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The Shed: Temporary Red Theater Cooled Naturally with Four Corner Chimneys in London

The Shed: Temporary Red Theater Cooled Naturally with Four Corner Chimneys in London

The timber cladding references the original National Theater designed in the 1970s with board-formed concrete while the boxy geometry mimics the adjacent theater. But that's where similarities between the

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Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

We traveled to the house by boat and were surprised to find it concealed from the shoreline, hidden as it is by a large acacia tree left intact by the designer. This complete adoration of nature is

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Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Fully licensed by all of the relevant authorities, the floating bar has a remarkable capacity of roughly 250 people. This is made possible by the drums, which are virtually impossible to sink. All of the

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Amsterdam’s Futuristic New Fletcher Hotel Blends Sustainability with Luxury

Amsterdam’s Futuristic New Fletcher Hotel Blends Sustainability with Luxury

The decor of the Fletcher Hotel can be described as warm and minimalist. Robert Kolenik capitalized on the round nature of the hotel’s floor plan with futuristic interiors that look like somewhere the

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Mole Architects Updates Hawthbush Farmhouse With Reclaimed Brick Extension

Mole Architects Updates Hawthbush Farmhouse With Reclaimed Brick Extension

Mole Architects used natural materials like wood cladding, glass, and copper to extend the Hawthbush farmhouse while staying true to the region's pastoral architectural vernacular. Mole Architects

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Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Fox Johnston had a tiny lot to work with, though it wouldn't appear that way thanks to a deliberate effort to create the illusion of space. In part this is achieved by creating constant communication

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Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Using a restrained material palette that includes wood, stone, concrete and white walls, TACT Architecture was able to make the outdoors a crucial element of their overall design. The northern entrance

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Rocky Mountain Bank Rocks Sustainable Features in Beautiful Jackson, Wyoming

Rocky Mountain Bank Rocks Sustainable Features in Beautiful Jackson, Wyoming

The bank occupies an oblique corner site in a very visible part of Jackson, Wyoming. Its bold and sweeping curvilinear form is accentuated by natural building materials such as stone and a latticed

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Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig, who designed

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BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

Seeking to change the perception that straw bale buildings are only suitable for rural areas, Beyond Architecture Group Officinamobile (BAG) recently built Rome's first straw bale home! The

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First Phase of Aedas’ Seaside Eco-Resort Opens in Guangdong, China

First Phase of Aedas’ Seaside Eco-Resort Opens in Guangdong, China

Aedas recently announced the completion of the first phase of its seaside eco-resort at Huidong, Guangdong, China. The natural setting of this seaside town, located 40 miles from Shenzhen, is the perfect

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Woodendot’s Modern Ka Lamps Are Handcrafted in Spain Using Natural Materials

Woodendot’s Modern Ka Lamps Are Handcrafted in Spain Using Natural Materials

Madrid-based design studio Woodendot recently launched a new line of modern lighting handcrafted from natural materials. Their Ka Lamp collection is locally produced using traditional craft techniques in

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Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Built on pilings on the beach, Nueva Esperanza (which means new hope in Spanish) was constructed in accordance with the community's longstanding vernacular. A timber base is accentuated with bamboo walls

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Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

The Bromont Residence is a compact 2700 square meter cabin built of natural materials in Quebec. Clad in wooden cladding, it also boasts a cedar cathedral ceiling within. This material palette not only

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SunRay Kelley’s Harbin Hot Springs Temple in Napa Valley is Made from Natural Materials

SunRay Kelley’s Harbin Hot Springs Temple in Napa Valley is Made from Natural Materials

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer Part of the reason that SunRay Kelley's buildings are so unique is because they are all handmade. Using nature as his guide, Kelley has built an estimated 50 organic

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

Stepping away from the architectural status quo of a residential neighborhood en route to the famed and magical Ha Long Bay, Vo Trong Nghia stacked hundreds of smooth blue stones on top of one another in

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Artist Chris Maynard Creates Flocks of Birds Out of Individual Feathers

Artist Chris Maynard Creates Flocks of Birds Out of Individual Feathers

Olympia, Washington-based artist Chris Maynard uses individual feathers to create images of large flocks of birds. Using eye surgery scissors, forceps, scalpels, and magnifiers to cut and carve the

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Lee Jae-Hyo Turns Ordinary Pieces of Wood Into Giant Sculptural Spheres

Lee Jae-Hyo Turns Ordinary Pieces of Wood Into Giant Sculptural Spheres

Lee Jae-Hyo's work is on display in temporary and permanent collections throughout the planet - in cities as far afield as London and Washington DC - and it's easy to see why. Using nothing more

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Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

Situated on a lovely green ten acre plot, the Heritage School constructed within the confines of a tight budget was designed with great respect for the land. The curved roofs blend into the hills while

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Cibicworkshop Showcases Green Building Techniques with “Cultivating a House”

Cibicworkshop Showcases Green Building Techniques with “Cultivating a House”

Cultivating a House is a large-scale installation consisting of two houses built from sustainable materials by Cibicworkshop, a design research center that is based in italy. The two houses, which were

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Two Homes Tucked in the Ground are Topped With Sweeping Arched Roofs in Paraguay

Two Homes Tucked in the Ground are Topped With Sweeping Arched Roofs in Paraguay

BAUEN was very concerned to ensure that this eco-luxe home in Paraguay would have a relatively small environmental footprint, so they tucked the majority of it underground. Tall double-height windows

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Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

Whether you're returning to school or just need a new bag to bring your laptop to and from work, Corkor's all-natural women's laptop bag is one of the greenest options available. The bag is handmade with

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Solar Geodesic Dome-Covered Cob House Rises in the Far Reaches of Norway

Solar Geodesic Dome-Covered Cob House Rises in the Far Reaches of Norway

Ardent followers of permaculture, the couple and their three children are lucky to be surrounded by a host of like-minded families who often come by to help with the building. They are also vegetarians,

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TECLA Studio’s Elegant Cork Chair is Made from Natural Materials

TECLA Studio’s Elegant Cork Chair is Made from Natural Materials

The TECLA chair, produced by Portuguese firm TECLA Studio, is characterized by the simplicity of its smooth lines, which result in a minimal and elegant form. Two angles and a vertical bar come together

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Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

The Solar Decathlon competition is designed to foster creativity and innovation, not winners. As a result, we admire the teams who have risked their chance of winning in order to experiment with new

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Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Team Brasil chose wood as the main construction materials for their solar-powered Ekó House since these are more readily available in their home country and because they help to raise awareness of the

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Team Valencia’s Solar Decathlon SML System House Adapts to a Growing Family’s Needs

Team Valencia’s Solar Decathlon SML System House Adapts to a Growing Family’s Needs

This "medium" version of their design was fully constructed in under a fortnight, proving the credentials of their efficient building technique. The kitchen was fitted with the appliances off-site and

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Earth-Covered Subterranean River Sauna Heats up a Sizzling View in Norway

Earth-Covered Subterranean River Sauna Heats up a Sizzling View in Norway

The subterranean sauna has a mild industrial feel to it thanks to the raw concrete and rusted metal wall, combined with a minimalist Japanese aesthetic and a view that will make a grown man weep. Each of

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Terunobu Fujimori’s Otherworldly Tree Houses Defy the Laws of Gravity

Terunobu Fujimori’s Otherworldly Tree Houses Defy the Laws of Gravity

Terunobu Fujimori had his first building erected at the age of 44 (the Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum was commissioned by his hometown, Chino City in Nagano). Enveloped by local stones and hand-cut

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Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu is one of the leading green companies in the homewares and gift segment. The China-based company received Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval for its efforts to preserve the environment, promote

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