Architecture

Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

  Sod provided an insulating layer to rooftops and walls in these northerly places, representing the most efficient and sustainable approach to building in the environmental context; a

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Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally sourced earth as the

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Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2014 awards, Studio CTC's visionary skyscrapers bring agriculture and greenery back to the urban fabric in a big way. Inspired by the duality in Hong Kong's

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Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

The unique studio juts out like a meteorite just behind the busy Deptford High Street. To create the seclusion the artist wanted, the studio was designed without any street-facing windows. Instead, the

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Upcycled Shipping Containers are Reborn as Colorful Schoolrooms

Upcycled Shipping Containers are Reborn as Colorful Schoolrooms

Shipping containers are commonly seen on the backs of trucks all over the world, but few of us are accustomed to seeing them in our schools! You can find these containers for sale in Perth, New York,

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How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

Could the tiny house phenomenon solve America's homeless epidemic? Andrew Heben, urban planner and professional tiny house builder, says it can. His new book Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps

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DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

I deliberately bought the longer wheel base Ford Transit Connect XLT, which has no infrastructure in the back and enough height and length that I and others can sit comfortably on a raised platform. Since

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Project Dome Could Power Copenhagen Using Energy From the Sun, Wind, Water, and Biomass!

Project Dome Could Power Copenhagen Using Energy From the Sun, Wind, Water, and Biomass!

Project Dome is a design proposal submitted to this year's Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, a contest that solicits ideas for constructible regenerative architecture in Copenhagen.

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Sublime Ribbon-Like Knot House Offers an Ecological Island Escape in South Korea

Sublime Ribbon-Like Knot House Offers an Ecological Island Escape in South Korea

According to the architects, the design for Knot House was inspired by "imagining a surface made of landscape, which eventually folds into a knot to create an enclosure." Although small in volume, the

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Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Inspired by the colorful flowers found in the Libyan Desert, the Desert Flower sporting center is laid out in the shape of a flower cross-section. The long pistil-like area consists of a covered walkway

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How Building a Treehouse Led to a Career in Arbortecture

How Building a Treehouse Led to a Career in Arbortecture

Many children spend hours playing in treehouses, but only a select few of them turn that pursuit into a career path. As a nod to days of youthful splendor, a then-23-year-old Dustin Feider created the

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Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

This 1,000 sq ft desert oasis is the first prototype for a new flat-pack, prefab line of homes that minimize transportation and promote sustainability. Its shape was inspired by Le Corbusier’s

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Sou Fujimoto’s Spindly Bus Shelter in Austria Deemed Unsafe by Authorities

Sou Fujimoto’s Spindly Bus Shelter in Austria Deemed Unsafe by Authorities

Sou Fujimoto’s delicate-looking bus shelter in Krumbach, Austria was just shut down by authorities who deemed it unsafe for the public. Built as part of the BUS:STOP project that brought seven

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Dramatic Bamboo Blossom Gate Mimics Chinese Calligraphy Brush Strokes in Hubei

Dramatic Bamboo Blossom Gate Mimics Chinese Calligraphy Brush Strokes in Hubei

Like many of Penda's works, Blossom Gate celebrates bamboo architecture by using the sturdy grass for both the inner framework and the facade. Located in front of the city's largest myrtle flower garden,

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Monolithic Maiden Tower Contrasts Wildly with Austria’s Picturesque Alpine Environment

Monolithic Maiden Tower Contrasts Wildly with Austria’s Picturesque Alpine Environment

The vertical structure creates a visual contrast to the surrounding landscape, not only in its geometry but also through its use of materials. The conspicuous steel envelope pops out of the picturesque

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Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

PABLO's new Yokohama store combines the bakery and retail component with a cafe seating area in the back. Customers are able to watch the process of making of the fluffy cheese tarts at the front of the

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Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

Artist Felix Cheong designed Oscillating Platforms, a proposal for an off-grid floating art installation submitted to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. Outfitted with

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First Bricks Laid for BIG’s LEGO House in Denmark!

First Bricks Laid for BIG’s LEGO House in Denmark!

Construction on Bjarke Ingels Group's LEGO House just broke ground yesterday, starting with the installation of six LEGO-shaped foundation bricks. Located at The LEGO Group's birthplace in the Danish city

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Spain’s ‘Guerilla Architect’ Self-Builds Amazing Low-Cost Projects in the Wake of Financial Crisis

Spain’s ‘Guerilla Architect’ Self-Builds Amazing Low-Cost Projects in the Wake of Financial Crisis

Cirugeda's career dates back to 1996, but he is most known for his work through the practice he founded 11 years ago, Recetas Urbanas. He is particularly known for his ingenious subversion of regulations

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Prefabs for Hermit Crabs

Prefabs for Hermit Crabs

  Prefabricated homes have really evolved over the years, to the point where they really do come in all shapes and sizes. 3D printing has been of immense benefit in this regard, with the

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Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

Inspired by the fairly hostile landscape of the island's topography, the architects used a combination of natural wood, metal and raw concrete to blend the home into its natural surroundings. The

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3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

Colonizing Mars has been a science fiction dream for years, but designers have been toying with the notion ever since Mars One started popping up in the news. Jumping on board is MakerBot, which launched

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David Rockwell Launches New Line of Luxury Prefab Homes

David Rockwell Launches New Line of Luxury Prefab Homes

In many cases, prefab architecture is still judged as low-cost, mid-quality design. However, Rockwell hopes that by incorporating vibrant new concepts of elegance and quality into prefab architecture, a

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100 apartments spread

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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

Polly Guth, Stonelea's 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in 1870, the New Hampshire

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Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO’s

Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO’s

Of all the LEGO-like building components we’ve seen over the years, Kite Bricks come closest to the famous toy bricks' building technology. The blocks, also referred to as Smart Bricks, allow for a

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Washington, D.C.’s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

Washington, D.C.’s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

The architects’ primary goal was to create a design which would incorporate elements of South African heritage and style without compromising the aesthetic and structural integrity of the existing

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28-Sq-Ft Bicycle Caravan is a Portable Home for Your Inner Bohemian

28-Sq-Ft Bicycle Caravan is a Portable Home for Your Inner Bohemian

This tiny mobile caravan offers micro-quarters on wheels to help unleash your inner bohemian. Powered by an attached bicycle, the 28-square-foot mini dwelling boasts a small bedroom or artist's studio

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

The LVMH Kodomo Art Maison is a new community center dedicated to children in Fukushima to support disaster relief efforts. The two-story building was designed and built by Shigeru Ban and the Voluntary

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Bicycle Snake Bridge Makes Urban Cycling Even Safer in Copenhagen

Bicycle Snake Bridge Makes Urban Cycling Even Safer in Copenhagen

The area around the Fisketorvet shopping center is a hotspot for pedestrian-cyclist conflicts, particularly in the summertime. In addition to the lack of separation between cyclists and pedestrians, a

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