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The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The site for the Sunlighthouse is on a narrow sloped lot outside of Pressbaum to the west of Vienna. The less than ideal orientation and not much southern exposure made it challenging to utilize solar

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Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa is clad with vertical western cedar beams that create beautiful geometric patterns across its boxy shell. They represent an abstract illusion of the canal´s water while providing privacy and

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Brilliant SunBeamer Skylight Reflects Daylight Exactly Where You Want It

Brilliant SunBeamer Skylight Reflects Daylight Exactly Where You Want It

The new SunBeamer skylight is a clever and surprisingly simple daylighting solution that directs sunlight exactly where you need it most. Developed by SunCentral, the sun-tracking circular skylight uses

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Wonderful Eco Homes for the Indigenous Mapuche People Pop Up in Chile

Wonderful Eco Homes for the Indigenous Mapuche People Pop Up in Chile

Located in Huechuraba, Santiago, the 25 built Ruca homes are part of a grand social housing complex. Made from bricks, concrete and local pine, the houses' natural facades were built from horizontal

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Rob Sweere’s Sledge-Project is a Tiny Mobile Shelter on Skis

Rob Sweere’s Sledge-Project is a Tiny Mobile Shelter on Skis

The Sledge-Project was designed to shelter people in different locations within the town of Uummanatsiaq in northwestern Greenland. Because the pristine white pod is set on traditionally built sleds, the

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Beautiful Cardboard Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art Fair

Shigeru Ban Unveils Beautiful Cardboard Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art Fair

The Abu Dhabi Art Fair commissioned cardboard master Ban to design a temporary mobile pavilion, which was just unveiled this past November. The unique cardboard shelter attracted a great deal of attention

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Skanderborg Sports & Administration Centre Merges the Outdoors with the Indoors

Skanderborg Sports & Administration Centre Merges the Outdoors with the Indoors

The new 18,000 square meter multi-purpose facility will be located on the northern side of Skanderborg, Denmark and it will serve as a home base for the municipality as well as a recreational complex for

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Sea Mirror: Yann Kersalé’s Dazzling LED and Heliostat Installation Opens in Sydney

Sea Mirror: Yann Kersalé’s Dazzling LED and Heliostat Installation Opens in Sydney

Sea Mirror, also called Miroir de Mer, is Yann Kersalé's newest light project for Sydney. The permanent installation is suspended next to One Central Park with the mirrors directed down towards the

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Dreamy Japanese Pavilion is Made From Two Sheets of Metal Pierced by a Tree

Dreamy Japanese Pavilion is Made From Two Sheets of Metal Pierced by a Tree

The Fukita Shrine is Nishizawa's latest work. The minimalist floating pavilion is sandwiched between two sheets of iron and pierced by a tree Created as part of this year's Setouchi Arts Festival, the

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SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

Inspired by the skin of a pinecone, Woods Bagot created a responsive, spiky facade that adjusts to reduce the effects of heat load, sun glare, and wind while allowing high amounts of natural daylight to

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

The Museum of the Human Body will be located at the edge of Charpak Park in the newly developed Parc Marianne near City Hall. The museum will be dedicated to the artistic, scientific and architectural

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UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio began work on Ardmore Residence back in 2006 and now the residential tower is finally complete. This bespoke tower is unique in its design and form compared to its surrounding block-like peers.

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University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

The new Early Childcare Center West is located on a developing section of campus near the medical center. Ross Barney's design for the daycare center sought to create a playful environment for the

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Gorgeous Riverside Piampiano Residence Refurbished with Reclaimed Wood Near Aspen, Colorado

Gorgeous Riverside Piampiano Residence Refurbished with Reclaimed Wood Near Aspen, Colorado

Piampiano Residence is actually a remodel of an existing home next to the Roaring Fork river in Woody Creek, CO. Regulations of Pitkin County would not allow a new home to be built so close to the river,

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Studio Mycc Turns a 215 Square Foot Box into an Extraordinary Tiny Home

