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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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New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant by New Zealand based Pacific Environments Architects Ltd. (PEL) is a stunning architectural feat perched high above a redwood forest. Appearing for all the world like an

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White Wolf Hotel Hovers Over Northern Portugal’s Gorgeous Landscape

White Wolf Hotel Hovers Over Northern Portugal’s Gorgeous Landscape

The entire development was designed with clean geometry and white exteriors that aim to create an atmosphere of calm and intimacy. Adopting a holistic design strategy, the architects created a series of

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Treehouse-Like Huts at WOHA’s Goodwood Residences Serve as Cozy Gathering Spaces

Treehouse-Like Huts at WOHA’s Goodwood Residences Serve as Cozy Gathering Spaces

The Goodwood Residence has 210 apartments that surround a central courtyard dominated by a large swimming pool and clubhouse. It is a community gathering space complete with a concierge, reading room and

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Nice Architects Unveil Gorgeous North Star Apartments in Slovakia

Nice Architects Unveil Gorgeous North Star Apartments in Slovakia

Nice Architects' North Star Apartments is a low-cost residential building with 91 apartments and five small shops. The housing units are affordably priced and feature balconies that emphasize views from

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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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Daylight Illuminates 92% of FAAB Architektura’s X Light Energy Building

Daylight Illuminates 92% of FAAB Architektura’s X Light Energy Building

FAAB Architektura's X Light Energy Building houses 230 employees in Bełchatów, Poland. Staircases, corridors, conference rooms, print rooms, toilets and other areas traditionally lit by artificial light

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Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

The architects created a central courtyard between the weatherboard and the extension, and brought plenty of natural lighting to the open kitchen, dining area and living room. A glazed linkway runs along

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Maxwan Architects’ House G is a Sun-Filled Retrofitted Barn Retreat in the Netherlands

Maxwan Architects’ House G is a Sun-Filled Retrofitted Barn Retreat in the Netherlands

Most of the existing barn was left intact. A swath of roof was removed and replaced by a length of skylights to compensate for the small windows. A soapstone woodstove delineates the living room, and a

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Gorgeous Star-Shaped Village House Soaks Up Natural Light in Denmark

Gorgeous Star-Shaped Village House Soaks Up Natural Light in Denmark

The traditional Danish summer house is based on the concept of common spaces, which becomes problematic once children grow up. The Powerhouse Company redefines that idea by creating an array of common,

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Ido Kenji’s Tamatsu House is a Narrow, Daylit Home with a Twist

Ido Kenji’s Tamatsu House is a Narrow, Daylit Home with a Twist

The owners’ former wooden house (which stood at the site) was too dark and wasn’t suited for a family. The main requirement for the new house was a spacious and daylit living room which wouldn’t

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A Green Roof and Solar Panels Crown Finland’s Gorgeous Haltia Nature Center

A Green Roof and Solar Panels Crown Finland’s Gorgeous Haltia Nature Center

The area around Haltia boasts classic Finnish beauty, combining granite bedrock, dense forest foliage, and a sparkling lake. The bedrock acts as natural insulation for the north end of the center. The

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Adjustable Energy-Saving Lightscoop Skylights Flood Interiors With Natural Light

Adjustable Energy-Saving Lightscoop Skylights Flood Interiors With Natural Light

What if electric lighting during the day became obsolete? The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed an incredible skylight, Lightscoop, that fills an interior

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West Virginia Ridge House: A Modern Dog Trot Home Made From Local Materials

West Virginia Ridge House: A Modern Dog Trot Home Made From Local Materials

The owners - a painter and an art historian - sought a humble space with enough room for a studio, study, living room, dining room and kitchen, along with a master suite. GriD Architects sourced materials

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Architect Miguel Rivera’s Daylit Residence in Austin is a Renovated 1917 Bungalow

Architect Miguel Rivera’s Daylit Residence in Austin is a Renovated 1917 Bungalow

The 1917 Bungalow is one in a series of homes located in Austin’s old Clarksville district, whose first owners were freed slaves. The major challenge with the renovation was organizing the long, narrow

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Fox Johnston Architects’ Balmoral Home Responds to its Surroundings

Fox Johnston Architects’ Balmoral Home Responds to its Surroundings

This home in Balmoral was designed by Sydney-based Fox Johnston Architects as a series of platforms that respond to the rhythm and topography of the site. A long linear form to the west contains sleeping

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The SunCarrier Omega Building is India’s First Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building

The SunCarrier Omega Building is India’s First Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building

Located in the city of Bhopal, the SunCarrier Omega Building is the first net-zero energy building in India. The building features sun-tracking solar photovoltaic generators integrated with large

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Yo Shimada’s Yamasaki House is a Light-Filled Modern Home

Yo Shimada’s Yamasaki House is a Light-Filled Modern Home

The house is divided into two distinct parts: the cement-board-clad ground floor is partially sunken into the ground, while the top part of the building comprises a steel hut and two greenhouse-like

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OOIIO Architecture’s Women’s Prison in Iceland Is Filled with Light and Greenery

OOIIO Architecture’s Women’s Prison in Iceland Is Filled with Light and Greenery

Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture has developed a proposal for a female prison in Iceland. After interviewing people who live and work in the design team determined that the worst thing about living in a

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Tranquil Go Vap House in Vietnam has a Lush Tropical Garden Inside

Tranquil Go Vap House in Vietnam has a Lush Tropical Garden Inside

Hot, muggy and sooty, Ho Chi Minh City can wear down even the most intrepid urban dweller, so there's nothing better than coming home to a peaceful residence that is flooded with soothing natural light

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Industrial Chic Dining Pods Pop up at Fabbrica Restaurant in The Netherlands

Industrial Chic Dining Pods Pop up at Fabbrica Restaurant in The Netherlands

Fabbrica Rotterdam has a similar layout but the difference between that restaurant and the new one in Bergen lies in the materials. Whereas Rotterdam is shiny and glittery with massive chandeliers hanging

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Colorful California Elementary School Sets 50% of Its Classes Outside!

Colorful California Elementary School Sets 50% of Its Classes Outside!

Upon entering the school grounds, students and parents are instantly immersed in the school's uplifting environment. A rammed earth wall lines the entry way, and students find their school streets

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MDW Architecture Revamps Belgium Le Lorraine Apartment Complex with Green Roofs and Natural Lighting

MDW Architecture Revamps Belgium Le Lorraine Apartment Complex with Green Roofs and Natural Lighting

Previously, walls blocked most of the light that would have otherwise penetrated the buildings, so MDW raised the complex's elevation so that it is now illuminated during the day without artificial

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Seeks BREEAM Excellent

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Seeks BREEAM Excellent

The gorgeous building holds a 450 seat chamber recital hall, a 180 seat theater, 4 rehearsal studios, an exhibition gallery, foyer, terrace, and a cafe bar. It was specifically designed to have excellent

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Stark White House SL Opens Onto a Lush Courtyard Via Sliding Translucent Doors

Stark White House SL Opens Onto a Lush Courtyard Via Sliding Translucent Doors

Set into a grassy hill in the country between two small towns, the white three storey home reflects the sun, decreasing solar gain. Along the front of the house, the hill gives way to the first floor,

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Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

We've noticed a surge in hobbit homes as more people throughout the world seek alternatives to the bigger is better model of living. For example, in Switzerland, one family buried their home but opted for

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