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Part-Thenon is a Funky California Shed Made Entirely Out of Salvaged Car Parts

Part-Thenon is a Funky California Shed Made Entirely Out of Salvaged Car Parts

According to Karl, who did all of the construction work, this shed is surprisingly sturdy and water tight. It receives all of its support from the car parts and he even pre-tensioned the roof so that it

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A Room for London: Living Architecture’s Wind Energy-Generating Boat Sits Atop a UK Roof

A Room for London: Living Architecture’s Wind Energy-Generating Boat Sits Atop a UK Roof

This one bedroom installation has been designed to last. Modeled after the famed Roi des Belges boat that carried Joseph Conrad through the heart of colonial Congo's darkness, A Room for London features

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Clyfford Still Museum is a Light-Filled Dedication to the Work of One Artist

Clyfford Still Museum is a Light-Filled Dedication to the Work of One Artist

The new museum, which is entirely devoted to the works of Clyfford Still, was opened on November 18th, 2011. The 28,500-square-foot museum contains a collection that encompasses approximately 2,400 works

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Striking Woodlands Residence Receives Dappled Light Through California Tree Tops

Striking Woodlands Residence Receives Dappled Light Through California Tree Tops

No stranger to Inhabitat, the designers of South Africa's precious Ubuntu Center have taken a very gentle but also contemporary approach to this home renovation by gutting the claustrophobic interior and

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Gabled LEED Platinum Newcomer House in Georgia Cost Just $125 per Square Foot

Gabled LEED Platinum Newcomer House in Georgia Cost Just $125 per Square Foot

We would need about 5 pages to list all of this project's awesome eco-credentials, so we'll stick with a few of the major highlights. Not only does the Newcomer house use the same amount of energy as a

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Hessnatur’s Beautiful Headquarters is Built From Recycled Materials

Hessnatur’s Beautiful Headquarters is Built From Recycled Materials

A happy marriage between RAU Architects and sustainable clothing company Hessnaturresulted in the company's lovely Mondrian-esque headquarters near Frankfurt. Made almost completely from recycled

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Manhattan’s Oculus-Topped Fulton Street Transit Center to be Completed in 2014

Manhattan’s Oculus-Topped Fulton Street Transit Center to be Completed in 2014

Grimshaw Architects recently announced that construction is set to resume on Manhattan's dazzling daylit Fulton Street Transit Center after a lengthy delay due to budget cuts. The shining four-story

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LED Virtual Sky Promises to Make Office Spaces More Pleasant

LED Virtual Sky Promises to Make Office Spaces More Pleasant

Stacking people into windowless offices may be a cheap way to run a business, but it certainly takes a bite out of productivity. As most of us can testify, we would prefer the

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Super Low-Cost Mima Prefab Homes are Modeled After Minimalist Japanese Architecture

Super Low-Cost Mima Prefab Homes are Modeled After Minimalist Japanese Architecture

In addition to its glazed shell, the prefab Mima package comes complete with a handful of extra plywood panels that can be used to erect additional walls according to each person's taste. These walls can

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Clavuot’s Swiss Eco Bakery is the First to Achieve the MINERGIE Green Building Rating

Clavuot’s Swiss Eco Bakery is the First to Achieve the MINERGIE Green Building Rating

Patrons are greeted with a bright, glass lined and airy restaurant with a curious roof that looks like a bit of the Alps was shaved off and placed on top. The vegetated roof adds a visual softness to the

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Yoyogi Village in Tokyo Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden

Yoyogi Village in Tokyo Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden

Once you cross the threshold of Yoyogi Village, the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life quiets down. Just past the glass entry gate, the Code Kurkku restaurant, lounge, and bar is nestled in several

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Industrial Chic Dining Pods Pop up at Fabbrica Restaurant in The Netherlands

Industrial Chic Dining Pods Pop up at Fabbrica Restaurant in The Netherlands

Fabbrica Rotterdam has a similar layout but the difference between that restaurant and the new one in Bergen lies in the materials. Whereas Rotterdam is shiny and glittery with massive chandeliers hanging

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Yaniv Pardo Unveils Twisting Geothermal-Powered Tower for Netanya, Israel

Yaniv Pardo Unveils Twisting Geothermal-Powered Tower for Netanya, Israel

The new Netanya City Hall is modeled after a weather vane and designed to be dynamic, efficient, vibrant. In addition to functioning as a municipal building, it will serve as a gathering space for city

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Toda House: Japanese Home Perched on Stilts Has an Awesome View of Hiroshima

Toda House: Japanese Home Perched on Stilts Has an Awesome View of Hiroshima

The Toda House consists of one continuous wraparound volume that is cloaked in a panel of well-insulated glass. This affords the home not only the view, which is enviable enough, but also plenty of

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Vivida Dorms: A Dynamic Australian Building Wrapped in a Gorgeous Metallic Skin

Vivida Dorms: A Dynamic Australian Building Wrapped in a Gorgeous Metallic Skin

In addition to having plenty of daylight and shade as a result of the new metallic skin, which gives the building multiple personalities depending on the angle from which it is viewed, mechanical windows

