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Alemagou Restaurant in Mykonos Takes Inspiration from Traditional Cycladic Architecture

Alemagou Restaurant in Mykonos Takes Inspiration from Traditional Cycladic Architecture

Set on an idyllic beach on Mykonos island in Greece, the Alemagou Bar and Restaurant was designed to sit in harmony with its natural site, rather than exist in discord. Designed by Studio-K, the seaside

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Nick Fraser Creates Fun and Functional Decor from Standard Pipework

Nick Fraser Creates Fun and Functional Decor from Standard Pipework

The use of standard components is a great way to save time, money and resources. Understanding the advantages to be had by employing these pieces, designer Nick Fraser has made an art out of creating

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Awesome Flat-Pack Tent is Made From Renewable Cork

Awesome Flat-Pack Tent is Made From Renewable Cork

This cute cylindrical shelter made from renewable Portuguese cork is the perfect place to spend some quality time outdoors. Designed in collaboration between Ana Correia, Vasco Lopes, Vera Gomes and Bruno

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Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

The Shell Residence is immersed in Nagano prefecture´s peaceful conifer forests, where it creates a stark contrast with its durable white facade. The house is located in Karuizawa, a popular weekend

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Digitas Decks Out Its Inspiring Chicago Office with Salvaged Factory Materials and Urban Graffiti

Digitas Decks Out Its Inspiring Chicago Office with Salvaged Factory Materials and Urban Graffiti

We remember a time when furnishings made from salvaged materials were considered too avant-garde for mainstream businesses, but international ad agency Digitas proves that era is all in the past with

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Spanish Cabezo de la Almagra Museum and Archeological Park Rises from the Ruins

Spanish Cabezo de la Almagra Museum and Archeological Park Rises from the Ruins

The green hill on which the structure sits is imbued with history, seeing everything from Roman to Muslim settlements. Rising from the mound, the Cabezo de la Almagra makes a striking contrast to the

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London’s Kew Gardens Herbarium Uses Underground Cooling and Hot Air to Protect Its Contents

London’s Kew Gardens Herbarium Uses Underground Cooling and Hot Air to Protect Its Contents

Completed in 2009, the Herbarium's new glass and timber wing creates a fantastic contrast with the original red-bricked building, connected to its side. Edward Cullinan Architects worked closely with the

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Undulating Downland Gridshell in England is a Self-Supporting Structure Built from Local Oak

Undulating Downland Gridshell in England is a Self-Supporting Structure Built from Local Oak

The Downland Gridshell is part of The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, which covers a total of 50 acres exhibiting nearly 50 historic buildings from different periods and styles, along with gardens,

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Refunc’s Solar-Powered Containosaurus Lands at Dutch Music Festival

Refunc’s Solar-Powered Containosaurus Lands at Dutch Music Festival

Here at Inhabitat we have seen many wonderful creations emerge from recycled shipping containers. From piled-up solar-powered houses to entire cities built from them, by comparison, Refunc's big-scale

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Maisongomme: A Funky Garden Office and Shed Made from Recycled Car Tires

Maisongomme: A Funky Garden Office and Shed Made from Recycled Car Tires

Maisongomme measures 10x26 ft and features long, vertical windows recovered from a shop that went bust. The windows infuse the space with plenty of light and they allow for fresh air to permeate the

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Brazilian Home is Made From Recycled Bricks

Beautiful Green-Roofed Brazilian Home is Made From Recycled Bricks

Bricks salvaged from a demolition project were used as the main building material for this project. Adding to its sustainability, the designers chose Cumaru hardwoods to give the house a natural,

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Fantastic Woodland Eco-Workspaces Now Available for Rent in England

Fantastic Woodland Eco-Workspaces Now Available for Rent in England

Arranged around a common courtyard, the grouping of eight new wooden buildings are aimed at promoting good practice in woodland management. The four pairs of two-and-a-half story units have been designed

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Gigantic Bubbly Vitam’Parc Sports Center Pops Up in France

Gigantic Bubbly Vitam’Parc Sports Center Pops Up in France

L35's main architectural goal was to design a set of shells that would enclose the different areas of the complex and fit organically within the landscape, despite the project's large-scale dimensions.

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The Best Green Designs from DESIGNTIDE Tokyo 2011!

The Best Green Designs from DESIGNTIDE Tokyo 2011!

Several projects at the main exhibition of DESIGNTIDE addressed sustainability directly or indirectly through the materials and processes they used, extending the life of objects by giving them another

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Vin Varavarn’s Striking Botanica Office Roots Itself Within Thailand’s National Park

Vin Varavarn’s Striking Botanica Office Roots Itself Within Thailand’s National Park

The Botanica Office & Showroom is located very close to Khao Yai National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, in the Pakchong District of Thailand. The area is famous for its luscious forests and

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Estres Studio’s Elegant Beo Lamp is Made From Renewable Materials Without Glue or Screws

Estres Studio’s Elegant Beo Lamp is Made From Renewable Materials Without Glue or Screws

Spain-based Estres Studio's Beo Lamp is a hanging pendant light made from various natural materials that are nested together without using screws or glue. The elegant pendant lamp is a 2.7-inch high disc

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Amazing Quantum Levitation Technology Could Open the Door to Floating Vehicles!

