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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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Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

Today's smartphones are dominated by their screens - and researchers just unveiled a new type of 100% transparent solar panel that could turn displays, windows, and other transparent surfaces into clean

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Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally sourced earth as the

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Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

The unique studio juts out like a meteorite just behind the busy Deptford High Street. To create the seclusion the artist wanted, the studio was designed without any street-facing windows. Instead, the

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DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

I deliberately bought the longer wheel base Ford Transit Connect XLT, which has no infrastructure in the back and enough height and length that I and others can sit comfortably on a raised platform. Since

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Project Dome Could Power Copenhagen Using Energy From the Sun, Wind, Water, and Biomass!

Project Dome Could Power Copenhagen Using Energy From the Sun, Wind, Water, and Biomass!

Project Dome is a design proposal submitted to this year's Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, a contest that solicits ideas for constructible regenerative architecture in Copenhagen.

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9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

Countertop Succulent Vignette Create a mini world of wildlife by planting a few small succulents in mason jars and creating a harmonious countertop garden. For a more rustic look, try a mason jar with a

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100 apartments spread

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Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO’s

Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO’s

Of all the LEGO-like building components we’ve seen over the years, Kite Bricks come closest to the famous toy bricks' building technology. The blocks, also referred to as Smart Bricks, allow for a

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

The LVMH Kodomo Art Maison is a new community center dedicated to children in Fukushima to support disaster relief efforts. The two-story building was designed and built by Shigeru Ban and the Voluntary

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Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

New York-based architects Stereotank have an established practice designing interactive installations and oversized musical instruments and have often used recycled rainwater tanks in their work. Now, in

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Stealth Barn is a Striking, Shadowy Guest House in the Cambridgeshire Fens

Stealth Barn is a Striking, Shadowy Guest House in the Cambridgeshire Fens

The stylish barn is modernized with its blackened stain, which contrasts with the traditional notion of the ubiquitous red barn. Clapboards from the exterior have been removed and replaced with large

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Opiary’s Terraformed Furniture Invites Nature Indoors

Opiary’s Terraformed Furniture Invites Nature Indoors

One can never have too many plants in the house, and Opiary's new line of terraformed furniture allows you to bring even more of the outside world into your space. This furniture series can actually be

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Beautiful Red House Bursts From the Forest With its Eye-Catching Façade

Beautiful Red House Bursts From the Forest With its Eye-Catching Façade

Located beside a small lake in Upstate New York, the striking Red House is topped with a sloping roof that accentuates its geometrical design. Built from standard materials and basic construction

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Off-Grid Office Building Blends Work and Play Within a Climbable Timber Shell

Off-Grid Office Building Blends Work and Play Within a Climbable Timber Shell

To create a work environment that fosters creativity and collaboration, heri&salli designed a series of integrated meeting spaces that blur the line between work and leisure, such as a gym with a

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Gauzy Fabric Shade Extension Protects Kids from the Sun in Paris

Gauzy Fabric Shade Extension Protects Kids from the Sun in Paris

The new volume extends from the brick building like a transparent uneven box lined with glazed windows to deflect heat. In order to keep the children who attend nursery school there safe from direct sun

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Daniel Buren’s Colored Glass Installation Lights Up Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse

Daniel Buren’s Colored Glass Installation Lights Up Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse

The Cité Radieuse’s rooftop originally served as a gym where residents could let of steam and work out while taking in beautiful city views of Marseille. The concrete volume rises in three distinct

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How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also for all sorts of structures. The

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China’s Largest Robot Restaurant is Crawling with WALL-E-Style Waiters

China’s Largest Robot Restaurant is Crawling with WALL-E-Style Waiters

Robot theme restaurants are a hot topic in Japan and now China. Without completely replacing human work, the robots move around freely throughout the eatery's 3,200 sq ft, following a black stripe with

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Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

To take advantage of solar gains, the architects installed triple-glazed windows on both the Leeuw House's south and west facades, and left the north facade mostly closed. The glazing is slightly set back

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Tokyo’s Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

Tokyo’s Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

The Transustainable House features a mix of outdoor, indoor and "semi-indoor" areas spread over two levels. The whole ground floor is covered in pebbles, and its minimal decor, natural light and the large

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Contemporary House in the Pyrenees Overlooks Amazing Views of Northern Spain’s Mountains

Contemporary House in the Pyrenees Overlooks Amazing Views of Northern Spain’s Mountains

Completed in 2010, House in the Pyrenees was built for a father and son who wanted two independent units within the same rehabilitated structure. In the top unit, a steeply pitched roof defines the shape

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Álvaro Siza Completes Floating Green-Roofed Chemical Plant on an Artificial Lake in China

Álvaro Siza Completes Floating Green-Roofed Chemical Plant on an Artificial Lake in China

In 2009 Siza was commissioned to design The Building on the Water as an office building for the company’s soda ash and ammonium chloride production plant in Huai’An City. A total of 11,000 square

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JDS Architects’ Iceberg Housing Mimics Jagged Floating Ice in Denmark

JDS Architects’ Iceberg Housing Mimics Jagged Floating Ice in Denmark

The Iceberg was selected as the winning entry in Aarhus' international design competition held in 2008. The second largest city in Denmark, Aarhus sought to redefine its post-industrial image and find new

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Amazing Thai House is an Indoor Playground for Kids and Adults Alike

Amazing Thai House is an Indoor Playground for Kids and Adults Alike

Onion's designers conceived the Jerry House for a family that wanted a different dwelling experience from their main residence in Bangkok. Ladders, nets and slopes are built into the home and suspended

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Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Jeffry's House takes its name from a nearby lake called Jeffry's Lough and was built after O'Brien won an architectural competition by the Irish Architecture Foundation, which called for proposals that

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Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

While most teenagers are watching tv and playing video games, thirteen-year-old Sicily Kolbeck has been designing and building a tiny home of her very own - and she just completed construction! Last year

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Vina’s Mobile Tiny House is 140 Square Feet of Pure Charm

Vina’s Mobile Tiny House is 140 Square Feet of Pure Charm

With a desire to create her ideal home based on the principles of simplicity and sustainability, Lustado created the tiny house as a personal project with a budget of $35,000. With the trailer as a base,

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A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

Among the home's numerous sustainable features is a rainwater collection system that feeds back into the house from an elevated tank. The bathroom is still outside in a storage shed topped with solar

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Ever Seen a Clay-Topped Farmhouse Built With Brick?

Ever Seen a Clay-Topped Farmhouse Built With Brick?

The red brick-clad home majestically sits at the foot of a long country lane with uninterrupted views of the lush greenery and expansive fields. The three-bedroom home is topped with a dramatically

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