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Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in Amsterdam

Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in Amsterdam

The world remains perplexed by the mysterious and dramatic decline in our wild bee populations, but that hasn't stopped designers like Dutch artist AnneMarie van Splunter from trying to help out. In a bid

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Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

The new 5,900 square-foot Kraaiennest metro station was built to replace the original station from 1970. The overhaul of the station is one of the latest efforts turning Bijlmermeer from one of

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The Trash Closet Made With Recycled Materials Draws Attention to Worldwide Furniture Waste

The Trash Closet Made With Recycled Materials Draws Attention to Worldwide Furniture Waste

The Trash Closet by Dutch designers Marijke and Sander Lucas is a monumental cabinet that utilizes furniture that would normally end-up in a landfill. By incorporating leftover furniture to produce an

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Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Photo of green roof via Shutterstock The idea of someone sprinkling urine on building rooftops sounds like a major health hazard, but that's just what Amsterdam's water utility, Waternet, recently

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Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa is clad with vertical western cedar beams that create beautiful geometric patterns across its boxy shell. They represent an abstract illusion of the canal´s water while providing privacy and

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CHOCO ARCHITECTURE: Dutch Building Facades Recreated in Delicious Chocolate Bars

CHOCO ARCHITECTURE: Dutch Building Facades Recreated in Delicious Chocolate Bars

The Dutch Embassy in Finland aksed Helsinki-based architect Willem Heeffer to give them a creative workshop. Hosted by the Kulttuurisauna, an independent institution of architecture and urbanism, Heeffer

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MVRDV’s Energy Efficient Tennis Club ‘Couch’ Gets Go Ahead on IJburg Artificial Island

MVRDV’s Energy Efficient Tennis Club ‘Couch’ Gets Go Ahead on IJburg Artificial Island

With limited space on the artificial island of IJburg, the tennisclub had to be smart about their new club house. Working with a tight footprint, MVRDV designed a multi-purpose center that would provide

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Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Beatrixpark is known as one of the nicest parks in Amsterdam and features circular wading pool surrounded by a dramatic arcade. Children like to come and splash around in the pool, so to encourage that

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Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Before Hurricane Sandy, building giant sea walls to protect NYC from storm surges may have sounded extreme, but now respected urban planners are considering it as a viable solution. The New York Observer

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A “Favelous” Restaurant Pops Up at the Mediamatic Fabrique Art Space in Amsterdam

A “Favelous” Restaurant Pops Up at the Mediamatic Fabrique Art Space in Amsterdam

What can you make out of 900 meters of split bamboo, 600 meters of black rope and 300 meters of damaged bicycle tires collected from the local stores? The Favelous team made a pop-up restaurant in

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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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Industrial-Chic Village Apartments Radiate Natural Light in Amsterdam

Industrial-Chic Village Apartments Radiate Natural Light in Amsterdam

Deeply contemporary and minimalist, the double height apartments have timber structural walls that double as closet and wardrobe spaces. The upper level, called "roof terraces," feature dining, working,

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Amsterdam’s Futuristic New Fletcher Hotel Blends Sustainability with Luxury

Amsterdam’s Futuristic New Fletcher Hotel Blends Sustainability with Luxury

The decor of the Fletcher Hotel can be described as warm and minimalist. Robert Kolenik capitalized on the round nature of the hotel’s floor plan with futuristic interiors that look like somewhere the

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Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof

Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof

Located at the start of a historic 19th century city populated by people from 129 different countries, the municipality commissioned the SportPlaza Mercator in order to boost the community. VenhoevenCS

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REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

The pirate radio broadcasting REM-Island was built in 1964 outside territorial waters in order to avoid Dutch legislation. Constructed completely out of steel, the 262-foot-high structure rests on 6

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Former Greenhouse Transformed into a Vibrant Eatery in Amsterdam’s Quirky Old Shipyard

Former Greenhouse Transformed into a Vibrant Eatery in Amsterdam’s Quirky Old Shipyard

