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Recycled Designs Shine at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur

Recycled Designs Shine at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur

Bora Hong's Cosmetic Surgery Kingdom project draws parallels between the world of design and the plastic surgery phenomenon in South Korea. She performs "chair surgery" on old seats to forcibly make them

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Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

Walker Workshop divided the Oak Pass Guesthouse into two main volumes: the two-story living quarters and the barn-turned-living-room that also doubles as an airy concert hall. The two structures are

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Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Located about four hours from Cape Town, the Swartberg House is situated between mountain ranges on a remote site in a semi-desert landscape. The remote location allows for dark, star-filled nights,

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Three European Architecture Firms Shortlisted for Germany’s Beethoven House of Music

Three European Architecture Firms Shortlisted for Germany’s Beethoven House of Music

German practice kadawittfeldarchitektur's design brings "harmony between [the] new hall and its surroundings" with a curvilinear banded volume that rises upwards like a dramatic cloud. Inside, the

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Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Currently inhabited and fully functioning, the Wheel Story House recently opened for public tours earlier this year. Ansah hopes that by inviting others to view his unique house, he will inspire the

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The Netherlands Unveils the World’s First Solar Bike Path

The Netherlands Unveils the World’s First Solar Bike Path

The Netherlands has an international reputation as a bike-friendly nation; it's home to some 18 million bicycles and 21,748 miles of bike lanes. Now, an innovative project—SolaRoad—aims to make even

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Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Although the tree houses are custom made to order, the company builds each project with eco-friendly principles. Cutting edge computer technology is first used to detail every building aspect, and then

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Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

While the cathedral's design is loosely based on St. Peter’s Cathedral, Don Justo has created no formal drawings or engineering plans. His background in farming did not stop him from taking on such a

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North America’s Tallest Wood Building Opens in British Columbia

North America’s Tallest Wood Building Opens in British Columbia

The project officially opened to the world on October 31, 2014, on budget and on time, showing that wood construction can serve as a functional and reliable option for sustainable building. The WIDC is

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The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

Data from NASA shows that this year's hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica remains largely unchanged. On September 9, 2014, it measured 24.1m square km, which is roughly the size of North America;

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Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Built in the back garden of a photographer in the southern Kantō region of Japan, Light Shed is a 33 sq meter art studio. The open floor plan space measures 4.5 by 7 meters and is kept simple and

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Ultra-Minimalist Casa de Madera Celebrates Wood and Glass in Mexico

Ultra-Minimalist Casa de Madera Celebrates Wood and Glass in Mexico

The beauty of the ultra-minimalist Casa de Madera lies in the details. The house is built with various modular pinewood structural elements, metal, extruded polystyrene panels, and glass. It was developed

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT: How would you describe your signature style? As we all know, we're in the era of the 'iconic building' and the 'starchitect'. However facile this might be, the designs of public institutions

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Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Culture Urbaine - The Cloud Collective from The Cloud Collective on Vimeo. The Cloud Collective's Culture Urbaine Genève was one of the 13 gardens produced for the Genève: Villes et Champs festival.

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Citysens Vertical Hydroponic Garden Promises Urban Dwellers a Beautiful and Hassle-Free Way to Enjoy Nature at Home

Citysens Vertical Hydroponic Garden Promises Urban Dwellers a Beautiful and Hassle-Free Way to Enjoy Nature at Home

Moving to the city usually means giving up nature for the concrete jungle, but the Citysens hydroponic vertical garden wants to provide an easy way to return that lush green environment back to urban

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Located in central Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo, the 14 hectare property named ‘Sítio das Lezírias’ has long been used for farming. The surrounding region, near the navigable Sado river, is known as a

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Taxidermy and Contemporary Art Collide in Nevada Museum of Art’s Late Harvest Exhibition

Taxidermy and Contemporary Art Collide in Nevada Museum of Art’s Late Harvest Exhibition

Among the most striking sculptures in Late Harvest is Kate Clark's "Licking the Plate," a hybrid creature with an animal body and a feminine human face. The piece forces viewers to decide whether they

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Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

Despite their name and functionality, the Lune de Sang sheds are not your typical sheds. Built for working and habitation purposes, the concrete-and-stone structures were "conceived as ruins in the

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One-Third of Scotland Could Soon Be Powered by the World’s Biggest Underwater “Windmill” Tidal Plant

One-Third of Scotland Could Soon Be Powered by the World’s Biggest Underwater “Windmill” Tidal Plant

In between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands lies the Pentland Firth, a turbulent sound with tides that can reach up to a startling 18 miles per hour. That’s a lot of untapped power. MeyGen

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Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

Clad in vertical timber, the Moore Studio is topped with an asymmetrical seamed aluminum roof. Although the gabled roof was initially designed in the simple vernacular form commonly found in Nova Scotia,

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Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

The timber-framed Turf House was commissioned by an ambitious couple set on building a low-energy eco-home and was completed for approximately $337,000 USD, including the cost of the land ($64,000 USD).

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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

aq4 arquitectura designed OKE to engage its immediate environment through views and circulation. The building is set perpendicular to the main street so that its eye-catching form and facade can be seen

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Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

Researchers who examined the bones of Roman gladiators say that some of the mightiest fighters in history were in fact vegetarians. The researchers from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni

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Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Located on a lakeside in Michigan, the Harbert Cottage was built in a classic American ranch style. Although its size and general layout were working well, it needed an urgent renovation as its sloping

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Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Walk Barefoot on Ito’s New Green-Roofed Science Museum in Japan

Located in a former factory site, the architects' aim was to create a building that could bring back an interest in, and pay homage to science and industry. A museum, communications centre and archive

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Curved Wooden Kamppi Chapel of Silence Provides Quiet Sanctuary in Helsinki

Curved Wooden Kamppi Chapel of Silence Provides Quiet Sanctuary in Helsinki

Since there are no openings in the wooden vessel-like structure, visitors enter the Kamppi Chapel of Silence via a set of glazed doors belonging to an adjacent one-story building. The long concrete-clad

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Stocker Dewes Architekten Converts a Horse Stable into a Beautiful Green-Roofed Home

Stocker Dewes Architekten Converts a Horse Stable into a Beautiful Green-Roofed Home

Located at the end of a valley, the secluded Black Forest stable conversion was designed with a muted and minimalist aesthetic to look like a continuation of the surrounding forest. The building's dark

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George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

The lower level of the house remains bunker-like, emerging from the site like a pedestal for the main upper level that is reached by an exterior steel and concrete staircase leading to the large-scale

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Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

Designer Marc Mimram wants “to create a garden station, a station of the senses that delights travellers and allows them to engage with the beauty of their surroundings.” The concourse design responds

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