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Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Just 250 square meters, the compact D House comprises a perfect blend of home and landscape, private retreat and party house. The double glazed first floor, which is tucked into the earth, boasts

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Striking Solar Equinox Passive House Aligns With the Sun in Bulgaria

Striking Solar Equinox Passive House Aligns With the Sun in Bulgaria

Taking cues from the home's hilly site, Ignatov Architects came up with a plan that fit in with the surroundings and took advantage of the seaside views. The home is built into the hillside and oriented

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Shift Architecture + Urbanism Transforms a 1930s Dutch Villa Into a Light-Filled Modern Dental Clinic

Shift Architecture + Urbanism Transforms a 1930s Dutch Villa Into a Light-Filled Modern Dental Clinic

The existing building was a traditional Dutch home with a brick exterior and slate roof. Shift Architecture + Urbanism's renovation honored the history of the existing home and added a new volume

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Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s MAS Museum opened its doors back in May 2011. Its name stands for Museum Aan de Stroom, which means Museum on the River. Each of the building’s ten stories is twisted 90 degrees to form a

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Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Located in the south of the Flemish city, on Bolivarplaats, The New Law Courts was erected by Richard Rogers in conjunction with Belgian architects VK Studio. It houses 8 distinct civil and criminal

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Rooftecture HH was designed to do ensure that the inhabitants would still feel an intense connection to the natural environment, including the site's light and wind. With views of the nearby mountains and

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Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

The Cornege-Preston house is 40 meters long and six meters wide. Spread out thusly, which is made possible by a large plot, every section of the home is exposed to achieve maximum solar gain. Oriented to

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Lakeside Private House Bellmund Has a Hardy Shell and a Warm Wooden Interior in Switzerland

Lakeside Private House Bellmund Has a Hardy Shell and a Warm Wooden Interior in Switzerland

Located in an agricultural region outside of Biel, this striking home has a timber frame and interior and a strong, low-cost corrugated skin that makes the home tolerant of all manner of harsh weather

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ARCHI7’s Prefab MMR House is Made from Recycled Materials and Features Brilliant Interiors

ARCHI7’s Prefab MMR House is Made from Recycled Materials and Features Brilliant Interiors

Built as a single compact volume, ARCHI7’s single-family home has a very small footprint; it is designed to maximize its exposure to the sun. The home's exteriors are clad with local Mélèze and the

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First Phase of Aedas’ Seaside Eco-Resort Opens in Guangdong, China

First Phase of Aedas’ Seaside Eco-Resort Opens in Guangdong, China

Aedas recently announced the completion of the first phase of its seaside eco-resort at Huidong, Guangdong, China. The natural setting of this seaside town, located 40 miles from Shenzhen, is the perfect

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House Hafner is a Beautiful Light-Filled Cubic Retreat With a Living Green Garage in Germany

House Hafner is a Beautiful Light-Filled Cubic Retreat With a Living Green Garage in Germany

Built for a couple who likes to entertain, House Hafner benefits from a private plot at the end of a blind alley that allowed the designer to create an open plan space that opens to the verdant outdoors.

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House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

In order to create a playful sense of expansiveness on the inside of the Matsudo City home, Shinozaki decided to give it a large roof and fill the space in-between with eight Y-shaped wooden frames. From

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Kengo Kuma’s Transparent Temporary Shelter Pays Homage to Classic Japanese Literature

Kengo Kuma’s Transparent Temporary Shelter Pays Homage to Classic Japanese Literature

Architect Kengo Kuma recently built a humble modern pavilion as a tribute to a classic Japanese story written 800 years ago. The short story, Hojoki, by Kamo no Chomei tells the story of how Chomei left

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Construction Begins on Moscow’s Green-Roofed, Geometric Kuntsevo Plaza

Construction Begins on Moscow’s Green-Roofed, Geometric Kuntsevo Plaza

Taking over an entire city block, the Kuntsevo Plaza will provide 250,000 sq m of retail space, entertainment, residences, class-A office space, rooftop decks and public plazas. The contemporary design is

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Foster + Partners Completes First Project in South America: Climate-Friendly Faena Aleph Apartments

Foster + Partners Completes First Project in South America: Climate-Friendly Faena Aleph Apartments

