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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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Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on New Egg-Shaped Building for Florida Polytechnic University

Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on New Egg-Shaped Building for Florida Polytechnic University

When officials at Florida Polytechnic University realized that their existing campus could no longer support a burgeoning population, it made sense to commission world-renowned alumnus Santiago Calatrava

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Beautiful House Bernheimbeuk is Wrapped Around a Single Tree in Belgium

Beautiful House Bernheimbeuk is Wrapped Around a Single Tree in Belgium

With a tiny footprint of only 99 square meters, House Bernheimbeuk is a three-story residential building linked by a simple metal staircase painted mattel-blue. The front and back of the home are screened

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Lively Palencia Civic Center Rehabilitated from Dingy Prison in Spain

Lively Palencia Civic Center Rehabilitated from Dingy Prison in Spain

The 19th century load-bearing brickwork was left untouched, although the structure's perimeter is now clad in bright glazing that acts as a segway between the city and interior activities. The building

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11×11 is a Modern Wood-Clad Prefab in Germany

11×11 is a Modern Wood-Clad Prefab in Germany

11x11 is clad in vertical laminated wooden slats that extend to the roof. The same material is used to frame the deep-set windows which bend over eaves and wrap around corners, funneling enough daylight

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The Sunday Stuga is a Compact London Cabin Flooded With Daylight

The Sunday Stuga is a Compact London Cabin Flooded With Daylight

A weekend entertainment area and garden shed, this compact cabin was expected to match the energy efficiency of the client's main home even though it is bound on three sides by massive stone walls typical

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Garden-Topped Drulingen Daycare in France is Wrapped in a Dainty Wooden Lattice

Garden-Topped Drulingen Daycare in France is Wrapped in a Dainty Wooden Lattice

The Drulingen Creche in Alsace has a concrete shell that is wrapped in a wooden envelope with dual functions. On one hand the Siberian larch lattice provides a cocoon effect that shelters the inhabitants

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Escuela Santa Matilde is a Fluorescent Green Prefab School for Children in Chile

Escuela Santa Matilde is a Fluorescent Green Prefab School for Children in Chile

The school's 5 principles were that it should be easy to replicate, be socially equal, include ecological qualities and energy conservation, be low-cost and have a strong contextual and aesthetic

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Shiny Copper-Clad Hive Library Built to Resist Climate Change Until 2050

Shiny Copper-Clad Hive Library Built to Resist Climate Change Until 2050

Satisfying a wide range of public services in one compact building, the Worcester library incorporates a host of sustainability features that make the building adaptable to climate change predicted by

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BORÉAL is a Glass-Clad Greenhouse Housing Project in France

BORÉAL is a Glass-Clad Greenhouse Housing Project in France

BORÉAL is a social housing project in Nantes, France designed by TETRARC for Habitat 44. The complex is formed from a row of 11 tall and narrow volumes with their own peaked roofs. Inside, there are 39

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CUBE TUBE is a Pixelated Office & Restaurant in China

CUBE TUBE is a Pixelated Office & Restaurant in China

The 'CUBE' building is a square 32 meter office tower, while 'TUBE' is a 55 meter long restaurant. Most buildings in the area are based on the Tei Kanmuri style, but the client wanted a landmark building

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GMP Architekten Unveils Plans for Naturally Daylit Changzhou Culture Center

GMP Architekten Unveils Plans for Naturally Daylit Changzhou Culture Center

GMP Architekten recently won first prize in the international competition to build the culture center in the newly created Changzhou city center. The 350,000 sq meter project will be six times larger than

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Daylit Maritime & Beachcombers Museum Opens in The Netherlands

Daylit Maritime & Beachcombers Museum Opens in The Netherlands

The island of Texel was once a popular holdover spot for the Dutch East India Company on their way out of Amsterdam before setting sail. Ships would anchor near here to wait for good weather and work on

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Swiss ESGE Secondary School Has a Funky Tetris Facade

Swiss ESGE Secondary School Has a Funky Tetris Facade

The ESGE Ecole Secondaire de Genolier was built out of concrete, which isn't our favorite construction material but iPas claims that this choice gives the project longevity and therefore increases its

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Cambodia’s New Stock Exchange Tower Has Dragon Scales

Cambodia’s New Stock Exchange Tower Has Dragon Scales

The building will be LEED certified, and it consists of two towers and a glass and steel podium. Tower 1 will hold world-class offices, luxury retail, as well as studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom serviced

