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Peru’s Chontay house was made using locally-sourced wood and clay to help it blend in with the surrounding mountains

Peru’s Chontay house was made using locally-sourced wood and clay to help it blend in with the surrounding mountains

This rustic house on a mountain slope near Peru's capital accentuates the stunning beauty of the Andes mountain range and proves that the most beautiful living spaces are achieved by integrating them with

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Industrial modern Sawmill House is built from recycled concrete blocks

Industrial modern Sawmill House is built from recycled concrete blocks

Built on the site of a former gold mine-turned-sawmill, the Sawmill House references the site’s history with an earth-toned materials palette and rough sawn macrocarpa screens. The operable screens,

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Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere

Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere

If the POD-Idlala looks familiar, it’s likely you’ve seen images of its predecessor, the Indawo/lifePOD, also designed by Almeida and Dokter+Misses. While the rebranded POD-Idlala sports a similar

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Wood and metal sandwich panels clad PAN Architects’ striking Marseille Architecture School extension

Wood and metal sandwich panels clad PAN Architects’ striking Marseille Architecture School extension

The prefab new addition of Marseille’s Architecture School, designed by French architecture firm PAN Architecture, is a low-cost prefab building clad in vertical metal strips and corrugated iron which

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Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio is a cozy workspace that doubles as a secluded spot for deer-watching

Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio is a cozy workspace that doubles as a secluded spot for deer-watching

Bath-based architecture firm Stonewood Design created this small green-roofed studio as a secluded workspace and spot for deer-watching. Built using locally sourced stone and patinated copper, the

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Alpine cable car station finds new life as a cantilevering restaurant in the Swiss mountains

Alpine cable car station finds new life as a cantilevering restaurant in the Swiss mountains

Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron transformed a cable-car station on of Switzerland's Chäserrugg mountain into a wooden restaurant. The building reflects the heritage of Alpine architecture and

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Fairphone’s Amsterdam offices built inside an old warehouse using reclaimed materials

Fairphone’s Amsterdam offices built inside an old warehouse using reclaimed materials

Amsterdam-based firms Melinda Delst Interior Design and Studio Modderman designed the new headquarters for smartphone manufacturer Fairphone as a space which reflects the company's focus on ethically

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Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

These multi-functional pavilions look like a floating village in Songyang County in China. The cluster of open-plan structures was built in only eight weeks using locally sourced bamboo topped with

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Metal-clad House L is a contemporary holiday retreat in Finland

Metal-clad House L is a contemporary holiday retreat in Finland

House L began as a simple renovation project for a bathroom in the former 1970s farmhouse; however, the architects later decided to overhaul the entire building, only keeping the foundations and a small

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Hay Stack Café raises goats and hens in the heart of Philadelphia

Hay Stack Café raises goats and hens in the heart of Philadelphia

Most people don't know where their food comes from anymore, but visiondivision makes it very clear with Hay Stack Café. Invited by the Esther Klein Gallery to explore the role of ecology in society for

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Solar-powered Christian Street House is made from locally sourced materials in Brisbane

Solar-powered Christian Street House is made from locally sourced materials in Brisbane

Backed up against a hillside, the long and rectangular Christian Street House stretches east to west. High gabled roofs face the street and create shelter for a patio and garage. Constructed for minimal

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Nozomi Nakabayashi’s dreamy house in the sky is made from locally-sourced and reclaimed materials

Nozomi Nakabayashi’s dreamy house in the sky is made from locally-sourced and reclaimed materials

This cozy prefab Hut on Stilts is a great micro-home for those looking to escape the bustling city life and spent time in a peaceful natural setting. The tiny building elevated from the ground, sitting on

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Community-designed eco-lodge saves wildlife in Cambodia

Community-designed eco-lodge saves wildlife in Cambodia

Saving wildlife through building community led eco-lodges in Cambodia: Building Trust international are pleased to announce a new sustainable design prototype for an eco-lodge that will assist local

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Modern Marlboro Cottages use natural and locally sourced materials in Vermont

Modern Marlboro Cottages use natural and locally sourced materials in Vermont

Built to house senior musicians, the cottages comprise three different configurations: three 1,620-square-foot cottages with three bedrooms, one 1,445-square-foot two-bedroom cottage, and one

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JAILmake Studio’s awesome plantable table invites nature to dinner

JAILmake Studio’s awesome plantable table invites nature to dinner

Plantable consists of four potted table legs attached to a recycled English oak top. Each leg is hand bent and fillet brazed into a twisting trellis for greenery to grow upon. Simply plant and water your

