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Energy-Saving Luxury: Jestico + Whiles’ Intelligent Czech Villa

Energy-Saving Luxury: Jestico + Whiles’ Intelligent Czech Villa

This is a home that can think for itself, using the latest technology. Automatically optimised temperature control uses live data from the house’s weather station to provide maximum energy efficiency. A

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RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

Buildings influence our behaviour. They are where we live, work, and eat, and they always seem to be evolving. It's part of human nature to constantly look for ways to rethink and redesign our

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Sweden’s Most Sustainable Office Building Will be a Plus Energy, Jewel-Inspired Landmark

Sweden’s Most Sustainable Office Building Will be a Plus Energy, Jewel-Inspired Landmark

Skanska and Utopia Arkitekter designed the six-story-tall Juvelen with an exciting, triangular patterned facade and fragmented windows. The geometric pattern is continued on the public piazza, which will

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Camera Lucida Studio is Artistically Kinked to Frame Views in Two Directions

Camera Lucida Studio is Artistically Kinked to Frame Views in Two Directions

The studio's glazed end walls provide bidirectional views: the southeast window looks up the grassy hillside, whereas the northwest window overlooks the town below. The client can adjust the amount of

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DIY: All-Natural Creams and Salves for Cold-Battered Hands

DIY: All-Natural Creams and Salves for Cold-Battered Hands

I know that most people aren't quite ready to say the "w" word just yet, but that season of sleet and snow will be upon many of us in a few short weeks, and it's better to be prepared in advance, right?

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Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

The Haus Kaltshmieden was renovated on land that has been in the family for generations. Accordingly, the architects took great measures to maintain the farmhouse's character as they enhanced its design

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Pivot Transforms a Boring Suburban Building into a Gorgeous Cedar and Brick Art Studio

Pivot Transforms a Boring Suburban Building into a Gorgeous Cedar and Brick Art Studio

Constructed in just three-and-a-half months, the 785-square-foot art studio and office serves as a secondary dwelling to the main house. The architects draw attention to the building using superb

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Bioclimatic Preschool Built with Rammed Earth and Mud Bricks Keeps Cool in the Moroccan Heat

Bioclimatic Preschool Built with Rammed Earth and Mud Bricks Keeps Cool in the Moroccan Heat

The project was created with the support of The GoodPlanet Foundation's United Carbon Action program, an initiative that works with local communities to minimize their greenhouse gas emissions and

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Copenhagen’s Tietgenkollegiet Dorm is the Coolest Circular Housing Complex on Campus

Copenhagen’s Tietgenkollegiet Dorm is the Coolest Circular Housing Complex on Campus

Tietgenkollegiet is 7 stories tall and contains 360 rooms set up in blocks of twelve. Each room faces the outside of the circle and has panoramic views of the channel and other surroundings. The common

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Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

Jackson, WY-based Wheelhaus builds beautiful prefab 'rolling cabins,' which is a much nicer way to say RV homes. Basically these narrow and tiny homes are efficiently designed, sustainably built and

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Prefab Timber Nursing Home Uses Passive Design to Bring Light and Warmth Indoors

Prefab Timber Nursing Home Uses Passive Design to Bring Light and Warmth Indoors

The architects constructed the prefab building's wooden frame with cross-laminated timber and wooden beams. Untreated Austrian larch clads the exterior facade to give the nursing home a warm and friendly

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House in Tatemachi’s Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

House in Tatemachi’s Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

Due to the limited lot size, the walls of the House in Tatemachi are angled outwards to maximize the building volume. A triangular, frosted glass window opens up all three floors to natural daylight,

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Small Spruce-Clad Home Sits on Stilts Above a Natural Swimming Pool in Austria

Small Spruce-Clad Home Sits on Stilts Above a Natural Swimming Pool in Austria

The architects elevated the Teichhaus' small footprint of just 530 square feet onto four metal pillars. Since the terrain is sloped, one side of the house sits just above the water level of the adjacent

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Trek-In Prefab Cabin Offers Luxury Sustainable Lodgings for Campers

