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Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Originally built in 1974, the Jorgenson Laboratory was a concrete structure outfitted with 'solar shades' and a upper terrace that was hardly used and created a dark interior. Underutilized, Caltech

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Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

The representatives of Pornic County wanted the Salorge government building to carry on the tradition of architecture in the Retz region (such as gabled, tiled roofs). The county government building is

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Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

BOLLES+WILSON took first place in a 2009 competition to come up with a creative and engaging transformation of the St. Sebastian Church into kindergarten. Their plan to transform the 1962 church was based

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Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Located on a hill at the highest point of Santiago de Chile's Parque Araucano, the two yellow cubes are surrounded by native trees and wildlife. In order to access them, people have to use a series of

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France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

The Metaphone consists of an open concert hall with capacity for 500 seats and 800 standing. The massive structure also boasts a bar, restaurant, a high-tech stage, and a facility for outdoor concerts.

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ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

The new Helsinki library is organized on three levels. The first is a dynamic public meeting space with a multipurpose hall, restaurant and even a cinema that can be accessed from three different

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Powell River Library by Miller Hull to Become Social, Cultural Hub for Canadian Town

Powell River Library by Miller Hull to Become Social, Cultural Hub for Canadian Town

Miller Hull's Powell River Library is located on a previously developed site on the edge of the Strait of Georgia. The design grows from a simple rectilinear programmatic form, and it responds to the

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NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

The renovation increased the home's footprint from 262.09 to 469.11 square meters with very little disruption to the beautiful site in Vila Nova de Famalicão. A covered courtyard accessed by all of the

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Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma's Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a single level building that covers a small area. It is built close to the ground and embodies Kuma's vision of 'small architecture'. The building is made

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Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Although the structural frame is made with concrete, the rest of the interior and exterior of the cabin was constructed with 60 trees felled sustainably nearby. This contrasting timber was used for walls,

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Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

The Swallows Nest cultural center has a system of moats in the basement level between the floors and walls that stabilizes the building in case of earthquakes. Glass overhangs provide further protection

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Glassy Renovation Brings Natural Light into Canadian Museum of Nature

Glassy Renovation Brings Natural Light into Canadian Museum of Nature

Located in Ottawa, the Canadian Museum of Nature has a vast collection that includes 10 million specimens gathered over 150 years. Its recent revitalisation project was carefully practiced, protecting

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AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1’s translucent family home is located in the woodsy area of Weissenbach in Lower Austria. It consists of two L-shaped volumes connected by a patio and surrounded by trees and luscious vegetation. The

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Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

Zumthor, who is perhaps best known for designing London's 2011 Serpentine Pavilion, proposes to demolish the existing museum structure originally designed by William Pereira. At 775ft at the thickest part

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Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Showcased in Brisbane’s King George Square last year and Melbourne’s Federation Square last month, the emergency shelter is a small cubic unit made up of six interlocking plywood panels. This permits

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Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

When DPR went hunting for a building for their regional offices in Phoenix, they were surprised to find a good option in a space that used to house a porn mega store. "When we first went to look at it, we

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Volcanic Rock Tops Kengo Kuma’s Curved Block D Condos on Jeju Island in South Korea

Volcanic Rock Tops Kengo Kuma’s Curved Block D Condos on Jeju Island in South Korea

Very little information has been released about the design of Kengo Kuma's Block D condos, but this is what we do know. The curved units come in two different sizes - 210 and 245 square meters - that each

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New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

Photo via Shutterstock Windows have one basic limitation: They let light in, but if you want to keep light out you have to use blinds or a curtain. Researchers at Japan's National Institute of

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Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

The owners began their journey by purchasing a house in 2010 that was built in the 1970s. After an analysis of the home, the owners found that a retrofit would not bring the building up to 2005 French

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Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

To access Plasma Studio's greenhouse in Xi’an, visitors must take a boat across a lake. The glazed structure is shaped like a horseshoe with an open-air courtyard in the middle. The greenhouse features

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BIG Unveils Plans for Denmark’s New LEGO House Museum

BIG Unveils Plans for Denmark’s New LEGO House Museum

The LEGO Group selected BIG and Ralph Appelbaum Associates to design their interactive museum back in February of 2013 because of their understanding of LEGO and architecture. In fact it's not the first

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Sou Fujimoto’s Nebulous 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens to the Public in London

Sou Fujimoto’s Nebulous 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens to the Public in London

Sou Fujimoto is the 13th—and youngest—architect to be invited to design a summer pavilion for the garden, which will host a variety of events all summer long. Fujimoto's works are known for their play

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Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma´s Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is located on a busy corner in Tokyo near the ancient Buddhist temple Sensō-ji. It's made mainly from glass and wood, and its interiors are airy

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The Nest: A Minimalist Steel “Green Box” Home that Puts Nature First in Vietnam

The Nest: A Minimalist Steel “Green Box” Home that Puts Nature First in Vietnam

With a tiny footprint of just 40 square meters, The Nest is framed with 90 x 90 steel columns and 30 x 30 steel beams and clad with corrugated metal sheets an attractive white mesh grid that encourages

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Shanghai World Expo Site to Be Redeveloped into a Lush Business District

Shanghai World Expo Site to Be Redeveloped into a Lush Business District

The Shanghai World Expo site is located on the south banks of the Huangpu River, and during its heyday in the summer of 2010, 73 million people had visited. The theme, "Better City – Better Life," had

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Minimalist Tred Avon River House Floats Above a Changing Maryland Landscape

Minimalist Tred Avon River House Floats Above a Changing Maryland Landscape

Comprised of three volumes, the Tred River residence has a 36 foot central volume, a 10 foot entry door and side lights, and a contrasting 12 foot volume that plays host to the garage and other service

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Sustainable Montrottier Primary School Revives a Medieval Town in France

Sustainable Montrottier Primary School Revives a Medieval Town in France

The decision to place the new primary school in the heart of the town was made by the whole community. A plot of land was available with a close proximity to the cultural center, town library and cinema,

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Elephant Room Gets an Award-Winning Eco Upgrade at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand

Elephant Room Gets an Award-Winning Eco Upgrade at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand

Tasked with this challenging adaptive reuse project, Assembly Architects was careful to minimize their environmental impact by using the earth excavated in the marquee's walls and the pathway leading to

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Jungers Culinary Institute is a State-Of-The-Art Cooking School in Oregon

Jungers Culinary Institute is a State-Of-The-Art Cooking School in Oregon

The Jungers Culinary Center for the Cascade Culinary Institute was opened for the Fall 2011 semester. Located on the southwest side of the Bend, Oregon COCC campus, the culinary school is aiming to be one

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Windowless Caja Oscura Home Opens up Like a Giant Pac-man in Rural Paraguay

Windowless Caja Oscura Home Opens up Like a Giant Pac-man in Rural Paraguay

Located roughly 15km outside of central Asunción, the tiny home has a footprint of just 85 square meters. The base consists of concrete and locally-sourced stone, a cantilevering stone staircase leads to

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