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Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

The Alto Nevados Hotel in Chillan is mainly constructed from steel and designed as a pixelated box volume standing out among the gorgeous Andes Mountains. Its unique facade was made from old wooden boards

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Beautiful Wooden Home in Norway Is Built Around Forest Trees

Beautiful Wooden Home in Norway Is Built Around Forest Trees

The wooden Square House is situated within a dense pine forest area on a car-free island called Nøtterøy. It was built from vertical boards of local pine that create a cubic shelter surrounded by

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Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

Made from a sturdy steel structure, this Hiroshima home is completely covered in polycarbonate, a long-lasting, high impact-resistance material. Thanks to its translucent qualities, the large volume

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Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

For the past two decades, the University of Turin has been gradually modernizing its architecture as new facilities are constructed on formerly industrial land. Foster + Partners describes its design as

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WRNS Studio’s New Tahoe City Transit Center Collects Snow For Rainwater Harvesting

WRNS Studio’s New Tahoe City Transit Center Collects Snow For Rainwater Harvesting

The TCTC’s shape is indicative of the region’s history with Lake Tahoe. Shaped with curves similar to a boat, this long rectilinear building’s roof eaves have long wooden slats as if designed as a

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Artech’s Striking Geometrical Lanyang Museum Rises from the Shores of Taiwan

Artech’s Striking Geometrical Lanyang Museum Rises from the Shores of Taiwan

With a total floor area of 425,000 square feet, the Lanyang Museum was designed to reflect the unique history, culture and landscape of the area. It was built alongside a wetland that was once home to the

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Dazzling Sky Reflector-Net Draws Daylight Down into NYC Subway System

Dazzling Sky Reflector-Net Draws Daylight Down into NYC Subway System

The NYC subway system is one of the fastest, greenest ways to get around town, but one common complaint is that stations are underground, dark and never see the light of day. JCDA, Grimshaw Architects and

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Hassell + Herzog & de Meuron Win Competition to Design Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station

Hassell + Herzog & de Meuron Win Competition to Design Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station

On the architectural design side of this winning design entry, Herzog & de Meuron and Hassell celebrated the rail travel experience by creating a barrel-vaulted space made from light-weight structural

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Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Named after a tree, the Illawarra Flame House comes equipped with a 9.4 kW photovoltaic system with two different kinds of cells, a grey water treatment and a rainwater capture system. It also features a

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Extraordinary Timber Skin Wraps Around Alma Hotel in Italy’s Dolomites

Extraordinary Timber Skin Wraps Around Alma Hotel in Italy’s Dolomites

The architect, Ulla Hell, sought a new home for her family of five, and the existing 1960s hotel needed a smart upgrade. The residential addition is organized over two floors, and every room has access to

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Archstruktura Gives the Russian National Center for Contemporary Art a Striking Glazed Renovation

Archstruktura Gives the Russian National Center for Contemporary Art a Striking Glazed Renovation

Located in Ekaterinburg, the Russian museum is also a cultural hub for scientific research and acts as a bridge between contemporary art and public city spaces. With a total area of 27,000 square foot, it

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New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

Work began on the new Student Centre in 2010 and it was just recently completed this summer under the guidance of Diamond Schmitt Architects and aided by Studio Southwest Architects. Located at an

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Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Metalsa SA and Brooks + Scarpa unveiled the plans for the dramatic industrial building back in 2012 and we're thrilled to see it completed and in operation. The project is located in a new Research and

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DmvA’s Two-Faced BVA House is Closed to the Street and Open to the Garden

DmvA’s Two-Faced BVA House is Closed to the Street and Open to the Garden

DmvA's House BVA stands out in its neighborhood with its detailed brick facade, which protects its inhabitants from strong sunlight and keeps the home's interior private. The building's red top window

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Paul Archer Revamps a Traditional Victorian House a Stylish Modernist Home

Paul Archer Revamps a Traditional Victorian House a Stylish Modernist Home

The walls consist of glass panel to allow direct sunlight to penetrate deep into the plan. The upper floors of the extension are clad with a skin of Douglas fir battens, which run both inside and out as

