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ZOKU Amsterdam is an innovative loft-like space that spells the end of the hotel room as we know it

ZOKU Amsterdam is an innovative loft-like space that spells the end of the hotel room as we know it

ZOKU's loft-like innovative concept of making global living easier comes just at the right time, as more people are going nomad and working remotely. Designed for traveling professionals to live, work and

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New concrete can repair its own cracks with bacteria

New concrete can repair its own cracks with bacteria

Widely used by the Roman Empire to construct enduring architectural wonders, concrete has proven to be one of the most durable building materials. Though concrete reigns supreme, that does not mean it

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Sasaki Architectured convert a former disco club into an office space with floating walls

Sasaki Architectured convert a former disco club into an office space with floating walls

It is difficult to imagine this sleek office space in Japan was once a disco. The former warehouse club was transformed by local studio Sasaki Architecture into a bright minimalist space with high

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Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

It’s an age-old philosophy: if you want to keep something out, just build a big wall. That’s exactly how Japan is approaching future tsunamis in the wake of the 2011 disaster that wiped out much of

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Green-roofed concrete outbuilding is an extension of the rural Spanish landscape

Green-roofed concrete outbuilding is an extension of the rural Spanish landscape

The multipurpose outbuilding serves as a warehouse and workshop with space for changing rooms, a new biomass boiler, and farm machinery. Located between the farmhouse and farmland, the green-roofed

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Heatherwick Studio completes tornado-like university building in Singapore

Heatherwick Studio completes tornado-like university building in Singapore

Thomas Heatherwick's project for the university building in Singapore, conceived as a cluster of 12 tapered towers, has been completed. The teaching facility at Nanyang Technological University, dubbed

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Postman builds incredible palace from thousands of pebbles in Southeast France

Postman builds incredible palace from thousands of pebbles in Southeast France

Of the fateful meeting with his muse Cheval wrote in his journal: "My foot had stumbled against a stone which almost made me fall: I wanted to know what it was. It was a stumbling block of such an unusual

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Vienna set to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Vienna set to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Architecture firm Rüdiger Lainer and Partner has unveiled plans to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper in the Seestadt Aspern area of Vienna. The 276ft, 24 story HoHo tower will house a hotel,

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House Carrer Migdia is a naturally-ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

House Carrer Migdia is a naturally-ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

The house has living and dining areas located on the first floor. Next to it is the kitchen which faces north. The bedroom can be accessed from the living area through a large sliding door. Instead of a

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200-year-old stone structure hides a modern and minimalist summer home in Switzerland

200-year-old stone structure hides a modern and minimalist summer home in Switzerland

This 200-year-old wood and granite building may look like an unassuming, rustic abode from the outside—but don’t let its weathered facade deceive you. Swiss firm Buchner Bründler Architekten

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Concrete Yogananda Library is bathed in natural light

Concrete Yogananda Library is bathed in natural light

The building starts as a narrow strip of an extroverted, yet shaded space on the lower two floors. This part of the structure houses research cells and discussion areas of senior students and faculty. The

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Contemporary concrete chapel projects over a mountainside to take in spectacular lakeside views

Contemporary concrete chapel projects over a mountainside to take in spectacular lakeside views

Perched atop a grassy knoll, the Capilla Cardedeu chapel features a minimalist, demure design so as not to detract from the surrounding landscape. The wedge-shaped chapel is open on both sides, with the

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Óbidos Technological Park’s floating architecture frames the Portuguese landscape

Óbidos Technological Park’s floating architecture frames the Portuguese landscape

The project aims to increase the presence of green surfaces. This attitude informed the overall shape of the buildings, which creates a large piazza in the middle of a countryside. The central space

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Sami Arquitectos’ stunning E-C House is an island retreat nestled among ruined walls

Sami Arquitectos’ stunning E-C House is an island retreat nestled among ruined walls

  The architects introduced large windows to every living room and bedroom, ensuring that the interior receives optimal amounts of natural lighting. These generous openings also provide stunning

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176-pound piece of concrete falls off Zaha Hadid-designed building in Vienna

176-pound piece of concrete falls off Zaha Hadid-designed building in Vienna

A 176-pound piece of concrete fell off the facade of the Zaha Hadid-designed Library and Learning Center in Vienna last Friday. The building, which opened last year, features a facade made from

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Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

Sinato fit eleven different spaces within the 689-square-foot apartment, which features a limited materials palette comprising warm-toned wood, gray concrete, and white-painted walls. The spaces are

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Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in Copenhagen

Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in Copenhagen

The Sorte Hus is built out of three main interlocking materials: prefab birch plywood walls, double-glazed windows, and the concrete floor. To maximize the home's small footprint, Sigurd Larsen divided

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Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

Built for a young family, the 990-square-foot, two-story home features a pitched concrete roof and is clad in light-colored limestone. The monolithic form is interrupted by skylights and three large

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Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

Designer Marc Mimram wants “to create a garden station, a station of the senses that delights travellers and allows them to engage with the beauty of their surroundings.” The concourse design responds

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MIT Scientists Create Greener, Stronger Concrete With Half the CO2 Emissions

MIT Scientists Create Greener, Stronger Concrete With Half the CO2 Emissions

MIT researchers have found a way to produce “greener” cement with half the emissions of standard concrete. Through detailed molecular analysis of the structure of concrete, the team found that

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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KWK Promes’ Ultra Secure House Protects Against the Zombie Apocalypse

KWK Promes’ Ultra Secure House Protects Against the Zombie Apocalypse

The house is actually designed by architecture firm KWK Promes and is located in Warsaw, Poland. The owners wanted a residence with maximum security, and the architects essentially developed the

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Playful Kindergarten for New Colegio Green Hills Lets Imaginations Run Wild in Mexico City

Playful Kindergarten for New Colegio Green Hills Lets Imaginations Run Wild in Mexico City

Broissin’s idea for the design of this kindergarten can be seen as an abstract attempt to capture the concept of throwing children’s blocks around a playground. The staggered buildings in a layered

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Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Hawaii is paradise, but building a home there takes an experienced hand and a strong working knowledge of its unique climate and geology. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 4,000 sq. foot Hi’ilani

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Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Concrete photo from Shutterstock Sooner or later, even the best sidewalk in the country will develop a crack or two. When this happens, workers are deployed to either fill in the damage or lay down

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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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Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Photo via Shutterstock In the crusade to cut global CO2 emissions, we tend look to power plants, cars, and manufacturing. Nowadays, our building materials are also garnering attention, and researchers

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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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Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Photo via Shutterstock Cracks are a road's worst enemy. Once a crack forms, water is able to enter the paved surface, and when it expands and contracts with changes in temperature it destroys the road.

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Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi i.Lab is located at the eastern end of the Kilometro Rosso Scientific Technology Park in Bergamo, Italy. The V-shaped building is composed of two wings on either side of a central courtyard to

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