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Passive House Mühlgrund Apartments Boast a 7-Story Vertical Garden

Passive House Mühlgrund Apartments Boast a 7-Story Vertical Garden

In between the metal envelope and the building's wide interior corridors, a cascading staircase creates something of a sound barrier that shields inhabitants of the Mühlgrund apartment complex from the

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Natural Japanese Cedar-Wrapped Louver Haus Keeps its Cool in South Korea

Natural Japanese Cedar-Wrapped Louver Haus Keeps its Cool in South Korea

Located in a dense metropolis of South Korea, the 400 square meter complex has six south-facing apartments and another open plan apartment that faces north. These are all organized around a concrete

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LEED Silver Emigration Canyon Residence is Clad in Recycled Steel in Utah

LEED Silver Emigration Canyon Residence is Clad in Recycled Steel in Utah

The board-framed and concrete home is clad in textured steel shingles that will weather well in this rather inhospitable environment. A 30 foot operable wall opens out into an outdoor room overlooking the

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Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

This month ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd] handed the CET Building over to the City of Budapest, who will use the mixed-use space for restaurants, bars, design-oriented shops, events, conferences, concerts and

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Amtrak Announces Ambitious Eco-Plans for HOK-Designed Overhaul of Washington D.C.’s Union Station

Amtrak Announces Ambitious Eco-Plans for HOK-Designed Overhaul of Washington D.C.’s Union Station

Amtraks unveiled plans on July 25th to give D.C.'s Union Station a major overhaul and a slew of new upgrades. The original Daniel Burnham-designed station will remain as is architecturally, but will

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Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Katsutoshi Sasaki & Associates believe that a residence should be comprised of just one room, but there are no rules in Japanese design that says this room should be boring and monotonous. In addition

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The Hague’s Stadskantoor Leyweg by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau Rise from the Dutch Urbanscape

The Hague’s Stadskantoor Leyweg by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau Rise from the Dutch Urbanscape

Built by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau—directed by Rudy Uytenhaak, a TU of Eindhoven's graduate and professor at TU Delft—the Hague's City Offices are one of the most striking city landmarks. The

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Off-Grid Storm Cottage is a Solar-Powered Timber Box on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

Off-Grid Storm Cottage is a Solar-Powered Timber Box on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

Clad in black rough sawn timber that makes the home fit in so beautifully with its bucolic surroundings, the Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects has operable metal screens that are perforated. These

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Eindhoven’s Futuristic “Blob” Building Hides 1,700 Bikes in Its Belly

Eindhoven’s Futuristic “Blob” Building Hides 1,700 Bikes in Its Belly

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat The Blob's iconic aesthetics and spacious 10,000-square-foot interior have made it a local landmark and a popular meeting and reference point within the city

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Piet Hein Eek’s Restaurant in Eindhoven is Filled with Beautiful Upcycled Designs

Piet Hein Eek’s Restaurant in Eindhoven is Filled with Beautiful Upcycled Designs

The Restaurant of Piet Hein Eek is filled with the designer's own pieces, including his signature recycled wood furniture finished with a high gloss varnish. All pieces are unique and made from waste

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Crescent-Shaped Weihai Pavilion Engages With the Seascape in China

Crescent-Shaped Weihai Pavilion Engages With the Seascape in China

Make Architects completed the Weihai Pavilion in the spring of 2012 to serve as an information hub and reception area for a new residential development on the island. The pavilion was the first to be

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The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India

The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India

With this summer seeing record scorching temperatures and blackouts in India, the Courtyard House seems prepared to deal with the high temperatures. Designed by Mumbai-based Sanjay Puri Architects, the

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Radio Nacional de Espana’s New Headquarters Features a Smart Facade That Cuts Emissions by 50%

Radio Nacional de Espana’s New Headquarters Features a Smart Facade That Cuts Emissions by 50%

The extensive modular façade not only screens the sun from the building strategically, but it also provides interest and beauty. Between the vertical exterior screen and the glass facade of the building

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Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

As with his former renovation projects, including the Patchwork House that we love, Kostelov demonstrates his total mastery of timber. It appears that a new, independent oak tube has been inserted into

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East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

The East House Byron Bay was originally a brick home constructed in the 1990s and the owners of the home wanted to transform it into a modern and sustainable residence that supported their passions, which

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Green-Roofed West Kowloon Terminus Will Link Hong Kong With China’s High Speed Rail

Green-Roofed West Kowloon Terminus Will Link Hong Kong With China’s High Speed Rail

Currently under construction, the Express Link West Kowloon Terminus will provide a high speed connection to the Pearl River Delta, mainland China and the rest of the high speed rail network. The rail

