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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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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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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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Tiny Shelter Made From Recycled Window Shutters Opens Up to the Outside World

Tiny Shelter Made From Recycled Window Shutters Opens Up to the Outside World

Dennis Vullings and Lotte de Moor's Ont-luik pavilion is a small wooden structure that provides a transformable space for reflection and meditation. The pavilion was chosen as one of the winning designs

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SHED Architecture Merges Concrete, Wood and Aluminum in a Cozy Refuge for an Elderly Seattle Couple

SHED Architecture Merges Concrete, Wood and Aluminum in a Cozy Refuge for an Elderly Seattle Couple

The house is located in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood and takes its name from the pedestrian path that that connects its site to the north. The 20-foot slope enabled the architects to design a

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5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

In recent years, a number of scientists have had success with transferring the genetic material responsible for bioluminescence into plants that don't normally glow in the dark. The goal is to eventually

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Tec Team Costa Rica’s Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Tec Team Costa Rica’s Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Housing in Costa Rica used to resemble that of Spain, especially the fact that "central courtyards were the soul of the house." Over time however, growing insecurity and the influence of other cultures

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Northern California Church Boasts One of the Largest Rainwater-Collection Systems in the U.S.

Northern California Church Boasts One of the Largest Rainwater-Collection Systems in the U.S.

The church was originally built in Capitola, however after it was declared unsafe by the Fire Department it was moved to the Seacliff neighborhood of Aptos, California. The Santa Cruz Housing Authority

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Re-Creation: Two Primitive Huts Show Similarities Between Traditional Chinese and Finnish Design

Re-Creation: Two Primitive Huts Show Similarities Between Traditional Chinese and Finnish Design

The installation curated by Ole Bouman and Juulia Kauste aims to respond to the Biennale’s theme, which focuses on the timeless basics of architecture. The two wooden structures were built by Finnish

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Hidden Grass Cave House Offers the Perfect Sanctuary for an Urban Recluse in Japan

Hidden Grass Cave House Offers the Perfect Sanctuary for an Urban Recluse in Japan

The house is situated on a V-shaped site that forced the architects to think outside the box and come up with a space which would maximize the narrow plot's potential. One of the building's floating

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