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Gorgeous Passive House renovation in New York wins the ‘Oscars of existing buildings’

Gorgeous Passive House renovation in New York wins the ‘Oscars of existing buildings’

The terraced energy-efficient residence in the Village of Mamaroneck in Westchester County, New York, is a retrofit and extension of an existing house built in 1963. New York-based Benzing Architects

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Fairphone’s new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced materials

Fairphone’s new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced materials

Amsterdam-based firms Melinda Delst Interior Design and Studio Modderman designed the new headquarters for smartphone manufacturer Fairphone as a space which reflects the company's focus on ethically

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These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

British company Pod Space’s prefab pop up pods add garden offices and studio escapes just about anywhere. The sustainable pods are completely customizable, allowing clients to create an eco-space for an

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MAD Architects unveil green-walled garden homes for Beverly Hills

MAD Architects unveil green-walled garden homes for Beverly Hills

MAD Architects unveiled their first residential project in Beverly Hills that looks like a green urban hillside. Topped with clustered glass villas, 8600 Wilshire includes 18 residential units and

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Urban beekeeping is safer thanks to Francesco Faccin’s sweet Honey Factory

Urban beekeeping is safer thanks to Francesco Faccin’s sweet Honey Factory

In an effort to preserve the ancient art of beekeeping, and safely bring it to a new, young audience, industrial designer Francesco Faccin has created the Honey Factory. The metal and wood parallelogram

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Exquisite copper-plated Ecumenical Art Chapel ages with the trees in Finland

Exquisite copper-plated Ecumenical Art Chapel ages with the trees in Finland

The 300 square foot structure is striking without even stepping foot aside. The tall, pointed outer walls are plated with copper. It is no misstep that the siding chosen is one that will weather and turn

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Norwegian students build a contemporary wooden sauna on the sea

Norwegian students build a contemporary wooden sauna on the sea

The student project gets its name from its ribbon-like design that looks like three connected wooden bands individually rising to form three gabled shapes on one end, and stepping down towards the water

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Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Belgian painter and sculptor Stefaan De Croock makes fantastic artwork using reclaimed wooden panels, doors and furniture. He uses the material to create giant geometric faces on the sides of buildings

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Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby Melbourne

Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby Melbourne

The Ruckers Hill House, designed by Gardiner Architects, is a glassy sustainable abode for a young family of five in Melbourne. The sprawling home was designed to give the family members different views

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Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

Last week, we reported that Solar Impulse 2 could be grounded for up to a year if the experimental solar-powered airplane missed its window to take off across the Pacific Ocean. When the June 23 attempt

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DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

Martha and the Vandellas were on the right track -- heatwaves can definitely tear you apart. The current temperature in NYC has our "heads in a haze", and being as energy conscious as we are, we're torn

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9 low-maintenance plants for the office

9 low-maintenance plants for the office

    Foolproof/Classics Spider Plant Jade Plant Snake Plant   Unusual Water lettuce Terrarium Air Plant   Special Needs/Light Succulents/Cactus

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or even a floating

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Longaberger’s Giant Basket Building is Made of Locally Sourced Ohio Wood

Longaberger’s Giant Basket Building is Made of Locally Sourced Ohio Wood

Unofficially the world's largest basket, Longaberger's award-winning seven story headquarters was completed in 1997 and has been featured in news outlets throughout the country. It is 160 times larger

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Crescent-shaped cutouts give Moon Hoon’s Two Moon building its playful edge

Crescent-shaped cutouts give Moon Hoon’s Two Moon building its playful edge

Two Moon’s quirky design was inspired by ‘Two Moon Junction,’ a movie drama about the affair between a college graduate and an older man and constrained by a very limited budget. The client

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Tiny hobbit home carved from a stump is straight out of a fairytale

Tiny hobbit home carved from a stump is straight out of a fairytale

Wotten sourced the stump from a fallen burled Sitka Spruce, one of the largest conifer species in the world that can grow up to 300 feet in height. The enormous stump was hollowed out to create a one-room

