Architecture

Bercy Chen Studio’s Cylindrical Boat House in Austin Has its Own Waterfall

Bercy Chen Studio’s Cylindrical Boat House in Austin Has its Own Waterfall

Bercy Chen Studio’s one-of-a-kind shelter consists of two elliptical floors that are joined by a swirling staircase. The lower level has a wooden deck mainly used for lounging next to the water and

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The Landscape Laboratory is a Beautifully Restored Stone Factory in Portugal

The Landscape Laboratory is a Beautifully Restored Stone Factory in Portugal

Located southwest of the historic city center of Guimarães, Portugal, the Landscape Laboratory stands in a rural area near the National Ecological Reserve (REN). The architects preserved the original

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Spooky Abandoned Igloo Hotel In Alaska About To Be Restored

Spooky Abandoned Igloo Hotel In Alaska About To Be Restored

This oddly shaped building is located along the George Parks Highway in the Alaskan heartlands. The busy road runs along 323 miles, cutting across mountains and forests. The building was originally

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Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

Perhaps the most unique aspect of this house is a number of small hills that surround it and provide a depth perception to the flat landscape when looking out. A nice detail is that the architects made

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Apelle: Boat-Like Home Stays Warm With Geothermal Energy During the Finnish Winters

Apelle: Boat-Like Home Stays Warm With Geothermal Energy During the Finnish Winters

Apelle is a long and lean building that opens up to the surrounding nature. The interiors are open plan and multi-functional, a common tradition in Finnish architecture dubbed “tupa” or “pirtti”.

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Historic Barn to be Transformed into Live-Work Architecture and Art Studios Near Moscow

Historic Barn to be Transformed into Live-Work Architecture and Art Studios Near Moscow

Nikola-Lenivets is a creative cluster about 100 miles outside of Moscow and started by Nikolay Polissky, a landscape painter from Moscow. During the Soviet Era, the area was a kolkhoz, or state-run

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Andrew Mowbray Grows Square Building Blocks from Living Gourds

Andrew Mowbray Grows Square Building Blocks from Living Gourds

Andrew Mowbray has developed a new kind of natural modular building unit. For the past two years, the artist has been growing Lagenaria gourds in reusable acrylic forms, creating square blocks that can be

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Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

Brilliant Energy-Generating JF-Kit House is Powered by People!

JF-Kit is part pop-up gym, part self-sufficient off-grid home. The interior features a line of ‘domestic fitness furniture’ that enables residents to produce energy by pedaling a bike, doing sit

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The Guano de Paris Pigeon House Also Collects Bird Poop for Compost

The Guano de Paris Pigeon House Also Collects Bird Poop for Compost

Designer Jean-Sébastien Poncet imagined a multi-use terracotta apartment complex for sheltering urban pigeons and turning their poo into compost. Intended for the French capital, "The Guano de Paris"

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Modern Green Roofed Casa MM Makes the Most of Brazil’s Spectacular Landscape

Modern Green Roofed Casa MM Makes the Most of Brazil’s Spectacular Landscape

Designed by Studio MK27’s Marcio Kogan, Casa MM boasts a luscious grass green roof that acts as insulation and also a continuation of the landscape. Due to the extreme sunny weather, the walls are

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Chinoiserie: A Breezy Pop-Up Shelter Inspired by Mongolian Yurts

Chinoiserie: A Breezy Pop-Up Shelter Inspired by Mongolian Yurts

Constructed as part of a workshop organized by Rainbow Dream, Chinoiserie is a translucent space for relaxing and meeting people. The space measures 180 square feet and it's built from locally sourced

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Repurposed Shipping Container Offices by DX Arquitectos Pop Up in Santiago de Chile

Repurposed Shipping Container Offices by DX Arquitectos Pop Up in Santiago de Chile

Located next to Santiago´s very busy Santa Rosa road in the San Miguel area, this group of shipping containers serves as Muebles Gacitúa´s central hub. The containers were once used to ship products

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Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK

Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK

Atelier CMJN recently unveiled plans for the new Great Fen Visitor Center, a wooden sustainable structure set halfway between the wetlands and dry lands in Cambridgeshire, UK. The organic shelter is made

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La Forgiatura: Industrial Park Transformed Into Verdant Urban Oasis in Milan

La Forgiatura: Industrial Park Transformed Into Verdant Urban Oasis in Milan

Created with the help of developer Real step Property Management, La Forgiatura honors the excellence and history of the metallurgical industry that once operated on its site. The shiny new complex

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UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

We are familiar with UID Architects’ work as we previously featured the firm's gorgeous Pit House in Okayama, Japan. Similar to the Pit House, the Nest House features big open spaces that flow into

