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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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Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

There are 10 domes in all and they come in four different sizes. Depending on the size of each family and budget, visitors to The Dome Garden can request a 12, 16, 20, or 24 ft dome. The skeleton is made

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New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant by New Zealand based Pacific Environments Architects Ltd. (PEL) is a stunning architectural feat perched high above a redwood forest. Appearing for all the world like an

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Antler Handlebars Add Hipster Flair to Picnic-Ready Lumburr Bicycle

Antler Handlebars Add Hipster Flair to Picnic-Ready Lumburr Bicycle

Spring is finally here, which means fair-weather cyclists and picnickers are popping up in droves at parks across the nation. In celebration of craft and the great outdoors, Lumbürr Co combines the best

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Honětice Biotope: Crumbling Estate Buildings Reinvented as a Modern Eco Resort in the Czech Republic

Honětice Biotope: Crumbling Estate Buildings Reinvented as a Modern Eco Resort in the Czech Republic

The garage is situated on an old farm that was once part of a nearby castle in Zdislavice. After World War II, the estate was nationalized and severely damaged. Two main barns were completely demolished

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Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Monan had dreamt of building his own home for a while, but lack of funds meant he would have never been able to afford having craftmen build the house of his dreams exactly as he imagined it. So, he took

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Rammed Earth Muyinga Library Provides a Bright Learning Experience for Deaf Kids in Burundi

Rammed Earth Muyinga Library Provides a Bright Learning Experience for Deaf Kids in Burundi

The construction process was preceded by two months of research and fieldwork, which enabled the architects to incorporate local know-how and traditions of Muyinga province. Studying the region’s

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8 Wooden Seaside Timrarö Vacation Houses Stand on Stilts in Sweden

8 Wooden Seaside Timrarö Vacation Houses Stand on Stilts in Sweden

There are eight Timrarö Vacation Houses built on stilts on a rocky Swedish archipelago. The wooden and metal stilts ensure the smallest environmental impact while also affording spectacular views.

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Architects Use Film Techniques to Design the ‘Cross-Cutting’ Masterplan in Norway

Architects Use Film Techniques to Design the ‘Cross-Cutting’ Masterplan in Norway

The site is divided into three main areas with the historical center working as a connective tissue between the north and the south. It is further fragmented by the motorway, which divides it into two

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from Vermont, the

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Steel and Bamboo Ring Celestial Bliss in Taiwan Celebrates Nature’s Endless Circle of Life

Steel and Bamboo Ring Celestial Bliss in Taiwan Celebrates Nature’s Endless Circle of Life

The structure is made from reusable steel, which serves as the primary structural system, and bamboo cladding. The inner projection screen was made from recycled materials, while bamboo sections were

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Matali Crasset Creates Living Pods for Modern Artists in the Forests of France

Matali Crasset Creates Living Pods for Modern Artists in the Forests of France

Each pod rests its weight on various galvanized steel legs allowing only a small part of the surface to touch the floor. For this reason, they are foundation free and cause minimal impact to the land and

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ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern New Library for Helsinki

The new Helsinki library is organized on three levels. The first is a dynamic public meeting space with a multipurpose hall, restaurant and even a cinema that can be accessed from three different

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