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Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Two triple level wooden shells exist on either side of the home, which has an extremely compact footprint, one for her and one for him. These spaces are exposed and separated by a cavernous core that

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Zaha Hadid’s Light-Filled LEED Silver Galaxy Soho Opens in Beijing

Zaha Hadid’s Light-Filled LEED Silver Galaxy Soho Opens in Beijing

The new Galaxy Soho project is a 330,000 sq m commercial complex that includes office, retail and entertainment outlets. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the project is characterized by four large organic shaped

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Portugal’s House: A Living Facade of 4,500 Plants Adorns Green Home in Travessa de Patrocinio

Portugal’s House: A Living Facade of 4,500 Plants Adorns Green Home in Travessa de Patrocinio

An ordinary 248 square meter tower could easily lack all of the necessary daylighting to keep it vibrant and fresh if carelessly designed, but the Travessa de Patrocinio is brimming with light thanks to

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Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

Situated on a lovely green ten acre plot, the Heritage School constructed within the confines of a tight budget was designed with great respect for the land. The curved roofs blend into the hills while

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Gorgeous Hightree House in Santa Monica Takes Cues From Minimalist Scandinavian Design

Gorgeous Hightree House in Santa Monica Takes Cues From Minimalist Scandinavian Design

Steel framing drastically reduces the footprint of any home, particularly if it is coupled with a great deal of efficient insulation and other passive design techniques as it is with this design. A boxy

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A Clever Façade of Corten Steel Shutters Revitalizes San Vincente Ferrer Home in Madrid

A Clever Façade of Corten Steel Shutters Revitalizes San Vincente Ferrer Home in Madrid

Despite the constraints of strict building regulations, James & Mau managed to embolden this historic locale in Madrid with their progressive material choices. Not only does the Corten steel

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Supermodern 1920′s Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a Simple, Elegant and Completely Transformable Home

Supermodern 1920′s Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a Simple, Elegant and Completely Transformable Home

To make this classic adaptable home, Rietveld worked side by side with Mrs. Schroder trying to please her and her notions of living without walls and having a strong inside-outside connection. The only

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[BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris

[BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris

The M9-C project is located on the Parisian Left Bank and contains a nine-class school, a three-level theater, 66 social housing rental units, and a 51-space underground parking garage. The school and the

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Boulevard Brewery Expands With a Light- and Hop-Filled Addition in Kansas City

Boulevard Brewery Expands With a Light- and Hop-Filled Addition in Kansas City

Boulevard Brewery is located at the corner of 25th Street and Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, MO and they were in need of additional space to hold beer during the brewing process. Working within the

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Buddhist Meditation Center Looks Like a Giant Barn With Many Windows in Rural Netherlands

Buddhist Meditation Center Looks Like a Giant Barn With Many Windows in Rural Netherlands

Corrugated steel is great for durability and cost and the mansard roof helps to create the expansive space, which comprises 26 beds in 13 rooms. There is also a meditation hall, library and a dining hall.

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Logroño’s Stunning New High Speed Rail Station is Topped With a Public Park

Logroño’s Stunning New High Speed Rail Station is Topped With a Public Park

Abalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos' new high speed train station is part of a larger project to create a transportation hub, public park and housing development on a single site in the riverside city of

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Archway Studios is a Slender Live-Workspace Built Around a 19th Century Rail Viaduct in London

Archway Studios is a Slender Live-Workspace Built Around a 19th Century Rail Viaduct in London

Located in Southward, Archway Studios stands on a former brownfield site that was left to sour, and that kind of regeneration is an important part of Undercurrent's professional ethos. Keen to make do

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House MJ by Kombinat is a Sustainable Slovenian Gem in the Forests of Novo Mesto

House MJ by Kombinat is a Sustainable Slovenian Gem in the Forests of Novo Mesto

House MJ is a split-level home with a concrete garage dug snuggly into the hill where the driveway meets the property. The garage has a cantilevered green roof, which extends to shelter the cars and the

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Balance Associates Architects’ Capitol Hill Residence is an Energy-Efficient Home Perched High Above Seattle

Balance Associates Architects’ Capitol Hill Residence is an Energy-Efficient Home Perched High Above Seattle

In order to stay within the permitted footprint of the previous house on this steep site in Capitol Hill, Balance Associates, Charter Construction and their design team cantilevered three sides of this

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Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

The GREENville house was carefully oriented on a site in North Carolina to maximize the amount of energy an array of photovoltaic panels can collect. This system combined with geothermal HVAC system

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Matteo Cainer Architects’ National Museum of Afghanistan is a ‘Timeless Cube’ of Sustainable Design for Kabul

Matteo Cainer Architects’ National Museum of Afghanistan is a ‘Timeless Cube’ of Sustainable Design for Kabul

Complete with a host of symbolic references befitting an Islamic state, this conceptual design is for a 55 square meter center with sculptural staircases overlooking a large foyer. The stairways lead to a

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Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Maarten and Lori Lens-FitzGerald wanted to expand their living space without sacrificing their yard, so they tasked CC-Studio to come up with a plan. Replacing existing garden sheds in the back corners of

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Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

The Diamond Building (Bangunan Berlian in Malay), so named for its unique shape, is topped with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which generate about 10 percent of the building's energy. Rainwater

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A Long Vertical Garden Spruces Up FVArquitectos’ Renovated House in Estoril, Portugal

A Long Vertical Garden Spruces Up FVArquitectos’ Renovated House in Estoril, Portugal

A 563 square foot block house, the House in Estoril is actually quite bland at first glance given its rectangular shape and masculine interior organization. But the green wall gives it some character and

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Fox Johnston Architects’ Balmoral Home Responds to its Surroundings

Fox Johnston Architects’ Balmoral Home Responds to its Surroundings

This home in Balmoral was designed by Sydney-based Fox Johnston Architects as a series of platforms that respond to the rhythm and topography of the site. A long linear form to the west contains sleeping

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The California ISO Headquarters is a LEED Platinum Building for a Company with Energy on the Brain

The California ISO Headquarters is a LEED Platinum Building for a Company with Energy on the Brain

The campus of the building is located in the rolling hillside of Folsom, and the native landscape, which includes many oak trees, was preserved during construction. Native landscaping was also installed

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Prefab Bornego College is a Sustainable School Made With Recycled Bricks in The Netherlands

Prefab Bornego College is a Sustainable School Made With Recycled Bricks in The Netherlands

Bornego College commissioned HVDN and Studioninedots to design and build a new facility for their first year students in a spot adjacent to the school. The goal of the new building, besides providing

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Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

MVRDV's Book Mountain is a new eco library that proudly stands in the heart of Spijkenisse and is surrounded by the old town and a new housing project. In an area with 10% illiteracy, this new library is

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The Museé du Quai Branly in Paris Boasts a Lush 650-foot Green Wall by Patrick Blanc

The Museé du Quai Branly in Paris Boasts a Lush 650-foot Green Wall by Patrick Blanc

Featuring a 40-foot high and 650-foot long stunning green wall, The Museé du Quai Branly is definetely worth a visit if you are in Paris. Designed and planted by Gilles Clément and Patrick Blanc, it is

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Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Waternet's defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project's lower rooms, providing insulation, a

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Perkins+Will’s Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Center Takes National Healthcare Award for 2012

Perkins+Will’s Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Center Takes National Healthcare Award for 2012

This new wellness centre is a facility made up of multiple interconnected program elements, which provide a holisitic approach to well-being for the people of Nairobi. The main elements of the facility

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