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Daniel Libeskind’s New Glass Wedge Addition Dramatically Bisects the Dresden Museum of Military History

Daniel Libeskind’s New Glass Wedge Addition Dramatically Bisects the Dresden Museum of Military History

Libeskind’s addition commemorates the reopening of the war museum after a 22 year closure. The neo-classical building was originally an arsenal for the German Armed forces, so Libeskind designed the

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Darling Dalene Cabin by Tommie Wilhelmsen is a Minimalist Island Retreat in Norway

Darling Dalene Cabin by Tommie Wilhelmsen is a Minimalist Island Retreat in Norway

This small cabin has a south-facing facade which - combined with tall windows wrapped around the perimeter - flood the home with natural lighting such that no artificial help will be required except in

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Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

The multi-level central dome is framed with steel and clad in glazed glass panels that permit sunlight all year round. Although the greenhouse effect promotes natural heating, certain measures - such as

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Unabridged Architecture Transforms Dilapidated 1891 Building Into Colorful Eco Offices

Unabridged Architecture Transforms Dilapidated 1891 Building Into Colorful Eco Offices

Previously used as a gas station and lawnmower repair shop, amongst other things, the brownfield site required quite a lot of intervention. After pumping out the underground storage tank and replacing

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Restored Barrel Vaults and Local Stone Give this Italian Home a Rustic Facelift

Restored Barrel Vaults and Local Stone Give this Italian Home a Rustic Facelift

In order to bring light into an otherwise dark space, Zanaroli gave the exterior a couple of small perforations and topped off the dining area's dome with a skylight. These interventions allow a gentle

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Folkestone’s Seafront Rocksalt Restaurant Serves up Sustainable Seafood

Folkestone’s Seafront Rocksalt Restaurant Serves up Sustainable Seafood

From the street, the blackened exterior of the of Rocksalt appears as a curvilinear façade resembling a historic waterfront military fort. The architects used charred larchwood to achieve the facade's

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Sander Architects’ Double-Skinned Glass Townhouse Glows From Within

Sander Architects’ Double-Skinned Glass Townhouse Glows From Within

From the outside, the townhouse has a glazed wall that seems to float on the surface of the concrete. Exposed steel beams are found both at the foundation and on higher levels of the building, and private

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Curvy Tellus Nursery School is Wrapped in a Canary-Colored Pine Facade

Curvy Tellus Nursery School is Wrapped in a Canary-Colored Pine Facade

Parents and children are enveloped in a semi-enclosed courtyard when they first enter the school building, which is wrapped in a tall pine facade that is painted a bright canary yellow. Cut in 50 x 50mm

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Germany’s Double-Skinned ARCA-Regler Facility is Powered by Geothermal Energy

Germany’s Double-Skinned ARCA-Regler Facility is Powered by Geothermal Energy

Located along a disused railway, the glimmering aerodynamic building reflects ARCA’s high tech design identity while furthering its environmental interests. The front portion of the building has walls

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Contemporary U of A Poetry Center is a Naturally Lit Work of Art in Tuscon

Contemporary U of A Poetry Center is a Naturally Lit Work of Art in Tuscon

The University sought a mix between community and solitude, and a well-lit building that also protects its archives from too much light. Line and Space responded to this challenge by creating an internal

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Fernanda Marques’ Greenery Topped Brazilian Loft is a Paragon of Luxury Eco-Design

Fernanda Marques’ Greenery Topped Brazilian Loft is a Paragon of Luxury Eco-Design

At 2,228 square feet, the home is fairly large, but Marques has done a fantastic job of making sure that this footprint is not destructive to the natural environment. Both the exterior paneling and

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OODA’s Twisted Cubic Taipei City Museum of Art Harvests Rain and Sun

OODA’s Twisted Cubic Taipei City Museum of Art Harvests Rain and Sun

Designed to be a landmark building that doesn't exact a huge environmental price, the museum consists of a twisted volumetric box that holds within it another 90 degree cube. The whole building is wrapped

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Striking UR22 House Uses Half as Much Energy as a Standard Home in Texas

Striking UR22 House Uses Half as Much Energy as a Standard Home in Texas

A durable envelope clad in Vermont Slate keeps heat gain to an absolute minimum, while the wall and roof surfaces are also naturally ventilated to keep the breeze flowing. The home is also flooded with a

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Stark White Townhouse in Sweden Stands in Defiant Contrast with Its Stoic Neighbors

Stark White Townhouse in Sweden Stands in Defiant Contrast with Its Stoic Neighbors

Although the home looks tiny from the outside, Elding Oscarson gave it three storeys crested by a pleasant rooftop courtyard. Rather than blocking out the urban realm beyond the townhouse, a somewhat

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All Natural Museum of Handcraft Paper in China Doesn’t Use a Single Nail

