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Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Waternet's defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project's lower rooms, providing insulation, a

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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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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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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common in Japanese

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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Located in Nara, Nara Prefecture this small Japanese home was designed for a young family. The total site area is 107 sq m (1,150 sq ft), but the total living space is only 64 sq m (688 sq ft), making for

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

This interview was first published in November, 2011 Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia's first LEED

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Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Ferran Vizoso designed the renovation of this 1,050 square meter church for the Corbera d’Ebre municipality and the government institution Generalitat de Catalunya. The clients wanted to utilize a

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Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

    Although many aspects of the home are crisp and modern, there's also a strong rustic aesthetic that pays tribute to its locale. Built with rustic materials, the exposed beams and barn

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Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

Clad in vertical timber, the Moore Studio is topped with an asymmetrical seamed aluminum roof. Although the gabled roof was initially designed in the simple vernacular form commonly found in Nova Scotia,

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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

aq4 arquitectura designed OKE to engage its immediate environment through views and circulation. The building is set perpendicular to the main street so that its eye-catching form and facade can be seen

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Have a Picnic or Sled on Top of Henning Larsen’s New Moesgaard Museum in Denmark

Have a Picnic or Sled on Top of Henning Larsen’s New Moesgaard Museum in Denmark

Standing on the side of a hill in a suburb known as Skåde, the new Moesgaard Museum has a green roof that rises from its rural environment. Covered in grass, moss and flowers, it features

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7 Luminous, Lantern-Like Houses that Glow in the Dark

7 Luminous, Lantern-Like Houses that Glow in the Dark

Cherry Tree House by Tom Hare Acclaimed willow sculpture Tom Hare recently completed an enchanting glowing tree house built atop an old cherry tree. The spherical, nest-like structure is woven from

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

By now, you've probably heard of the High Line, but did you know that there is also an underground park called the LowLine proposed for downtown Manhattan? It may have seemed like a pipe dream at first

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the recovering town. The

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

Tourner Autour du Ried If you're worried about what to do with an overabundance of corn, you could always follow in the footsteps of StAndré-Lang Architectes and build a giant home clad in corn cobs.

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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Build Your Own Disaster-Proof Earth Home Using Materials of War

Build Your Own Disaster-Proof Earth Home Using Materials of War

Just four years before the 1979 Islamic revolution, Nader Khalili abandoned his career building fancy high rises and other conventional structures and set off into the desert of Iran on a motorbike to

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COBE Completes Curvaceous Green-Roofed Kindergarten in Copenhagen

COBE Completes Curvaceous Green-Roofed Kindergarten in Copenhagen

COBE designed Forfatterhuset Kindergarten's five buildings to appear as a series of "potted plants," each with a lush roof garden and built to varying heights to maximize daylight filtration. A lush

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Studio Prototype’s Gorgeous Home Renovation Strikes the Perfect Balance Between Old and New

Studio Prototype’s Gorgeous Home Renovation Strikes the Perfect Balance Between Old and New

Architect Jeroen Steenvoorden drew from the existing structure's shape as inspiration for the new extension, but used different materials to create a clear contrast between the old and new buildings. The

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A Simple Change in Lighting Could Be the Secret to Beating the Monday Blues

A Simple Change in Lighting Could Be the Secret to Beating the Monday Blues

Have a case of the Mondays? Philips thinks they just might have the solution: the company issued a report today showing that the secret to beating the Monday blues could be as easy as adjusting your

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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

It's obvious that PARKROYAL on Pickering is a feast for the eyes with its vegetation-wrapped glass reinforced concrete layers, but it's not just a pretty facade. The building was awarded Green Mark

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Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

There are many ways to brighten up dark spaces without mechanical assistance, but few are as efficient as the groundbreaking LightCatcher from EcoNation. The LightCatcher is a polycarbonate light dome

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Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

MM++ Architects reduced the Thao dien House to it most minimal expression and then wrapped it with living walls. An extreme renovation turned the dated ugly building into a modern home. The new design

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Climate Change Could Make Fall Foliage Last Longer – But That’s Not a Good Thing

Climate Change Could Make Fall Foliage Last Longer – But That’s Not a Good Thing

Fall foliage watchers can rejoice in the news that climate change may make the incredible autumn colors found in the Northeast and Midwest last a bit longer - but it spells bad news for the planet. New

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Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

The Stream Belmont is a 6-story, 70-unit apartment building in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood with close proximity to tons of shops, restaurants and transit. In fact, the building is so well situated

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Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod's rehabilitation and extension of this former workshop in France has a unique aesthetic that creates contrast between the old and the new. The metallic extension appears to hover over the

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This Trendy Japanese Store is Set in a 1970s Swimming Pool!

This Trendy Japanese Store is Set in a 1970s Swimming Pool!

The Pool Aoyama sells nautical clothing and accessories in a restored swimming pool located within a vintage residential building. Set in the trendy shopping area of Aoyama, its owned by the grandfather

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DIALOGUE and Snøhetta Win Competition to Design Calgary’s New Central Library

DIALOGUE and Snøhetta Win Competition to Design Calgary’s New Central Library

Calgary’s New Central Library features an entry with wood-clad arches inspired by ‘chinook’ winds predominant in the West of North America. The building takes its cue from the landscape and

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