Architecture

London’s Hip New Cafe Used to be a Victorian-Era Public Toilet

London’s Hip New Cafe Used to be a Victorian-Era Public Toilet

If the thought of sipping an espresso amongst urinals doesn’t gross you out, then we’ve got a café for you: Attendant, the newest arrival on London’s booming coffee bar scene. When

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Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood

Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood

The WISA Wooden Design Hotel is a small two-room structure connected by a semi-open courtyard that is surrounded by a curved trellis. The hotel sets an example of outstanding craftsmanship portraying

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Meet Bunkie: A Tiny New Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

Meet Bunkie: A Tiny New Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

Have you ever dreamed of having your own little house in the countryside, just big enough for you and friend or two to hang out and take in the outdoors? 608 Design and BLDG Workshop have just the thing:

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Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

The entrance to Cala D’or House is closed to the street and opened at the back, with a large bank of second-story windows that look out on the garden and enjoy amazing views of the sea. It consists of

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Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Smoke Sauna Rests on Stilts by a Stunning Norwegian Lake

Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Smoke Sauna Rests on Stilts by a Stunning Norwegian Lake

Located on the banks of the beautiful Seljord Lake, the black shelters were raised on stilts with minimal impact on the ground. They were created as part of a workshop with the help from students and

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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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Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

According to the architects, the new Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem will be an open structure capable of communicating with the surrounding environment. It will consist of a series of

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India’s Bapagrama Stone House is a Tranquil Temple Made From Local Natural Materials

India’s Bapagrama Stone House is a Tranquil Temple Made From Local Natural Materials

This 1,200-square-foot guest house is located in Bangalore, and it's surrounded by untouched nature. The house features a kitchenette, a study and bedrooms, all divided by simple flexible demarcations

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N55’s Walking House is a Modular, Self-Sufficient Dwelling for Modern Nomads

N55’s Walking House is a Modular, Self-Sufficient Dwelling for Modern Nomads

The Walking House enables people to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly and gathering energy from the wind and sun. Its six autonomous legs are design to walk on any surface, with minimal impact

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Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Located within Thailand’s Koh Kood Island and steps away from the sea, this gorgeous learning ‘den’ was made by 24H-architecture in collaboration with local firm Habita architects. Measuring 540

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Rintala Eggertsson’s MILU is a Sculptural Wooden Pavilion Made from Locally Sourced Timber

Rintala Eggertsson’s MILU is a Sculptural Wooden Pavilion Made from Locally Sourced Timber

MILU was built on-site and it took Rintala Eggertsson Architects and a handful of collaborators four days to finish it. It was erected from layered locally sourced timber on a site right next to the

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Students Construct a Dramatic 10-Meter-High Steam-Bent Lookout Tower at Helsinki Zoo

Students Construct a Dramatic 10-Meter-High Steam-Bent Lookout Tower at Helsinki Zoo

The bubble-like Korkeasaari Zoo's lookout tower consists of two levels wrapped around with a wooden grid shell left open at the top. Made completely out of local laminated timber, it was treated with

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Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Located an hour's drive south of Seoul, the clubhouse for this 18-hole golf course stands out for its elegance and intricate design. Taking full advantage of advanced technologies in woodworking and

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Designers Leander Angerer and David Ross Create a Musical Staircase that Can Be Played Like a Harp

Designers Leander Angerer and David Ross Create a Musical Staircase that Can Be Played Like a Harp

Industrial design duo Leander Angerer and David Ross have redesigned a late Victorian-era staircase over three stories in a private home in northwest London for Cathal McAteer, founder of Folk Clothing.

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123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

Completed 2011, The Bridge House is set amidst a breathtaking green environment. It was constructed on a manmade hill (made from reclaimed soil nearby) to house a cellar and to make the best of its

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Tonic Design’s Energy-Efficient Smart-Stell House Opens Up to the Outdoors in North Carolina

Tonic Design’s Energy-Efficient Smart-Stell House Opens Up to the Outdoors in North Carolina

Smart-Stell House is a one-story horizontal house that likes to keep its privacy from the outside world featuring a band of clerestory windows on the top. Envisioned as a “home and vacation home” at

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Non Program Pavilion: Reflective Building Melts into the Spanish Landscape

