Architecture

Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

The Alto Nevados Hotel in Chillan is mainly constructed from steel and designed as a pixelated box volume standing out among the gorgeous Andes Mountains. Its unique facade was made from old wooden boards

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Beautiful Wooden Home in Norway Is Built Around Forest Trees

Beautiful Wooden Home in Norway Is Built Around Forest Trees

The wooden Square House is situated within a dense pine forest area on a car-free island called Nøtterøy. It was built from vertical boards of local pine that create a cubic shelter surrounded by

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Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

Made from a sturdy steel structure, this Hiroshima home is completely covered in polycarbonate, a long-lasting, high impact-resistance material. Thanks to its translucent qualities, the large volume

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Delaware High School Students Complete World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

Delaware High School Students Complete World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

A group of high school students in Wilmington, Delaware just completed a 112-foot Lego tower constructed from over 500,000 bricks that sets a new Guinness World Record for the world's tallest

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DIY Hermit Houses: Tiny, Off-Grid Customizable Living Units

DIY Hermit Houses: Tiny, Off-Grid Customizable Living Units

Hermit Houses' first prototype is called Abé, a name that comes from the tragic lovers story Aberlard & Heloise. Designed for a couple or small family, the 150 square foot wooden shelters were

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Artech’s Striking Geometrical Lanyang Museum Rises from the Shores of Taiwan

Artech’s Striking Geometrical Lanyang Museum Rises from the Shores of Taiwan

With a total floor area of 425,000 square feet, the Lanyang Museum was designed to reflect the unique history, culture and landscape of the area. It was built alongside a wetland that was once home to the

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Tiny Green Roofed Bike Shed in London is Made from Recycled Yogurt Containers

Tiny Green Roofed Bike Shed in London is Made from Recycled Yogurt Containers

The eco shed replaces a boring old B&Q shed at a bike-loving couple's back yard in Camden Town, and it can fit 11 bikes inside. It was constructed from an FSC wooden frame, recycled yogurt carton

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

The floating locality of Makoko has around 100,000 habitants, a congregation of fishermen that settled in the area 200 years ago. Dubbed "Africa's Venice," it is situated on a lagoon at the edge of Lagos

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Australia’s Enchanting Pod Playground is Inspired by Its Natural Surroundings

Australia’s Enchanting Pod Playground is Inspired by Its Natural Surroundings

Recently opened in Canberra, this magnificent playground is meant to be enjoyed by both kids and adults. The playground draws its forms directly from the trees of the arboretum, and the structures

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Child Refugees Find Sanctuary in London’s Unique Cocoon-Like Sculptural Pavilion

Child Refugees Find Sanctuary in London’s Unique Cocoon-Like Sculptural Pavilion

For children who have been forced from their homes due to violent conflict or dire environmental conditions, the idea of a safe place for play and relaxation can seem a distant memory. Architecture might

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Avis Magica Tower for Miami Boasts a 120 Meter-Tall Aquarium and Energy-Generating “Feathers”

Avis Magica Tower for Miami Boasts a 120 Meter-Tall Aquarium and Energy-Generating “Feathers”

Bucharest-based studio Armarada just unveiled Avis Magica - a conceptual vertical tower for Miami that boasts a 120 meter-tall aquarium and energy-generating "feathers," among many other zany features. An

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Hassell + Herzog & de Meuron Win Competition to Design Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station

Hassell + Herzog & de Meuron Win Competition to Design Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station

On the architectural design side of this winning design entry, Herzog & de Meuron and Hassell celebrated the rail travel experience by creating a barrel-vaulted space made from light-weight structural

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Archstruktura Gives the Russian National Center for Contemporary Art a Striking Glazed Renovation

Archstruktura Gives the Russian National Center for Contemporary Art a Striking Glazed Renovation

Located in Ekaterinburg, the Russian museum is also a cultural hub for scientific research and acts as a bridge between contemporary art and public city spaces. With a total area of 27,000 square foot, it

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

This interview was first published in November, 2011 Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia's first LEED

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William Lee’s Beautiful Living Wall System Gives Building Facades a Green Upgrade

William Lee’s Beautiful Living Wall System Gives Building Facades a Green Upgrade

Designer William Lee has created a beautiful living wall system that combines the architectural qualities of a building facade with the lush appearance of a living wall. The system consists of a set of

