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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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Bellomo Architects’ Tiny House Arc Prefab Home is Now Available for Order

Bellomo Architects’ Tiny House Arc Prefab Home is Now Available for Order

Inspired by the architects’ Bike Arc design (a modular bike parking system) the House Arc was conceived as a modular housing system for communities in need but is also suited for people interested in

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UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center is Finely Tuned to Southern California’s Climate

UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center is Finely Tuned to Southern California’s Climate

The Contemporary Arts Center is UC Irvine's most recent addition to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and includes many innovative educational spaces. Built into a slight slope, the building contains a

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Casa 34 is a Long Rectangular Home With a Green Roof and an Enviable View in Chile

Casa 34 is a Long Rectangular Home With a Green Roof and an Enviable View in Chile

Set up against an extended stone retaining wall, the timber-clad home is barely visible from afar. This integration is further served by both the lush green roof and the natural materials with which the

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Prefab Infiniski Menta House Features Steel Shutters Shaped Like Mint Leaves in Spain

Prefab Infiniski Menta House Features Steel Shutters Shaped Like Mint Leaves in Spain

The Infiniski Menta House was originally conceived as a holiday home for clients in the Tarragon countryside. As such, energy-efficiency and compact design were essential components of the brief. James

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The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India

The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India

With this summer seeing record scorching temperatures and blackouts in India, the Courtyard House seems prepared to deal with the high temperatures. Designed by Mumbai-based Sanjay Puri Architects, the

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Spiraling Day-Lit Buddhist Temple Rises from a Pool of Floating Lotuses in China

Spiraling Day-Lit Buddhist Temple Rises from a Pool of Floating Lotuses in China

Both the interior and exterior sides of the winding ribbons meet, creating a sense of the cyclic interconnectivity so crucial to Buddhist thought. But far from being merely philosophical, the spiral form

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London’s New Shard Skyscraper Crowned the Tallest Building in Europe!

London’s New Shard Skyscraper Crowned the Tallest Building in Europe!

To the dismay of many critics, The Shard, which is located on the southern bank of the Thames, towers over the iconic London Bridge Quarter. Called by some a monument to greed and a "broken Britain," the

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Blank Studio’s Xeros Residence Beats the Heat With a Sun-Shading Facade

Blank Studio’s Xeros Residence Beats the Heat With a Sun-Shading Facade

Blank Studio's Xeros Residence (from the Greek for ‘dry’) turns an opaque face towards the intense western afternoon sun in Phoenix, Arizona, while more exposed faces to the south and east are

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First-Year Yale Students Construct a Cool Reflective Pavilion Using Aluminum

First-Year Yale Students Construct a Cool Reflective Pavilion Using Aluminum

During a seminar and design studio, the students set out to apply interesting new computational and material techniques to their building project. What resulted is an airy, reflective pavilion made from

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Wellington’s Kumutoto Toilets Resemble Giant Sea Monsters With a Tail for Ventilation

Wellington’s Kumutoto Toilets Resemble Giant Sea Monsters With a Tail for Ventilation

These scaly public restrooms in New Zealand look like giant sea monsters, but their form actually follows function, as the shape of the tail promotes natural ventilation. When commissioned to design a

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Falcon-Inspired Qatar National Pavilion Lands at Rio+20

Falcon-Inspired Qatar National Pavilion Lands at Rio+20

The Qatar delegation to Rio+20 hired Grimshaw Architects to design a temporary pavilion for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Qatar National Food

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Heatherwick’s Timber Studios are Split Down the Middle and Covered in Thin Steel

Heatherwick’s Timber Studios are Split Down the Middle and Covered in Thin Steel

Each building houses two artists, so Weatherwick Studio basically cut the timber-framing in half to allow natural light and ventilation to permeate the building and to create a separate entrance for each

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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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J. Mayer H.’s Striated JOH3 Apartment Complex Reinterprets the Classic Berliner Residential Building

J. Mayer H.’s Striated JOH3 Apartment Complex Reinterprets the Classic Berliner Residential Building

JOH3 is a unique residential building in downtown Berlin developed by Euroboden and designed by J. Mayer H.. Located on Johannisstraße in Mitte, Berlin’s downtown district, the seven story building

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Dandelion Clock is a Bodacious Modular Kindergarten in Germany

