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1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

Located on an artificial island just north of Copenhagen's city center, UN City houses 1,700 UN staff. The eight-point star represents the UN's involvement in all reaches of the globe, and the perforated

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Mixed-Use Santa Roza Tower Provides Lush Natural Daylighting in Cyprus

Mixed-Use Santa Roza Tower Provides Lush Natural Daylighting in Cyprus

The global design group Atkins unveiled plans for a 29-story tower in Nicosia, Cyprus. Named the Santa Roza Tower, the building is slated for construction in the city's new commercial district, which is

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Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

Herault Arnod's rehabilitation and extension of this former workshop in France has a unique aesthetic that creates contrast between the old and the new. The metallic extension appears to hover over the

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Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

In part, the superior energy efficiency is achieved with a triple skin. The first includes a sandwich panel with OSB boards, extruded polystyrene foam insulation and waterproof chipboard that surrounds

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The Netherlands’ Volkerak Rijkswaterstaat Building is Cooled by the Water Surrounding It

The Netherlands’ Volkerak Rijkswaterstaat Building is Cooled by the Water Surrounding It

Rijkswaterstaat DI is a governmental agency that handles public works and water management for the Netherlands - including the construction of waterways and roads and flood protection and prevention. Made

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LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

The Tom Bradley Terminal is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles and is a major improvement to airline travel for the busy hub. Fentress Architects, who designed Sacramento's new

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Sculptural Wooden House in Sweden Bends to Make Way for an Oak Tree

Sculptural Wooden House in Sweden Bends to Make Way for an Oak Tree

The Fagerstrom House is a modern home that bends around a tree that gives its inhabitants some shade, fresh air and leafy views. Its gentle curved form creates an interior spatial flow that would have

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RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

The city of Taichung in western Taiwan recently held an international design competition to build a new library and cultural center in the city center. The competition has brought out some seriously

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Solar-Powered SunnyBot Directs 7000 Lumens of Daylight Into Your Home

Solar-Powered SunnyBot Directs 7000 Lumens of Daylight Into Your Home

What if you could have sunlight in every room in your home, regardless of its orientation? Solenica, a manufacturer of heliostats, made the SunnyBot robot to focus the sun’s rays and redirect them

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Naturally Ventilated YAK01 Home Keeps its Cool in Thailand’s Tropical Heat

Naturally Ventilated YAK01 Home Keeps its Cool in Thailand’s Tropical Heat

Ayutt and Associates Design's YAK01 house is shaped like an L to enhance daylighting and provide lots of room for green space. 50 percent of the land is dedicated to a garden with trees and a pool, which

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Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

The heavily vegetated corner site is cut in half by a year-round freshwater stream that flows through a lush rocky basin. DIALOG's Vancouver office designed the new home to take advantage of the previous

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Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Originally built in 1974, the Jorgenson Laboratory was a concrete structure outfitted with 'solar shades' and a upper terrace that was hardly used and created a dark interior. Underutilized, Caltech

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Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

BOLLES+WILSON took first place in a 2009 competition to come up with a creative and engaging transformation of the St. Sebastian Church into kindergarten. Their plan to transform the 1962 church was based

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Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Located on a hill at the highest point of Santiago de Chile's Parque Araucano, the two yellow cubes are surrounded by native trees and wildlife. In order to access them, people have to use a series of

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France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

The Metaphone consists of an open concert hall with capacity for 500 seats and 800 standing. The massive structure also boasts a bar, restaurant, a high-tech stage, and a facility for outdoor concerts.

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ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

The new Helsinki library is organized on three levels. The first is a dynamic public meeting space with a multipurpose hall, restaurant and even a cinema that can be accessed from three different

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Powell River Library by Miller Hull to Become Social, Cultural Hub for Canadian Town

Powell River Library by Miller Hull to Become Social, Cultural Hub for Canadian Town

Miller Hull's Powell River Library is located on a previously developed site on the edge of the Strait of Georgia. The design grows from a simple rectilinear programmatic form, and it responds to the

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NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

NoArq Extends Roof of NP House into the Ground to Enlarge a Home for Four in Portugal

The renovation increased the home's footprint from 262.09 to 469.11 square meters with very little disruption to the beautiful site in Vila Nova de Famalicão. A covered courtyard accessed by all of the

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Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma's Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a single level building that covers a small area. It is built close to the ground and embodies Kuma's vision of 'small architecture'. The building is made

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Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Gorgeous Haus Am Moor Cabin Draws Heat from a Wood-Fired Stove and the Earth in Austria

Although the structural frame is made with concrete, the rest of the interior and exterior of the cabin was constructed with 60 trees felled sustainably nearby. This contrasting timber was used for walls,

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Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

Swallows Nest: Vincent Callebaut Unveils Glittering Zero-Carbon Mobius Strip Cultural Center for Taiwan

The Swallows Nest cultural center has a system of moats in the basement level between the floors and walls that stabilizes the building in case of earthquakes. Glass overhangs provide further protection

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Snøhetta Designs New Daylit Metro Station for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Snøhetta Designs New Daylit Metro Station for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's largest city, is home to some pretty impressive modern architecture - and it's about to get another icon. Oslo-based architecture firm Snøhetta has been selected to design the

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Glassy Renovation Brings Natural Light into Canadian Museum of Nature

Glassy Renovation Brings Natural Light into Canadian Museum of Nature

Located in Ottawa, the Canadian Museum of Nature has a vast collection that includes 10 million specimens gathered over 150 years. Its recent revitalisation project was carefully practiced, protecting

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AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1’s translucent family home is located in the woodsy area of Weissenbach in Lower Austria. It consists of two L-shaped volumes connected by a patio and surrounded by trees and luscious vegetation. The

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Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

Peter Zumthor Releases Plans to Replace LACMA with a Circular Solar-Powered Museum

Zumthor, who is perhaps best known for designing London's 2011 Serpentine Pavilion, proposes to demolish the existing museum structure originally designed by William Pereira. At 775ft at the thickest part

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Volcanic Rock Tops Kengo Kuma’s Curved Block D Condos on Jeju Island in South Korea

Volcanic Rock Tops Kengo Kuma’s Curved Block D Condos on Jeju Island in South Korea

Very little information has been released about the design of Kengo Kuma's Block D condos, but this is what we do know. The curved units come in two different sizes - 210 and 245 square meters - that each

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New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

Photo via Shutterstock Windows have one basic limitation: They let light in, but if you want to keep light out you have to use blinds or a curtain. Researchers at Japan's National Institute of

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Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

Plasma Studio’s Crystalline Xi’An Greenhouse Sparkles in the Sun

To access Plasma Studio's greenhouse in Xi’an, visitors must take a boat across a lake. The glazed structure is shaped like a horseshoe with an open-air courtyard in the middle. The greenhouse features

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Sou Fujimoto’s Nebulous 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens to the Public in London

Sou Fujimoto’s Nebulous 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens to the Public in London

Sou Fujimoto is the 13th—and youngest—architect to be invited to design a summer pavilion for the garden, which will host a variety of events all summer long. Fujimoto's works are known for their play

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Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma´s Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is located on a busy corner in Tokyo near the ancient Buddhist temple Sensō-ji. It's made mainly from glass and wood, and its interiors are airy

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