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Bromley Caldari Architects transform a crumbling 1960’s A-Frame house into a sunlit seaside home

Bromley Caldari Architects transform a crumbling 1960’s A-Frame house into a sunlit seaside home

New York-based Bromley Caldari Architects transformed a derelict Fire Island home into a gorgeous pyramidal structure that offers panoramic views of the bay. The original 1960s building, with a leaky roof

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Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Happy Meadows Courtyard House is a modern, age-in-place, net zero passive house designed by Chapel Hill, NC, architect Arielle Condoret Schechter. Constructed primarily of 5500 psi concrete, the

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Saw-tooth roofed nursery blends in with the landscape in a historic campus in Germany

Saw-tooth roofed nursery blends in with the landscape in a historic campus in Germany

A new nursery on the sprawling Philipps University in Marberg, Germany stands out amidst the tree-planted landscape with an iconic saw-tooth shaped roof. Designed by Opus Architects, the zig-zag roofed

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New Zealand beach house transforms into an open-aired paradise

New Zealand beach house transforms into an open-aired paradise

The beach house is separated into two levels, the “living pavilion” consisting of a kitchen, lounge, and two covered decks. As you can see, each of the sections can be customized to your preferred

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London shoe polish factory transformed into RIBA award-winning charity offices

London shoe polish factory transformed into RIBA award-winning charity offices

The most distinctive feature of the social justice center’s facade is the zigzagging roofline that sits like a crown atop the new building extension. Clad in diamond-shaped zinc tile cladding, the three

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Here’s what riding the high-speed Hyperloop train could look like

Here’s what riding the high-speed Hyperloop train could look like

The entire Hyperloop system, in Argo Design’s concept, is comprised of four levels, much like an airport terminal. The high-speed tube will be designed to carry vehicles and cargo as well as human

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Vietnam’s Vegan House is covered from top to bottom in vibrantly painted shutters

Vietnam’s Vegan House is covered from top to bottom in vibrantly painted shutters

The city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, has just gained a charming and colorful addition to its peaceful neighborhoods. Keeping in line with other traditional, “tube houses” in the area, the Vegan House,

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Amazing floating hotel allows guests to sail away in their own private yachts

Amazing floating hotel allows guests to sail away in their own private yachts

Having trouble deciding between a luxury yacht and a waterfront resort for your next vacation? Then this floating hotel, created by Serbian yacht designers Salt & Water, is your answer. The hotel

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8 Sustainable British buildings from the 2015 RIBA awards

8 Sustainable British buildings from the 2015 RIBA awards

The Foundry by Architecture 00 Architecture 00 repurposed a former shoe-polish factory into the Foundry, an office facility that houses various charities in London. Built on a former brownfield in

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Samsung designs “see-through” trucks to make the roads safer

Samsung designs “see-through” trucks to make the roads safer

Most of us have been there at one time or another; stuck behind a truck on a narrow two lane road with the choice between cruising impatiently at the back or taking a potentially hideous risk of blindly

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Beautiful adobe hotel in Bolivia belongs in a fairy tale

Beautiful adobe hotel in Bolivia belongs in a fairy tale

With shelters shaped like a tortoise, a teepee, a sea tower and a snail among other natural forms, Las Olas can be easily spotted down from the bay. As it's built on a slope, each room gets both, privacy

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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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Solar retro-modern Happier Camper HC1 features a LEGO-like interior

Solar retro-modern Happier Camper HC1 features a LEGO-like interior

http://vimeo.com/126883800 Weighing in at just 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms), the ultra-lightweight HC1 travel trailer can be easily pulled by small cars. Its 100% high-quality fiberglass shell comes in

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Stunning revonated alpine workshop is bathed in natural light

Stunning revonated alpine workshop is bathed in natural light

Italian architecture firm Messner Architects renovated a traditional alpine workshop and transformed it into a much more spacious workspace bathed in natural light. The building, owned by a sculptor and

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