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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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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on

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Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

The Cowshed Collective design and build workshop was the third of three focused on creating new infrastructure for Callan, including a river walk and a seasonal bridge design led by LiD Architecture.

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Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

According to the architects, the new Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem will be an open structure capable of communicating with the surrounding environment. It will consist of a series of

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Balance Associates’ Sustainable Metal-Clad Tower House Overlooks Michigan’s Glen Lake

Balance Associates’ Sustainable Metal-Clad Tower House Overlooks Michigan’s Glen Lake

The Tower House was placed on top of a wooded hill where it is possible to spot Lake Michigan on a good day. The client wanted to build a "sustainable retreat" that would preserve the area's "timeless

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Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

In addition to its small footprint of 70 square meters, the small timber house on the western side of the Isle of Skye in Scotland makes optimum use of natural light and ventilation in order to keep its

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Non Program Pavilion: Reflective Building Melts into the Spanish Landscape

Non Program Pavilion: Reflective Building Melts into the Spanish Landscape

Paris-based Spanish designer Jesús Torres García Architects created the Non Program Pavilion in the old town of Salobreña, in Granada, Spain. Clad in vertical wooden planks on one side, its other

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Green-Roofed Casa Cabeço Rises From the Hills Like a Giant Pumpkin Patch in Portugal

Green-Roofed Casa Cabeço Rises From the Hills Like a Giant Pumpkin Patch in Portugal

Whilst a north-facing plot should have provided ideal lighting conditions, MSB Arquitectos opened the home to the south as well to ensure that plenty of natural light would penetrate all areas of the

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Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Just 250 square meters, the compact D House comprises a perfect blend of home and landscape, private retreat and party house. The double glazed first floor, which is tucked into the earth, boasts

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Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s MAS Museum opened its doors back in May 2011. Its name stands for Museum Aan de Stroom, which means Museum on the River. Each of the building’s ten stories is twisted 90 degrees to form a

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Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Located in the south of the Flemish city, on Bolivarplaats, The New Law Courts was erected by Richard Rogers in conjunction with Belgian architects VK Studio. It houses 8 distinct civil and criminal

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Bucolic Vejlskovgaard Stable is Like Club Med for 300 Dairy Cows in Denmark

Bucolic Vejlskovgaard Stable is Like Club Med for 300 Dairy Cows in Denmark

In Denmark, the law states that milk can only be labeled organic if the cows that produced it have spent at least 150 days at pasture. We're not certain whether these cows are able to roam free on that

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Rotterdam’s Stepped Central Library Sprouts a Green Roof and a Beehive!

Rotterdam’s Stepped Central Library Sprouts a Green Roof and a Beehive!

The Rotterdam Central Library launched in 1983 as an “open, inviting, centrally located building that is accessible to everyone.”  Its main feature is its striking array of yellow-painted round

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Café Melba is a Rustic Eatery Shaded by Ancient Angsana Trees in Singapore

Café Melba is a Rustic Eatery Shaded by Ancient Angsana Trees in Singapore

The rustic interior receives plenty of daylight, eliminating the need for artificial lighting during the day, but since the weather in Singapore can get uncomfortably sultry, it was also necessary to

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Ateliers O-S Architectes’ New Cultural Center in Nevers Incorporates Public Space into the Roof Design

Ateliers O-S Architectes’ New Cultural Center in Nevers Incorporates Public Space into the Roof Design

The building will feature glazed walls, which will flood the ground floor of the center with natural light. Each of the concrete walls are concealed by timber cladding and make the space ambient and

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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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Supermodern 1920′s Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a Simple, Elegant and Completely Transformable Home

Supermodern 1920′s Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a Simple, Elegant and Completely Transformable Home

To make this classic adaptable home, Rietveld worked side by side with Mrs. Schroder trying to please her and her notions of living without walls and having a strong inside-outside connection. The only

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Rafael Viñoly’s Green-Roofed Mathematical Institute at Oxford University Seeks BREEAM Excellent

Rafael Viñoly’s Green-Roofed Mathematical Institute at Oxford University Seeks BREEAM Excellent

Comprised of two wings joined by a glazed volume, the University of Oxford's new Mathematical Institute is designed to provide the scientists with the requisite privacy while also promoting collaboration.

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