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Snøhetta’s New ‘Plus House’ in Norway Will Produce Twice The Energy It Uses

Snøhetta’s New ‘Plus House’ in Norway Will Produce Twice The Energy It Uses

This gorgeous experimental house in Norway can produce twice the energy it consumes! Designed by Snøhetta for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, the building demonstrates the latest

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Architects' TMFA takes the shape of a pentagon - a subtle symbolic representation of Tainan's city flower, the Phoenix Blossom. Beneath the pentagon-shaped canopy, the museum comprises a

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Studio505′s Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China’s Highest Rating in Sustainability

Studio505′s Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China’s Highest Rating in Sustainability

Although the original competition brief proposed diverting an existing axial canal to a less prominent position on site, studio505 chose instead to integrate the waterway into the site plan as an active

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Brighton’s Pod-Like Observation Tower to Offer an Awe-Inspiring 30-Mile Radial View

Brighton’s Pod-Like Observation Tower to Offer an Awe-Inspiring 30-Mile Radial View

The tower will have a pod-like structure that will function as an observation platform. Visitors will be able to board the doughnut-shaped pod and take a 20-minute long ride along the tower. The entire

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia's lotus pavilion was inspired by local flora, but it holds a universal message. "Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof

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Spectacular Lotus Building and People’s Park Dramatically Rises From the Waters of Wujin

Spectacular Lotus Building and People’s Park Dramatically Rises From the Waters of Wujin

Set atop an existing two-story subterranean municipal facility beneath the lake, the Lotus building was completed in 2013 and houses parts of the city's planning bureau, exhibition halls, and meeting

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Danish Students’ EMBRACE House for Two Boasts a Super Energy-Efficient Double Envelope

Danish Students’ EMBRACE House for Two Boasts a Super Energy-Efficient Double Envelope

Students from the Technical University of Denmark designed the home for two by combining passive and active technological solutions. The building’s thermal envelope shelters only the necessary area

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Built along the side of a highway, the Salvaged Ring coffee shop features a curved thatch roof that connects the roadway with the riverbank. The sloped roof helps soften the appearance of the building in

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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

With a footprint of just under 1,000 square feet, the new house was constructed using clay, sand, straw, and water bricks clad in recycled sheets of aluminum, and then accented with recycled shipping

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Peter Rose + Partners Unveil a Gorgeous Energy-Efficient Island Residence in Massachusetts

Peter Rose + Partners Unveil a Gorgeous Energy-Efficient Island Residence in Massachusetts

The architects conceived the house as a four-partite structure comprised of a main residence, garage, storage shed and a boat house. After demolishing the previous house and garage, the architects decided

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Mali’s Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is Cooled Entirely by Natural Ventilation and Green Building Strategies

Mali’s Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is Cooled Entirely by Natural Ventilation and Green Building Strategies

F8 Architecture established a set of key principles while designing the Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage: Reduce solar gain, embrace natural ventilation, and improve thermal mass. To this end, hollow

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Clunky Old School Bus Converted into a Sweet Earthy Home With a Wood-fired Stove

Clunky Old School Bus Converted into a Sweet Earthy Home With a Wood-fired Stove

It's not always warm up in the mountains, so this beauty has a rustic wood-fired stove that you'd see in any earthy library, except this one is keeping a small bus nice and toasty. To keep it from being

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Stealth Cabin Eco Retreat Blends With the Forest in Ontario

Stealth Cabin Eco Retreat Blends With the Forest in Ontario

Located near Bracebridge, Ontario adjacent to a lake, the Stealth Cabin is a pleasant mix of traditional and modern design. The owners were torn between wanting a traditional log cabin and a modern one,

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TSC Architects’ Home for Two is Wrapped in a Folded Origami Roof

TSC Architects’ Home for Two is Wrapped in a Folded Origami Roof

The house was designed for a young couple returning home to their village. Commissioned to design a home which would be modern, yet communicate with tradition and the surrounding mountainous landscape,

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Far Sight House Stays Naturally Cool in Singapore

Far Sight House Stays Naturally Cool in Singapore

Completed in 2013, the semi-detached Far Sight House measures 4,983 square-feet and comprises two main floors, plus an attic space and terrace that's said to boast "million-dollar" views of Singapore's

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BREEAM Excellent Everyman Theatre Renovation Reuses 25,000 Bricks in Liverpool

BREEAM Excellent Everyman Theatre Renovation Reuses 25,000 Bricks in Liverpool

The Everyman is a culturally important hub for Liverpool, capturing the creativity and community engagement that makes the theater a vital building. Originally housed in a converted 19th century chapel,

