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Germany’s Inzell Skating Stadium Features a Roof That Radiates Cold Back Onto the Ice

Germany’s Inzell Skating Stadium Features a Roof That Radiates Cold Back Onto the Ice

The outdoor speed skating track was originally built in 1965, and it needed an extensive, modern renovation in order to become a top-notch competition facility. Although the climate at the foot of

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3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

The three new boxes on the roof house a master bedroom, dressing room and bath room, as well as a personal living room and home office. There's a meadow and apple tree in one corner, a courtyard and pine

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Hamburg is Building a Giant Green Roof Cover Over Sections of the A7 Motorway

Hamburg is Building a Giant Green Roof Cover Over Sections of the A7 Motorway

Spanning six to eight lanes of traffic that cut through the Schnelsen, Stellingen and Bahrenfeld districts of Hamburg, the A7 is among the largest and most disruptive highways in Germany. The current plan

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Der Spiegel Moves Into New Green Headquarters in Hamburg’s HafenCity

Der Spiegel Moves Into New Green Headquarters in Hamburg’s HafenCity

By Spiegel's own account, its old headquarters had become so cramped that the television unit was forced to relocate to a nearby building. By contrast, the new 13-story building feels roomy and light,

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Construction Crawls Ahead on Herzog + de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

Construction Crawls Ahead on Herzog + de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

Planning for the building began in 2003; the cornerstone was officially laid in 2007; and construction got rolling in 2008. Although workers officially topped off the building in April 2010, it's still

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Hamburg to Convert a WWII Flak Bunker Into a Renewable Energy Bunker

Hamburg to Convert a WWII Flak Bunker Into a Renewable Energy Bunker

The flak bunker on Neuhöfer Strasse in Wilhelmsburg was constructed in 1942, and during the war, up to 30,000 people crammed into the massive structure while Allied bombs rained down on the city. After

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Field of 2000 Wispy Dandelions Turned into Breathtaking Art Exhibit

Field of 2000 Wispy Dandelions Turned into Breathtaking Art Exhibit

It's hard to believe, but Raseier picked 2,000 dandelions for this ethereal art exhibit, which was shown at the ArToll Summer Lab 2011. Once they were transported to the lab, each one was individually

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Solar-Powered Black Forest Wooden House K is Built Around a Core of Clay

Solar-Powered Black Forest Wooden House K is Built Around a Core of Clay

The clients were looking for a contemporary wooden house that would provide them the most amount of comfort on their limited budget. The wooden post and beam house was designed around a central clay core

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German Trains Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050!

German Trains Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050!

Germany has made many remarkable strides towards sustainability in the past few years - they were the first nation to announce the abolition of nuclear power, the entire country already runs on 20%

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The Skinny Minihouse is a Study in Low-Impact Urban Housing in Germany

The Skinny Minihouse is a Study in Low-Impact Urban Housing in Germany

European cities are becoming increasingly crowded, so creative measures need to be taken to maximize urban density without making people stir crazy. By building a tall and thin prototype with clever use

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Aeroflorale II: La Machine Erects an Animated Hanging Garden Inspired by da Vinci

Aeroflorale II: La Machine Erects an Animated Hanging Garden Inspired by da Vinci

This is not the first time La Machine has awed the world with its strange sculptures. Previously the group created a moving metal spider and a giant iron elephant - projects that Architizer compared to

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Green-Roofed Urban Park Springs Up Atop a Railway Deck in Munich

Green-Roofed Urban Park Springs Up Atop a Railway Deck in Munich

The new park is built in-between a series of residential buildings that measures 300 meters long by 50 meters wide. The deck originally provided a connection between the newly built apartments and it was

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Abandoned German Open-Pit Mine Turned Into World’s Largest Solar Park

Abandoned German Open-Pit Mine Turned Into World’s Largest Solar Park

Germany just staked a massive claim in solar energy by building the world’s largest photovoltaic solar park with Unlimited Energy and the Saferay company. Constructed in eastern Germany near the city of

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Adidas’ Shoelace-Inspired R&D Building is as High Performance as its Shoes

Adidas’ Shoelace-Inspired R&D Building is as High Performance as its Shoes

The building's striped volume is squished hollow rectangle that looks a bit like a skewed bow tie. Office space, or as they call them "office modules", are located on the outer ring and every work area

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Sole Arena Thermal Spa Taps Into the Natural Healing Powers of Salted Air

Sole Arena Thermal Spa Taps Into the Natural Healing Powers of Salted Air

Visitors can enter the structure through one of three tunnel-like entrances. The openings resemble natural cuts in the wood, and appear as if the exterior skin was bark with fresh wood inside. Inside, the

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Mini Prefab Police Station Lays Down The Law In Hanover, Germany

