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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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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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RIBA Announces Stirling Prize Shortlisted Projects and More Than Half Are Green

RIBA Announces Stirling Prize Shortlisted Projects and More Than Half Are Green

Of the four projects that we consider "green," the Velodrome by Hopkins Architects is considered a favorite. With its signature saddle roof (sometimes referred to as a pringle because of its shape), the

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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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