Architecture

Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge Gets Green Light from London’s Lambeth Council

Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge Gets Green Light from London’s Lambeth Council

Early renderings of the Garden Bridge show a planted promenade with winding pathways elevated atop two fluted piers. "The Garden Bridge will be an extraordinarily special place, either to race across,

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Sliding Modular Dividers Effortlessly Transform a Tiny Interior Into a Multifunctional Apartment in Madrid

Sliding Modular Dividers Effortlessly Transform a Tiny Interior Into a Multifunctional Apartment in Madrid

The flexibility of the transformable home is based on the three mobile library stack-like units that slide from side-to-side to reveal a kitchen, bedroom, and dressing room. The custom-made units are

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Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Plans for the National Library of Israel

Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Plans for the National Library of Israel

The National Library of Israel is finally back on track. While Israeli architect Rafi Segal was originally awarded the project, he was dismissed after a copyright challenge from some of his ex-colleagues

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Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

Walker Workshop divided the Oak Pass Guesthouse into two main volumes: the two-story living quarters and the barn-turned-living-room that also doubles as an airy concert hall. The two structures are

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Pombal Castle’s Magnificent Visitor Center is a Limestone Monolith in a Medieval Fortress

Pombal Castle’s Magnificent Visitor Center is a Limestone Monolith in a Medieval Fortress

Comoco Arquitectos were commissioned to design the visitor center and landscaping, including the revitalization of the existing amenities in the castle's keep. The visitor center is located in the

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Buenos Aires’ 2014 CASA FOA Design Event Captivates Visitors at the Renovated Abbey of San Benito

Buenos Aires’ 2014 CASA FOA Design Event Captivates Visitors at the Renovated Abbey of San Benito

Pura Home mixes avant-garde design with natural materials, and this sweet, low stool combines a natural wood frame with a tactile woollen cushion. Estudio Modo Casa designed a dark, masculine

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Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Located about four hours from Cape Town, the Swartberg House is situated between mountain ranges on a remote site in a semi-desert landscape. The remote location allows for dark, star-filled nights,

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Malmö Marine Education Center Teaches Visitors About Global Warming by Replicating Marine Ecosystems

Malmö Marine Education Center Teaches Visitors About Global Warming by Replicating Marine Ecosystems

The architects have just released designs for their new building, which won first prize in a competition organized by Malmö City. The 32,292-square-foot, landscaped complex will feature a

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Three European Architecture Firms Shortlisted for Germany’s Beethoven House of Music

Three European Architecture Firms Shortlisted for Germany’s Beethoven House of Music

German practice kadawittfeldarchitektur's design brings "harmony between [the] new hall and its surroundings" with a curvilinear banded volume that rises upwards like a dramatic cloud. Inside, the

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German Students Create a Cloud-Like Retreat High Up in the Treetops

German Students Create a Cloud-Like Retreat High Up in the Treetops

The structure is raised above the ground on metal legs and is enveloped in a stretchy perforated material that exposes visitors to rain. The structure is made out of a tubular steel framework that can be

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Cavernous Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw Wins the First Finlandia Prize for Architecture

Cavernous Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw Wins the First Finlandia Prize for Architecture

The building is located on site of the former WWII Warsaw Ghetto, close to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising memorial. It houses different programs, including research, education, exhibitions and other cultural

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Planning Inspector Nixes Plans for the UK’s First Frank Lloyd Wright House

Planning Inspector Nixes Plans for the UK’s First Frank Lloyd Wright House

Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast Dr. Hugh Petter wants to build a Wright-designed home in Tyntesfield Springs near Bristol in the UK. The house was originally designed in 1947 for the O'Keefe family in

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The Bum Shack is a Winter Retreat With Removable Shingles Perfect for Sledding

The Bum Shack is a Winter Retreat With Removable Shingles Perfect for Sledding

Ulf Mejergren Architects just unveiled "Bum Shack" - a playful temporary shelter designed for a skating trail on Winnipeg's Assiniboine river. The Bum Shack's facade is nestled into a huge pile of snow,

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Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Currently inhabited and fully functioning, the Wheel Story House recently opened for public tours earlier this year. Ansah hopes that by inviting others to view his unique house, he will inspire the

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This Crazy Solar-Powered Cabin Looks Like a Giant Ice Cube

This Crazy Solar-Powered Cabin Looks Like a Giant Ice Cube

Atelier 8000's cubic retreat is made from laminated timber beams. Due to the home's angled position, the rooms have slanted ceilings and unusual angles. The building is clad in a combination of glass,

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San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

The Minna Dream Shop is located on a small street in San Francisco's Mission district. Interstice Architects renovated the former auto garage into an open space with connections to both the street and a

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Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Although the tree houses are custom made to order, the company builds each project with eco-friendly principles. Cutting edge computer technology is first used to detail every building aspect, and then

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14 Unique and Spectacular Staircases Around the World

14 Unique and Spectacular Staircases Around the World

This post was written by Anne of AH Interiors, an interior designer with other 20 years of experience, based in Henley-on-Thames, England.  Slide Staircase by Rodney Miller Not only does this

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Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Waternet's defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project's lower rooms, providing insulation, a

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

While the cathedral's design is loosely based on St. Peter’s Cathedral, Don Justo has created no formal drawings or engineering plans. His background in farming did not stop him from taking on such a

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Tiny 86-Square-Foot Flat in Paris Transforms Like a Swiss Army Knife

Tiny 86-Square-Foot Flat in Paris Transforms Like a Swiss Army Knife

The space, located on the top level under the roof of an old Haussmann building in Paris. Originally designed as maids' quarters, today these small nooks often loose their purpose and either converted

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North America’s Tallest Wood Building Opens in British Columbia

North America’s Tallest Wood Building Opens in British Columbia

The project officially opened to the world on October 31, 2014, on budget and on time, showing that wood construction can serve as a functional and reliable option for sustainable building. The WIDC is

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Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Galletly and The Bower realized early on that building a tiny house atop a 6x8 box trailer was nonviable, and so scaled back their plans to build a tiny bedroom instead. Constructed mostly from salvaged

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Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

LA Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti called the approval "a milestone day in our goal to bring 'America’s Last Great Train Station' into the 21st century," adding that "Metro is now on the move

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Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

iPad owners can keep an eye on the amount of energy that the building uses, since all of its systems are connected to the web-based Gen7 energy monitoring system. From the solar array onwards, all

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Help the Homes for Homeless Youth Kickstarter Campaign

Help the Homes for Homeless Youth Kickstarter Campaign

Although most of us are privileged enough to have roofs over our heads, and close friends and family members to support us, this is far from the case for thousands of young Australians who are currently

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Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

According to the jury, the Pediatric Center is an “exceptional” work, which “combines the highest aesthetic standards with the adoption of innovative and more efficient solutions for resource

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Chicago Built Its Newest Lakeshore Public Park

INFOGRAPHIC: How Chicago Built Its Newest Lakeshore Public Park

Chicago is on a roll bringing green parkland to its city streets - from a plethora of green roofs to the award-winning Millennium Park. But have you ever wondered what steps went into building these

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Studio Gang is Transforming a Dirty Coal Power Plant Into a Green Arts College

Studio Gang is Transforming a Dirty Coal Power Plant Into a Green Arts College

Studio Gang Architects just unveiled plans to transform a decommissioned coal-burning power plant in Wisconsin into a clean green school. Beloit College commissioned Studio Gang to develop the site

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