Artists, squatters and skaters started NDSM during the 1990s after the Dutch Dock and Shipbuilding Company went bankrupt in 1984. It's very easy to get to the area, as it only takes a short (free) ferry

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Roeland Otten Camouflages Ugly Public Utilities with Giant Photographic Installations

Roeland Otten Camouflages Ugly Public Utilities with Giant Photographic Installations

From afar, passersby may not notice Otten’s awesome photographic installations at all. Taken from the same vantage points at which they are mounted, each side of his photographic coverings depict the

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Cute Organic Bakery in Amsterdam Boasts Recycled Shipping Pallets Interior

Cute Organic Bakery in Amsterdam Boasts Recycled Shipping Pallets Interior

De Laatste Kruimel opened early last year and is a great little spot for enjoying delicious homemade organic food like classic lemon poppy seed scones. Its central feature is a pay desk, storage and table

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Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

With plenty of brilliant works from both Dutch and international artists, the forty-four day-long Light Festival offers a great excuse to visit the charming Dutch city. One of the event’s main features

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O+A’s Recycled Shipping Container Theater Pops Up in Amsterdam’s Shipyard

O+A’s Recycled Shipping Container Theater Pops Up in Amsterdam’s Shipyard

O+A's temporary stage was made using repurposed containers as building blocks. It lasted only two weeks but it provoked long-lasting impressions due to its overwhelming scale. The containers were stacked

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The BEEBOX Mobile Office Pod Creates an Instant Co-Working Space Anywhere

The BEEBOX Mobile Office Pod Creates an Instant Co-Working Space Anywhere

Christophe Veen and Bart de Groot from Buro Beehive designed the BEEBOX to serve as a self-contained workplace. Buro Beehive works to transform underutilized buildings into affordable workspaces for

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The Goedzak is a Special Rubbish Bag for Curbside Donations

The Goedzak is a Special Rubbish Bag for Curbside Donations

One of the great joys of living in the urban jungle is the daily discovery of treasures left out on the sidewalk. Sadly, the elements have a way of destroying the best finds before hunters have a chance

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Waterfront IJDock Mixed-Use Complex Nearing Completion in Amsterdam

Waterfront IJDock Mixed-Use Complex Nearing Completion in Amsterdam

Plans for the IJDock on the southern bank of the IJ waterway began back in the 90's when Bjarne Mastenbroek of SeARCH and Dick van Gameren devised the concept for the masterplan for a mixed-use complex of

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UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

Shipping container photo from Shutterstock Shipping containers offer a surprisingly versatile foundation for small-scale, sturdy homes - they're readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to

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Egeon Architecten’s Wood-Clad Home Near Amsterdam Shows Energy Efficiency Through Smart Design

Egeon Architecten’s Wood-Clad Home Near Amsterdam Shows Energy Efficiency Through Smart Design

The team of designers at Egeon Architecten organized this home with the living areas on the ground floor and the bedrooms on the second. The views of the garden and the lake beyond can be enjoyed on the

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Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Maarten and Lori Lens-FitzGerald wanted to expand their living space without sacrificing their yard, so they tasked CC-Studio to come up with a plan. Replacing existing garden sheds in the back corners of

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Boxpark Shipping Container Mall to Pop Up in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Next Year!

Boxpark Shipping Container Mall to Pop Up in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Next Year!

Property investor and developer Corio is working in conjunction with Boxpark and London interiors and retail designer Brinkworth to design and build a pop-up shipping container mall in Amsterdam's

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Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Waternet's defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project's lower rooms, providing insulation, a

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Blom & Blom Rescues and Restores Industrial Lamps from Abandoned East German Factories

Blom & Blom Rescues and Restores Industrial Lamps from Abandoned East German Factories

Sparked by a passion for "authentic items with a story to tell," the Blom brothers launched a web store last month where they sell refurbished lamps. Most of the factories they mine for lighting

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