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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 the

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Where to Pee and Other Day-to-Day Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

Where to Pee and Other Day-to-Day Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

1. Food This is an obvious one, but conscientious and green-minded consumers won't want to settle for any old food on the road. Unless you plan ahead, you'll end up eating at Starbucks and Chipotle

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Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer’s Cottage Hangs Off a Hillside in Norway

Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer’s Cottage Hangs Off a Hillside in Norway

Completed in 2008, this 173-square-foot cabin is divided into two main spaces: an outdoor garden bounded by three walls that serves as the entry hall, and an indoor living space comprising an elevated

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Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

The Municipality of Amsterdam granted space&matter and their associates access to the De Ceuvel site with a 10-year lease. Because of the temporary nature of the project, the designers’ budget was

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COBE Transforms Old Industrial Silo Into High-Rise Housing in Copenhagen

COBE Transforms Old Industrial Silo Into High-Rise Housing in Copenhagen

Topping out at a little over 200 feet, the 17-story tall silo is the largest industrial building in Nordhavn as well as one of its most well-known and iconic landmarks. The architects hope to maintain the

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3XN’s Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

3XN’s Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

Shaped as a semicircle that wraps around a landscaped courtyard, La Tour gradually terraces upwards to reach a height of over 300 feet. "The gradual elevation helps to convey the transition from the large

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Victoria One: Melbourne’s Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a Botanic-Like Green Glass Facade

Victoria One: Melbourne’s Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a Botanic-Like Green Glass Facade

Inspired by Victoria's famous landscapes, Victoria One's form and facade recalls the southern state's diverse terrain, from its waterfalls and rainforests to its oceanside beaches. In addition to

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Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

ECHO's flexible homes are made from 100-sq-ft prefab modules and feature a distinctive pyramid roof that lets natural light flow inside. They can stand-alone as a simple garden room, or link to other

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between Acadian-style

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Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Baobed’s oval shape was inspired by exotic fruit that dangles from the branches of baobab trees, known as the “tree of life,” characteristic of African landscapes. Related: Cocoon Tree Is A

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

ModFruGal isn't a writer, photographer, or designer, but she is a "gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty." The mother of two built her own modernist treehouse deep in the Tennessee

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Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Initially a painter, Oliveira was inspired by an old wooden fence he saw through his window across the street from his studio in Sao Paulo. The wood was so weathered that it split into layers, which

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The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

Very easy to assemble, the Garden Igloo comes with a step by step instruction guide. In fact, it's so simple to build, one person can do it themselves! The tiny shelter doesn’t need foundations and is

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Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Tali Shaul, a psychotherapist, and Hagit Morevski, an ecological pond water treatment specialist, became friends after their two sons started playing together. Sharing similar views, the two spent a long

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

The long-awaited promise of prefab construction is that it would bring us higher quality homes for less money with significant increases in sustainability and resource efficiency. While prefab is

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Why Sleeping Bear Dunes is Considered One of America’s Most Beautiful Places (PHOTOS)

Why Sleeping Bear Dunes is Considered One of America’s Most Beautiful Places (PHOTOS)

Consistently rated as one of the most beautiful protected territories in the United States, the 111.2-square-mile glacially-carved Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore boasts incredible splendor: long, winding

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Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up Benches in Johannesburg

Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up Benches in Johannesburg

During the Absolut residency, the six artists shared an apartment in Jeppestown, Johannesburg where they exchanged ideas on how to design creative solutions to the city's issues. "The theme of the project

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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 properties. In

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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 to be

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How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

If you love plants but don't have much outdoor space to indulge your green thumb, you might feel a bit bummed about all the things you can't grow indoors. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you

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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 botanical

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Iceland’s Magnificent Modernist Churches

Iceland’s Magnificent Modernist Churches

First of all, unlike most European capitals, Reykjavik doesn't have a cathedral or large church dating back from the Medieval or Renaissance eras. This is mainly because the city only emerged as major

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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 presence

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Man Builds World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Castle in His Own Backyard

Man Builds World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Castle in His Own Backyard

Rudenko's grand 3D-printed castle and his self-built 3D printer was a labor of love. Drawing from the knowledge of the RepRap community, the Minnesotan contractor footed the bill for the project

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Philippe Starck and Moustache Launch Electric Bikes for Mud, Asphalt, Sand, and Snow!

Philippe Starck and Moustache Launch Electric Bikes for Mud, Asphalt, Sand, and Snow!

Starck is a long-time bike rider and lover of the freedom bikes convey, both physically and mentally, and he first came to know Moustache Bikes as a customer. A collaboration became inevitable and thus,

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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 the lush

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Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen

Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen

Winner of a design competition, the Shenzhen cultural center consists of four top-heavy volumes each clad in a reflective, red-tinted facade. A series of sheltered public spaces, which were created from

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Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

At first look, the timber barn-like building blends in seamlessly with the bucolic landscape, as if it were another historic structure on the site. With its pitched roof, unfinished exterior planks and

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