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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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Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

The sophisticated Quartz Mountain Residence is a 4,700 square foot single family home that sits almost as a sculpture in the desert landscape. Modern in its design, the home boasts a material palette of

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Kengo Kuma’s Boat-Shaped V&A at Dundee Museum Gets Green Light for Construction

Kengo Kuma’s Boat-Shaped V&A at Dundee Museum Gets Green Light for Construction

Kengo Kuma won a competition to design the V&A at Dundee in Scotland back in 2010, but the architect's original plan for a boat-shaped building cantilevered over the water turned out to be too costly, so

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Artech’s Striking Geometrical Lanyang Museum Rises from the Shores of Taiwan

Artech’s Striking Geometrical Lanyang Museum Rises from the Shores of Taiwan

With a total floor area of 425,000 square feet, the Lanyang Museum was designed to reflect the unique history, culture and landscape of the area. It was built alongside a wetland that was once home to the

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Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Arranged with a central hall linking various single-story rooms, the home sits on a pre-leveled plot of land with enviable views. Built with sustainably-sourced materials, the home is also organized to

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DmvA’s Two-Faced BVA House is Closed to the Street and Open to the Garden

DmvA’s Two-Faced BVA House is Closed to the Street and Open to the Garden

DmvA's House BVA stands out in its neighborhood with its detailed brick facade, which protects its inhabitants from strong sunlight and keeps the home's interior private. The building's red top window

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Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Transforms an Old Warehouse into a Brilliant Family Home in Japan

Airhouse Design Office uses efficient, simple and cost-effective solutions that give existing structures a brand new purpose. One example is The House in Yoro, an open Japanese family home in a

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Curvaceous Green Roofed Jean-Moulin School Completed in Montargis, France

Curvaceous Green Roofed Jean-Moulin School Completed in Montargis, France

Located in Montargis, France, École Jean-Moulin was finished early this year. The school measures 30,000 square feet and consists of two juxtaposed volumes set beneath a luscious green roof. The iconic,

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Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

In part, the superior energy efficiency is achieved with a triple skin. The first includes a sandwich panel with OSB boards, extruded polystyrene foam insulation and waterproof chipboard that surrounds

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Naturally Ventilated YAK01 Home Keeps its Cool in Thailand’s Tropical Heat

Naturally Ventilated YAK01 Home Keeps its Cool in Thailand’s Tropical Heat

Ayutt and Associates Design's YAK01 house is shaped like an L to enhance daylighting and provide lots of room for green space. 50 percent of the land is dedicated to a garden with trees and a pool, which

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AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1’s translucent family home is located in the woodsy area of Weissenbach in Lower Austria. It consists of two L-shaped volumes connected by a patio and surrounded by trees and luscious vegetation. The

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New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

Photo via Shutterstock Windows have one basic limitation: They let light in, but if you want to keep light out you have to use blinds or a curtain. Researchers at Japan's National Institute of

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The Landscape Laboratory is a Beautifully Restored Stone Factory in Portugal

The Landscape Laboratory is a Beautifully Restored Stone Factory in Portugal

Located southwest of the historic city center of Guimarães, Portugal, the Landscape Laboratory stands in a rural area near the National Ecological Reserve (REN). The architects preserved the original

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Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

Perhaps the most unique aspect of this house is a number of small hills that surround it and provide a depth perception to the flat landscape when looking out. A nice detail is that the architects made

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Christopher Polly Carves Vaulted Ceilings and Light Wells into Sydney’s Cosgriff House

Christopher Polly Carves Vaulted Ceilings and Light Wells into Sydney’s Cosgriff House

Expanding the Cosgriff House in Annandale without undue environmental impact was a driving force behind this green renovation, which is why Christopher Polly Architect did everything possible to "embed

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Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Crystalline Harpa Concert Hall Wins the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

Studio Olafur Eliasson’s Crystalline Harpa Concert Hall Wins the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award

The waterfront façade of the Harpa Concert Hall is made of individual polygonal glass frames resembling sparkly fish scales, which reflect water and light, creating a kaleidoscope of luminous colors.

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House Uesslingen: Swiss Prefab Home Topped With a Sawtooth Roof

House Uesslingen: Swiss Prefab Home Topped With a Sawtooth Roof

Limited by planning laws, Spillmann Echsle found a way to incorporate the iconic pitched roof into the Uesslingen house design while also giving it a contemporary spin that references factories in the

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Light Wells Brighten up the Tiny Pedervegen 8 House in Norway

Light Wells Brighten up the Tiny Pedervegen 8 House in Norway

Rever go Drage describes the original one bedroom, one bathroom home as "Scandinavian functionalism," which is short for a very small dwelling with a flat roof, brown wood cladding and white brick walls.

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Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

The three bedroom modular residence was carefully arranged on the site to avoid excess solar gain in summer while making the most of winter daylight. Extensive floor to ceiling glazing on the lower level

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Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Situated in the city of Tachikawa, Fuji Kindergarten follows the Japanese architectural tradition of welcoming nature in. In this case, Tezuka Architects built around nature, leaving the classroom’s

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Pine-Clad IJburg Villa Pops up on a Manmade Island in The Netherlands

Pine-Clad IJburg Villa Pops up on a Manmade Island in The Netherlands

Restricted by very particular building codes for the artificial island project just outside of Amsterdam, the designer claims that most of the houses are fairly uniform. Still, their IJburg villa has a

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Green-Roofed Villa L Floats Upon a Daylit Glass Volume in the Netherlands

Green-Roofed Villa L Floats Upon a Daylit Glass Volume in the Netherlands

The upper level of Villa L was conceived as a “village of cabins” - a cluster of detached volumes that follow a different outline compared to the ground floor. In order to achieve this, architects

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Peaceful Gudrun House in Austria is Made Entirely from Prefab Materials

Peaceful Gudrun House in Austria is Made Entirely from Prefab Materials

The design of Gudrun House is simple and clever; it consists of a large living space, two small bedrooms and an entrance. The home is organized around a central core that contains the bathroom and the

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Swirling Green-Roofed Chinese Coin House Built in Accordance with Sacred Geometry

Swirling Green-Roofed Chinese Coin House Built in Accordance with Sacred Geometry

The home was carefully oriented to ensure that electromagnetic lines irradiating low intensity gamma rays do not penetrate the interior while extensive glazing permits plenty of natural lighting. And the

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Post-Apocalyptic Porous Skyscraper is Nestled Into a Massive Asteroid Crater

Post-Apocalyptic Porous Skyscraper is Nestled Into a Massive Asteroid Crater

Crater-Scraper received an honorable mention in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Developed according to garden city principles, the Crater-Scraper’s layout comprises numerous clusters of

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