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Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

Rather than building a brand new office, Spanish communication satellite company Hispasat chose to renovate their existing headquarters with a stunning perforated facade that actually improves the

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Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

A reciprocal frame is a self-supporting system of beams or poles that require not center pole or support beam. In a reciprocal system, each pole relies on the pole beneath it for support and can be built

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Sitbon Architects’ Dead Sea ‘Cristal’ Pavilion is Actually Made of Salt!

Sitbon Architects’ Dead Sea ‘Cristal’ Pavilion is Actually Made of Salt!

The Dead Sea is located well below sea level - and it's actually sinking and drying up - but still thousands of people flock to the sea to float in its waters and improve their health. To draw attention

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ShelterKraft Werks Builds Homes & Shops from Reclaimed Shipping Containers

ShelterKraft Werks Builds Homes & Shops from Reclaimed Shipping Containers

ShelterKraft Werks in Seattle has the pick of the litter with unused shipping containers that come into port. The containers, which are made of sturdy Corteen steel, are costly to melt down and recycle,

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Chaise Urbaine: MVRDV Unveils Plans to Turn Industrial Buildings into a Plant-Covered Urban Oasis

Chaise Urbaine: MVRDV Unveils Plans to Turn Industrial Buildings into a Plant-Covered Urban Oasis

The waterfront along the river in Strasbourg is undergoing a transformation as the area is updated with fresh new residences and offices. With its close connection to the water and transportation, the

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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Sand Dune-Shaped ARPT Headquarters Captures Cooling Breezes for Natural Ventilation

Sand Dune-Shaped ARPT Headquarters Captures Cooling Breezes for Natural Ventilation

Mario Cucinella Architects' new ARPT Headquarters is a landmark building that combines tradition and modernity. The design was inspired by the desert, and it has been carefully oriented and positioned

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London Original Loft: CSR Architects Unveil Plans to Turn London Railway Arcades Into Housing

London Original Loft: CSR Architects Unveil Plans to Turn London Railway Arcades Into Housing

London Original Loft is a concept design for the reuse of railway arcades scattered around London as living spaces. The idea is to close the arcades with a special facade that features skylights rather

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UID Architects’ New Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima is Shaped Like a Peanut

UID Architects’ New Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima is Shaped Like a Peanut

A peanut is a good metaphor for a protective shell that nurtures young life, so it makes sense that UID Architects chose to model the Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima after the shape of a peanut. The

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Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Located in Prairie Village, a suburb of Kansas City, KS, the Cowden House is built on a lot formerly occupied by another house. The old house was deconstructed with all the waste recycled. Even the

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San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

Located in the heart of SoMa on Harriet Street is the SmartSpace micro housing project. Inside are 23 units each at 295 sq ft that include a full kitchen, a queen bed, dining room table, full bathroom and

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Green-Roofed Paul Chevallier School Gives Kids a Connection to Nature in France

Green-Roofed Paul Chevallier School Gives Kids a Connection to Nature in France

The Paul Chevallier School complex in Rillieuz-la-Pape is located on an entire block near the city center. The elementary school is built in a v-shape with a protected courtyard in the middle, while the

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating

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LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

The Tom Bradley Terminal is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles and is a major improvement to airline travel for the busy hub. Fentress Architects, who designed Sacramento's new

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Plus-Shaped Pool is One Step Closer to Floating on NYC’s East River

Plus-Shaped Pool is One Step Closer to Floating on NYC’s East River

An amazing floating pool is being planned for NYC's East River, but it needs your help. Called the + Pool because of its plus-shaped design, the waterbody already has the backing of many New York

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Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

The goal of the project was to re-purpose the existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot. Rather than just tearing the shed down and getting rid of it, Raffaello Rosselli recycled the original

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Green-Roofed New Forest House Treads Lightly on the Forest in Southern England

Green-Roofed New Forest House Treads Lightly on the Forest in Southern England

Situated in the New Forest National Park, the private property previously featured an older two-bedroom cottage. The owners wanted to replace the old cottage with a new house, and they worked with local

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Perkins+Will Completes UW School of Medicine with an Undulating Glass Facade

Perkins+Will Completes UW School of Medicine with an Undulating Glass Facade

The latest phase completed at the UW School of Medicine adds a 183,000 sq ft research facility with laboratories and offices that will house more than 400 employees. The new building is designed to be

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MODS International Donates a Shipping Container Home to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

MODS International Donates a Shipping Container Home to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

MODS International is a builder of shipping container homes and shelters geared towards temporary situations. Disaster relief is exactly what the founder had in mind when starting the company. Doug

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Los Angeles’ Alameda Square to be Transformed Into One of the Nation’s Largest Creative Campuses

Los Angeles’ Alameda Square to be Transformed Into One of the Nation’s Largest Creative Campuses

Built in 1918, Los Angeles' Alameda Square is one of the nation’s largest historic industrial centers. Creative Space, an integrated development and marketing firm, is in the process of upgrading and

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Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

The heavily vegetated corner site is cut in half by a year-round freshwater stream that flows through a lush rocky basin. DIALOG's Vancouver office designed the new home to take advantage of the previous

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Wall House: Stacked Double Home in Singapore is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

Wall House: Stacked Double Home in Singapore is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

At the heart of the home is a large courtyard surrounded by stone that provides a connection between both house blocks. The smaller of the homes is a two bedroom home with a modest living space and

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Citylab Design Studio Unveils Bamboo Lenggong Valley Visitor Center for Malysia

Citylab Design Studio Unveils Bamboo Lenggong Valley Visitor Center for Malysia

Citylab Design Studio just unveiled their winning proposal for an archaeological visitor centre in Lenggong Valley, Malaysia - the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the skeleton of the 10,000-year-old

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Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

WMU chose to construct a new building rather than renovate in order to create the new space needed for more classrooms. In addition, they also determined that a new building would be far more energy

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I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

Tucked up into the mountain above the main part of the resort, the 9 Spa is a secluded and peaceful retreat. To construct the retreat, a21studio and I-Resort hired 80 village masons, carpenters and craft

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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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New Master Plan for Wimbledon Incorporates Green Walls & Traditional English Landscaping

New Master Plan for Wimbledon Incorporates Green Walls & Traditional English Landscaping

The new 2020 Master Plan for Wimbledon provides a pathway for improvements and enhancements to the famous tennis grounds. Led by Grimshaw and aided by Rolfe Judd Planning, Atelier Ten, Vectos and Movement

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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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Westbury Garden Rooms Creates Green-Roofed Backyard Retreats

Westbury Garden Rooms Creates Green-Roofed Backyard Retreats

Have you ever dreamed of setting up a room of your own in the backyard? The UK's Westbury Garden Rooms produces free-standing, contemporary cedar-clad eco rooms. The grass-roofed rooms are well insulated

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Blu Homes Unveils Southern California Breezehouse Prefab at Dwell on Design 2013

Blu Homes Unveils Southern California Breezehouse Prefab at Dwell on Design 2013

The new Southern California Breezehouse is a four-bed, four-bath prefab home that features a separate 24 ft pod for additional living space, a guest room or an office. The 2,900 sq ft home features an

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