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Cantilevered 2-Toned Treehouse Disappears into a Forest in Australia

Cantilevered 2-Toned Treehouse Disappears into a Forest in Australia

Situated on a steep slope above Separation Creek in Victoria, the Treehouse is reminiscent of the area's 1950s fibro shack vernacular architecture. It is clad in cement sheet and lined with vertical

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Block 11 is a Perforated Parking Lot With a Facade of Hanging Plants in The Netherlands

Block 11 is a Perforated Parking Lot With a Facade of Hanging Plants in The Netherlands

Block 11 is particularly unique because of the perforated facade which depicts images common to the Flevoland province including birds, windmills, garden gnomes, and bird houses. But here's the catch:

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Solar-Powered DomoLab in France is a Candy Cane-Colored Paragon of Sustainability

Solar-Powered DomoLab in France is a Candy Cane-Colored Paragon of Sustainability

The DomoLab's roof is covered with SG solar tiles designed specifically for large installations. It is a freestanding system that is also completely waterproof. This takes care of renewable generation,

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Pod-Tastic Bishan Public Library is a Colorful Energy Efficient Addition to Singapore

Pod-Tastic Bishan Public Library is a Colorful Energy Efficient Addition to Singapore

Bishan Public Library is located in a dense urban area surrounded by a variety of multi-purpose buildings like a mall, residences, a community center, a mass transit station, and a government building.

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Green-Roofed Norwegian Summer Home Blends in With its Beautiful Surroundings

Green-Roofed Norwegian Summer Home Blends in With its Beautiful Surroundings

This rebuilt summer lodge in Skåtøy, Norway by Filter Arkitekter blends into its beautiful surroundings while keeping a small environmental footprint.  The owners wanted a cottage that opened up to

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The ZAP’ ADOS Skatepark is a Former Peanut Factory Wrapped in Bright Orange Mesh

The ZAP’ ADOS Skatepark is a Former Peanut Factory Wrapped in Bright Orange Mesh

Bang Architects writes that ZAP' ADOS was built along a canal in St. Pierre and extends an urban renewal program initially sparked by La Cité de la Dentelle. Making the project visible was of utmost

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Infinity Mirror Room: Yayoi Kusama Unveils Dazzling Space Lit by Hundreds of LED Lights

Infinity Mirror Room: Yayoi Kusama Unveils Dazzling Space Lit by Hundreds of LED Lights

Yayoi Kusama's work often obsessively repeats motifs such as patterns of polka-dots - for example the Obliteration Room in Brisbane - or the reflected lights in her new piece entitled "Infinity Mirror

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Modern Prefabricated LoftCube Pops Up at 19th Century Belgian Castle

Modern Prefabricated LoftCube Pops Up at 19th Century Belgian Castle

The LoftCube in Belgium offers tenants a few unforgettable moments of intimacy and isolation, taking advantage of the bucolic landscape and exceptional daylighting. All of the composite materials are

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Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Plans for Light-Filled, Saw-Toothed Industrial Building in Mexico

Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Plans for Light-Filled, Saw-Toothed Industrial Building in Mexico

Metalsa's new innovation lab will be located in a new Research and Technology Innovation Park developed by the Mexican government outside of Monterrey, Mexico adjacent to the area's airport. Brooks +

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Tokyo’s “Small House” is a Super Narrow Tower That’s Only 13 Ft. Wide!

Tokyo’s “Small House” is a Super Narrow Tower That’s Only 13 Ft. Wide!

Unemori Architects had a 112 square foot plot to work with when they were commissioned to build this home. Instead of eating up every inch of it, the designers decided to place the "Small House" smack dab

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Historic Baroque Court Apartments Renovated With A Stunning Daylit Core in Ljubljana

Historic Baroque Court Apartments Renovated With A Stunning Daylit Core in Ljubljana

OFIS Arhitekti was hired to design the renovation of the historic Baroque Court Apartments from an office building with an enclosed central courtyard. Located in the old city center next to the City Hall,

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Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction was very careful to ensure that their Silverbeaver Hausboot was made of the most efficient materials so that the project has a tiny footprint. To this end, they clad the boat in

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Quirky Solar-Powered KIKO House Surveys the Tyrol Mountains With Silver Bubble Windows

Quirky Solar-Powered KIKO House Surveys the Tyrol Mountains With Silver Bubble Windows

One of the most important requirements for this home was to create an enduring relationship between the home's interior and the natural splendor outside. This is achieved by tucking away the garage and

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