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Biomimicry in buildings: 6 animal-shaped architectural wonders

Biomimicry in buildings: 6 animal-shaped architectural wonders

Sea shells have influenced the form of buildings in Japan, Monte Carlo, and Mexico, to name a few. This nautilus-shaped home in Mexico City, imagined by Javier Senosiain, was inspired by Gaudi and Frank

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BIG unveils a luminescent geodesic dome biomass power plant, and it’s also a public park

BIG unveils a luminescent geodesic dome biomass power plant, and it’s also a public park

Power plants are, in general, rather dowdy structures—unless you live in the world of Bjarke Ingels. The Danish architect and his firm, BIG, was invited to design a new biomass power plant for the

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5+design stacks a dramatic mountain-inspired mixed-use project atop a transit hub in Shenyang

5+design stacks a dramatic mountain-inspired mixed-use project atop a transit hub in Shenyang

Chinese code ordinances require that residential buildings receive a minimum of two hours of sunshine on the shortest day of the year. Due to that requirement, 5+design faced the challenge of building a

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This honeycomb-like residential structure sits atop an existing car park in London

This honeycomb-like residential structure sits atop an existing car park in London

London-based Architects of Invention designed a proposal for a residential block which would be built atop an existing car park located in the vicinity of the historic Staines Bridge in the British

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An amazing 650-foot-long undulating green roof tops this Parisian lab

An amazing 650-foot-long undulating green roof tops this Parisian lab

The Espace Bienvenüe sits in the Campus Descartes, a cluster of buildings in Marne-la-Vallée, east of Paris. Topped by a green cruvy roof, it meets the needs of the programme imposed by the Ministry of

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Camper Bike: A Pedal-Powered RV For One

Camper Bike: A Pedal-Powered RV For One

The pedal powered camper was constructed in April 2008 and is built for one. Attached to a burly tricycle frame made to haul goods, the cab-over easily sits on the back platform. Like a turtle shell this

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Hiroshi Nakamura’s Nasu Tepee home features a cluster of timber-clad peaks mingling with the trees

Hiroshi Nakamura’s Nasu Tepee home features a cluster of timber-clad peaks mingling with the trees

From the exterior, a guest may not be able to immediately discern whether the home is a collection of small buildings or one cohesive space. The playful curiosity raised by this uncertainty is quenched

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schmidt hammer lassen architects wins bid to design BREEAM Excellent mixed-use complex in Oslo

schmidt hammer lassen architects wins bid to design BREEAM Excellent mixed-use complex in Oslo

Located on Ruseløkkveien Street in Oslo’s historic city center, the 630,000-square-foot complex uses landscape design and generous amounts of glazing to strengthen connections between the building and

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Minnow creates spectacular lamps from New Zealand Macrocarpa and laser-cut bamboo

Minnow creates spectacular lamps from New Zealand Macrocarpa and laser-cut bamboo

Each piece is handmade in a workshop in Christchurch, New Zealand. The veneer is sourced from Auckland, and all the other components are made by local Christchurch firms. The copper wire is reclaimed from

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Helix unveils “world’s best folding bike” that folds down to the size of its wheels

Helix unveils “world’s best folding bike” that folds down to the size of its wheels

Designed to be smaller, lighter, safer, and easier to use than any other folding bike on the market, Helix is made of durable titanium and weighs in at just 21 pounds. Thanks to its innovative design, the

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Charles Pétillon’s ‘Invasions’ of white balloons fill empty spaces and abandoned buildings

Charles Pétillon’s ‘Invasions’ of white balloons fill empty spaces and abandoned buildings

In this series of incredible photographs, Pétillon uses hundreds of crisp, clean-looking balloons as poetic representations of many things throughout his photos: a symbol of childhood innocence, a

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Arup and RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects unveil plans for the new Qatar Foundation Stadium

Arup and RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects unveil plans for the new Qatar Foundation Stadium

The Qatar Foundation and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has officially unveiled the design for the Qatar Foundation Stadium. Part of the Health and Wellness Precinct located in Qatar

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World’s largest monocoque roof is taking form atop China’s Suzhou Center

World’s largest monocoque roof is taking form atop China’s Suzhou Center

  Benoy architectural and design firm has unveiled its design for the Suzhou Center in Suzhou, China. Scheduled for completion in 2017, this unique structure will feature the world's largest

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Could a Spillway Bar Pavilion Manage Seine Flooding in Paris?

Could a Spillway Bar Pavilion Manage Seine Flooding in Paris?

