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Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium

Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium

The 38,000-square-meter Shanghai Planetarium will be located in the new Lingang District, a rapidly developing town southeast of Shanghai’s central business district and located close to the East China

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Norwegian students craft fantastic mountain retreat with a wooden tunnel entrance

Norwegian students craft fantastic mountain retreat with a wooden tunnel entrance

The 150 sq ft tuba cube was crafted as a practical, hands-on University project, to gain building skills and solve problems on-site. Thanks to G.C. Rieber Funds' financial support, the students

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Lada Cube’s prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize construction, cut building time in half

Lada Cube’s prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize construction, cut building time in half

In 2013 Låda Cube set out to change how we use and think about our walls.   Fueled by our belief that traditional stick-built walls consume needless time, energy, and resources, we set out to

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Bates Masi Architects unveil tiny, daylit Beach Hampton House

Bates Masi Architects unveil tiny, daylit Beach Hampton House

The building was designed for a couple who purchased a quarter acre lot over 40 years ago only 500 feet from the ocean. The largest house that could be built was two storey high 600-square-feet space. It

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SG Blocks unveils prefab bar and room prototypes for Marriott Moxy Hotels

SG Blocks unveils prefab bar and room prototypes for Marriott Moxy Hotels

Designer of container-based structures SG Blocks (SGBX) built a container-based open-air bar and a hotel room mock-up for Marriott’s Moxy Hotels. The project was unveiled at the revealed at The Americas

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Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Looking at this picture, "eco home" isn't exactly the first thing that springs to mind. But it turns out this bizarre car-shaped home is surprisingly green. Dubbed the Auto Residence and designed by

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Surf Sauna in a Barrel Keeps Crazy Winter Surfers Warm

Surf Sauna in a Barrel Keeps Crazy Winter Surfers Warm

Surf Sauna's structure is made from marine grade galvanized and stainless steel to hold up to years of salt water exposure. The cylindrical walls are made from western red cedar which is naturally rot

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Gort Scott Architects daylit extension transforms a Victoria Park House in London

Gort Scott Architects daylit extension transforms a Victoria Park House in London

Jay Gort and Fiona Scott of Gort Scott Architects have designed an L-shaped extension to a Victorian house in London by using fragments of the original 1950s structure and reorganizing the space to

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Kjellander + Sjöberg designs a climate-optimized urban development in new Kiruna

Kjellander + Sjöberg designs a climate-optimized urban development in new Kiruna

Located 145 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, Kiruna sits atop a rich body of iron and has a subarctic climate with long, cold winters. To mitigate climatic conditions, Kjellander + Sjöberg

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Suspended Dom’Up tree tents look like flying saucers in the forest

Suspended Dom’Up tree tents look like flying saucers in the forest

The suspension-style cabin, called Dom'Up, is a lightweight tree shelter that leaves no trace or impact on itss surrounding environment. Brainchild of Dutch arboriculturist Druno de Grunne and architect

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Black House Blues is a gorgeous woodland haven for music lovers

Black House Blues is a gorgeous woodland haven for music lovers

Inspired by the clients’ love of Blues music, Studija Archispektras built an airy black home nestled in a lush forest in Lithuania. Appropriately named Black House Blues, the gorgeous house is partially

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Thousands of recycled plastic bottles decorate this spectacular LED tree in Nottingham

Thousands of recycled plastic bottles decorate this spectacular LED tree in Nottingham

Turner hand made over a thousand unique LED plastic bottle flowers for the tree light installation. Each plastic bottle was sandblasted to create a white frosted appearance, cut up, and sculpted into

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SilverWoodHouse is an organic remodel that reflects the surrounding seaside

SilverWoodHouse is an organic remodel that reflects the surrounding seaside

Architect Ernesto Pereira was tasked to create a home that was a piece of art out of an existing structure that was long past its prime. The result was the SilverWoodHouse, a stunning remodeled home that

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Giant colorful lampshades transform Quebec City streets into cozy interior-like spaces

Giant colorful lampshades transform Quebec City streets into cozy interior-like spaces

The project is part of a master plan proposed by Lightemotion in 2013 to the Office du Tourisme de Québec, which calls for the illumination of several more major arteries. The designers of Lightemotion

