Architecture

nARCHITECTS’ visionary Guggenheim museum proposal will strengthen Helsinki’s urban fabric

nARCHITECTS’ visionary Guggenheim museum proposal will strengthen Helsinki’s urban fabric

To strengthen the connection between city and waterfront, nARCHITECTS derived the Art Wharf’s building shape from Helsinki’s block typology in an effort to strengthen the visual connection between the

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Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

The designers of the 137-square-foot space took advantage of the sharp angles and used them to divide the hair salon into areas with different functions. They kept the existing steel frame and

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176-pound piece of concrete falls off Zaha Hadid-designed building in Vienna

176-pound piece of concrete falls off Zaha Hadid-designed building in Vienna

A 176-pound piece of concrete fell off the facade of the Zaha Hadid-designed Library and Learning Center in Vienna last Friday. The building, which opened last year, features a facade made from

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INFOGRAPHIC: January is Radon Action Month—Is Your Home Safe?

INFOGRAPHIC: January is Radon Action Month—Is Your Home Safe?

Since January is Radon Action Month, there's no better time to talk about the dangers that may be present in your home or office. A colorless, odorless gas, radon can seep into buildings through cracks

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Pristine Eco POD Hotel is a Snow-Capped Getaway Cabin in Switzerland

Pristine Eco POD Hotel is a Snow-Capped Getaway Cabin in Switzerland

Robust Outdoor Brands builds their mini-houses with FSC-certified wood and use no glue or harmful chemicals in the process. They can be extended or equipped with an advanced solar ventilation system that

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Harvesting Station uses urban farming to reactivate forgotten city spaces

Harvesting Station uses urban farming to reactivate forgotten city spaces

As cities grow ever denser with increasing development, so do the number of forgotten, interstitial spaces. To activate those leftover spaces, architect Antonio Scarponi developed the Harvesting Station,

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The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling that’s controlled by a smartphone

The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling that’s controlled by a smartphone

The 1,033-square-foot Ecological House 3.0 boasts a modern design with rounded edges to match its innovative, 100% digital design, manufacturing, and home automation. Thanks to the digitization process,

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Announcing Inhabitat’s inside look at the incredible designs behind the Pickathon Music Festival!

Announcing Inhabitat’s inside look at the incredible designs behind the Pickathon Music Festival!

If you're an avid indie music fan who also has a passion for good design and sustainability, then you may want to plan your summer around the Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival, a spectacular concert

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Daniel Libeskind unveils design for geometric recreational attraction in Lithuania

Daniel Libeskind unveils design for geometric recreational attraction in Lithuania

Architect Daniel Libeskind just unveiled renderings for a year-round recreational and leisure destination that’s designed in his signature dynamic and geometric style. Located at the highest point in

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Green design keeps this tiny mobile home warm in Canada’s below-freezing winters

Green design keeps this tiny mobile home warm in Canada’s below-freezing winters

Located in Pelly Crossing, a small community north of Whitehouse, Yukon, the 97-square-foot version.3 tiny house currently serves as the home for the instructor/coordinator of the Yukon College Campus. To

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Chicago University opens first passive house-certified laboratory in the US

Chicago University opens first passive house-certified laboratory in the US

The new sustainable complex consists of a main field station building, three cabins, and a bathhouse. While the main building shelters the research laboratory and educational seminar spaces, the smaller

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Turn Clicks into Bricks: Help Build Sustainable Classrooms for a Zimbabwe Primary School

Turn Clicks into Bricks: Help Build Sustainable Classrooms for a Zimbabwe Primary School

Studio Mada is a team comprised of young Norwegian Architects working with a Zimbabwe School that's currently lacking the resources to provide safe buildings to teach in. They came up with the idea to

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LEED-certified Miami Beach Convention Center’s responsive facade emulates the nearby ocean

LEED-certified Miami Beach Convention Center’s responsive facade emulates the nearby ocean

The new design takes its inspiration from the ocean, emulating the movement of coral reefs, waves, and manta rays. Media sculptures located in the new grand lobby of the center reference fan corals, and

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Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

The Warka Water project was inspired by a trip the design team took in 2012 to isolated villages in northeast Ethiopia that lacked access to clean and safe water. Determined to improve the villagers’

