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Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Measuring 645 sq foot, HALO takes its name and shape from the rainbow-like optical phenomenon around the sun. It was designed with small private rooms and large entertaining areas to shift people away

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Open Air Gjennomsikte Pavilion Doubles as a Lakeside Retreat and Theater Stage

Open Air Gjennomsikte Pavilion Doubles as a Lakeside Retreat and Theater Stage

This project was built in connection with the walkabout project (Breddelangs), which is a local initiative organized to bring awareness to the Lahelle river area. The green park surrounding the pavilion

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The Spectacular Museo Soumaya Shines Brightly in Mexico City

The Spectacular Museo Soumaya Shines Brightly in Mexico City

Wrapped in 16,000 hexagonal aluminum tiles, Museo Soumaya's shining, serpentine skin was built to reflect the sun's light and to stand the test of time. The weight of the spiraling form is supported by 28

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Dutch Willowman Creates Whimsical Sculptures in Enchanted Forest Settings

Dutch Willowman Creates Whimsical Sculptures in Enchanted Forest Settings

Will Beckers (known as The Willowman) creates stunning, ephemeral, site-specific sculptures made from re-used local materials. He started out working with clay but now incorporates a variety of natural

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The Amazing Metaphone Concert Hall is the World’s First Interactive Musical Building

The Amazing Metaphone Concert Hall is the World’s First Interactive Musical Building

To create the sound-related and instrumental features of the building, the architects consulted musician and sound designer Louis Dandrel. The majority of the Metaphone building (the technical spaces and

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Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

Nestled in the wilderness near Finland's Urho Kekkonen National Park, Hotel Kakslauttanen has one of the Arctic Circle's best views of the Aurora Borealis. The sparse trees and complete lack of light

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Peter Kostelov Unveils Elegant Patchwork-Clad Deco Pattern House

Peter Kostelov Unveils Elegant Patchwork-Clad Deco Pattern House

Perhaps the most striking feature of the timber structure are the perforated white decorative panels surrounding the window and doors, mimicking computer pixels or rectangular doilies depending on one's

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World’s Largest Crowfunding Campaign Could Make Colombia’s Tallest Skyscraper a Reality

World’s Largest Crowfunding Campaign Could Make Colombia’s Tallest Skyscraper a Reality

Projected for completion in the year 2015, the new green skyscraper is a true inspiration for community-responsive urban design. Yes, it will be Colombia's first skyscraper in 40 years and upon

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Green-Roofed Dragon Head Pavilion Pops Up at Dresden’s OSTRALE Art Show

Green-Roofed Dragon Head Pavilion Pops Up at Dresden’s OSTRALE Art Show

OSTRALE is a popular contemporary art event hosted at the Slaughterhouse made famous by Kurt Vonnegut's wartime fiction Slaughterhouse-Five. In 2013 Andrea Hilger of OSTRALE and Daniele De Grande of

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210 Sq Ft Minim House Shelters Sweet Space-Saving Interior with Off Grid Versatility

210 Sq Ft Minim House Shelters Sweet Space-Saving Interior with Off Grid Versatility

The Minim House's green credentials include walls made from highly insulated prefabricated SIPs, a 960 watt solar array, a 290 gallon rainwater treatment system, and all LED lighting. Inside two people

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Light-Filled Three Cusps Chalet is a Beautifully Renovated 19th Century Portuguese Palace

Light-Filled Three Cusps Chalet is a Beautifully Renovated 19th Century Portuguese Palace

Working with limited space, Tiago do Vale decided to give the three-story home a vertical loft-style renovation that separates individual areas by level. The bottom level is currently the home's office or

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Spacemaker Lets You Walk Inside Virtual Reality 3D Building Models!

Spacemaker Lets You Walk Inside Virtual Reality 3D Building Models!

Spacemaker VR is an exciting new way for designers to create virtual reality models they can walk in using their own 3d design files. Spacemaker was made for giving jaw-dropping presentations to clients

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Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

This updated design of the Golden State Warriors’ new home comes almost three years after Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over the franchise. “Going into this project, we wanted to build a world-class

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12 Years After 9/11, 4 World Trade Center Tower Opens Today

12 Years After 9/11, 4 World Trade Center Tower Opens Today

This morning, 4 World Trade Center became the first new tower to open at the WTC site. New Yorkers welcomed the LEED Gold-seeking building, which marks an age of rebirth for Lower Manhattan 12 years

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Oudated 1970′s Home Gets Brilliant Green Makeover with Locally-Sourced Materials in Northern California

Oudated 1970′s Home Gets Brilliant Green Makeover with Locally-Sourced Materials in Northern California

In desperate need of a complete renovation for their outdated two-storey home, the owners specifically sought out a construction company that would provide an environmentally-friendly rebuilding process