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Hare + Klein’s Award-Winning Eco Lodge in the Australian Bush Charms with Local and Recycled Materials

Hare + Klein’s Award-Winning Eco Lodge in the Australian Bush Charms with Local and Recycled Materials

Hare and Klein's eco lodge is located in a coastal village just south of Sydney. Inside, tables and chairs made from minimally treated willow and silver birch contribute a raw and natural aesthetic that

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Broadway Malyan Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

Broadway Malyan Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

Broadawy Malyan recently celebrated the launch of the Century City Mall in the Philippines. The architecture seeks to challenge the ‘business as usual’ energy and water intensive mall typology by

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RH+Architecture Unveils New University Library Wrapped in a Wooden Lattice in French Guiana

RH+Architecture Unveils New University Library Wrapped in a Wooden Lattice in French Guiana

The library is located in the center of the newly constructed Rectorat de Guyane campus in capital city Cayenne, and aims to reinvigorate the neighborhood and the city. It provides additional community

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Clearpoint Tower in Sri Lanka Will Become the World’s Tallest Vertical Garden

Clearpoint Tower in Sri Lanka Will Become the World’s Tallest Vertical Garden

The tower will be located 10 kilometers from the center of Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka, overlooking the Diyawanna Lake in Kotte. To minimize solar heat gain, the architects have designed the

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Populous Completes Brazil’s Arena das Dunas World Cup Stadium Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Populous Completes Brazil’s Arena das Dunas World Cup Stadium Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Populous’ World Cup Arena in Natal has been completed ahead of schedule and 3 percent below budget. Brazil’s president Dilma Rouseff officially inaugurated the Arena das Dunas and congratulated the

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Lightweight Laureus Learning Pavilion is an Eco-Friendly Children’s Playground in India

Lightweight Laureus Learning Pavilion is an Eco-Friendly Children’s Playground in India

The structure features a lightweight canopy which provides shade and creates a comfortable environment for kids to play in. The pavilion is open from all sides and its airy, double height space acts as an

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The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

Opened in August 2013, the Global Change Institute is a research facility dedicated to finding solutions for global challenges. HASSEL Architects designed the project to 'walk the walk' by operating a

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Samoo’s Green-Roofed Seulmundae Halmang Museum Depicts Myth of 500 Children Turned to Stone on Jeju Island

Samoo’s Green-Roofed Seulmundae Halmang Museum Depicts Myth of 500 Children Turned to Stone on Jeju Island

Seulmundae was making soup for her 500 children when she fell into the pot and died. By the time her sons realized what had happened, they had already eaten the soup and were subsequentlyturned to stone

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Otherworldly Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Center is Cooled by Lake Water

Otherworldly Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Center is Cooled by Lake Water

The building’s shape mimics the giant oculus structure that hangs off the side of a massive membrane bioreactor tank within the Water Factory. It sits on an artificial lake that it utilizes to cool the

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Team Capitol DC’s Net-Zero Harvest Solar Decathlon Home is Wrapped With an Edible Garden

Team Capitol DC’s Net-Zero Harvest Solar Decathlon Home is Wrapped With an Edible Garden

Almost entirely surrounded by edible and native plants, the landscaping blurs the line between interior and exterior environments, doubling the amount of usable space, and creating an expansive sense of

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SSE Hydro: Foster + Partners Unveil a Translucent, Energy-Efficient Music Venue for Scotland

SSE Hydro: Foster + Partners Unveil a Translucent, Energy-Efficient Music Venue for Scotland

Foster + Partners just unveiled their latest achievement: the SSE Hydro. It's not a dam or a submarine - It's Scotland’s largest purpose-built public event arena, and it will see some of the world's

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Norway’s Jektvik Ferry Quay Area is an Efficiently Built Daylit Building

Norway’s Jektvik Ferry Quay Area is an Efficiently Built Daylit Building

This Jektvik Ferry Quay Area was constructed in phases off-site, and it's able to adapt to the cold winter conditions of Norway. The building's transparent panels are composed of colored and frosted

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Sustainable Day-lit House in Greenwich Boasts Enviable Panoramic Bay Views

Sustainable Day-lit House in Greenwich Boasts Enviable Panoramic Bay Views

Since the homes’ residents had lived in a house on the land previously, the orientation of the bedrooms and living rooms was required to follow specific guidelines in order to maintain the family’s

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Dinkoff Architects Unveil Plans for Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Taichung Cultural Center

Dinkoff Architects Unveil Plans for Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Taichung Cultural Center

The project's green building strategy is centered around three components: a green roof, a solar power array, and the building’s elongated shape. A garden partly covers the roof of the library,

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