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Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Robinson Architects designed the Wallaby Lane House with a linear plan that follows the landscape’s natural contours. The house and the studio space are positioned side by side under a common roof, with

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Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

From afar, the House of Toilet has the profile of a typical pitched-roof home. Yet upon closer inspection, the public restroom is split into six distinct sections, each of which is cut at a slight angle.

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Kicking Horse Residence Embraces the Natural World in British Columbia

Kicking Horse Residence Embraces the Natural World in British Columbia

The Kicking Horse Residence is a mountain retreat designed for an active family of five at the base of a ski resort in Golden, BC. The home consists of two main volumes - a long, linear area on the north

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Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

Istanbul Grand Airport was designed by Grimshaw Architects, the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, who were appointed by a Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Kolin, Limak, MAPA and Kalyon.

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Todmorden, UK Expands Edible Garden Initiative With Flourishing Aqua Farm

Todmorden, UK Expands Edible Garden Initiative With Flourishing Aqua Farm

The British town of Todmorden has already made name for itself by sprouting edible plants up and down its streets - and the city recently received a grant of over £500,000 to expand their edible

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Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Ferren, a 61-year-old inventor and cofounder of tech design firm Applied Minds, came up with the unique camper van with his young daughter in mind, wanting her to explore the world safely after he is not

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UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

Providing food and shelter to victims of a natural disaster is one of the first priorities for emergency services, but the process can often generate a lot of unnecessary waste. To help tackle this

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A Second Peek at Milan Design Week’s Brera District

A Second Peek at Milan Design Week’s Brera District

  Alessandro Zambelli's "Afillia" light series is named after a botanical term referring to that which is leafless, but not lifeless. The lacy lights are handcrafted from Swiss pine and nylon

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Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle

Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle

Lesétablissements Tourneux's rocket ship hugs the stone walls of the historic castle, which was built north of Moselle in 1434. The castle opened to the public in 1998, and it now hosts a series of

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NYC’s New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

NYC’s New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

When it finally opens its doors on April 24th, NYC's famed Tavern on the Green restaurant will boast a slew of sustainable features that will help it live up to its verdant name. Inhabitat recently had a

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Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

The immediate days after a disaster are the most critical since victims need supplies and materials ASAP. Rather than wait for help to arrive with shelters, Architecture Global Aid wanted to create a more

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Freshly Renovated Bronze-Glass Clad Trevox Apartments Reflect Mexico’s Mesmerizing Landscape

Freshly Renovated Bronze-Glass Clad Trevox Apartments Reflect Mexico’s Mesmerizing Landscape

In order to make the villa suitable for six units, CRAFT added a second floor to part of the original sprawling structure. Geometric mirrored panels make up the façade with strategic cut outs that create

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A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

House in Yagi isn't completely finished. In fact, the home was designed to not be completely finished even when the owner moved in - the concept was for the home to only meet the most basic needs. Suppose

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Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

The oddly shaped Nannup Holiday House is accessible by a long ramp that stretches across the Australian landscape. Hugged by a forest on one side and a flood plain on the other, the area is known for

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16 Year Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16 Year Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Austin always thought it would be cool to build a treehouse, but once he found out you could build homes on a trailer to make them mobile, he quickly changed his mind. Basing his house on the popular

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Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

The Bronx Box is a charming waterfront home that adds up to much more than the sum of its prefab parts. The two-module prefabricated structure features multiple skylights that fill it with natural light

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Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronauts’ pee already gets recycled into water on space missions, but now NASA has found a way to transform their urine into fuel. Scientists have devised a process called forward osmosis that

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Sustainable Design Shines at Milan Design Week’s Ventura Lambrate Exhibition

Sustainable Design Shines at Milan Design Week’s Ventura Lambrate Exhibition

Studio Makkink & Bey designed a cheese maker for Imperfect Design, which consists of 9 different elements crafted of wood, ceramics, copper, and iron, respectively. The designers worked with different

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The Best Green Designs from Designjunction EDIT at Milan Design Week 2014

The Best Green Designs from Designjunction EDIT at Milan Design Week 2014

  Dent 200 is a whopping two-meter-wide chandelier in the shape of a truncated icosahedron, created in PVC and developed by designer Chak Dent for Innermost design. The white version of

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Studio Osk’s Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin

Studio Osk’s Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin

Studio Osk are the brains behind this amazing shape-shifting pavilion, which is set to take shape this summer in Berlin. The creative public space will rise in the ZK/U sculpture park, and it will host

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Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Having been in business for 20 years in the Bangkok area, Geodesic Design wanted to create an office with the smallest possible footprint. The home office was built on stilts, not only to lesson the

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Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

UPA's design will potentially see the university as the first LEED certified building in the country. Once the campus is registered in the local Green Building Counsel (GBC), it can be classified

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Floating East River Pool Inches Closer to Reality with Mini Float Lab

Floating East River Pool Inches Closer to Reality with Mini Float Lab

The team behind the + Pool, a floating pool proposed for the East River, has launched a mini version of their design to test its water filtering abilities. Called the Float Lab, the model will be tested

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Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

The Rio Branco 12 office tower on Rio Branco Avenue will have 21 floors. Currently undergoing an urban revitalization, Porto Maravilha is slated to become a new urban and commercial district with over 5

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IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

Swedish design wonder IKEA turned an entire monorail into a colorful showroom in Japan. To kick off their latest location in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, the company decorated the train with vibrant

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Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

After bush fires decimated areas around Canberra in 2001, the city decided to rebuild by creating the National Arboretum Canberra. Plans for the Arboretum actually date back over 100 years ago, when

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Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

According to their literature, LEAPfactory's Gervasutti refuge represents the pinnacle of the Italian firm's achievement. LEAP refers to Living, Ecological, Alpine Pods, their speciality, and their latest

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Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Vena Cava Winery was started by Phil Gregory, who also owns and runs the nearby luxury hotel La Villa del Valle in Guadalupe Valley. The desert valley enjoys an interesting microclimate for growing grapes

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Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

If you’ve ever wanted to know what dinosaur-flavored beer tastes like, now is your chance. Jason Osborne of paleontology and geology non-profit Paleo Quest has teamed up with Jasper Akerboom, a brew

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The Summer Cave is a Tranquil Italian Restaurant Tucked into a Cozy Sea Cave

The Summer Cave is a Tranquil Italian Restaurant Tucked into a Cozy Sea Cave

The clifftop Grotta Palasezze has 20 rooms overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the old town of Polignano o Mare. Dimly lit and outfitted with furnishings made simply from natural materials in order to blend

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