Architecture

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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Corten Steel Mizoen Information Point Rises From the Rocks in the French Alps

Corten Steel Mizoen Information Point Rises From the Rocks in the French Alps

Hérault Arnod Architectes wanted to create a cultural link between the worlds of nature and industry in the mountains of Mizoen. The Mizoen Information Point blends in with its natural surroundings, and

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Norwegian Mountain Cottage Stands on Stilts to Preserve Native Reindeer Moss

Norwegian Mountain Cottage Stands on Stilts to Preserve Native Reindeer Moss

Located in Stor-Elvdal, Norway, this beautiful Mountain Cottage stands 900 meters above sea level. Embracing the sloping landscape, the L-shaped shelter stands on a small concrete sustaining wall and

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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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Sinuous Prefabricated Snow Huts Pop Up in the French Alps

Sinuous Prefabricated Snow Huts Pop Up in the French Alps

Scattered throughout the beautiful ski resort of Serre Chevailer Vallée, Herault Arnod Architectes' habitable sculptures were created for a project called "Snow Culture". The goal of the project was to

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Mesmerizing Guangyun Pavilion in China Inspired by London’s Underground Rush Hour

Mesmerizing Guangyun Pavilion in China Inspired by London’s Underground Rush Hour

The Guangyun entrance pavilion was unveiled during the Xi’an International Horticultural Expo in China back in 2011. It frames the main visitor entrance to the expo site with a transparent,

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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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Our Favorite Green Products from NeoCon 2013

Our Favorite Green Products from NeoCon 2013

Marking its 45th year, NeoCon returned to Chicago this week as North America's largest contract furnishings trade show. Filling sixteen floors of the mammoth Merchandise Mart, architects and designer from

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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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Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

A couple of lucky boys in Dallas have their very own fairytale treehouse that was built for them by their grandparents. Steve and Jeri Wakefield hired James Curvan to design the multi-level treehouse,

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Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Located on one of the most popular routes used by climbers hoping to scale Mont Blanc, the Refuge du Goûter took five years to plan and three more to build. Dubbed a 'high-altitude hotel,' the project

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Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

To access Plasma Studio's greenhouse in Xi’an, visitors must take a boat across a lake. The glazed structure is shaped like a horseshoe with an open-air courtyard in the middle. The greenhouse features

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Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma´s Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is located on a busy corner in Tokyo near the ancient Buddhist temple Sensō-ji. It's made mainly from glass and wood, and its interiors are airy

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Longest Recycled Bridge in the United States Pops Up in Ohio

Longest Recycled Bridge in the United States Pops Up in Ohio

The Onion Ditch Bridge in Logan County, Ohio is officially the longest recycled plastic bridge in the United States. The sturdy 24.6-foot-long bridge was constructed with AXION's proprietary ECOTRAX and

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The Elysorium is a Former Factory Turned Into a Community Space for Shared-Resources

The Elysorium is a Former Factory Turned Into a Community Space for Shared-Resources

The Elysorium is a community of like-minded individuals that share a resourceful, anti-consumption attitude and a (messy) open living space. Located in a former factory site in the west of Zurich,

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GLUCK+’s Tower House is an Ultra-Modern ‘Treehouse’ for a Family of Architects

GLUCK+’s Tower House is an Ultra-Modern ‘Treehouse’ for a Family of Architects

The four-story Tower House was designed as a single-family home in a skyscraper’s body. The vertical tower rises from a narrow 14 foot footprint, and a horizontal, cantilevered volume bisects the fourth

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Architect Liam Young Imagines a Sci-Fi Future City Under Tomorrow’s Sky

Architect Liam Young Imagines a Sci-Fi Future City Under Tomorrow’s Sky

Liam Young is an independent designer, futurist, critic and curator, and also the founder of Tomorrow's Thoughts Today. Based in London, this imaginative think tank explores fictional near-future

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Luscious Green Roofs Top a Modern Tunnel Monitoring Complex in Austria

Luscious Green Roofs Top a Modern Tunnel Monitoring Complex in Austria

Dietger Wissounig Architekten designed this complex as an integral part of the landscape. It incorporates several green roofs that provide great insulation for the indoora and a fusion with the farms

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Plasma Studio Builds Parasite Home on Top of a 60s House in Italy

Plasma Studio Builds Parasite Home on Top of a 60s House in Italy

Due to its strange geometry, full of angles and repetitive frames, it was essential to plan the Esker Haus using a 3D computer model. A ‘parasite’ home, it started by adopting the host’s structure

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Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

The new school replaces an old one on the same site and is attended by kids from three villages in the area. Completely made from compressed earth blocks with a layer of waterproof cement, the shelters

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200-Year-Old Stone House in Switzerland Renovated to Achieve High Energy Conservation Standards

200-Year-Old Stone House in Switzerland Renovated to Achieve High Energy Conservation Standards

To help make the interiors match the home's stone-faced exterior, new exposed concrete walls and polished screed floors. The added materials match the grey shade while only a few elements like the kitchen

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The Sugar Lab 3D Prints Sweet Geometric Sculptures From Sugar

The Sugar Lab 3D Prints Sweet Geometric Sculptures From Sugar

Founded by husband and wife team in Silver Lake, California, the Sugar Lab began as a novel way to produce a birthday cake for a friend that did not have to be baked in an oven. With a background in

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Spain’s Earthy Espai Ridaura Cultural Center is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

Spain’s Earthy Espai Ridaura Cultural Center is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

Espai Ridaura consists of two well-defined volumes that "slide" against one another. The center is made from a mix of local earth, cement and gravel, and its earthy color is due to natural pigments. The

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Xiangxiangxiang: China’s First Boutique Shipping Container Hotel Opens its Doors

Xiangxiangxiang: China’s First Boutique Shipping Container Hotel Opens its Doors

Xiangxiangxiang Boutique Container Hotel is made from 35 repurposed shipping containers, and is located in the tourist area of Tianxia Duchenghuang. Featuring exterior and interior spaces for work and

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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

The Optical Glass House sits among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima. Its glazed façade was hand-made made from 6,000 high-transparency glass blocks that are from borosilicate, a raw material

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Atelier Oslo’s Lanternen Pavilion is Made From Sustainable Norwegian Wood

Atelier Oslo’s Lanternen Pavilion is Made From Sustainable Norwegian Wood

Visible from afar, Lanternen serves as a meeting point and market shelter, as well as a space for informal music concerts and other performances. It stands on four stilts that are made from local

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Bossley Architects’ Thorne Bay House Grows Around Trees on a New Zealand Beach

Bossley Architects’ Thorne Bay House Grows Around Trees on a New Zealand Beach

The site of this residence grows from the black volcanic stone that litters the beaches outside of Auckland. The site also has many pohutukawa trees growing on it, and since the owner and design team

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Green-Roofed House in Sikamino Rises From the Greek Landscape

Green-Roofed House in Sikamino Rises From the Greek Landscape

Located on an elongated field surrounded by olive trees, the House in Sikamino is 195 feet long. The elongated home is set beneath a rhomboid roof, and half of its interiors are located underground. A

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Oshatz Architects’ Wooden Wilkinson Residence Towers Amidst the Treetops

Oshatz Architects’ Wooden Wilkinson Residence Towers Amidst the Treetops

With a top floor surrounded by treetops, The Wilkinson Residence evokes the feeling of being in a tree house. It’s curvy exterior is covered with different wood tiles and some metal parts that get

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