Amazing Quantum Levitation Technology Could Open the Door to Floating Vehicles!

Levitation isn't just for Houdini anymore. A team of researchers at Tel-Aviv University has discovered a way to make objects float in mid-air using a process called quantum levitation, and they think the

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Beautiful Brazilian Beach House Made from Sustainable Wood, Stone and Recycled Tetra Pak Cartons

Beautiful Brazilian Beach House Made from Sustainable Wood, Stone and Recycled Tetra Pak Cartons

Located within an area where the root vegetable tapioca crops grow, the house was constructed using 12-foot modules and simple, locally available, green and long lasting materials. In order to enjoy the

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Fantastic Prefab Read-Nest is a Tiny Wooden Cube Perfect for Booklovers

Fantastic Prefab Read-Nest is a Tiny Wooden Cube Perfect for Booklovers

Read-Nest is a pre-fabricated structure, so no noise, scrap materials, wood dust or builders are necessary to build it. The tiny wooden box could land in any garden, forest or even an urban terrace,

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Martín Azúa’s Furniture Creates a Cozy Home for Plants and Animals

Martín Azúa’s Furniture Creates a Cozy Home for Plants and Animals

If sustainable design is about designing to enhance our relationship with nature, then Martín Azúa's designs are the perfect example of this principle in action. The Spanish designer created 'La Vida

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Ariane Prin Creates Brilliant Colored Pencils from Recycled Waste

Ariane Prin Creates Brilliant Colored Pencils from Recycled Waste

French student Ariane Prin developed a fantastic project while studying at London's Royal College of Art that recycles the University's waste into fun and colorful pencils. 'From Here For Here' is an

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Films on Fridges: Outdoor Cinema Made Entirely from Recycled Refrigerators Pops Up in London!

Films on Fridges: Outdoor Cinema Made Entirely from Recycled Refrigerators Pops Up in London!

Thanks to a $7,000 cash injection from Kickstarter and a joint effort between Sims Recycling Solutions, Picture House Hackney, and the event´s organizers, Films on Fridges is now a reality. The sold-out

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The Danish Design Centre Takes Us on a Journey Though Denmark’s Sustainable Design Movement

The Danish Design Centre Takes Us on a Journey Though Denmark’s Sustainable Design Movement

‘PH5’ lamp (1958) by Poul Henningsen is an absolute classic. Beautiful and functional, it was originally made from glass, but is now made from recyclable aluminum and designed for a democratic and

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Spain’s San Telmo Museum Boasts a Perforated Green Façade

Spain’s San Telmo Museum Boasts a Perforated Green Façade

The San Telmo Museum was originally a convent, and the team of architects in charge of the renovation worked towards respecting its primitive shapes and original looks. First opened in 1902, the building

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Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

We've noticed a surge in hobbit homes as more people throughout the world seek alternatives to the bigger is better model of living. For example, in Switzerland, one family buried their home but opted for

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Beautiful Canvas Sails Repurposed as Furniture Evoke the Sea’s Boundless Spirit

Beautiful Canvas Sails Repurposed as Furniture Evoke the Sea’s Boundless Spirit

Summer may be coming to an end, but our longing for the sea and sand hit us with full force when we saw this gorgeous collection of Living Sails Furniture by Dvelas. Repurposed by hand from canvas no

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Waste Converters is a Recycled Material Depot Frequented by Melbourne’s Top Designers

Waste Converters is a Recycled Material Depot Frequented by Melbourne’s Top Designers

An old recycling depot in a suburb near Melbourne may seem like an unlikely place to see some of Australia's most acclaimed furniture designers, chefs, architects and artists, but that's where many of

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Ecopink Unveils Gorgeous Green Designs for Women at the London Design Festival

Ecopink Unveils Gorgeous Green Designs for Women at the London Design Festival

Designs ranged from foot massaging floor mats to innovative takes on everyday accessories, like a line of brightly colored glowing handbags. By recycling colorful plastic containers, Micio Vinicio creates

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Designersblock Hits the London Design Festival With Fantastic Eco-Designs in Unexpected Forms

Designersblock Hits the London Design Festival With Fantastic Eco-Designs in Unexpected Forms

Maria Volokhova’s customized ceramic set certainly caught our eye. Her works consist of  updating unloved ceramic pieces by hand-printing new designs on their original motifs. The result is a jumbled,

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