sustainable design

The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The zoo is built from a six armed star-shaped level designed to maximize space, views and circulation. It is based on a nucleus or a tree trunk from which emerges six branches, each 20 sq meters in size

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Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

The local brewery has been transformed into a mixed-use development complete with office, residential, and retail space as well as a spa hotel. The Google offices take up a large portion of said space,

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This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build

This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build

For the past 25 years, adventurer Dan Price has lived in a series of adorable hobbit-like tiny homes on two acres of breathtaking forested land in Eastern Oregon. His most recent structure may be teeny

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Since the Bel Air tree house had to be finished in less than two weeks, Romero called in the help of his friend, designer and carpenter Jeff Casper. Together, they constructed the shelter using 100%

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Triangular-shaped structures are not uncommon in Japan since space on the island is very limited. Although they look tiny and restricted on the outside, these homes are often incredibly spacious, and the

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Millennials choose gas station nachos and Slurpees over healthy eats

Millennials choose gas station nachos and Slurpees over healthy eats

A new study by researchers from the NPD Group has shown that young adults are chowing down on more convenience store junk food than ever. In their 2014 Eating Patterns in America report, researchers

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Make these fun recycled Valentine’s Day crafts out of trash

Make these fun recycled Valentine’s Day crafts out of trash

Ready for a mind-blowing Valentine’s Day fact? About 13 million dollars annually is spent on Valentine’s Day between the flowers, the dinner, the decorations, and the gifts. Though that’s only a

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8 real life love nests built by romantic couples

8 real life love nests built by romantic couples

Your home is where your heart is and these couples have also put their blood, sweat and maybe even tears into their projects to build their love shacks. DIY home construction is no easy feat, so we're

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Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Building Trust International is offering a hands-on participatory workshop in Laos this April/May, where volunteers will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and design, while helping to

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Architect Tom Kundig

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Architect Tom Kundig

Chicken Point Cabin, Idaho Inhabitat: Many well-known architects make it a point to establish offices in large cities, but even with your success Olson + Kundig remains in the (arguably) more remote

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Austrian Upside-Down House looks as if it were dropped from the sky

Austrian Upside-Down House looks as if it were dropped from the sky

Photo ©Reuters / Dominic Ebenbichler Visitors may feel as if they are in a movie as they approach the Upside-Down House, which looks like it has fallen from the sky in a scene from “The Wizard of

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Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Parks in China are used extensively by residents throughout the day to practice tai chi, dance, meet friends, relax or eat. Bailanjing Park along the river is a new development to increase the urban green

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Michael Hansmeyer Unveils Insanely Complex Plastic Columns with 16 Million Unique Facets

Michael Hansmeyer Unveils Insanely Complex Plastic Columns with 16 Million Unique Facets

Hansmeyer's process involves creating an algorithm to design the structure of the Doric column. In the case of the Gwangju Design Biennale installation, none of the four columns share a single surface or

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Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Can we stand a revival of the happy hippy movement? If it means that we'll have more eye-popping trailers like this one revived by Pierre Arnoux in France, then we say go full steam ahead. At only 20

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Frank Gehry’s “paper bag” building opens at the University of Technology, Sydney

Frank Gehry’s “paper bag” building opens at the University of Technology, Sydney

The road for Frank Gehry’s Dr. Chau Chak Wing on the Business School campus of the University of Technology, Sydney has been bumpy. Or should we say crumply? Sydney’s newest architectural

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Daniel Libeskind unveils shard-like solar Congress Center in Mons, Belgium

Daniel Libeskind unveils shard-like solar Congress Center in Mons, Belgium

Daniel Libeskind, with help from H2a Architects, has created one of his signature shard-like design for the European Capital of Culture in Mons, Belgium that mostly powers itself with photovoltaic cells.

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Lace-like sculptural walls naturally filter light in this Brazilian home

Lace-like sculptural walls naturally filter light in this Brazilian home

Architect Marcio Kogan’s gorgeous Cobogo House in Sao Paulo was given a top floor made up of sculptural accent walls, designed by Austrian sculptor, Erwin Hauer. The cast stone walls naturally filter

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Zaha Hadid unveils plans for world’s largest airport terminal in Beijing

Zaha Hadid unveils plans for world’s largest airport terminal in Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled preliminary details for what is being billed as the world's largest airport passenger terminal, to be located in Bejing's southern Daxing District. Designed in

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Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

The net-zero ranch comprises a cluster of buildings that frame and protect a sunny central courtyard from strong winds. The courtyard’s plunge pool and hot tub were strategically placed to overlook

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Illinois holds on to first place in USGBC’s top 10 states for LEED green building

Illinois holds on to first place in USGBC’s top 10 states for LEED green building

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council released the top 10 states for LEED green building, with Illinois leading all of the states once again, per capita, in the country. LEED is an abbreviation for

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Coop Himmelb(l)au unveils Flying Garden Tower for Frankfurt’s airport district

Coop Himmelb(l)au unveils Flying Garden Tower for Frankfurt’s airport district

  Sustainable design will soon be transforming one of Europe's most active transportation hubs. The Flying Garden Tower, designed by Austria's Coop Himmelb(l)au studio, will be built in

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BIODIVER[CITY] floating artificial reef lets visitors view ocean wildlife

BIODIVER[CITY] floating artificial reef lets visitors view ocean wildlife

The futuristic BIODIVER[CITY] floats on the ocean, creating an island-community above water, and marine-life fostering artificial reef below. The massive faux-reef would invite visitors observe the

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Radu Zaciu illuminates the beauty of fruits and veggies

Radu Zaciu illuminates the beauty of fruits and veggies

Fruits and veggies are a beacon of light in photographer Radu Zaciu’s new series. Appropriately titled “The Light Inside,” the beautifully rendered series shows everyday foods with a vibrant new

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Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

British artist Nikki Ella Whitlock takes recycling to ethereal levels, by transforming old glass into stunning mosaics. With a mix of tiles and glass mostly from used wine bottles, the Derbyshire-based

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Ice architecture: 6 incredible buildings made from ice and snow

Ice architecture: 6 incredible buildings made from ice and snow

Tron Ice Hotel Suits In anticipation of the release of 3D TRON: Legacy, Ben Rousseau and Ian Douglas–Jones created a suite at the famous IceHotel above the Arctic Circle in Sweden. The electric blue

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Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

Nestled in the wilderness near Finland's Urho Kekkonen National Park, Hotel Kakslauttanen has one of the Arctic Circle's best views of the Aurora Borealis. The sparse trees and complete lack of light

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

WHITEPOD ECO RESORT, SWITZERLAND HOTEL de GLACE, QUEBEC MONTE ROSA HUT, SWITZERLAND ICEHOTEL, SWEDEN IGLOO VILLAGE OF HOTEL KAKSLAUTTANEN, FINLAND MOUNTAIN HILL CABIN, NORWAY SKIPARK 360,

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Visitors can climb all over the new cafe at Lisbon’s Vertigo Climbing Center

Visitors can climb all over the new cafe at Lisbon’s Vertigo Climbing Center

João Quintela and Tim Simon’s innovative café for a climbing gym in Lisbon invites visitors to climb up and over it! The design team collaborated for the Vertigo Pavilion, creating a multi-use timber

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Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in the snow!

Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in the snow!

Located in the beautiful valley of Savoie, France, Beck’s patterned snow circles decorate the expanses of the frozen lakes outside of the ski runs at Les Arcs ski resort.  Overlooking Mont Blanc, the

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