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Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

We traveled to the house by boat and were surprised to find it concealed from the shoreline, hidden as it is by a large acacia tree left intact by the designer. This complete adoration of nature is

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Industrial-Chic Village Apartments Radiate Natural Light in Amsterdam

Industrial-Chic Village Apartments Radiate Natural Light in Amsterdam

Deeply contemporary and minimalist, the double height apartments have timber structural walls that double as closet and wardrobe spaces. The upper level, called "roof terraces," feature dining, working,

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Peaceful Gudrun House in Austria is Made Entirely from Prefab Materials

Peaceful Gudrun House in Austria is Made Entirely from Prefab Materials

The design of Gudrun House is simple and clever; it consists of a large living space, two small bedrooms and an entrance. The home is organized around a central core that contains the bathroom and the

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Yellow-Brick Buda Art Studio Carved into an Abandoned Textile Factory in Belgium

Yellow-Brick Buda Art Studio Carved into an Abandoned Textile Factory in Belgium

Two main interventions allowed 51N4E to transform the dinky old building into a contemporary marvel that now takes up a big chunk of a large city block. First they cut out a giant pentagonal "void" from

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Villa Mecklin is a Beautiful, Low-Impact Vacation Home Overlooking a Finnish Archipelago

Villa Mecklin is a Beautiful, Low-Impact Vacation Home Overlooking a Finnish Archipelago

Located in the rocky island terrain of Naantali, Villa Mecklin was completed in 2008. The house’s interiors are minimal and uncluttered, offering a relaxing natural atmosphere, plenty of natural light

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Swirling Green-Roofed Chinese Coin House Built in Accordance with Sacred Geometry

Swirling Green-Roofed Chinese Coin House Built in Accordance with Sacred Geometry

The home was carefully oriented to ensure that electromagnetic lines irradiating low intensity gamma rays do not penetrate the interior while extensive glazing permits plenty of natural lighting. And the

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gmp Architekten Unveils Massive Daylit Tianjin Exhibition Center for China

gmp Architekten Unveils Massive Daylit Tianjin Exhibition Center for China

The Tianjin Exhibition Center will be China's third international exhibition center (after the ones in Shanghai and Guangzhou), and it's expected to be completed in the next few years. Located on Tianjin

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Jaw-Dropping Southern House in Australia Boasts Incredible 270 Degree Coastal Views

Jaw-Dropping Southern House in Australia Boasts Incredible 270 Degree Coastal Views

It isn't certain where exactly the Southern House is located, but there is no question that it is hands down one of the most attractive residential programs on Inhabitat. And if you detect a hint of Frank

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Spiraling Green-Roofed Espoo House Clad in Siberian Larch Up for Sale in Finland

Spiraling Green-Roofed Espoo House Clad in Siberian Larch Up for Sale in Finland

Listed on a real estate site in Finland, this curious Espoo House doesn't come cheap at €690,000, though admittedly we are not well versed on that country's current real estate market. But what makes it

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Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Dark and moody, Code Black Coffee is an open space defined by rough steel framing, polished concrete floors, natural Oriented Strand Board walls, and black-painted brick. The original warehouse windows

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Big Air Package: Christo Unveils the World’s Largest Inflated Indoor Sculpture in Germany

Big Air Package: Christo Unveils the World’s Largest Inflated Indoor Sculpture in Germany

Big Air Package is Christo's latest installation, designed and completed entirely after his wife, Jeanne-Claude passed in 2009. It is the largest of the Package projects and considered the largest indoor

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Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Fox Johnston had a tiny lot to work with, though it wouldn't appear that way thanks to a deliberate effort to create the illusion of space. In part this is achieved by creating constant communication

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Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen retained the character of this old barn-turned-office by carefully restoring its gepotdekselde façade and large thatched roof. The 920-square-foot building's historic pine wood

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Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

What a clever idea for LYCS to put the track field on the roof, not only because it saves space and reduces the project's overall footprint, but it also provides children an inspired environment in which

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Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof

Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof

Located at the start of a historic 19th century city populated by people from 129 different countries, the municipality commissioned the SportPlaza Mercator in order to boost the community. VenhoevenCS

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Claesson Koivisto Rune Debuts Gorgeous Daylit Tind Prefab Houses in Scandinavia

Claesson Koivisto Rune Debuts Gorgeous Daylit Tind Prefab Houses in Scandinavia

Working with Swedish manufacturers Fiskarhedenvillan, Claesson Koivisto Rune designed three bold new homes. There is a single story home clad in bold black panels, a double story version capped with a

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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on

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Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood

Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood

The WISA Wooden Design Hotel is a small two-room structure connected by a semi-open courtyard that is surrounded by a curved trellis. The hotel sets an example of outstanding craftsmanship portraying

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Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Using a restrained material palette that includes wood, stone, concrete and white walls, TACT Architecture was able to make the outdoors a crucial element of their overall design. The northern entrance

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Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

The entrance to Cala D’or House is closed to the street and opened at the back, with a large bank of second-story windows that look out on the garden and enjoy amazing views of the sea. It consists of

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REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

The pirate radio broadcasting REM-Island was built in 1964 outside territorial waters in order to avoid Dutch legislation. Constructed completely out of steel, the 262-foot-high structure rests on 6

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Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

The Cowshed Collective design and build workshop was the third of three focused on creating new infrastructure for Callan, including a river walk and a seasonal bridge design led by LiD Architecture.

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Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

According to the architects, the new Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem will be an open structure capable of communicating with the surrounding environment. It will consist of a series of

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40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

Comfort, environmental sensitivity and livability were among the main driving principles behind this stellar design, which partially explains the use of natural materials that integrate so well with the

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Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Located within Thailand’s Koh Kood Island and steps away from the sea, this gorgeous learning ‘den’ was made by 24H-architecture in collaboration with local firm Habita architects. Measuring 540

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Tiny Forest Pond House Offers Peace and Tranquility in a Tucked-Away Corner of Hampshire

Tiny Forest Pond House Offers Peace and Tranquility in a Tucked-Away Corner of Hampshire

TDO Architecture says in their design brief that they used contrasting qualities to create a special ambience. The darker portions of the very small house constructed of timber, glass and copper "address"

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Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

A fan of antiques and do-it-yourself projects, the client was responsible for a great deal of the interior furnishings. These include frames as decorative wall objects, antique chairs and mirrors, moody

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Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Located an hour's drive south of Seoul, the clubhouse for this 18-hole golf course stands out for its elegance and intricate design. Taking full advantage of advanced technologies in woodworking and

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Balance Associates’ Sustainable Metal-Clad Tower House Overlooks Michigan’s Glen Lake

Balance Associates’ Sustainable Metal-Clad Tower House Overlooks Michigan’s Glen Lake

The Tower House was placed on top of a wooded hill where it is possible to spot Lake Michigan on a good day. The client wanted to build a "sustainable retreat" that would preserve the area's "timeless

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Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

In addition to its small footprint of 70 square meters, the small timber house on the western side of the Isle of Skye in Scotland makes optimum use of natural light and ventilation in order to keep its

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