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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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300 Year Old Barn Renovated Into a Modern Yet Rustic Residence

300 Year Old Barn Renovated Into a Modern Yet Rustic Residence

The barn is located on a hill with a vantage over open farmland and woodlands. Wanting to preserve all that was good with the historic barn -- but still have a modern, efficient, functional home -- the

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The Lovely Villas Taribini is the Epitome of Warm Sustainable Ambience

The Lovely Villas Taribini is the Epitome of Warm Sustainable Ambience

The buildings are oriented in order to ensure the right amount of solar gain during all seasons, keeping them warm during winter but sufficiently cool during the summer. Upstairs, the white walls act as

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Casa VSP+JUR: Green-Roofed Mini Home in Cancun is Just the Right Size

Casa VSP+JUR: Green-Roofed Mini Home in Cancun is Just the Right Size

The sloping green roof is very attractive and helps the home snuggle into its environment. Sanzpont was focused on ensuring that their imprint remain as discreet as the home's overall environmental

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A Solar-Powered Chicken Coop That Old MacDonald Would Be Proud Of

A Solar-Powered Chicken Coop That Old MacDonald Would Be Proud Of

Urban chickens have an elegant new housing option thanks to this awesome solar-powered coop we came across this week at ICFF. RAAD studio from New York City has taken a departure from its usual style to

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Partially “Furry” Glass Cube Uses Tradition Palapa as a Sustainable Facade

Partially “Furry” Glass Cube Uses Tradition Palapa as a Sustainable Facade

The office and retail building plays off local identity and was built by local craftsmen who are familiar with the methods of palapa construction. Experimental in design, but easily recognizable as part

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Mosque for All: BIG Wins Competition To Design Inside-Out Albanian Cultural Center

Mosque for All: BIG Wins Competition To Design Inside-Out Albanian Cultural Center

Albania sits at the crossroads of three major religions: Islam, Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity, and two new churches were recently completed for the later religions. So in order to promote

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Mobilizarte: Prefab Balloon Pavilion Will Travel Throughout Brazil Before 2016 Olympics

Mobilizarte: Prefab Balloon Pavilion Will Travel Throughout Brazil Before 2016 Olympics

This balloontasic mobile art pavilion will make its debut next summer in Brazil where it will travel to ten different cities in honor of the 2014 World Cup and then the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Pabellon Desconectados: Brilliant Sustainable Pavilion Lights Up Like a Jewel

Pabellon Desconectados: Brilliant Sustainable Pavilion Lights Up Like a Jewel

Plan B was asked by the fair organizers to construct a temporary pavilion built with materials donated by companies participating in the fair. These materials included a diverse mixture of same-sized

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Solar Powered Teaching Hospital Currently Under Construction In Haiti

Solar Powered Teaching Hospital Currently Under Construction In Haiti

The new 45,000 sq ft hospital is located in the Central Plateau region of Haiti in a town called Mirebalais and will serve an estimated 450-500 patients per day. When completed in early 2012, the main

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Lincoln Mixed Use Building In Denver Features High Tech Prefab Curtain Wall

Lincoln Mixed Use Building In Denver Features High Tech Prefab Curtain Wall

The mixed-use complex would comprise a 438 room hotel tower, retail space on the ground floor, restaurant space, plus 12 movie theaters that total up to 438,000 sq ft. Various circulation routes ease

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Breathtaking New Forum for Science And Oceanography at the Scripps Center in San Deigo

Breathtaking New Forum for Science And Oceanography at the Scripps Center in San Deigo

The Scripps facility was built to provide a forum to help advance the study of the oceans, earth, and marine life sciences. It includes a 300-person flexible auditorium space, four oceanfront meeting

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This Ginormous Orange Cube is an Architecture + Design Showroom In Lyon

This Ginormous Orange Cube is an Architecture + Design Showroom In Lyon

The building serves as the headquarters for the Cardinal Group, a real estate development firm, as well as the Design Showroom RBC. The intention of the project was to combine a showroom dedicated to the

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Graceful Durham Performing Arts Center Rehabilitates Historic Tobacco District

Graceful Durham Performing Arts Center Rehabilitates Historic Tobacco District

The DPAC is a 103,000 sf, 2,800-seat state of the art Broadway-style theater and was built for $46 million, which is said to be half of what other theaters are being built for. Located on a former

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Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

This stunning seaside structure bursts free from the all-too-frequently stale stock of public housing projects with its dynamic array of brightly shaded cells. Taking its cues from the modular honeycomb

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Modern Morerava Eco Cabins Sit Lightly on Easter Island

Modern Morerava Eco Cabins Sit Lightly on Easter Island

The project celebrates sustainable design in a challenging environment where its impact can be the most beneficial. The cabins were built in on the Chilean mainland and placed on piers to eliminate the

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Elegant Grand Stade de Casablanca Stadium To Be Built In An Abandoned Quarry

Elegant Grand Stade de Casablanca Stadium To Be Built In An Abandoned Quarry

The Moroccan National Football team is set to have a brand new stadium designed by French studio Scau in collaboration with local, Moroccan firm Archi Design. The Grand Stade de Casablanca will be built

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Stunning Icelandic Institute is an Ice-Frosted Eco Citadel

Stunning Icelandic Institute is an Ice-Frosted Eco Citadel

The institute's volume is inspired by the bodies of insects as well as the nearby Mount Keilir, which is mirrored in the prominent form of the front of the building. Two fissures separate the building

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A Bamboo Forest Wraps This Beautiful Taiwanese Home

A Bamboo Forest Wraps This Beautiful Taiwanese Home

The family home is located on a tight and long narrow plot bordered on three sides by houses with shared walls -- the only free opening is towards the street. In order to bring more daylight and fresh air

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Robert Burns’ Beautiful Green Roofed Museum Now Open

Robert Burns’ Beautiful Green Roofed Museum Now Open

The new Burns museum is set on 10 acres of the Alloway countryside and comprises the cottage he was born in - which was built by his father - along with gardens and the new museum. Inside, the modern eco

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Green-Roofed Longhouse Blends Into the Kansas Prairie

Green-Roofed Longhouse Blends Into the Kansas Prairie

The Longhouse is exactly that - long. At 150 feet long and 24 feet wide, the south-facing home exemplifies solar passive design: a large overhanging roof protects the home from the hot summer sun, but

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Olson Kundig Designs Office Made From Wind Turbine Parts

Olson Kundig Designs Office Made From Wind Turbine Parts

Olson Kundig Architects' 1,700 square-foot office addition was inspired by wind turbines -- they deconstructed the turbine down to its main parts, which include sections of the tower and the blades. Two

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World’s Most Sustainable Broadcasting Studio Unveiled in the UK

World’s Most Sustainable Broadcasting Studio Unveiled in the UK

Architectural design firm Arup Associates recently completed work on BSkyB's headquarters, which has been hailed as the greenest broadcasting studio in the world. The massive new facility at the

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