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UNStudio Unveils Transparent Kutaisi Airport for Georgia

UNStudio Unveils Transparent Kutaisi Airport for Georgia

Georgia is a rapidly developing country that is experiencing an influx of tourists, but their existing airport infrastructure is severely lacking. Construction of the new airport, which is set to begin

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Paris PARC: BIG + OFF Win Competition to Design Sorbonne’s New Research Centre in Paris

Paris PARC: BIG + OFF Win Competition to Design Sorbonne’s New Research Centre in Paris

Like a mirror, the stealthy building seeks to blend into its environs and fits into the dense context of university buildings from different historical periods. Located at the visual axis of the Notre

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The Bilbao Arena’s Green Lizard-Like Facade Defends Against the Spanish Sun

The Bilbao Arena’s Green Lizard-Like Facade Defends Against the Spanish Sun

There are two parts to the Bilbao Arena, which is open to local residents when there are no sporting activities taking place. The loud enclosed arena is situated further away from the surrounding homes to

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Richard Meier’s Shenzhen Clubhouse is a Naturally Lit Island Oasis

Richard Meier’s Shenzhen Clubhouse is a Naturally Lit Island Oasis

The main clubhouse is designed as a series of jutting white angular facades, with trapezoidal forms intersecting each other. Made from white metal panels, the facades allow daylight to flood the interior

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Tulip-Like Gymnastics Hall in Utrecht Provides Privacy But Maintains Natural Daylighting

Tulip-Like Gymnastics Hall in Utrecht Provides Privacy But Maintains Natural Daylighting

The TNW Tulip sports hall is home to four individual gymnastics clubs and is used exclusively for practice and competitions. Located in the center of Utrecht, the hall is part of a much larger redeveloped

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Super Slim Outdoors Indoors Home in Japan is Capped with a Rock Climbing Wall

Super Slim Outdoors Indoors Home in Japan is Capped with a Rock Climbing Wall

With only 36 m2 to work with, the design team gave this home a vertical lift. The street is not visible from outside, which shuts out a lot of light, though the open, tapered roof compensates for this by

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Germantown Sustainable Urban Science Center is a Green Roofed Living Laboratory in Philadelphia

Germantown Sustainable Urban Science Center is a Green Roofed Living Laboratory in Philadelphia

The site, a former brownfield, had to undergo extensive remediation in order to bring it up to acceptable standards. Even after the remediation there were areas that had to be capped to eliminate the

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Nine Dragons Housing Complex is a Green-Roofed Residential Maze in China

Nine Dragons Housing Complex is a Green-Roofed Residential Maze in China

To design the mixed-use complex, YKH_lab began with a 'mat-hybrid' layout to differentiate between public courtyards and private spaces, and to infuse daylighting into all the buildings. The project is a

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Angkasa Raya: Landmark Tower Set to Hover Amidst Sky Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Angkasa Raya: Landmark Tower Set to Hover Amidst Sky Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Comprised of two slab-like blocks set upon a lush plinth at the base, and third slab mounted on top of the sky gardens, the tower was designed to compliment but not mirror the iconic twin towers next

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Sacramento’s New LEED-Seeking International Airport Opens For Business

Sacramento’s New LEED-Seeking International Airport Opens For Business

Sacramento's nickname is the City of Trees and the design for the airport was directly inspired by the canopy affect of the tree-lined streets. The terminal is a reinterpretation of those shady streets

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Sipopo Congress Center’s Lace Envelope Shields it from the Hot Equatorial Guinea Sun

Sipopo Congress Center’s Lace Envelope Shields it from the Hot Equatorial Guinea Sun

The two-story building sits on the edge of the sea and forest, and its design was directly inspired by the native trees and the hue of the ocean. A brilliant blue glass facade is tempered with a lace-like

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Solar-Powered Italian Home Uses Light Wells to Illuminate Its Interiors

Solar-Powered Italian Home Uses Light Wells to Illuminate Its Interiors

The generous family home is organized around a central courtyard, and the different volumes are staggered. The ground floor houses the entrance area, a work room, and a living space oriented towards the

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London’s Energy-Efficient Jodrell Laboratory Houses the World’s Largest Fungi Collection

London’s Energy-Efficient Jodrell Laboratory Houses the World’s Largest Fungi Collection

The Jodrell Laboratory extension, dubbed 'The Wolfson Wing', achieved a BREEAM 'Excellent' mark and was designed to be energy-efficient and sustainable in many aspects. Among the most distinctive

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The Hoefman’s Little Dutch House Stays Warm with Passive Design

The Hoefman’s Little Dutch House Stays Warm with Passive Design

In order to minimize the perceived distance between the inside and outside, Lautenbag constructed the home's southern facade entirely out of glass. This has the added benefit of naturally lighting and

