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Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

Located near Bogota’s Parque de la 93 in the northern part of the city, the Starbucks is more than just a snazzy place to get a cuppa. Dedicated to locally-sourced goods, materials and most importantly

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Uhlik Architekti’s Tiny Timber Forest Retreat Rests Atop a Giant Boulder

Uhlik Architekti’s Tiny Timber Forest Retreat Rests Atop a Giant Boulder

Finished with blackened timber and rabbet joints, the periscope-shaped retreat features two large glazed openings that let in natural light and direct views towards two different directions in the

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Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Located within the gorgeous Italian Alps, this top-notch shelter has a few sustainable and notable characteristics. It stands on a foundation made from dolomite rock found on site and was built from

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Amazing Net Zero House in the Canary Islands has On-Site Wind Turbines

Amazing Net Zero House in the Canary Islands has On-Site Wind Turbines

Using only locally-sourced materials such as stone and basalt insulation, in addition to certified timber, this home has a very small carbon footprint. This same material menu allows it to mesh with the

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Green-Roofed Moldegaard Cabin Stands Strong in Hurricane-force Nordic Winds

Green-Roofed Moldegaard Cabin Stands Strong in Hurricane-force Nordic Winds

Located 3,600 feet above sea level, the Moldegaard Cabin boasts fantastic views of a nearby lake and mountains. And it is was built to withstand rough weather conditions such as hurricane-force winds and

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Stunning Cabin Made From Recycled Windows Overlooks the Rugged Norwegian Landscape

Stunning Cabin Made From Recycled Windows Overlooks the Rugged Norwegian Landscape

Locals in the remote Nordic district of Lista called upon TYIN Tegnestue to create an architectural piece that would attract visitors and potential investors to the area. So with the help of architecture

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Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

After consulting with locals about the preferred layout of their new micro homes, Ban designed the 31 square meter homes with a bathroom and kitchen that is separated by the living area. This last

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Sebastiaan Dillmann’s Gorgeous Eden Lamps are Made From Found Tree Branches

Sebastiaan Dillmann’s Gorgeous Eden Lamps are Made From Found Tree Branches

In our modern economy everything revolves around consumption. Manufacturers are continuously introducing new designs and models to the market that make existing products outdated or unnecessary, and this

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MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

The project grew from a partnership between MOS Architects and the Seeds of Change Foundation, which focuses on educational and environmental work in Nepal. The region where the orphanage will be located

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MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

The Butaro District Hospital serves over 400,000 people and it was built from local materials by local craftspeople and artisans. Not only is the hospital quite beautiful, it also provides much-needed

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Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Industrial designer Carl Menary (also the maker of the ReTyre Clip) designed a series of four light shades for his wife Victoria to make and sell. They wanted a product made from local materials that

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School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

Built for the Vento di Terra o.n.g. and the Jerusalem Beduin Cooperative Commitee, the School of Tyres is a practical solution to provide an education for the children of the Al Khan Al Ahmar Bedouin

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Dualchas Architects’ Boreraig House is a Peaceful Green Retreat on the Isle of Skye

Dualchas Architects’ Boreraig House is a Peaceful Green Retreat on the Isle of Skye

The Boreraig house sits in a natural bowl in the landscape and low to the land to avoid interrupting the surrounding natural beauty. It is divided into three blocks using larch panels taken from fence

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Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

Tignespace was originally a gymnasium at the base of an apartment complex overlooking the lake. The gym was replaced with a new, high performance athletic center that will better meet the needs of the

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Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

Team Ontario’s Super Efficient ECHO House Named Winner of the Engineering Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013!

In anticipation of the next wave of students and young professionals looking to purchase a home in the next ten years, Team Ontario designed ECHO, a starter home that introduces the concept of sustainable

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I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

Tucked up into the mountain above the main part of the resort, the 9 Spa is a secluded and peaceful retreat. To construct the retreat, a21studio and I-Resort hired 80 village masons, carpenters and craft

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Snohetta’s Eggum Tourist Stop Celebrates the Norwegian Landscape with Local Materials

Snohetta’s Eggum Tourist Stop Celebrates the Norwegian Landscape with Local Materials

The Eggum Tourist Stop is located in the middle of the E10 Lofoten route on the north side of the archipelago. The rest area has a car park and service facilities with views of the water and surrounding

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Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

The new school replaces an old one on the same site and is attended by kids from three villages in the area. Completely made from compressed earth blocks with a layer of waterproof cement, the shelters

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Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

The entrance to Cala D’or House is closed to the street and opened at the back, with a large bank of second-story windows that look out on the garden and enjoy amazing views of the sea. It consists of

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BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

Seeking to change the perception that straw bale buildings are only suitable for rural areas, Beyond Architecture Group Officinamobile (BAG) recently built Rome's first straw bale home! The

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ARCHI7’s Prefab MMR House is Made from Recycled Materials and Features Brilliant Interiors

ARCHI7’s Prefab MMR House is Made from Recycled Materials and Features Brilliant Interiors

Built as a single compact volume, ARCHI7’s single-family home has a very small footprint; it is designed to maximize its exposure to the sun. The home's exteriors are clad with local Mélèze and the

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Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

To build the Matina River’s footbridge the volunteers selected Dendrocalamus asper bamboo, which grows around the city’s outskirts. After bringing the fast-growing canes on site, they treated the

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Simon Jensen’s Fire Shelter is a Teardrop-Shaped Pavilion Created With Digital Fabrication Techniques

Simon Jensen’s Fire Shelter is a Teardrop-Shaped Pavilion Created With Digital Fabrication Techniques

Fire Shelter: 01 is a small pavilion in Sydhavnstippen--a nature preserve in the southern part of Copenhagen--that was designed and built by SHJWorks. The starting point for the design emerged from the

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Rotunda Living’s Tiny Eco-Friendly Roundhouses Are Inspired by Yurts

Rotunda Living’s Tiny Eco-Friendly Roundhouses Are Inspired by Yurts

Rotunda Living, a new small house builder in the UK, has developed a range of small, contemporary roundhouses that would be perfect for a holiday getaway or a backyard studio. The structures are similar

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Prefabricated Lotus Hotel is a Resilient Net-Zero Development for China’s Xiangshawan Desert

Prefabricated Lotus Hotel is a Resilient Net-Zero Development for China’s Xiangshawan Desert

Located near the Hantai River 800 kilometers outside of Beijing, the 30,000 square meter Lotus Hotel is comprised of a series of prefabricated steel elements that are fixed in the fluid sands, which

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Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s Sky Courts is a Sustainable Development in China Made of Bricks and Cor-Ten Steel

Höweler + Yoon Architecture’s Sky Courts is a Sustainable Development in China Made of Bricks and Cor-Ten Steel

Höweler + Yoon Architecture is a multidisciplinary firm that believes in operating between the lines of architecture, art and landscape. The SkyCourts project exemplifies this principal by creating a

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Grass-roofed Qualico Family Center is an Elevated Extension of Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park

Grass-roofed Qualico Family Center is an Elevated Extension of Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park

Completed in 2011, the 1,000 square meter facility was constructed in a natural clearing on the edge of the forest to mitigate cutting down trees, while those trees that were felled were used for the

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Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

Check out the 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween: GEOtube is a Building That Grows its Own Weblike Saline Skin Ancient London Crypt Resurrected as a Creepy Contemporary Art Gallery Wim

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