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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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MAD Completes Stunning China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin

MAD Completes Stunning China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin

Located across from a park and backed by a dense neighborhood and buildings, the China Wood Sculpture Museum is a long, low volume. As with many of MAD's projects, the form is organic and flows like a

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Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects Convert Rustic 1760 Coach House into Spacious Breukelen House

Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects Convert Rustic 1760 Coach House into Spacious Breukelen House

Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects decided to leave the exterior of the coach house almost entirely intact, retaining the character of the Breukelen building that was first constructed in the 1760s. And

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Renault Unveils Colorful Pavilion Made From 15 Shipping Containers on Ile Seguin, Paris

Renault Unveils Colorful Pavilion Made From 15 Shipping Containers on Ile Seguin, Paris

Built within a redevelopment project by Atelier Jean Nouvel on Île Seguin, this colorful maritime pavilion educates visitors about Renault cars. It's made from 20 and 40-foot-long corrugated steel boxes,

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Snøhetta’s New Library at North Carolina State University Aims for LEED Silver

Snøhetta’s New Library at North Carolina State University Aims for LEED Silver

The glass façade of the Hunt Library not only reflects the carefully landscaped trees on North Carolina State’s campus, but also flushes the interior with natural light, making for comfortable lighting

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Weiss/Manfredi Unveils Plans for Kent State’s New Green-Roofed Design Loft

Weiss/Manfredi Unveils Plans for Kent State’s New Green-Roofed Design Loft

Weiss/Manfredi was one of four firms competing an an international design competition to build the coveted architecture school building. Beating out Bialosky & Partners of Cleveland with Architecture

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Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech's Robinson Laboratory was originally built in 1932 and features a Spanish mission-style design similar to many of the buildings on the campus. Keeping true to the original nature of the building,

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Peaceful Gudrun House in Austria is Made Entirely from Prefab Materials

Peaceful Gudrun House in Austria is Made Entirely from Prefab Materials

The design of Gudrun House is simple and clever; it consists of a large living space, two small bedrooms and an entrance. The home is organized around a central core that contains the bathroom and the

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Villa Mecklin is a Beautiful, Low-Impact Vacation Home Overlooking a Finnish Archipelago

Villa Mecklin is a Beautiful, Low-Impact Vacation Home Overlooking a Finnish Archipelago

Located in the rocky island terrain of Naantali, Villa Mecklin was completed in 2008. The house’s interiors are minimal and uncluttered, offering a relaxing natural atmosphere, plenty of natural light

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Swirling Green-Roofed Chinese Coin House Built in Accordance with Sacred Geometry

Swirling Green-Roofed Chinese Coin House Built in Accordance with Sacred Geometry

The home was carefully oriented to ensure that electromagnetic lines irradiating low intensity gamma rays do not penetrate the interior while extensive glazing permits plenty of natural lighting. And the

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gmp Architekten Unveils Massive Daylit Tianjin Exhibition Center for China

gmp Architekten Unveils Massive Daylit Tianjin Exhibition Center for China

The Tianjin Exhibition Center will be China's third international exhibition center (after the ones in Shanghai and Guangzhou), and it's expected to be completed in the next few years. Located on Tianjin

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Big Air Package: Christo Unveils the World’s Largest Inflated Indoor Sculpture in Germany

Big Air Package: Christo Unveils the World’s Largest Inflated Indoor Sculpture in Germany

Big Air Package is Christo's latest installation, designed and completed entirely after his wife, Jeanne-Claude passed in 2009. It is the largest of the Package projects and considered the largest indoor

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Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Fox Johnston had a tiny lot to work with, though it wouldn't appear that way thanks to a deliberate effort to create the illusion of space. In part this is achieved by creating constant communication

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