Architecture

France’s Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

France’s Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

The 216 dwellings that make up the first phase of the development are strategically placed to create a community that is economically, socially, and environmentally responsible; the area will eventually

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Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam

Designed to evoke the image of a flying dragon, the building's curved shape and green additions help to soften the harsh appearance of stacked modular concrete blocks. Since the building serves as the

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Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

To take advantage of solar gains, the architects installed triple-glazed windows on both the Leeuw House's south and west facades, and left the north facade mostly closed. The glazing is slightly set back

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Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Spectacular Wood Pavilion Stretches Across a Norwegian Beach

Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Spectacular Wood Pavilion Stretches Across a Norwegian Beach

Rintala Eggertsson Architects' temporary installations were inspired by traditional structures used by arctic residents for drying fish in order to preserve them for the long northern winters. The

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World’s First Climate Change Refugees Arrive in New Zealand

World’s First Climate Change Refugees Arrive in New Zealand

The once abstract of climate refugees fleeing from a weather-ravaged corner of the world in search of safety has now become cold, hard reality. According to Grist, New Zealand officials recently accepted

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Tokyo’s Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

Tokyo’s Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

The Transustainable House features a mix of outdoor, indoor and "semi-indoor" areas spread over two levels. The whole ground floor is covered in pebbles, and its minimal decor, natural light and the large

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Baltimore’s New Bus Shelter Lets Straphangers Lounge Inside Giant Letters

Baltimore’s New Bus Shelter Lets Straphangers Lounge Inside Giant Letters

The innovative sculpture provides a double treat by brightening up the streets of Baltimore with thought provoking public art that is also functional. Local bus riders can get creative as well as assume

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Indulge Your Inner Ewok with a Hanging Treehouse Sphere

Indulge Your Inner Ewok with a Hanging Treehouse Sphere

How delighted would you be if we told you that you could own your very own hanging treehouse? Inspired by the natural world around him, Canada-based Tom Chudleigh creates gorgeous wooden Free Spirit Eco

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Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Architects for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair has just launched the Dead Prize, an award "to celebrate engineering, architecture and designs that have had a negative impact on the planet." Sinclair

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This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don’t Need to Swim in Chlorine

This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don’t Need to Swim in Chlorine

Construction began on Naturbad Riehen in 2013 with the full support of Riehen's residents, who desperately wanted a new swimming pool and elected to go au natural by ditching the chemicals. Herzog &

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Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Controversial artist Damien Hirst has turned his focus from diamond skulls to green building, announcing plans to design an eco-friendly town near Ilfracombe north of Devon, England. Hirst's Southern

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Snowflake-Shaped Floating Krystall Hotel to Sparkle off the Coast of Norway

Snowflake-Shaped Floating Krystall Hotel to Sparkle off the Coast of Norway

Koen Olthuis and Dutch Docklands have announced a new project: a five-star floating hotel off the coast of Norway named the Krystall. Reminiscent of their Maldives development the Greenstar, this

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Contemporary House in the Pyrenees Overlooks Amazing Views of Northern Spain’s Mountains

Contemporary House in the Pyrenees Overlooks Amazing Views of Northern Spain’s Mountains

Completed in 2010, House in the Pyrenees was built for a father and son who wanted two independent units within the same rehabilitated structure. In the top unit, a steeply pitched roof defines the shape

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Álvaro Siza Completes Floating Green-Roofed Chemical Plant on an Artificial Lake in China

Álvaro Siza Completes Floating Green-Roofed Chemical Plant on an Artificial Lake in China

In 2009 Siza was commissioned to design The Building on the Water as an office building for the company’s soda ash and ammonium chloride production plant in Huai’An City. A total of 11,000 square

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Beautiful Wooden Home Uses Math to Preserve the Surrounding Forest

Beautiful Wooden Home Uses Math to Preserve the Surrounding Forest

Using the Voronoi formula, Jakub Szczęsny planned the house so that it would come as close to the trees as possible without compromising their root systems. The house, clad in Siberian cedar panels, has

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Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is complete

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Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

The Shell Residence is immersed in Nagano prefecture´s peaceful conifer forests, where it creates a stark contrast with its durable white facade. The house is located in Karuizawa, a popular weekend

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JDS Architects’ Iceberg Housing Mimics Jagged Floating Ice in Denmark

JDS Architects’ Iceberg Housing Mimics Jagged Floating Ice in Denmark

The Iceberg was selected as the winning entry in Aarhus' international design competition held in 2008. The second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus sought to redefine its post-industrial image and find new

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Amazing Thai House is an Indoor Playground for Kids and Adults Alike

Amazing Thai House is an Indoor Playground for Kids and Adults Alike

Onion's designers conceived the Jerry House for a family that wanted a different dwelling experience from their main residence in Bangkok. Ladders, nets and slopes are built into the home and suspended

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Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Jeffry's House takes its name from a nearby lake called Jeffry's Lough and was built after O'Brien won an architectural competition by the Irish Architecture Foundation, which called for proposals that

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Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

While most teenagers are watching tv and playing video games, thirteen-year-old Sicily Kolbeck has been designing and building a tiny home of her very own - and she just completed construction! Last year

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Vina’s Mobile Tiny House is 140 Square Feet of Pure Charm

Vina’s Mobile Tiny House is 140 Square Feet of Pure Charm

With a desire to create her ideal home based on the principles of simplicity and sustainability, Lustado created the tiny house as a personal project with a budget of $35,000. With the trailer as a base,

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A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

Among the home's numerous sustainable features is a rainwater collection system that feeds back into the house from an elevated tank. The bathroom is still outside in a storage shed topped with solar

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Ever Seen a Clay-Topped Farmhouse Built With Brick?

Ever Seen a Clay-Topped Farmhouse Built With Brick?

The red brick-clad home majestically sits at the foot of a long country lane with uninterrupted views of the lush greenery and expansive fields. The three-bedroom home is topped with a dramatically

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PHOTOS: World’s Second Tallest Skyscraper Nears Completion in Shanghai!

PHOTOS: World’s Second Tallest Skyscraper Nears Completion in Shanghai!

Once it’s finished, the tower will become China’s tallest building and the world’s second tallest building. Located on an ex-golf course in Shanghai’s fast-growing Pudong District, the tower will

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Brain-Shaped Sculpture Erupts into a Spectacular Light Show in Moscow

Brain-Shaped Sculpture Erupts into a Spectacular Light Show in Moscow

Universe Mind has long served as a major architectural centerpiece at the Moscow art park and is one of 28 sculptures to punctuate the public space. The intriguing sculpture has also been lit up and used

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France Invests $267.5 Million to Restore La Défense’s Crumbling Cube

France Invests $267.5 Million to Restore La Défense’s Crumbling Cube

La Grande Arche in La Défense has dominated Paris' skyline for twenty five years, however the immense structure has fallen into disrepair as its marble facade crumbles and threatens to fall on people

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Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including the Treehouses

Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including the Treehouses

Memorial City is a city within a city and offers up retail, office space, luxury midrise apartments, restaurants, The Westin Memorial City, and the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. The

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Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Publik Coffee Roasters is located not far from downtown Salt Lake City in an up-and-coming district. The name Publik comes from the Dutch word 'publiek' for community, and it encapsulates the shop's ethos

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Steven Holl’s Knut Hamsun Museum Stands Tall in the Norwegian Countryside

Steven Holl’s Knut Hamsun Museum Stands Tall in the Norwegian Countryside

Like any good architect, Steven Holl finds inspiration in unexpected places. His award-winning Swiss residence was inspired by the black rocks and white snow of the Swiss Alps. And this project, a museum

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