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Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Originally from Montevideo, Victoria Gonzales migrates every year between Punta del Diablo and the shores of L.A. She leads a healthy lifestyle full of surfing, yoga and raw food, a philosophy that is

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Michael Jantzen’s California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

Michael Jantzen’s California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

Michael Jantzen's pavilion proposal is designed as a tourist attraction for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Its design is intended to sustainably celebrate the great diversity, and the

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25hour Bikini Berlin Hotel is an Urban Oasis with Panoramic Views

25hour Bikini Berlin Hotel is an Urban Oasis with Panoramic Views

The designers approached the project with a variety of green infusions, incorporating plants into the open modern design of the hotel. Throughout the hotel, hanging bag-planters are slung over exposed

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Lush Green Walls Protect a Pond-Topped Sunken Chapel in Mexico

Lush Green Walls Protect a Pond-Topped Sunken Chapel in Mexico

The clients visited BNKR Arquitectura's La Estaancia Chapel in Cuernavaca and loved the feel of it, so they asked the firm to design a private chapel for their own yard at their home. They asked for the

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Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort

Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort

The dome is the world's largest freestanding building, and it was originally owned by a company attempting to develop a transport dirigible. When that company went belly-up, a Malaysian company took the

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Mesmerizing Penumbra Kinetic Shading System Brings Dull Facades to Life

Mesmerizing Penumbra Kinetic Shading System Brings Dull Facades to Life

An up-and-coming architecture student has designed an incredible shading system that rotates in three directions in accordance with sun's position. Tyler Short designed the Penumbra kinetic shading system

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Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

The Exo Shelter is inspired by the humble coffee cup - a sturdy, stackable, insulated object that is easily transported and utilized to deliver life-saving sustenance. Turn that coffee cup upside down and

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Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

When Barney and Nancy Leonard decided to move out of Philadelphia to Chester County and build a new home, they knew the home would be super sustainable. They hired Matthew Moger of Moger Mehrhof

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Le Atelier Builds Low Budget Tiny Family Home in Leafy Moscow Area

Le Atelier Builds Low Budget Tiny Family Home in Leafy Moscow Area

The Low Budget Home is located on a tight but high value plot belonging to the customer’s parents. Mainly made from wood, its shape is clean, features a sloped roof and the bright orange door stands out

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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

OK, we've seen concepts like this for years now - round floating retreats complete with a transparent room in the belly to see all the fish swim by. The idea is certainly appealing considering the fact

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Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower is a $512M project that has increased the emergency department by five times the size, provides specialized mental health and pediatric health, has

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7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

Did you know that Tadao Ando was a boxer before he became an architect? Or that Philip Johnson studied philosophy before going on to build his famed Glass House? The road to a career in design is not

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Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw Architects won an international competition in 2007 to design the Pulkovo Airport, which was recently opened up to passengers. While Grimshaw has retained control as concept guardians, the

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Ward + Blake Architects Use Low-Tech Solutions for High Efficiency School Design in Wyoming

Ward + Blake Architects Use Low-Tech Solutions for High Efficiency School Design in Wyoming

Award-winning Jackson Hole architecture firm Ward + Blake Architects received special funding for its energy-efficient design of a new central administration facility for the Teton County School District

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Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Sited on a former brownfield next to the Lachine Canal not too far from downtown, the Allez Up gym is a one-of-a-kind facility that is helping to revitalize the area. The former silos of the sugar

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Circular Stoas Vilentum University Embraces Energy-Efficient Design in the Netherlands

Circular Stoas Vilentum University Embraces Energy-Efficient Design in the Netherlands

Stoas Vilentum University places a strong focus on sustainability, which is reflected in its form, materials and interior spaces. The school's cylindrical shape minimizes energy loss while allowing plenty

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EMC Unveils Solar-Powered Spark Recharging Station for the Xkuty One Electric Bike

EMC Unveils Solar-Powered Spark Recharging Station for the Xkuty One Electric Bike

One year after Electric Mobility Company (EMC) unveiled the Xkuty One electric bike in Spain, the company has now developed a solar-powered recharging station for the bike. The Spark recharging station

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Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Reworking the home's boundaries involved creating a whole new configuration for the structure and removing an existing bathroom. In addition to "turning" the house around, the architects added a new

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Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

The magnificent Casa Oruga (Caterpillar) rests on a mountain slope in the suburbs of Santiago de Chile. Totally integrated to the landscape, the corrugated iron boxes will get rustier with time mimicking

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Tiny Space-Age LoftCube Prefab Can Pop up Just About Anywhere

Tiny Space-Age LoftCube Prefab Can Pop up Just About Anywhere

The LoftCube is prefabricated, which saves energy and material use, and it's designed to have a minimal footprint. The home's 360-degree windows provide ample daylight and natural ventilation while

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Studio Koossino’s Funky Moai-Inspired Holiday Homes Brighten Up Korea’s Countryside

Studio Koossino’s Funky Moai-Inspired Holiday Homes Brighten Up Korea’s Countryside

Inspired by the interpretation of Easter Island's Maoi statues as "milestones of Mother Nature," the architects created a top-heavy, asymmetrical design that alludes to the monolithic monuments. To create

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Jean Nouvel Adorns Lush Barcelona Hotel with Leaf-Shaped Windows

Jean Nouvel Adorns Lush Barcelona Hotel with Leaf-Shaped Windows

The hotel’s striking façade sets it apart from others in the region, with leaf-shaped windows that frame each of the 357 guestrooms. Inside, the ornate windows are shaped like a burst of palm fronds

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RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

Originally built in 1910, this Edwardian town hall was extended in 1937 into a 7,500 square meter building. It fell victim to numerous modifications until it was vacated and left to decay in 1993. In

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The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

Via Verde rise above the acacia and pine trees at a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo in northern Uruguay. Located near the village's center, this green B&B stands right where the luscious

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BIG Unveils Plans for Twisting ArtA Cultural Hub in the Netherlands

BIG Unveils Plans for Twisting ArtA Cultural Hub in the Netherlands

Located in southern Arnhem, ArtA aims to create a highly artistic and culturally charged hub that will stimulate dialogue and innovation in the arts. Completed in collaboration with Allard Architecture,

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Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Through some creative deals, Rohan Walters was able to purchase a driveway in downtown Toronto from a client. He had previously designed the adjacent house at 1292 College Street and wanted to build his

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David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

Photo by Piper Kujac At just 712 square feet of living space over a 430 square foot workshop, every square inch of the tall thin structure has been optimized for flexibility and efficiency. A whopping

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Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

In designing this private home in Verrières-le-Buisson, France, Nomade Architects first adapted the home to its environment by orientating it to the light, views and natural slope. Modular in concept,

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SOM’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the New Efficient Gateway to Mumbai

SOM’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the New Efficient Gateway to Mumbai

Terminal 2 will take over operations now that it is complete from the original Terminal 1 in Mumbai and serve as a grand entrance into the city and a hub of transportation for 40 million passengers a

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