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CEBRA’s Green Ramps Spiral Through the Experimentarium Science Center in Copenhagen

CEBRA’s Green Ramps Spiral Through the Experimentarium Science Center in Copenhagen

The perforated aluminum rectilinear blocks are staggered not only to create a distinct visual identity, but also to promote optimum daylighting and greater energy efficiency. This combined with new glass

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The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Living Building Challenge promotes the most sustainable development possible and we would venture a guess that the Groundhouse would at least come really close to meeting their requirements. Yes, that

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Isay Weinfeld’s Light-Filled Grecia House in São Paulo Has Blooming Vegetation Inside

Isay Weinfeld’s Light-Filled Grecia House in São Paulo Has Blooming Vegetation Inside

Although Grecia House's entrance is covered with greenery, it's hard to miss the bright, sunny door. While otherwise inconspicuous from the street, the home provides views of its pristine gardens and

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Simple Japanese Kofunaki House has Small Trees and Shrubs Growing Inside!

Simple Japanese Kofunaki House has Small Trees and Shrubs Growing Inside!

ALTS Design Office's naturally lit Kofunaki House has two levels. The furniture, stairs and some of the home's floors are entirely made from light wood. On the ground level, some parts of the concrete

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Simple Edwardian House Bursts Into a Daylit Cloud in Australia

Simple Edwardian House Bursts Into a Daylit Cloud in Australia

After nearly one decade of additions and renovations, it seems the Cloud House in Melbourne has finally reached its happy zenith. After passing through the conventional Edwardian threshold, visitors are

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Baltyk Tower: MVRDV Unveils Pixelated Daylit High-Rise for Poland

Baltyk Tower: MVRDV Unveils Pixelated Daylit High-Rise for Poland

MVRDV's Baltyk Tower is slated to be completed in 2014 and the architects are shooting for a BREEAM Very Goodrating. The tower promises plentiful daylight for the office spaces by limiting their depth to

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Writhing Tower Boasts a Garden and Trees for Each Condo in Peru

Writhing Tower Boasts a Garden and Trees for Each Condo in Peru

When designing a new residential tower for a swanky neighborhood in Lima, LYCS Architecture focused on ensuring that its inhabitants would have views of both a nearby public park and the Pacific Ocean.

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Reza Aliabadi’s Modern Patio House Embraces Natural Light

Reza Aliabadi’s Modern Patio House Embraces Natural Light

This Patio House designed by Reza Aliabadi of Atelier Rzlbd is a remarkable residence that provides abundant living space for families seeking a unique modern residence. A breath of crisp, clean

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Green-Roofed +House is a Tranquil Woodland Home in Beautiful Ontario

Green-Roofed +House is a Tranquil Woodland Home in Beautiful Ontario

+House has a rectangular form that is nestled into the southern slope so that the house is virtually indistinguishable from the landscape when viewed from above. Along with small skylights, a 4.3 meter

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Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

After adding 72 meters to the height of the building, Superkül brought in the vertical light shafts that extend across the length of the western wall. This allows light to permeate all the way down to

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Italian Firefighter House is Carved Into a Cave Like a Superhero Base!

Italian Firefighter House is Carved Into a Cave Like a Superhero Base!

Enclosed with a pair of folding glass doors that reveal the red fire trucks and then protected from falling rocks by a strong pitched wall tinted to resemble burned wood, the fire brigade features three

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Golfers Can Tee Off from Wingårdh Architects’ Green-Roofed Clubhouse in Sweden

Golfers Can Tee Off from Wingårdh Architects’ Green-Roofed Clubhouse in Sweden

Wingårdh Architects tells Inhabitat that they were inspired by the earth-sheltered projects by Emilio Ambasz, partially digging into an existing hill. The folded glass façade has 36 corners and rises

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Ecole Maternelle is the First School to Comply With the Paris Climate Plan

Ecole Maternelle is the First School to Comply With the Paris Climate Plan

Despite numerous solar screens that block excess heat gain, the deep façade facilitates both natural lighting and ventilation, as well as double flux in winter. The building has bay, alcove and concave

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100% Solar-Powered Great Barrier House Fuses Modern Technology With Island Life

100% Solar-Powered Great Barrier House Fuses Modern Technology With Island Life

Elevated to protect against floods and constructed of sustainably-sourced timber that references the island's rich biodiversity, the Great Barrier House is comfortable in both summer and winter. Despite

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Seaside Barcelona Biomedical Research Park is Wrapped in Wood Louvers

Seaside Barcelona Biomedical Research Park is Wrapped in Wood Louvers

Surrounded by Barcelona's seaside buildings -- including Frank Gehry's 'Fish' -- the Biomedical Research Park seems to be floating just above the ground. The building spans a whopping 600,000 square foot