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FABRIC Unveils Mesmerizing Wooden Zoetrope Pavilion in Copenhagen

FABRIC Unveils Mesmerizing Wooden Zoetrope Pavilion in Copenhagen

Trylletromler is a temporary installation in the castle gardens made up of 10 circular spaces. The walls are made of slats of Nordic wood that were prefabricated in one-meter sections then assembled on

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Hexagonal Bee Hives Inspire Brilliant Modular HIVEHAUS Home

Hexagonal Bee Hives Inspire Brilliant Modular HIVEHAUS Home

The individual cells allow for approximately 100 square feet of personalized living space, while an ideal cell configuration would involve an office cell, living area cell, kitchen cell, bedroom cell and

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Feast Your Eyes On Mike Doyle’s Intricate Victorian LEGO Houses

Feast Your Eyes On Mike Doyle’s Intricate Victorian LEGO Houses

I know, I know, Halloween is over, but these awesome LEGO houses by Mike Doyle are too good to pass up! If you squint your eyes, you might think you're looking at old architectural photos, but in reality,

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Bizarre Casa dos Leões in Brazil Grows Recycled Wooden Tumors

Bizarre Casa dos Leões in Brazil Grows Recycled Wooden Tumors

Henrique Oliveira holds a degree in painting but his work is an exploration on three-dimensional constructions and temporary installations. He was a student in São Paulo when he spotted a plywood fence

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6 Haunting (But Eco-Friendly) Buildings for Halloween

6 Haunting (But Eco-Friendly) Buildings for Halloween

The Dragspelhuset Accordion House This is an 1800s cabin retrofitted to comply with Sweden's modern environmental building regulations. The solar-powered, off-grid cabin is owned and designed by

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Studio Mycc Turns a 215 Square Foot Box into an Extraordinary Tiny Home

Studio Mycc Turns a 215 Square Foot Box into an Extraordinary Tiny Home

Spanish studio mycc converted a plain shoebox apartment into an incredible modern home that maximizes space. With a tiny floor plan and very neat interiors, the Minimalist Pad 100M3 measures a mere 215

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Beijing’s Haworth Showroom Named World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project

Beijing’s Haworth Showroom Named World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project

The Parkview Green itself is already a marvel of sustainable architecture: The 800,000 sq ft mixed-use development features a glass and ETFE envelope that minimizes heating and cooling demands all year

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Cocoon-Like Czech Garden House is Wrapped in a Waterproof Tensile Canopy

Cocoon-Like Czech Garden House is Wrapped in a Waterproof Tensile Canopy

The Czech garden home looks much like a caterpillar crawling down the hill looking to access the lake. Its unique shape comes from matching two sturdy black cubes and a curved tensile roof. The organic

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Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

The low, angular profile of the striking museum was created to emulate the mountainous landscape and the flow of nearby Yabe River. Different materials and textures, including green walls and solar

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1950s Swedish Island Cottage Locks Out the Elements with a Black Pine Tar Facade

1950s Swedish Island Cottage Locks Out the Elements with a Black Pine Tar Facade

Johannes Norlander Arkitektur AB's House Morran is clad with plywood coated in tar - a material commonly used in maritime applications to preserve and seal wood. The home's long and lean body features

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Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Presented as part of the 2008's Casa Per Tutti (House for All) exhibition, Casa Umbrella can be used as a pop-up shelter, temporary house, or emergency room. Its 160 square feet were created from 15

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Tiny ‘Cube in the Woods’ Offers Forest Solitude with a Minor Footprint in Maine

Tiny ‘Cube in the Woods’ Offers Forest Solitude with a Minor Footprint in Maine

Located inside Harpswell woodland, this gorgeous geometrical studio is the perfect place to find peace. Since it was built just a few hundred feet from a tidal creek, the architect decided to place it on

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Rotor Exhibits Tales from the World’s Sustainable Design Archives at the Oslo Architecture Triennale

Rotor Exhibits Tales from the World’s Sustainable Design Archives at the Oslo Architecture Triennale

The digital renderings, material samples, mock ups and quotes in Rotor's 'Behind the Green Door' exhibit focus on urban and rural designs, large-scale plans, subtle small-scale projects and surprising

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the

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Rafael Viñoly’s Innovative Fortabat Museum Boasts a Retractable Roof That Syncs Up with the Sun

Rafael Viñoly’s Innovative Fortabat Museum Boasts a Retractable Roof That Syncs Up with the Sun

Located in an up-and-coming area of Buenos Aires called Puerto Madero, the Museo Fortabat opened its doors in 2008 after six years of construction. It was designed by prominent Uruguayan architect Rafael

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