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Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

From a distance, you might not be able to locate the eco-friendly community arts center hidden in this landscape of mountains and wildflower meadows in the French Alps. Designed by French design firm Mas

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Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Who says balconies need to follow the line of a building? In a new concept for a space to relax up high, Zalewski Studio have designed a wonderfully unexpected green pathway that invites inhabitants to

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The world’s tallest vertical garden lives and breathes in Sydney

The world’s tallest vertical garden lives and breathes in Sydney

Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel in collaboration with French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, One Central Park's living green facade exhibits 250 species of native Australian flowers and

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5 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Feng Shui

5 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Feng Shui

This year, Chinese New Year falls on Thursday, February 19th in 2015. We say goodbye to the snake and welcome the year of the horse. There are magnificent parades, dancing in the streets, dragon

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Mid-century grain silo transformed into a gorgeous, affordable home for two

Mid-century grain silo transformed into a gorgeous, affordable home for two

Kaiser purchased the dismantled 1955 grain silo online from a Kansas farmer that was then transported down to Arizona on the back of a pickup truck. Major modifications were made during the reassembly

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6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

Mulberry Tree Unlike its similar sounding friends, the blueberry or strawberry, the mulberry is a tree. If you start one from seed, it could be 10 years or more before you see fruit, and that's not very

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Gravity-defying car hangs upside down in London

Gravity-defying car hangs upside down in London

Alex Chinneck dramatically upended the tomato-red Vauxhall Corsa car fifteen feet in the air by attaching it to a 50-foot-long strip of tarmac that peels off the ground into a wave-like asphalt arch. The

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Handsome Austrian house is clad in a latticed facade made from local spruce

Handsome Austrian house is clad in a latticed facade made from local spruce

Located in the bucolic Bregenz Forest region, Haus für Julia und Björn was built into a hillside and overlooks picturesque views of the rural landscape. Its location along the steep slope gave the

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BIG’s Copenhagen recycling center will double as a neighborhood ski slope

BIG’s Copenhagen recycling center will double as a neighborhood ski slope

According to Arch Daily, the Syndhavns Recycling Center was designed by BIG for Amagerforbraending, a Copenhagen waste management company. When complete, it will double as a public space with fitness

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Sunset Electric transforms 100-year-old building into a LEED Platinum-certified structure

Sunset Electric transforms 100-year-old building into a LEED Platinum-certified structure

Seattle-based Weber Thompson expanded the existing 1916 brick building and transformed it into a mixed-use residential and commercial structure, wrapped around an open courtyard. This LEED

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Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge invites pedestrians to take a walk among the clouds

Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge invites pedestrians to take a walk among the clouds

Fujiko Nakaya’s work poses the question, how do we collaborate with nature? Her ongoing cooperation with natural elements has spanned decades and created temporary fog landscapes all over the world. In

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Twisted roof elegantly connects the facades of Archi-Union’s Songjiang Art Campus

Twisted roof elegantly connects the facades of Archi-Union’s Songjiang Art Campus

Archi-Union Architects has put a serious twist on your traditional building with their design for the recently completed Songjiang Art Campus. Located in the Shanghai suburb of Xingiao Town, the Songjiang

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it's not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and only experience

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The Paper Nursery delights children with its underground entrance and light-filled rooms

The Paper Nursery delights children with its underground entrance and light-filled rooms

The Paper Nursery in Paris is a place for children that is both safe and sleek. Hidden from streetview by another building, this unique structure designed by Wild Rabbits Architects is accessible via an

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BIG breaks ground on twisting TELUS Sky Tower in Calgary, Canada

BIG breaks ground on twisting TELUS Sky Tower in Calgary, Canada

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has just broken ground on the TELUS Sky Tower, a twisting landmark for Calgary, Canada, that aims to be the first building in the city to attain LEED Platinum certification.

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The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has shared a house with

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Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Apollo Architects & Associates’ modern Pergola House in Japan unifies its indoor and outdoor space with a slatted trellis roof. The rectilinear home north of Tokyo rises to two stories of open and

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VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

If your wallet is already feeling the pinch from your monthly energy bill as we head into the colder months, you'll be happy to know that you can keep those expenses down using a simple device called a

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Foster + Partners debuts Apple store in China to usher in the Chinese New Year

Foster + Partners debuts Apple store in China to usher in the Chinese New Year

The new Apple store is located in Hangzhou, the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. The structure is a 15-meter-high entirely transparent glazed box. Customers can browse

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The tiny Hütte Hut is a wonderful wooden teardrop camper for two

The tiny Hütte Hut is a wonderful wooden teardrop camper for two

The camper design, inspired by domes, offers 44 square feet of interior space big enough to fit a bed, a few bags, and other essentials. Its lightweight frame is exposed and incorporates large,

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Intecs Spa headquarters becomes first non-residential building in Rome to earn a CasaClima Class A energy rating

Intecs Spa headquarters becomes first non-residential building in Rome to earn a CasaClima Class A energy rating

Located within the Technpolo Tiburtino, a major business and technology district in Rome, the compact Intec headquarters covers an area of 37,600 square feet. Like LEED, the Casaclima-Klimahaus

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Chicago prize winners reveal their visions for the Obama Presidential Library

Chicago prize winners reveal their visions for the Obama Presidential Library

With two years left in his presidency, Barack Obama is wasting no time on the future Obama Presidential Library. While proposals stream in from Chicago, New York, and Hawaii, the three cities vying for

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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 garage

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HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

People have been using plants for both food and medicine for thousands of years, and most of us are probably quite familiar with several healing teas or infusions. Have you ever made peppermint tea to

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Would you want to stay the night in this fiery dragon-inspired bed and breakfast?

Would you want to stay the night in this fiery dragon-inspired bed and breakfast?

The design comes from South Korean architecture firm Moon Hoon. The dragon-inspired structure is located in Jeju, an island just south of the Korean mainland, which is largely a vacation

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6 stunning saunas that let steam lovers revel in nature

6 stunning saunas that let steam lovers revel in nature

Partisans Grotto Sauna, Canada Curving along 800 square feet of ancient rock on Sans Souci Island off Toronto, the private Grotto Sauna by PARTISANS was inspired by the natural caves and waterways of the

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7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

Now that cold weather is upon us, get your home buttoned up and ready for it with our expert hands-on game plan, which will not only make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, but

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Unique Foshan Opera Tower will rise like a stack of patterned blocks in China

Unique Foshan Opera Tower will rise like a stack of patterned blocks in China

Despite Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for an end to “strange-looking” architecture projects in China, yet another unique building is poised to take over a Chinese city skyline—this time, in

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Colbost house is a sleek black residence on the Isle of Skye

Colbost house is a sleek black residence on the Isle of Skye

Tucked on a plot of elevated farmland on the Isle of Skye, the Colbost residence is an unfussy collection of geometric black buildings. Inspired by a nearby old, black shed, the four structures that

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6 ways to reuse your Valentine’s Day roses

6 ways to reuse your Valentine’s Day roses

Valentine's day has come and gone, and if you're one of the millions of people who received roses as a gift for this holiday, chances are that your flowers will keep smelling and looking gorgeous for

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