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Tutukaka Beach House Features Moveable Shutters To Bring In Natural Daylight

Tutukaka Beach House Features Moveable Shutters To Bring In Natural Daylight

The Tutukaka House was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects as a refuge for a busy family to use when they wanted to get out of the city. Located about 2 1/2 hours outside of Aukland on the

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Dutch Energy Company Eneco’s New Rotterdam Headquarters is a Gleaming, Sustainable Office Building

Dutch Energy Company Eneco’s New Rotterdam Headquarters is a Gleaming, Sustainable Office Building

The first thing workers encounter when they arrive at the new 270,000-square-foot office building is the soaring atrium, which fills the core of the building with natural light. The bright white space

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Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects' House in Rokko consists of a home and atelier overlooking a beautiful Japanese cityscape. Yo Shimada, a graduate from Kyoto City University of Arts in Environmental Design led the

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Conference Crystal Iselsberg is a Glimmering Gem-Shaped Building Set High Up in the Austrian Alps

Conference Crystal Iselsberg is a Glimmering Gem-Shaped Building Set High Up in the Austrian Alps

The ‘crystal’ effect is achieved by glazing slices of the building's faceted volume with very dark, tinted glass. The massing is clearly informed by the mountains. Only when the interior star shape

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Metcalfe Architecture’s Daylight-Filled Spence House Boasts Soaring Ceilings

Metcalfe Architecture’s Daylight-Filled Spence House Boasts Soaring Ceilings

Commissioned by a writer in the midst of a major lifestyle change, the Spence house is tucked away in an agricultural enclave of Cornwall, CT. Strategically-placed windows permit the perfect amount of

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The Facade of China’s Zoomlion Headquarters Mimics Butterflies, Eagles and Frogs

The Facade of China’s Zoomlion Headquarters Mimics Butterflies, Eagles and Frogs

Either end of the new building has a transforming facade made of hinged steel and glass plates that are mounted on hydraulic arms. The northern end is designed to mimic the flight of butterflies and

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MVRDV Transforms Dijon Factory Into Innovative Flexible Workspace

MVRDV Transforms Dijon Factory Into Innovative Flexible Workspace

The existing building that housed a dijon factory for five short years was too wide to accommodate 600 work spaces, but with only €4 million to work with, it wasn't possible for MVRDV to make major

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Ravenswood School for Girls Provides a Stimulating & Sustainable Learning Environment

Ravenswood School for Girls Provides a Stimulating & Sustainable Learning Environment

Before the new addition, the Ravenswood School for Girls lacked focus and direction -- not to mention it had multiple entrances that caused problems keeping track of visitors. The new Mabel Fidler

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Spiraling Day-Lit Buddhist Temple Rises from a Pool of Floating Lotuses in China

Spiraling Day-Lit Buddhist Temple Rises from a Pool of Floating Lotuses in China

Both the interior and exterior sides of the winding ribbons meet, creating a sense of the cyclic interconnectivity so crucial to Buddhist thought. But far from being merely philosophical, the spiral form

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India’s LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library is the Largest and Greenest Library in Asia!

India’s LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library is the Largest and Greenest Library in Asia!

The LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library located in Kotturpuram, India is the largest library in Asia and one of the most sustainable. The cavernous space can accommodate well over a thousand readers at a

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Bold Elliptical Windows Bubble With Daylight at the Topazz Hotel in Vienna

Bold Elliptical Windows Bubble With Daylight at the Topazz Hotel in Vienna

A modern insert with stoic neighbors, the Topazz hotel is nonetheless respectful of its surroundings. Given the tiny footprint of just 153 square meters, the designers conceived irregular windows to bring

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Sundolier’s Powerful Daylight Tube Fills Colorado’s Cherry Creek STEM School With Light – PHOTOS

Sundolier’s Powerful Daylight Tube Fills Colorado’s Cherry Creek STEM School With Light – PHOTOS

The Sundolier piqued a lot on interest when we first reported on the unique solar robot, which can light entire rooms. The other side of the design is the company's diffusion ‘chandlers’, which bounce

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Sweden’s Krakmora Holmar House is a Tranquil Island Home by the Baltic Sea

Sweden’s Krakmora Holmar House is a Tranquil Island Home by the Baltic Sea

The Kråkmora Holmar House is only 138 square feet -- the limit for guest houses allowed by building authorities. A closed wooden façade facing uphill ensures privacy for both the main house and the

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Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

The 51 square meter Amphidromous Rectangle renovation in Amagasaki is situated near Osaka City's transportation nucleus, so the client hoped for a design that would not only provide a peaceful but

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