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Topsy Turvy Dames Dietz Deli is the First Commercial Cradle2Cradle Structure in the Netherlands

Topsy Turvy Dames Dietz Deli is the First Commercial Cradle2Cradle Structure in the Netherlands

Located on the main street of town, the newly-opened Dames Dietz Deli (what a great name!) feature three stacked layers. The sloping planes are designed to draw in passersby and to promote the influx of

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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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Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer We toured the Eddie House this weekend as part of AIA SF's 10th annual San Francisco Living: Homes Tours, and came away impressed with Three Legged Pig's handiwork. The

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The Hague’s Stadskantoor Leyweg by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau Rise from the Dutch Urbanscape

The Hague’s Stadskantoor Leyweg by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau Rise from the Dutch Urbanscape

Built by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau—directed by Rudy Uytenhaak, a TU of Eindhoven's graduate and professor at TU Delft—the Hague's City Offices are one of the most striking city landmarks. The

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Russian Seashell House Has a 7-Meter-Tall Stained Glass Window

Russian Seashell House Has a 7-Meter-Tall Stained Glass Window

Located in the Tavatuy community in the Sverdlovsk region of Russia, this funky, 228 square meter home really does look like some kind of wild sea creature. Inside, the top level of the home, the main

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Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

Compact Oak Tube Captures Natural Light for a 5th Floor Apartment in Russia

As with his former renovation projects, including the Patchwork House that we love, Kostelov demonstrates his total mastery of timber. It appears that a new, independent oak tube has been inserted into

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Dutch Energy Company Eneco’s New Rotterdam Headquarters is a Gleaming, Sustainable Office Building

Dutch Energy Company Eneco’s New Rotterdam Headquarters is a Gleaming, Sustainable Office Building

The first thing workers encounter when they arrive at the new 270,000-square-foot office building is the soaring atrium, which fills the core of the building with natural light. The bright white space

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Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects' House in Rokko consists of a home and atelier overlooking a beautiful Japanese cityscape. Yo Shimada, a graduate from Kyoto City University of Arts in Environmental Design led the

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Metcalfe Architecture’s Daylight-Filled Spence House Boasts Soaring Ceilings

Metcalfe Architecture’s Daylight-Filled Spence House Boasts Soaring Ceilings

Commissioned by a writer in the midst of a major lifestyle change, the Spence house is tucked away in an agricultural enclave of Cornwall, CT. Strategically-placed windows permit the perfect amount of

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The Barnes Foundation Moves Into New Green Digs Designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

The Barnes Foundation Moves Into New Green Digs Designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

Located in the city of Merion, Pennsylvania, the building was built to mirror the layout of its prior home. Consisting of large horizontal volumes, one on top of the other, the new design does do the

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Isay Weinfeld’s Light-Filled Grecia House in São Paulo Has Blooming Vegetation Inside

Isay Weinfeld’s Light-Filled Grecia House in São Paulo Has Blooming Vegetation Inside

Although Grecia House's entrance is covered with greenery, it's hard to miss the bright, sunny door. While otherwise inconspicuous from the street, the home provides views of its pristine gardens and

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Reza Aliabadi’s Modern Patio House Embraces Natural Light

Reza Aliabadi’s Modern Patio House Embraces Natural Light

This Patio House designed by Reza Aliabadi of Atelier Rzlbd is a remarkable residence that provides abundant living space for families seeking a unique modern residence. A breath of crisp, clean

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Takeshi Hosaka’s Gorgeous Daylight House Soaks Up the Sun in Yokohama City, Japan

Takeshi Hosaka’s Gorgeous Daylight House Soaks Up the Sun in Yokohama City, Japan

The Daylight House is a family home in the center of Yokohama, Japan that manages to soak up an abundance of natural light despite its location next to tall nearby buildings. Immersed within the city's

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Spunky Tiny Traveling Theater is Topped With Recycled Coal Scuttles

Spunky Tiny Traveling Theater is Topped With Recycled Coal Scuttles

Aberrant tried to stay as true to the original music club as possible by giving the door leading to the small theater a boat handle and using coal scuttles for the roof. Skylights are hidden in the

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Takeshi Hosaka’s Inside-Out House has Trees Growing Inside!

