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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This stunning Madrid apartment uses plywood as a multi-functional, space-saving feature

This stunning Madrid apartment uses plywood as a multi-functional, space-saving feature

Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. By using 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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POD-Indawo Offers a Compact Sustainable Living Concept for Young South African Professionals

POD-Indawo Offers a Compact Sustainable Living Concept for Young South African Professionals

South African architect Clara da Cruz Almeida and designers Dokter + Misses have just launched a new and sustainable pod living system, the POD-Indawo. The locally designed and manufactured

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Crumbling Farm House Revived as a Stunning Modern Home in Rural Spain

Crumbling Farm House Revived as a Stunning Modern Home in Rural Spain

The project consisted of converting the existing barn, warehouse and small home into one large living space and a series of guest pavilions. And the design focus from the beginning was to

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Meet MEG, an Automated Greenhouse That is Crowd-Sourcing Gardening

Meet MEG, an Automated Greenhouse That is Crowd-Sourcing Gardening

Thanks to the many plant-loving MEG users out in cyberspace, struggling plant owners and expert gardeners can socially connect with each other in order to experiment with and develop plant

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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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Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

According to the jury, the Pediatric Center is an “exceptional” work, which “combines the highest aesthetic standards with the adoption of innovative and more efficient solutions for

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Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

As the natural glaciers surrounding Ladakh decrease in size year by year due to climate warming, they have begun to release noticeably less water in the early spring. The glaciers then release

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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

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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

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Spanish Artist Lucas Munoz Challenges You to Get Some Sweet Air on His Stone Skateboards

Spanish Artist Lucas Munoz Challenges You to Get Some Sweet Air on His Stone Skateboards

Created out of Munoz's student thesis work, Bastardism, his design method seeks to juxtapose functionality and aesthetics, provoking a curiously strong desire to test the artist's creations. 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

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Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

Prolific starchitects Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been picked to jointly design two of three new resorts in what is being referred to as the 'Hawaii of China.' Slated to be built in the

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Jason deCaires Taylor’s Newest Underwater Sculpture ‘Ocean Atlas’ Will Blow Your Mind

Jason deCaires Taylor’s Newest Underwater Sculpture ‘Ocean Atlas’ Will Blow Your Mind

The large sculpture, inspired by the ancient Greek sculpture of Titan Atlas holding up the heavens, was commissioned by B.R.E.E.F (Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation) and depicts a

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Mesmerizing Kaleido Wall 1.0 Turns Sydney Opera House into a Colorful Reflective Mosaic

Mesmerizing Kaleido Wall 1.0 Turns Sydney Opera House into a Colorful Reflective Mosaic

Rathod's 4-foot deep Kaleido Wall is made of modular latticework covered in highly reflective panels to mirror light and movement, creating mesmerizing patterns of color. The structure uses the

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RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

Sitting adjacent to the original Academic Building 1, which was designed by RMIT Professor of Architecture Norman Day, the exterior of the new AB2 building is clad in a striking red steel mesh

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Frothy Geodesic Foam Dome is a Bubble Bath in the Sky

Frothy Geodesic Foam Dome is a Bubble Bath in the Sky

Foam Party, anyone? London-based Vppr Architects installed a frothy futuristic Geodesic Foam Dome at this year's 100% Design event. The architects designed the dreamy dome in the sky to create

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the recovering

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London Unveils Driverless Subway Trains of the Future

London Unveils Driverless Subway Trains of the Future

The new trains' contemporary style continues in their interior carriages.The designers converted the traditional separate carriage layout into a more comfortable, cohesive atmosphere of one long

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UNStudio Completes Work on the Glowing Theatre de Stoep in the Netherlands

UNStudio Completes Work on the Glowing Theatre de Stoep in the Netherlands

Inside, the expansive theater comprises two auditoriums, one that accommodates up to 650 visitors and a smaller hall that seats up to 200. Additionally, the building has several interconnected

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New Images of Battersea Power Station and Frank Gehry’s Flower Tower Unveiled as Apartments Hit the Market

New Images of Battersea Power Station and Frank Gehry’s Flower Tower Unveiled as Apartments Hit the Market

The images reveal new details for the third phase of the £8 billion project, which will renovate the iconic Battersea Power Station overlooking the Thames River. Interested buyers can now get a

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