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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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Ecole Maternelle is the First School to Comply With the Paris Climate Plan

Ecole Maternelle is the First School to Comply With the Paris Climate Plan

Despite numerous solar screens that block excess heat gain, the deep façade facilitates both natural lighting and ventilation, as well as double flux in winter. The building has bay, alcove and concave

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Michelle de la Vega Makes Tiny Living Accessible to Everyone

Michelle de la Vega Makes Tiny Living Accessible to Everyone

Unable to pay an architect or even a general contractor, Michelle involved herself in almost all aspects of the renovation. She stripped and painted an old bath and gave it new wooden legs, laid bamboo

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100% Solar-Powered Great Barrier House Fuses Modern Technology With Island Life

100% Solar-Powered Great Barrier House Fuses Modern Technology With Island Life

Elevated to protect against floods and constructed of sustainably-sourced timber that references the island's rich biodiversity, the Great Barrier House is comfortable in both summer and winter. Despite

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Seaside Barcelona Biomedical Research Park is Wrapped in Wood Louvers

Seaside Barcelona Biomedical Research Park is Wrapped in Wood Louvers

Surrounded by Barcelona's seaside buildings -- including Frank Gehry's 'Fish' -- the Biomedical Research Park seems to be floating just above the ground. The building spans a whopping 600,000 square foot

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Gaes Hearing Aid Factory Protected by a Mobile Louvered Facade in Barcelona

Gaes Hearing Aid Factory Protected by a Mobile Louvered Facade in Barcelona

Poblenou, a former industrial district of Barcelona, has transformed over the last decade into a new model of a compact city, where innovative companies co-exist with research, training and tech transfer

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Takeshi Hosaka’s Inside-Out House has Trees Growing Inside!

Takeshi Hosaka’s Inside-Out House has Trees Growing Inside!

The Inside-Out House measures 980 square feet divided into two levels and a terrace, and it welcomes all types of living creatures. Sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a big entrance door creates a

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Pasture Project is a Low-Energy Communal Home in Holladay, Utah

Pasture Project is a Low-Energy Communal Home in Holladay, Utah

The 2,850 square foot Holladay home is an open-plan structure strategically placed to maximize views of the pasture and mountains and optmize winter heat gain and summer shading. Smaller east and

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Crisp Warburg House Sets the Bar for Super Energy-Efficiency in Canada

Crisp Warburg House Sets the Bar for Super Energy-Efficiency in Canada

The Warburg house was placed in a large clearing on the southern edge of the client's farmstead to maximize southern exposure. The barn's shell was draped in black corrugated sheet metal and then the

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R6 is a Daylit Boutique Residence for Transient Urbanites in South Korea

R6 is a Daylit Boutique Residence for Transient Urbanites in South Korea

The 1,240,000 square foot tower is a concrete-encased steel mega-braced organized around a central courtyard that emphasizes community. The brace supports a shelf-like matrix of walls and floor slabs that

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Seoul’s Kukje Art Center is Wrapped in a Funky Mesh Armor that Reduces Solar Heat

Seoul’s Kukje Art Center is Wrapped in a Funky Mesh Armor that Reduces Solar Heat

Comprised of thousands of small steel rings that together form a pliable envelope, the mesh facade wraps easily around the building, giving it an almost ethereal disguise that is altogether more

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Santa Eugenia Social Housing Aptly Deals With an Unfortunate Solar Orientation

Santa Eugenia Social Housing Aptly Deals With an Unfortunate Solar Orientation

When Bailo Rull ADD+ took on this project, one of the main problems they had to solve was how to design a social housing project with a misguided solar orientation? The masterplan called for a linear

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Probiomed is a High-Tech & Eco Friendly Medical Research Center in Mexico

Probiomed is a High-Tech & Eco Friendly Medical Research Center in Mexico

Located in the small town of Tenancingo in the State of Mexico (about 150 kilometers southwest of Mexico City), Probiomed is a medical research and production facility that produces biomedical products,

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Dandelion Clock is a Bodacious Modular Kindergarten in Germany

Dandelion Clock is a Bodacious Modular Kindergarten in Germany

The four modules are arranged around a central atrium. This daylit space and naturally-ventilated space has multiple functions: It is an indoor playing field, a dining hall and it regulates traffic

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The HEX Curtain by Rael San Fratello Makes a Kinetic Light Show Out of Your Window

The HEX Curtain by Rael San Fratello Makes a Kinetic Light Show Out of Your Window

The banks of shades are composed of individual petals, each pivoting from the bottom of a hexagonal grid and attached to the adjacent one with a threaded connection. Each horizontal row has its own

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Gorgeous Summer Home in Austria Doubles as a Wine Cellar

Gorgeous Summer Home in Austria Doubles as a Wine Cellar

The cubed construction features copper corner plates that create stark edges against the verdant Austrian landscape, and Judith Benzer deliberately left the wood, steel and concrete materials unfinished

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BIG Unveils Award-Winning Green-Roofed Interlocking Cross # Towers for Seoul

BIG Unveils Award-Winning Green-Roofed Interlocking Cross # Towers for Seoul

Cross # Towers is a residential housing project for the Yongsan International Business District (Dreamhub) that consists of two towers - one is 214 meters tall and the other is 204 meters tall. The

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The Arch by 3XN is a Striking Day-Lit Culture Center in Norway

The Arch by 3XN is a Striking Day-Lit Culture Center in Norway

Danish designers 3XN have been featured on Inhabitat numerous times, and it's easy to see why. In this design, they have honored the residents and architecture of Mandal, which has a small population of

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Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Plans for an Eco Office in Rio de Janeiro

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Plans for an Eco Office in Rio de Janeiro

The Leblon Offices will be a 10 story office building with a leasable floor area of 6,500 sq meters. A generous lobby will connect the building to the street, a recessed open retail plaza and then to the

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The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China

The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China

Strategic orientation of the 51,000 square meter Garden School, construction of which is currently underway, makes optimum use of passive solar design, daylighting, and natural ventilation. Some of the

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Bridge Studio is a Solar-Powered Minimalist Artist Retreat on Fogo Island

Bridge Studio is a Solar-Powered Minimalist Artist Retreat on Fogo Island

Todd Saunders was commissioned to design a series of six artists’ studios at various Fogo Island locations. The goal of the Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation is to preserve the

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Prefab Mirror Mongayt Has a Pixelated Facade that Reflects Nature in Moscow

Prefab Mirror Mongayt Has a Pixelated Facade that Reflects Nature in Moscow

Mirror Mongayt was built in stages in order to save costs, starting with the lower 180 square meter floor and followed by two 90 square meter additions. The home's universal screw-pile foundation

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