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Gorgeous Origami-Esque Klein Bottle House Nestles Into Australia’s Landscape

Gorgeous Origami-Esque Klein Bottle House Nestles Into Australia’s Landscape

McBride Charles Ryan is known for manipulating form and function in a way that is still harmonious with the natural landscape. Although abstract, this home's spiral configuration was somewhat necessary to

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Ultra Minimalist Dogma House Has a Sloping Roof Ramp That Leads to a Lake

Ultra Minimalist Dogma House Has a Sloping Roof Ramp That Leads to a Lake

The ultra minimalist Dogma House features an amazing sloping roof ramp, and it was designed by Alex van de Beld and Haiko Meijer in accordance with the Dogma Rules conceived by a group of Danish movie

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Spiky Sustainably-Designed Ecology Pavilion Sprouts in East London

Spiky Sustainably-Designed Ecology Pavilion Sprouts in East London

The Ecology Pavilion, the arts pavilion and the children’s center are three architecturally stunning, energy-efficient, green roofed buildings erected at Mile End Park. They are designed to promote

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Award-Winning Solar-Powered Casa Locarno in Switzerland Stores Energy in its Basement

Award-Winning Solar-Powered Casa Locarno in Switzerland Stores Energy in its Basement

Casa Locarno doesn't use any conventional energy at all. Instead, all of its power is generated by rooftop solar panels and underfloor heating. What energy is not used immediately is stored in a 1,050

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CHL Social Housing is Clad With Bright Blue Louvers for Sun Protection & Privacy

CHL Social Housing is Clad With Bright Blue Louvers for Sun Protection & Privacy

The building's compact design and layout is coupled with an interesting shift in layers which gives the facade a kinetic effect. Separated into two volumes, one side accommodates 16 apartments surrounding

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Chicago’s Poetry Foundation is a Striking Daylit Space Worthy of an Ode

Chicago’s Poetry Foundation is a Striking Daylit Space Worthy of an Ode

Located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, the new home for the Poetry Foundation is a building in dialogue with a garden. The courtyard garden acts as another room inside the space and serves as

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Sou Fujimoto’s House N Captures Sunlight and Fresh Air in a Series of Nested Boxes

Sou Fujimoto’s House N Captures Sunlight and Fresh Air in a Series of Nested Boxes

Located in Oita, Japan, House N was designed for a couple and their dog. The outermost box encases a semi-private yard and outdoor living area, which features a wooden deck, trees and garden space. The

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Plans for a Naturally Daylit Art Museum for Aspen

Shigeru Ban Unveils Plans for a Naturally Daylit Art Museum for Aspen

Shigeru’s five key design elements for the building are the grand stair, the moving room, the wooden screen, the roof design, and the walkable skylight. The grand staircase supports circulation, but is

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Tulip-Like Gymnastics Hall in Utrecht Provides Privacy But Maintains Natural Daylighting

Tulip-Like Gymnastics Hall in Utrecht Provides Privacy But Maintains Natural Daylighting

The TNW Tulip sports hall is home to four individual gymnastics clubs and is used exclusively for practice and competitions. Located in the center of Utrecht, the hall is part of a much larger redeveloped

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Sipopo Congress Center’s Lace Envelope Shields it from the Hot Equatorial Guinea Sun

Sipopo Congress Center’s Lace Envelope Shields it from the Hot Equatorial Guinea Sun

The two-story building sits on the edge of the sea and forest, and its design was directly inspired by the native trees and the hue of the ocean. A brilliant blue glass facade is tempered with a lace-like

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Solar-Powered Italian Home Uses Light Wells to Illuminate Its Interiors

Solar-Powered Italian Home Uses Light Wells to Illuminate Its Interiors

The generous family home is organized around a central courtyard, and the different volumes are staggered. The ground floor houses the entrance area, a work room, and a living space oriented towards the

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Gigantic Bubbly Vitam’Parc Sports Center Pops Up in France

Gigantic Bubbly Vitam’Parc Sports Center Pops Up in France

L35's main architectural goal was to design a set of shells that would enclose the different areas of the complex and fit organically within the landscape, despite the project's large-scale dimensions.

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Naturally Daylit Guangzhou South Railway Station is a Critical Stop in China’s High Speed Network

Naturally Daylit Guangzhou South Railway Station is a Critical Stop in China’s High Speed Network

Inspired by modern airport layouts, TFP Farrells adopted a vertical organization strategy in order to maximize space and provide a clearer passenger flow. The departures concourse is on the top level,

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London’s Energy-Efficient Jodrell Laboratory Houses the World’s Largest Fungi Collection

London’s Energy-Efficient Jodrell Laboratory Houses the World’s Largest Fungi Collection

The Jodrell Laboratory extension, dubbed 'The Wolfson Wing', achieved a BREEAM 'Excellent' mark and was designed to be energy-efficient and sustainable in many aspects. Among the most distinctive

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