All Natural Museum of Handcraft Paper in China Doesn’t Use a Single Nail

The museum was built in a field next to Xinzhuang Village at the foot of Yummnan's Gaoligaong Mountain. There it acts as an extension to the homes, where making paper is a fixture of daily life, creating

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LZT Architects Create a Colorful Haven Out of a Dark Garage in Austin

LZT Architects Create a Colorful Haven Out of a Dark Garage in Austin

In order to bring light into an otherwise dark space, LZT incorporated clear panels into the sides of the garage and then added a tall window to the northern wall. These not only encourage daylighting

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Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

The building has no halls and no walls. Rooms are divided by arches and the various classrooms - which branch off from the center - are color-coordinated to help students find their way. Philosophically,

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Rammed Earth and Stone Buildings Make Up Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts

Rammed Earth and Stone Buildings Make Up Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts

Instead of wasting the soil that on-site construction projects produced, Taller de Arquitectura saw a wonderful opportunity to give it a new and sustainable building application. Some of the salvaged

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Defunct Dutch Sewage Plant Converted into Fresh Green Apartments

Defunct Dutch Sewage Plant Converted into Fresh Green Apartments

This sewage plant must have made quite a stink when Dick van Gameren architects proposed to convert it into apartments more than a decade ago, long before adaptive re-use became fashionable. Today it

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VIlla 4.0: Hexagonal Dutch Home Gets a Green Facelift

VIlla 4.0: Hexagonal Dutch Home Gets a Green Facelift

The architects stuck to the existing materials as much as possible though certain interventions, such as upgrading the outer walls and roofs, were necessary, as was insulating the building to improve its

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Space-Age Paperless Dutch Office Resembles a Fallen Meteor

Space-Age Paperless Dutch Office Resembles a Fallen Meteor

Each side of the aerodynamic building has angled surfaces of varying heights, with wall-to-wall windows on each level. The strips of windows follow the bends of each surface, letting in daylight at

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Tetris-Like India Glycols Office Complex is Cooled by Interior Pools, Courtyards and Green Roofs

Tetris-Like India Glycols Office Complex is Cooled by Interior Pools, Courtyards and Green Roofs

This Tetris-shaped corporate office for India Glycols was designed to provide a first-class working environment that encourages employee socialization. Designed by Morphogenesis, it has a solid geometric

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Timayui Kindergarten Looks Like Stone Teeth Jutting Out of the Earth in Colombia

Timayui Kindergarten Looks Like Stone Teeth Jutting Out of the Earth in Colombia

Designed to nurture children age zero to five, the Timayui kindergarten is a fun and funky space that is flooded with natural lighting. In addition to aesthetic appeal, the sloped roof performs multiple

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Eye-Popping Jones House Uses Color To Challenge Ho-Hum Suburban Vernacular

Eye-Popping Jones House Uses Color To Challenge Ho-Hum Suburban Vernacular

Using cost-effective materials such as brick veneer, painted compressed sheeting, and colorbond roofing and cladding, as well as passive design to up the sustainability ante, Kavellaris has turned what is

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Giant Mangrove Patch Office Tower Rotates to Provide Splendid Views of Java Sea

Giant Mangrove Patch Office Tower Rotates to Provide Splendid Views of Java Sea

The buildings are propped up with a skeletal structure that shades the interior. Then, the corridors that line each floor act as a buffer zone between the offices and the sun, keeping the former nice and

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Beautiful Slatted Swiss Warehouse Emulates the Surrounding Forest

Beautiful Slatted Swiss Warehouse Emulates the Surrounding Forest

The Operation Center Burgergemeinde is a rustic framework of natural wooden slats located in Biel, Switzerland. Designed by Berlin based firm, Bauzeit Architekten, the spanning buildings and courtyard

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Athens’ Placebo Pharmacy Is Wrapped with Light Infusing Braille Perforations

Athens’ Placebo Pharmacy Is Wrapped with Light Infusing Braille Perforations

The architects gave the nearly 2,000 square foot rotunda a facelift by wrapping it in the smooth, white panels with strategic cut-outs. The new outer skin has a pattern that uses actual Braille! This was

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Casa VSP+JUR: Green-Roofed Mini Home in Cancun is Just the Right Size

Casa VSP+JUR: Green-Roofed Mini Home in Cancun is Just the Right Size

The sloping green roof is very attractive and helps the home snuggle into its environment. Sanzpont was focused on ensuring that their imprint remain as discreet as the home's overall environmental

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Zecc Architects Convert 1930s Water Tower Into Sleek Nine Story Home

Zecc Architects Convert 1930s Water Tower Into Sleek Nine Story Home

True to their reputation, the Dutch have pioneered boatloads of eco-initiatives like this extraordinary home built from billboards and umbrellas. In the case of this water tower home, all of the materials

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