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Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada

Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada

The top-heavy retreat is split into two main volumes: the smaller lower level housing a dormitory-style bedroom and the mechanical rooms, and the larger upper level comprising two additional bedrooms at

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Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio is a cozy workspace that doubles as a secluded spot for deer-watching

Myrtle Cottage Garden Studio is a cozy workspace that doubles as a secluded spot for deer-watching

Bath-based architecture firm Stonewood Design created this small green-roofed studio as a secluded workspace and spot for deer-watching. Built using locally sourced stone and patinated copper, the

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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Gorgeous forest home in Sweden makes living deliberately stylish

Gorgeous forest home in Sweden makes living deliberately stylish

Thoreau went to the woods to live deliberately, but the future inhabitants of Villa Altona will live in the woods with deliberate style.

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Arquitecturia built this darling Girona artist studio in a mere 3 weeks

Arquitecturia built this darling Girona artist studio in a mere 3 weeks

Is there anything more romantic than a Spanish artist? How about a Spanish artist's studio? We're in love with this 861-square-foot garden studio in Girona. Josep Camps & Olga Felip, the talented duo

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Lucie lamps are brilliant lights made out of orange peels

Lucie lamps are brilliant lights made out of orange peels

Orange Sessions Lucie lamps are brilliant lamps that are covered in orange peels to provide a warm, natural glow in any space.  Inspired by the sun and handcrafted in the central Europe, the meaning of

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Solar-powered Valley House blends industrial chic with rural Tasmanian elements

Solar-powered Valley House blends industrial chic with rural Tasmanian elements

Clad in profiled metal and cement sheet, the Valley House’s long and strategically bent structure stretches southwest to northeast along the existing topography. The angular home rises in height in the

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Villa Mortnas nails the cool factor on the icy Stockholm archipelago

Villa Mortnas nails the cool factor on the icy Stockholm archipelago

Located on the largest archipelago in Sweden, the Villa Mörtnäs mirrors its stoic, icy surroundings. The Strömma Projekt, a Swedish property developer, commissioned fourfoursixsix to design a home for

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Ultra-narrow affordable LG House encourages open living

Ultra-narrow affordable LG House encourages open living

The LG House in Edmonton, Canada, is an affordable ultra-thin home that encourages an open lifestyle. Thirdstone Inc. designed the structure with floor-to-ceiling windows and the only element that gives a

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Funky metal-clad home mimics the patchwork topography of Slovenia

Funky metal-clad home mimics the patchwork topography of Slovenia

It's hard to imagine how a metal-clad home might blend in with a topography as varied and lush as that of Slovenska Konjice, Slovenia, but Scapelab gives it a go with striations in the building's

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Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green wall to create a truly sustainable work environment

Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green wall to create a truly sustainable work environment

This minimalist office building in Quebec, Canada, integrates innovative sustainable technologies into its large wood- and concrete-clad volume. STGM Architects designed the building as their own

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Göktürk 118 apartment building blends into Istanbul’s neighborhoods with a sustainable glass mosaic facade

Göktürk 118 apartment building blends into Istanbul’s neighborhoods with a sustainable glass mosaic facade

The two volumes have different heights-12.5 m and 15.50 m, but meet at the corner to create a unified whole. Two separately perceived prisms act as an extension of the street fronts that dominate the area

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Cellular Morphology Facade uses design to allow buildings to adapt to different climatic conditions

Cellular Morphology Facade uses design to allow buildings to adapt to different climatic conditions

The building's facade retrofitted with a new skin consists of multiple hexagonal components controlled through an algorithm that alters its density and attraction. Six functional zones were used as

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Kouichi Kimura’s Cozy House is a secluded space in a busy Japan neighborhood

Kouichi Kimura’s Cozy House is a secluded space in a busy Japan neighborhood

How do you design a house that provides high levels of privacy in a densely populated neighborhood like the one in Japan's Shiga prefecture? Local firm FORM, led by architect Kouichi Kimura, created a

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Nymph’s Workshop makes unique, handcrafted lamps out of coconut shells

Nymph’s Workshop makes unique, handcrafted lamps out of coconut shells

Artist from Lithuania creates lamps out of coconuts that not only looks like a piece of jewelry but also shines amazing light art. Nymphs lamps are handcrafted out of coconut shell by drilling thousand

