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Coy Yiontis Architects use bold geometry to extend a Victorian home

Coy Yiontis Architects use bold geometry to extend a Victorian home

A family living in a small Victorian terrace in Melbourne sought a creative solution to the challenge of housing an extended family. Coy Yiontis Architects answered their brief with a bold geometric

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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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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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A gorgeous patchwork of wooden shutters transforms this home in Vietnam

A gorgeous patchwork of wooden shutters transforms this home in Vietnam

Inspired by Ecopark’s forested and low-density urban landscape, the architects sought to emulate those landscape characteristics throughout the home and describe their ideas as “pure, simple, and a

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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Gorgeous cedar-clad house boasts stunning mountain views in Canada

Gorgeous cedar-clad house boasts stunning mountain views in Canada

MU Architecture completed the Malbaie VIII Residence La Grange, a beautiful cedar-clad home that’s as swoon inducing as the breathtaking Canadian landscape that surrounds it. Clad in white cedar and

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Tiny green-roofed atelier sinks into a leafy backyard in Belgium

Tiny green-roofed atelier sinks into a leafy backyard in Belgium

To preserve the leafy environment of the backyard, l’escaut partially buried the 323-square-foot atelier underground and covered it with a prairie grass roof. White concrete steps lead down to the

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Ethereal timber horse grooming retreat rises above a barley field in Spain

Ethereal timber horse grooming retreat rises above a barley field in Spain

The Grooming Retreat was commissioned by a young urbanite who moved back to the countryside to work in her family’s agricultural business. In response to the client’s desire for a space for

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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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Contemporary Cone House resembles a shingle-clad boat brought ashore in Sweden

Contemporary Cone House resembles a shingle-clad boat brought ashore in Sweden

Swedish firm Trigueiros Architecture completed the contemporary Cone House, a light-filled and shingle-clad structure located on the Stockholm Archipelago. The waterfront house overlooks a private beach

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Timber artist’s house and atelier imitates northern Italy’s mountainous landscape

Timber artist’s house and atelier imitates northern Italy’s mountainous landscape

Located on a small and sloping site, the house and atelier’s bifurcated lower level is partially buried underground and built from concrete; large glass windows pour natural light into the lower level,

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Concrete Yogananda Library is bathed in natural light

Concrete Yogananda Library is bathed in natural light

The building starts as a narrow strip of an extroverted, yet shaded space on the lower two floors. This part of the structure houses research cells and discussion areas of senior students and faculty. The

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Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Closely sandwiched between neighboring buildings on the east and west sides, the Queenscliff House uses large fin walls to provide privacy for the upper level bedroom wing. The wedge-shaped home widens at

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FCC Arquitectura gives a crumbling stone farmhouse a modern facelift

FCC Arquitectura gives a crumbling stone farmhouse a modern facelift

Sited on a steep slope, Casa RM overlooks sweeping views of the Portuguese city down below. Outdoor balconies and large glazed windows take advantage of those views and bring natural light into a

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Sami Arquitectos’ stunning E-C House is an island retreat nestled among ruined walls

Sami Arquitectos’ stunning E-C House is an island retreat nestled among ruined walls

  The architects introduced large windows to every living room and bedroom, ensuring that the interior receives optimal amounts of natural lighting. These generous openings also provide stunning

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Carbon House’s burnt wood facade is a playful reference to the clients’ love of cooking

Carbon House’s burnt wood facade is a playful reference to the clients’ love of cooking

Mjölk Architekti built the Carbon House for a couple named Katka and Honza, their three sons, and their pets. “Katka and Honza are cooking all the time,” write the architects. “So they decided to

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Chicago University opens first passive house-certified laboratory in the US

Chicago University opens first passive house-certified laboratory in the US

The new sustainable complex consists of a main field station building, three cabins, and a bathhouse. While the main building shelters the research laboratory and educational seminar spaces, the smaller

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LEED-certified Miami Beach Convention Center’s responsive facade emulates the nearby ocean

LEED-certified Miami Beach Convention Center’s responsive facade emulates the nearby ocean

The new design takes its inspiration from the ocean, emulating the movement of coral reefs, waves, and manta rays. Media sculptures located in the new grand lobby of the center reference fan corals, and

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make the right window choices for a light-filled home

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make the right window choices for a light-filled home

Light-filled homes always catch our eye here at Inhabitat—natural lighting makes interiors look great, and it can also reduce a home’s energy footprint and dependency on artificial lighting. While

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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

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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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Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

Sinato fit eleven different spaces within the 689-square-foot apartment, which features a limited materials palette comprising warm-toned wood, gray concrete, and white-painted walls. The spaces are

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Ant House hides an innovative wood interior behind a metal-clad cube in Japan

Ant House hides an innovative wood interior behind a metal-clad cube in Japan

Completed in 2012, the 713-square-foot Ant House design encapsulates the mA-style architects' signature minimalist and playful style, which relies on ambiguous spaces and a restrained materials palette

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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