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Old Sydney warehouse transformed into a modern man cave with a hidden sleeping pod

Old Sydney warehouse transformed into a modern man cave with a hidden sleeping pod

Australian architecture firm Allen Jack+Cottier transformed an old warehouse into a two-level private residence with a huge carbon-fiber pod that undulates underneath the rustic roof and hides an entire

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ANMA transforms marine hangars into a naturally-ventilated housing block in Bordeaux

ANMA transforms marine hangars into a naturally-ventilated housing block in Bordeaux

Paris-based Agence Nicolas Michelin et Associés transformed existing buildings of the heritage site in Bordeaux into a housing block that offers a variety of living units and engages in a dialogue with

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Gorgeous modern Kew House is clad in prefab weathering steel

Gorgeous modern Kew House is clad in prefab weathering steel

Kew House’s successful design is due in part to the collaborative architect-client relationship. The client, who is a structural engineer and boat-restorer, took a hands-on approach to specifying

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Belgium’s largest passive office building breaks ground in Brussels

Belgium’s largest passive office building breaks ground in Brussels

The Herman Teirlinch mixed-use building will be constructed on one of the city’s last large-scale development locations at Thurn and Taxis, an area easily accessible by public transportation and

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J Mayer H. Architects unveil modern Sonnenhof complex in Jena, Germany

J Mayer H. Architects unveil modern Sonnenhof complex in Jena, Germany

The small German city of Jena has an ultramodern new addition to it's historical skyline. J Mayer have just completed a 9555 m2 complex offering office, residential and retail space within four

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The Rainbow Chapel’s stunning kaleidoscope windows reference ancient Chinese symbolism

The Rainbow Chapel’s stunning kaleidoscope windows reference ancient Chinese symbolism

This gorgeous wedding chapel in Shanghai, designed by Chinese studio Coordination Asia is enclosed in glass panels made from 3060 elements using 65 different colors. The kaleidoscope windows of the

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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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Longaberger’s Giant Basket Building is Made of Locally Sourced Ohio Wood

Longaberger’s Giant Basket Building is Made of Locally Sourced Ohio Wood

Unofficially the world's largest basket, Longaberger's award-winning seven story headquarters was completed in 1997 and has been featured in news outlets throughout the country. It is 160 times larger

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Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Italian design studio Luca Curci Architects unveiled their proposal for a floating vertical city for 2,500 inhabitants.

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1970’s Roman apartment reconfigured as modern Twin Flats

1970’s Roman apartment reconfigured as modern Twin Flats

Italian architecture firm Officina Leonardo renovated an apartment in a 1970's building in Rome, creating a more spacious living area dominated by wood cladding. The project includes two self-contained

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London shoe polish factory transformed into RIBA award-winning charity offices

London shoe polish factory transformed into RIBA award-winning charity offices

The most distinctive feature of the social justice center’s facade is the zigzagging roofline that sits like a crown atop the new building extension. Clad in diamond-shaped zinc tile cladding, the three

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archimania’s Conservation Hall is a sunken extension that preserves a historic governor’s mansion

archimania’s Conservation Hall is a sunken extension that preserves a historic governor’s mansion

Memphis-based architecture firm archmania designed an extension to a historic governor’s mansion in Nashville, Tennessee, and created an "unbuilding"-the architects created a sunken courtyard building

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Stunning revonated alpine workshop is bathed in natural light

Stunning revonated alpine workshop is bathed in natural light

Italian architecture firm Messner Architects renovated a traditional alpine workshop and transformed it into a much more spacious workspace bathed in natural light. The building, owned by a sculptor and

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Foster + Partners unveils new winery for Château Margaux in Bordeaux

Foster + Partners unveils new winery for Château Margaux in Bordeaux

Foster + Partners just completed the first building of the Château Margaux winery in Bordeaux, which includes refurbished buildings, a large new vinery and Vinothèque and existing two-century old

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3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

The three new boxes on the roof house a master bedroom, dressing room and bath room, as well as a personal living room and home office. There's a meadow and apple tree in one corner, a courtyard and pine

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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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This home is a small timber cottage on the inside and an automated concrete monolith on the outside

This home is a small timber cottage on the inside and an automated concrete monolith on the outside

You wouldn't think it, but this modern suburban home located in Melbourne, Australia, was once a small timber cottage. Dubbed "Green House", the structure is topped with a roof made completely of

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PHOOEY Architects’ Cubo House extension incorporates salvaged materials from the home’s old staircase

PHOOEY Architects’ Cubo House extension incorporates salvaged materials from the home’s old staircase

The existing house was re-planned, introducing a new entry foyer, large staircase and environments bathed in natural light. A central multi-level void dominates the new house and provides natural

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The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

London-based architecture firm DSDHA completed their daylit Covert House in Clapham Old Town, London, UK. The semi-underground home clad in glass and cast concrete features several sustainable mechanisms

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Yamazaki Kentaro’s House in Kashiwa showcases the art of leaving things unfinished

Yamazaki Kentaro’s House in Kashiwa showcases the art of leaving things unfinished

Situated in the small city of Kashiwa, not far from Tokyo, this family house was imagined as an adaptable space that the inhabitants design by living in it. Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop used wooden

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Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

It's great to see more of the vernacular in contemporary architecture, like this sturdy rock fence that frames a summer home just south of Melbourne. Designed by b.e. Architecture and located on the

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Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

New York–based design studio Bernheimer Architecture designed this daylit vacation house in Rhode Island, the interior of which plays with light like it were a sculpting chisel. The Quonochontaug House

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Contemporary cabin-like cafe pops up in the heart of Bucharest

Contemporary cabin-like cafe pops up in the heart of Bucharest

Clad in standing-seam black sheet metal, this urban cabin has a monolithic and low-key appearance during the day. In contrast, the interior is covered with light spruce panels. Large windows and skylights

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House of Four Houses is a cohesive residence formed out of four separate volumes

House of Four Houses is a cohesive residence formed out of four separate volumes

This beautiful holiday house in Portugal, inspired by the vernacular architecture of the region, has four simple volumes that create myriad playful spaces. Portuguese design studio PROD Arquitectura

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Ramshackle alpine shed transformed into a rustic mansion in France

Ramshackle alpine shed transformed into a rustic mansion in France

+ Chevalier Architectes Photos by Alexandre Mermillod courtesy of v2com

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Argentina’s airy RM House floats elegantly above the grassy Pampas landscape

Argentina’s airy RM House floats elegantly above the grassy Pampas landscape

The stunning RM House in Mar de Ajó is 230 miles drive from Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires. It was designed as a summer and weekend retreat from all the hustle and bustle of daily city life.

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Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

A giant corn on the cob has popped up in Milan, but it's probably not very tasty. Logeur Design conceived Mexico's pavilion for Milan Expo as a representation of the country's immense gastronomic history,

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Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

The first thing you notice is the reclaimed wood siding Medici Architects applied to the outside of this modern home in downtown Kirkland, WA, which earned Built Green 5 star certification. A voluntary

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Barend Koolhaas’ triangular-plan House in Almen has two black wooden walls and a glazed one

Barend Koolhaas’ triangular-plan House in Almen has two black wooden walls and a glazed one

Barend Koolhaas worked for OMA and IDEO before setting up his own studio in Amsterdam and, yes, he is a relative of Rem Koolhaas. His latest project, House in Almen, was designed around one of its three

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Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small flexible space

Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small flexible space

The client wanted a space that would evoke a cozy and welcoming home-like environment. Thus mode:lina swapped the typical cafe counter with a moveable kitchen island located at the center of the space.

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