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The Dune House: A Striking Daylit Vacation Home For Architecture Lovers in Suffolk

The Dune House: A Striking Daylit Vacation Home For Architecture Lovers in Suffolk

The Dune House is located in Thorpeness, England overlooking the sea off the Suffolk coast. JVA worked closely with Mole Architects to design this vacation home to meet the standards of the area's

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Karim Rashid’s Amazing Komb House in Cairo Bursts with Eco-Friendly Color

Karim Rashid’s Amazing Komb House in Cairo Bursts with Eco-Friendly Color

Rashid incorporated a host of passive and active design principles into this small home. All of the lighting is derived from energy-efficient LEDs, water is heated using solar panels, and all of the

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Red Hot Ferrari Store in Italy Relies on Passive Cooling to Keep from Overheating

Red Hot Ferrari Store in Italy Relies on Passive Cooling to Keep from Overheating

For the first time ever, a brand new store has been built from the ground up for Ferrari, and this one pays homage to Formula 1. Located near the outlet stores, and visible from the main car park, the

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MDW Architecture Revamps Belgium Le Lorraine Apartment Complex with Green Roofs and Natural Lighting

MDW Architecture Revamps Belgium Le Lorraine Apartment Complex with Green Roofs and Natural Lighting

Previously, walls blocked most of the light that would have otherwise penetrated the buildings, so MDW raised the complex's elevation so that it is now illuminated during the day without artificial

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China Celebrates the Opening of Its Gorgeous Daylit Tianjin West Railway Station

China Celebrates the Opening of Its Gorgeous Daylit Tianjin West Railway Station

gmp Architekten won the station's design competition back in 2007 and then commenced on construction, which lasted 2 1/2 years in 2008. The new station is a contemporary interpretation of the

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Steel-Clad Emigration Canyon Residence Captures Views, Rainwater and Daylight

Steel-Clad Emigration Canyon Residence Captures Views, Rainwater and Daylight

Emigration Canyon is a beautiful setting just outside of the Salt Lake Valley and is home to many families who want to be close to the city but enjoy the outdoors. Sightings of elk, moose, deer, hawks and

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Pixelated Mesh-Wrapped Garden Spruces Up an Urban Home in Japan

Pixelated Mesh-Wrapped Garden Spruces Up an Urban Home in Japan

The designers placed the small garden adjacent to the Oh family's small, naturally-finished home, where window slices permit a soft infusion of daylight and ensure constant views of the new garden.

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BIG to Transform Swiss Transitlager Warehouse Into a Hip Urban Development

BIG to Transform Swiss Transitlager Warehouse Into a Hip Urban Development

BIG was one of several invited firms to propose concepts for the transformation of the warehouse and their winning proposal goes beyond merely renovating the old structure. BIG's Transitlager scheme

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Awesome Worm-Like Pod Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur is Inspired by Water Droplets

Awesome Worm-Like Pod Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur is Inspired by Water Droplets

The Pod's unique structure is achieved with tubular steel members and which were then wrapped in a reflective aluminum shell. This not only refracts excess sunlight, but also changes the building's

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Green-roofed Public Restroom Facility in Argentina Offers Amazing River Views

Green-roofed Public Restroom Facility in Argentina Offers Amazing River Views

Seeking to provide a sustainable public building without interfering with the park´s everyday activities, the architects had to consider many things at once. The site is located within a public park

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Bold Design Transforms a Tiny Rooftop Machine Room Into a Modern Office in Paris

Bold Design Transforms a Tiny Rooftop Machine Room Into a Modern Office in Paris

Despite having only 17 square meters to work with, Boujon and Benayoun have set a new record for space management by generating more than adequate space to work and store important tools in what was once

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Juergen H Mayer Architekten Complete Beautiful Organic Apartment Complex in Berlin

Juergen H Mayer Architekten Complete Beautiful Organic Apartment Complex in Berlin

J. MAYER H. Architekten is putting the finishing touches on a new sustainable residential infill in Berlin just a few corners away from the top tourist spot of Museum Island. A metal brise-soleil projects

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Simple Passive Solar House by Mimosa Architekti Respects its Site in the Czech Republic

Simple Passive Solar House by Mimosa Architekti Respects its Site in the Czech Republic

Located in the small village of Bohumileč in the Pardubice region, this two story home was built for a family of four. Inspiration for the home came from a rustic house with a saddle roof, and the

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Eye-Popping SRES 2 Rainbow School Brightens Up a Rundown Community in Los Angeles

Eye-Popping SRES 2 Rainbow School Brightens Up a Rundown Community in Los Angeles

This technicolored school, aptly named the Rainbow School, has done more than brighten up the LA neighborhood it calls home - it's actually making lives there better. DLR Group hosted several outreach

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