The Faena District of Buenos Aires is an upscale neighborhood brimming with new construction. Foster + Partners designed the project for a team owned by the Faena Group that advocates green spaces and

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Bernardo Bader’s Dainty Timber Home in Austria Has a Green Lung on the Inside

Bernardo Bader’s Dainty Timber Home in Austria Has a Green Lung on the Inside

Just 500 square meters, the plot on which this single family dwelling was placed lies between existing development and a green belt that is surrounded by heavily trafficked areas. In such an environment,

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AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands

AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands

During winter times, the house is passively warmed up thanks to good insulation and sunshine, as the surrounding deciduous trees loose their leaves. During the summer, the house gets a cool green shade

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William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

As William Duff Architects explain, they “developed a project that blends elegant, innovative architecture with green building strategies to create inspiring spaces carefully crafted for everyday

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Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Deck Lumber “Switch Box” Converts Dead Space into a Gorgeous Japanese Home

Faced with a lifeless space, Naf might have gutted the entire interior of this strange Japanese home. Instead, saving energy and materials, the self-styled design team inserted a gorgeous wooden box that

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Das Haus: Striking House of the Future Blends Japanese Design With California Modernism

Das Haus: Striking House of the Future Blends Japanese Design With California Modernism

Concerned to eliminate the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors, Nichetto designed a home that has plants everywhere: on shelves, in the bathroom, on the walls and there is even a small

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Simon Jensen’s Fire Shelter is a Teardrop-Shaped Pavilion Created With Digital Fabrication Techniques

Simon Jensen’s Fire Shelter is a Teardrop-Shaped Pavilion Created With Digital Fabrication Techniques

Fire Shelter: 01 is a small pavilion in Sydhavnstippen--a nature preserve in the southern part of Copenhagen--that was designed and built by SHJWorks. The starting point for the design emerged from the

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Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade

Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade

The Glass Farm is a redevelopment of Schijndel'’s market square, which was heavily damaged during WWII. MVRDV's Winy Maas grew up in Schijndel and in 1980 he proposed redeveloping the market square to

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Antony Gibbon’s Inhabit Treehouse Lets You Sleep High Up in the Trees

Antony Gibbon’s Inhabit Treehouse Lets You Sleep High Up in the Trees

Inhabit is a contemporary structure with a very sleek and minimalist design. It can be built in a variety of different settings depending on the site. Antony Gibbon Designs respect nature and insists on

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PHOTOS: Siemens’ LEED Platinum Headquarters at Masdar City Nears Completion

PHOTOS: Siemens’ LEED Platinum Headquarters at Masdar City Nears Completion

Quite like Masdar's own terracotta buildings, the new Siemens building has been designed with an absolute commitment to sustainability. Using passive design and state of the art materials, the project

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Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Comprised of two interconnected gabled structures in a paddock backed by rolling green hills, the Shoal Bay bach is located in a new development complex that used to be an old sheep farm. In fact,

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Under the Moonlight is a Gorgeous Archetypal Home Built With Glass, Stone and Wood in Australia

Under the Moonlight is a Gorgeous Archetypal Home Built With Glass, Stone and Wood in Australia

Especially concerned to have the smallest environmental impact possible, the design team ensured that most of the site's existing vegetation was left untouched. The double story home has a gorgeous stone

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Maison Escalier is a Tree-Like Parisian Home Wrapped With a Leafy Sun Shade

Maison Escalier is a Tree-Like Parisian Home Wrapped With a Leafy Sun Shade

The interior of Maison Escalier is creatively designed with stark white-painted walls that contrast with rich, warm black locust wood floors and ceilings. The black locust wood also covers the central

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Bucolic Vejlskovgaard Stable is Like Club Med for 300 Dairy Cows in Denmark

Bucolic Vejlskovgaard Stable is Like Club Med for 300 Dairy Cows in Denmark

In Denmark, the law states that milk can only be labeled organic if the cows that produced it have spent at least 150 days at pasture. We're not certain whether these cows are able to roam free on that

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Rotterdam’s Stepped Central Library Sprouts a Green Roof and a Beehive!

Rotterdam’s Stepped Central Library Sprouts a Green Roof and a Beehive!

The Rotterdam Central Library launched in 1983 as an “open, inviting, centrally located building that is accessible to everyone.”  Its main feature is its striking array of yellow-painted round

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