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Architects reveal the world’s first shadowless skyscrapers in London

Architects reveal the world’s first shadowless skyscrapers in London

The design is based on the idea of using concave reflective surfaces adapted specifically to the sun’s path in the sky. An algorithm unique to the buildings’ location was used to utilize the sun

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Coy Yiontis Architects use bold geometry to extend a Victorian home

Coy Yiontis Architects use bold geometry to extend a Victorian home

A family living in a small Victorian terrace in Melbourne sought a creative solution to the challenge of housing an extended family. Coy Yiontis Architects answered their brief with a bold geometric

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Waterstudio.NL unveils daylit waterfront family home in The Netherlands

Waterstudio.NL unveils daylit waterfront family home in The Netherlands

Villa New Water is a daylit waterfront family house in Westland, The Netherlands. It is framed with a white outline that marks the entrance and accentuates the transparency of the facade. Designed by

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World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

Located a few streets down from the U.S. Capitol, the historic Dunbar High School was founded in 1870 as the nation’s first public high school for African Americans. The school was partially demolished

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Eight lucky hens live in this high-end chicken coop equipped with underfloor heating in New York

Eight lucky hens live in this high-end chicken coop equipped with underfloor heating in New York

Architecture Research Office carried out extensive research into the design of the chicken coop, from the ideal square footage for different bird breeds to the best ways to bring natural ventilation and

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Thomas Phifer and Partners wins 2015 AIA award for LEED Gold Utah courthouse design

Thomas Phifer and Partners wins 2015 AIA award for LEED Gold Utah courthouse design

LEED Gold-certified United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City, by Thomas Phifer and Partners has received 2015 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for its role as civic landmark and

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300 Ivy Street is a mixed-use block of pedestrian-friendly living

300 Ivy Street is a mixed-use block of pedestrian-friendly living

The mixed-used 300 Ivy Street development in San Francisco aims to return space to the public realm and create the comfortable, human-scaled edges. Designed by David Baker Architects, the development

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

The extension of the Dulwich Residence was organized into two interlaced areas that provide additional space for the family and features a variety of different textures and materials. Large windows

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Sunn LED Light Brings the Rhythm of Natural Sunlight Indoors

Sunn LED Light Brings the Rhythm of Natural Sunlight Indoors

The sun is our oldest light source and one of the most universal cues that we use to tell time. The changing quality and position of the sun in the sky guides our daily transitions from sleeping to waking

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Celestial Temple Extension Marries Timber Lattice and Natural Light in Japan

Celestial Temple Extension Marries Timber Lattice and Natural Light in Japan

Located in Japan's Fukuoka prefecture, the complex received a 335-square-meter addition. The Myoenji Columbarium is a reinforced concrete extension topped with a glass roof that allows natural light to

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Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Built in the back garden of a photographer in the southern Kantō region of Japan, Light Shed is a 33 sq meter art studio. The open floor plan space measures 4.5 by 7 meters and is kept simple and

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David Sheppard Architects’ Green-Roofed Chimes House is a Sculptural Home for a Pianist

David Sheppard Architects’ Green-Roofed Chimes House is a Sculptural Home for a Pianist

The owner of the Chimes House settled for a one bedroom, but she insisted on having enough space for her two pianos. The project was designed for minimal living next to her former home, which she sold to

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26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House

26 Years, 9 Tons of Limestone, and a Whole Lot of Love Went into this Magical Fairytale House

Bear in mind that Chris started working on his home back in the 1980s, which may seem like the dark ages to our younger readers, but puts into perspective the fact that he had access to a completely

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Extraordinary House of Hungarian Music Has No Straight Lines or Planar Surfaces

Extraordinary House of Hungarian Music Has No Straight Lines or Planar Surfaces

The building’s unique shape is meant to serve as a backdrop for different events and uses its acoustical performance to augment the experience of music. Its form, based on the Gyroid-an infinitely

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Rustic Modern Home Built from Salvaged Wood Acts Like a Bridge in Chile

Rustic Modern Home Built from Salvaged Wood Acts Like a Bridge in Chile

Casa Estero Puente covers an area of 100 x 50 meters and acts as a bridge over a creek in Ulmos forest, located in the Lagos Region in Chile. The lightweight structure was elevated in order to minimize

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