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Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Ferran Vizoso designed the renovation of this 1,050 square meter church for the Corbera d’Ebre municipality and the government institution Generalitat de Catalunya. The clients wanted to utilize a

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1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

Located on an artificial island just north of Copenhagen's city center, UN City houses 1,700 UN staff. The eight-point star represents the UN's involvement in all reaches of the globe, and the perforated

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Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Located in Prairie Village, a suburb of Kansas City, KS, the Cowden House is built on a lot formerly occupied by another house. The old house was deconstructed with all the waste recycled. Even the

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Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod's rehabilitation and extension of this former workshop in France has a unique aesthetic that creates contrast between the old and the new. The metallic extension appears to hover over the

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Dreamhouse: 1950′s Rotterdam Building Revived With a Lush Living Roof

Dreamhouse: 1950′s Rotterdam Building Revived With a Lush Living Roof

Claus en Kaan Architecten's volumetric 1052 square meter Dreamhouse consists of three stories. The second floor projects over the first to create a dramatic covered storefront at street level. The

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San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

Located in the heart of SoMa on Harriet Street is the SmartSpace micro housing project. Inside are 23 units each at 295 sq ft that include a full kitchen, a queen bed, dining room table, full bathroom and

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Green-Roofed Paul Chevallier School Gives Kids a Connection to Nature in France

Green-Roofed Paul Chevallier School Gives Kids a Connection to Nature in France

The Paul Chevallier School complex in Rillieuz-la-Pape is located on an entire block near the city center. The elementary school is built in a v-shape with a protected courtyard in the middle, while the

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Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

In part, the superior energy efficiency is achieved with a triple skin. The first includes a sandwich panel with OSB boards, extruded polystyrene foam insulation and waterproof chipboard that surrounds

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LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

The Tom Bradley Terminal is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles and is a major improvement to airline travel for the busy hub. Fentress Architects, who designed Sacramento's new

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Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

The goal of the project was to re-purpose the existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot. Rather than just tearing the shed down and getting rid of it, Raffaello Rosselli recycled the original

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Sculptural Wooden House in Sweden Bends to Make Way for an Oak Tree

Sculptural Wooden House in Sweden Bends to Make Way for an Oak Tree

The Fagerstrom House is a modern home that bends around a tree that gives its inhabitants some shade, fresh air and leafy views. Its gentle curved form creates an interior spatial flow that would have

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Perkins+Will Completes UW School of Medicine with an Undulating Glass Facade

Perkins+Will Completes UW School of Medicine with an Undulating Glass Facade

The latest phase completed at the UW School of Medicine adds a 183,000 sq ft research facility with laboratories and offices that will house more than 400 employees. The new building is designed to be

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Naturally Ventilated YAK01 Home Keeps its Cool in Thailand’s Tropical Heat

Naturally Ventilated YAK01 Home Keeps its Cool in Thailand’s Tropical Heat

Ayutt and Associates Design's YAK01 house is shaped like an L to enhance daylighting and provide lots of room for green space. 50 percent of the land is dedicated to a garden with trees and a pool, which

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Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

The heavily vegetated corner site is cut in half by a year-round freshwater stream that flows through a lush rocky basin. DIALOG's Vancouver office designed the new home to take advantage of the previous

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Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

WMU chose to construct a new building rather than renovate in order to create the new space needed for more classrooms. In addition, they also determined that a new building would be far more energy

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Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Originally built in 1974, the Jorgenson Laboratory was a concrete structure outfitted with 'solar shades' and a upper terrace that was hardly used and created a dark interior. Underutilized, Caltech

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Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

The representatives of Pornic County wanted the Salorge government building to carry on the tradition of architecture in the Retz region (such as gabled, tiled roofs). The county government building is

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Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

BOLLES+WILSON took first place in a 2009 competition to come up with a creative and engaging transformation of the St. Sebastian Church into kindergarten. Their plan to transform the 1962 church was based

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Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Located on a hill at the highest point of Santiago de Chile's Parque Araucano, the two yellow cubes are surrounded by native trees and wildlife. In order to access them, people have to use a series of

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France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

The Metaphone consists of an open concert hall with capacity for 500 seats and 800 standing. The massive structure also boasts a bar, restaurant, a high-tech stage, and a facility for outdoor concerts.

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ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

The new Helsinki library is organized on three levels. The first is a dynamic public meeting space with a multipurpose hall, restaurant and even a cinema that can be accessed from three different

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Powell River Library by Miller Hull to Become Social, Cultural Hub for Canadian Town

Powell River Library by Miller Hull to Become Social, Cultural Hub for Canadian Town

Miller Hull's Powell River Library is located on a previously developed site on the edge of the Strait of Georgia. The design grows from a simple rectilinear programmatic form, and it responds to the

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NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

The renovation increased the home's footprint from 262.09 to 469.11 square meters with very little disruption to the beautiful site in Vila Nova de Famalicão. A covered courtyard accessed by all of the

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Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma's Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a single level building that covers a small area. It is built close to the ground and embodies Kuma's vision of 'small architecture'. The building is made

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Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Although the structural frame is made with concrete, the rest of the interior and exterior of the cabin was constructed with 60 trees felled sustainably nearby. This contrasting timber was used for walls,

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Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

The Swallows Nest cultural center has a system of moats in the basement level between the floors and walls that stabilizes the building in case of earthquakes. Glass overhangs provide further protection

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Glassy Renovation Brings Natural Light into Canadian Museum of Nature

Glassy Renovation Brings Natural Light into Canadian Museum of Nature

Located in Ottawa, the Canadian Museum of Nature has a vast collection that includes 10 million specimens gathered over 150 years. Its recent revitalisation project was carefully practiced, protecting

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AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1’s translucent family home is located in the woodsy area of Weissenbach in Lower Austria. It consists of two L-shaped volumes connected by a patio and surrounded by trees and luscious vegetation. The

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Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

Zumthor, who is perhaps best known for designing London's 2011 Serpentine Pavilion, proposes to demolish the existing museum structure originally designed by William Pereira. At 775ft at the thickest part

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Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Showcased in Brisbane’s King George Square last year and Melbourne’s Federation Square last month, the emergency shelter is a small cubic unit made up of six interlocking plywood panels. This permits

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