Architecture

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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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Located in Nara, Nara Prefecture this small Japanese home was designed for a young family. The total site area is 107 sq m (1,150 sq ft), but the total living space is only 64 sq m (688 sq ft), making for

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Tiny 290 Sq Ft Apartment Boasts a Genius Collection of Space-Saving Furniture

Tiny 290 Sq Ft Apartment Boasts a Genius Collection of Space-Saving Furniture

One of the key pieces in Cherman's space-efficient apartment is an Italian-fabricated multifunctional module that combines a sofa and folding bed into a single compact unit. At night, the bed folds out

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Alex Chinneck Builds a Wax House in London Just to Watch it Melt

Alex Chinneck Builds a Wax House in London Just to Watch it Melt

More commonly referred to as the Melting House, Chinneck's latest work is actually a life-sized recreation of an old candle making factory. Using paraffin wax bricks, the artist recreated the two-story

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Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living Space

Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living Space

The tiny house revolution is hitting the college set. Swedish design firm Tengbom Architects designed a portable micro-dorm room that gives students privacy while upholding sustainable living. Called the

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Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

Atelier Sacha Cotture stacked the living and bedroom areas into a three-story structure located at the farthest point from the access road. The first floor comprises the main communal areas, including the

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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

This interview was first published in November, 2011 Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia's first LEED

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long workshop was intended

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Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

The crumbling stones of the Giza pyramids may be a sight familiar to most people, but the original look of these ancient structures was considerably different. In a recent short documentary made by the

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Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Ferran Vizoso designed the renovation of this 1,050 square meter church for the Corbera d’Ebre municipality and the government institution Generalitat de Catalunya. The clients wanted to utilize a

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This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

Next year will mark thirty years since the construction of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser's iconic Hundertwasserhaus in the Kegelgasse district of Vienna, Austria. Hundertwasser's fantastical artistic

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Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

Since Hotel Daniel was unable to expand outwards, its proprietors looked to the sky, deciding to grow vertically to accommodate the new luxury suite. The sleek new LoftCube adds 44 square meters to the

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Located in central Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo, the 14 hectare property named ‘Sítio das Lezírias’ has long been used for farming. The surrounding region, near the navigable Sado river, is known as a

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Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

Check out the 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween: GEOtube is a Building That Grows its Own Weblike Saline Skin Ancient London Crypt Resurrected as a Creepy Contemporary Art Gallery Wim

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own feet to knead the

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Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

Despite their name and functionality, the Lune de Sang sheds are not your typical sheds. Built for working and habitation purposes, the concrete-and-stone structures were "conceived as ruins in the

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Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

The Gate Project boasts several renewable energy technologies meant to assure a 50 percent energy saving and a significant reduction in carbon footprint. A mesh surface unfolds above all the building

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Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Johannesburg-based Architects of Justice were commissioned to design the library, but after the project ran out of money, the design team had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a solution

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Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

Here at Build Abroad, we have found that it is best to build with local materials. Local materials can vary from mud bricks to bamboo depending on the region, but the one thing they have in common is they

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Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

The block is organized around a large, green park and offers different types of housing units – from smaller spaces for students to large apartments for big families with children. All were created

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Timber-Framed Conan House is a Sculptural Toy-Filled Pod in South Korea

Timber-Framed Conan House is a Sculptural Toy-Filled Pod in South Korea

The Conan House was designed as a single-family home for a local TV producer, his wife, and his only son. Inspired by Moon Hoon's previous work The Lollipop House, the client asked for a similar skip

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The Coconut Lodge: a Tiny Prefab Home Made from Recycled Palm Wood in Hong Kong

The Coconut Lodge: a Tiny Prefab Home Made from Recycled Palm Wood in Hong Kong

Harvested from plantations that procure income for millions of people, coconut wood is a sustainable product par excellence. The cycle of coconut production, felling, processing and re-plantation,

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Giant Transportable Art Studio in Utrecht Welcomes Artists Inside its Drawbridge Door

Giant Transportable Art Studio in Utrecht Welcomes Artists Inside its Drawbridge Door

Built for practicality and durability rather than ease of mobility and aesthetics, House No. 19's rectangular volume is painted black to recede into the background. The wood-clad interior can be

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Baskets Full of Local Limestone Make Up the Façade of This Stunning House in Poland

Baskets Full of Local Limestone Make Up the Façade of This Stunning House in Poland

Located in a region known as Polish Jura, which is dominated by rocky hills, cliffs and valleys, the building seems to be a natural extension of the landscape. The architects designed the walls in a way

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Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

HUB chose to build the structure out of CNC-milled wood not only for the ease of prefab construction, but also to evoke the wooden dacha country homes belonging to the client's homeland, Russia. The

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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

The modular shipping container block structures were designed by QED Property in collaboration with WCEC Architecture and are located in a former scrap metal yard, referred to as Richardson's Yard. Set

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A Whole Lot of Sustainable Spruce Clads This Striking Museum Addition in Finland

A Whole Lot of Sustainable Spruce Clads This Striking Museum Addition in Finland

The narrow long building is located on a piece of land parallel to the axis between the existing house, the garden and the adjacent lake. The positioning of the new building frames a new plaza, while its

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6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins Sedlec Ossuary Monastery of San Francisco   San Bernardino alle Ossa Czermna Chapel Capela dos Ossos Our Lady of the Conception of the

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EFFEKT’s House-Shaped Cancer Counseling Center Challenges Norms in Healthcare Architecture

EFFEKT’s House-Shaped Cancer Counseling Center Challenges Norms in Healthcare Architecture

When beginning the design process, EFFEKT started with the question, "How can we create spaces that accommodate all aspects of life with cancer?" The architects chose to create a place that felt more like

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