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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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0 to 1′s Gorgeous Geometric Artist Studio Concept

0 to 1′s Gorgeous Geometric Artist Studio Concept

0 to 1 designed this modern live-work space concept for an artist in Fiskars, Finland. The form was inspired by the local climate, Finnish culture, and a set of functions and guidelines provided by the

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Fairy Tale Strawbale Cottage is a Charming Waldorf Preschool in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Fairy Tale Strawbale Cottage is a Charming Waldorf Preschool in Cuernavaca, Mexico

This charming straw bale classroom in Cuernavaca, Mexico is actually a Waldforf preschool that was designed and built with the help of the local community over an 8 week period. Laboratorio Arquitectura

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Arkus’ Green-Walled Eco Office is a Flexible Workspace that Blends Into its Surroundings

Arkus’ Green-Walled Eco Office is a Flexible Workspace that Blends Into its Surroundings

Arkus were approached to design a flexible office space that can easily be reconfigured, so they developed an floor plan of 4 expandable blocks divided by “green” entrance service cores. A

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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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Sydney Home Topped With Twin Lilypads is Steeped in Nature

Sydney Home Topped With Twin Lilypads is Steeped in Nature

The two lilypad portals are freestanding structures placed on either end of the home. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, they also provide support to the remainder of the decidedly minimalist

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Cork-Clad Treehouse Grows Roots & Intermingles with the Branches

Cork-Clad Treehouse Grows Roots & Intermingles with the Branches

To design the treehouse and minimize the impact on the tree, Urbanarbolismo utilized photogrammetry to make an accurate 3D model of the tree. With this model, the team could fine tune their design to fit

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Off-Grid Hill Plain House Showcases Raw Material in a Sophisticated Way

Off-Grid Hill Plain House Showcases Raw Material in a Sophisticated Way

As good green home design goes, everything starts with the site. The house is tucked behind a small rise on the property, which protects it from winter winds. The project's orientation maximizes exposure

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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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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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Rio Roca Ranch Chapel is an Ethereal Wooden Church Filled with Air and Light

Rio Roca Ranch Chapel is an Ethereal Wooden Church Filled with Air and Light

Completed in 2010, the 1,080 sq ft chapel is a private facility and can be used for cultural, artistic and spiritual enrichment for up to 50 people. The organic structure is built from limestone, steel

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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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Inhabitat Attends an Inspiring (and Soggy!) Woodland Design Lab Camping Trip in Wales

Inhabitat Attends an Inspiring (and Soggy!) Woodland Design Lab Camping Trip in Wales

On our first morning there, and all subsequent mornings, Tabitha played a few notes on her violin to wake us up (in lieu of a loud, harsh alarm clock), which is when we realized how serious these

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Tom Back’s Straw “Thrive Hive” is a Cozy Home for Bees

Tom Back’s Straw “Thrive Hive” is a Cozy Home for Bees

While many beekeepers use boxes to encourage bees to get busy, Tom Back's project better approximates their natural habitat. By weaving straw to create a well-insulated barrel-shaped vessel that is

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Terra Cotta-Colored Lupin Research Center Merges Western Tech with Eastern Philosophy

Terra Cotta-Colored Lupin Research Center Merges Western Tech with Eastern Philosophy

The head of the mandala is comprised of the administrative complex on the top of the hill while the main research center travels from south to north and wraps around a central courtyard. Attracted to the

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C-Shaped Wright House Extension Gives Thatched Roofing a Modern Twist

C-Shaped Wright House Extension Gives Thatched Roofing a Modern Twist

The lines of the house are incredibly smooth and fluid and reaches out to the surrounding landscape, which has been left wild and untethered. The art gallery consists of a transparent tunnel that further

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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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Diamond-Shaped Hightseat Pavilion is a Tree-Topped Concert Venue in Romania

Diamond-Shaped Hightseat Pavilion is a Tree-Topped Concert Venue in Romania

The pavilion is made of beech timber boards, creating an aerated truss system that encourages ivy and other hardy plants to grow in between the gaps. The walls of the structure also double as staircases

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Angular Wooden Bihoro House in Japan Used as a Model For Ecological Housing

Angular Wooden Bihoro House in Japan Used as a Model For Ecological Housing

Along with its raised earth floor that connects the home's three volumes, timber on the interior and exterior gives this home its natural feel. Daylighting floods through a tall window, somtimes giving

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Roomy Tex-Tonic House 1 is the Epitome of Creative Mixed-Use Renovation

Roomy Tex-Tonic House 1 is the Epitome of Creative Mixed-Use Renovation

With a mere 466 square meters to work with, Paul McAneary Architects had to be creative - although that doesn't seem to be a problem for them. They added three boxes to the building that are made from

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Casa de la Flora Resort Combines Trendy Comfort and Sustainability in Thailand

Casa de la Flora Resort Combines Trendy Comfort and Sustainability in Thailand

Using natural materials such as wood, stone, and rock partitions (in addition to less-friendly concrete), the designers managed to strike a balance between luxury and simplicity with these rectangular

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Fabio del Percio’s Transparent Hey* Chair is Stuffed with Hay!

Fabio del Percio’s Transparent Hey* Chair is Stuffed with Hay!

The Hey* armchair first made its appearance in Milan at this year's Fuorisalone. A seemingly questionable design when it comes to wear and tear -- at least at first glance -- the Hey* has actually been

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Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School is Hand Built Using Local Materials in Cambodia

Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School is Hand Built Using Local Materials in Cambodia

When the community of Sra Pou, Cambodia was relocated from the city of Phnom Penh to the countryside, their new home was severely lacking in basic infrastructure, a secure environment and a sustainable

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Shigeru Ban’s Villa Vista is a Cantilevered Open Air Beauty in Sri Lanka

Shigeru Ban’s Villa Vista is a Cantilevered Open Air Beauty in Sri Lanka

The concrete home is located on a hilltop overlooking the ocean in Weligama, Sri Lanka, and is composed of a series of platforms accessed by stairs. A large overhanging roof covers the entire space and is

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Gorgeous Glass Clad Groot Klimmendaal Rehabilitation Centre Sits Tucked Amongst the Trees

Gorgeous Glass Clad Groot Klimmendaal Rehabilitation Centre Sits Tucked Amongst the Trees

The three-story building is clad in anodized, brown aluminum as a way of blending it into its forested surroundings. Described as a deer in the forest, the centre stands quietly amidst the trees. The

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Freya and Robin: Charming Love Story-Inspired Prefab Wood Cabins

Freya and Robin: Charming Love Story-Inspired Prefab Wood Cabins

As the story goes, Freya and Robin lived on opposite sides of the lake and had never met. Robin lived on the north side of the lake and spent his days climbing trees and skipping about with the woodland

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Brazilian House Harnesses Natural Materials and Smart Design

Brazilian House Harnesses Natural Materials and Smart Design

This Bahian house in Salvador is a five-bedroom home designed as a square with an interior courtyard. A reflecting pool on one side of the courtyard helps cool the air as breezes blow across it. Two large

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Bike Basket Made of Pine Cones Affords Pretty (But Prickly) Storage

Bike Basket Made of Pine Cones Affords Pretty (But Prickly) Storage

01Mathery created this beautiful pine cone bike basket by cobbling together objects scavenged from the forest floor. The bountiful basket is made from an assortment of pine cones in all different shapes

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