Sustainable Building

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between Acadian-style

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Spektrum Arkitekter Unveils a Rugged Semi-Outdoor Community Hub in Northern Denmark

Spektrum Arkitekter Unveils a Rugged Semi-Outdoor Community Hub in Northern Denmark

The Fjelstervang community hub has a large transparent roof that spans across a row of 6 meter high columns. The differently colored sliding doors reference the recently closed textile dyeing factory and

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Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic are from Serbia and designed Noah's Ark, a sustainable floating city, for the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Their hope was to design a safe and

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Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Although Japanese architecture firm SANAA snapped up the winning bid, we felt that MenoMenoPiu Architects and Atelier Castro Denissof's inspiring proposal was too good not to share. Located next to the

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Mesmerizing Penumbra Kinetic Shading System Brings Dull Facades to Life

Mesmerizing Penumbra Kinetic Shading System Brings Dull Facades to Life

An up-and-coming architecture student has designed an incredible shading system that rotates in three directions in accordance with sun's position. Tyler Short designed the Penumbra kinetic shading system

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

The Exo Shelter is inspired by the humble coffee cup - a sturdy, stackable, insulated object that is easily transported and utilized to deliver life-saving sustenance. Turn that coffee cup upside down and

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Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

When Barney and Nancy Leonard decided to move out of Philadelphia to Chester County and build a new home, they knew the home would be super sustainable. They hired Matthew Moger of Moger Mehrhof

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Sou Fujimoto’s Tree-Inspired Tower Sprouts Balconies Like Leaves

Sou Fujimoto’s Tree-Inspired Tower Sprouts Balconies Like Leaves

The city of Montpellier launched its ambitious 12-building "Folies" competition in hopes of enriching its 21st century architectural heritage. A product of both Japanese and Mediterranean influences,

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects? Our principle driving force is to create places and spaces where people

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BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

The Kimball Art Center has been a fixture on Main Street in Park City since 1976 and has long provided space for art exhibitions, education and events, especially the Sundance Film Festival held every

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Morphosis’ Spectacular Emerson College Campus Set to Open in Hollywood

Morphosis’ Spectacular Emerson College Campus Set to Open in Hollywood

Situated on Sunset Boulevard, the new satellite campus will play host to Emerson College's annual semester-long internship program in Los Angeles. Built over two years for $85 million, this 10-story

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LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

The Grand Palais is a famous historic site in Paris that holds a number of worthwhile attractions, including an exhibition hall and science museum. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, the grand hall is

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INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

Inhabitat: What kind of architecture do you create? LIKEArchitects: We try to build projects in which humor, subjectivity, emotion and surprise ally with the desirable functionality of any architectural

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Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Tim Wright, who is the grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as a documentary filmmaker, writer, and teacher, often spent his summers at Taliesin as a boy. Now he and his wife Karen, who is a board

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DJA Unveils Green-Roofed Viewing Pavilion on Latvia’s Krievkalna Island

DJA Unveils Green-Roofed Viewing Pavilion on Latvia’s Krievkalna Island

Didzis Jaunzems Architecture created this beautiful View Terrace and Pavilion in the “Garden of Destiny” memorial park on Krievkalna Island, Latvia. The Garden of Destiny is memorial place for all

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Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower is a $512M project that has increased the emergency department by five times the size, provides specialized mental health and pediatric health, has

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March Studio Suspends over 2,000 ‘Flying’ Pieces of Reclaimed Wood in Canberra’s Ultra Green Nishi Building

March Studio Suspends over 2,000 ‘Flying’ Pieces of Reclaimed Wood in Canberra’s Ultra Green Nishi Building

No two wooden fragments match. Some are polished, some rough textured, others feature remnants of colored paint, but all the markings hint at their former lives within a house, a basketball court or as

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Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

Surrounded by thick fields of native grasses, the House in Frogs Hollow is split into two overlapping volumes: an upper level clad in red-stained timber set above a concrete base submerged into the

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Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw Architects won an international competition in 2007 to design the Pulkovo Airport, which was recently opened up to passengers. While Grimshaw has retained control as concept guardians, the

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K-Architect Unveils Green-Roofed Da-Yo Fire Station in Taiwan

K-Architect Unveils Green-Roofed Da-Yo Fire Station in Taiwan

The project is located in an existing park. In order to maintain its natural environment without excluding the possibility of building the fire station, the architects decided to elevate part of the

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Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

Located at the popular starting point for the ascents of Bishorn, Weisshorn, and Les Diablons, the new Tracuit Hut is situated along a ridge caught between a cliff and a glacier. Due to its location, the

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Vertical Bamboo Village: An Eco-Friendly Skyscraper Made From Quick-Growing Bamboo

Vertical Bamboo Village: An Eco-Friendly Skyscraper Made From Quick-Growing Bamboo

Vertical Bamboo Village is an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional skyscrapers. Bamboo is readily available in Asia, and when it is harvested responsibly it makes a fantastic

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

In contrast to the café, the bar is an enclosed whole that is accessible via stepping stones connecting it to the shore. The structural dome is 10m high, spanning 15m across. The main frame is built from

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Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Sited on a former brownfield next to the Lachine Canal not too far from downtown, the Allez Up gym is a one-of-a-kind facility that is helping to revitalize the area. The former silos of the sugar

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Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

The SOLARDOME® PRO single-glazed geodesic dome was finished in just three weeks in August 2012 to provide shelter to the Hjertefolgers as they built their cob home out of sand, clay, water and other

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Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Did you know that home automation systems can lower your electricity bills, improve energy efficiency, and boost your home's security to boot? Today's smart systems allow you to monitor your lights and

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

In 2007, Skateistan began working with children aged 5-17 in Kabul as a "sport through development" project. Skateboarding was the best option for the program because Afghanistan law prohibits girls from

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