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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8 Awesome Cat Houses Showcased At Architects For Animals Event

8 Awesome Cat Houses Showcased At Architects For Animals Event

Although one might be quick to assume the designers stapled some old carpet on a pvc pipe, one would be incorrect. The designers who participated in the event came out clawing with some

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Floating River Sauna in Germany Takes Oasis to Another Level

Floating River Sauna in Germany Takes Oasis to Another Level

Depth variations on river Lahn presented a challenging task for the architects. As a solution, the sauna was built as a floating pontoon structure using 20 rectangular floats supported by a

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Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

Built to provide shelter to the many hikers that challenge themselves to trek through the beautiful, but harsh mountain trails, Rabothytta is a much welcome site for anyone looking for a quick

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LimeMakers Debuts 3D-Printed Home Collection at the London Design Festival

LimeMakers Debuts 3D-Printed Home Collection at the London Design Festival

3D printing technology has finally entered the world of mainstream design - and Germany-based LimeMakers just unveiled a cutting-edge line of 3D-printed products at this year's London Design

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Rearrangeable Magnetic Block Furniture is Like Your Own Fancy Life-Sized Lego Set

Rearrangeable Magnetic Block Furniture is Like Your Own Fancy Life-Sized Lego Set

The BOB copper-clad cubes can be self-attached in a variety of multifunctional configurations, essentially allowing the customer to build custom sized tables, chairs, room dividers, stools,

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Luzinterruptus Strikes Again with Luminous Street Heartbeats Installation

Luzinterruptus Strikes Again with Luminous Street Heartbeats Installation

The clandestine artists filled the bags with a red liquid to give the final product a somewhat haunting look. The bags were then hung from a structure that had been carefully weaved around trees

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Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic

Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic

Located on a canal in front of Bayer's San Paulo headquarters, the bridge allows for more efficient crossing of the Pinheiros River by extending the walking and bike path used by Bayer

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Cape Town’s PLAYscapes Skatepark Enlivens a Dead Underpass, Wins Major Design Competition

Cape Town’s PLAYscapes Skatepark Enlivens a Dead Underpass, Wins Major Design Competition

Cape Town's much-anticipated PLAYscapes Skatepark opened last month to much fanfare. Although the Mill St Skatepark is certainly not the first skating facility in the South African city, it may

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Giants: Os Gemeos Convert Six Enormous Silos into Awesome Works of Art in Vancouver

Giants: Os Gemeos Convert Six Enormous Silos into Awesome Works of Art in Vancouver

In what will be the Brazilian street artists' largest work yet and their first in Canada, the project is part of their international series, Giants. Similar to previous works in the series, the

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Wood-Fired Wa_Sauna is a Floating Refuge for Water Lovers in Seattle

Wood-Fired Wa_Sauna is a Floating Refuge for Water Lovers in Seattle

Wa_sauna is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production. The prototype for the design includes a large wooden platform and a wood-fired sauna. A rear ladder leads from

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Brooklyn Artist Ted Lawson Prints Self Portrait With His Own Blood

Brooklyn Artist Ted Lawson Prints Self Portrait With His Own Blood

For those of you wondering if blood is thicker than ink, just ask artist Ted Lawson. The Brooklyn artist hooked himself up to a CNC machine to draw a self portrait using his own blood. For those

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Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

The South Pacific Island of Samoa has opened the region's largest solar array, the Faleata Racecourse. Located in the capital city of Apia, the 2.2 MW photovoltaic array was built in the middle

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Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

The unique location of the home, along with its height, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. For optimal viewing from every angle, the architects built a wrap-around terrace

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Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Inspired by the affordability of the material, Bilbao decided to build the walls using rammed earth in order to provide the home with optimal temperature control through its thermal mass

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Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat

Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat

Located in Stockholm, Carlsson's low-cost prefabricated home is based on a frame made out of laminated plywood. The house can be assembled quickly on-site, and its modular construction allows it

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Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

In what may be the most adorable exhibit in the history of art, Claude Ponti's Sleeping Bird Topiary can be seen by those lucky people living in or visiting Nantes, France. Located in the city's

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Montreal’s Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing Modern Day Makeover

Montreal’s Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing Modern Day Makeover

The main focus in converting the historic building into municipal offices was to re-establish the structure's presence as a community pillar. In order to bridge the old building's traditional

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Beautiful Long Brick House Showcases 100 Meters of Books in Hungary

Beautiful Long Brick House Showcases 100 Meters of Books in Hungary

The bookworm owners of the Long Brick House were looking to create the perfect city escape where they could practice their literary love in a tranquil environment. Located on a slope in between

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The Atlanta Falcons’ New Rose-Shaped Stadium Opens and Closes Like a Camera Aperture

The Atlanta Falcons’ New Rose-Shaped Stadium Opens and Closes Like a Camera Aperture

The new stadium will be an expansive 1.8 million square feet and will hold 71,000 seats. The main draw besides the game, however, will be the retractable roof with eight triangular petals that

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Brilliant Pascal Stool Lights Up When You Sit on it!

Brilliant Pascal Stool Lights Up When You Sit on it!

Looking for a perfect energy-efficient gift for that special bookworm in your life? Well, you're in luck because New Zealand industrial designer Holly Bradshaw-Clegg's light-up Pascal Stool is

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Sublime Ribbon-Like Knot House Offers an Ecological Island Escape in South Korea

Sublime Ribbon-Like Knot House Offers an Ecological Island Escape in South Korea

According to the architects, the design for Knot House was inspired by "imagining a surface made of landscape, which eventually folds into a knot to create an enclosure." Although small in

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Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

Inspired by the fairly hostile landscape of the island's topography, the architects used a combination of natural wood, metal and raw concrete to blend the home into its natural surroundings.

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David Rockwell Launches New Line of Luxury Prefab Homes

David Rockwell Launches New Line of Luxury Prefab Homes

In many cases, prefab architecture is still judged as low-cost, mid-quality design. However, Rockwell hopes that by incorporating vibrant new concepts of elegance and quality into prefab

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Spain Met More than a Third of July’s Electricity Demand with Wind and Solar Power

Spain Met More than a Third of July’s Electricity Demand with Wind and Solar Power

July was a banner month in Spain in terms of renewable energy production with 34 percent of the country's energy needs being met by wind and solar energy. Wind was the prominent low-carbon

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How Sick Plants Can Pinpoint the Location of Deadly Hidden Landmines

How Sick Plants Can Pinpoint the Location of Deadly Hidden Landmines

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond just discovered an amazing way to save thousands of lives taken by explosive land mines every year. According to a recent study

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LEED Gold Parking Deck Boasts a Bevy of EV Charging Stations in Santa Monica

LEED Gold Parking Deck Boasts a Bevy of EV Charging Stations in Santa Monica

Built in collaboration with Studio Jantzen, the massive structure was designed with a variety of innovative components that aim to incorporate the parking deck into its bustling urban

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Ever Seen a Clay-Topped Farmhouse Built With Brick?

Ever Seen a Clay-Topped Farmhouse Built With Brick?

The red brick-clad home majestically sits at the foot of a long country lane with uninterrupted views of the lush greenery and expansive fields. The three-bedroom home is topped with a

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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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Five-Towered Home Topped with Lush Banyan Trees Pops Up in Viet Nam

Five-Towered Home Topped with Lush Banyan Trees Pops Up in Viet Nam

Planted in more than 1.5 meters of soil, Banyan trees were chosen for the roof tops because of their above-ground rooting system. The five tower-like buildings were built with reinforced

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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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