Non Program Pavilion: Reflective Building Melts into the Spanish Landscape

Paris-based Spanish designer Jesús Torres García Architects created the Non Program Pavilion in the old town of Salobreña, in Granada, Spain. Clad in vertical wooden planks on one side, its other

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Santiago Calatrava’s Liège-Guillemins Station is a Daylit Cathedral For High-Speed Trains: PHOTOS

Santiago Calatrava’s Liège-Guillemins Station is a Daylit Cathedral For High-Speed Trains: PHOTOS

Santiago Calatrava's grandiose Liège train station contrasts with the city’s medieval architecture and small scale. The Liège-Guillemins Train Station is a modern icon that provides locals and

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Villa Valtanen is a Wilderness Hideaway in Finland Made from Local Materials

Villa Valtanen is a Wilderness Hideaway in Finland Made from Local Materials

A beautiful combination of ancient timber and modern architecture, Villa Valtanen consists of two shelters connected by a platform. One shelter is an open living space and the other one it’s a place to

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INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and Opportunity Green

INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and Opportunity Green

Gensler has more than 3,000 professionals in 41 locations around the world, and together they have managed to make quite an impact with sustainable architecture. Granted, not every architecture firm

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Studio Moffitt’s Limekiln Line is a Passive, Off-Grid Home in the Fields of Ontario

Studio Moffitt’s Limekiln Line is a Passive, Off-Grid Home in the Fields of Ontario

Standing on 25 acres of agricultural land, Limekiln Line is a steel-clad shelter with an extended deck that leads out into the farmland. Its design was informed by local farmhouse vernacular and

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Melbourne’s Sealight Pavilion is Designed for Contemplating the Elements

Melbourne’s Sealight Pavilion is Designed for Contemplating the Elements

The Sealight Pavilion was constructed as a joint effort over 14 weeks in 2011. It consists of two volumes: a tower and a cantilever, made entirely from locally-sourced, reclaimed cypress wood via

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New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

Unlike most welcome centers and rest areas, the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center really encourages visitors to get out of their cars and stretch their legs. The entire site covers more than 26 acres

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Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s MAS Museum opened its doors back in May 2011. Its name stands for Museum Aan de Stroom, which means Museum on the River. Each of the building’s ten stories is twisted 90 degrees to form a

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Boxman Studios Doubles Staff to Create More Pop-Up Shipping Container Buildings

Boxman Studios Doubles Staff to Create More Pop-Up Shipping Container Buildings

Boxman Studios was inspired to work with shipping containers during the economic downturn of 2008. They salvaged and bought decommissioned containers from old shipping and storage yards and customized

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IPV Delft’s Floating LED-Lit Hovenring Bridge Keeps Cyclists Out Of Traffic in Eindhoven

IPV Delft’s Floating LED-Lit Hovenring Bridge Keeps Cyclists Out Of Traffic in Eindhoven

Completed in the summer of 2012, Hovenring is an impressive 72 metres in diameter, suspended by cables that originate from a 70-metre pylon installed at the center. Twenty-four cables are attached to

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Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Located in the south of the Flemish city, on Bolivarplaats, The New Law Courts was erected by Richard Rogers in conjunction with Belgian architects VK Studio. It houses 8 distinct civil and criminal

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Kengo Kuma’s Jenga-Like Cafe Kureon is Made from Stacks of Locally Sourced Logs

Kengo Kuma’s Jenga-Like Cafe Kureon is Made from Stacks of Locally Sourced Logs

Cafe Kureon consist of an enclosed glass box surrounded by columns of piled blocks and topped with a corrugated metal roof. Kuma used local untreated wood and held the timber stacks together with thin

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Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Located in Colorado’s Elkins Meadow (US), the Reed Residence is a zero-energy cozy shelter for a family of four. Half of the roof is clad with sun-gathering panels and the other half is a luscious green

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Shigeru Ban’s Carbon Neutral Tamedia Office Fits Together Like Building Blocks

Shigeru Ban’s Carbon Neutral Tamedia Office Fits Together Like Building Blocks

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is building a new carbon neutral office for Swiss media company Tamedia. Located in the heart of Zurich, the 4-story building features a beautiful wooden structure that fits

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