Nicole Jewell

 

Presently living in Madrid, Nicole works as a design and architecture writer and Spanish translator. When possible, she enjoys traveling around the Iberian Peninsula exploring Spain's rich blend of historic and modern architecture. Her articles and photos have been published in various trade publications and websites, as well as her own blog, Pass the Ham.

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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought,

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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,

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Barcelona artists use old tires as street art to revitalize the city

Barcelona artists use old tires as street art to revitalize the city

Related: This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires Via Behance Images © Pneumàtic Pneumàtic, reused tires, salvaged tires, artwork, barcelona, barcelona art

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Solar-powered Smart Palms provide beachgoers with Wi-Fi and charging stations

Solar-powered Smart Palms provide beachgoers with Wi-Fi and charging stations

Related: + Smart Palm Solar Smart Palms, Al Mamzar beach, solar power, dubai, sustainable design,

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables

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Knafo Klimor Architects Unveil Living ‘Fields of Tomorrow’ Wall for the 2015 Milan Expo

Knafo Klimor Architects Unveil Living ‘Fields of Tomorrow’ Wall for the 2015 Milan Expo

The living wall is purposely representative of the theme of the 2015 Expo, which is "Feeding the planet, energy for life." The vertical wall, constructed using modular tiles fixed to an elevated

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Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a cute hybrid microbus perfect for the eco-conscious road warrior

Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a cute hybrid microbus perfect for the eco-conscious road warrior

Once seen as a passing fad for those that could afford them, hybrid vehicles have come very far in terms of energy efficiency and design over the last decade. The inspirational Nimbus e-Car,

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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

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Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

That'll be one sustainable chalupa, please! Taco Bell surprised many SXSW attendees by building a Taco Bell stand out of shipping containers. The modular structure was built in just three days

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Artist converts old truck into book-disseminating ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction’ tank

Artist converts old truck into book-disseminating ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction’ tank

What is war good for? Books, according to Argentine artist Raul Lemesoff, who has transformed an old ford falcon into a roaming tank library. In collaboration with 7UP, the artist is traveling

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San Francisco superdad builds homemade roller coaster in his backyard

San Francisco superdad builds homemade roller coaster in his backyard

A San Francisco superdad is in the running for father of the year after building a 180-foot long, fully-functioning roller coaster in his backyard! Father of two Will Pemble came up with the

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The Rock Bottom is a tiny off-grid reading cabin built for just $300 in Vermont

The Rock Bottom is a tiny off-grid reading cabin built for just $300 in Vermont

The construction cost of the Rock Bottom Cabin was incredibly low thanks to Diedricksen's deft scrap scavenger abilities. In fact, most of the cabin is made up of recycled parts and creatively

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Stockholm’s Insect City and Buzz Building take cricket cultivation to a whole new level

Stockholm’s Insect City and Buzz Building take cricket cultivation to a whole new level

Belatchew Arkitekter’s studio Belatchew Labs are the masterminds behind the Insect City and Buzz Building complex - an integrated facility that hosts full-cycle cricket production, from egg to

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Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

As well as providing for its own energy needs with a rooftop solar array, 435 Indio produces zero carbon emissions. As part of its energy-independent design, the office space uses a

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Patalab Architects transform dank mechanics garage into light-filled London home

Patalab Architects transform dank mechanics garage into light-filled London home

Garage conversions have come a long way since you pinned that throw rug up as a wall. London based Pantalab Architects have converted a run down 1950's residential structure, once a mechanic’s

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MU Architecture unveils tiny copper and glass huts for Canada’s Bigwin Island

MU Architecture unveils tiny copper and glass huts for Canada’s Bigwin Island

Canadian architecture firm, MU Archicture studio + MU Architects MU Architects, the Giants of Bigwin, architecture, Lake of Bays, Canada, Bigwin island housing competition, Bigwin

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Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

Architect and farmer, Patrick Bradley, has created an amazingly sophisticated rustic country retreat out of four repurposes shipping containers. Set in an idyllic Northern Ireland countryside,

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The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

What do you get when you cross a solar energy powered lantern with the cutest name ever? The Solarpuff, that's what!The good people at Solight have created the lightweight, compact latern cube

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H&P Architects unveil brilliantly efficient urban office with interwoven vegetation

H&P Architects unveil brilliantly efficient urban office with interwoven vegetation

+ H&P Architects Via Archdaily Photography © Nguyen Tien Thanh H&P Architects, SRDP-IWMC Office, Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, sustainable architecture, sustainable design,

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Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. The team used plywood strategically as both the primary material for the

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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

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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

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Repurposed gramophone lamps shine old-world charm on modern-day spaces

Repurposed gramophone lamps shine old-world charm on modern-day spaces

Looking for some DIY lighting ideas to really spruce up your home? Try out these gorgeous repurposed gramophone lamps. Beautifully crafted out of antique gramophones, the hanging pendant lamps

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Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

The lack of water many communities face is staggering on so many levels. However, one innovative product, Vestergaard Frandsen’s LifeStraw, is bringing clean drinking water to isolated

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This Mirror-Clad Japanese Cafe Reflects the Gorgeous Cherry Blossoms Surrounding It

This Mirror-Clad Japanese Cafe Reflects the Gorgeous Cherry Blossoms Surrounding It

The cafe is located in Gifu, Japan on a major tourist route. The site prompted the architects to design an unforgettable road stop for design-loving coffee drinkers. The cafe, fittingly named

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Roaming Charlie Cart Brings Healthy Cooking Lessons to Classrooms

Roaming Charlie Cart Brings Healthy Cooking Lessons to Classrooms

Teaching children about nutrition and eating well may be a logistical nightmare for some schools, but with a new concept called The Charlie Cart it doesn't have to be. Inspired by the chuck

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Architects began the project by adding on a mixed-used addition to the existing education center, which accommodates up to 360 students. The Kollaskolan addition was built as a supplement to

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Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

The Haus Kaltshmieden was renovated on land that has been in the family for generations. Accordingly, the architects took great measures to maintain the farmhouse's character as they enhanced

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Green Studios Convert Bleak Beirut Rooftop into a Gorgeous Living Garden

Green Studios Convert Bleak Beirut Rooftop into a Gorgeous Living Garden

The hydroponic skin system relies on sensors connected to a remote control in order to provide optimal growing conditions for plant growth. The patented system ensures that the plants will

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Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

The sports complex will house two soccer fields, reception area, administration offices, a café, viewing galleries, sports store, private entertainment space, and locker rooms for players. The

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