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Takeshi Hosaka’s Gorgeous Daylight House Soaks Up the Sun in Yokohama City, Japan

Takeshi Hosaka’s Gorgeous Daylight House Soaks Up the Sun in Yokohama City, Japan

The Daylight House is a family home in the center of Yokohama, Japan that manages to soak up an abundance of natural light despite its location next to tall nearby buildings. Immersed within the city's

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Gaes Hearing Aid Factory Protected by a Mobile Louvered Facade in Barcelona

Gaes Hearing Aid Factory Protected by a Mobile Louvered Facade in Barcelona

Poblenou, a former industrial district of Barcelona, has transformed over the last decade into a new model of a compact city, where innovative companies co-exist with research, training and tech transfer

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Takeshi Hosaka’s Inside-Out House has Trees Growing Inside!

Takeshi Hosaka’s Inside-Out House has Trees Growing Inside!

The Inside-Out House measures 980 square feet divided into two levels and a terrace, and it welcomes all types of living creatures. Sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a big entrance door creates a

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Pasture Project is a Low-Energy Communal Home in Holladay, Utah

Pasture Project is a Low-Energy Communal Home in Holladay, Utah

The 2,850 square foot Holladay home is an open-plan structure strategically placed to maximize views of the pasture and mountains and optmize winter heat gain and summer shading. Smaller east and

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Crisp Warburg House Sets the Bar for Super Energy-Efficiency in Canada

Crisp Warburg House Sets the Bar for Super Energy-Efficiency in Canada

The Warburg house was placed in a large clearing on the southern edge of the client's farmstead to maximize southern exposure. The barn's shell was draped in black corrugated sheet metal and then the

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R6 is a Daylit Boutique Residence for Transient Urbanites in South Korea

R6 is a Daylit Boutique Residence for Transient Urbanites in South Korea

The 1,240,000 square foot tower is a concrete-encased steel mega-braced organized around a central courtyard that emphasizes community. The brace supports a shelf-like matrix of walls and floor slabs that

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LED-Lit One Raffles Place Tower Two Snags Singapore’s Highest Green Rating

LED-Lit One Raffles Place Tower Two Snags Singapore’s Highest Green Rating

The LED-lit One Raffles Place Tower Two is a worthy successor to its taller neighbor, One Raffles Place Tower One, with a flair for environmentally advanced design. Located right in the heat of the

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Santa Eugenia Social Housing Aptly Deals With an Unfortunate Solar Orientation

Santa Eugenia Social Housing Aptly Deals With an Unfortunate Solar Orientation

When Bailo Rull ADD+ took on this project, one of the main problems they had to solve was how to design a social housing project with a misguided solar orientation? The masterplan called for a linear

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Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

Mostly locally-sourced materials were used to construct the Jean Mermoz High School in Dakar, which cut down the project's carbon footprint considerably. Further reducing its environmental impact, the

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Dandelion Clock is a Bodacious Modular Kindergarten in Germany

Dandelion Clock is a Bodacious Modular Kindergarten in Germany

The four modules are arranged around a central atrium. This daylit space and naturally-ventilated space has multiple functions: It is an indoor playing field, a dining hall and it regulates traffic

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The HEX Curtain by Rael San Fratello Makes a Kinetic Light Show Out of Your Window

The HEX Curtain by Rael San Fratello Makes a Kinetic Light Show Out of Your Window

The banks of shades are composed of individual petals, each pivoting from the bottom of a hexagonal grid and attached to the adjacent one with a threaded connection. Each horizontal row has its own

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Gorgeous Summer Home in Austria Doubles as a Wine Cellar

Gorgeous Summer Home in Austria Doubles as a Wine Cellar

The cubed construction features copper corner plates that create stark edges against the verdant Austrian landscape, and Judith Benzer deliberately left the wood, steel and concrete materials unfinished

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The Arch by 3XN is a Striking Day-Lit Culture Center in Norway

The Arch by 3XN is a Striking Day-Lit Culture Center in Norway

Danish designers 3XN have been featured on Inhabitat numerous times, and it's easy to see why. In this design, they have honored the residents and architecture of Mandal, which has a small population of

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Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Plans for an Eco Office in Rio de Janeiro

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Plans for an Eco Office in Rio de Janeiro

The Leblon Offices will be a 10 story office building with a leasable floor area of 6,500 sq meters. A generous lobby will connect the building to the street, a recessed open retail plaza and then to the

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Steven Holl Unveils New Translucent Institute of Contemporary Art in Virginia

Steven Holl Unveils New Translucent Institute of Contemporary Art in Virginia

The Institute of Contemporary Art by Steven Holl will serve as both a gateway to VCU and a catalyst for contemporary art on the campus and throughout Richmond. The museum will provide space for visual and

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