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3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

Now anyone can have their very own backyard library! 3rdSpace's prefab rooms have been popping up all over as extra bedrooms and offices - and the amazing prefab structures can even make a bibliophile’s

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The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sesseljuhus structure is the center of Solheimar, both physically and psychologically. The building functions as a resource and information center on Solheimer and environmental living, and also

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OMA Celebrates Topping Out the Taipei Performing Arts Center Today!

OMA Celebrates Topping Out the Taipei Performing Arts Center Today!

OMA sought to break the conventional mold of performance center design by creating a structure that embraced flexible programming and experimental theater production. Their final design consists of three

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6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

Bodegas Portia, Ribera del Duero, Spain Designed by Foster + Partners, the Bodegas Portia Winery features a dramatic central hub that makes use of gravity rather than machines to move grapes and wine

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Studio505′s Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China’s Highest Rating in Sustainability

Studio505′s Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China’s Highest Rating in Sustainability

Although the original competition brief proposed diverting an existing axial canal to a less prominent position on site, studio505 chose instead to integrate the waterway into the site plan as an active

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Carpenter Builds Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks!

Carpenter Builds Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks!

Dave Herrle worked around the clock to complete his Westbrook woodland home and become self-sufficient. He knew he wanted to live in the forest since after realizing the "benefits of simplicity" while

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Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

Solheimar was founded in 1930 by Mrs. Sesselja Hreindis Sigmundsdottir as a children's home and organic farm, and that tiny settlement has grown into the prosperous community that it is now. Sesselja had

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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 open by

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VIF Studio’s Rustic Summer Cottage is a Modern-Day Lighthouse in Massachusetts

VIF Studio’s Rustic Summer Cottage is a Modern-Day Lighthouse in Massachusetts

Located on a hillside in the Boston Harbor area, VIF Studio’s Summer Cottage is a two-story home that offers 180-degree views of the harbor. The team, led by architect Lian Eoyang, razed the existing

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Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet Across

Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet Across

Skinny leftover spaces between buildings often don’t become more than alleyways, but Boyarsky Murphy Architects managed to turn one challengingly narrow lot into the site of a four story house. Located

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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INHABITAT: James, can you tell us about the genesis of your MV Recyclone barge concept? DYSON: To an engineer, there’s a certain thrill in solving problems, and this was absolutely an interesting one.

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Great Glass House Holds Mediterranean Treasures at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Great Glass House Holds Mediterranean Treasures at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Located in the hills overlooking Tywi Valley, the Glass House is part of the Garden of Wales Botanical Gardens in the UK. Despite being made of glass, the elliptical building blends into the surrounding

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Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

The Rabot Tourist Cabin is named after French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot, who thoroughly explored the mountains in the area. It stands 3,940 ft above sea level and is one of many DNT

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Trakke Transforms Ancient Yurt into a Packable Round House That Pops Up Anywhere for the Everyday Adventurer

Trakke Transforms Ancient Yurt into a Packable Round House That Pops Up Anywhere for the Everyday Adventurer

Created by Trakke in collaboration with eponymous designer Uula Jero and rapid prototyping workshop Maklab, the final design for Jero Yurt took years of research and development. The collaboration kicked

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Tiny Prefab Cabin’s Slatted Timber Facade Folds Open to Beautiful Lakeside Views in Northern Bohemia

Tiny Prefab Cabin’s Slatted Timber Facade Folds Open to Beautiful Lakeside Views in Northern Bohemia

Nestled within a Czech forest, the Lake Cabin was built to replace an old cabin on the lakeshore and is designed to match its predecessor's footprint. The recently completed cabin currently serves as an

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Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

The Wedge updates the traditional cabin using strategic angles to maximize space. The key to the unique design is the angled roof, which opens up the interior while also allowing snow and rain to run off

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Portland’s Tilikum Crossing to Become America’s First Multimodal Car-Free Bridge

Portland’s Tilikum Crossing to Become America’s First Multimodal Car-Free Bridge

A few weeks ago, the two ends of the bridge were finally connected, showing the outline of the final design. The bridge has several unique features that make it superior to other similar projects,

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Abandoned Buildings Turned Into Incredible Art Installations by Marjan Teeuwen

Abandoned Buildings Turned Into Incredible Art Installations by Marjan Teeuwen

As opposed to excavating the sites, Teeumen fills them with carefully stacked debris - a technique that has resurfaced in her work since 2005. She typically creates films, studio photos and drawings as

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Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Transformed Into Town for Sheep

Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Transformed Into Town for Sheep

The set for Hobbiton was constructed in 1998 after director Peter Jackson found the Alexander Family farm in an aerial search of the North Island of New Zealand looking for the ideal charming little

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! it’s a… Hostel?!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! it’s a… Hostel?!

The Jumbo Hostel is housed within a retrofitted 747-200 situated in the Stockholm-Arlanda airport. The jumbo jet has a long history of service - it was originally built for Singapore Airlines and even

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8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

Although typically associated with the more benign variety of consumer, the Beetle is nonetheless a popular icon that evokes memories of our rapid commercial development. Called Anthropocene, the 8 ton

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PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

We visited NTU's School of Art, Design and Media as part of a recent trip hosted by Singapore's Buildings and Construction Authority. We'd always known that the 5-story building had a spectacular green

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Snøhetta’s Vulkan Hives Bring Urban Beekeeping to a Rooftop in Oslo

Snøhetta’s Vulkan Hives Bring Urban Beekeeping to a Rooftop in Oslo

The gorgeous Vulkan Beehives were designed to reflect their use - multi-faceted cut honeycomb with a stretched texturized hexagon pattern on each of its surfaces. Clad in a warm honey color, the pair of

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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

OAXIS is designed to incorporate a prefabricated modular structures with recycled steel. Several passive strategies would control the building’s environment while roof-mounted photovoltaic panels would

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Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally sourced earth as the

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Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2014 awards, Studio CTC's visionary skyscrapers bring agriculture and greenery back to the urban fabric in a big way. Inspired by the duality in Hong Kong's

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Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

The unique studio juts out like a meteorite just behind the busy Deptford High Street. To create the seclusion the artist wanted, the studio was designed without any street-facing windows. Instead, the

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DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

I deliberately bought the longer wheel base Ford Transit Connect XLT, which has no infrastructure in the back and enough height and length that I and others can sit comfortably on a raised platform. Since

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This Triangular Glass Labyrinth Will Boggle Your Mind!

This Triangular Glass Labyrinth Will Boggle Your Mind!

Morris' glass labyrinth is made from inch-thick glass panes, which are topped with bronze rails and built into a base of concrete paving stones. Measuring 7 feet high, this dynamic see-through structure

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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 volume, the

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