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Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

MVRDV's Book Mountain is a new eco library that proudly stands in the heart of Spijkenisse and is surrounded by the old town and a new housing project. In an area with 10% illiteracy, this new library is

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The Museé du Quai Branly in Paris Boasts a Lush 650-foot Green Wall by Patrick Blanc

The Museé du Quai Branly in Paris Boasts a Lush 650-foot Green Wall by Patrick Blanc

Featuring a 40-foot high and 650-foot long stunning green wall, The Museé du Quai Branly is definetely worth a visit if you are in Paris. Designed and planted by Gilles Clément and Patrick Blanc, it is

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Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Waternet's defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project's lower rooms, providing insulation, a

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Renzo Piano’s Daylit Astrup Fearnley Museet Opens In Oslo

Renzo Piano’s Daylit Astrup Fearnley Museet Opens In Oslo

The Astrup Fearnley Museet is a new contemporary art museum on the edge of the water in Oslo, Norway and part of a larger development called the Tjuvholmen Icon Complex. Genoa-based Renzo Piano Building

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Team Rhône-Alpes’ Modular Canopea House Wins the Architecture and Operations Competitions of the Solar Decathlon Europe!

Team Rhône-Alpes’ Modular Canopea House Wins the Architecture and Operations Competitions of the Solar Decathlon Europe!

Both vertical and horizontal stacks of Canopea homes can produce nanotowers that respond to the dearth of urban space in France. Each level is a fairly spacious, complete home, and only the very top is

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Stripe House is a Brightly Lit Urban Live/Work Townhouse  in The Netherlands

Stripe House is a Brightly Lit Urban Live/Work Townhouse in The Netherlands

Stripe House by GAAGA is located in a new urban planning area of Leiden where clients can develop their own houses. Sited on a corner lot near a park, the home does its best to make the best of the

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Chandler City Hall: SmithGroupJJR Creates a Sustainable City Center for an Arizona Town

Chandler City Hall: SmithGroupJJR Creates a Sustainable City Center for an Arizona Town

Chandler City Hall is a five-story, 187,000 square-foot office building complex that takes up two city blocks and cost an estimated $47 million to complete. A hinged exterior shading device on the western

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Santiago Calatrava’s Gorgeous Oriente Station is Topped With a Leaf-Like Canopy That Looks Lighter Than Air

Santiago Calatrava’s Gorgeous Oriente Station is Topped With a Leaf-Like Canopy That Looks Lighter Than Air

Construction of the station began in 1993, and it was completed in time for the 1998 World Expo. Although it's primarily a train station, the facility was built to provide a place of central convergence

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The Louvre’s Golden-Roofed Department of Islamic Arts Opens This Weekend

The Louvre’s Golden-Roofed Department of Islamic Arts Opens This Weekend

Plans for the new Department of Islamic Arts where unveiled in 2005 when Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti won a competition to design the new gallery. The two level gallery is sunken into the the Visconti

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Spain’s Caja Badajoz Savings Bank Mitigates the Sun With Impressive Metal Louvers

Spain’s Caja Badajoz Savings Bank Mitigates the Sun With Impressive Metal Louvers

Caja Badajoz is a new bank headquarters for the Estremadura region and serves as a powerful representation of the community's economics. Located in Badajoz, the bank sits proudly on a plot located on the

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Team Romania Sells Their Solar Decathlon Plus-Energy PRISPA Home

Team Romania Sells Their Solar Decathlon Plus-Energy PRISPA Home

The PRISPA's envelope has a dual function: not only does the photovoltaic array produce twice as much energy as the home can use, but it also provides solar protection. Albeit a rather expensive

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Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

The $14.2 million building is constructed at the foot of a wooded hillside across from the newly renamed Pageant Park. The design team at Noll & Tam Architects worked to minimize the footprint of the

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Drool Over this Stunning Burgundy Barn Renovation by Josephine Interior Design

Drool Over this Stunning Burgundy Barn Renovation by Josephine Interior Design

The renovation was completed by Josephine Interior Design, owned by the energetic and eclectic Josephine Gintzburger. Gintzburger previously worked in the fashion world, and she translated her skills to

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Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

A simple one story volume, the composer's studio in Wisconsin is clad in weathering Corten steel. In addition to harmonizing with its surrounding environment, this and the remaining materials used in

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Hungary’s Szathmáry Palace Ruins Renovated With L-Shaped Corten Steel Lookout

Hungary’s Szathmáry Palace Ruins Renovated With L-Shaped Corten Steel Lookout

Tettye Park is one of Hungary's most revered historical sites and now visitors will be able to experience the site with a new and inventive Corten addition. After stabilizing the site, the design firm

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Keiji Ashizawa Transforms a Dark and Dumpy Tokyo Home into a Light-Filled Skycourt

Keiji Ashizawa Transforms a Dark and Dumpy Tokyo Home into a Light-Filled Skycourt

Whereas most of the existing double story was left alone, Keiji Ashizawa topped off the home with an angular glazed addition that established a third story that opens onto an expansive rooftop terrance.