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DmvA’s Two-Faced BVA House is Closed to the Street and Open to the Garden

DmvA’s Two-Faced BVA House is Closed to the Street and Open to the Garden

DmvA's House BVA stands out in its neighborhood with its detailed brick facade, which protects its inhabitants from strong sunlight and keeps the home's interior private. The building's red top window

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Tiny Shed in Italy Stores Wood and Shelters Animals

Tiny Shed in Italy Stores Wood and Shelters Animals

Studio Errante's Sarah Becchio and Paolo Borghino created this adorable shelter at the southern corner of a family home’s patio in Italy. With access from the house and also from the street, the shelter

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

Earlier this year we reported on the opening of the stunning Salvador Dalí Museum located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum is home to the world's largest collection of Dalí works, and since its

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Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Design Office uses efficient, simple and cost-effective solutions that give existing structures a brand new purpose. One example is The House in Yoro, an open Japanese family home in a

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See the Four Finalists Selected to Design Storm-Resistant Housing in the Rockaways

See the Four Finalists Selected to Design Storm-Resistant Housing in the Rockaways

Ennead Architects, Lateral Office, Seeding Office and White Arkitekter were recently selected from over 100 others competing in the "For a Resilient Rockaway" (FAR ROC) challenge to design a

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Curvaceous Green Roofed Jean-Moulin School Completed in Montargis, France

Curvaceous Green Roofed Jean-Moulin School Completed in Montargis, France

Located in Montargis, France, École Jean-Moulin was finished early this year. The school measures 30,000 square feet and consists of two juxtaposed volumes set beneath a luscious green roof. The iconic,

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Charming A-framed Home in the Woods Gets a Glass Box Extension

Charming A-framed Home in the Woods Gets a Glass Box Extension

Immersed in a woodsy area, this geometric shelter boasts thoughtfully designed interior and exterior spaces. Its recent addition consists of a glazed cube with a separate entrance through the garden and

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Etho House: A Net-Zero Home Designed to Get Chinese Families Out of the Crowded City

Etho House: A Net-Zero Home Designed to Get Chinese Families Out of the Crowded City

China's Solar Decathlon presents a different set of challenges than those faced by students working inside the U.S. To achieve the proper perspective, members of the UIUC team traveled to China several

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KPF Reaches For the Sky With Plans to Extend King’s Reach Tower in London

KPF Reaches For the Sky With Plans to Extend King’s Reach Tower in London

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has submitted plans to renovate the existing 111-meter-high King’s Reach Tower in London with a 44-meter, 11 floor extension. The project is being engineered by Adams Kara Taylor

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Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

Sponsored by Burt's Bees and located directly in front of their headquarters on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina, the Mini-Farmery is absolutely covered in living walls. Apart from

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Zaha Hadid Purchases the London Design Museum to Expand Her Archives

Zaha Hadid Purchases the London Design Museum to Expand Her Archives

In a real estate deal worth £10 million, British star-architect Zaha Hadid has purchased the London Design Museum at Shad Thames, and she plans to turn it into an archive for her studio’s architecture.

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Solar-Powered 2013 Shed of the Year is Topped With an Old Fishing Boat

Solar-Powered 2013 Shed of the Year is Topped With an Old Fishing Boat

Located at an altitude of 750ft above sea level in the Cambrian Mountain range, mid Wales, the rustic and charming shelter is made from recycled materials. The roof is made from a 14ft long old fishing

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Photovoltech’s “Energy Arch” in Belgium Produces a Whopping 50,000 KWh a Year

Photovoltech’s “Energy Arch” in Belgium Produces a Whopping 50,000 KWh a Year

Built back in 2007, Photovoltech's headquarters has become an icon for innovation within the Flemish city of Tienen. The sculptural building features an energy-generating arch on its front that is decked

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Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod's rehabilitation and extension of this former workshop in France has a unique aesthetic that creates contrast between the old and the new. The metallic extension appears to hover over the

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The Netherlands’ Volkerak Rijkswaterstaat Building is Cooled by the Water Surrounding It

The Netherlands’ Volkerak Rijkswaterstaat Building is Cooled by the Water Surrounding It

Rijkswaterstaat DI is a governmental agency that handles public works and water management for the Netherlands - including the construction of waterways and roads and flood protection and prevention. Made

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