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Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen

Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen

Winner of a design competition, the Shenzhen cultural center consists of four top-heavy volumes each clad in a reflective, red-tinted facade. A series of sheltered public spaces, which were created from

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Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

At first look, the timber barn-like building blends in seamlessly with the bucolic landscape, as if it were another historic structure on the site. With its pitched roof, unfinished exterior planks and

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CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t’Park, an Indoor Oasis for Amsterdam

CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t’Park, an Indoor Oasis for Amsterdam

Although indoors, CUBE’s t’Park is meant to have the peacefulness and playfulness of a green park, inviting the public to enjoy its grounds. With a park for inspiration, the interior was decorated to

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3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

Now anyone can have their very own backyard library! 3rdSpace's prefab rooms have been popping up all over as extra bedrooms and offices - and the amazing prefab structures can even make a bibliophile’s

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The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sesseljuhus structure is the center of Solheimar, both physically and psychologically. The building functions as a resource and information center on Solheimer and environmental living, and also

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OMA Celebrates Topping Out the Taipei Performing Arts Center Today!

OMA Celebrates Topping Out the Taipei Performing Arts Center Today!

OMA sought to break the conventional mold of performance center design by creating a structure that embraced flexible programming and experimental theater production. Their final design consists of three

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Studio505′s Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China’s Highest Rating in Sustainability

Studio505′s Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China’s Highest Rating in Sustainability

Although the original competition brief proposed diverting an existing axial canal to a less prominent position on site, studio505 chose instead to integrate the waterway into the site plan as an active

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Carpenter Builds Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks!

Carpenter Builds Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks!

Dave Herrle worked around the clock to complete his Westbrook woodland home and become self-sufficient. He knew he wanted to live in the forest since after realizing the "benefits of simplicity" while

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Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

Solheimar was founded in 1930 by Mrs. Sesselja Hreindis Sigmundsdottir as a children's home and organic farm, and that tiny settlement has grown into the prosperous community that it is now. Sesselja had

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The Atlanta Falcons’ New Rose-Shaped Stadium Opens and Closes Like a Camera Aperture

The Atlanta Falcons’ New Rose-Shaped Stadium Opens and Closes Like a Camera Aperture

The new stadium will be an expansive 1.8 million square feet and will hold 71,000 seats. The main draw besides the game, however, will be the retractable roof with eight triangular petals that open by

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VIF Studio’s Rustic Summer Cottage is a Modern-Day Lighthouse in Massachusetts

VIF Studio’s Rustic Summer Cottage is a Modern-Day Lighthouse in Massachusetts

Located on a hillside in the Boston Harbor area, VIF Studio’s Summer Cottage is a two-story home that offers 180-degree views of the harbor. The team, led by architect Lian Eoyang, razed the existing

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Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet Across

Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet Across

Skinny leftover spaces between buildings often don’t become more than alleyways, but Boyarsky Murphy Architects managed to turn one challengingly narrow lot into the site of a four story house. Located

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Great Glass House Holds Mediterranean Treasures at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Great Glass House Holds Mediterranean Treasures at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Located in the hills overlooking Tywi Valley, the Glass House is part of the Garden of Wales Botanical Gardens in the UK. Despite being made of glass, the elliptical building blends into the surrounding

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Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

The Rabot Tourist Cabin is named after French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot, who thoroughly explored the mountains in the area. It stands 3,940 ft above sea level and is one of many DNT

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Trakke Transforms Ancient Yurt into a Packable Round House That Pops Up Anywhere for the Everyday Adventurer

Trakke Transforms Ancient Yurt into a Packable Round House That Pops Up Anywhere for the Everyday Adventurer

Created by Trakke in collaboration with eponymous designer Uula Jero and rapid prototyping workshop Maklab, the final design for Jero Yurt took years of research and development. The collaboration kicked

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Tiny Prefab Cabin’s Slatted Timber Facade Folds Open to Beautiful Lakeside Views in Northern Bohemia

Tiny Prefab Cabin’s Slatted Timber Facade Folds Open to Beautiful Lakeside Views in Northern Bohemia

Nestled within a Czech forest, the Lake Cabin was built to replace an old cabin on the lakeshore and is designed to match its predecessor's footprint. The recently completed cabin currently serves as an

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Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

The Wedge updates the traditional cabin using strategic angles to maximize space. The key to the unique design is the angled roof, which opens up the interior while also allowing snow and rain to run off

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Portland’s Tilikum Crossing to Become America’s First Multimodal Car-Free Bridge

Portland’s Tilikum Crossing to Become America’s First Multimodal Car-Free Bridge

A few weeks ago, the two ends of the bridge were finally connected, showing the outline of the final design. The bridge has several unique features that make it superior to other similar projects,

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Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Transformed Into Town for Sheep

Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Transformed Into Town for Sheep

The set for Hobbiton was constructed in 1998 after director Peter Jackson found the Alexander Family farm in an aerial search of the North Island of New Zealand looking for the ideal charming little

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! it’s a… Hostel?!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! it’s a… Hostel?!

The Jumbo Hostel is housed within a retrofitted 747-200 situated in the Stockholm-Arlanda airport. The jumbo jet has a long history of service - it was originally built for Singapore Airlines and even

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PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

We visited NTU's School of Art, Design and Media as part of a recent trip hosted by Singapore's Buildings and Construction Authority. We'd always known that the 5-story building had a spectacular green

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Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses!

Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses!

A series of moats and fortresses were built over the West Brabant Water Line region of the Netherlands during the 17th century in order to provide protection from invasion by France and Spain. Fort de

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Snøhetta’s Vulkan Hives Bring Urban Beekeeping to a Rooftop in Oslo

Snøhetta’s Vulkan Hives Bring Urban Beekeeping to a Rooftop in Oslo

The gorgeous Vulkan Beehives were designed to reflect their use - multi-faceted cut honeycomb with a stretched texturized hexagon pattern on each of its surfaces. Clad in a warm honey color, the pair of

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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

OAXIS is designed to incorporate a prefabricated modular structures with recycled steel. Several passive strategies would control the building’s environment while roof-mounted photovoltaic panels would

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Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally sourced earth as the

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Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2014 awards, Studio CTC's visionary skyscrapers bring agriculture and greenery back to the urban fabric in a big way. Inspired by the duality in Hong Kong's

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Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

The unique studio juts out like a meteorite just behind the busy Deptford High Street. To create the seclusion the artist wanted, the studio was designed without any street-facing windows. Instead, the

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This Triangular Glass Labyrinth Will Boggle Your Mind!

This Triangular Glass Labyrinth Will Boggle Your Mind!

Morris' glass labyrinth is made from inch-thick glass panes, which are topped with bronze rails and built into a base of concrete paving stones. Measuring 7 feet high, this dynamic see-through structure

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Sublime Ribbon-Like Knot House Offers an Ecological Island Escape in South Korea

Sublime Ribbon-Like Knot House Offers an Ecological Island Escape in South Korea

According to the architects, the design for Knot House was inspired by "imagining a surface made of landscape, which eventually folds into a knot to create an enclosure." Although small in volume, the

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BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

Inspired by the hyper-modern Coop Himmelb(l)au-designed architecture at BMW Welt, Point.One S's sleek organic shape blends superior functionality and design into a symbol for environmentally friendly

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