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A coal mine in Scotland was turned into a vast universe made out of plants and stones

A coal mine in Scotland was turned into a vast universe made out of plants and stones

What better use for an old coal mine than a whole new universe? This is just what the Duke of Buccleuch and architect Charles Jencks did with an open cast coal mine located within Scotland’s Lowther

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Gigantic swimmable ball pit takes over D.C.’s National Building Museum

Gigantic swimmable ball pit takes over D.C.’s National Building Museum

As any Washingtonian would know, our nation’s capital is sadly not home to any beaches (and we don’t recommend taking a dip in the Potomac River!). For a few months in 2015, however, you can finally

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Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof

Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof

This amazing concrete house in carved into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. OPA designed Casa Brutale as a brutalist building that reminds of the iconic Casa Malaparte in Naples, Italy, by acting as

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Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

After Barry Cox traveled the world admiring churches, he decided to build his own--out of trees. Using five different tree species and a tree spade from his work at Treelocations, the New Zealand resident

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Inspiring LOSEV center in Turkey teaches visitors how to lead sustainable lives

Inspiring LOSEV center in Turkey teaches visitors how to lead sustainable lives

Turkish architecture firm MuuM Architects designed this unique educational and recreational complex meant to be located in the dry Anatolian plains in central Turkey. LOSEV Natural Life Center &

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Gorgeous Doll’s House extension transforms a drafty bungalow into an energy-efficient home

Gorgeous Doll’s House extension transforms a drafty bungalow into an energy-efficient home

Australian design firm BKK Architects completed the Doll’s House, a flexible and energy-efficient addition to a former drafty bungalow. Taking inspiration from the traditional children’s doll’s

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Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units

Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units

Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture teamed up with Method Homes to make a sprawling prefab home in breathtaking Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Set in the footprint of the property’s former home, the

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Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

With the population booming and housing expansion taking place in all corners of the world, catching wind of a swanky new high-rise in a distant land can lead to some raised eyebrows. The EcoSky living

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Philips’ new GrowWise indoor farm will revolutionize food production

Philips’ new GrowWise indoor farm will revolutionize food production

Related: The world's largest indoor farm produces 10,000 heads of lettuce a day in Japan + Philips All images courtesy Philips

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Passive solar beach house is a contemporary take on the Australian beach shack

Passive solar beach house is a contemporary take on the Australian beach shack

The sculptural Northern Rivers Beach House reinterprets traditional building materials, including corrugated metal, fibre-cement sheeting, and timber. Vertical steel cladding wraps around much of the

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Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

London-based design studio LYN Atelier designed a temporary community center in Hackney Wick, constructed using recycled materials from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The community center,

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Camille Kurowsky’s Green Roof House is a rustic leisure home in Brazil

Camille Kurowsky’s Green Roof House is a rustic leisure home in Brazil

This green-roofed terraced house, designed by architect Camille Kurowsky, was conceived for the hot and humid climate of Brazil. Thanks to its green roof and a pergola built from discarded building

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Tubular school canteen made from 4 prefab modules pops up in 90 days

Tubular school canteen made from 4 prefab modules pops up in 90 days

This tubular primary school canteen in Oviedo, Spain, was built from four prefabricated modules in only 90 days. Spanish architect Miguel Ángel García-Pola Vallejo designed the project in order to

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Unbelievable miniature Japanese village will astound you with its attention to detail

Unbelievable miniature Japanese village will astound you with its attention to detail

The 70-second video above is completely enchanting and serene. Gentle instrumental music accompanies the visuals and the video begins with scenes of everyday life in a quiet village in rural Japan:

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Las Vegas Extreme Sports Park Combines Wakeboarding, Organic Food and Repurposed Shipping Containers

Las Vegas Extreme Sports Park Combines Wakeboarding, Organic Food and Repurposed Shipping Containers

Los Angeles-based M-Rad design studio has proposed an extreme sports park for Las Vegas as a way to draw people outside.

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Cocoon Tree: A Lightweight, Spherical Treehouse for Sustainable Living

Cocoon Tree: A Lightweight, Spherical Treehouse for Sustainable Living

Cocoon Tree is a spherical aluminium structure that weighs only 130 pounds. Rigged up with ropes and secured by nets, the structure has 12 locking points for both the suspension and for lateral stability.

