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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Green-Roofed Bourne Lane House Treads Lightly on the English Landscape with Locally Sourced Materials

Green-Roofed Bourne Lane House Treads Lightly on the English Landscape with Locally Sourced Materials

Split into two barn-like wings connected by a central entrance hall, the asymmetric Bourne Lane House and its position in the landscape was largely informed by the client's desire to maximize natural

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e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

Located in the south Bohemian region of Pisek, the stunning building was a winning competition entry. Designed by Prague-based e-MRAK, it provides information to visitors while serving as an admin hub for

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B9 Architects’ Family Share Residence Maximizes Space & Light in Seattle

B9 Architects’ Family Share Residence Maximizes Space & Light in Seattle

The owner wanted to maximize site use by creating multiple residences, so she hired b9 Architects to design a double family residence. First, the original 1930s home was completely deconstructed by

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Eco-Friendly Tribeca Loft Marries Old World Charm with Modern Finishes

Eco-Friendly Tribeca Loft Marries Old World Charm with Modern Finishes

We're sure this dreamy Tribeca loft broke a lot of hearts when it was recently sold to some very lucky new owners. Featuring ample windows and eco-friendly finishes, the historic Pre-WW II apartment

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Wheelchair-Accessible Loft Bauhaus Has a Refreshingly Low Environmental Impact in Brazil

Wheelchair-Accessible Loft Bauhaus Has a Refreshingly Low Environmental Impact in Brazil

Loft Bauhaus measures 1,700 square-feet and is raised two feet off the ground using hydraulic piloti. This minimizes the home's impact on the soil and allows all necessary electrical cables to be fitted

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

The new 5,900 square-foot Kraaiennest metro station was built to replace the original station from 1970. The overhaul of the station is one of the latest efforts turning Bijlmermeer from one of

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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Broadway Malyan Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

Broadway Malyan Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

Broadawy Malyan recently celebrated the launch of the Century City Mall in the Philippines. The architecture seeks to challenge the ‘business as usual’ energy and water intensive mall typology by

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Could You Squeeze into the 10-Foot-Wide Imai House in Japan?

Could You Squeeze into the 10-Foot-Wide Imai House in Japan?

Due to Imai's narrow footprint, Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates' carefully controlled and directed the use of natural light. Smaller single-occupancy rooms such as bedrooms receive less sunlight in order

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected anywhere in the world.

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House D is a Gorgeous Wood-Clad Home Gently Sunken into the Austrian Countryside

House D is a Gorgeous Wood-Clad Home Gently Sunken into the Austrian Countryside

Inspired by the traditional and austere Austrian farmhouse, House D boasts a compact and minimalist design. Wood features prominently throughout the structure, from the laminated timber flooring to the

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Selgas Cano’s Incredible Glass Office Gives Employees a Bug’s Eye View of the Forest Floor

Selgas Cano’s Incredible Glass Office Gives Employees a Bug’s Eye View of the Forest Floor

Photo © Iwan Baan The office takes the form of an aerodynamic tube, with a long window on one wall that extends into part of the ceiling. Acting as both a window and a skylight, the glass wall floods

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Bone-White Geometric Facade Wraps Around Contemporary House in Israel

Bone-White Geometric Facade Wraps Around Contemporary House in Israel

To counteract the cramped urban environment, the architects swathed the house in shades of white to create the feeling of airy lightness and spaciousness. Large glass windows and reflective porcelain

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15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

The conical pillars are made with bamboo that was first soaked in mud, smoke-dried, and then joined using rattan fiber and bamboo nails. Not an ounce of steel was used to support the structure, which was

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Minimalist Modern Cabin Frames Stunning Views in Former Stone Quarry

Minimalist Modern Cabin Frames Stunning Views in Former Stone Quarry

The cabin's detailed design and construction process is evident in its careful juxtaposition of texture and color. The clean and sharp profile of the rectilinear cabin is intensified by the coarse texture

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Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam

Water Villa is clad with vertical western cedar beams that create beautiful geometric patterns across its boxy shell. They represent an abstract illusion of the canal´s water while providing privacy and

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Lush Curvaceous Green Wall Grows in iArc Architects’ New Seoul City Hall

Lush Curvaceous Green Wall Grows in iArc Architects’ New Seoul City Hall

iArc Architects designed Seoul's new city hall as the bridge between the city's history and sustainability-minded future. Connected to the old city hall by an elevated bridge, the new government building

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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Studio Mycc Turns a 215 Square Foot Box into an Extraordinary Tiny Home

Studio Mycc Turns a 215 Square Foot Box into an Extraordinary Tiny Home

Spanish studio mycc converted a plain shoebox apartment into an incredible modern home that maximizes space. With a tiny floor plan and very neat interiors, the Minimalist Pad 100M3 measures a mere 215

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Natural Light Swaths rzlbd’s Totem House in Toronto

Natural Light Swaths rzlbd’s Totem House in Toronto

Totem House is a modern, three bedroom home built for a couple who collects sculptures and has a keen appreciation for minimalism. The home features bright white finishes inside with simple geometric

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C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

Denmark is currently upgrading its electric grid to accommodate an increase in demand. This involves adding new power plants and improving reliability, and Energinet wants to improve the look of some of

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Modular Photon Pod Provides Insight into How Light Affects Mood and Health

Modular Photon Pod Provides Insight into How Light Affects Mood and Health

To study the effect of light on health and wellbeing, Phillips, Cantifix and <a href="http://Oxford University" target="_blank">Oxford University teamed up to create a facility in which to

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Glazed Donut House BM Has Trees in and Around it

Glazed Donut House BM Has Trees in and Around it

Gent-based Architecten DVVT worked in collaboration with Joris Van Huychem to create this unique house in the woods. To make the most out of the beautiful surroundings, they made the whole facade from 18

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Playful Kindergarten for New Colegio Green Hills Lets Imaginations Run Wild in Mexico City

Playful Kindergarten for New Colegio Green Hills Lets Imaginations Run Wild in Mexico City

Broissin’s idea for the design of this kindergarten can be seen as an abstract attempt to capture the concept of throwing children’s blocks around a playground. The staggered buildings in a layered

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