Architecture

OMA wins competition for the Lujiazui Exhibition Center in Shanghai

OMA wins competition for the Lujiazui Exhibition Center in Shanghai

The new Exhibition Center will serve as a major culture and event hub for the famous financial district of Lujiazui. Set atop a ramp, the building is designed as a "spatial armature" that rises above the

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Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

The owners of the property live in a farmhouse built in the 60s, and they wanted to make use of their amazing site by adding vacation rentals. They hired Peter Pichler to design and build two luxury

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Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

Built for a young family, the 990-square-foot, two-story home features a pitched concrete roof and is clad in light-colored limestone. The monolithic form is interrupted by skylights and three large

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HOK’s new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California’s high speed rail

HOK’s new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California’s high speed rail

HOK Architects drew inspiration from classic transit halls including Grand Central Terminal in New York along with the elegance of local airship hangars. At the same time, they developed an innovative

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Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Studio Jägnefält Milton has developed a lovely leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion that can pop up in practically any wooded area in Sweden. Thanks to the country's new Attefallshus clause, small structures

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Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An initiative of

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Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

  The main idea of the masterplan is to provide more connectivity within the area and improve transport facilities like the local metro, bus and tram routes and cycling and walking

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Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

Flanked on all sides by a late 19th century factory building, the former carpenter's workshop had a basement-like character due to its restricted access to sunlight. Studio OxL dramatically upended that

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Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

About a decade ago, Piano started developing plans for a minimalist home. He had been interested in the concept since his student days, and he began doing the work on spec, without a specific client. That

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Stunning Moroccan tent installation contrasts with Nouvel’s famous Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris

Stunning Moroccan tent installation contrasts with Nouvel’s famous Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris

The studio, based in Paris and Casablanca, covered 500 square meters of space in front of the famous institute with a canopy made of camel hair and goat wool. The fabric was woven by a

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Dutch studios RAAAF and Studio Frank Havermans build ominous futuristic mobile shelter in the name of peace

Dutch studios RAAAF and Studio Frank Havermans build ominous futuristic mobile shelter in the name of peace

Secret Operation 610 resembles a stealth aircraft but is completely flightless. Built within an old military airbase called Airbase Soesterberg, its monstrous design revives the dark atmosphere of

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This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

A major challenge of the renovation project for architect Fang Wei's team was how to capitalize on the lushly vegetated city views to the site's west without opening the home to the harsh afternoon

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MenoMenoPiu Architects design tiny capsule hotels with stunning views of the Parisian waterfront

MenoMenoPiu Architects design tiny capsule hotels with stunning views of the Parisian waterfront

MenoMenoPiu Architects' design for the EauBERGE Paris Capsule Hotel was inspired by the structure and shapes of the bookseller huts along the Paris riverfront as well as the space-efficient capsule hotels

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Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

  We've featured yurts from Mandala Homes here on Inhabitat before, and their latest creation has raised the bar to new heights. Prefabricated in B.C., Canada, Mandala Homes' "fancy yurts" are

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Top 6 cabins for a green retreat this winter

Top 6 cabins for a green retreat this winter

Intrinsik Architecture's Montana Modern Prefab Cabin This 800-square-foot prefabricated cabin, located 8,600 feet above Paradise Valley, Montana is a smart, efficient, and sustainable retreat for any

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This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

De Smet Vermeulen Architecten wanted the new structure to reference the original house, and so the main material chosen was sustainable timber. The timber frame and cladding was topped with a slanted roof

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IKEA’s extraordinary solar-powered disaster shelters receive honorary design award

IKEA’s extraordinary solar-powered disaster shelters receive honorary design award

In 2013, the formidable team sought to design easily deployable shelters that not only provided for the basic needs of those requiring emergency housing, but that could also provide more than a simple

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RS&H Inc. designs bright, colorful pediatric cancer care center

RS&H Inc. designs bright, colorful pediatric cancer care center

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design held a competition for its Family Centered Cancer Care facility, and RS&H Inc.'s design has been chosen as one of the top three submissions. Children who

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COBE wins bid for adidas’ new flagship building in Germany

COBE wins bid for adidas’ new flagship building in Germany

COBE's vision for adidas' Meet & Eat building highlights the company's four valued principles of performance, passion, integrity, and diversity. The multifunctional building is created with

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Austin always thought it would be cool to build a treehouse, but once he found out you could build homes on a trailer to make them mobile, he quickly changed his mind. Basing his house on the popular

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Striking London workspace wraps offices in bubble-like acrylic walls

Striking London workspace wraps offices in bubble-like acrylic walls

The office block, designed to accommodate small companies, features a brightly colored, undulating facade and acrylic walls, with the main seating area positioned within a transparent orange tunnel.

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SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut residential project

SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut residential project

Although the plans for the residential tower were unique from the beginning, the architects had to think strategically to maneuver the tower construction site around the façade of the protected 1920s

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Pearl Izumi’s new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

Pearl Izumi’s new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

The building blends into the landscape by “reconstructing” the hillside on which it is sited. The elongated floor plan is oriented outward, while large window apertures pop up along the roof. The

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AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

Despite its complex appearance, AMAZE was easily and quickly constructed using an affordable and secure scaffolding system for its base. The prefabricated and modular system of metal pipes lent itself to

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Moshe Safdie’s Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

Moshe Safdie’s Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

The 134,000 square meter addition to Singapore's main airport will wow travelers with an environment unlike any other. Retail, leisure and entertainment facilities will be combined with green areas open

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Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Located on an exposed site above the lake and outside the town of Hønefoss in Krokskogen forest, the home can experience harsh conditions and high winds. However, because of the beautiful landscape, it

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Are “green” buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

Are “green” buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

According to designer Bryn Davidson of Lanefab Design/Build, "green" buildings can make a significant difference, but only if we start asking the right questions about them. In his recent TEDx talk

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Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

The concept behind Stéphane Malka's Pont9 is to co-opt existing infrastructure and better utilize the space for residents. In this scenario, a bridge over the Seine is taken over with parasitic

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Modular Stars Pavilion enhances the urban fabric with minimal environmental impact

Modular Stars Pavilion enhances the urban fabric with minimal environmental impact

Sawn timber components joined together by a central steel joint create the base of each pavilion. Nylon ropes are attached through holes drilled into the wood and woven into beautiful netting. In addition

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7 amazingly intricate paper models crafted by artist Charles Young

7 amazingly intricate paper models crafted by artist Charles Young

Young started experimenting with paper during his Masters studies at Edinburgh College of Art. It was there he taught himself the art of paper and card modeling, practicing until he mastered the

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