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Rojkind Arquitectos’ Tori Tori Restaurant has a Green Wall and a Funky Organic Facade

Rojkind Arquitectos’ Tori Tori Restaurant has a Green Wall and a Funky Organic Facade

The green wall inside the Tori Tori restaurant accents and compliments the space while drawing the eye to its beauty. The skylight above provides plenty of natural light for the wall and interior spaces.

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Tutukaka Beach House Features Moveable Shutters To Bring In Natural Daylight

Tutukaka Beach House Features Moveable Shutters To Bring In Natural Daylight

The Tutukaka House was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects as a refuge for a busy family to use when they wanted to get out of the city. Located about 2 1/2 hours outside of Aukland on the

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Google’s New Pittsburgh Office is Located in a 100-Year-Old Nabisco Factory

Google’s New Pittsburgh Office is Located in a 100-Year-Old Nabisco Factory

Google Pittsburgh’s adaptive reuse space, designed by the local architecture firm Strada, maintains not only the industrial bones of the original factory building.

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Dutch Energy Company Eneco’s New Rotterdam Headquarters is a Gleaming, Sustainable Office Building

Dutch Energy Company Eneco’s New Rotterdam Headquarters is a Gleaming, Sustainable Office Building

The first thing workers encounter when they arrive at the new 270,000-square-foot office building is the soaring atrium, which fills the core of the building with natural light. The bright white space

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Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects' House in Rokko consists of a home and atelier overlooking a beautiful Japanese cityscape. Yo Shimada, a graduate from Kyoto City University of Arts in Environmental Design led the

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Conference Crystal Iselsberg is a Glimmering Gem-Shaped Building Set High Up in the Austrian Alps

Conference Crystal Iselsberg is a Glimmering Gem-Shaped Building Set High Up in the Austrian Alps

The ‘crystal’ effect is achieved by glazing slices of the building's faceted volume with very dark, tinted glass. The massing is clearly informed by the mountains. Only when the interior star shape

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Slatted Larch Screen Makes Renovated Casa Morchiuoso Erba Look New

Slatted Larch Screen Makes Renovated Casa Morchiuoso Erba Look New

In addition to providing a shield against the summer sun, the singular rectangular screen is laid in horizontal strips with gaps in-between that allows natural light to penetrate the home's interior. The

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Solar and Wind-Powered Living Aleutian Home Resembles a Lobster Tail

Solar and Wind-Powered Living Aleutian Home Resembles a Lobster Tail

The 1,365 square foot design sits atop a concrete footing that is half that size. This has numerous functions for a project intended for the cold and icy north. First, it allows small integrated wind

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Metcalfe Architecture’s Daylight-Filled Spence House Boasts Soaring Ceilings

Metcalfe Architecture’s Daylight-Filled Spence House Boasts Soaring Ceilings

Commissioned by a writer in the midst of a major lifestyle change, the Spence house is tucked away in an agricultural enclave of Cornwall, CT. Strategically-placed windows permit the perfect amount of

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Yale University’s LEED-Platinum Kroon Hall is a Model of Sustainable Architecture

Yale University’s LEED-Platinum Kroon Hall is a Model of Sustainable Architecture

The building uses a very interesting technique to provide the heating and cooling: The lowest floor is set into a hillside with only its south side exposed, providing thermal insulation and minimizing

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MVRDV Transforms Dijon Factory Into Innovative Flexible Workspace

MVRDV Transforms Dijon Factory Into Innovative Flexible Workspace

The existing building that housed a dijon factory for five short years was too wide to accommodate 600 work spaces, but with only €4 million to work with, it wasn't possible for MVRDV to make major

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Ravenswood School for Girls Provides a Stimulating & Sustainable Learning Environment

Ravenswood School for Girls Provides a Stimulating & Sustainable Learning Environment

Before the new addition, the Ravenswood School for Girls lacked focus and direction -- not to mention it had multiple entrances that caused problems keeping track of visitors. The new Mabel Fidler

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A Solar-Canopy Powers Tranquil Middlebrook Artist Studios in Coastal California

A Solar-Canopy Powers Tranquil Middlebrook Artist Studios in Coastal California

The four studios have concrete footings and timber framing. Small cutouts in strategic locations, including skylights, permit daylighting to permeate the quiet interior while preventing excess solar gain.

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Spiraling Day-Lit Buddhist Temple Rises from a Pool of Floating Lotuses in China

Spiraling Day-Lit Buddhist Temple Rises from a Pool of Floating Lotuses in China

Both the interior and exterior sides of the winding ribbons meet, creating a sense of the cyclic interconnectivity so crucial to Buddhist thought. But far from being merely philosophical, the spiral form

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Vo Trong Nghia’s ‘Stacking Green’ House is an Urban Oasis Bookended With Planters

Vo Trong Nghia’s ‘Stacking Green’ House is an Urban Oasis Bookended With Planters

Measuring only 4 meters wide by 20 meters deep, the Vertical Green home has a layered program that is kept as open as possible to make the space feel less cramped. The concrete planters, stacked 25 to 40

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India’s LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library is the Largest and Greenest Library in Asia!

India’s LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library is the Largest and Greenest Library in Asia!

The LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library located in Kotturpuram, India is the largest library in Asia and one of the most sustainable. The cavernous space can accommodate well over a thousand readers at a

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Bold Elliptical Windows Bubble With Daylight at the Topazz Hotel in Vienna

Bold Elliptical Windows Bubble With Daylight at the Topazz Hotel in Vienna

A modern insert with stoic neighbors, the Topazz hotel is nonetheless respectful of its surroundings. Given the tiny footprint of just 153 square meters, the designers conceived irregular windows to bring

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Sundolier’s Powerful Daylight Tube Fills Colorado’s Cherry Creek STEM School With Light – PHOTOS

Sundolier’s Powerful Daylight Tube Fills Colorado’s Cherry Creek STEM School With Light – PHOTOS

The Sundolier piqued a lot on interest when we first reported on the unique solar robot, which can light entire rooms. The other side of the design is the company's diffusion ‘chandlers’, which bounce

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Sweden’s Krakmora Holmar House is a Tranquil Island Home by the Baltic Sea

Sweden’s Krakmora Holmar House is a Tranquil Island Home by the Baltic Sea

The Kråkmora Holmar House is only 138 square feet -- the limit for guest houses allowed by building authorities. A closed wooden façade facing uphill ensures privacy for both the main house and the

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Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

The 51 square meter Amphidromous Rectangle renovation in Amagasaki is situated near Osaka City's transportation nucleus, so the client hoped for a design that would not only provide a peaceful but

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Sweden’s Luxurious Hotel Furillen is Set Within a Renovated Limestone Refinery

Sweden’s Luxurious Hotel Furillen is Set Within a Renovated Limestone Refinery

Set in an almost lunar landscape, Hotel Furillen looks more like an abandoned factory than an eco-luxe hotel. The mix of top Nordic brands with soft luxurious interiors creates a high-class retreat

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UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification

UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification

An experiment in constructing offices to promote communication, experimentation and creativity, ZVE is comprised of a main curved structure with rows of horizontal windows that open to permit natural

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The Shed is a Simple and Elegant Off-site Prefab Shelter

The Shed is a Simple and Elegant Off-site Prefab Shelter

The Shed is a simple and elegant shelter that celebrates waste-free building through the use of prefabricated components. Made from a standard steel frame, modular walls, roof trusses and battens, this

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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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