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This Star Wars retrofitted R2D2 Volkswagen van is just the droid you’re looking for

This Star Wars retrofitted R2D2 Volkswagen van is just the droid you’re looking for

The classic Volkswagen Camper Van has been given custom paint jobs for almost as long as it's been around; admittedly the vast majority by the free-loving, tie-dyed and Deadhead crowds. But mimaki

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Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

The building dates back to medieval times when it functioned as a fortified structure. As part of a restoration project the old stone structure was restored and renovated in order to accommodate public

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This stunning Argentinian house is buried under a sacred Patagonian site

This stunning Argentinian house is buried under a sacred Patagonian site

According to the architects, the house stands on a religious Bariloche site, where natives used to hold Smoke ceremonies by burning green leafs as an offering to the gods. When the ceremony ended, at

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‘The Invisible Store of Happiness’ wooden installation produced less carbon emissions than an iPhone 6

‘The Invisible Store of Happiness’ wooden installation produced less carbon emissions than an iPhone 6

British designer Sebastian Cox teamed up with with sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon to create a large wooden sculpture for the Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 in London. The piece, entitled The Invisible Store of

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Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

At night, the path is lit by thousands of twinkling stones, creating a beautiful night sky on the ground. The path is illuminated LED lights powered by a nearby solar array that charges during the day

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Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

It's great to see more of the vernacular in contemporary architecture, like this sturdy rock fence that frames a summer home just south of Melbourne. Designed by b.e. Architecture and located on the

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Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Due to poor insulation and disrepair, the original brick-and-timber house was prone to leaking. Edgley Design wrapped the renovated building in insulation and sheathed most of the facade in stainless

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Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the Dolomite Mountains

Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the Dolomite Mountains

The 117-square-meter Valley House is top-heavy, with two diamond-shaped volumes stacked atop a triangular base. The entrance is elevated off the ground and accessible via a short flight of stairs. A small

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Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London’s new rental laws

Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London’s new rental laws

Up until now, a Londoners haven't been able to rent their homes for less than three months without the fear of fines. Now, the law has been updated to allow homeowners in the capital to use sites like

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Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering wave at the Venice Biennale

Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering wave at the Venice Biennale

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has transformed thousands of empty eye shadow containers into a glistening wave for the Venice Biennale. Entitled “Reverberation- Pavilion of Light and Sound,” the piece

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Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound for pound, stronger

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Digitally fabricated wooden vases by Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal mimic handcrafting techniques

Digitally fabricated wooden vases by Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal mimic handcrafting techniques

Zaha Hadid and designer Gareth Neal collaborated in the making of these amazing wooden vases. The designs, which reflect Hadid's signature aesthetics, combine the experimentation with the concept of

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Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

New York–based design studio Bernheimer Architecture designed this daylit vacation house in Rhode Island, the interior of which plays with light like it were a sculpting chisel. The Quonochontaug House

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LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

The 120,711-square-meter office headquarters’ placement and shape were influenced by the need to maximize building views towards West Lake and minimize shadows on adjacent residential buildings. Thus,

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This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires

This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires

The exterior of Israel's pavilion at this year's Venice Art Biennale is covered 1,000 used car tires. Artist Tsibi Geva had the tires imported from Israel and tied together to create a protective skin,

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You can sleep like a floating astronaut in this Slovenian hotel

You can sleep like a floating astronaut in this Slovenian hotel

Visitors of the Cultural Center of European Space Technologies (KSEVT) in rural Slovenia can now experience of being and astronaut and sleep in a way that mimics zero-gravity environments. The students of

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Sharon Davis’s geothermal retreat brings the natural world inside

Sharon Davis’s geothermal retreat brings the natural world inside

Picture Set on an idyllic patch of land adjacent to the historic Old Albany Post Road, Sharon Davis's 900 square foot country home weaves together exterior and interior to make a small space feel

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Wes Anderson designed a cafe and it’s almost as good as his movies

Wes Anderson designed a cafe and it’s almost as good as his movies

The cafe is alight with the soft, mid-century color palette and details one could easily find on a Grand Budapest Hotel storyboard. Much of the building's original structure is preserved, as well,

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Build a personalized world map for your wall that chronicles your travels, one country at a time

Build a personalized world map for your wall that chronicles your travels, one country at a time

The designers at Bold Tuesday have developed a clever “analog” version of everyday apps that record the countries one has visited: one that can be mounted on the wall and updated as you work your way

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Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Though contemporary in design, the Faire Chaolais alludes to traditional Highland agricultural building styles with its gabled and cantilevered first floor clad in larch. The home’s lower floor, which

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Hong Kong’s Community Green Station blends bamboo screens and shipping containers

Hong Kong’s Community Green Station blends bamboo screens and shipping containers

The Community Green Station in Sha Tin was built as a temporary shelter to held exhibitions and workshops that promote the importance of recycling. It consists of a cluster of closed, opened and

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Sweden’s “most sought after home” was created from Hemnet’s big data

Sweden’s “most sought after home” was created from Hemnet’s big data

The Hemnet House is an innovative example of data-driven design that’s appropriately nicknamed the “House of Clicks” for the crowdsourced process that determined the building’s many

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Zaha Hadid’s first project in Mexico is a honeycomb housing complex

Zaha Hadid’s first project in Mexico is a honeycomb housing complex

Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled their honeycomb-like design for a residential development in Monterrey, Mexico - their first project in this Central American country. The project, entitled "Esfera

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New concrete can repair its own cracks with bacteria

New concrete can repair its own cracks with bacteria

Widely used by the Roman Empire to construct enduring architectural wonders, concrete has proven to be one of the most durable building materials. Though concrete reigns supreme, that does not mean it

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Could solar-powered floating farms provide enough food for the entire world?

Could solar-powered floating farms provide enough food for the entire world?

The Smart Floating Farms (SFF) are designed as smart and fully automated systems that combine solar energy, hydroponics, and aquaculture. According to the architects, the commercially viable SFF project

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10 enchanting gardens around the world will inspire and amaze you

10 enchanting gardens around the world will inspire and amaze you

It's no secret around here at Inhabitat that we love gardens. We love them all: big ones, tiny ones, urban ones, vertical ones, and especially the ones that make you go, "Wow!" We also love how the

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Barkow Leibinger’s timber-clad campus puts a contemporary spin on medieval architecture

Barkow Leibinger’s timber-clad campus puts a contemporary spin on medieval architecture

The medieval Waischenfeld village comprises a dense network of indigenous masonry and post-and-beam timber gabled-roof buildings. The architects respected the style and scale of Waischenfeld by splitting

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Chicago street artist turns pesky potholes into frozen treat mosaics

Chicago street artist turns pesky potholes into frozen treat mosaics

Chicago artist Jim Bachor is one of many citizens fed up with the state of city roads following the long and harsh winters of the Windy City, yet he’s one of the few to use his talents to transform the

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Form follows function at Shanghai’s new bioclimatic Natural History Museum

Form follows function at Shanghai’s new bioclimatic Natural History Museum

Perkins & Will took a biomimetic approach to the new Shanghai Natural History Museum, a sprawling 479, 180 square-foot facility with three unique facades and topped with a swirling green roof. Overall

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Prefab solar-powered home is a modern take on the traditional Slovenian farmhouse

Prefab solar-powered home is a modern take on the traditional Slovenian farmhouse

Scapelab clad the Simple House’s basic pitched-roof volume with a contemporary facade made of zinc sheet metal and wood. The architects created interesting and clean geometry by pairing horizontally

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