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Toyo Ito’s Daylit Odate Dome Shrugs Off Snowstorms and Monsoons in Japan

Toyo Ito’s Daylit Odate Dome Shrugs Off Snowstorms and Monsoons in Japan

Toyo Ito's Odate Dome was completed back in June 1997. The building is a great social space that hosts baseball and soccer games in addition to other events. The oval dome is made from 25,000 sustainably

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Johanna Mårtensson Built a City Out of Bread Just to Watch it Mold

Johanna Mårtensson Built a City Out of Bread Just to Watch it Mold

The Earth will probably continue to turn long after humans are devoured by rat-size snails or flesh-eating zombies, but A Design award winner Johanna Mårtensson wanted to explore the notion for herself.

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Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Situated in the city of Tachikawa, Fuji Kindergarten follows the Japanese architectural tradition of welcoming nature in. In this case, Tezuka Architects built around nature, leaving the classroom’s

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MoMA Demolishing American Folk Art Museum Building After Just 12 Years

MoMA Demolishing American Folk Art Museum Building After Just 12 Years

In today's sad news, NYC's Museum of Modern Art has announced that it is planning to demolish its American Folk Art Museum building. The structure, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, has only been

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UNStudio to Relaunch as Open-Source Knowledge Sharing Practice

UNStudio to Relaunch as Open-Source Knowledge Sharing Practice

Dutch architecture firm UNStudio -- a longtime Inhabitat favorite -- made a surprise announcement this week, revealing that it will shift away from being a traditional design firm and relaunch itself as

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Vertigo-Inducing Photos of Hong Kong Housing Show Just How Dense It Is

Vertigo-Inducing Photos of Hong Kong Housing Show Just How Dense It Is

Living in Hong Kong, your view is likely not of the ocean, a forest, or even mountains. It's likely of the building across the street with a direct line of site into another family's living room. Packed

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Wordsmith Charles Finn Builds Peaceful Microhomes from Reclaimed Materials

Wordsmith Charles Finn Builds Peaceful Microhomes from Reclaimed Materials

Finn's first foray into micro home construction was called the Potomac Cabin and featured a five foot loft, from which his cat 42 stared out into the landscape. He built a second just like it, which sold

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Peaceful Gudrun House in Austria is Made Entirely from Prefab Materials

Peaceful Gudrun House in Austria is Made Entirely from Prefab Materials

The design of Gudrun House is simple and clever; it consists of a large living space, two small bedrooms and an entrance. The home is organized around a central core that contains the bathroom and the

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Centre Pompidou Mobile: Paris Art Museum Goes Nomad in a Traveling Pop-Up Prefab Space!

Centre Pompidou Mobile: Paris Art Museum Goes Nomad in a Traveling Pop-Up Prefab Space!

Lightweight and easily transportable, Centre Pompidou Mobile is an ephemeral building that is currently touring cities in France. Taking inspiration from the circus, the mobile museum consists of three

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Villa Mecklin is a Beautiful, Low-Impact Vacation Home Overlooking a Finnish Archipelago

Villa Mecklin is a Beautiful, Low-Impact Vacation Home Overlooking a Finnish Archipelago

Located in the rocky island terrain of Naantali, Villa Mecklin was completed in 2008. The house’s interiors are minimal and uncluttered, offering a relaxing natural atmosphere, plenty of natural light

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Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund Fantastic Wooden Luchtsingel Footbridge

Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund Fantastic Wooden Luchtsingel Footbridge

The new crowdfunded bridge will connect the Hofplein area with the Northern district of Rotterdam. The original schedule was to fully complete the project in 30 years time, but the founders decided to

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Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Dark and moody, Code Black Coffee is an open space defined by rough steel framing, polished concrete floors, natural Oriented Strand Board walls, and black-painted brick. The original warehouse windows

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Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen retained the character of this old barn-turned-office by carefully restoring its gepotdekselde façade and large thatched roof. The 920-square-foot building's historic pine wood

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Urban Earth Worm Skyscraper Roots Out Urban Soil and Air Pollution

Urban Earth Worm Skyscraper Roots Out Urban Soil and Air Pollution

There's no denying that Seungsoo's skyscraper concept mimics the earthworm's shape as well as its personality. The narrow, cylindrical structure swoops and curves, extending horizontally throughout the

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Studio Wave’s Magical Wooden Hut Celebrates Nature and Color in Kent, UK

Studio Wave’s Magical Wooden Hut Celebrates Nature and Color in Kent, UK

UK-based Studio Wave created this magical timber hut for holding a variety of sustainable craft workshops within Dartford Central Park’s Ecology Island. Made from local materials and decorated with the

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