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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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