natural light

Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

Located in Nou Barris, Barcelona, the 55-foot-long site was a challenge not only because of its size and relation to the adjacent buildings, but also because of the extremely noisy surroundings. Thus, the

Read More >

Pearl Izumi’s new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

Pearl Izumi’s new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

The building blends into the landscape by “reconstructing” the hillside on which it is sited. The elongated floor plan is oriented outward, while large window apertures pop up along the roof. The

Read More >

Spanish architects SelgasCano chosen to design the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion

Spanish architects SelgasCano chosen to design the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion

2015 will mark the 15th anniversary of the Serpentine Pavilion commission; one of the most famous architectural and design honors on the planet. Many of the world's most renowned architects have created a

Read More >

Mont-de-Marsan’s timber-slatted volumes float out from a grassy hillside in France

Mont-de-Marsan’s timber-slatted volumes float out from a grassy hillside in France

The former Mont-de-Marsan education center was located in a nearby town center and was in need of renovations after years of use. Local trade association Chambre des Métiers commissioned architects

Read More >

Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

The Northcote Hemp Houses in Melbourne are two attached family homes that share a backyard and are built with a combination of rammed earth, timber and Hempcrete walls. The project received an 8-star

Read More >

The 18th Maggie’s Centre is a Tranquil Prefab ‘Treehouse’ for Cancer Patients

The 18th Maggie’s Centre is a Tranquil Prefab ‘Treehouse’ for Cancer Patients

The building has a prefab construction and spruce cladding that allows it to blend into the lush surrounding forest. It also features a wraparound terrace that acts as a lookout and is connected to the

Read More >

Small Spruce-Clad Home Sits on Stilts Above a Natural Swimming Pool in Austria

Small Spruce-Clad Home Sits on Stilts Above a Natural Swimming Pool in Austria

The architects elevated the Teichhaus' small footprint of just 530 square feet onto four metal pillars. Since the terrain is sloped, one side of the house sits just above the water level of the adjacent

Read More >

House in Byoubuguara Uses Curved Floors to Maximize a Small Footprint in Japan

House in Byoubuguara Uses Curved Floors to Maximize a Small Footprint in Japan

Hosaka's creative design solution isn't just for looks--an innovative approach was necessary to mitigate the challenging and cramped site conditions. Sandwiched between existing buildings on the south and

Read More >

Four Couples Establish the Llano River Tiny House Community in Texas

Four Couples Establish the Llano River Tiny House Community in Texas

Four families purchased an idyllic plot on the Llano river with a rough idea to build a house to share. Inspired by the tiny house movement, they chose instead to build individual cabins for each couple

Read More >

Structural Steel Gives Space-Saving Tin Man House an Industrial Chic Vibe in Bangkok

Structural Steel Gives Space-Saving Tin Man House an Industrial Chic Vibe in Bangkok

In a country where bamboo reigns king as a construction material, the use of structural steel can seem like a strange and inhospitable choice for a home. But Junsekino Architect and Design challenges that

Read More >

London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

The architects decided to keep the six-foot-high brick perimeter walls of the building and combine the existing steel frame with the new timber frame, creating a sheltered courtyard on one side. In order

Read More >

Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

Walker Workshop divided the Oak Pass Guesthouse into two main volumes: the two-story living quarters and the barn-turned-living-room that also doubles as an airy concert hall. The two structures are

Read More >

San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

The Minna Dream Shop is located on a small street in San Francisco's Mission district. Interstice Architects renovated the former auto garage into an open space with connections to both the street and a

Read More >

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Waternet's defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project's lower rooms, providing insulation, a

Read More >

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common in Japanese

Read More >

Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

Clad in vertical timber, the Moore Studio is topped with an asymmetrical seamed aluminum roof. Although the gabled roof was initially designed in the simple vernacular form commonly found in Nova Scotia,

Read More >

i29 Transforms a Dark Garage Into Gorgeous Daylit Home in Amsterdam

i29 Transforms a Dark Garage Into Gorgeous Daylit Home in Amsterdam

The 230-square-meter living space features a custom designed kitchen with a black cooking island, built-in cabinets and a large sliding door that hides generous storage areas. Bedrooms are separated from

Read More >

Light-Filled Timber Artist’s Studio Sits Comfortably in an Organic Australian Landscape

Light-Filled Timber Artist’s Studio Sits Comfortably in an Organic Australian Landscape

Chan Architecture clad the exterior of the structure with two different kinds of wood: darker colored vertical boards that cover the bottom storage volume and horizontal bands of a lighter colored timber

Read More >

Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Stunning Greenhouses for Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Stunning Greenhouses for Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The two distilleries are nestled between existing Victorian-era buildings. Originally, the buildings were meant to house a mill that produces paper for English bank notes. After being abandoned for a

Read More >

Gorgeously Renovated San Francisco Home Combines Sleek Sophistication With the Warmth of Wood

Gorgeously Renovated San Francisco Home Combines Sleek Sophistication With the Warmth of Wood

The existing structure required significant renovation work - including footing replacement, the lowering of the basement floor level, and the introduction of new types of windows that would provide an

Read More >

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Architects' TMFA takes the shape of a pentagon - a subtle symbolic representation of Tainan's city flower, the Phoenix Blossom. Beneath the pentagon-shaped canopy, the museum comprises a

Read More >

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Sonya's house is instantly recognizable from the street. Located in a quiet neighborhood in a productive (and beautiful) agricultural area just over an hour west of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Taliesin,

Read More >

Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Sir Paul and Nathalie co-designed the shed with the aim of creating a place to switch off, somewhere to relax. He chose to work with Nathalie, a bespoke furniture designer-maker from London, for her

Read More >

Studio505′s Wujin Forestry Tower Mimics Stacked Chinese Jade Seals

Studio505′s Wujin Forestry Tower Mimics Stacked Chinese Jade Seals

The Forestry Tower comprises a series of three-story-tall rectangular volumes, each with an angled end wall and slightly offset to give all floors better access to natural light and ventilation. Arranged

Read More >

Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet Across

Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet Across

Skinny leftover spaces between buildings often don’t become more than alleyways, but Boyarsky Murphy Architects managed to turn one challengingly narrow lot into the site of a four story house. Located

Read More >

Garden-Filled Japanese Home Fights Railway Noise With Flourishing Greenery

Garden-Filled Japanese Home Fights Railway Noise With Flourishing Greenery

K2YT's House-K is a rectilinear residence located on a corner plot next to a noisy railway. In order to create a serene atmosphere for the two resident families, the architects created enclosed courtyards

Read More >

Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

Like in many of Hanoi's older homes, shutters and security bars closed off the original house from natural light and wind, giving rise to dark and moldy conditions. To open the house back up to daylight

Read More >

Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Designs for AstraZeneca Headquarters and Courtyard in Cambridge

Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Designs for AstraZeneca Headquarters and Courtyard in Cambridge

Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron just unveiled their designs for AstraZeneca's new Global R&D Center and Corporate Headquarters based in Cambridge, England. The new £330 million project will

Read More >

Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

Population density is a major issue all over the world, and Bucharest is no exception. As the urban core continues to fill with residents, innovative new ideas for living spaces have to follow, and ADN

Read More >

Funky and Modern KHT House Accommodates Two Families Under an Asymmetric Roof

Funky and Modern KHT House Accommodates Two Families Under an Asymmetric Roof

Topped by a concave roof, the east side of the house offers a one-story space for the older generation, whereas the two-story space located on the residence's western half accommodates the younger family.

Read More >

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home