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Spanish Train Station Transformed Into Gorgeous Daylit Office for Casa Mediterraneo

Spanish Train Station Transformed Into Gorgeous Daylit Office for Casa Mediterraneo

Manuel Ocana del Valle was given an interesting brief that pushed the design of Casa Mediterraneo’s headquarters beyond a typical tenant improvement for an existing building. The brief emphasized the

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Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma's Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a single level building that covers a small area. It is built close to the ground and embodies Kuma's vision of 'small architecture'. The building is made

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Glassy Renovation Brings Natural Light into Canadian Museum of Nature

Glassy Renovation Brings Natural Light into Canadian Museum of Nature

Located in Ottawa, the Canadian Museum of Nature has a vast collection that includes 10 million specimens gathered over 150 years. Its recent revitalisation project was carefully practiced, protecting

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AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1’s translucent family home is located in the woodsy area of Weissenbach in Lower Austria. It consists of two L-shaped volumes connected by a patio and surrounded by trees and luscious vegetation. The

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Volcanic Rock Tops Kengo Kuma’s Curved Block D Condos on Jeju Island in South Korea

Volcanic Rock Tops Kengo Kuma’s Curved Block D Condos on Jeju Island in South Korea

Very little information has been released about the design of Kengo Kuma's Block D condos, but this is what we do know. The curved units come in two different sizes - 210 and 245 square meters - that each

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New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

Photo via Shutterstock Windows have one basic limitation: They let light in, but if you want to keep light out you have to use blinds or a curtain. Researchers at Japan's National Institute of

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Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

To access Plasma Studio's greenhouse in Xi’an, visitors must take a boat across a lake. The glazed structure is shaped like a horseshoe with an open-air courtyard in the middle. The greenhouse features

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Sou Fujimoto’s Nebulous 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens to the Public in London

Sou Fujimoto’s Nebulous 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens to the Public in London

Sou Fujimoto is the 13th—and youngest—architect to be invited to design a summer pavilion for the garden, which will host a variety of events all summer long. Fujimoto's works are known for their play

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Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma´s Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is located on a busy corner in Tokyo near the ancient Buddhist temple Sensō-ji. It's made mainly from glass and wood, and its interiors are airy

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New Kickstarter Headquarters Gets Trees on Its Green Roof

New Kickstarter Headquarters Gets Trees on Its Green Roof

The interwebs have been buzzing with news about Kickstarter's new NYC headquarters for quite some time now, but there weren't any real visuals to go by other than renderings until now. The first signs of

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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

The Optical Glass House sits among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima. Its glazed façade was hand-made made from 6,000 high-transparency glass blocks that are from borosilicate, a raw material

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Atelier Oslo’s Lanternen Pavilion is Made From Sustainable Norwegian Wood

Atelier Oslo’s Lanternen Pavilion is Made From Sustainable Norwegian Wood

Visible from afar, Lanternen serves as a meeting point and market shelter, as well as a space for informal music concerts and other performances. It stands on four stilts that are made from local

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Oshatz Architects’ Wooden Wilkinson Residence Towers Amidst the Treetops

Oshatz Architects’ Wooden Wilkinson Residence Towers Amidst the Treetops

With a top floor surrounded by treetops, The Wilkinson Residence evokes the feeling of being in a tree house. It’s curvy exterior is covered with different wood tiles and some metal parts that get

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KHR Arkitektur’s Atuarfik Hans Lynge School Withstands Harsh Mountain Weather Conditions in Greenland

KHR Arkitektur’s Atuarfik Hans Lynge School Withstands Harsh Mountain Weather Conditions in Greenland

Due to the unique topography of the mountains, the school building is particularly vulnerable to strong winds, snowstorms and rushes of melting water. Large eaves protect the building from strong winds,

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Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

Perhaps the most unique aspect of this house is a number of small hills that surround it and provide a depth perception to the flat landscape when looking out. A nice detail is that the architects made

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Lenbachhaus Museum Reopens in Munich with Foster + Partners’ Jewel Box Addition

Lenbachhaus Museum Reopens in Munich with Foster + Partners’ Jewel Box Addition

The main wing of the Lenbachhaus Museum was built in 1891 as a studio and villa for the artist Franz von Lenbach, and several additions have been added over the past 100+ years. In the latest set of

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Apelle: Boat-Like Home Stays Warm With Geothermal Energy During the Finnish Winters

Apelle: Boat-Like Home Stays Warm With Geothermal Energy During the Finnish Winters

Apelle is a long and lean building that opens up to the surrounding nature. The interiors are open plan and multi-functional, a common tradition in Finnish architecture dubbed “tupa” or “pirtti”.