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Local larch clads this contemporary Alpine farmhouse in Austria

Local larch clads this contemporary Alpine farmhouse in Austria

The House SPI was built with a clean and expressive silhouette that stacks a gable wood-clad volume atop a smaller white base. The upper floor projects out overtop the base towards the south to create a

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Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

From a distance, you might not be able to locate the eco-friendly community arts center hidden in this landscape of mountains and wildflower meadows in the French Alps. Designed by French design firm Mas

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Handsome Austrian house is clad in a latticed facade made from local spruce

Handsome Austrian house is clad in a latticed facade made from local spruce

Located in the bucolic Bregenz Forest region, Haus für Julia und Björn was built into a hillside and overlooks picturesque views of the rural landscape. Its location along the steep slope gave the

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Curvaceous Brick House uses passive cooling and local materials in India

Curvaceous Brick House uses passive cooling and local materials in India

Mumbai-based iStudio Architecture completed Brick House, a curvaceous and organic structure that looks like the picture-perfect yoga retreat. Located in rural Wada near Mumbai, India, the

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Spruce-clad Öijared Hotel quietly blends into the surrounding Swedish forest

Spruce-clad Öijared Hotel quietly blends into the surrounding Swedish forest

Designed to complement architect Gert Wingårdhs’ green-roofed Öijared Country Club, the Öijared Hotel was similarly designed with a nature-inspired, neutral-toned palette. In contrast to the country

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Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

The studio is a masterpiece in warm ochre. Built from locally-sourced hoop pine, the studio is not the first cylinder Pritchard has designed. He admits to using the circular form in other projects, as he

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Bioclimatic Preschool Built with Rammed Earth and Mud Bricks Keeps Cool in the Moroccan Heat

Bioclimatic Preschool Built with Rammed Earth and Mud Bricks Keeps Cool in the Moroccan Heat

The project was created with the support of The GoodPlanet Foundation's United Carbon Action program, an initiative that works with local communities to minimize their greenhouse gas emissions and

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Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

Atelier Sacha Cotture stacked the living and bedroom areas into a three-story structure located at the farthest point from the access road. The first floor comprises the main communal areas, including the

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A Whole Lot of Sustainable Spruce Clads This Striking Museum Addition in Finland

A Whole Lot of Sustainable Spruce Clads This Striking Museum Addition in Finland

The narrow long building is located on a piece of land parallel to the axis between the existing house, the garden and the adjacent lake. The positioning of the new building frames a new plaza, while its

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Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

Built to provide shelter to the many hikers that challenge themselves to trek through the beautiful, but harsh mountain trails, Rabothytta is a much welcome site for anyone looking for a quick rest or

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Support Public Health By Helping Kickstart MIT Student’s Awesome Make-Your-Own Standing Desk Project

Support Public Health By Helping Kickstart MIT Student’s Awesome Make-Your-Own Standing Desk Project

Sitting is the new smoking, so creating a sturdy but low-cost standing desk has become one of the most popular challenges for designers everywhere--and two MIT graduate students have just unveiled one of

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Artist Weaves Together Massive Basket-like Bamboo Tunnel for Australian Music Festival

Artist Weaves Together Massive Basket-like Bamboo Tunnel for Australian Music Festival

Located north of Brisbane, the Woodford Folk Festival is an annual music festival that celebrates a wide variety of music genres for six days and six nights. Built as the entrance to the festival's main

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Erik Meldahl Wants to 3D-Print this Extraordinary Maasaica Car with Biodegradable Materials in Kenya

Erik Meldahl Wants to 3D-Print this Extraordinary Maasaica Car with Biodegradable Materials in Kenya

Imagine a third industrial revolution where sustainable energy and manufacturing set the standards for production of culturally-relevant cars? Maasaica is a concept from BMW that was built in the

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Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

BioCasa_82 is one of the few private residences in the world to have privately conducted carbon footprint analysis with great results. Built for Diadora CEO, Enrico Moretti Polegato and his wife Claudia,

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h2o architects’ Timber La Cabotte Cabin Complements Southern France’s Rolling Vineyards

h2o architects’ Timber La Cabotte Cabin Complements Southern France’s Rolling Vineyards

Built to combine three main functions, the small 625 square foot wooden cabin accommodates a wine-tasting service area, reception area, and office space. These three areas were combined to create a

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