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Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Design Office uses efficient, simple and cost-effective solutions that give existing structures a brand new purpose. One example is The House in Yoro, an open Japanese family home in a

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Thomas Heatherwick Designs a Futuristic Learning Hub for Nanyang University in Singapore

Thomas Heatherwick Designs a Futuristic Learning Hub for Nanyang University in Singapore

With the notion that corridors create social separation and isolation, The Hub brings together 55 tutorial rooms in a structure without any conventional corridors. Similarly, the building does not have a

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4N House: Fukushima Survivors’ New Home is Raised On Stilts in Nara, Japan

4N House: Fukushima Survivors’ New Home is Raised On Stilts in Nara, Japan

By stacking the house on pilots, Ninkipen! achieved a variety of purposes: minimal site disturbance, which is great, maximizing space for the owner's two children to play, and extending the outdoor space.

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Curvaceous Green Roofed Jean-Moulin School Completed in Montargis, France

Curvaceous Green Roofed Jean-Moulin School Completed in Montargis, France

Located in Montargis, France, École Jean-Moulin was finished early this year. The school measures 30,000 square feet and consists of two juxtaposed volumes set beneath a luscious green roof. The iconic,

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Charming A-framed Home in the Woods Gets a Glass Box Extension

Charming A-framed Home in the Woods Gets a Glass Box Extension

Immersed in a woodsy area, this geometric shelter boasts thoughtfully designed interior and exterior spaces. Its recent addition consists of a glazed cube with a separate entrance through the garden and

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Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

The Highpoint Shopping Centre is located about eight kilometers northwest of Melbourne's central business district in the suburb of Maribyrnong. Grimshaw Architects was tasked with designing the 30,000

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Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Ferran Vizoso designed the renovation of this 1,050 square meter church for the Corbera d’Ebre municipality and the government institution Generalitat de Catalunya. The clients wanted to utilize a

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Mixed-Use Santa Roza Tower Provides Lush Natural Daylighting in Cyprus

Mixed-Use Santa Roza Tower Provides Lush Natural Daylighting in Cyprus

The global design group Atkins unveiled plans for a 29-story tower in Nicosia, Cyprus. Named the Santa Roza Tower, the building is slated for construction in the city's new commercial district, which is

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Sculptural Wooden House in Sweden Bends to Make Way for an Oak Tree

Sculptural Wooden House in Sweden Bends to Make Way for an Oak Tree

The Fagerstrom House is a modern home that bends around a tree that gives its inhabitants some shade, fresh air and leafy views. Its gentle curved form creates an interior spatial flow that would have

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Naturally Ventilated YAK01 Home Keeps its Cool in Thailand’s Tropical Heat

Naturally Ventilated YAK01 Home Keeps its Cool in Thailand’s Tropical Heat

Ayutt and Associates Design's YAK01 house is shaped like an L to enhance daylighting and provide lots of room for green space. 50 percent of the land is dedicated to a garden with trees and a pool, which

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Norwegian Mountain Cottage Stands on Stilts to Preserve Native Reindeer Moss

Norwegian Mountain Cottage Stands on Stilts to Preserve Native Reindeer Moss

Located in Stor-Elvdal, Norway, this beautiful Mountain Cottage stands 900 meters above sea level. Embracing the sloping landscape, the L-shaped shelter stands on a small concrete sustaining wall and

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Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

BOLLES+WILSON took first place in a 2009 competition to come up with a creative and engaging transformation of the St. Sebastian Church into kindergarten. Their plan to transform the 1962 church was based

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Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Located on a hill at the highest point of Santiago de Chile's Parque Araucano, the two yellow cubes are surrounded by native trees and wildlife. In order to access them, people have to use a series of

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France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

The Metaphone consists of an open concert hall with capacity for 500 seats and 800 standing. The massive structure also boasts a bar, restaurant, a high-tech stage, and a facility for outdoor concerts.

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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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