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Designers build rural Chinese resort around mystical hot springs

Designers build rural Chinese resort around mystical hot springs

The resort buildings are constructed with the simplest of materials: glass, stone, wood, and pebbles. Walkways between the buildings are experiences in and of themselves, both graveled and paved with

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Funky metal-clad home mimics the patchwork topography of Slovenia

Funky metal-clad home mimics the patchwork topography of Slovenia

It's hard to imagine how a metal-clad home might blend in with a topography as varied and lush as that of Slovenska Konjice, Slovenia, but Scapelab gives it a go with striations in the building's

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Ramshackle alpine shed transformed into a rustic mansion in France

Ramshackle alpine shed transformed into a rustic mansion in France

+ Chevalier Architectes Photos by Alexandre Mermillod courtesy of v2com

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Could humans make their own sunscreen like many animals do?

Could humans make their own sunscreen like many animals do?

Ever wondered how your backyard chicken can cluck around all day in summer without roasting, or how fish swim in sun-drenched waters to no apparent ill-effect? A team of researchers from Oregon State

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7 Gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

7 Gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

House of Ruins by NRJA Latvian architects NRJA completed the House of Ruins, an award-winning contemporary home built inside the ruins of a 19th century Latvian stone barn. In addition to the beautiful

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Absolutely enchanting AirBNB home in Brazil was built from demolished houses in the area

Absolutely enchanting AirBNB home in Brazil was built from demolished houses in the area

The Floripa cabin is located on the north of the island, overlooking rough but crystal clear waters and a fine white sand beach. Jaime settled in the island 30 years ago, where he decided to base his

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Adorable Seelenkiste spirit shelter can pop up anywhere for a serene retreat

Adorable Seelenkiste spirit shelter can pop up anywhere for a serene retreat

The adorable Seelenkiste is a tiny country hideaway in the lush Greek landscape, designed by allergutendinge. The tranquil retreat combines a mini observatory and a sleeping section, designed for a

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Old pickle factory converted into beautiful, nearly net-zero energy home

Old pickle factory converted into beautiful, nearly net-zero energy home

The 1880s warehouse was converted into a modern live-work studio for fine arts photographer Jaime Alvarez and girlfriend Leah Shepperd. Bright Common shows off the factory’s industrial character with

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Z Square House evokes Islamic architecture in an Edwardian garden

Z Square House evokes Islamic architecture in an Edwardian garden

Set in the rear garden property of a large Edwardian home, the Z Square house harmonizes with the landscape with its linear design and integration of nature throughout. Inside, the house features an open

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How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

Dr. Dak Kopec, Architectural Psychologists and Director of the Boston Architectural College’s (BAC) Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Design for Human Health (DHH) led a team of Graduate students in the

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HMMD unveils Himalayan Mountain Hut Competition winners

HMMD unveils Himalayan Mountain Hut Competition winners

Homemade Dessert (HMMD) unveiled the winners of its Himalayan Mountain Hut competition—just five days after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake tragically struck Nepal two weeks ago. Mount Everest, a major focus

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300 naked logs surround the Nordic forest history museum in Sweden

300 naked logs surround the Nordic forest history museum in Sweden

Finnish migrants, who were nicknamed the Forest Finns, introduced slash-and-burn agriculture to Sweden in the 1600s. "The Forest Finns lived from burning the forest and using the leftover pieces of land

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Architect Todd Saunders’ family home cantilevers with a swing set hanging underneath

Architect Todd Saunders’ family home cantilevers with a swing set hanging underneath

Building a home for himself meant that Saunders could tailor the designs to fit the desires and requests of his two children and his wife. The family sought to make the most use of outdoor space, so

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Kengo Kuma’s new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under its zigzag-roof

Kengo Kuma’s new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under its zigzag-roof

Kuma's eye-catching community centre is located in a city called Towada, in Japan's Aomori Prefecture.  Topped by spiky, steel, zigzag roof, its clad in vertical strips of Japanese cedar wood and

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HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time you’re making

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City Library Bruges’ new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

City Library Bruges’ new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

The clients' brief was to make the library more visible from the street and that it will stand out with its very own identity among other services in the same building. But the architects' task wasn't

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction industry

INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction industry

Whether you work in the building industry or are a backyard hobbyist, chances are that you’d rather spend more time building and less time on calculations and estimates. Luckily, many mobile apps are

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A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an Italian vineyard

A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an Italian vineyard

The director of the adjacent winery, his wife, two sons and elderly mother sought a new build to comfortably live near the vineyard without overshadowing it. The architects built the home’s thick stone

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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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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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Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green wall to create a truly sustainable work environment

Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green wall to create a truly sustainable work environment

This minimalist office building in Quebec, Canada, integrates innovative sustainable technologies into its large wood- and concrete-clad volume. STGM Architects designed the building as their own

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Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

A Tokyo warehouse has been transformed into a sprawling lifestyle store and café by Kengo Kuma and Associates. Now called La Kagu, the industrial warehouse is met with a massive timber and steel

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ANIAN is Canada’s first totally off-grid store made almost entirely out of reclaimed materials

ANIAN is Canada’s first totally off-grid store made almost entirely out of reclaimed materials

ANIAN is a Canadian manufacturer of clothing and coastal gear based in Vancouver, BC, and while their custom surfboards (made on-site) and groovy apparel are the highlight of their business, the really

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Contemporary design unites two French schools in historical town

Contemporary design unites two French schools in historical town

The highlight of this structure is the bridge joining the previously separated buildings. This formation houses all of the amenities of student life, including classrooms and study halls. Glass panel

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Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

It's challenging to build contemporary buildings that mesh with a given vernacular, and even more so to do so in a way that minimizes site disturbance. Yet BURO II & ARCHI+I have achieved both with

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9 things you can do to help wild birds this summer

9 things you can do to help wild birds this summer

Here in the northern hemisphere, we're now heading into the height of summer and chances are that most of us are spending as much time outdoors as possible. You've probably noticed a lot more bird

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Take a closer look at the finalists in the Guggenheim Helsinki museum design competition

Take a closer look at the finalists in the Guggenheim Helsinki museum design competition

Submissions are kept anonymous so the jury can remain impartial, yet it is known that the final six consists of the following creators: AGPS Architecture Ltd., Asif Khan Ltd., Fake Industries

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Beastly tower of recycled tires rises up in the New Zealand countryside

Beastly tower of recycled tires rises up in the New Zealand countryside

If you find yourself wandering the countryside north of Auckland, do not be alarmed if you encounter a very funky rubber tree. No, this forty foot folly is not a giant Wookiee or a rejected Muppet. Named

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Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small flexible space

Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small flexible space

The client wanted a space that would evoke a cozy and welcoming home-like environment. Thus mode:lina swapped the typical cafe counter with a moveable kitchen island located at the center of the space.

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Gustavo Penna completes the Elegant Forluz skyscraper in Brazil

Gustavo Penna completes the Elegant Forluz skyscraper in Brazil

The building is located on Av. Barbacena, in the Santo Agostinho district, in the central region of Belo Horizonte. It is meant to establish an aesthetic relationship with the neighboring current

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