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Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

JF-Kit is part pop-up gym, part self-sufficient off-grid home. The interior features a line of ‘domestic fitness furniture’ that enables residents to produce energy by pedaling a bike, doing sit

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Modern Green Roofed Casa MM Makes the Most of Brazil’s Spectacular Landscape

Modern Green Roofed Casa MM Makes the Most of Brazil’s Spectacular Landscape

Designed by Studio MK27’s Marcio Kogan, Casa MM boasts a luscious grass green roof that acts as insulation and also a continuation of the landscape. Due to the extreme sunny weather, the walls are

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Chinoiserie: A Breezy Pop-Up Shelter Inspired by Mongolian Yurts

Chinoiserie: A Breezy Pop-Up Shelter Inspired by Mongolian Yurts

Constructed as part of a workshop organized by Rainbow Dream, Chinoiserie is a translucent space for relaxing and meeting people. The space measures 180 square feet and it's built from locally sourced

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Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK

Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK

Atelier CMJN recently unveiled plans for the new Great Fen Visitor Center, a wooden sustainable structure set halfway between the wetlands and dry lands in Cambridgeshire, UK. The organic shelter is made

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UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

We are familiar with UID Architects’ work as we previously featured the firm's gorgeous Pit House in Okayama, Japan. Similar to the Pit House, the Nest House features big open spaces that flow into

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Toyo Ito’s Daylit Odate Dome Shrugs Off Snowstorms and Monsoons in Japan

Toyo Ito’s Daylit Odate Dome Shrugs Off Snowstorms and Monsoons in Japan

Toyo Ito's Odate Dome was completed back in June 1997. The building is a great social space that hosts baseball and soccer games in addition to other events. The oval dome is made from 25,000 sustainably

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Radhaus is a Glowing Bike Shop & Storage Facility in Eastern Germany

Radhaus is a Glowing Bike Shop & Storage Facility in Eastern Germany

After the new rail station was completed in Erfurt, lots of commuters were riding their bikes to the station and chaining their bikes up to whatever they could find. Plans hadn't been made to accommodate

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Light Wells Brighten up the Tiny Pedervegen 8 House in Norway

Light Wells Brighten up the Tiny Pedervegen 8 House in Norway

Rever go Drage describes the original one bedroom, one bathroom home as "Scandinavian functionalism," which is short for a very small dwelling with a flat roof, brown wood cladding and white brick walls.

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Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

The three bedroom modular residence was carefully arranged on the site to avoid excess solar gain in summer while making the most of winter daylight. Extensive floor to ceiling glazing on the lower level

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Magical Dome House in Remote Thailand Constructed in Six Weeks for Just $8000!

Magical Dome House in Remote Thailand Constructed in Six Weeks for Just $8000!

Truth be told, rules are a little lax in Thailand, so Steve wasn't required to obtain building permits for his 500 square foot home, which naturally shortened the process. Then he added his own finishing

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LEED Silver-Seeking Snowy Owl Theater to Open This Month in Leavenworth, Washington

LEED Silver-Seeking Snowy Owl Theater to Open This Month in Leavenworth, Washington

The ICCA created the new Snowy Owl Theater due to its limited audience space and crowded event schedule at their current venues at their headquarters and the Sleeping Lady Resort. Multi-talented Pacific

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Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Situated in the city of Tachikawa, Fuji Kindergarten follows the Japanese architectural tradition of welcoming nature in. In this case, Tezuka Architects built around nature, leaving the classroom’s

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Strips of Glazing Pour Daylight into Renovated Seaside House N in The Netherlands

Strips of Glazing Pour Daylight into Renovated Seaside House N in The Netherlands

In order to grow the ground floor, Maxwan added two new boxes to the original building. Protruding from the kitchen is a monolithic concrete volume and a floor to ceiling glass box pushes the living room

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