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Kengo Kuma’s Transparent Temporary Shelter Pays Homage to Classic Japanese Literature

Kengo Kuma’s Transparent Temporary Shelter Pays Homage to Classic Japanese Literature

Architect Kengo Kuma recently built a humble modern pavilion as a tribute to a classic Japanese story written 800 years ago. The short story, Hojoki, by Kamo no Chomei tells the story of how Chomei left

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Rio de Janeiro’s Trump Towers Are Filled With Greenery on Every Floor

Rio de Janeiro’s Trump Towers Are Filled With Greenery on Every Floor

The mixed-use Trump Towers would bring shops, restaurants, wellness centers and office space to the area near the waterfront. Each of the towers will be around the same size, but their facades feature

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Antony Gibbon’s Inhabit Treehouse Lets You Sleep High Up in the Trees

Antony Gibbon’s Inhabit Treehouse Lets You Sleep High Up in the Trees

Inhabit is a contemporary structure with a very sleek and minimalist design. It can be built in a variety of different settings depending on the site. Antony Gibbon Designs respect nature and insists on

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Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

The roof covers the entire length of the Teikyo University Elementary School, which has three storeys and a total footprint of 7,788 square meters. A heat collecting device placed on the south-facing

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Teton County Children’s Learning Center Brings Sustainable Design to Jackson, Wyoming

Teton County Children’s Learning Center Brings Sustainable Design to Jackson, Wyoming

Creatively named “The Ranch,” the Rafter J Childcare facility was designed by the team of architects to achieve three objectives: to fit into the ranch-like neighborhood, experientially stimulate the

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Self-Sufficient Shipping Container Sauna Box Will Get You Hot & Steamy

Self-Sufficient Shipping Container Sauna Box Will Get You Hot & Steamy

We first caught wind of the Sauna Box back in 2005 and since then Castor has built a number of these custom units and updated them along the way. The Sauna Box is built within an 8x8x8 ft mini shipping

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Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

The Bromont Residence is a compact 2700 square meter cabin built of natural materials in Quebec. Clad in wooden cladding, it also boasts a cedar cathedral ceiling within. This material palette not only

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Archer & Buchanan Create Amazing Hobbit House for Tolkien Fan in Pennsylvania

Archer & Buchanan Create Amazing Hobbit House for Tolkien Fan in Pennsylvania

It seems that everyone wants to live like a Hobbit these days. From pubs to chicken coops, Middle Earth architecture is sweeping the human realm. Vince Donovan, a Tolkien aficionado and collector,

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Juniper Ridge Launches Wildcrafted Trail Crew Soaps and Backpacker’s Colognes for the Holidays

Juniper Ridge Launches Wildcrafted Trail Crew Soaps and Backpacker’s Colognes for the Holidays

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift for the nature-loving guy or gal on your list? Inhabitat favorite Juniper Ridge just launched a brand new line of wildcrafted soaps and scents that capture the

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Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

In 2007, the Royal Opera House appointed Nicholas Hare Architects to design a new production workshop for set construction and fabrication at a new site in Purfleet Essex. Inside the large warehouse-style

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How to Green Your Holidays With Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor

How to Green Your Holidays With Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor

The holidays are a time for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, but decorating your home with energy-guzzling lights and dead trees hardly fits in either category. Luckily, eco-conscious yuletide

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Mahinui Na Lani: An Amazing Treehouse Retreat Near Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano

Mahinui Na Lani: An Amazing Treehouse Retreat Near Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano

Roderick Romero designed this incredible Mahinui Na Lani treehouse at Kilauea Volcano in the Hawaiian Islands. If features stained glass by local artist Seneca LaLonde and a cedar hot tub set high up in

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Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Designed for Method Homes by New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects, the Paradigm series is planned in its entirety to be as low-impact as possible. Clad in FSC-certified western red cedar (but

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MW Works Architecture’s Push_Pull Residence Fits into Tight Site in Seattle

MW Works Architecture’s Push_Pull Residence Fits into Tight Site in Seattle

As MW Works pushed and pulled the spaces of the residence within the site, the building began to form natural courtyards that gave the family privacy and natural light. The long face of the home opens up

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Where the Stimulus Money Went: New Buildings, Clean Energy and Infrastructure Projects

Where the Stimulus Money Went: New Buildings, Clean Energy and Infrastructure Projects

Photo © Chad Ress When it comes to President Obama’s domestic policy, healthcare reform gets all the attention while Obama’s other main achievement, the American Recovery and Reinvestment

