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Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Breaking out of the conventional office mode, Inhouse Brand chose to use an upcycled shipping container as the anchor point for the design of the entire office. They partially replaced the container's

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Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

There are two key factors that affect solar cell performance: high optical transparency for good light transmission, and high optical haze for increased scattering, and therefore absorption.

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Maximum City: Dizzying Images of Mumbai’s Sky-High Building Boom

Maximum City: Dizzying Images of Mumbai’s Sky-High Building Boom

A large number of Mumbai’s towers are designed by European architects. Dobrucka is interested in intercultural transfer and feels “that the architecture of the newly builds is ‘borrowed’ from

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Olson Kundig’s Studio Sitges is a Stunning Minimalist Home Made of Durable Industrial Materials

Olson Kundig’s Studio Sitges is a Stunning Minimalist Home Made of Durable Industrial Materials

The exterior of the three-story Studio Sitges is a veritable hodgepodge of industrial materials that include pre-weathered Corten steel and raw, hand-treated concrete. The board-formed concrete walls and

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Green Metal-Clad Werkhouse Blends into the German Countryside

Green Metal-Clad Werkhouse Blends into the German Countryside

Werkhouse's charm comes from its simple yet precise design with few decorative frills. The no-nonsense, minimalistic style is evident in the restrained color scheme, exposed trusses, and its raw, but

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Le Corbusier’s Iconic Ronchamp Chapel Damaged by Vandals

Le Corbusier’s Iconic Ronchamp Chapel Damaged by Vandals

The broken window and the other windows in the church are not made from stained glass, because Le Corbusier considered stained glass to be too similar to the old ways of architecture. Instead, he

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Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Originally chosen to build a school on an old war bunker site located in Bergen, the Norwegian architects quickly realized that the bunker area was too small for the project, forcing the city to look for

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Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

The sustainability strategy with the Hollin House revolved around increasing the amount of daylight in the house, improving the building envelope and installing a completely new heating system for the

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Bone-White Geometric Facade Wraps Around Contemporary House in Israel

Bone-White Geometric Facade Wraps Around Contemporary House in Israel

To counteract the cramped urban environment, the architects swathed the house in shades of white to create the feeling of airy lightness and spaciousness. Large glass windows and reflective porcelain

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Inhabitat Interviews Shiply Green Logistics Company Founder Robert Matthams

Inhabitat Interviews Shiply Green Logistics Company Founder Robert Matthams

Inhabitat: Could you tell us how Shiply got started? How did you go from the first concept of the company to actually creating and growing Shiply? Matthams: I got the idea when I was ordering a pool

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Light Activated Smart Curtains Could Cut Energy Bills by Half

Light Activated Smart Curtains Could Cut Energy Bills by Half

Curtain image via Shutterstock Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are working on a new set of smart curtains that could cut your energy usage in half. Made from fabric embedded with

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Huge 3D Printer Can Print an Entire Two-Story House in Under a Day

Huge 3D Printer Can Print an Entire Two-Story House in Under a Day

Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis' revolutionary robot can 3D print an entire 2,500-square-foot home in just 24 hours. The technology was first developed at the University of Southern California, and it has

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Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

The Chamfer Home is a tiny self-sufficient shelter with a clean modern design that is made from eco-friendly materials. Designed by S-Archetype, the portable living unit can operate completely off the

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Oscar Viñals’ Sky Whale is a Three-Story Gargantuan “Green” Aircraft

Oscar Viñals’ Sky Whale is a Three-Story Gargantuan “Green” Aircraft

"Sky Whale" is a concept aircraft created by Spanish designer Oscar Viñals that uses technological innovation to make air travel more efficient and ultimately, eco-friendly. A key aspect of the

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Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Each module for MF Architect's Pre-Fab Cottage measures 14' x 14' in size and can be assembled in any configuration. For this setup, the owners wanted four modules connected together via a hallway module.

