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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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Windowless Caja Oscura Home Opens up Like a Giant Pac-man in Rural Paraguay

Windowless Caja Oscura Home Opens up Like a Giant Pac-man in Rural Paraguay

Located roughly 15km outside of central Asunción, the tiny home has a footprint of just 85 square meters. The base consists of concrete and locally-sourced stone, a cantilevering stone staircase leads to

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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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Magical Dome House in Remote Thailand Constructed in Six Weeks for Just $8000!

Magical Dome House in Remote Thailand Constructed in Six Weeks for Just $8000!

Truth be told, rules are a little lax in Thailand, so Steve wasn't required to obtain building permits for his 500 square foot home, which naturally shortened the process. Then he added his own finishing

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Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

While the Smart Home is aiming for LEED Gold certification, it is arguably not what one might typically expect from a green home, (and HGTV makes this distinction—see more info on this here). The 2,400

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Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Vancouver architects Susan and David Scott set off to start their own practice and the first project they wanted to work on was their own. They designed and built a snowboard cabin located in an alpine

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WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya

WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya

A new design for rural schools could revolutionize Kenya's education system. British architects Jane Harrison and David Turnbill worked with Atopia Research to design the WATERBANK school in Nigare Nyiro,

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Jubiltree: A Reusable Wooden Christmas Tree for a Greener Holiday Season

Jubiltree: A Reusable Wooden Christmas Tree for a Greener Holiday Season

Now that November's wound down to a close and Christmas is right around the corner it's high time to start decking the halls - but why sacrifice an entire grown tree for a single season's decor? The

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Piers Saxby Candy Creates Charming Lamps Using a 1930s Copper Jelly Mold

Piers Saxby Candy Creates Charming Lamps Using a 1930s Copper Jelly Mold

Piers Saxby Candy, a Brighton-based designer, hand crafted his Jelly Desk Lamp and Jelly Table Lamp with using oak wood for the stand and cast an original 1930s copper jelly mold for the shade.

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Freegle Brighton Announces Plans to Build Community Center Made Entirely of Local Waste

Freegle Brighton Announces Plans to Build Community Center Made Entirely of Local Waste

Freegle is a UK-based network that allows locals to seek out items other people people are looking to get rid of - including refrigerators, sofas, old doors and windows. Now the Brighton Freegle group

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Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

A simple one story volume, the composer's studio in Wisconsin is clad in weathering Corten steel. In addition to harmonizing with its surrounding environment, this and the remaining materials used in

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Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Fann prefers to use Eucalyptus branches because they are strong, flexible and last longer than other branches. He harvests them by cutting them off healthy trees, careful not to cause any damage. Then,

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CP Lighting Combines Recycled New Growth Lamp With a Dining Room Table

CP Lighting Combines Recycled New Growth Lamp With a Dining Room Table

Lighting designer Christopher Poehlmann is no stranger to Inhabitat or the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. We've long been a fan of Poehlman's gorgeous, sculptural 'New

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WikiHouse is a CNC-Milled Home That Uses Zero Bolts (Video)

WikiHouse is a CNC-Milled Home That Uses Zero Bolts (Video)

WikiHouse places emphasis on using locally-sourced materials in a design that is easy to construct so that just about anyone can build their own printed home. Notice that the designers at La Rinascente

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Prefab Mirror Mongayt Has a Pixelated Facade that Reflects Nature in Moscow

Prefab Mirror Mongayt Has a Pixelated Facade that Reflects Nature in Moscow

Mirror Mongayt was built in stages in order to save costs, starting with the lower 180 square meter floor and followed by two 90 square meter additions. The home's universal screw-pile foundation

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ILIDE to Debut Gorgeous Handmade Local Lamps at Milan Design Week

ILIDE to Debut Gorgeous Handmade Local Lamps at Milan Design Week

ILIDE (Italian LIght DEsign) is a new lighting company that will make its debut next week at the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair with two collections of stunning handmade lamps. ILIDE's locally-made lamps are

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Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Set in an idyllic landscape of gorgeous national parks, Downley House was erected using the ruins of an old stoned-house. The client wanted a relaxing yet playful environment with good use of natural

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100 Mile House Competition Challenges Architects to Design a Home Using Only Local Materials

100 Mile House Competition Challenges Architects to Design a Home Using Only Local Materials

Prior to the widespread use of polluting fossil fuels, most buildings were made from local materials, using techniques that made sense for the local climate and lifestyle. Now the Architecture

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Night Heron Wind Turbines Made of Scraps Make Rural Kenyans Energy Independent

Night Heron Wind Turbines Made of Scraps Make Rural Kenyans Energy Independent

These amazing Night Heron wind turbines made of locally-sourced scraps give rural Kenyans a whole new lease on life. Based on Hugh Piggot's open source design, the turbines are built from recycled car

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Recycled Sauna in Finland Flies Past Planning Hurdles With Clever Mobile Design

Recycled Sauna in Finland Flies Past Planning Hurdles With Clever Mobile Design

A woman in Finland wanted to convert an abandoned boathouse into a sauna for 12 years, but she couldn't get municipal approval - so Denizen Works traveled from London to her home in Åland and came up

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Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction was very careful to ensure that their Silverbeaver Hausboot was made of the most efficient materials so that the project has a tiny footprint. To this end, they clad the boat in

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Beautiful Mexican ‘Casa en el Bosque’ Designed to Adapt to the Existing Pine Forest

Beautiful Mexican ‘Casa en el Bosque’ Designed to Adapt to the Existing Pine Forest

Standing within a splendid plot covering 2 square miles, House in the Forest is very spacious, light, and cool. Built on a slope, it has different levels of views into the mountains and lake, creating a

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Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

The Tipu Sultan Merkez School in Punjab, Pakistan has a new sustainable building that was designed by German architects Roswag Seiler and built by locals. Using locally sourced and low-impact materials,

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