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Betillon Dorval-Bory’s Anabatic Office Makes Use of Natural Winds to Keep Cool In a Hot & Humid Climate

Betillon Dorval-Bory’s Anabatic Office Makes Use of Natural Winds to Keep Cool In a Hot & Humid Climate

Betillon/Dorval-Bory's design for Fundecor's new office began with an analysis of the site and the prevailing climatic conditions. Knowing that the tropical site would need some serious cooling, they

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Tokyo’s “Small House” is a Super Narrow Tower That’s Only 13 Ft. Wide!

Tokyo’s “Small House” is a Super Narrow Tower That’s Only 13 Ft. Wide!

Unemori Architects had a 112 square foot plot to work with when they were commissioned to build this home. Instead of eating up every inch of it, the designers decided to place the "Small House" smack dab

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Cocoon is a Spiraling Mesh-Encased Office Nestled Into a Park in Zurich

Cocoon is a Spiraling Mesh-Encased Office Nestled Into a Park in Zurich

Cocoon is a 1,900 sqm office building for Swiss Life in Zurich designed by Camenzind Evolution. The elliptical building is located in Zurich’s Seefeld district on a hillside with views overlooking the

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Amazing Stork Nest Farm Features a Gigantic Woven Bird Nest Riding Arena

Amazing Stork Nest Farm Features a Gigantic Woven Bird Nest Riding Arena

Work began on the renovation and rehabilitation of the farmstead back in 2006 so that it could be used for company presentations, corporate events and leisure activities. The farmstead is situated around

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Awesome Fun-House Mirrored Pavilion Replaces Sad Graffiti-Covered Structure in Copenhagen

Awesome Fun-House Mirrored Pavilion Replaces Sad Graffiti-Covered Structure in Copenhagen

The Mirror House is a minimalist structure clad in heat-treated wood and shutters that promote natural ventilation. At night the shutters are closed. At both of the gabled ends of the 140 square meter

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Louvered LAM Café is a Gorgeous Naturally Daylit Coffee House in Vietnam

Louvered LAM Café is a Gorgeous Naturally Daylit Coffee House in Vietnam

LAM means louvers in english, and this building method was chosen for a number of reasons. First, construction needed to be completed quickly, and this modular method allowed the owners to get a building

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Toda House: Japanese Home Perched on Stilts Has an Awesome View of Hiroshima

Toda House: Japanese Home Perched on Stilts Has an Awesome View of Hiroshima

The Toda House consists of one continuous wraparound volume that is cloaked in a panel of well-insulated glass. This affords the home not only the view, which is enviable enough, but also plenty of

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The Bilbao Arena’s Green Lizard-Like Facade Defends Against the Spanish Sun

The Bilbao Arena’s Green Lizard-Like Facade Defends Against the Spanish Sun

There are two parts to the Bilbao Arena, which is open to local residents when there are no sporting activities taking place. The loud enclosed arena is situated further away from the surrounding homes to

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Shimmery Hansha Reflection House Thinks Outside The Japanese Box

Shimmery Hansha Reflection House Thinks Outside The Japanese Box

The public, private, and service programs of the house have been separated, with the public portions upstairs, peering through the windows facing the park's lake and sakura trees. Strategically placed,

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H Arquitectes’ Triangular House 712 Takes Shape with Perforated Bricks

H Arquitectes’ Triangular House 712 Takes Shape with Perforated Bricks

The perforated brick façade may enhance the geometric home’s façade, but they also boast an advantage over regular bricks. Behind the perforated façade sits an air chamber that increases natural

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Angkasa Raya: Landmark Tower Set to Hover Amidst Sky Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Angkasa Raya: Landmark Tower Set to Hover Amidst Sky Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Comprised of two slab-like blocks set upon a lush plinth at the base, and third slab mounted on top of the sky gardens, the tower was designed to compliment but not mirror the iconic twin towers next

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Adin Design’s Rainbow-Hued Glass Facade Adds a Bright Splash of Color to Kolkata, India

Adin Design’s Rainbow-Hued Glass Facade Adds a Bright Splash of Color to Kolkata, India

The very mention of India all too often evokes images of mundane, densely-populated streets, which is exactly the stereotype Adin Design meant to shake off with this beautiful rainbow-hued facade.

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Stay Cool in CplusC Architects’ Super Ventilated Curl Curl Beach House

Stay Cool in CplusC Architects’ Super Ventilated Curl Curl Beach House

Curl Curl House is comprised of two open spaces divided by a central core. The public side includes a kitchen, a dining room, and a living room while the private side has two bedrooms and a bathroom. The

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Pixelated Mesh-Wrapped Garden Spruces Up an Urban Home in Japan

Pixelated Mesh-Wrapped Garden Spruces Up an Urban Home in Japan

The designers placed the small garden adjacent to the Oh family's small, naturally-finished home, where window slices permit a soft infusion of daylight and ensure constant views of the new garden.

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Seeks BREEAM Excellent

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Seeks BREEAM Excellent

The gorgeous building holds a 450 seat chamber recital hall, a 180 seat theater, 4 rehearsal studios, an exhibition gallery, foyer, terrace, and a cafe bar. It was specifically designed to have excellent

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Dazzling Circa Art Gallery in South Africa is Wrapped in an Ellipse of Bark-Hued Fins

Dazzling Circa Art Gallery in South Africa is Wrapped in an Ellipse of Bark-Hued Fins

StudioMAS has taken huge strides to reduce the building's carbon and energy footprint by relying mostly on passive design to keep the building cool and warm. In certain rooms, where passive design was

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Foster + Partners Officially Launch Virgin Galactic Gateway Spaceport

Foster + Partners Officially Launch Virgin Galactic Gateway Spaceport

The flight of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo celebrated the recent completion of the main hangar and visitor's experience center. Sir Richard Branson was on hand to lead the ceremony and was joined by

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The Skinny Minihouse is a Study in Low-Impact Urban Housing in Germany

The Skinny Minihouse is a Study in Low-Impact Urban Housing in Germany

European cities are becoming increasingly crowded, so creative measures need to be taken to maximize urban density without making people stir crazy. By building a tall and thin prototype with clever use

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Pan Gyo Complex by MACK Architects Wins Korean National Housing Contest

Pan Gyo Complex by MACK Architects Wins Korean National Housing Contest

Set amidst a heavily planted area,  the sustainable housing complex by MACK Architect(s) blends seamlessly with the plant life of the area. Pan Gyo’s common areas are heavily planted with greenery, and

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South Africa’s Mankgaile Primary School Doubles as a Thriving Community Center

South Africa’s Mankgaile Primary School Doubles as a Thriving Community Center

The project was sponsored by PetroSA and now is the commanding focal point for the village in the Limpopo province. Replacing a set of basic and dilapidated buildings, the school is now an organized,

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Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

The multi-level central dome is framed with steel and clad in glazed glass panels that permit sunlight all year round. Although the greenhouse effect promotes natural heating, certain measures - such as

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Plan B Arquitectos’ Casa en Río Cedro is an Open Air Delight in Colombia

Plan B Arquitectos’ Casa en Río Cedro is an Open Air Delight in Colombia

The surrounding area has been ravaged by extensive deforestation of the native forest for livestock grazing and timbers. To avoid using wood from these locations, the team sourced certified wood and pine

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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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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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