Trek-In Prefab Cabin Offers Luxury Sustainable Lodgings for Campers

Trek-In is a cross between the traditional architecture of a home and a tent. The pitched roof design allows for increased sleeping space while the solid wood exterior provides protection from the

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East London ‘Vegetarian Cottage’ Uses Reclaimed Brick for a Modern Extension

East London ‘Vegetarian Cottage’ Uses Reclaimed Brick for a Modern Extension

Called the Vegetarian Cottage, the house is thought to stand on the site of the London branch of the Vegetarian Society founded in the mid 19th century. The house is inhabited by a family of six who had

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Space Buckets Open Source Plans Help You MacGuyver Your Own Indoor Gardening System

Space Buckets Open Source Plans Help You MacGuyver Your Own Indoor Gardening System

So, you'd like to grow your own food indoors, but don't have the space (or enough natural light) to pull that off? Good news—you can just use buckets. Space buckets, to be specific: futuristic-looking

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Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

The original building, constructed during World War II in Puck Bay, was used as a watch tower and research facility that developed torpedoes, but became abandoned shortly after. With its unique location,

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Structural Steel Gives Space-Saving Tin Man House an Industrial Chic Vibe in Bangkok

Structural Steel Gives Space-Saving Tin Man House an Industrial Chic Vibe in Bangkok

In a country where bamboo reigns king as a construction material, the use of structural steel can seem like a strange and inhospitable choice for a home. But Junsekino Architect and Design challenges that

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8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

  Kaisermuehlenstrasse Apartment Building This multi-family apartment complex designed by Treberspurg & Partner Architects was built in Vienna, Austria. The climate-neutral design is deal for dense

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Boost Your Immune System This Winter with Homemade Gila Harvest Cider Tonic

Boost Your Immune System This Winter with Homemade Gila Harvest Cider Tonic

In addition to chilly weather and the smell of wood smoke in the air, there's another aspect of winter that can be counted on year after year: the inevitable cold that everyone seems to come down with.

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Yunak Evleri is a 5-Star Hotel Built into Ancient Turkish Caves

Yunak Evleri is a 5-Star Hotel Built into Ancient Turkish Caves

Many caves were carved out of the soft limestone cliffs in the region of Cappadocia, whose history dates back to the 6th century.  The hotel was completed in 2000 after extensive cleanup and grounds

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Recycled Designs Shine at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur

Recycled Designs Shine at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur

Bora Hong's Cosmetic Surgery Kingdom project draws parallels between the world of design and the plastic surgery phenomenon in South Korea. She performs "chair surgery" on old seats to forcibly make them

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London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

The architects decided to keep the six-foot-high brick perimeter walls of the building and combine the existing steel frame with the new timber frame, creating a sheltered courtyard on one side. In order

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Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

Walker Workshop divided the Oak Pass Guesthouse into two main volumes: the two-story living quarters and the barn-turned-living-room that also doubles as an airy concert hall. The two structures are

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Pombal Castle’s Magnificent Visitor Center is a Limestone Monolith in a Medieval Fortress

Pombal Castle’s Magnificent Visitor Center is a Limestone Monolith in a Medieval Fortress

Comoco Arquitectos were commissioned to design the visitor center and landscaping, including the revitalization of the existing amenities in the castle's keep. The visitor center is located in the

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Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Located about four hours from Cape Town, the Swartberg House is situated between mountain ranges on a remote site in a semi-desert landscape. The remote location allows for dark, star-filled nights,

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

iPad owners can keep an eye on the amount of energy that the building uses, since all of its systems are connected to the web-based Gen7 energy monitoring system. From the solar array onwards, all

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How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm

How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm

After Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast in 2012, it’s more important than ever to make sure you, your home and your family are prepared to weather hurricane season when it strikes—as it

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Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Built in the back garden of a photographer in the southern Kantō region of Japan, Light Shed is a 33 sq meter art studio. The open floor plan space measures 4.5 by 7 meters and is kept simple and

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