Mini Prefab Police Station Lays Down The Law In Hanover, Germany

The original VW bus police station at the Turkish consulate was considered ugly by many, so Tev Wilhelmsen of Gesamtkonzept proposed a new, more modern idea to the police department. Wilhelmsen's concept

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German Hydroelectric Plant Is A Breathtaking Example Of Organic Industrial Architecture

German Hydroelectric Plant Is A Breathtaking Example Of Organic Industrial Architecture

The new Iller River hydroelectric station replaces a 50 year old station, and transforms the riverscape into one that is less pragmatic and more artistic. Becker Architekten, who were chosen by the city

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Henning Larsen Wins Bid To Re-Structure Siemens Munich Headquarters

Henning Larsen Wins Bid To Re-Structure Siemens Munich Headquarters

Siemens has chosen Henning Larsen Architects to give their Munich headquarters a sustainable upgrade. Of the twelve proposals submitted by design houses throughout Europe, the Copenhagen-based firm's

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Reclaimed Wood Hostel Bridge Awaits The Return Of the Emscher River In Germany

Reclaimed Wood Hostel Bridge Awaits The Return Of the Emscher River In Germany

The Emscher River is a tributary of the Rhine and sits in a vast industrial area, which has used the river as an open waste canal, rendering the actual "river" virtually biologically dead. Since the 1990s

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Germany May Build First Wind Power-Storing Coal Mines in the World

Germany May Build First Wind Power-Storing Coal Mines in the World

It's a classic story line in sustainability: dirty tech goes green. We've seen coal mines transformed into geothermal energy stores and dirty plants become gorgeous green buildings. Now, for the first

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Eco-Mosque In Northern Germany Will Harness Wind Power Via Minarets

Eco-Mosque In Northern Germany Will Harness Wind Power Via Minarets

Normally minarets are used by the muezzin to call the faithful to prayer, but a new mosque slated for northern Germany is planning to use the tower to also harness the power of the wind. The eco friendly

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JustK PassivHaus In Germany Is a Fab Prefab Wooden Tower

JustK PassivHaus In Germany Is a Fab Prefab Wooden Tower

The four bedroom, 1,485 sq ft home was designed for two parents and their four children. Built on a compact lot, the home has a small footprint and is built up to taper as it reaches the fourth floor.

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Enter to Win a $200 Hessnatur Eco-Shopping Spree (Featuring Miguel Adrover)!

Enter to Win a $200 Hessnatur Eco-Shopping Spree (Featuring Miguel Adrover)!

Has your closet been overrun by sweaters and heavy wool slacks? With winter well out of our lives and summer in full bloom, there's no better time so slip on a sustainably made dress and some ethically

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Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport to be Resurrected as One of Europe’s Largest Urban Gardens

Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport to be Resurrected as One of Europe’s Largest Urban Gardens

The Tempelhof Airport was originally constructed in 1927, but it was reconstructed in 1934 under Albert Speer's plan for the reconstruction of Berlin during the Nazi era. The limestone-clad 1.2

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Germany To Completely Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2022

Germany To Completely Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2022

In reaction to the current nuclear crisis in Japan, Germany has vowed to abolish all nuclear power. Announced today, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that all nuclear power will be completely phased out

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Volkswagen to Launch Quicar Car-Sharing Program In Hanover, Germany

Volkswagen to Launch Quicar Car-Sharing Program In Hanover, Germany

Many cities around the world have started bike-sharing programs, but VW is set to launch a car-sharing system in Hanover, Germany that will see residents drive their latest model, the Golf BlueMotion. The

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The World’s Smallest Wedding Rings Made of Interlocking DNA

The World’s Smallest Wedding Rings Made of Interlocking DNA

When it comes to wedding bands and engagement rings never mind three months salary, how about generations of genetic data? German researchers have now created the world's smallest wedding rings from

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German Metro Station Turned Into a Shipping Container Opera!

German Metro Station Turned Into a Shipping Container Opera!

The “Opernbauhütte,” or Opera Lodge is made from old shipping containers and is a working space for the artists and residents of Eichbaumoper (Eichbaum Opera). It sits perched right next to the open

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Volkswagen’s Car Recycling Bins Promote the 95% Recyclable Polo

Volkswagen’s Car Recycling Bins Promote the 95% Recyclable Polo

Volkswagen was eager to tell the public about their new Polo car, which is made out of 95% recyclable materials, so they enlisted German firm DDB to come up with some creative advertising. The result is

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Paving Slabs Could Scrub Out 70% of the Pollution in the Air

Paving Slabs Could Scrub Out 70% of the Pollution in the Air

What if scrubbing pollution out of the air was as easy as laying down specially coated paving slabs? It soon might be - at least for one German city that is experiencing toxic levels of nitrogen oxide

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