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Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

The owners of the property live in a farmhouse built in the 60s, and they wanted to make use of their amazing site by adding vacation rentals. They hired Peter Pichler to design and build two luxury

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Italy’s First Electric Supercar by Tecnicar Has a Whopping 789 Horsepower

Italy’s First Electric Supercar by Tecnicar Has a Whopping 789 Horsepower

Italy is known for producing some of the world's best supercars from automakers like Ferrari and Lamborghini, but it has yet to produce a fully-electric supercar. That may change now that Italian company

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Modern Wood-Clad House Uses Limestone Walls for Passive Cooling in the Italian Alps

Modern Wood-Clad House Uses Limestone Walls for Passive Cooling in the Italian Alps

From afar, Casa Prè de Sura fits the local alpine vernacular with its traditional gable roof and vertically laid wood panels. Upon closer inspection, however, the building's contemporary influences

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This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

What do you get when you combine public art with renewable energy? That's exactly what the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)'s annual design competition seeks to explore. Every year LAGI asks designers

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13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

If you're craving an escape from the city, an agricultural vacation might just be the perfect medicine. You may have considered WWOOFing your way around the planet, but if you'd rather connect to nature

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RhOME for denCity’s Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

RhOME for denCity’s Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

The RhOME for denCity team consists of professors and researchers from the Architecture, Business Studies and Engineering departments of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and a department of

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Ai Weiwei’s Magnificent ‘Forever’ Installation Builds a Glimmering Cavern from 1,200 Bikes

Ai Weiwei’s Magnificent ‘Forever’ Installation Builds a Glimmering Cavern from 1,200 Bikes

Cycling is one of the most common forms of transportation in China, but Weiwei manipulates the bicycles by removing their primary function and making them static. The freedom associated with cycling is

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Super Thin Solar Panels Crown the Spectacular ‘Green Zero’ Modular Getaway in Italy

Super Thin Solar Panels Crown the Spectacular ‘Green Zero’ Modular Getaway in Italy

The interior relies on a simplistic design, coming to life thanks to accents of color throughout the single bedroom dwelling. Even though the room is made for two, there is ample space to fit many more

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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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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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Inhabitat is Hiring Contributors to Cover the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair!

Inhabitat is Hiring Contributors to Cover the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair!

Heads up design fans - are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great contributors to

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Are Pedro Sousa’s Futuristic Pod Lounges Modern Sculptures or Orbiting Spaceships?

Are Pedro Sousa’s Futuristic Pod Lounges Modern Sculptures or Orbiting Spaceships?

The enormous spherical pods are left a bland, white color on the exterior, but each interior reveals a bold, neon-colored lounge equipped with simple lighting and seating for two. Upon entering the

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Hand-Built Library on Wheels Helps Retired Teacher Spread the Love of Reading

Hand-Built Library on Wheels Helps Retired Teacher Spread the Love of Reading

Antonio La Cava, a retired Italian schoolteacher, decided that after 42 years of teaching, he could do even more to spread the love of reading to children. So in 2003, he bought a used Ape motorbike and

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Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Cape Ray photo by Don S. Montgomery The UN has confirmed that a shipment of chemical weapons has left Syria, and is on route to be destroyed by the US Navy in a first-of-its-kind mission at sea. While

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Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Designed in collaboration with Daniele Mainetti, this layered garden is located at the back of a family home in the town of Chiavari on the Italian Riviera. The garden measures 540 x 40 square feet, and

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Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Every animal is the end result of millions of years of evolution, and when you remove particular species entire ecosystems become vulnerable to instability. An international team of scientists from the

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Carpark Hidden Inside a Green-Roofed Bridge Respects the Mountains in Italy

Carpark Hidden Inside a Green-Roofed Bridge Respects the Mountains in Italy

The Municipal Administration of Moena needed a new carpark and a new bridge for the Longea, which is a popular tourist destination. Originally, the idea was to excavate a side of the mountain, build the

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‘No Communion for Big Polluters’ Says Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe

‘No Communion for Big Polluters’ Says Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe

The Bible tells us to be "good stewards of the Earth," and many religious leaders feel that it's a sin to disregard the planet. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Naples, Italy, where Archbishop

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More Bikes Were Sold Than Cars Last Year in 23 European Countries!

More Bikes Were Sold Than Cars Last Year in 23 European Countries!

Bicycle photo from Shutterstock The bicycle and the automobile were invented in Germany, so the European love affair with both modes of transportation goes back a long time. However last year bike

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Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different

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Raw and Elegant Casa Y is an Energy-Efficient Home Near Turin

Raw and Elegant Casa Y is an Energy-Efficient Home Near Turin

The two story geometric volume is built into the hillside to take advantage of both the view and the constant temperature of the earth to buffer climatic changes. Upstairs, Casa Y features three bedrooms,

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Foscarini is Now Offering LED Versions of Classic Lamps

Foscarini is Now Offering LED Versions of Classic Lamps

Italian lighting company Foscarini describes its lamps as "not only lamps but pure emotions." That should give you an idea how seriously the company takes its craft. And now we're pleased to report

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Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

For the past two decades, the University of Turin has been gradually modernizing its architecture as new facilities are constructed on formerly industrial land. Foster + Partners describes its design as

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Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Image via Flickr The sun is shining on solar energy across the world. In 2012, a record 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) was installed, pushing the total global solar power capacity past

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Tiny Shed in Italy Stores Wood and Shelters Animals

Tiny Shed in Italy Stores Wood and Shelters Animals

Studio Errante's Sarah Becchio and Paolo Borghino created this adorable shelter at the southern corner of a family home’s patio in Italy. With access from the house and also from the street, the shelter

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Mountaintop Museum for Reinhold Messner in the Italian Alps

Zaha Hadid Unveils Mountaintop Museum for Reinhold Messner in the Italian Alps

Zaha Hadid Architects recently unveiled finalized designs for the new Messner Mountain Museum, which will be located atop a mountain in South Tyrol, Italy. Reinhold Messner is a champion of

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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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Green-Roofed Yuppie Ranch House Flows Into the Landscape in Italy

Green-Roofed Yuppie Ranch House Flows Into the Landscape in Italy

The site was originally just empty farmland with a fence built from railroad ties to mark the property boundary. The ties were resurrected and reused in the construction of the home. Seen buried into the

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Plasma Studio Builds Parasite Home on Top of a 60s House in Italy

Plasma Studio Builds Parasite Home on Top of a 60s House in Italy

Due to its strange geometry, full of angles and repetitive frames, it was essential to plan the Esker Haus using a 3D computer model. A ‘parasite’ home, it started by adopting the host’s structure

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Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

The 2010 coastal architecture project for seaside facilities competition for the Sardinian coast asked for new structures and facilities for tourism and recreation in the area. Filippo Taidelli Architetto

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