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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

Tourner Autour du Ried If you're worried about what to do with an overabundance of corn, you could always follow in the footsteps of StAndré-Lang Architectes and build a giant home clad in corn cobs.

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RRA’s Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

RRA’s Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

To add more variety and character to the traditional gable-roof structures, Reiulf Ramstad Architects designed each cabin with varying widths and roof pitches, although the ridge height for each stays

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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Wunderbugs Pavilion Creates Music From the Movement of Insects and Humans

Wunderbugs Pavilion Creates Music From the Movement of Insects and Humans

The 323-square-foot circular Wunderbugs pavilion was constructed from wood using a combination of CNC machinery and traditional woodworking techniques. The designers created Wunderbugs' distinctive shape

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Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

We first reported on Huibers' Ark last year when the massive structure (it's so big, it's classed as a building not a boat!) was nearing completion. Now that the Ark is officially open to the public, more

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EMBT and Elizabeth de Portzamparc Unveil Plans for Two New Paris Metro Stations

EMBT and Elizabeth de Portzamparc Unveil Plans for Two New Paris Metro Stations

EMBT will design the Clichy-Montfermeil station in collaboration with French architects Bordas + Peiro. Elizabeth de Portzamparc will design the Le Bourget station. The Grand Paris Express project was

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Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

Located on a park's riverbank in the city of Nanjing, AZL Architects' brilliant chapel shelters weddings and other religious services. Its distinctive V-shaped roof was covered in dark shingles and rises

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Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Arhitektura d.o.o. designed the Ribja Brv Footbridge for an international design competition to replace a decaying timber bridge built in 1991. The bridge was first conceived by the late architect Joze

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Modern Wood-Clad House Uses Limestone Walls for Passive Cooling in the Italian Alps

Modern Wood-Clad House Uses Limestone Walls for Passive Cooling in the Italian Alps

From afar, Casa Prè de Sura fits the local alpine vernacular with its traditional gable roof and vertically laid wood panels. Upon closer inspection, however, the building's contemporary influences

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Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances

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Barbie’s First Dream House Was a Tiny Studio Apartment Made from Cardboard

Barbie’s First Dream House Was a Tiny Studio Apartment Made from Cardboard

Before Barbie went platinum blonde and traded up for a mega-mansion made from pink plastic, she was just like many of us city dwellers living it up in a modest apartment with minimal furnishings. Spotted

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Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Currently situated on FLACC's first floor gallery as part of the Manifest 9 Parallel Events in Genk, Verbandkammer hosts cultural production, work and residential space as well as archival facilities in

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Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48 Hours

Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48 Hours

Snoozebox’s cozy rooms carry all the comforts of home. The rooms sleep two to four guests comfortably, with double beds and adjacent bunk beds. The adaptable rooms also feature drawers and storage to

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WG3′s Hypercubus Micro Hotel is a Tiny Home Tilted Towards the Sky

WG3′s Hypercubus Micro Hotel is a Tiny Home Tilted Towards the Sky

A new concept for a mobile hotel, the Hypercubus sits on the edge of almost any landscape - as well as on the edge of itself. The designers envision the units used for the tourism industry and for

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Employees Grow Herbs and Veggies at Google’s New Super-headquarters in London

Employees Grow Herbs and Veggies at Google’s New Super-headquarters in London

Located in Renzo Piano's Central St. Giles Building in Covent Garden, the new super headquarters feature a series of indoor and outdoor workspaces, a gymnasium and dance studio, along with several

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Zaha Hadid’s Sleuk Rith Institute Sprouts like a Forest in Cambodia

Zaha Hadid’s Sleuk Rith Institute Sprouts like a Forest in Cambodia

The building features tapered wooden structures that range from three to eight levels. The volumes will house a huge archive, a museum, a library, a graduate school on genocide studies, a research center,

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Wooden Discovery Centre Blends in With the Forests of Québec

Wooden Discovery Centre Blends in With the Forests of Québec

The building is located in Canada’s Mont-Tremblant National Park and consists of three parts: an amphitheater, a space for service facilities and a discovery zone. It was created as a continuous band of

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German Artist Turns a BMW Into an Unbelievable Mobile Music Machine

German Artist Turns a BMW Into an Unbelievable Mobile Music Machine

German artist team Neulant van Exel - comprised of architect Axel van Exel and sculptor Marian Neulant -  turned an elderly BMW 820i into a fabulous party machine called the Brassmobil. With a controller

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i29 Transforms a Dark Garage Into Gorgeous Daylit Home in Amsterdam

i29 Transforms a Dark Garage Into Gorgeous Daylit Home in Amsterdam

The 230-square-meter living space features a custom designed kitchen with a black cooking island, built-in cabinets and a large sliding door that hides generous storage areas. Bedrooms are separated from

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Minimalist Timber-Imprinted Concrete Home in Argentina Pays Homage to The Surrounding Forest

Minimalist Timber-Imprinted Concrete Home in Argentina Pays Homage to The Surrounding Forest

Casa SV nestles in a woodland area of Pinamar, 200 miles south of the capital. Its long-lasting shell was made from intersecting slabs of concrete that were cast over lengths of timber for a

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6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power

6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power

  The motto "always be prepared" is a good one to keep in mind, but one might not understand the importance of that until immersed in a situation that one hasn't prepared properly for at all.

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Korean Artist Transforms a Greenhouse Into a Kaleidoscopic Rainbow Palace

Korean Artist Transforms a Greenhouse Into a Kaleidoscopic Rainbow Palace

This elaborate installation is housed in a nineteenth century greenhouse in Madrid that normally holds a collection of plants originating from the Philippines. Kimsooja transformed it into a space of

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Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts this week at 82 Mercer in SoHo, NY. Join 5,000 design elite as Dwell upends the standard ‘trade show’ format and creates a unique

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Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside

Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside

Working within the constraints of a modest budget, Tham & Videgård decided to use tectonic rationality, an approach that minimized ground disturbance on the flat and smooth bedrock. The pitched-roof

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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 cylinder

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Stunning MOTT32 Restaurant Is Nestled Into a Former Bank Vault in Hong Kong

Stunning MOTT32 Restaurant Is Nestled Into a Former Bank Vault in Hong Kong

The restaurant occupies the once-degraded space of a former storage facility but a retrofit has added a sleek design and intricate detailing. Joyce Wang Studio adds references to Chinese propaganda

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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 foyers

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Stunning Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Will Rise Like the Morning Sun in Beijing

Stunning Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Will Rise Like the Morning Sun in Beijing

The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel was designed to look like the rising sun, an image symbolic of China's meteoric rise in the global economy. The hotel's 10,000 glass panels are angled to reflect the different

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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 more

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