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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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Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen retained the character of this old barn-turned-office by carefully restoring its gepotdekselde façade and large thatched roof. The 920-square-foot building's historic pine wood

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Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

What a clever idea for LYCS to put the track field on the roof, not only because it saves space and reduces the project's overall footprint, but it also provides children an inspired environment in which

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Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

The seaside site is framed by an existing natural stone wall that was incorporated into the design. The entryway ducks just under the house through a cutout in the wall and large skylights in the roof

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Claesson Koivisto Rune Debuts Gorgeous Daylit Tind Prefab Houses in Scandinavia

Claesson Koivisto Rune Debuts Gorgeous Daylit Tind Prefab Houses in Scandinavia

Working with Swedish manufacturers Fiskarhedenvillan, Claesson Koivisto Rune designed three bold new homes. There is a single story home clad in bold black panels, a double story version capped with a

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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on

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Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood

Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood

The WISA Wooden Design Hotel is a small two-room structure connected by a semi-open courtyard that is surrounded by a curved trellis. The hotel sets an example of outstanding craftsmanship portraying

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Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Using a restrained material palette that includes wood, stone, concrete and white walls, TACT Architecture was able to make the outdoors a crucial element of their overall design. The northern entrance

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San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

Vacant since 2004, these heavily vandalized buildings had become a local “ghost town” full of transients and ripe with crime. The property was auctioned to new owners recently and developers AREA Real

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Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

The entrance to Cala D’or House is closed to the street and opened at the back, with a large bank of second-story windows that look out on the garden and enjoy amazing views of the sea. It consists of

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REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

The pirate radio broadcasting REM-Island was built in 1964 outside territorial waters in order to avoid Dutch legislation. Constructed completely out of steel, the 262-foot-high structure rests on 6

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Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

The Cowshed Collective design and build workshop was the third of three focused on creating new infrastructure for Callan, including a river walk and a seasonal bridge design led by LiD Architecture.

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Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

According to the architects, the new Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem will be an open structure capable of communicating with the surrounding environment. It will consist of a series of

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40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

Comfort, environmental sensitivity and livability were among the main driving principles behind this stellar design, which partially explains the use of natural materials that integrate so well with the

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Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Located within Thailand’s Koh Kood Island and steps away from the sea, this gorgeous learning ‘den’ was made by 24H-architecture in collaboration with local firm Habita architects. Measuring 540

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Tiny Forest Pond House Offers Peace and Tranquility in a Tucked-Away Corner of Hampshire

Tiny Forest Pond House Offers Peace and Tranquility in a Tucked-Away Corner of Hampshire

TDO Architecture says in their design brief that they used contrasting qualities to create a special ambience. The darker portions of the very small house constructed of timber, glass and copper "address"

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Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

A fan of antiques and do-it-yourself projects, the client was responsible for a great deal of the interior furnishings. These include frames as decorative wall objects, antique chairs and mirrors, moody

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LAST DAY TO VOTE: Vote for Your Favorite Images in the LightCollector Photo Contest!

LAST DAY TO VOTE: Vote for Your Favorite Images in the LightCollector Photo Contest!

LAST DAY TO VOTE! We've received over 300 incredible light-inspired photographs in our LightCollector photography contest over the past few weeks, and we've been calling on you to vote for your

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Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Located an hour's drive south of Seoul, the clubhouse for this 18-hole golf course stands out for its elegance and intricate design. Taking full advantage of advanced technologies in woodworking and

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Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

In addition to its small footprint of 70 square meters, the small timber house on the western side of the Isle of Skye in Scotland makes optimum use of natural light and ventilation in order to keep its

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Adobe’s New LEED Gold-Designed Campus Connects with the Outdoors in Utah

Adobe’s New LEED Gold-Designed Campus Connects with the Outdoors in Utah

Located about half an hour south of Salt Lake City in Lehi, UT is Adobe's new campus. Situated right next to I-15 and public transit, the center is centrally located between major population centers and a

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BIG & Small House Maximizes Space with Volume and Daylighting in Los Angeles

BIG & Small House Maximizes Space with Volume and Daylighting in Los Angeles

The BIG & Small House is set on a 2,500 sq ft lot, and the home has a building footprint of 900 sq ft with a total of 1,200 sq ft inside. This includes a one-car garage, an open floor plan

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Rocky Mountain Bank Rocks Sustainable Features in Beautiful Jackson, Wyoming

Rocky Mountain Bank Rocks Sustainable Features in Beautiful Jackson, Wyoming

The bank occupies an oblique corner site in a very visible part of Jackson, Wyoming. Its bold and sweeping curvilinear form is accentuated by natural building materials such as stone and a latticed

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Work and Pleasure Go Together at Nidolab’s Tiny Home Office in Argentina

Work and Pleasure Go Together at Nidolab’s Tiny Home Office in Argentina

The first thing to notice about the Home Office on display in Buenos Aires is the curious mossy carpet at the onset of the floating timber platform that accommodates a large conference table. In addition

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Tonic Design’s Energy-Efficient Smart-Stell House Opens Up to the Outdoors in North Carolina

Tonic Design’s Energy-Efficient Smart-Stell House Opens Up to the Outdoors in North Carolina

Smart-Stell House is a one-story horizontal house that likes to keep its privacy from the outside world featuring a band of clerestory windows on the top. Envisioned as a “home and vacation home” at

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Non Program Pavilion: Reflective Building Melts into the Spanish Landscape

Non Program Pavilion: Reflective Building Melts into the Spanish Landscape

Paris-based Spanish designer Jesús Torres García Architects created the Non Program Pavilion in the old town of Salobreña, in Granada, Spain. Clad in vertical wooden planks on one side, its other

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Santiago Calatrava’s Liège-Guillemins Station is a Daylit Cathedral For High-Speed Trains: PHOTOS

Santiago Calatrava’s Liège-Guillemins Station is a Daylit Cathedral For High-Speed Trains: PHOTOS

Santiago Calatrava's grandiose Liège train station contrasts with the city’s medieval architecture and small scale. The Liège-Guillemins Train Station is a modern icon that provides locals and

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Striking Solar Equinox Passive House Aligns With the Sun in Bulgaria

Striking Solar Equinox Passive House Aligns With the Sun in Bulgaria

Taking cues from the home's hilly site, Ignatov Architects came up with a plan that fit in with the surroundings and took advantage of the seaside views. The home is built into the hillside and oriented

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MVN Arquitectos Renovates Industrial Warehouse Into Gorgeous Green HQ for the Botín Foundation

MVN Arquitectos Renovates Industrial Warehouse Into Gorgeous Green HQ for the Botín Foundation

The Botín Foundation is an organization that contributes to the social development of Cantabria, and their new office exemplifies this mission through its creative design. Exposed brick and black metal

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