Takeshi Hosaka’s Inside-Out House has Trees Growing Inside!

The Inside-Out House measures 980 square feet divided into two levels and a terrace, and it welcomes all types of living creatures. Sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a big entrance door creates a

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Sculptural Lago Vista House in Los Angeles is Bathed in Soft Natural Light

Sculptural Lago Vista House in Los Angeles is Bathed in Soft Natural Light

Designed to blend with the native grasses, the small zen-like home is nonetheless a striking feature of the dramatic landscape without being to overbearing. It is oriented to maximize views of the nearby

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The Arch by 3XN is a Striking Day-Lit Culture Center in Norway

The Arch by 3XN is a Striking Day-Lit Culture Center in Norway

Danish designers 3XN have been featured on Inhabitat numerous times, and it's easy to see why. In this design, they have honored the residents and architecture of Mandal, which has a small population of

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Foster + Partners Unveil New Steel Pyramid Passive Art Museum in Datong, China

Foster + Partners Unveil New Steel Pyramid Passive Art Museum in Datong, China

Foster + Partners just announced that they have broken ground on a new art museum in Datong's New City, in China. The distinctive 32,000 sq m museum will be largely submerged into the ground, with the

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Henning Larsen Unveils Plans for LEED Platinum Nordea Bank With Scandinavia’s Largest Trading Floor

Henning Larsen Unveils Plans for LEED Platinum Nordea Bank With Scandinavia’s Largest Trading Floor

The winning design adds to Henning Larsen Architects' recent string of successful bids - the eminent Danish firm also won a competition to design a new theater and zoo entrance in Emmen. Their concept for

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11×11 is a Modern Wood-Clad Prefab in Germany

11×11 is a Modern Wood-Clad Prefab in Germany

11x11 is clad in vertical laminated wooden slats that extend to the roof. The same material is used to frame the deep-set windows which bend over eaves and wrap around corners, funneling enough daylight

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The Sunday Stuga is a Compact London Cabin Flooded With Daylight

The Sunday Stuga is a Compact London Cabin Flooded With Daylight

A weekend entertainment area and garden shed, this compact cabin was expected to match the energy efficiency of the client's main home even though it is bound on three sides by massive stone walls typical

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MAKE Architecture’s House Reduction Is a Compact Family Home With Sliding Walls

MAKE Architecture’s House Reduction Is a Compact Family Home With Sliding Walls

The minimalist home is the first from Victoria-based MAKE Architecture, who completed the construction just last year. Built with sliding walls and big windows for plenty of natural light, the home's

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Spencer Finch’s Glass Curtain Brings Color and Healing to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital

Spencer Finch’s Glass Curtain Brings Color and Healing to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital

The 1.5 million square foot building will be a leading model of how medical care can be enhanced by colorful art and design. Finch’s work is what first greets visitors. Each aluminum panel within this

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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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Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Before Herzog & de Meuron stepped in, Mãe Luiza's local recreation center was a fully exposed concrete platform framed with columns and trusses. Plans for the new gymnasium expand upon this

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Striking Woodlands Residence Receives Dappled Light Through California Tree Tops

Striking Woodlands Residence Receives Dappled Light Through California Tree Tops

No stranger to Inhabitat, the designers of South Africa's precious Ubuntu Center have taken a very gentle but also contemporary approach to this home renovation by gutting the claustrophobic interior and

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PHOTOS: Abandoned Rail Station Transformed Into a Colorful Eco-Hostel in Aconcagua, Argentina

PHOTOS: Abandoned Rail Station Transformed Into a Colorful Eco-Hostel in Aconcagua, Argentina

The red and turquoise hostel in Puente del Inca was built in 1903 and is located at 2,720 metres above sea level. The building was once a lean train station that saw passengers travelling between

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Supersudaka’s Kiltro House is a Resilient Locally-Sourced Home in Chile

Supersudaka’s Kiltro House is a Resilient Locally-Sourced Home in Chile

In Chile, mixed-breed dogs are called Kiltro, and these resilient animals are known to be survivors. Taking its name from these dogs, the Kiltro House was built under challenging conditions including a

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