natural light

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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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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