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Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture

Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture

The Garage is located in Vashon, an island southwest of Seattle that sits in the Puget Sound. The project sits on the shores of the sound, and the building opens up on all sides to let in the views and

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Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

On the outside, Schneider + Schumacher Architekten's fantastic church looks like a white three-dimensional interpretation of traditional village church. But its interior is completely different, featuring

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Gorgeous Glazed House at Rupanco Lake Blends With the Woods in Chile

Gorgeous Glazed House at Rupanco Lake Blends With the Woods in Chile

Squella's idyllic gateway in Chile was envisioned as if it had no walls. Made from glass and wood, it beautifully blends with its natural environment and its few furniture pieces are fixed to the

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Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless

Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless

PAO and PIDO used a CNC router to form the plastic Tricycle House, which is made out of folded polypropylene. This is the only plastic that is strong enough to handle the folds that act like an accordion

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Old Gun Supply Store in Arizona Transformed Into Community-Friendly Creative Center of Scottsdale

Old Gun Supply Store in Arizona Transformed Into Community-Friendly Creative Center of Scottsdale

Michelle Biely bought a property in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona that operated as a gun supply store for over 50 years. She wanted to turn it into a more friendly, community-oriented place and hired

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Naturhumaine Brightens an Entire Street With One Colorful Home Renovation in Montreal

Naturhumaine Brightens an Entire Street With One Colorful Home Renovation in Montreal

Bringing light into the core of this narrow home was important to the project. So Naturehumaine added a skylight to draw light into the second floor of house and supplemented it with a glass floor so that

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Fantastic Plastic ‘House with Big Window’ is Extremely Energy Efficient

Fantastic Plastic ‘House with Big Window’ is Extremely Energy Efficient

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this 19th century home has recently undergone through a massive renovation. The Turin-based architects stripped away the aged building materials and replaced them with

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Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Originally from Montevideo, Victoria Gonzales migrates every year between Punta del Diablo and the shores of L.A. She leads a healthy lifestyle full of surfing, yoga and raw food, a philosophy that is

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Le Atelier Builds Low Budget Tiny Family Home in Leafy Moscow Area

Le Atelier Builds Low Budget Tiny Family Home in Leafy Moscow Area

The Low Budget Home is located on a tight but high value plot belonging to the customer’s parents. Mainly made from wood, its shape is clean, features a sloped roof and the bright orange door stands out

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Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw Architects won an international competition in 2007 to design the Pulkovo Airport, which was recently opened up to passengers. While Grimshaw has retained control as concept guardians, the

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Circular Stoas Vilentum University Embraces Energy-Efficient Design in the Netherlands

Circular Stoas Vilentum University Embraces Energy-Efficient Design in the Netherlands

Stoas Vilentum University places a strong focus on sustainability, which is reflected in its form, materials and interior spaces. The school's cylindrical shape minimizes energy loss while allowing plenty

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Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

The magnificent Casa Oruga (Caterpillar) rests on a mountain slope in the suburbs of Santiago de Chile. Totally integrated to the landscape, the corrugated iron boxes will get rustier with time mimicking

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RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

Originally built in 1910, this Edwardian town hall was extended in 1937 into a 7,500 square meter building. It fell victim to numerous modifications until it was vacated and left to decay in 1993. In

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Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

In designing this private home in Verrières-le-Buisson, France, Nomade Architects first adapted the home to its environment by orientating it to the light, views and natural slope. Modular in concept,

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Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Designed in collaboration with Daniele Mainetti, this layered garden is located at the back of a family home in the town of Chiavari on the Italian Riviera. The garden measures 540 x 40 square feet, and

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Breezy Bungalow Mathugama Stands on Stilts Over the Sri Lankan Jungle

Breezy Bungalow Mathugama Stands on Stilts Over the Sri Lankan Jungle

Bungalow Mathugama stands between a rubber plantation and the start of a jungle in the Sri Lankan region of Kalutara. The light and opening building stands on a series of convergent steel supports located

