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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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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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