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California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

Mason St. Peter is a fresh architecture graduate from San Francisco's California College of the Arts. He loves nature and surfing and it was while visiting a close friend at a cabin that he fell in love

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Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Sir Paul and Nathalie co-designed the shed with the aim of creating a place to switch off, somewhere to relax. He chose to work with Nathalie, a bespoke furniture designer-maker from London, for her

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Want Some Earthquake-Resistant House With That Garden?

Want Some Earthquake-Resistant House With That Garden?

Located in Sakura-shi, Chiba prefecture, this brilliant home gives the inhabitants the impression of living inside a sheltered garden. Also known as the House in a Garden, it features large windows all

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Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

When the Snøhetta studio arrived on Hudøy Island, the old wooden cabin was about to be torn down. Even though only the wooden framework and old doors were left standing, the architects decided to

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ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

The ESTIA wooden cabin stands on stilts among the mountains of Camigliano, near the San Michele Cave. It was designed to provide shelter from the elements while offering magnificent views into the

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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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Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

This 1,000 sq ft desert oasis is the first prototype for a new flat-pack, prefab line of homes that minimize transportation and promote sustainability. Its shape was inspired by Le Corbusier’s

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Beautiful Red House Bursts From the Forest With its Eye-Catching Façade

Beautiful Red House Bursts From the Forest With its Eye-Catching Façade

Located beside a small lake in Upstate New York, the striking Red House is topped with a sloping roof that accentuates its geometrical design. Built from standard materials and basic construction

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PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

Aspen is renowned as a fancy ski town - and now it's become a fancy art town with the addition of the New Aspen Art Museum designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. The previous museum was

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Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science, and Technology Building spans 200,000 square feet and is constructed from lightweight aluminum, concrete, and glass. These robust materials are elegantly combined

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Tokyo’s Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

Tokyo’s Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

The Transustainable House features a mix of outdoor, indoor and "semi-indoor" areas spread over two levels. The whole ground floor is covered in pebbles, and its minimal decor, natural light and the large

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Spectacular Daylit Aspen Art Museum!

Shigeru Ban Unveils Spectacular Daylit Aspen Art Museum!

Work began on the Aspen Art Museum in 2005, construction kicked off in 2012, and now the museum is complete and ready for the public. The museum is hosting private showings this week, but come Saturday,

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The Roof of this Tiny Mobile Retreat Opens So You Can Pluck Apples From the Sky

The Roof of this Tiny Mobile Retreat Opens So You Can Pluck Apples From the Sky

The Soul Box was inspired by the dream of Arcadia, an imaginary idyllic paradise where inhabitants could live unsophisticated yet happy lives immersed in nature. This split-level shelter was prefabricated

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Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

The Städel Museum reopened to the public last weekend after 3 years of renovations and expansions by local Frankfurt firm, Schneider Schumacher. The renovation included an extension placed along the

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Autoban Unveils Futuristic Wooden Cocoons for Azerbaijan’s Baku Airport

Autoban Unveils Futuristic Wooden Cocoons for Azerbaijan’s Baku Airport

Autoban's design for the Heydar Aliyev International Airport spans the four levels of the triangular terminal building, which was designed by engineering firm Arup. Concave glass walls gently wrap the

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Norman Foster’s Grand Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in London is Almost Finished

Norman Foster’s Grand Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in London is Almost Finished

London's Crossrail Station stands by the waters of Canary Wharf's North Dock, just steps away from the underground station -- also designed by Foster & Partners. Its unique design will feature a

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Lundberg Design’s Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

Lundberg Design’s Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

The beautiful Breuer Cabin is filled with natural light coming in from reclaimed steel sash windows taken from at least five different projects. The floors are made from multicolored slate, which doesn't

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Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Erected for property developer Folkhem, the Strandparken tower shelters 31 apartments among its 8 floors. It was designed to explore the potential of multi-occupancy housing while offering inhabitants a

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3XN Wins Design Competition for Grand University Building in Sweden

3XN Wins Design Competition for Grand University Building in Sweden

The new Mälardalen University building consists of a big but dynamic volume divided into smaller units. This decision not only makes the new building to adjust to the scale of the existing public bath,

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Robots Built This Peanut-Shaped Geometric Building From 243 Prefab Wood Panels

Robots Built This Peanut-Shaped Geometric Building From 243 Prefab Wood Panels

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is located in the picturesque town of Gmünd, Stuttgart. It was designed to showcase current developments in computational design and robotic fabrication for

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Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

The DOM(E) is an appropriate off-grid home for locations as far afield as the Namibian desert and Siberia since the unique construction and insulation provides a comfortable interior climate regardless of

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Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

Standing on a quiet Belgian street, this unique family home still has the original red-bricked facade, some walls, grey concrete floor and industrial roof. Created in steel, wood and concrete, it

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Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Located within the gorgeous Italian Alps, this top-notch shelter has a few sustainable and notable characteristics. It stands on a foundation made from dolomite rock found on site and was built from

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Atelier Data’s Varatojo Eco House is Built From Reclaimed Railroad Ties and Cork in Portugal

Atelier Data’s Varatojo Eco House is Built From Reclaimed Railroad Ties and Cork in Portugal

The entrance to Atelier Data's Varatojo House lies at the end of a concrete ramp. A wooden wall made from reclaimed railway ties protects this area from the strong mountain winds. This reused material is

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e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

Located in the south Bohemian region of Pisek, the stunning building was a winning competition entry. Designed by Prague-based e-MRAK, it provides information to visitors while serving as an admin hub for

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Eindhoven’s Colossal UFO-Shaped Evoluon Center is Out of this World!

Eindhoven’s Colossal UFO-Shaped Evoluon Center is Out of this World!

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat Standing within the Dutch City of Design & Technology, the Evoluon is a daring and iconic landmark. Its concrete dome is 253 feet in diameter and it was

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B9 Architects’ Family Share Residence Maximizes Space & Light in Seattle

B9 Architects’ Family Share Residence Maximizes Space & Light in Seattle

The owner wanted to maximize site use by creating multiple residences, so she hired b9 Architects to design a double family residence. First, the original 1930s home was completely deconstructed by

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Brilliant Invention Brings LED Sunshine to Windowless Rooms

Brilliant Invention Brings LED Sunshine to Windowless Rooms

Is your apartment or workspace seriously lacking in natural light? Well listen up - Italian physicist Paolo Di Trapani of the University of Insubria has invented an artificial daylight device called

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AirClad Creates Fabulous Inflatable Bar on Antwerp’s Badboot Boat

AirClad Creates Fabulous Inflatable Bar on Antwerp’s Badboot Boat

Anchored nearby Antwerp's iconic Mas Museum, Badboot (Bad Boat) features one of the largest floating swimming pools in the world. Just like Berlin's Badeschiff, the boat entertains visitors all year

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Green-Roofed Moldegaard Cabin Stands Strong in Hurricane-force Nordic Winds

Green-Roofed Moldegaard Cabin Stands Strong in Hurricane-force Nordic Winds

Located 3,600 feet above sea level, the Moldegaard Cabin boasts fantastic views of a nearby lake and mountains. And it is was built to withstand rough weather conditions such as hurricane-force winds and

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