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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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LAVA’s Green-Roofed Prefab is the Ultimate Classroom of the Future

LAVA’s Green-Roofed Prefab is the Ultimate Classroom of the Future

LAVA significantly reduces the classroom of the future's material load by prefabricating it and then assembling the program on site. This is easily achieved with lightweight materials as well as floor and

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Tokyo’s “Small House” is a Super Narrow Tower That’s Only 13 Ft. Wide!

Tokyo’s “Small House” is a Super Narrow Tower That’s Only 13 Ft. Wide!

Unemori Architects had a 112 square foot plot to work with when they were commissioned to build this home. Instead of eating up every inch of it, the designers decided to place the "Small House" smack dab

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Polyforum Siqueiros Galleries: Home of the World’s Largest Mural Gets a Green Upgrade

Polyforum Siqueiros Galleries: Home of the World’s Largest Mural Gets a Green Upgrade

The Polyforum Siqueiros contains a theater, galleries, and more, but the main focus is the Foro Universal, which contains the interior portion of Siqueiros mural work. The museum received a donation from

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Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Before Herzog & de Meuron stepped in, Mãe Luiza's local recreation center was a fully exposed concrete platform framed with columns and trusses. Plans for the new gymnasium expand upon this

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Pombal Castle’s Striking Upgrade Forges a Connection to Portuguese History

Pombal Castle’s Striking Upgrade Forges a Connection to Portuguese History

It was important that the new additions to the Pombal castle property had their own identity without detracting from the existing structure. It was also crucial to make it really easy for locals to get to

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Cocoon is a Spiraling Mesh-Encased Office Nestled Into a Park in Zurich

Cocoon is a Spiraling Mesh-Encased Office Nestled Into a Park in Zurich

Cocoon is a 1,900 sqm office building for Swiss Life in Zurich designed by Camenzind Evolution. The elliptical building is located in Zurich’s Seefeld district on a hillside with views overlooking the

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Historic Baroque Court Apartments Renovated With A Stunning Daylit Core in Ljubljana

Historic Baroque Court Apartments Renovated With A Stunning Daylit Core in Ljubljana

OFIS Arhitekti was hired to design the renovation of the historic Baroque Court Apartments from an office building with an enclosed central courtyard. Located in the old city center next to the City Hall,

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Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction was very careful to ensure that their Silverbeaver Hausboot was made of the most efficient materials so that the project has a tiny footprint. To this end, they clad the boat in

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Prefabricated Parabolic Camping Pods in Steamy Australia Require no A/C

Prefabricated Parabolic Camping Pods in Steamy Australia Require no A/C

The Drew House was also restricted by serious bush fire requirements, so Laws chose to "build the pods using a simple steel and plantation timber frame with low density cement sheet walling and steel

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Amazing Stork Nest Farm Features a Gigantic Woven Bird Nest Riding Arena

Amazing Stork Nest Farm Features a Gigantic Woven Bird Nest Riding Arena

Work began on the renovation and rehabilitation of the farmstead back in 2006 so that it could be used for company presentations, corporate events and leisure activities. The farmstead is situated around

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Quirky Solar-Powered KIKO House Surveys the Tyrol Mountains With Silver Bubble Windows

Quirky Solar-Powered KIKO House Surveys the Tyrol Mountains With Silver Bubble Windows

One of the most important requirements for this home was to create an enduring relationship between the home's interior and the natural splendor outside. This is achieved by tucking away the garage and

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A Room for London: Living Architecture’s Wind Energy-Generating Boat Sits Atop a UK Roof

A Room for London: Living Architecture’s Wind Energy-Generating Boat Sits Atop a UK Roof

This one bedroom installation has been designed to last. Modeled after the famed Roi des Belges boat that carried Joseph Conrad through the heart of colonial Congo's darkness, A Room for London features

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Clyfford Still Museum is a Light-Filled Dedication to the Work of One Artist

Clyfford Still Museum is a Light-Filled Dedication to the Work of One Artist

The new museum, which is entirely devoted to the works of Clyfford Still, was opened on November 18th, 2011. The 28,500-square-foot museum contains a collection that encompasses approximately 2,400 works

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Gorgeous Apartment Building Above the Polar Circle Uses Zero External Heating

Gorgeous Apartment Building Above the Polar Circle Uses Zero External Heating

The passive apartments in the Storelva neighborhood overlook a magnificent fjord and mountains that are also indicative of extreme weather conditions. The solar collector is south-facing, which ensures

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Tarrant County College Opens New Sustainable Urban Campus in Fort Worth, TX

Tarrant County College Opens New Sustainable Urban Campus in Fort Worth, TX

Tarrant County College already had four healthy campuses, but decided to open another one in the downtown area. This new campus would serve the local population who had limited access to educational

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Renzo Piano’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Expansion Opens This Week In Boston

Renzo Piano’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Expansion Opens This Week In Boston

“This new wing is an extraordinarily elegant workshop, a bustling counterpoint to the historic building’s serenity. Here, the thinking and the work of the Museum is performed, so that the Palace,

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Will Bruder’s Colorful Kimball Art Center Proposal is Powered By the Sun & Wind

Will Bruder’s Colorful Kimball Art Center Proposal is Powered By the Sun & Wind

Will Bruder + Partners are currently competing against BIG, Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects to win the award to design the Kimball Art Center

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Amsterdam Science Park’s Faculty of Science Building is a Bright & Interactive Space

Amsterdam Science Park’s Faculty of Science Building is a Bright & Interactive Space

Building C is part of a larger project for the Faculty of Science and included the construction of buildings A, B and D, which mainly provide space for laboratories. The entire project was the result of a

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Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Unveil Their Nature-Inspired Design for the Kimball Art Center

Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Unveil Their Nature-Inspired Design for the Kimball Art Center

The renovation by TWBTA calls for an upgrade of the existing historic infrastructure and the expansion of the gallery and exhibition space. It also includes a new cafe, retail space, a catering kitchen,

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“Levitating” Red MIELE Lightbox Pavilion Pops up in Chile

“Levitating” Red MIELE Lightbox Pavilion Pops up in Chile

Like so many of their projects, MIELE wanted the pavilion to depict the company's overarching aim to design stoves, washing machines and other appliances that are not only energy efficient, but also

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Super Low-Cost Mima Prefab Homes are Modeled After Minimalist Japanese Architecture

Super Low-Cost Mima Prefab Homes are Modeled After Minimalist Japanese Architecture

In addition to its glazed shell, the prefab Mima package comes complete with a handful of extra plywood panels that can be used to erect additional walls according to each person's taste. These walls can

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Clavuot’s Swiss Eco Bakery is the First to Achieve the MINERGIE Green Building Rating

Clavuot’s Swiss Eco Bakery is the First to Achieve the MINERGIE Green Building Rating

Patrons are greeted with a bright, glass lined and airy restaurant with a curious roof that looks like a bit of the Alps was shaved off and placed on top. The vegetated roof adds a visual softness to the

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Yoyogi Village in Tokyo Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden

Yoyogi Village in Tokyo Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden

Once you cross the threshold of Yoyogi Village, the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life quiets down. Just past the glass entry gate, the Code Kurkku restaurant, lounge, and bar is nestled in several

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Industrial Chic Dining Pods Pop up at Fabbrica Restaurant in The Netherlands

Industrial Chic Dining Pods Pop up at Fabbrica Restaurant in The Netherlands

Fabbrica Rotterdam has a similar layout but the difference between that restaurant and the new one in Bergen lies in the materials. Whereas Rotterdam is shiny and glittery with massive chandeliers hanging

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