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This tiny Dutch garden house was turned into a gorgeous shutter-clad getaway

This tiny Dutch garden house was turned into a gorgeous shutter-clad getaway

The summer house was built into the footprint of the existing structure using western red cedar, oak, and slate stone. Two glass walls, one hidden beneath retractable shutters, look out over the greens

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Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

BLAF Architecten finished this two-story single family residence back in 2009 in Asse, Belgium. The surrounding region is relatively dense and there is not much space available for homes with private

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Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

Here’s a phrase you don’t hear very often: vegan-friendly trophy wall. Akin to a pink elephant, the cruelty-free trophy wall is a rare but wondrous thing, and this botanical interpretation by Elkebana

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Stunning Sculptural Sound Walls Sweep Across Melbourne’s Freeway

Stunning Sculptural Sound Walls Sweep Across Melbourne’s Freeway

Designed to be experienced at high speeds of 110 kilometers per hour, the site-specific sculptural sound walls use repetition, contrasting colors and undulating shapes to create a sense of dynamic

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Fly through Ecuador’s cloud forest on a human-powered sky bike!

Fly through Ecuador’s cloud forest on a human-powered sky bike!

The Mashpi Lodge in Quito, Ecuador is a hideaway in the clouds. Tucked inside the 3,200 acre orchid-filled Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, is a glass-walled lodge. Guests to the lodge can now

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There’s so much snow in the US and Canada that people are digging snow tunnels to get around

There’s so much snow in the US and Canada that people are digging snow tunnels to get around

The snowfall this winter has been pretty extraordinary; in Boston alone over six feet of snow has fallen, promoting the city's mayor to declare that it is fine to dump snow in the harbor—because no

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Leandro Erlich Unveils Gravity-Defying Floating Room in France!

Leandro Erlich Unveils Gravity-Defying Floating Room in France!

As though it was ripped out of a building, the floating room was recently installed in Nantes, France, and has a wall that seems to be torn apart, revealing bricks, plaster and wood construction. The tiny

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HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

Located south of the University near Center City and University City, the Pennovation Center will provide a space for entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry partners to collaborate and transform

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Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

In lieu of their recent accession to the European Union, Bulgaria has commissioned Yanko Apostolov Architects to design a gorgeous new National Museum Complex to house the country’s art collections.

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Stunning Chinese Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 resembles billowing wheat fields

Stunning Chinese Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 resembles billowing wheat fields

Entitled ‘The Land of Hope,’ the project integrates Chinese traditional architecture with modern technologies. Its floating roof was designed as a timber structure that references the Chinese

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UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan

UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan

Argentina-based team led by architect Carlos Nahuel Recabarren just won the UNESCO competition to design the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan. The proposal, entitled Descriptive Memory: The Eternal

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House Carrer Migdia is a naturally-ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

House Carrer Migdia is a naturally-ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

The house has living and dining areas located on the first floor. Next to it is the kitchen which faces north. The bedroom can be accessed from the living area through a large sliding door. Instead of a

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Le 2 Workshop’s Third House From The Sun is a passive minimalist dwelling in Poland

Le 2 Workshop’s Third House From The Sun is a passive minimalist dwelling in Poland

The clients desired an eco-friendly home filled with natural daylight and a sense of spaciousness. As a result, the architects studied the sun’s path to create a design that optimized passive design

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Rhijnspoor Building earns highest BREEAM award for an educational building in the Netherlands

Rhijnspoor Building earns highest BREEAM award for an educational building in the Netherlands

The Team RSG-designed Rhijnspoor Building in Amsterdam has been awarded a BREEAM certificate of excellence with 4 stars, the highest score ever given to an educational building in the Netherlands. The

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Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

The brewery was built in the 1890s and experienced its heyday between 1895 and 1910 before going bankrupt. The brick-and-wood structure has been used in a variety of ways since but was left in disrepair

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Pair of tranquil hillside cabins provide space for art, yoga, and guests

Pair of tranquil hillside cabins provide space for art, yoga, and guests

The cabins were designed to fit into nature, rather than disrupt it. The structures were designed to fit in between existing trees, so that minimal destruction of nature would be needed in order to

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