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Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

UPA's design will potentially see the university as the first LEED certified building in the country. Once the campus is registered in the local Green Building Counsel (GBC), it can be classified

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Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

The new 5,900 square-foot Kraaiennest metro station was built to replace the original station from 1970. The overhaul of the station is one of the latest efforts turning Bijlmermeer from one of

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David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Sophisticated New Nobel Center in Stockholm

David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Sophisticated New Nobel Center in Stockholm

Slated for the Blasieholmsudden peninsula, the building will include a variety of exhibition spaces and meeting rooms, a library and of course an expansive auditorium, where the annual Nobel Prize award

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Herzog & de Meuron Wins Bid to Design Nature-Infused Hospital in Denmark

Herzog & de Meuron Wins Bid to Design Nature-Infused Hospital in Denmark

To bring patients closer with nature, the architects created an organic cross-shaped hospital building that wraps around a lush central courtyard. In contrast to traditional high-rise hospitals, the New

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Tiny Human-Powered Wheely’s Cafe Serves Coffee Brewed by the Sun

Tiny Human-Powered Wheely’s Cafe Serves Coffee Brewed by the Sun

Developed by the popular Nordic Society For Invention and Discovery (NCID), Wheely's bikes are 100 percent eco-friendly, CO2 neutral and carbon footprint negative. The bikes are human-powered and the

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Tiny Moose Road Residence Frames Stunning Views of Ukiah Valley in California

Tiny Moose Road Residence Frames Stunning Views of Ukiah Valley in California

The house is constructed on steel stilts and oriented to form three large apertures towards the most attractive views of the surroundings. By using standard sized sheet material such as plywood and

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Morimondo 23: Renovated Milan Factory Wrapped in a Concrete ‘Barcode’ Facade

Morimondo 23: Renovated Milan Factory Wrapped in a Concrete ‘Barcode’ Facade

Formerly occupied by a factory, Marimondo 23 was transformed into a contemporary commercial center. Building regulations required the renovated project to maintain the geometry and height of the original

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Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants

Living Green “Lost in Paris” House is Completely Enveloped by Plants

Can't decide on a green roof or a vertical garden? No problem, just do both! R&Sie Architects designed the aptly-named 'Lost in Paris' house for an 'urban witch' who feeds the house through 300

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Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

The Rio Branco 12 office tower on Rio Branco Avenue will have 21 floors. Currently undergoing an urban revitalization, Porto Maravilha is slated to become a new urban and commercial district with over 5

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BREEAM Excellent Everyman Theatre Renovation Reuses 25,000 Bricks in Liverpool

BREEAM Excellent Everyman Theatre Renovation Reuses 25,000 Bricks in Liverpool

The Everyman is a culturally important hub for Liverpool, capturing the creativity and community engagement that makes the theater a vital building. Originally housed in a converted 19th century chapel,

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IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

Swedish design wonder IKEA turned an entire monorail into a colorful showroom in Japan. To kick off their latest location in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, the company decorated the train with vibrant

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This Tiny ‘Orange’ Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

This Tiny ‘Orange’ Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

For anyone looking for that perfect off-grid option, Orange is an exceptionally energy efficient mini-structure that is 100 percent free from harmful building materials. The home is constructed with

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Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

ModFruGal isn't a writer, photographer, or designer, but she is a "gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty." The mother of two built her own modernist treehouse deep in the Tennessee

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Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

MAPA architects placed the kitchen, living room, and other communal spaces on first floor of the house and stacked the bedrooms up above on the second level. To reinforce the division of space, the

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6a Architects Creates Curved Timber-Clad ‘Tree House’ for an Architecture Critic

6a Architects Creates Curved Timber-Clad ‘Tree House’ for an Architecture Critic

The extension houses a bedroom and a bathroom with wheelchair accessibility for Moore’s wife. The ramped corridor connects the main living room in the existing building with the bedroom and bathroom in

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Pinch Public Library Unveils a Sweet Rooftop Playground for Kids in Yunnan Province, China

Pinch Public Library Unveils a Sweet Rooftop Playground for Kids in Yunnan Province, China

The library itself sits against a retaining wall, and the roof takes a twisted path from the elevated path down to the recently built memorial plaza. Apart from a place for kids to play, the roof offers

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Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

After bush fires decimated areas around Canberra in 2001, the city decided to rebuild by creating the National Arboretum Canberra. Plans for the Arboretum actually date back over 100 years ago, when

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Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

According to their literature, LEAPfactory's Gervasutti refuge represents the pinnacle of the Italian firm's achievement. LEAP refers to Living, Ecological, Alpine Pods, their speciality, and their latest

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Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926 Building in Los Angeles

Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926 Building in Los Angeles

The 28th Street YMCA was listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2006 and was acquired by nonprofit developer Clifford Beers Housing (CBH) in 2009. Commissioned to revive the structure and

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Guedes Cruz’ Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

Guedes Cruz’ Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

The Social Complex in Alcabideche is comprised of 52 houses and a support building spread over a well-planned 10,000 square meter site. Guedes Cruz Arquitectos write that “Portugal is not a

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Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

Finland has a deeply-embedded sauna culture; so much so, in fact, that there are two million saunas in a country that has a population of just 5.3 million people. That's why it makes perfect sense for

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Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Vena Cava Winery was started by Phil Gregory, who also owns and runs the nearby luxury hotel La Villa del Valle in Guadalupe Valley. The desert valley enjoys an interesting microclimate for growing grapes

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AEDAS Unveils Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building in China

AEDAS Unveils Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building in China

The Sino-Foreign cooperative university is part of a new program approved by the government in 1994. The University decided to build a world-class university dedicated to training experts. Its

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Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Most of the house is encircled by patterned geometric screens, which not only reference the concrete blocks used by Knox, but also create spaces that can be used as courtyards. These screens also act as

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ArchiWorkshop Unveils Gorgeous ‘Glamping’ Tents Shaped Like Doughnuts

ArchiWorkshop Unveils Gorgeous ‘Glamping’ Tents Shaped Like Doughnuts

Designed for a remote campsite in Yang-Pyeong, ArchiWorkshop's "Glamping for Glampers" tents come in two distinctive shapes. One is a long, curving form that easily adapts to rough terrain. This tent's

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2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

Apart from its primary function as a football stadium, the building's horseshoe design opens the grounds out onto an inner city lake located just outside, which makes it perfect for concerts, parties, and

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The Summer Cave is a Tranquil Italian Restaurant Tucked into a Cozy Sea Cave

The Summer Cave is a Tranquil Italian Restaurant Tucked into a Cozy Sea Cave

The clifftop Grotta Palasezze has 20 rooms overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the old town of Polignano o Mare. Dimly lit and outfitted with furnishings made simply from natural materials in order to blend

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Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Unveil Daylit Zero-Emission Apartment Building in Berlin

Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Unveil Daylit Zero-Emission Apartment Building in Berlin

The 7-story building features triple-glazed windows, a high level of insulation, and it's practically airtight. The photovoltaics mounted on the roof produce energy primarily for the building, although

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Gleaming Pop-Up Habitat Made from Repurposed Photographic Reflective Panels Packs Down in a Jiffy

Gleaming Pop-Up Habitat Made from Repurposed Photographic Reflective Panels Packs Down in a Jiffy

The Pop-Up Habitat is a modular, multi-purpose system made of reflective panels. It uses their rigidity, flexibility and collapsibility to create an array of spatial configurations. Each module consists

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Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Baobed’s oval shape was inspired by exotic fruit that dangles from the branches of baobab trees, known as the “tree of life,” characteristic of African landscapes. Related: Cocoon Tree Is A

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