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Acclaimed architects unveil plans for the Obama Presidential Center library in Hawaii

Acclaimed architects unveil plans for the Obama Presidential Center library in Hawaii

Hawaii is up against the University of Chicago and Columbia University in New York, which are the current favorites to win. But Hawaii hopes to earn the honor with a proposal that includes a multi-use

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to be the hottest

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The Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a light-filled family home in Texas

The Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a light-filled family home in Texas

Matt Fajkus Architecture has created a bright, daylit home in Austin, Texas, and is centered around a huge oak tree on the property. Clad in stucco, the upper level is a floating white box that acts as a

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ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

Faced with grey fiber cement board, this dwelling unit houses a living room/kitchen, a full bathroom and a bedroom. It stands at just about 3.5 meters tall, and can be altered so that all openings become

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Affordable Boulder is a tiny mobile home that’s big on contemporary style

Affordable Boulder is a tiny mobile home that’s big on contemporary style

Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses had two main design goals when they started the Boulder project: first, to design a tiny house with a more contemporary aesthetic, and second, to complete a high-quality model

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Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Milkovisch was born during the Depression, so was taught at a young age to always reuse and repurpose whatever was brought into the house. Saving old cans in the attic, he got the idea to repurpose them

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PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

If asked where this very unique home was located, New York City probably wouldn't be your guess - but that's exactly where it is! The curious Japanese/Victorian mash-up house can be found in the Park

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Caravan Hotel lets guests live tiny even while on the road

Caravan Hotel lets guests live tiny even while on the road

The adorably-named Rosebud, Pearl and Tandem tiny houses are each fully outfitted with sleeping, living and kitchen areas. The caravan is centered around a common area that includes outdoor and covered

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Open House Renovates an Abandoned Building into a Transforming Open Air Theater

Open House Renovates an Abandoned Building into a Transforming Open Air Theater

Matthew Mazzotta, an artist whose practice focuses on participatory community design, has teamed up with the Coleman Center for the Arts and people of York, Alabama to transform a blighted downtown

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Redditor Builds Incredible Hobbit Hole Camper Trailer From Scratch!

Redditor Builds Incredible Hobbit Hole Camper Trailer From Scratch!

Most hobbits seem to be the stay-at-hole types - but there are a few who yearn for adventure. Redditor Samm1t has built an amazing hobbit hole camping trailer to take all the comforts of home with him as

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Energy-efficient Yatsugatake Villa unfolds like an origami fan in Japan’s countryside

Energy-efficient Yatsugatake Villa unfolds like an origami fan in Japan’s countryside

Following traditional Japanese design principles, the Yatsugatake Villa design emphasizes a harmonious relationship with the surrounding natural environment. MDS used passive house techniques to provide a

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LED-studded Han Show Theater lights up like a traditional Chinese paper lantern in Wuhan

LED-studded Han Show Theater lights up like a traditional Chinese paper lantern in Wuhan

Nicknamed “The Red Lantern,” the 2,000-seat theater in Wuhan was built to house the Franco Dragone-directed acrobatic water show, Han Show. Situated on Wuhan’s Donghu Lake, the Han Show Theater was

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Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Known for building new homes for families in need, Habitat for Humanity has been forced to switch gears as land prices soar throughout the United States. Rather than building homes from scratch, the

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Simone de Gale harnessed the golden spiral ratio to design a spherical gallery in London, UK

Simone de Gale harnessed the golden spiral ratio to design a spherical gallery in London, UK

Simone de Gale Architects has created the conceptual design for a striking spherical art gallery in the heart of the City of London. Inspired by the concept of "pure geometry", they took cues

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Menis Architects’ Agora Garden is a rock-like residential tower wrapped in vegetation

Menis Architects’ Agora Garden is a rock-like residential tower wrapped in vegetation

Agora Garden creates a symbiosis of volumes and vegetation. It was inspired by the shape of primitive rocks emerging from the earth, and continues the architects' interest in organic architecture and

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Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

The 2 in 1 house derives its name from its spatial layout, which splits the building into two separated dwellings that are connected by a series of shared spaces. The communal areas, which help preserve

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