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Djuric Tardio’s Airy Parisian Home Is Topped with a Green Roof Garden

Djuric Tardio’s Airy Parisian Home Is Topped with a Green Roof Garden

A rainwater harvesting system ensures that the terrace garden can be irrigated without using more than the client's fair share of water. Oversized and doubled-glazed south-facing windows permit plenty of

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The Sunday Stuga is a Compact London Cabin Flooded With Daylight

The Sunday Stuga is a Compact London Cabin Flooded With Daylight

A weekend entertainment area and garden shed, this compact cabin was expected to match the energy efficiency of the client's main home even though it is bound on three sides by massive stone walls typical

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Spain’s First Certified Passive House Cuts Energy Use by 90%

Spain’s First Certified Passive House Cuts Energy Use by 90%

Josep Bunyesc's home consists of a ground floor, first floor and a basement, where the architect has his office. The wooden shelter with solar panels on its facade is orientated to the south to capture

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Garden-Topped Drulingen Daycare in France is Wrapped in a Dainty Wooden Lattice

Garden-Topped Drulingen Daycare in France is Wrapped in a Dainty Wooden Lattice

The Drulingen Creche in Alsace has a concrete shell that is wrapped in a wooden envelope with dual functions. On one hand the Siberian larch lattice provides a cocoon effect that shelters the inhabitants

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Superstar Host Dick Clark Lists His Rockin’ Flintstone Home for $3.5 Million

Superstar Host Dick Clark Lists His Rockin’ Flintstone Home for $3.5 Million

There is a lot about this home that satisfies our deepest green desires. For starters, it was explicitly designed to fit in with the surrounding, rolling landscape, which consists of aloes and other

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Escuela Santa Matilde is a Fluorescent Green Prefab School for Children in Chile

Escuela Santa Matilde is a Fluorescent Green Prefab School for Children in Chile

The school's 5 principles were that it should be easy to replicate, be socially equal, include ecological qualities and energy conservation, be low-cost and have a strong contextual and aesthetic

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Shiny Copper-Clad Hive Library Built to Resist Climate Change Until 2050

Shiny Copper-Clad Hive Library Built to Resist Climate Change Until 2050

Satisfying a wide range of public services in one compact building, the Worcester library incorporates a host of sustainability features that make the building adaptable to climate change predicted by

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BORÉAL is a Glass-Clad Greenhouse Housing Project in France

BORÉAL is a Glass-Clad Greenhouse Housing Project in France

BORÉAL is a social housing project in Nantes, France designed by TETRARC for Habitat 44. The complex is formed from a row of 11 tall and narrow volumes with their own peaked roofs. Inside, there are 39

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Ultra-Compact Loft Apartment in Prague Has an Oven in the Stairs!

Ultra-Compact Loft Apartment in Prague Has an Oven in the Stairs!

Just about every piece of furniture has a dual purpose in this lovely loft apartment. The stairs have a built in kitchen unit and bookshelves, which we love, the bathroom cabinets incorporate the washer

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Brooks & Scarpa’s Orange Grove Apartments Are Modern, Simple & Sustainable

Brooks & Scarpa’s Orange Grove Apartments Are Modern, Simple & Sustainable

Orange Grove is a long slender building in West Hollywood with five apartments all situated along a north/south axis. Brooks + Scarpa designed this 6,700 sq ft building with a plan to create loft-style

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Rustic French Carpenter’s Offices Are Perched on Stilts

Rustic French Carpenter’s Offices Are Perched on Stilts

The new branching offices look like a network of tree houses perched on four meter stilts, but two staircases bring them back to ground level. One leads to an exterior picnic spot while another extends to

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GMP Architekten Unveils Plans for Naturally Daylit Changzhou Culture Center

GMP Architekten Unveils Plans for Naturally Daylit Changzhou Culture Center

GMP Architekten recently won first prize in the international competition to build the culture center in the newly created Changzhou city center. The 350,000 sq meter project will be six times larger than

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Indonesia’s New University Library Will be a Swirling Green Roofed Mountain

Indonesia’s New University Library Will be a Swirling Green Roofed Mountain

The University of Indonesia's towers would project at various heights around the circumference of the green mound and play host to a bevy of functions, including meeting rooms, food courts, retail and

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Daylit Maritime & Beachcombers Museum Opens in The Netherlands

Daylit Maritime & Beachcombers Museum Opens in The Netherlands

The island of Texel was once a popular holdover spot for the Dutch East India Company on their way out of Amsterdam before setting sail. Ships would anchor near here to wait for good weather and work on

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Sustainable Silver Fir Timber Wraps This Elegant Village Fire Station in Austria

Sustainable Silver Fir Timber Wraps This Elegant Village Fire Station in Austria

Although the 604 square meter Sulzberg-Thal fire station is a municipal building, it fits in seamlessly with this tiny village - mostly thanks to its timber cladding that is so typical of the region. The

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Groundbreaking Park Royal Tower is Draped with Curtains of Greenery in Singapore