Studio Mycc Turns a 215 Square Foot Box into an Extraordinary Tiny Home

Spanish studio mycc converted a plain shoebox apartment into an incredible modern home that maximizes space. With a tiny floor plan and very neat interiors, the Minimalist Pad 100M3 measures a mere 215

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Andrew Maynard Extends 15 Foot Wide Solar-Powered Moor House in Victoria

Andrew Maynard Extends 15 Foot Wide Solar-Powered Moor House in Victoria

The front of the Moor Street House was left as is, but the back half of the home was removed to make way for a new, modern and more efficient space that the whole family could use. With only 15 feet of

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Antony Gibbon’s Lord of the Rings-Style Treehouses Could Offer Elvish Accommodations for Humans

Antony Gibbon’s Lord of the Rings-Style Treehouses Could Offer Elvish Accommodations for Humans

The Roost Treehouse is made up of a series of pod-like capsules, which are harnessed to each tree in a way that neither harms the tree or prevents it from growing. These capsules enclose a central

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Gorgeous Modular Piiri House Seeks a New Owner in Finland

Gorgeous Modular Piiri House Seeks a New Owner in Finland

Piiri is a modular 15 m2 wooden house in Finland that is currently up for auction. Built by students of Aalto University's Wood Program, the prefabricated home has an attractive radial design, plenty of

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Toronto’s Peter Gilgan Centre is a High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Research Lab Devoted to Sick Kids

Toronto’s Peter Gilgan Centre is a High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Research Lab Devoted to Sick Kids

Lead photo by Swire Chin Diamond Schmitt and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) celebrated the opening of the Peter Gilgan Centre on September 17th. The large urban tower is devoted to

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Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

The low, angular profile of the striking museum was created to emulate the mountainous landscape and the flow of nearby Yabe River. Different materials and textures, including green walls and solar

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1950s Swedish Island Cottage Locks Out the Elements with a Black Pine Tar Facade

1950s Swedish Island Cottage Locks Out the Elements with a Black Pine Tar Facade

Johannes Norlander Arkitektur AB's House Morran is clad with plywood coated in tar - a material commonly used in maritime applications to preserve and seal wood. The home's long and lean body features

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Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Presented as part of the 2008's Casa Per Tutti (House for All) exhibition, Casa Umbrella can be used as a pop-up shelter, temporary house, or emergency room. Its 160 square feet were created from 15

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Tiny ‘Cube in the Woods’ Offers Forest Solitude with a Minor Footprint in Maine

Tiny ‘Cube in the Woods’ Offers Forest Solitude with a Minor Footprint in Maine

Located inside Harpswell woodland, this gorgeous geometrical studio is the perfect place to find peace. Since it was built just a few hundred feet from a tidal creek, the architect decided to place it on

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the

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Rafael Viñoly’s Innovative Fortabat Museum Boasts a Retractable Roof That Syncs Up with the Sun

Rafael Viñoly’s Innovative Fortabat Museum Boasts a Retractable Roof That Syncs Up with the Sun

Located in an up-and-coming area of Buenos Aires called Puerto Madero, the Museo Fortabat opened its doors in 2008 after six years of construction. It was designed by prominent Uruguayan architect Rafael

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Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Visitors at the recently opened Kyushu Geibunkan museum in Japan will be thrilled to discover the museum's flexible wooden annex. Designed as a space for pottery and art, the wood pavilion provides great

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Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

With an area of 1,400 square feet, the modest Arrowtown House is a compact, high quality home sited on a slope near the city center. It faces the north to make the most out of natural light while keeping

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Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Like all of the Solar Decathlon homes, the Radiant House takes its energy from the ubiquitous California sun vis–à–vis a 7.14kW solar array attached to an innovative rooftop racking system. That

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Natural Light Swaths rzlbd’s Totem House in Toronto

Natural Light Swaths rzlbd’s Totem House in Toronto

Totem House is a modern, three bedroom home built for a couple who collects sculptures and has a keen appreciation for minimalism. The home features bright white finishes inside with simple geometric

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