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The Pierre: A Breathtaking Hideaway Tucked in a Cluster of Rocks

The Pierre: A Breathtaking Hideaway Tucked in a Cluster of Rocks

Photographs © Benjamin Benschneider/Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects Since architect Tom Kundig designed the house to be sunken into the site, some of the existing rock had to be cut away. While the

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New Zealand’s Eco Supreme Court Building Lays Down the Law

New Zealand’s Eco Supreme Court Building Lays Down the Law

The new Supreme Court Building was completed in 2009 along with the renovation of the old High Court building. Rather than building a massive multi-story structure, Waren & Mahoney settled on a

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Thai Vineyard Showcases Natural Materials and Passive Cooling

Thai Vineyard Showcases Natural Materials and Passive Cooling

The Sala Visitor Centre introduces visitors to local viticulture and oenology by offering local wines and fine dining. An exhibition on local wines serves as the entrance to the center, then visitors are

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Green Renovation Adds a Modern Touch To Historic Austrian Barn

Green Renovation Adds a Modern Touch To Historic Austrian Barn

The original barnhouse was a u-shaped structure with space for livestock on one side and living quarters on the other, separated by a courtyard and a walkway. One of the arms of the structure was buried

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Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre is a Fun Cluster of Earthy Domes

Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre is a Fun Cluster of Earthy Domes

Not only was the natural landscape of the mesa the inspiration for the design of the center, it was also the source of most of the construction materials. That probably explains why the structures look so

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Prefab Emerges In India with the Luxe Hara Villa

Prefab Emerges In India with the Luxe Hara Villa

Pinakin Patel, a designer who first got his start creating picture frames in Mumbai, has released a new prefab luxury villa for India. The Hara Villa is a one bedroom retreat that can be erected anywhere

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Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

A lot of concept houses come across our desk here at Inhabitat, but we were really impressed with this design for eco-housing in Ghana. Designed by Lisbon-based Blaanc in collaboration with Architect

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Minimalist Adobe Brick Home is a Box Within a Box

Minimalist Adobe Brick Home is a Box Within a Box

A box within a box, this simple house composed of mud bricks formed into a contemporary structure is an elegant synthesis of old and new. Built in Marfa, Texas, a town better known for the artist Donald

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Roller Coaster Chair Made From Coney Island Boardwalk Planks

Roller Coaster Chair Made From Coney Island Boardwalk Planks

Searching for thrills at New York Design Week? Look no further - Inhabitat favorite Uhuru Design has just revealed an undulating roller coaster chair made of wood reclaimed from the demolished Coney

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Madonna Builds Solar-Powered Eco-Academy For Girls in Malawi

Madonna Builds Solar-Powered Eco-Academy For Girls in Malawi

Madonna is giving back to the country that gave her David, her son, in a big way by building an eco-friendly academy for girls in Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe. Through her non-profit organization,

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Towering Vertical Wooden Tennis Center For Sweden

Towering Vertical Wooden Tennis Center For Sweden

The building you see above may look like a gigantic piece of shredded wheat, but it's actually a (very) non-traditional tennis complex for Vaxjo, Sweden! David Tajchman, a Paris-based firm, designed the

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Norway’s Most Energy-Efficient Office Building Unveiled for Cop15

Norway’s Most Energy-Efficient Office Building Unveiled for Cop15

At Inhabitat, we've been showing our support for COP15 by telling our readers about the need to take action on climate change. Various Architects in Oslo, Norway has taken a different path and did what

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Boedigheim Chapel Showcases Beauty of Local Materials

Boedigheim Chapel Showcases Beauty of Local Materials

Hikers and bicyclists traveling through the foothills of Boedigheim, Germany now have a new place to stop, as construction was recently finished on this gorgeous Field Chapel. Designed and built by

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UK’s First Straw Bale Holiday Home by Carol Atkinson

UK’s First Straw Bale Holiday Home by Carol Atkinson

Hay may be for horses, but straw bales also make an excellent sustainable building material. Constructed by former accountant Carol Atkinson, The Straw Bale Cabin in East Yorkshire is the UK’s first

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Innovative Desert Architecture from Binary Design Studio

Innovative Desert Architecture from Binary Design Studio

Desert living has long been characterized as a lifestyle that requires considerable intervention to be sustainable. Still, at least one team of architects and designers believes that the secret to living

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ONIGIRI HOUSE made entirely from cedar

ONIGIRI HOUSE made entirely from cedar

This beautiful Onigiri House was created by NKS Architects in Oita, Japan. Constructed entirely out of locally-sourced cedar, the wood-paneled wonder features a gorgeous light-laden interior that

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