Groundbreaking Park Royal Tower is Draped with Curtains of Greenery in Singapore

Park Royal's leafy podium on Pickering is designed to be a vertical extension of the Hong Lim Park right across the way and at 15,000 square meters of natural features, is twice as large! The contoured

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Swiss ESGE Secondary School Has a Funky Tetris Facade

Swiss ESGE Secondary School Has a Funky Tetris Facade

The ESGE Ecole Secondaire de Genolier was built out of concrete, which isn't our favorite construction material but iPas claims that this choice gives the project longevity and therefore increases its

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Kengo Kuma’s Xinjin Zhi Museum Has a Pretty and Practical Perforated Facade

Kengo Kuma’s Xinjin Zhi Museum Has a Pretty and Practical Perforated Facade

The Xinjin Zhi Museum is located at the foot of Laojunshan mountain in Xinjin and serves to usher people to the holy place of Taoism. Dedicated to the religion of Taoism, the design of the museum shows

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Cambodia’s New Stock Exchange Tower Has Dragon Scales

Cambodia’s New Stock Exchange Tower Has Dragon Scales

The building will be LEED certified, and it consists of two towers and a glass and steel podium. Tower 1 will hold world-class offices, luxury retail, as well as studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom serviced

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Hand-Powered Machine Transforms Plastic Bottles into Thatched Roofs for Tropical Climates

Hand-Powered Machine Transforms Plastic Bottles into Thatched Roofs for Tropical Climates

Thatch roofs are a traditional building technology in Ecuador for good reason - they keep a home cool and the reeds can be sourced locally. Unfortunately, thatch has become much harder to acquire as

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Candy-Colored Lollipop House is a Swirling Energy-Efficient Home in S. Korea

Candy-Colored Lollipop House is a Swirling Energy-Efficient Home in S. Korea

Unlike many other homes in South Korea, the Lollipop House is not constructed out of concrete. According to Hoon, timber framing allows for faster construction, and lower costs. He adds that "The wood and

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Beautiful Snow-Capped Mountain House is Buried into a Dutch Hillside

Beautiful Snow-Capped Mountain House is Buried into a Dutch Hillside

The Dutch House was an experiment in what Denieuwegeneratie refers to as both sustainable hardware and software. Sustainable hardware consists of locally-sourced lark timber used to frame the ample facade

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Cantilevered 2-Toned Treehouse Disappears into a Forest in Australia

Cantilevered 2-Toned Treehouse Disappears into a Forest in Australia

Situated on a steep slope above Separation Creek in Victoria, the Treehouse is reminiscent of the area's 1950s fibro shack vernacular architecture. It is clad in cement sheet and lined with vertical

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Curvaceous Light Stage House in Hiroshima Makes the Most of an Awkward Lot

Curvaceous Light Stage House in Hiroshima Makes the Most of an Awkward Lot

As with all things Japanese, the stout Light Stage House is a study in elegance and minimalism. The kitchen is compact and the interior furnishings have been built into the architecture which maximizes

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Block 11 is a Perforated Parking Lot With a Facade of Hanging Plants in The Netherlands

Block 11 is a Perforated Parking Lot With a Facade of Hanging Plants in The Netherlands

Block 11 is particularly unique because of the perforated facade which depicts images common to the Flevoland province including birds, windmills, garden gnomes, and bird houses. But here's the catch:

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Pod-Tastic Bishan Public Library is a Colorful Energy Efficient Addition to Singapore

Pod-Tastic Bishan Public Library is a Colorful Energy Efficient Addition to Singapore

Bishan Public Library is located in a dense urban area surrounded by a variety of multi-purpose buildings like a mall, residences, a community center, a mass transit station, and a government building.

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The ZAP’ ADOS Skatepark is a Former Peanut Factory Wrapped in Bright Orange Mesh

The ZAP’ ADOS Skatepark is a Former Peanut Factory Wrapped in Bright Orange Mesh

Bang Architects writes that ZAP' ADOS was built along a canal in St. Pierre and extends an urban renewal program initially sparked by La Cité de la Dentelle. Making the project visible was of utmost

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India’s Bharathi Antarctic Research Station is Made From 134 Prefab Containers

India’s Bharathi Antarctic Research Station is Made From 134 Prefab Containers

Any building destined for Antarctica's frigid frontier has to be really tough so Bof Architekten built India's massive Bharathi Research Station out of 134 rugged, prefab containers. Restricted by extreme

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Modern Prefabricated LoftCube Pops Up at 19th Century Belgian Castle

Modern Prefabricated LoftCube Pops Up at 19th Century Belgian Castle

The LoftCube in Belgium offers tenants a few unforgettable moments of intimacy and isolation, taking advantage of the bucolic landscape and exceptional daylighting. All of the composite materials are

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Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Plans for Light-Filled, Saw-Toothed Industrial Building in Mexico

Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Plans for Light-Filled, Saw-Toothed Industrial Building in Mexico

Metalsa's new innovation lab will be located in a new Research and Technology Innovation Park developed by the Mexican government outside of Monterrey, Mexico adjacent to the area's airport. Brooks +

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