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Passively-Cooled Dojo Provides Space for Quiet Meditation Outside of Santiago, Chile

Passively-Cooled Dojo Provides Space for Quiet Meditation Outside of Santiago, Chile

  Dojos are spaces used for training, and this Dojo in Chile is used for meditation, yoga and group classes. Situated at the bottom of a 5,000-square-meter site, the building is tucked into a

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Century-old Townhouse in Germany Renovated into Modern Daylit Home

Century-old Townhouse in Germany Renovated into Modern Daylit Home

The red sandstone mansion was redesigned to achieve an elegance of simple geometric forms and minimalist design. While keeping the overall shape of the building, the architects have covered it with a flat

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Pacific Heights Townhouse Renovated into Light-Filled Eco Home in San Francisco

Pacific Heights Townhouse Renovated into Light-Filled Eco Home in San Francisco

Feldman Architecture was hired by the owners to update and reconfigure this 1906 stucco-clad Victorian. The clients requested to keep the building's traditional feel, but they wanted to infuse modern

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RNL’s Eastside Human Service Building in Denver Serves the Community and the Environment

RNL’s Eastside Human Service Building in Denver Serves the Community and the Environment

The building's design includes program components such as conference rooms, service counters, offices, and file storage. The organization of the building was tightly monitored by RNL and helps to provide

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RWTH Aachen University’s Counter Entropy Solar Decathlon House is Made From Recycled CDs!

RWTH Aachen University’s Counter Entropy Solar Decathlon House is Made From Recycled CDs!

Designed for a couple without children, Counter Entropy is almost completely open save for the bathroom, which is slightly set apart on the northern side. A large cantilevering roof made of seven prefab

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SHINE’s Tec de Monterrey Retrofit Maximizes Natural Light and Ventilation With Parametric Modeling

SHINE’s Tec de Monterrey Retrofit Maximizes Natural Light and Ventilation With Parametric Modeling

SHINE has created this new design studio as a study in bioclimatic architecture, which is ideal for the students who will spend so much of their time either in the first floor studio or in the more public

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Four Andalusian Universities Collaborate to Create Versatile, Prefab Housing for Solar Decathlon Europe

Four Andalusian Universities Collaborate to Create Versatile, Prefab Housing for Solar Decathlon Europe

The final design submitted to competition will link four different modules to the central patio which is enclosed in glass and a faux-vine effect. This is designed to give a natural feel while creating

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Kirchplatz Office + Residence in Switzerland by Oppenheim and Huesler Redefines Live-Work

Kirchplatz Office + Residence in Switzerland by Oppenheim and Huesler Redefines Live-Work

Oppenheim and Huesler successfully walked the fine line between restoring the historic feel of the original farm house and creating a contemporary, minimal aesthetic that is appropriate for today. They

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Re-Purposed Bus Stop Clad in Futuristic Metal Skin Lures Tourists to Northwest Spain

Re-Purposed Bus Stop Clad in Futuristic Metal Skin Lures Tourists to Northwest Spain

Most of the existing structure was left alone, considerably reducing the amount of new materials required to complete this striking new adaptive reuse project in Arteixo. Despite a tight budget, the

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UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

One of UK’s biggest retailers Marks & Spencer just opened a store on the outskirts of London - and even though it is the chain's largest retail location it has managed to attain a BREEAM

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London-based William Tozer Designs Inspiring Loft in Old Factory Building

London-based William Tozer Designs Inspiring Loft in Old Factory Building

The loft's concrete ceilings, warn by time, are accented by beautiful new timber elements in some rooms and white gallery-esque walls in others. Modern pieces of art now hang on the walls such that the

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Sky Condo in Peru Introduces Diving Board-esque Terraces for Luxury

Sky Condo in Peru Introduces Diving Board-esque Terraces for Luxury

The 20-story building will rise high above the city with wonderful views of a local golf course. A profile view reveals a dozen concrete-formed diving boards protruding from the façade. A closer look at

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Denmark’s Natural History Museum in Copenhagen has a Walkable Green Roof

Denmark’s Natural History Museum in Copenhagen has a Walkable Green Roof

The Natural History Museum of Denmark has one of the world’s largest collections documenting the planet’s natural history. In order to make it more accessible to the public, the architects decided to

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Yo Shimada’s Yamasaki House is a Light-Filled Modern Home

Yo Shimada’s Yamasaki House is a Light-Filled Modern Home

The house is divided into two distinct parts: the cement-board-clad ground floor is partially sunken into the ground, while the top part of the building comprises a steel hut and two greenhouse-like

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