the Azores. The design encompassed four main

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Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Formerly a systems engineer, Hudson quit his job after months of daydreaming about living and traveling out of a DIY camper van. He took the leap in October 2013, and despite not having any prior building

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Top 6 Inhabitat architecture stories of 2014 – which is your favorite?

Top 6 Inhabitat architecture stories of 2014 – which is your favorite?

2014 was yet another inspiring year for architecture lovers, and there was no shortage of cool stories about the built environment on Inhabitat. From a hair-raising house on the side of a cliff to a

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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

  INHABITAT: Can you tell our readers a bit about how it all began? Elisabeth: I rented this space a year and a half ago to open a restaurant. I had a few ideas about the menu, in that I knew I

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Hurricane-resistant cabins overlook coastal marshlands in the Chesapeake Bay

Hurricane-resistant cabins overlook coastal marshlands in the Chesapeake Bay

Located near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the 2,200-square-foot House on Hoopers Island enjoys views of a pristine estuarine marshland ecosystem, pine forest, and bay. The vacation residence

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Sukkarboard is a temporary, lightweight shelter made from recycled cardboard and newspaper

Sukkarboard is a temporary, lightweight shelter made from recycled cardboard and newspaper

Italian architecture firm Pelizzi Architettura designed the Sukkarboard, a temporary, lightweight shelter made from cardboard boxes and newspaper. Constructed using paper mache techniques for the weeklong

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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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Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

Although Casa SIP m3 was built from modules, the architects' careful combination and arrangement gave the home a visually dynamic appearance. They designed a variety of 3D modules for the floors, walls,

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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common in Japanese

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Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

The main entryway to the Lookout House is accessed through a large sliding barn door that blends in with the north side’s nearly windowless timber-clad façade wall. In contrast, the other three

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Cabin-like home in Belgium has 14 different facades

Cabin-like home in Belgium has 14 different facades

m architecture's Thuin house is a modern wooden dwelling that fuses high-quality materials with economical design strategies. Its boxy design consists of a series of interconnected cubes clad in locally

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Sustainable photoluminescent architecture has the potential to light up the night

Sustainable photoluminescent architecture has the potential to light up the night

Architect Eleonora Nicoletti has a rather bright idea: she's proposing the use of photoluminescent architecture that glows in the dark without electric power. These structures could be used for

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Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

The owners of the Thornbury bungalow tasked Steffen Welsch Architects to create a more sustainable home that met their family's needs. The original home that faces the street was relegated to contain the

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White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient retreat for retirees

White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient retreat for retirees

The 3,283-square-foot south-facing home stretches east to west on a plot of land in the undulating Austrian countryside Althöflein. Large triple-glazed windows line the south facade and overlook a

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder

You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder

Through a 6 week residency with Verbier 3d Foundation, André Bloc and Claude Parent of Bureau A designed and built the micro shelter which they call Antoine. They were inspired by the writings of Swiss

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Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

Sinato fit eleven different spaces within the 689-square-foot apartment, which features a limited materials palette comprising warm-toned wood, gray concrete, and white-painted walls. The spaces are

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What is your favorite Inhabitots story of 2014?

What is your favorite Inhabitots story of 2014?

As 2014 draws to a close, we are looking back at the Inhabitot stories that inspired, amused and touched us. From natural fairy tale-like tunnels to a realistic Barbie doll and enchanting images of life

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This brilliant house fits perfectly into its mountain site, thanks to computer mapping

This brilliant house fits perfectly into its mountain site, thanks to computer mapping

The architects used raw materials for both the interior and exterior. Concrete slabs and OSB sheets are projected away from the main volume of the house, while an angled roof protects the interior from

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Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

Located in northern Romania in the town of Suceava surrounded by a mature forest, Passive House Che enjoys its surrounding environment by engaging with it through large windows. Although most passive

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Energy-efficient, pine-clad Danish home is heated with geothermal energy

Energy-efficient, pine-clad Danish home is heated with geothermal energy

The Villa Buresø covers an area of 2,561 square feet and is positioned on the south bank of a slope. Although the home's north facade is largely glazed, the south facade is mostly closed save for a few

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Stufish’s Wanda Movie Theme Park is shaped like an enormous golden beehive in Wuhan

Stufish’s Wanda Movie Theme Park is shaped like an enormous golden beehive in Wuhan

The Wuhan Bells, a traditional icon of the local Chu-Han culture, inspired the Wuhan Movie Theme Park’s golden hive-like shape. The rounded structures were replicated at different scales and then

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