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Artist Transforms Tiny Studio into Mind-Blowing Surreal Landscapes

Artist Transforms Tiny Studio into Mind-Blowing Surreal Landscapes

The South Korean artist patiently worked for weeks to even months, laboring on the minutiae of her artwork to achieve each frame’s Alice in Wonderland-like dreamscape. The studio, which measures 11.8' x

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Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor adventures

Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor adventures

Traveling cross-country is an adventurer’s dream, but it often means you have to adjust to lower comfort levels. Conqueror Australia is set to bust that myth with a camper trailer that features almost

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Rooftop cloud pods naturally cool the landscape with the power of evaporation

Rooftop cloud pods naturally cool the landscape with the power of evaporation

The Clouds Observatory was built atop the Casa Decor rooftop terrace, an outdoor entertaining space with a bar, moveable seating, artificial turf, and potted plants. Carolina González Vives’ urban

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Atkins CIWEM announces 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year winners

Atkins CIWEM announces 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year winners

Kamati’s winning photograph shows a husband and wife in India watering watermelon saplings on the Teesta riverbank. “Some images immediately strike a chord. Some images linger in your mind and won’t

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Play in a plane crash sculpture and a field of milk bottle dandelions at this art festival in France

Play in a plane crash sculpture and a field of milk bottle dandelions at this art festival in France

For the past nine years, the  festival has introduced visitors to the chemistry that art and nature can have together, with carefully picked, innovative large scale sculpture. Like years past, this

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Brilliant 5CUBE sends powerful tangible message of Ireland’s dependence on fossil fuels

Brilliant 5CUBE sends powerful tangible message of Ireland’s dependence on fossil fuels

De Siún Scullion Architects’ 5CUBE design was selected as the winning entry in the 2013 ‘Imagine Energy’ competition hosted by Ace For Energy. The brief sought installation ideas that would make

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The Rainbow Chapel’s stunning kaleidoscope windows reference ancient Chinese symbolism

The Rainbow Chapel’s stunning kaleidoscope windows reference ancient Chinese symbolism

This gorgeous wedding chapel in Shanghai, designed by Chinese studio Coordination Asia is enclosed in glass panels made from 3060 elements using 65 different colors. The kaleidoscope windows of the

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Jewel Box Villa takes energy-efficient green homes to a hip new level in Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa takes energy-efficient green homes to a hip new level in Switzerland

This eco-friendly villa in Switzerland, designed by Chinese studio design paradigms, is an energy-efficient, green-roofed home for an environmental consultant. The Jewel Box Villa uses both passive and

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Gorgeous Passive House renovation in New York wins the ‘Oscars of existing buildings’

Gorgeous Passive House renovation in New York wins the ‘Oscars of existing buildings’

The terraced energy-efficient residence in the Village of Mamaroneck in Westchester County, New York, is a retrofit and extension of an existing house built in 1963. New York-based Benzing Architects

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Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading

Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading

Tectône won the project bid in a 2011 design competition that specified wood as the primary structural material. The housing development was built on a former industrial site and includes 39 multi-family

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Fairphone’s new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced materials

Fairphone’s new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced materials

Amsterdam-based firms Melinda Delst Interior Design and Studio Modderman designed the new headquarters for smartphone manufacturer Fairphone as a space which reflects the company's focus on ethically

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Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

Back in November, the Paris city council voted to reject the proposal. This week’s vote overturns that decision, which had been criticized as invalid after some conservative councilmembers disclosed how

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These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

British company Pod Space’s prefab pop up pods add garden offices and studio escapes just about anywhere. The sustainable pods are completely customizable, allowing clients to create an eco-space for an

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A sprawling dragon with a mane of plants reaches through a Parisian art venue

A sprawling dragon with a mane of plants reaches through a Parisian art venue

In an art in Paris, a giant dragon rises above visitors, looming over their heads with an imposing presence. But it’s not exactly a terrifying sight. This larger-than-life vegetation-flaunting

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