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Modern timber frame oyster shack grows a garden on its roof

Modern timber frame oyster shack grows a garden on its roof

The charming oyster shack is divided into two parts: an oyster hangar and the living spaces comprising the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bedroom. A kink in the roof and building help delineate

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France’s oldest tree, alive since Louis IX, hides treehouse chapels within its trunk

France’s oldest tree, alive since Louis IX, hides treehouse chapels within its trunk

The Oak chapels are not your average tree houses - it's not known exactly when they were built, but they are estimated to be between 800 and 1200 years old! In the late 1600s the tree survived a

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Toyota’s three-wheeled i-ROAD is the perfect solution for crowded city driving

Toyota’s three-wheeled i-ROAD is the perfect solution for crowded city driving

In the not-too-distant future, personal transportation will take on a completely different shape than today. As more individuals move to city centers, public transportation will become even more

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France now requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France now requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France has just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas must be partially covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring

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Postman builds incredible palace from thousands of pebbles in Southeast France

Postman builds incredible palace from thousands of pebbles in Southeast France

Of the fateful meeting with his muse Cheval wrote in his journal: "My foot had stumbled against a stone which almost made me fall: I wanted to know what it was. It was a stumbling block of such an unusual

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UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

UGE VisionAIR5 "The location for the wind turbines, 400ft (120m) above ground level, was strategically chosen to maximize energy production, allowing the wind turbines to harvest the steady winds at

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Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

From a distance, you might not be able to locate the eco-friendly community arts center hidden in this landscape of mountains and wildflower meadows in the French Alps. Designed by French design firm Mas

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The Paper Nursery delights children with its underground entrance and light-filled rooms

The Paper Nursery delights children with its underground entrance and light-filled rooms

The Paper Nursery in Paris is a place for children that is both safe and sleek. Hidden from streetview by another building, this unique structure designed by Wild Rabbits Architects is accessible via an

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Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Forsaken 60′s Trailer Renovated into a Happy Hippy House in France

Can we stand a revival of the happy hippy movement? If it means that we'll have more eye-popping trailers like this one revived by Pierre Arnoux in France, then we say go full steam ahead. At only 20

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This beautiful furniture by Emilie Mazeau-Langlais is actually made from cardboard

This beautiful furniture by Emilie Mazeau-Langlais is actually made from cardboard

These items may look like regular pieces of wooden furniture at first sight, , but if you look closely you'll notice that all of them are made from cardboard. French artist and designer Emilie

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‘Skitchen’ photo series shows fruits and veggies shreddin’ the gnar

‘Skitchen’ photo series shows fruits and veggies shreddin’ the gnar

“Skitchen” is the follow-up to his kitschy retro series using cassette tapes reimagined as new objects, including a hamburger and a Christmas tree. Just as imaginative and arguably more comical, the

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Climb into the treetops with this French ladder tree art installation

Climb into the treetops with this French ladder tree art installation

The lofty installation was on display in the Parc du Château at the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire in Nice, France, from 2009-2011. There, several trees were adorned with impossibly tall, skinny ladders.

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Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

The 2 in 1 house derives its name from its spatial layout, which splits the building into two separated dwellings that are connected by a series of shared spaces. The communal areas, which help preserve

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Stunning wood Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

Stunning wood Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

Vortex embraces a footbridge connecting two buildings within the complex in Bordeaux. Scaffolding and raw wooden pieces were wrapped around the footbridge, and the sculpture evolves like a living

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Mont-de-Marsan’s timber-slatted volumes float out from a grassy hillside in France

Mont-de-Marsan’s timber-slatted volumes float out from a grassy hillside in France

The former Mont-de-Marsan education center was located in a nearby town center and was in need of renovations after years of use. Local trade association Chambre des Métiers commissioned architects

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Spencer Byles Sculpts Mystical Forest Artworks from Natural Materials

Spencer Byles Sculpts Mystical Forest Artworks from Natural Materials

Towering woven structures, hanging pods and large-scale constellations of shapes create a theatrical or even supernatural realm within the picturesque woodland environment. The pieces seem to communicate

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Sublime Wine Storage Unit Lights up the Night with Low Energy LEDs in France

Sublime Wine Storage Unit Lights up the Night with Low Energy LEDs in France

The stunning building is a showcase for the Ballande group, highlighting their fine wine in an appropriate casing. The storage unit rises in thick white concrete, appearing like a solid volume during the

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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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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and restores a

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France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

While Germany has spent the last few years stealing the headlines for its remarkable advances in renewable energy infrastructure, neighboring France has, up until now, remained relatively silent on the

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Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

As if exploding out of the entrance to Bloc’s folly, This is Not a Lovesong is Faustino’s first piece, which combines sculpture and architecture. Framing the doors, the installation is made up of a

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Twisted Timber Shell Wraps Around a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion in France

Twisted Timber Shell Wraps Around a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion in France

Surrounded by a boring asphalt parking lot outside the city center, the wood structure stands out as a surprising monument to sustainable design. The slatted bakelised plywood shell acts as a brise-soleil

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Gaelle Villedary’s Green Carpet Rolls Through Provincial Town in Southern France

Gaelle Villedary’s Green Carpet Rolls Through Provincial Town in Southern France

Situated in the south of France, Jaujac is a tiny commune, right on the bank of the Lignon river. While the city walls are rich with literary history and medieval architecture, they are tucked deeply

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

The sculptural Gue(ho)st House building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of France.

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This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

The home, known as Chez Hélène-Amboise Troglodyte, is situated in the Loire Valley. It sits about two miles out of Amboise, which was once home to Leonardo da Vinci. Troglodyte homes are common in the

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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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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Located on the Vendée coast in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France, Dune Habitee (or Inhabited Dune) is like what a child would build on the beach if they had all the right tools. A carved out dune with

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Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

In what may be the most adorable exhibit in the history of art, Claude Ponti's Sleeping Bird Topiary can be seen by those lucky people living in or visiting Nantes, France. Located in the city's botanical

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