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Copenhagen’s Striking Green-Roofed Soil Treatment Center Resembles Two Giant Mud Hills

Copenhagen’s Striking Green-Roofed Soil Treatment Center Resembles Two Giant Mud Hills

Located north of Copenhagen, the new soil center was designed for cleaning vast amounts of soil dug up from construction projects and metro building sites. Once the soil is clean and decontaminated, it

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Stunning South Korean Courtyard Home Balances Tradition With Modern Design

Stunning South Korean Courtyard Home Balances Tradition With Modern Design

The GaOnJai Home was designed around a “Madang”, which is a traditional Korean inner court. The luscious outdoor space not only adds some living scenery but also creates a secluded, introverted

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Richard Meier’s Reforma Towers Celebrate Natural Light in Mexico City

Richard Meier’s Reforma Towers Celebrate Natural Light in Mexico City

Reforma Towers is a two tower mixed-used project planned for Mexico City that will be located on Paseo de la Reforma. Designed by Richard Meier & Partners and developed by Diametro Arquitectos, the

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Daylight Illuminates 92% of FAAB Architektura’s X Light Energy Building

Daylight Illuminates 92% of FAAB Architektura’s X Light Energy Building

FAAB Architektura's X Light Energy Building houses 230 employees in Bełchatów, Poland. Staircases, corridors, conference rooms, print rooms, toilets and other areas traditionally lit by artificial light

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Beautiful Modern Retreat is a Tranquil Oasis on the Puget Sound in Washington

Beautiful Modern Retreat is a Tranquil Oasis on the Puget Sound in Washington

The concrete and glass structure of the Case Inlet Retreat is delicately brushed with weathered cedar cladding and an ipe deck, which softens the modern tones of the design. The balance is simple, clean,

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Student Builds Beautiful Latticed Community Garden Shed From Charred Cedar

Student Builds Beautiful Latticed Community Garden Shed From Charred Cedar

The Woodlands Community Garden shed is surrounded by raised vegetable beds. It was crafted entirely from cedar wood with an angled roof that forms a puzzling lattice. This way, cool breezes and natural

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PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

Clad in light aluminum fins that provide 100 percent shading to 95 percent of the glazed surfaces, Siemens' new headquarters at Masdar City is also embedded with several of the corporate giant's own

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Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Measuring 1,000 square feet, the House Under the Oaks is a wide wooden box overlooking a luscious landscape. Its structure was made from prefab FSC timber and assembled on site, reducing

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Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

The sustainability strategy with the Hollin House revolved around increasing the amount of daylight in the house, improving the building envelope and installing a completely new heating system for the

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Light Activated Smart Curtains Could Cut Energy Bills by Half

Light Activated Smart Curtains Could Cut Energy Bills by Half

Curtain image via Shutterstock Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are working on a new set of smart curtains that could cut your energy usage in half. Made from fabric embedded with

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Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

The Chamfer Home is a tiny self-sufficient shelter with a clean modern design that is made from eco-friendly materials. Designed by S-Archetype, the portable living unit can operate completely off the

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Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

The Savannah Project is Julio Garcia's retreat when he's not working in either Miami or Brooklyn. Built from two 40 ft shipping containers, the home is about 800 sq ft and features one bedroom, bathroom,

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Four Houses Project Implements Traditional Islamic Features for a Contemporary Oasis in Saudi Arabia

Four Houses Project Implements Traditional Islamic Features for a Contemporary Oasis in Saudi Arabia

According to Dom Architectura, the focus of the Four Houses design was to achieve a contemporary architectural structure that intrinsically melds with the harsh Saudi Arabian environment. In order to

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8 Wooden Seaside Timrarö Vacation Houses Stand on Stilts in Sweden

8 Wooden Seaside Timrarö Vacation Houses Stand on Stilts in Sweden

There are eight Timrarö Vacation Houses built on stilts on a rocky Swedish archipelago. The wooden and metal stilts ensure the smallest environmental impact while also affording spectacular views.

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