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The Louvre’s Golden-Roofed Department of Islamic Arts Opens This Weekend

The Louvre’s Golden-Roofed Department of Islamic Arts Opens This Weekend

Plans for the new Department of Islamic Arts where unveiled in 2005 when Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti won a competition to design the new gallery. The two level gallery is sunken into the the Visconti

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Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer We toured the Eddie House this weekend as part of AIA SF's 10th annual San Francisco Living: Homes Tours, and came away impressed with Three Legged Pig's handiwork. The

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Team Romania Sells Their Solar Decathlon Plus-Energy PRISPA Home

Team Romania Sells Their Solar Decathlon Plus-Energy PRISPA Home

The PRISPA's envelope has a dual function: not only does the photovoltaic array produce twice as much energy as the home can use, but it also provides solar protection. Albeit a rather expensive

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Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

The $14.2 million building is constructed at the foot of a wooded hillside across from the newly renamed Pageant Park. The design team at Noll & Tam Architects worked to minimize the footprint of the

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Green-Roofed Punibach Hydroelectric Plant Melts Into the Landscape of Italy

Green-Roofed Punibach Hydroelectric Plant Melts Into the Landscape of Italy

From afar, all that is visible at the Punibach Hydroelectric Plant is a curvy landscaped roof with a wooden facade. Located in the southern Tyrol province of Italy, the plant was built using earthy

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Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

A simple one story volume, the composer's studio in Wisconsin is clad in weathering Corten steel. In addition to harmonizing with its surrounding environment, this and the remaining materials used in

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Hungary’s Szathmáry Palace Ruins Renovated With L-Shaped Corten Steel Lookout

Hungary’s Szathmáry Palace Ruins Renovated With L-Shaped Corten Steel Lookout

Tettye Park is one of Hungary's most revered historical sites and now visitors will be able to experience the site with a new and inventive Corten addition. After stabilizing the site, the design firm

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Keiji Ashizawa Transforms a Dark and Dumpy Tokyo Home into a Light-Filled Skycourt

Keiji Ashizawa Transforms a Dark and Dumpy Tokyo Home into a Light-Filled Skycourt

Whereas most of the existing double story was left alone, Keiji Ashizawa topped off the home with an angular glazed addition that established a third story that opens onto an expansive rooftop terrance.

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Pacific Heights Townhouse Renovated into Light-Filled Eco Home in San Francisco

Pacific Heights Townhouse Renovated into Light-Filled Eco Home in San Francisco

Feldman Architecture was hired by the owners to update and reconfigure this 1906 stucco-clad Victorian. The clients requested to keep the building's traditional feel, but they wanted to infuse modern

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SHINE’s Tec de Monterrey Retrofit Maximizes Natural Light and Ventilation With Parametric Modeling

SHINE’s Tec de Monterrey Retrofit Maximizes Natural Light and Ventilation With Parametric Modeling

SHINE has created this new design studio as a study in bioclimatic architecture, which is ideal for the students who will spend so much of their time either in the first floor studio or in the more public

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Team ABC’s Green-Roofed Sumbiosi Solar Decathlon House is a Low-Impact Bioclimatic Dwelling

Team ABC’s Green-Roofed Sumbiosi Solar Decathlon House is a Low-Impact Bioclimatic Dwelling

Landes Maritime Pine is the main material that was used for the construction of the Sumbiosi prefab by Team ABC. Not only is it readily available, but it also has excellent thermal qualities that help to

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UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

One of UK’s biggest retailers Marks & Spencer just opened a store on the outskirts of London - and even though it is the chain's largest retail location it has managed to attain a BREEAM

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London-based William Tozer Designs Inspiring Loft in Old Factory Building

London-based William Tozer Designs Inspiring Loft in Old Factory Building

The loft's concrete ceilings, warn by time, are accented by beautiful new timber elements in some rooms and white gallery-esque walls in others. Modern pieces of art now hang on the walls such that the

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Sky Condo in Peru Introduces Diving Board-esque Terraces for Luxury

Sky Condo in Peru Introduces Diving Board-esque Terraces for Luxury

The 20-story building will rise high above the city with wonderful views of a local golf course. A profile view reveals a dozen concrete-formed diving boards protruding from the façade. A closer look at

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Denmark’s Natural History Museum in Copenhagen has a Walkable Green Roof

Denmark’s Natural History Museum in Copenhagen has a Walkable Green Roof

The Natural History Museum of Denmark has one of the world’s largest collections documenting the planet’s natural history. In order to make it more accessible to the public, the architects decided to

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The Netherlands’ Medieval Centraal Museum Gets a Beautiful Glazed Renovation

The Netherlands’ Medieval Centraal Museum Gets a Beautiful Glazed Renovation

The Centraal Museum features fashion, design and contemporary art alongside works by the old masters. A luscious central courtyard provides plenty of natural light and fresh air to the building's

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Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Located in Edogawa, Tokyo, the Edogawa Garage Club is a renovated warehouse with a modern new perforated metal screen skin. The owners with the help of Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates decided to

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Radio Royaal is a Gorgeous New Restaurant in an Old Philips Power Plant in the Netherlands

Radio Royaal is a Gorgeous New Restaurant in an Old Philips Power Plant in the Netherlands

A former Philips warehouse, Radio Royaal keeps the spirit of a bygone era intact. Gardenier told Inhabitat that they initially hired an architect for the restoration of the factory, but quickly got rid

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Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center is a Bustling Eco Hub of Activity

Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center is a Bustling Eco Hub of Activity

One of the main goals for Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC) was to improve the visual presence of the building, and improve the interconnectivity of the athletic facilities and the rest of the school. The

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Puma Opens its First Sustainable Store Near Bangalore

Puma Opens its First Sustainable Store Near Bangalore

Activewear giant Puma opened its first "sustainable" store in a suburb of Bangalore, India on Thursday. The 8,600-square-foot building is entirely solar powered, and more than 90 percent of the interior

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Butterfly-Winged Wuxi Grand Theatre is a New Eco Cultural Landmark in China

Butterfly-Winged Wuxi Grand Theatre is a New Eco Cultural Landmark in China

Inspiration for the Wuxi Grand Theatre's design came from the butterfly as well as the old Chinese opera, Butterfly Lovers. The building's volume is that of a butterfly landing on water and features eight

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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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