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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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Chinese Architects Tap Tibetan Expertise in Award-Winning Niyang River Visitor Center Design

Chinese Architects Tap Tibetan Expertise in Award-Winning Niyang River Visitor Center Design

Standing on a concrete foundation, the minimalist stone building is covered with aga clay - a waterproofing and heat insulation material commonly used in Tibetan vernacular architecture. It is also useful

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University of Maryland WaterShed House Wins the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

University of Maryland WaterShed House Wins the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The results of the 2011 Solar Decathlon have just been announced, and the winner is University of Maryland WaterShed house! The beautiful water-conservation themed house has been leading the competition

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Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House Wins Communications Contest!

Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance Solar Decathlon House Wins Communications Contest!

The familiar shape of Middlebury's home was inspired by New England farmhouses that are ubiquitous throughout the school's home state of Vermont. The gable shape looks decidedly traditional, but the

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Roundles: Modern Pool House Made of Local Limestone is a Peaceful Addition to a Country Cottage

Roundles: Modern Pool House Made of Local Limestone is a Peaceful Addition to a Country Cottage

Roundles, h2 architecture from Logan MacDougall Pope on Vimeo. The pool house's design is decidedly minimalist with a muted, natural color palette evocative of the landscape that envelops it. The fin

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Restored Barrel Vaults and Local Stone Give this Italian Home a Rustic Facelift

Restored Barrel Vaults and Local Stone Give this Italian Home a Rustic Facelift

In order to bring light into an otherwise dark space, Zanaroli gave the exterior a couple of small perforations and topped off the dining area's dome with a skylight. These interventions allow a gentle

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VA Tech Architecture Students Complete Prefabricated Covington Farmer’s Market

VA Tech Architecture Students Complete Prefabricated Covington Farmer’s Market

In the Fall of 2010, the student group began research to design the farmer's market, which included a tour of other markets in the area and studies of markets around the world. With the research under

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La Tonnelle Wine Tasting Room Tucks Into the Terraced Cliffs of Switzerland

La Tonnelle Wine Tasting Room Tucks Into the Terraced Cliffs of Switzerland

The design scheme integrates the tasting rooms into the land, emulating the rocky cliff where grape vines enjoy the warm and moisture-laden air. The multi-level building has few exterior clues as to its

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Big Yellow Bunny Made From Local Swedish Materials is Easily the Size of a Building!

Big Yellow Bunny Made From Local Swedish Materials is Easily the Size of a Building!

Hofman sees the world as his giant playground and many of his installations are large scale replicas of toys and animals set within very public spaces as a way to challenge the concept of public space. By

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Roots of Health Builds the First Mud House in Palawan, Philippines

Roots of Health Builds the First Mud House in Palawan, Philippines

If you were a nonprofit employee with a home termite infestation, what would your bosses do for you? If your bosses were Roots of Health, they would help build you a new mud house! The mud house was

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All Natural Museum of Handcraft Paper in China Doesn’t Use a Single Nail

All Natural Museum of Handcraft Paper in China Doesn’t Use a Single Nail

The museum was built in a field next to Xinzhuang Village at the foot of Yummnan's Gaoligaong Mountain. There it acts as an extension to the homes, where making paper is a fixture of daily life, creating

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The Water House Showcases Local Materials and Traditional Techniques in China

The Water House Showcases Local Materials and Traditional Techniques in China

The old town of Lijiang was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site back in 1997 and is known for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. Cobblestone streets and over 350 bridges connect the city, which is

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Renzo Piano’s Gorgeous Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center Inspired by Native Architecture

Renzo Piano’s Gorgeous Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center Inspired by Native Architecture

The cultural center is situated on a narrow strip of land surrounded by the ocean and lots of lush vegetation. Ten pavilions of various sizes ranging in height between 9 and 24 meters high are situated

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RIBA Award-Winning Dental Practice Rises From The Lush British Countryside

RIBA Award-Winning Dental Practice Rises From The Lush British Countryside

Situated within the quiet town of Ivybridge in Britain's southwestern corner, Brown’s Dental Practice is not your average dentists office. Designed by David Sheppard Architects using local materials

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Edinburgh’s Gorgeous John Hope Garden Gateway Wins 2011 Sustainability Award

Edinburgh’s Gorgeous John Hope Garden Gateway Wins 2011 Sustainability Award

Officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in April 2010, the John Hope Gateway just won the 2011 RICS Annual Sustainability Award thanks to its use of low-energy, waste-reducing sustainable systems. The

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Stunning Fontanals Golf Course Blends Right into the Imperial Pyrenees Mountains

