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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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The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The site for the Sunlighthouse is on a narrow sloped lot outside of Pressbaum to the west of Vienna. The less than ideal orientation and not much southern exposure made it challenging to utilize solar

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Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa is clad with vertical western cedar beams that create beautiful geometric patterns across its boxy shell. They represent an abstract illusion of the canal´s water while providing privacy and

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Brilliant SunBeamer Skylight Reflects Daylight Exactly Where You Want It

Brilliant SunBeamer Skylight Reflects Daylight Exactly Where You Want It

The new SunBeamer skylight is a clever and surprisingly simple daylighting solution that directs sunlight exactly where you need it most. Developed by SunCentral, the sun-tracking circular skylight uses

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Wonderful Eco Homes for the Indigenous Mapuche People Pop Up in Chile

Wonderful Eco Homes for the Indigenous Mapuche People Pop Up in Chile

Located in Huechuraba, Santiago, the 25 built Ruca homes are part of a grand social housing complex. Made from bricks, concrete and local pine, the houses' natural facades were built from horizontal

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Sea Mirror: Yann Kersalé’s Dazzling LED and Heliostat Installation Opens in Sydney

Sea Mirror: Yann Kersalé’s Dazzling LED and Heliostat Installation Opens in Sydney

Sea Mirror, also called Miroir de Mer, is Yann Kersalé's newest light project for Sydney. The permanent installation is suspended next to One Central Park with the mirrors directed down towards the

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Dreamy Japanese Pavilion is Made From Two Sheets of Metal Pierced by a Tree

Dreamy Japanese Pavilion is Made From Two Sheets of Metal Pierced by a Tree

The Fukita Shrine is Nishizawa's latest work. The minimalist floating pavilion is sandwiched between two sheets of iron and pierced by a tree Created as part of this year's Setouchi Arts Festival, the

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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Maxwan Architects’ House G is a Sun-Filled Retrofitted Barn Retreat in the Netherlands

Maxwan Architects’ House G is a Sun-Filled Retrofitted Barn Retreat in the Netherlands

Most of the existing barn was left intact. A swath of roof was removed and replaced by a length of skylights to compensate for the small windows. A soapstone woodstove delineates the living room, and a

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Tactic-A Architects Complete Playful Residence That Maximizes Daylighting and Social Spaces

Tactic-A Architects Complete Playful Residence That Maximizes Daylighting and Social Spaces

Placed on a L-shaped plan, tactic-a architects divided the roof profile into three triangular sections with east-facing windows to bring morning light into the bedrooms and downstairs living spaces. In

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University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

The new Early Childcare Center West is located on a developing section of campus near the medical center. Ross Barney's design for the daycare center sought to create a playful environment for the

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Studio Mycc Turns a 215 Square Foot Box into an Extraordinary Tiny Home

Studio Mycc Turns a 215 Square Foot Box into an Extraordinary Tiny Home

Spanish studio mycc converted a plain shoebox apartment into an incredible modern home that maximizes space. With a tiny floor plan and very neat interiors, the Minimalist Pad 100M3 measures a mere 215

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Mission Residence: Light-Filled Urban Cabin Rises from the Ashes of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

Mission Residence: Light-Filled Urban Cabin Rises from the Ashes of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

San Francisco's Richard Johnson Design took an aging cottage made of materials salvaged from the 1906 earthquake and transformed it into a gorgeous "urban cabin" that opens up to the outdoors and welcomes

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1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

The Hanomag U-Boat Hall was completed in 1944 at the tail end of WW II, and it was never used for armament production. (Its location in Hannover away from the coast is curious and does not seem logical

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Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

The low, angular profile of the striking museum was created to emulate the mountainous landscape and the flow of nearby Yabe River. Different materials and textures, including green walls and solar

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1950s Swedish Island Cottage Locks Out the Elements with a Black Pine Tar Facade

1950s Swedish Island Cottage Locks Out the Elements with a Black Pine Tar Facade

Johannes Norlander Arkitektur AB's House Morran is clad with plywood coated in tar - a material commonly used in maritime applications to preserve and seal wood. The home's long and lean body features

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Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Presented as part of the 2008's Casa Per Tutti (House for All) exhibition, Casa Umbrella can be used as a pop-up shelter, temporary house, or emergency room. Its 160 square feet were created from 15

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Tiny ‘Cube in the Woods’ Offers Forest Solitude with a Minor Footprint in Maine

Tiny ‘Cube in the Woods’ Offers Forest Solitude with a Minor Footprint in Maine

Located inside Harpswell woodland, this gorgeous geometrical studio is the perfect place to find peace. Since it was built just a few hundred feet from a tidal creek, the architect decided to place it on

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the

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Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Visitors at the recently opened Kyushu Geibunkan museum in Japan will be thrilled to discover the museum's flexible wooden annex. Designed as a space for pottery and art, the wood pavilion provides great

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Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

With an area of 1,400 square feet, the modest Arrowtown House is a compact, high quality home sited on a slope near the city center. It faces the north to make the most out of natural light while keeping

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Natural Light Swaths rzlbd’s Totem House in Toronto

Natural Light Swaths rzlbd’s Totem House in Toronto

Totem House is a modern, three bedroom home built for a couple who collects sculptures and has a keen appreciation for minimalism. The home features bright white finishes inside with simple geometric

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C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

Denmark is currently upgrading its electric grid to accommodate an increase in demand. This involves adding new power plants and improving reliability, and Energinet wants to improve the look of some of

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pS Arkitektur’s Villa Blåbär is a Geothermal Home Wrapped With a Black Felt Facade

pS Arkitektur’s Villa Blåbär is a Geothermal Home Wrapped With a Black Felt Facade

Villa Blåbär in Nacka, Sweden, takes its name from the dark blue European blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). It was over a series of site visits and workshops where the architects and clients played up

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Modular Photon Pod Provides Insight into How Light Affects Mood and Health

Modular Photon Pod Provides Insight into How Light Affects Mood and Health

To study the effect of light on health and wellbeing, Phillips, Cantifix and <a href="http://Oxford University" target="_blank">Oxford University teamed up to create a facility in which to

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MOE’s Daylight-Filled Copenhagen Office Spirals Like a Staircase

MOE’s Daylight-Filled Copenhagen Office Spirals Like a Staircase

Danish engineering company MOE opened its doors for operation at its new headquarters on September 27th near Copenhagen, Denmark. The engineering firm worked closely with Schmidt Hammer Lassen to design

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Angled Green Roof Crowns Unique A-framed Allerød Clubhouse in Denmark

Angled Green Roof Crowns Unique A-framed Allerød Clubhouse in Denmark

Not your average clubhouse, this modern facility in the Danish municipality of Allerød has two differentiated faces. The entrance side of the building is shielded against the elements and features only a

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DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

DALE, which is an acronym for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is a net zero micro dwelling that produces all of its own energy with rooftop solar panels. It is also incredibly energy efficient

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Crowbrook Garden House Provides Easy Accessibility & Loads of Daylight

Crowbrook Garden House Provides Easy Accessibility & Loads of Daylight

Crowbrook is a single-story residence with 200 square meters of space laid out in the shape of an H. The new home takes the place of an old bungalow that was "of poor construction with a wasteful and

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