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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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Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

This barn extension in the Pyrénées Mountains has a gorgeous green roof that minimizes its impact on an incredible site overlooking the Adour de Lesponne river valley in France. When the client

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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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Yaniv Pardo Unveils Twisting Geothermal-Powered Tower for Netanya, Israel

Yaniv Pardo Unveils Twisting Geothermal-Powered Tower for Netanya, Israel

The new Netanya City Hall is modeled after a weather vane and designed to be dynamic, efficient, vibrant. In addition to functioning as a municipal building, it will serve as a gathering space for city

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Toda House: Japanese Home Perched on Stilts Has an Awesome View of Hiroshima

Toda House: Japanese Home Perched on Stilts Has an Awesome View of Hiroshima

The Toda House consists of one continuous wraparound volume that is cloaked in a panel of well-insulated glass. This affords the home not only the view, which is enviable enough, but also plenty of

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JDS Wins Hangzhou Waves Design Competition With 2 Gorgeous Green-Roofed Towers

JDS Wins Hangzhou Waves Design Competition With 2 Gorgeous Green-Roofed Towers

Although the finer details of the project have yet to be released, the Hangzhou Wave towers in China are definitely raising the bar for sustainable architecture. The two volumes have both been manipulated

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Vivida Dorms: A Dynamic Australian Building Wrapped in a Gorgeous Metallic Skin

Vivida Dorms: A Dynamic Australian Building Wrapped in a Gorgeous Metallic Skin

In addition to having plenty of daylight and shade as a result of the new metallic skin, which gives the building multiple personalities depending on the angle from which it is viewed, mechanical windows

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Henning Larsen Wins Commission for a Sustainable Urban District In Trondheim

Henning Larsen Wins Commission for a Sustainable Urban District In Trondheim

Henning Larsen based their design on Johan Caspar von Cicignon’s masterplan for Trondheim and scaled the office building to match the surrounding city and historical context. The jurors were looking for

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Gorgeous Origami-Esque Klein Bottle House Nestles Into Australia’s Landscape

Gorgeous Origami-Esque Klein Bottle House Nestles Into Australia’s Landscape

McBride Charles Ryan is known for manipulating form and function in a way that is still harmonious with the natural landscape. Although abstract, this home's spiral configuration was somewhat necessary to

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Spiky Sustainably-Designed Ecology Pavilion Sprouts in East London

Spiky Sustainably-Designed Ecology Pavilion Sprouts in East London

The Ecology Pavilion, the arts pavilion and the children’s center are three architecturally stunning, energy-efficient, green roofed buildings erected at Mile End Park. They are designed to promote

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Award-Winning Solar-Powered Casa Locarno in Switzerland Stores Energy in its Basement

Award-Winning Solar-Powered Casa Locarno in Switzerland Stores Energy in its Basement

Casa Locarno doesn't use any conventional energy at all. Instead, all of its power is generated by rooftop solar panels and underfloor heating. What energy is not used immediately is stored in a 1,050

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CHL Social Housing is Clad With Bright Blue Louvers for Sun Protection & Privacy

CHL Social Housing is Clad With Bright Blue Louvers for Sun Protection & Privacy

The building's compact design and layout is coupled with an interesting shift in layers which gives the facade a kinetic effect. Separated into two volumes, one side accommodates 16 apartments surrounding

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Chicago’s Poetry Foundation is a Striking Daylit Space Worthy of an Ode

Chicago’s Poetry Foundation is a Striking Daylit Space Worthy of an Ode

Located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, the new home for the Poetry Foundation is a building in dialogue with a garden. The courtyard garden acts as another room inside the space and serves as

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Green-Roofed De Snelbinder Bike Facility Holds 400 Bicycles in The Netherlands

Green-Roofed De Snelbinder Bike Facility Holds 400 Bicycles in The Netherlands

Located behind a shopping arcade the bike parking is neatly tucked in and situated next to a public plaza. Neither standing out nor hiding in the shadows, De Snelbinder makes a strong statement - that it

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Plans for a Naturally Daylit Art Museum for Aspen

Shigeru Ban Unveils Plans for a Naturally Daylit Art Museum for Aspen

Shigeru’s five key design elements for the building are the grand stair, the moving room, the wooden screen, the roof design, and the walkable skylight. The grand staircase supports circulation, but is

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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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