Stunning Fontanals Golf Course Blends Right into the Imperial Pyrenees Mountains

The building was constructed using not only locally-sourced materials, but also according to historical tradition and with local labor. No outsourcing of labor here! Even the golf course was developed

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The Lovely Villas Taribini is the Epitome of Warm Sustainable Ambience

The Lovely Villas Taribini is the Epitome of Warm Sustainable Ambience

The buildings are oriented in order to ensure the right amount of solar gain during all seasons, keeping them warm during winter but sufficiently cool during the summer. Upstairs, the white walls act as

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a Swooping Shipping Container Visitor Centre That Protects New Zealand Nature

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a Swooping Shipping Container Visitor Centre That Protects New Zealand Nature

The ecosanctuary protects native animals and plants and has even helped endangered species find a home. A huge, highly specialized pest-proof fence surrounds the sanctuary to keep out mammals such as

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White House: Scottish Ruins Transformed Into Modern Low-Impact Home

White House: Scottish Ruins Transformed Into Modern Low-Impact Home

Photo © Ross Evans The massive stone walls of the original home were doomed to failure as they were set on top of a sandy foundation and further eroded by treasure hunters searching for buried gold. A

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Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School is Hand Built Using Local Materials in Cambodia

Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School is Hand Built Using Local Materials in Cambodia

When the community of Sra Pou, Cambodia was relocated from the city of Phnom Penh to the countryside, their new home was severely lacking in basic infrastructure, a secure environment and a sustainable

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Modern Mali Urban Park Complex Made in the Shade with Local Stone

Modern Mali Urban Park Complex Made in the Shade with Local Stone

Mali’s National Park, located inside the capital city of Bamako, is now home to a modern complex that reaches deep into the nation's architectural past. Designed by celebrated architect Francis Kéré,

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Beautiful Green-Roofed McLeod Home Sits Lightly On The Edge Vermont Nature Preserve

Beautiful Green-Roofed McLeod Home Sits Lightly On The Edge Vermont Nature Preserve

Oriented on an east-west axis, the southern facade was designed to absorb the sun, while the eastern side rises up to look into the nature preserve, and the western side, facing the neighbors, is covered

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Incredible Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Rises Above New Zealand

Incredible Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Rises Above New Zealand

Located on the edge of a redwood forest with views over open meadows and streams, the treehouse restaurant is a magical integration of nature and function. Access to the pod is gained via a long low angle

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Striking Villanueva Library Has Walls Lined with Natural River Rocks

Striking Villanueva Library Has Walls Lined with Natural River Rocks

Completed in 2006, the library is composed of two different volumes made from two different materials. The main volume houses the actual library on the first floor and a theater, a children's library,

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Argentinian Mountain Home by Studio Ramos Sprouts a Green Roof

Argentinian Mountain Home by Studio Ramos Sprouts a Green Roof

Tucked in the woods near a mountain lake in Argentina is a rustic retreat that melts into the landscape.

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Glacier-Inspired Vatnajökull Visitor Center for Europe’s Largest National Park

Glacier-Inspired Vatnajökull Visitor Center for Europe’s Largest National Park

Image © Birgir Teitsson Founded in 2008, Vatnajökull National Park is Europe's largest national park and is famous for the Vatnajökull glacier. ARKÍS won a competition to design one of the park's

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Suoi Re Village Community House in Vietnam Built from Rammed Earth and Bamboo

Suoi Re Village Community House in Vietnam Built from Rammed Earth and Bamboo

Located in Suoi Re, Luong Son, in the Hoa Binh province, the community house was erected against a picturesque scene, leaning against mountains and facing an incredible valley. Contextually aware of its

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WoodTec’s Rustic iPad Docking Stations Made from Logs

WoodTec’s Rustic iPad Docking Stations Made from Logs

Isn't there something perfect about the way these rustic WoodTec docking stations set off the ultra-modern lines of the iPad? Each one has been made by hand in New Paltz, New York from local cedar that

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Brazilian House Harnesses Natural Materials and Smart Design

Brazilian House Harnesses Natural Materials and Smart Design

This Bahian house in Salvador is a five-bedroom home designed as a square with an interior courtyard. A reflecting pool on one side of the courtyard helps cool the air as breezes blow across it. Two large

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Slumtube: Affordable Housing Made From Shipping Pallets!

Slumtube: Affordable Housing Made From Shipping Pallets!

Schnetzer and Gregor built upon what they learned from constructing modular pallet houses, improving upon their original design to make it even more affordable. In previous designs, the pallets were used

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