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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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Sweden’s Luxurious Hotel Furillen is Set Within a Renovated Limestone Refinery

Sweden’s Luxurious Hotel Furillen is Set Within a Renovated Limestone Refinery

Set in an almost lunar landscape, Hotel Furillen looks more like an abandoned factory than an eco-luxe hotel. The mix of top Nordic brands with soft luxurious interiors creates a high-class retreat

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UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification

UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification

An experiment in constructing offices to promote communication, experimentation and creativity, ZVE is comprised of a main curved structure with rows of horizontal windows that open to permit natural

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Green-Roofed Hydro-Nuclear Headquarters Emerges From Historic Gyeongju in South Korea

Green-Roofed Hydro-Nuclear Headquarters Emerges From Historic Gyeongju in South Korea

The base of the building is dedicated to welfare programs while the offices stack vertically, creating a spiraling mass without a tower. Podiums branch out from this central program and contain fitness

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The Shed is a Simple and Elegant Off-site Prefab Shelter

The Shed is a Simple and Elegant Off-site Prefab Shelter

The Shed is a simple and elegant shelter that celebrates waste-free building through the use of prefabricated components. Made from a standard steel frame, modular walls, roof trusses and battens, this

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CEBRA’s Green Ramps Spiral Through the Experimentarium Science Center in Copenhagen

CEBRA’s Green Ramps Spiral Through the Experimentarium Science Center in Copenhagen

The perforated aluminum rectilinear blocks are staggered not only to create a distinct visual identity, but also to promote optimum daylighting and greater energy efficiency. This combined with new glass

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The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Solar-Powered Groundhouse in Brittany is a Designer Earth-Rammed Home

The Living Building Challenge promotes the most sustainable development possible and we would venture a guess that the Groundhouse would at least come really close to meeting their requirements. Yes, that

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BIG+FREAKS Unveil an Urban Living Room To Serve as MÉCA For Art in Bordeaux

BIG+FREAKS Unveil an Urban Living Room To Serve as MÉCA For Art in Bordeaux

Team BIG+FREAKS freearchitects recently were awarded first prize by the Regional Council of Bordeaux to design the new 12 000 m2 cultural center on the riverfront of Bordeaux, merging three cultural

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Isay Weinfeld’s Light-Filled Grecia House in São Paulo Has Blooming Vegetation Inside

Isay Weinfeld’s Light-Filled Grecia House in São Paulo Has Blooming Vegetation Inside

Although Grecia House's entrance is covered with greenery, it's hard to miss the bright, sunny door. While otherwise inconspicuous from the street, the home provides views of its pristine gardens and

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Simple Japanese Kofunaki House has Small Trees and Shrubs Growing Inside!

Simple Japanese Kofunaki House has Small Trees and Shrubs Growing Inside!

ALTS Design Office's naturally lit Kofunaki House has two levels. The furniture, stairs and some of the home's floors are entirely made from light wood. On the ground level, some parts of the concrete

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Simple Edwardian House Bursts Into a Daylit Cloud in Australia

Simple Edwardian House Bursts Into a Daylit Cloud in Australia

After nearly one decade of additions and renovations, it seems the Cloud House in Melbourne has finally reached its happy zenith. After passing through the conventional Edwardian threshold, visitors are

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Heatherwick’s Timber Studios are Split Down the Middle and Covered in Thin Steel

Heatherwick’s Timber Studios are Split Down the Middle and Covered in Thin Steel

Each building houses two artists, so Weatherwick Studio basically cut the timber-framing in half to allow natural light and ventilation to permeate the building and to create a separate entrance for each

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Reza Aliabadi’s Modern Patio House Embraces Natural Light

Reza Aliabadi’s Modern Patio House Embraces Natural Light

This Patio House designed by Reza Aliabadi of Atelier Rzlbd is a remarkable residence that provides abundant living space for families seeking a unique modern residence. A breath of crisp, clean

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Green-Roofed +House is a Tranquil Woodland Home in Beautiful Ontario

Green-Roofed +House is a Tranquil Woodland Home in Beautiful Ontario

+House has a rectangular form that is nestled into the southern slope so that the house is virtually indistinguishable from the landscape when viewed from above. Along with small skylights, a 4.3 meter

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Italian Firefighter House is Carved Into a Cave Like a Superhero Base!

Italian Firefighter House is Carved Into a Cave Like a Superhero Base!

Enclosed with a pair of folding glass doors that reveal the red fire trucks and then protected from falling rocks by a strong pitched wall tinted to resemble burned wood, the fire brigade features three

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Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

The new porch was constructed out of western red cedar native to the western United States, which is ideal for deflecting Texas' vicious summer sun and yet retains some of the delicacy of southern living.

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Golfers Can Tee Off from Wingårdh Architects’ Green-Roofed Clubhouse in Sweden

Golfers Can Tee Off from Wingårdh Architects’ Green-Roofed Clubhouse in Sweden

Wingårdh Architects tells Inhabitat that they were inspired by the earth-sheltered projects by Emilio Ambasz, partially digging into an existing hill. The folded glass façade has 36 corners and rises

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Tranquil Go Vap House in Vietnam has a Lush Tropical Garden Inside

Tranquil Go Vap House in Vietnam has a Lush Tropical Garden Inside

Hot, muggy and sooty, Ho Chi Minh City can wear down even the most intrepid urban dweller, so there's nothing better than coming home to a peaceful residence that is flooded with soothing natural light

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