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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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Colorful Hawai’i Wildlife Center Protects and Rehabilitates Endangered Species on the Big Island

Colorful Hawai’i Wildlife Center Protects and Rehabilitates Endangered Species on the Big Island

The HWC is dedicated to the conservation and recovery of Hawaii's vulnerable and endangered native wildlife and hopes to achieve this through hands-on treatment, research, training, science education, and

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Off-Grid Home by Design Build Bluff Gives Navajo Mother of Four A New Life

Off-Grid Home by Design Build Bluff Gives Navajo Mother of Four A New Life

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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Herb Greene’s Crazy 1960s Prairie Chicken House Was a Green Design Before its Time

Herb Greene’s Crazy 1960s Prairie Chicken House Was a Green Design Before its Time

Herb Greene was definitely going for something that would stimulate the senses when he built this home. He chose a 2 acre site on the prairies of Norman, Oklahoma where no other houses could be seen, and

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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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Apple Unveils Exciting New Pictures of Its Foster & Partners Designed Green Headquarters in Cupertino!

Apple Unveils Exciting New Pictures of Its Foster & Partners Designed Green Headquarters in Cupertino!

Not surprisingly, Foster & Partners' design for Apple's new campus is exciting and bold but pricey. It will consist of a 260,000 m2 office building that will house up to 13,000 employees, a corporate

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Cocage: Japanese Stepped Mountain Home Incorporates Light, Wind, Water & Shadows

Cocage: Japanese Stepped Mountain Home Incorporates Light, Wind, Water & Shadows

The simple layout of the home is achieved with an H-shaped floorplan. On the ground floor, there is a bathroom, a laundry, storage, 2 bedrooms, the kitchen and a traditional tatami room all joined

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Kodaira Shi: Toyko Residence is Covered in a Tent to Create a Private Shaded Garden

Kodaira Shi: Toyko Residence is Covered in a Tent to Create a Private Shaded Garden

The 93 sq m (1,001 sq ft), two-story home sits on a corner in a residential area. The owners wanted a small garden and yard for their children, but also desired privacy. The translucent tarpaulin, which

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GMS Grande Palladium: Insane Mumbai Office Looks Like It’s Straight Out of Star Wars

GMS Grande Palladium: Insane Mumbai Office Looks Like It’s Straight Out of Star Wars

The GMS Grande Palladium is hoisted 8 meters above the ground to create a landscaped courtyard that is more interconnected with the street level. The main lobby of the building is located here as well as

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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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Uniquely Angular Sandal Magna School is One of The Most Carbon Efficient in UK

Uniquely Angular Sandal Magna School is One of The Most Carbon Efficient in UK

When the original Victorian school on the site fell into disrepair, the red bricks were disassembled. Wigglesworth then re-used the original bricks to build elements for the new Sandal Magna. The school

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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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Spiraling Solar-Powered Museum of Civilizations Expected To Proceed In St. Paul, France

Spiraling Solar-Powered Museum of Civilizations Expected To Proceed In St. Paul, France

The 9,000 sq meter cultural center will highlight the development of the various cultures on the island and provide special educational opportunities for people in the area. The museum will be located on

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Renzo Piano’s Gorgeous Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center Inspired by Native Architecture

Renzo Piano’s Gorgeous Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center Inspired by Native Architecture

The cultural center is situated on a narrow strip of land surrounded by the ocean and lots of lush vegetation. Ten pavilions of various sizes ranging in height between 9 and 24 meters high are situated

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Crazy Japanese House Features Solar Heated Bathroom Bunker

Crazy Japanese House Features Solar Heated Bathroom Bunker

The compact home is located in a friendly neighborhood with some long-time residents, so the new owners wanted to make sure they built a home that was open and inviting. Building codes also let them build

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VIlla 4.0: Hexagonal Dutch Home Gets a Green Facelift

VIlla 4.0: Hexagonal Dutch Home Gets a Green Facelift

The architects stuck to the existing materials as much as possible though certain interventions, such as upgrading the outer walls and roofs, were necessary, as was insulating the building to improve its

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Parasitic Vertical Upside-Down Casino Latches onto the Hoover Dam

Parasitic Vertical Upside-Down Casino Latches onto the Hoover Dam

The conceptual tower would provide a casino, a hotel, a boxing ring and a concert hall with all the same amenities and luxuries as a casino on the Las Vegas strip. Located between the dam and the bypass

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KfW Headquarters Aims to be the Most Energy-Efficient Office Tower in Europe

KfW Headquarters Aims to be the Most Energy-Efficient Office Tower in Europe

Sauerbruch Hutton designed the building to harmonize with its surrounding environs. The shape of the building is angled to let the prevailing breezes slip by, reducing uneven air pressures across its

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Charming Japanese Residence Has a Green Roofed Garage Perfect for A Car Hobbyist

Charming Japanese Residence Has a Green Roofed Garage Perfect for A Car Hobbyist

Set next to a rice field, the home enjoys views out over farmland and is very privately situated. Organized in a U-shape around a courtyard and projected by the garage on the side facing the road, the

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Prague’s Passive Solar Social Housing Project Makes the Most of Inexpensive Materials

Prague’s Passive Solar Social Housing Project Makes the Most of Inexpensive Materials

At the base of the social housing project sits a brightly colored gym surrounded by translucent walls facing the street. The rest of the project was built by adding brick-shaped apartments to create a

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Glass Casa La Semilla Opens Beautifully to Its Lush Surroundings

Glass Casa La Semilla Opens Beautifully to Its Lush Surroundings

The two bedroom home seems far larger than it really is due to the use of all glass walls and influx of daylighting. Located in the often hot climate of Jiutepec Morelos, Mexico, little is ever needed in

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6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light

6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light

The 45 x 45 meter building kept complexity to a minimum in order to make the most of available space and daylight. The dotted exterior walls contain thousands of round windows sized at 200, 250 and 300

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Timayui Kindergarten Looks Like Stone Teeth Jutting Out of the Earth in Colombia

Timayui Kindergarten Looks Like Stone Teeth Jutting Out of the Earth in Colombia

Designed to nurture children age zero to five, the Timayui kindergarten is a fun and funky space that is flooded with natural lighting. In addition to aesthetic appeal, the sloped roof performs multiple

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Eye-Popping Jones House Uses Color To Challenge Ho-Hum Suburban Vernacular

Eye-Popping Jones House Uses Color To Challenge Ho-Hum Suburban Vernacular

Using cost-effective materials such as brick veneer, painted compressed sheeting, and colorbond roofing and cladding, as well as passive design to up the sustainability ante, Kavellaris has turned what is

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Giant Mangrove Patch Office Tower Rotates to Provide Splendid Views of Java Sea

Giant Mangrove Patch Office Tower Rotates to Provide Splendid Views of Java Sea

The buildings are propped up with a skeletal structure that shades the interior. Then, the corridors that line each floor act as a buffer zone between the offices and the sun, keeping the former nice and

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Containers of Hope: Cool Costa Rican Shipping Container House Only Costs $40,000

Containers of Hope: Cool Costa Rican Shipping Container House Only Costs $40,000

You might remember Saxe as the architect who built his mother this gorgeous bamboo retreat with a moon skylight. Although based in London, Saxe spends a lot of time in Central America and he helped

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Solar Decathlon 2011: Butterfly-Roofed WaterShed House Mimics Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

Solar Decathlon 2011: Butterfly-Roofed WaterShed House Mimics Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

After winning the 2007 US Solar Decathlon, and placing second in the world, the University of Maryland team is well poised for this year's intercollegiate competition. Their solar-powered house, called

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