With water levels rising worldwide, there's a very real risk of floods in any city that has a river at its core. Architect Dr. Margot Krasojević has envisioned a dynamic spillway pavilion that could play

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OMA unveils plans to transform former tobacco plant into local food hub in Louisville

OMA unveils plans to transform former tobacco plant into local food hub in Louisville

In an ambitious effort to bring food producers and consumers closer together, OMA has developed a masterplan that consists of all stages in the food chain. To that end, the Food Hub design comprises a

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Artist carves incredibly intricate pop-culture figures onto Crayola crayons

Artist carves incredibly intricate pop-culture figures onto Crayola crayons

Tran started his crayon sculpting business in 2013, drawing inspiration from Diem Chau, an artist who also carves amazingly detailed figures onto crayons. After selecting the right crayon color as the

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Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australian architecture firm ArchiBlox recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and gorgeous to boot. Contemporary and cozy, this

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Kengo Kuma created an organic facade out of cedar strips for the University of Tokyo

Kengo Kuma created an organic facade out of cedar strips for the University of Tokyo

Most university campus buildings are hard on the outside, using brick, concrete, metal and stone to create their familiar facades. The people at Kengo Kuma wanted to break away from that to make a

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Peter Kogler’s spectacular graphic illusions take visitors into a dizzying vortex

Peter Kogler’s spectacular graphic illusions take visitors into a dizzying vortex

Peter Kogler's impressive spaces are charged with energy. His eye-ctahcing designs turn a two-dimensions work of art into 3-dimension spaces that are difficult to forget. His  works draw upon the Pop

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Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Barker Freeman Design Office’s new home for Marfa, Texas will keep its residents naturally cool. The multi-family dwelling is made up of three structures that are partially submerged in a rammed earth

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Local larch clads this contemporary Alpine farmhouse in Austria

Local larch clads this contemporary Alpine farmhouse in Austria

The House SPI was built with a clean and expressive silhouette that stacks a gable wood-clad volume atop a smaller white base. The upper floor projects out overtop the base towards the south to create a

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Villa Zuid is a revitalized 1950s villa tucked amidst Amsterdam’s high rises

Villa Zuid is a revitalized 1950s villa tucked amidst Amsterdam’s high rises

Tucked amongst the high-rises of Amsterdam, Marc Prosman Architects revitalized a 1950s villa, creating a completely updated residence without losing the home’s modernist roots. Known as Villa Zuid,

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Tiny eco-friendly student housing pops up in Sweden

Tiny eco-friendly student housing pops up in Sweden

During the design process, Tengbom Architects collaborated with the students at the University of Lund to carefully tailor the new flat to student preferences. Each unit features a comfortable sleeping

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Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

From a distance, you might not be able to locate the eco-friendly community arts center hidden in this landscape of mountains and wildflower meadows in the French Alps. Designed by French design firm Mas

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The world’s tallest vertical garden lives and breathes in Sydney

The world’s tallest vertical garden lives and breathes in Sydney

Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel in collaboration with French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, One Central Park's living green facade exhibits 250 species of native Australian flowers and

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Mid-century grain silo transformed into a gorgeous, affordable home for two

Mid-century grain silo transformed into a gorgeous, affordable home for two

Kaiser purchased the dismantled 1955 grain silo online from a Kansas farmer that was then transported down to Arizona on the back of a pickup truck. Major modifications were made during the reassembly

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Gravity-defying car hangs upside down in London

Gravity-defying car hangs upside down in London

Alex Chinneck dramatically upended the tomato-red Vauxhall Corsa car fifteen feet in the air by attaching it to a 50-foot-long strip of tarmac that peels off the ground into a wave-like asphalt arch. The

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Handsome Austrian house is clad in a latticed facade made from local spruce

Handsome Austrian house is clad in a latticed facade made from local spruce

Located in the bucolic Bregenz Forest region, Haus für Julia und Björn was built into a hillside and overlooks picturesque views of the rural landscape. Its location along the steep slope gave the

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BIG’s Copenhagen recycling center will double as a neighborhood ski slope

BIG’s Copenhagen recycling center will double as a neighborhood ski slope

According to Arch Daily, the Syndhavns Recycling Center was designed by BIG for Amagerforbraending, a Copenhagen waste management company. When complete, it will double as a public space with fitness

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Sunset Electric transforms 100-year-old building into a LEED Platinum-certified structure

Sunset Electric transforms 100-year-old building into a LEED Platinum-certified structure

Seattle-based Weber Thompson expanded the existing 1916 brick building and transformed it into a mixed-use residential and commercial structure, wrapped around an open courtyard. This LEED

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