Dandelion Clock is a Bodacious Modular Kindergarten in Germany

The four modules are arranged around a central atrium. This daylit space and naturally-ventilated space has multiple functions: It is an indoor playing field, a dining hall and it regulates traffic

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MOTAT’s Aviation Display Hall Protects Historic Planes and the Environment

MOTAT’s Aviation Display Hall Protects Historic Planes and the Environment

The Aviation Display Hall was built to extend MOTAT's existing facilities and house all of their aviation exhibits. The new building is over 3,000 sq m and is actually built on top of a former landfill,

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The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China

The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China

Strategic orientation of the 51,000 square meter Garden School, construction of which is currently underway, makes optimum use of passive solar design, daylighting, and natural ventilation. Some of the

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The Kantana Film Institute is Shaded by a Sawtooth Brick Wall in Thailand

The Kantana Film Institute is Shaded by a Sawtooth Brick Wall in Thailand

The $1 million Kantana Institute in Kakhonprathom province was dedicated to Thailand's master of drama Pradit Kaljareuk. It is a one story facility separated into five sections, namely an administrative

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Djuric Tardio’s Airy Parisian Home Is Topped with a Green Roof Garden

Djuric Tardio’s Airy Parisian Home Is Topped with a Green Roof Garden

A rainwater harvesting system ensures that the terrace garden can be irrigated without using more than the client's fair share of water. Oversized and doubled-glazed south-facing windows permit plenty of

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New French Embassy in China Has a Golden Silk-Screened Facade

New French Embassy in China Has a Golden Silk-Screened Facade

© Adagp photographe Noelle Hoeppe Inaugurated by French President Nicholas Sarkozy in late 2011, the 20,000 sq m French embassy is the culmination of eight years of work. It serves as the chancellery,

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Shiny Copper-Clad Hive Library Built to Resist Climate Change Until 2050

Shiny Copper-Clad Hive Library Built to Resist Climate Change Until 2050

Satisfying a wide range of public services in one compact building, the Worcester library incorporates a host of sustainability features that make the building adaptable to climate change predicted by

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Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Although Grotão is located in the center of the city, only one road connects it to the larger circulation systems of Sao Paulo, which limits the residents access to essential amenities. The goal of

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Ultra-Compact Loft Apartment in Prague Has an Oven in the Stairs!

Ultra-Compact Loft Apartment in Prague Has an Oven in the Stairs!

Just about every piece of furniture has a dual purpose in this lovely loft apartment. The stairs have a built in kitchen unit and bookshelves, which we love, the bathroom cabinets incorporate the washer

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CUBE TUBE is a Pixelated Office & Restaurant in China

CUBE TUBE is a Pixelated Office & Restaurant in China

The 'CUBE' building is a square 32 meter office tower, while 'TUBE' is a 55 meter long restaurant. Most buildings in the area are based on the Tei Kanmuri style, but the client wanted a landmark building

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Rustic French Carpenter’s Offices Are Perched on Stilts

Rustic French Carpenter’s Offices Are Perched on Stilts

The new branching offices look like a network of tree houses perched on four meter stilts, but two staircases bring them back to ground level. One leads to an exterior picnic spot while another extends to

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Swiss ESGE Secondary School Has a Funky Tetris Facade

Swiss ESGE Secondary School Has a Funky Tetris Facade

The ESGE Ecole Secondaire de Genolier was built out of concrete, which isn't our favorite construction material but iPas claims that this choice gives the project longevity and therefore increases its

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Galen Lobby Retrofitted With Colorful Beer Crate Furniture in Singapore

Galen Lobby Retrofitted With Colorful Beer Crate Furniture in Singapore

The Galen Lobby was originally like any old boring corporate lobby with a double height atrium and a glass curtain wall, but Ascendas wanted to turn it into something more exciting that would also save

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The Vissershok School is a Colorful Shipping Container Classroom for Kids in South Africa

The Vissershok School is a Colorful Shipping Container Classroom for Kids in South Africa

Three South African companies, namely Woolworths, Safmarine, and AfriSam, sponsored the Vissershok Container Classroom project which is a boon for the children of farm workers living in the impoverished

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Glass House Mountain House Celebrates the Environment on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Glass House Mountain House Celebrates the Environment on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Perched on the edge of the Glass House range, the Maleny House is sited to take in the views. Bark Design Architects looked to the site for inspiration and designed the home to make the most of the

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