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Haus Fontanella Hugs a Snowy Mountainside in Western Austria

Haus Fontanella Hugs a Snowy Mountainside in Western Austria

Haus Fontanella is a beacon within the beautiful woods surrounding the mountainscape and village of Fontanella. The home is built on a concrete base, with one side partially submerged into the hillside to

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We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

Why did you start Reclaimed Space? Tracen Gardner: The job came about because I’ve always been in the construction business. I had a ranch that was remote, and I questioned how I was going to be able

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Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

The rear of the pub was renovated this year from a tiny back area into what is essentially a play area for adults. The design work was completed by Techné Architects, who envisioned a space that was very

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Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

The Savannah Project is Julio Garcia's retreat when he's not working in either Miami or Brooklyn. Built from two 40 ft shipping containers, the home is about 800 sq ft and features one bedroom, bathroom,

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INTERVIEW: Mark Wigley on Greening Architecture Schools

INTERVIEW: Mark Wigley on Greening Architecture Schools

Buildings account for almost half (48%) of all greenhouse-gas emissions annually. This oft-repeated statistic highlights what many architects and designers have long realized: the building industry has a

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Architecture and Landscape Merge in Breathtaking Century-Old Shake Renovation in Ohio

Architecture and Landscape Merge in Breathtaking Century-Old Shake Renovation in Ohio

External architecture merges landscape and building surfaces to articulate the envelope of the addition, as well as clearly define the difference between formal and informal spaces. Roofs and facades clad

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting

GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting

Lighting is one of the most critical – and most visceral - qualities of an indoor space. The difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your home.

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Urbanarbolismo’s Magnificent 1500 m2 Vertical Garden Covers the Palacio de Congresos in Spain

Urbanarbolismo’s Magnificent 1500 m2 Vertical Garden Covers the Palacio de Congresos in Spain

The new vertical garden on the exterior of the Palacio de Congresos has a total area of 1,492 m2, with 1,000 m2 made up of a hydroponic vertical garden system and the remainder made up of climbing plants

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Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a Luxurious Eco-Friendly Dream on Wheels

Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a Luxurious Eco-Friendly Dream on Wheels

The tiny house, which measures 8 feet by 20 feet, was built on a flatbed trailer so that it could be easily moved around. After adding finishing touches, Lisefki towed his new abode cross-country from

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10 Unexpected New Recipes That Feature Yummy Winter Vegetables

10 Unexpected New Recipes That Feature Yummy Winter Vegetables

For many people, the idea of eating seasonally is a brilliant idea. That is until the colder months roll along. After all, there's a spectacular amount of produce available to be played with from early

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Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Lovingly constructed over a period of several years with mostly recycled materials and help from friends, the HemLoft is truly one of the most perfect treehouse designs we have seen over the years, and we

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Team Unveils WWII Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Renovation and a New LEED-Certified Institute

Team Unveils WWII Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Renovation and a New LEED-Certified Institute

The project includes the renovation of the Michigan Phoenix Laboratory, built in 1955 as a living memorial to men and women who lost their lives in the World War II, and a new addition which houses the

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L House: Minimalist Holiday Home Offers Stunning Views of Japan’s Mountainous Landscape

L House: Minimalist Holiday Home Offers Stunning Views of Japan’s Mountainous Landscape

Nestled within the trees, the minimalist holiday home was built over an escarpment created in prehistoric times. Instead of excavating the mountainside, the architects chose to split the house in two and

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DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

Some of you might think it's crazy to start thinking about gardening when winter is just getting started, but the opposite couldn't be more true! When the wind is howling and snow is piling up outside

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Gorgeous “Up There” IceHotel Suite Brings Parisian Rooftops to the Icy Landscape of Northern Sweden

Gorgeous “Up There” IceHotel Suite Brings Parisian Rooftops to the Icy Landscape of Northern Sweden

Somewhere between architecture and art, the temporary suite offers a trip to one of Paris' historical districts. The designers wanted to recreate the city as seen through literature and cinema with

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