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House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

In order to create a playful sense of expansiveness on the inside of the Matsudo City home, Shinozaki decided to give it a large roof and fill the space in-between with eight Y-shaped wooden frames. From

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Kengo Kuma’s Transparent Temporary Shelter Pays Homage to Classic Japanese Literature

Kengo Kuma’s Transparent Temporary Shelter Pays Homage to Classic Japanese Literature

Architect Kengo Kuma recently built a humble modern pavilion as a tribute to a classic Japanese story written 800 years ago. The short story, Hojoki, by Kamo no Chomei tells the story of how Chomei left

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Haus am Steinberg is a Charming Wedge-Shaped Addition to a Historic Wine Cellar in Austria

Haus am Steinberg is a Charming Wedge-Shaped Addition to a Historic Wine Cellar in Austria

In order to prevent it from interfering too much with the original design, the gabled addition meets the roof lines of the original cellar while still maintaining something of its own identity. The

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Foster + Partners Completes First Project in South America: Climate-Friendly Faena Aleph Apartments

Foster + Partners Completes First Project in South America: Climate-Friendly Faena Aleph Apartments

The Faena District of Buenos Aires is an upscale neighborhood brimming with new construction. Foster + Partners designed the project for a team owned by the Faena Group that advocates green spaces and

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Sharon Neuman Architects’ Minimalist Herzelya Home Keeps Cool With Energy-Efficient Design

Sharon Neuman Architects’ Minimalist Herzelya Home Keeps Cool With Energy-Efficient Design

Measuring over 215 meters in size, the Herzelya home has adapted to two very important factors: a narrow site and stifling adjacent homes. The design team at Sharon Neuman Architects knew that this long

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AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands

AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands

During winter times, the house is passively warmed up thanks to good insulation and sunshine, as the surrounding deciduous trees loose their leaves. During the summer, the house gets a cool green shade

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William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

As William Duff Architects explain, they “developed a project that blends elegant, innovative architecture with green building strategies to create inspiring spaces carefully crafted for everyday

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Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Faced with a lifeless space, Naf might have gutted the entire interior of this strange Japanese home. Instead, saving energy and materials, the self-styled design team inserted a gorgeous wooden box that

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Steven Holl Architects Unveil Green-Roofed Ecology and Planning Museum for Tianjin Ecocity, China

Steven Holl Architects Unveil Green-Roofed Ecology and Planning Museum for Tianjin Ecocity, China

The project consists of two museums; the Ecology museum will be connected via a high-speed tram to the central business district of the Ecocity itself, and will focus specifically on Earth to Earth, Earth

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Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade

Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade

The Glass Farm is a redevelopment of Schijndel'’s market square, which was heavily damaged during WWII. MVRDV's Winy Maas grew up in Schijndel and in 1980 he proposed redeveloping the market square to

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North Shore Community College’s Solar-Powered Health Professions Center Achieves Zero Net Energy

North Shore Community College’s Solar-Powered Health Professions Center Achieves Zero Net Energy

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the proud owner of this new ZNEB building, and in partnership with the Department of Capital Asset Management, Governor Deval Patrick brought together the team of

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The Lefebvre-Smyth Residence in British Columbia Minimizes Footprint but Maximizes Sustainability

The Lefebvre-Smyth Residence in British Columbia Minimizes Footprint but Maximizes Sustainability

The CEI Architecture team, which has offices located in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Victoria, was led by Nick Bevanda and Rob Cesnik during their work on the Lefebvre-Smyth Residence. Inspired by the site’s

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X Marks the Spot at the Striking Naturally Daylit NEO Bankside Residences in London

X Marks the Spot at the Striking Naturally Daylit NEO Bankside Residences in London

NEO Bankside is located directly south of the Tate Modern and features four buildings with 217 residences and a six-story office block. The hexagonal buildings have a distinctive external cross-bracing

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Seoul’s Green-Roofed H-House Unifies Three Generations of a Single Family

Seoul’s Green-Roofed H-House Unifies Three Generations of a Single Family

The award-winning home occupies a small plot in the dense neighborhood of Seongbuk-dong. It's located in an alley that winds down a hill, so Bang By Min designed a rising series of outdoor spaces and

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Maison Escalier is a Tree-Like Parisian Home Wrapped With a Leafy Sun Shade

Maison Escalier is a Tree-Like Parisian Home Wrapped With a Leafy Sun Shade

The interior of Maison Escalier is creatively designed with stark white-painted walls that contrast with rich, warm black locust wood floors and ceilings. The black locust wood also covers the central

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Bucolic Vejlskovgaard Stable is Like Club Med for 300 Dairy Cows in Denmark

Bucolic Vejlskovgaard Stable is Like Club Med for 300 Dairy Cows in Denmark

In Denmark, the law states that milk can only be labeled organic if the cows that produced it have spent at least 150 days at pasture. We're not certain whether these cows are able to roam free on that

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Rotterdam’s Stepped Central Library Sprouts a Green Roof and a Beehive!