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The Cantilever House in Utah is a Solar-Powered Home for Burning Man Regulars

The Cantilever House in Utah is a Solar-Powered Home for Burning Man Regulars

Burning Man has 10 principles which attendees embrace wholeheartedly, many of which lie at the heart of sustainability. The Cantilever House by Imbue Design was created for a family Black Rock City

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The Yard is an Ambitious Self-Build Estate Constructed to BREEAM Standards in the UK

The Yard is an Ambitious Self-Build Estate Constructed to BREEAM Standards in the UK

The plan for the site was split into three phases; the first construction phase formed a ring of self-built houses around a communal green space. The second phase saw the homes finished with external

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Bloc10: Unique Prefab Condos Showcase Sustainably Sourced Wood in Winnipeg

Bloc10: Unique Prefab Condos Showcase Sustainably Sourced Wood in Winnipeg

Bloc10 is a condominium project that was designed by 5468796 Architecture for Green Seed Developments. The project sits on a site formerly occupied by a gas station in Winnipeg’s River Heights

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Students Create Gigantic Dung Beetle from Scrap Metal and Salvaged Tires in Iowa

Students Create Gigantic Dung Beetle from Scrap Metal and Salvaged Tires in Iowa

German artist Mirko Siakkou-Flodin worked with students from Metro Alternative School and Mount Mercy University to create this extraordinary kinetic sculpture inspired by a dung beetle. The 8' x 8' x 12'

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Mark Cavagnero Associates’ Center for Philanthropy in Santa Cruz County Achieves LEED Gold

Mark Cavagnero Associates’ Center for Philanthropy in Santa Cruz County Achieves LEED Gold

The building is located on a 30,000 square-foot site at the corner of Soquel Drive and Aptos Rancho Road, and its massing design is heavily impacted by the site’s slope. Mark Cavagnero Associates

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Lands End Lookout in San Francisco Aiming for LEED Platinum

Lands End Lookout in San Francisco Aiming for LEED Platinum

Set upon a site overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the ruins of the Sutro Baths in the cove below, Lands End Outlook was designed as a space for visitors to quickly step into to get a map, grab a snack, or

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The Leaf House is an Energy-Efficient Tiny Home Built for the Tundra

The Leaf House is an Energy-Efficient Tiny Home Built for the Tundra

  The Leaf House is the second tiny home that 28-year-old Yuka resident Laird Herbert has designed and completed. The home occupies 162 square feet, and is crafted to be both green and

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Earthquake-Proof ‘Wood Luck’ Bed Protects You From Falling Buildings While You Sleep

Earthquake-Proof ‘Wood Luck’ Bed Protects You From Falling Buildings While You Sleep

Many experts suggest that the safest way to ride out an earthquake is to stand in a doorway or hide under a table to protect yourself from falling debris. However a Japanese company, Shinko Industries has

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Preparing Your Home for Green Certification

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Preparing Your Home for Green Certification

Our Green Guide to Prefab series has explored a number of considerations that need to be made when planning for a prefab home, from siting to personal style to financing and loans. But how do you

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Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

The single-story home is held by stilts above a sloping hillside in a forest in Japan. The 10.85 meter square building has a 4.4 meter square courtyard centered within the plan of the home. This box-like

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Terunobu Fujimori’s Otherworldly Tree Houses Defy the Laws of Gravity

Terunobu Fujimori’s Otherworldly Tree Houses Defy the Laws of Gravity

Terunobu Fujimori had his first building erected at the age of 44 (the Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum was commissioned by his hometown, Chino City in Nagano). Enveloped by local stones and hand-cut

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UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

One of UK’s biggest retailers Marks & Spencer just opened a store on the outskirts of London - and even though it is the chain's largest retail location it has managed to attain a BREEAM

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NYC Design Collaborative Shows Communities How To Cook with Ingredients from the Sidewalk

NYC Design Collaborative Shows Communities How To Cook with Ingredients from the Sidewalk

For consumers, knowing where our food comes from and finding alternative sources to the big-box grocery store is an important part of the sustainable food conversation. Luckily, our friends at SPURSE, an

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: How to Make the Most of Your Time When Building a New Home

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: How to Make the Most of Your Time When Building a New Home

Inhabitat's Green Guide to Prefab series has explored all the elements involved in planning and realizing a modern prefab home - we’ve taken a look at the history of the various “branches” of the

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Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Jerry Tate Architects and carpenter Henry Russell worked alongside students taking a 'Spatial Structures' course at this summer’s Dartmoor Arts Week just outside of Exeter. The brief began with a family

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