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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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Thai Vineyard Showcases Natural Materials and Passive Cooling

Thai Vineyard Showcases Natural Materials and Passive Cooling

The Sala Visitor Centre introduces visitors to local viticulture and oenology by offering local wines and fine dining. An exhibition on local wines serves as the entrance to the center, then visitors are

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Boat Inspired Sustainable Australian Home Is Serious Fun

Boat Inspired Sustainable Australian Home Is Serious Fun

The clients had a fairly specific idea for what they wanted for their house. In their own words, "Make it Saint Kilda. And, make it light. Make it bright. Make it tight. Add all of the green stuff too,

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6 Eco Offices That Beat Your Cubicle Any Day

6 Eco Offices That Beat Your Cubicle Any Day

VIBRANT BELGIAN ECO OFFICE IS GREEN OUTSIDE AND IN This colorful workplace is so creative that you might never guess that it's home to Infrax, a Belgian utility provider. And it isn't just green on

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Stunning Hawaiian Residence Features Cyclone of Reclaimed Wood

Stunning Hawaiian Residence Features Cyclone of Reclaimed Wood

A gesture inspired by Hawaiian tradition, local basket weaving served as the muse for the incredible entrance, which evokes the feeling of customary gift giving upon arrival, characteristic of the

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Thai Building Facade Handmade From Natural Banana Fiber

Thai Building Facade Handmade From Natural Banana Fiber

In 2008, Architectkidd was asked to design an architectural facade for a residential building called Happyland Townhouse in Bangkok, Thailand. The team chose to focus on natural materials and fibers, so

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Merrill Environmental Center: the Greenest Building Ever?

Merrill Environmental Center: the Greenest Building Ever?

Designed and engineered by SmithGroup, the Merrill Environmental Center is a 32,000 sq ft facility designed for the organization's 90-person staff. Located on the Chesapeake Bay shoreline, about 15

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Oakland Fire Station Honored With LEED Gold Certification

Oakland Fire Station Honored With LEED Gold Certification

We ♥ firefighters -- not just because they save our lives and protect our city (and look good in their uniforms...), but also because their newest fire station has been designed to be über energy

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Italy’s Tilting Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank Creates its Own Shade

Italy’s Tilting Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank Creates its Own Shade

The Hypo Bank headquarters consists of two wings built into the earth at the base of the tower, which shoots up seven stories at a dramatic tilt. The structure is angled 14 degrees to the south, which

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Ultra-Efficient Danish Home Produces More Energy Than It Needs

Ultra-Efficient Danish Home Produces More Energy Than It Needs

The Home For Life is one of eight experimental homes financed by VKR Holding in a plan to construct sustainable buildings called Active Houses throughout Europe. VKR Holding is working in collaboration

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Baton Rouge Municipal Dock Set to Revive Mississippi Riverfront

Baton Rouge Municipal Dock Set to Revive Mississippi Riverfront

The existing dock was once used to load and unload barges on the river, but it has since fallen into disuse. As the dock's foundation is still solid, the new mixed-use development will be added to it in a

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Steven Holl’s Modern Art Museum is a Luminous Iceberg

Steven Holl’s Modern Art Museum is a Luminous Iceberg

The winner of the 2008 AIA Institute Honor Award along with a slew of other awards and recognitions (even one from Vanity Fair), the Bloch Building has helped put Steven Holl on the map as well as the

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Peter Rose & Partners Open Award Winning Kripalu Annex

Peter Rose & Partners Open Award Winning Kripalu Annex

Photo by Matthew Snyder How do you blend the meditative and rejuvenating aspects of yoga with modern sustainable architecture? Peter Rose + Partners offers up an inspired solution with the newly

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Pixelated Apartment Complex Maximizes Light and Green Space

Pixelated Apartment Complex Maximizes Light and Green Space

Currently in progress, the Taipei City Wall will make use of an 82,000 sq meter site in Taiwan. The design process for the residential complex envisioned a series of boxes stacked upon one another,

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Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

A lot of concept houses come across our desk here at Inhabitat, but we were really impressed with this design for eco-housing in Ghana. Designed by Lisbon-based Blaanc in collaboration with Architect

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Stunning Zero Plus Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Stunning Zero Plus Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Photo credit ©Flansburgh Architects The living laboratory is powered by renewable energy, with solar panels on the roof and a couple small-scale wind turbines on the hill behind the school. The Energy

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MVRDV and ADEPT Unveil Striking Solar Powered Cultural Center

MVRDV and ADEPT Unveil Striking Solar Powered Cultural Center

MVRDV and ADEPT Architects recently unveiled a beautiful new cultural center for Frederiksberg, Denmark that will take advantage of solar technology and a host of green building strategies. The House of

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Stuttgart University’s Shimmering Solar Decathlon Home+

Stuttgart University’s Shimmering Solar Decathlon Home+

All of the homes in this year's Solar Decathlon Europe utilize advanced building technologies and green strategies to optimize their energy use -- this is especially evident in the home+ by Stuttgart

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Green Rollercoaster High-Rise Takes Off in Vietnam

Green Rollercoaster High-Rise Takes Off in Vietnam

No, this is not the latest roller coaster -- it’s actually a self-sustaining community designed by DWP Architects in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Noticed at Designboom, 'Everrich 2 Apartments' is a

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Sun-Powered RE:Focus House Set to Shine at Europe’s Solar Decathlon

Sun-Powered RE:Focus House Set to Shine at Europe’s Solar Decathlon

The University of Florida recently unveiled a stunning reinterpretation of a traditional North Florida Cracker House that will be soaking up the sun's rays at the 2010 European Solar Decathlon. The

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Washington State’s Whatcom Museum Gets a ‘Lightcatching’ LEED Silver Addition

Washington State’s Whatcom Museum Gets a ‘Lightcatching’ LEED Silver Addition

Showcasing a concept similar to the iconic Pompidou Center in Paris, the 42,000 sq ft addition features its systems on the outside. The aesthetic, however, is strikingly different, eschewing the colorful

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Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Looking at this picture, “eco home” isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind. But it turns out this bizarre car-shaped home is surprisingly green. Dubbed the Auto Residence and

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Stunning Eco Stadium Scores Green Goal for 2010 World Cup

Stunning Eco Stadium Scores Green Goal for 2010 World Cup

Photo credit: ©Marcus Bredt As countries around the globe get amped up for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, we're getting just as excited about all the new architecture and development that's

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Temporary Dutch Parking Garage Is as Green As It Looks

Temporary Dutch Parking Garage Is as Green As It Looks

Here in the United States, we're only starting to kick the habit of designing cities around cars. But in Leiden, Netherlands, designers were asked to build a parking garage that would last between 10 and

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Son Builds Mom a Bamboo House with a Moon View in Costa Rica

Son Builds Mom a Bamboo House with a Moon View in Costa Rica

What do you give the woman who brought you into this world and raised you? For architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe, the answer was a beautiful bamboo retreat in Costa Rica. Some years ago, his mom stole away

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Hong Kong Transportation Hub Actually Improves Air Quality

Hong Kong Transportation Hub Actually Improves Air Quality

"Under the Same Roof" is an exciting new design for the Hong Kong Boundary Crossings Facility (HKBCF) that will be located on an artificial island in the Pearl River Delta in Hong Kong. Designed by Paul

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