Rotterdam’s Stepped Central Library Sprouts a Green Roof and a Beehive!

The Rotterdam Central Library launched in 1983 as an “open, inviting, centrally located building that is accessible to everyone.”  Its main feature is its striking array of yellow-painted round

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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Aiming to be the World Capital of CO2 by reducing fifty per cent its carbon emissions, Rotterdam has ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels. The idea is to build a community of floating homes,

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The Philips LightCollector App Lets You Share Lighting Photos With Designers and Creatives Worldwide

The Philips LightCollector App Lets You Share Lighting Photos With Designers and Creatives Worldwide

Shutter-happy creatives will love using the LightCollector app, a cool new crowd-sourcing smart phone tool that funnels all the best light-inspired photos out there into a one-stop database of

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Teton County Children’s Learning Center Brings Sustainable Design to Jackson, Wyoming

Teton County Children’s Learning Center Brings Sustainable Design to Jackson, Wyoming

Creatively named “The Ranch,” the Rafter J Childcare facility was designed by the team of architects to achieve three objectives: to fit into the ranch-like neighborhood, experientially stimulate the

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Old Shoe Factory Converted Into Bright & Colorful Architecture Research Center in Cyprus

Old Shoe Factory Converted Into Bright & Colorful Architecture Research Center in Cyprus

The design for the new education building was largely determined by the needs of the architecture department, the restrictions of the existing structure, and the tight budget of the university. One of the

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s New Aalborg University Hospital is Designed to Heal Through the Environment

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s New Aalborg University Hospital is Designed to Heal Through the Environment

The New Aalborg University Hospital plan was presented by a consortium of design firms including: Creo Architects, Aarhus Architects, NNE Pharmaplan, Brix & Kamp Consulting Engineers, Oluf Jorgensen

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Café Melba is a Rustic Eatery Shaded by Ancient Angsana Trees in Singapore

Café Melba is a Rustic Eatery Shaded by Ancient Angsana Trees in Singapore

The rustic interior receives plenty of daylight, eliminating the need for artificial lighting during the day, but since the weather in Singapore can get uncomfortably sultry, it was also necessary to

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Timber Shoffice is a Naturally Daylit Garden Shed + Office Combo in London

Timber Shoffice is a Naturally Daylit Garden Shed + Office Combo in London

The Shoffice is located in the backyard of a 1950's terraced house in St John’s Wood in northwest London. Designed by Platform 5 Architects, who worked closely with the structural engineer and

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Leers Weinzapfel Associates Completes LEED Gold-Designed Oak Hall at University of Connecticut

Leers Weinzapfel Associates Completes LEED Gold-Designed Oak Hall at University of Connecticut

Oak Hall, the twin to the first LEED Gold building Laurel Hall, is the new home of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ journalism, economics, languages, and linguistics departments. These brick

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Rutgers New Business School Designed by TEN Arquitectos Is Now Under Construction

Rutgers New Business School Designed by TEN Arquitectos Is Now Under Construction

The new business school will accommodate five academic departments and research centers organized in clusters. The site will include faculty offices, visiting scholar offices, and conference/meeting room

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Cadogan Cafe’s Retractable Glass Wall Responds to Local Weather Conditions in the UK

Cadogan Cafe’s Retractable Glass Wall Responds to Local Weather Conditions in the UK

NEX Architecture beat out some serious competition to win an international competition to design the Cadogan Cafe in Chelsea. To be located near the Saatchi Gallery in the Duke of York Square, the 300

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Tiered Green Roofs Crown the Landmark Bobigny School in France

Tiered Green Roofs Crown the Landmark Bobigny School in France

Located on a tight urban block, the school is one part of a larger complex, but it was primarily important to ensure that the children should feel protected. This sensibility is achieved with the

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Extraordinary Sustainable Retreat by roomTEN Design Opens Onto Michigan’s Lake Shore

Extraordinary Sustainable Retreat by roomTEN Design Opens Onto Michigan’s Lake Shore

Creating the home as a sustainable and healthy living space for the family was top priority, beginning with site selection. Calculating what available property would be the shortest in drive time (not

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Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Imagine lounging at a spa poolside, relaxing as the delicate interplay of light and shadow filtering from the canopy above melts your stress away. But instead of trees setting the mood, the roof above is

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