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Beautiful Transparent Garden House in Tokyo Can’t Leave Nature Outside

Beautiful Transparent Garden House in Tokyo Can’t Leave Nature Outside

It might seem like glass walls might steam the home's inhabitants, but a nifty circulation box placed between the two cubes ensures that this beautiful "garden house" is nice and naturally ventilated.

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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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Modern Home Fuses Traditional Thai Architecture With Green Building

Modern Home Fuses Traditional Thai Architecture With Green Building

After exploring many traditional Thai homes, Sinthuphan came to the conclusion that the style was not so important as the spirit of the homes. He also found that the "Thai house is about living within its

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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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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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