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World’s first ‘bee highway’ protects endangered pollinators in Oslo

World’s first ‘bee highway’ protects endangered pollinators in Oslo

Endangered bees in the capital city of Norway have their own 'highway' thanks to a pioneering initiative by environmentalists protecting urban bees. Concerted efforts to sprout pollinator-friendly plants

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Electric bikes could be the key to getting more people to bike commute

Electric bikes could be the key to getting more people to bike commute

Even though the benefits of cycle commuting are well known, actually getting organized enough to do it can be a pain. You have to plan, carry extra gear, and often need to shower and change when you

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Tiny isolated cabin in Norway is only accessible by foot or horse

Tiny isolated cabin in Norway is only accessible by foot or horse

The stunning tiny cabin stands along a lake, in between high Norwegian peaks. Its humble, curvaceous design integrates into the landscape causing minimal footprint to its pristine surroundings. As it can

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AART Architects Norwegian housing development is shaped like a wooden mountain range

AART Architects Norwegian housing development is shaped like a wooden mountain range

Featuring a whopping 209,900-square-foot area, the Waterfront is one of Europe's largest wooden residential developments. Its shape takes inspiration from the Norwegian mountains while paying homage to

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The Slice by Saunders Architecture is a tiny cabin that’s built around three existing plum trees

The Slice by Saunders Architecture is a tiny cabin that’s built around three existing plum trees

The Slice is a tiny, backyard cabin by Saunders Architecture that presented a welcome design challenge for Canadian-born, Norway-based architect Todd Saunders. The minimalist space was designed with the

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The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The parking area has long served as a departure point for hiking trips and as a rest stop for motorists along the Aurlandsfjellet Route. In 2010, the parking area was updated with service facilities,

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This amazing log cabin in Norway is worthy of a modern day Viking

This amazing log cabin in Norway is worthy of a modern day Viking

The owner wanted to preserve parts of the three existing cabins and incorporate them into a much bigger space made up of two old volumes and a new addition. In order to create a consistent space, the

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MVRDV, Snohetta, and BIG reveal their visions for a new business quarter in Oslo, Norway

MVRDV, Snohetta, and BIG reveal their visions for a new business quarter in Oslo, Norway

  BIG's proposal was a bright urban park that bridged the new structures with the site's existing historical buildings. The new addition would be comprised of three towers, the tallest of

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Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters boasts an energy class B rating in Norway

Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters boasts an energy class B rating in Norway

Back in 2009, A-Lab won a competition against 40 other entries to design Statoil's new offices. Located in a park-like setting in Fornebu, Bærum, Norway, the office is composed of five rectangular

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Airbnb tops world-famous ski jump with an incredible glass-walled penthouse

Airbnb tops world-famous ski jump with an incredible glass-walled penthouse

Located in Oslo, the Holmenkollen ski jump has been used by winter sports daredevils and champions from around the world. The fully furnished Airbnb penthouse suite was built at the top of the ski

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This 130-square-foot modular Nomadic Shelter sleeps 12 people

This 130-square-foot modular Nomadic Shelter sleeps 12 people

If you thought hostels provided a densely packed sleeping space for travelers, this 130 sq ft Nomadic Shelter almost certainly takes that to the next level. Built as part of an architectural workshop at

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Luxury Villa Melkeveien is wrapped in sustainably sourced Kebony wood in Norway

Luxury Villa Melkeveien is wrapped in sustainably sourced Kebony wood in Norway

LOGG Arkitekter built the Villa Melkeveien with floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the breathtaking views of the city below as well as the surrounding landscape. A natural materials palette

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Pine-clad V Lodge is a bold, minimalist retreat nestled within the Norwegian landscape

Pine-clad V Lodge is a bold, minimalist retreat nestled within the Norwegian landscape

Built for a family of five, the nearly 13,000-square-foot V Lodge is located high in the mountains overlooking the village of Ål in the Norwegian county of Buskerud. The architects spatially divided the

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Tiny one-room timber cabin boasts picturesque lakeside views in Norway

Tiny one-room timber cabin boasts picturesque lakeside views in Norway

Elevated atop concrete plinths, the 188-square-foot cabin sits lightly on the landscape while its untreated wooden facade blends into the natural surroundings. Although Woody15 is unsuitable as a

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New report shows Scandinavian countries are best-prepared for the effects of climate change

New report shows Scandinavian countries are best-prepared for the effects of climate change

Worried about rising water levels, increased frequency and strength of storms as well as other potential natural disasters? Well, according to the latest Global Adaptation Index (GAIN) report,

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Melting glaciers reveal items lost in the Stone Age

Melting glaciers reveal items lost in the Stone Age

Losing mittens and other personal possessions isn't a modern-day woe: it appears that our Stone Age ancestors misplaced their personal belongings just as often as we do. An archaeological team working

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Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees

Climate change could kill Scandinavia’s iconic Christmas trees

  It looks as though climate change could kill the traditional Christmas tree in Scandinavian countries, as reduced snowfall is affecting the health of spruce trees there. New Scientist

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Top 6 cabins for a green retreat this winter

Top 6 cabins for a green retreat this winter

Intrinsik Architecture's Montana Modern Prefab Cabin This 800-square-foot prefabricated cabin, located 8,600 feet above Paradise Valley, Montana is a smart, efficient, and sustainable retreat for any

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Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Located on an exposed site above the lake and outside the town of Hønefoss in Krokskogen forest, the home can experience harsh conditions and high winds. However, because of the beautiful landscape, it

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Norwegian artist fills an entire Oslo gallery with a huge grassy landscape

Norwegian artist fills an entire Oslo gallery with a huge grassy landscape

Per Kristian Nygård's works explore the possibilities of space. His latest grassy installation merges an organized architectural environment with the organic nature of landscapes. The large piece

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Contemporary Stave Church Rises like a Pointy Wooden Crown in Norway

Contemporary Stave Church Rises like a Pointy Wooden Crown in Norway

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter was awarded the bid to design the Community Church Knarvik in a 2010 design competition. To show respect for the environment, their winning design carefully adapted the Christian

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Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

The University of Notre Dame recently released the 2014 installment of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN.) ND-GAIN shows "which countries are best prepared to deal with the national

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Norway’s Gorgeous New Passport Reveals a Hidden Secret Under UV Light

Norway’s Gorgeous New Passport Reveals a Hidden Secret Under UV Light

Oslo-based design company Neue has just won the competition for the design of Norway’s new passport. The winning entry is sleek, minimalist and captures the country’s gorgeous natural environment.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT: How would you describe your signature style? As we all know, we're in the era of the 'iconic building' and the 'starchitect'. However facile this might be, the designs of public institutions

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Wood-Clad Fagerborg Kindergarten Offers a Stimulating Environment for Children in Norway

Wood-Clad Fagerborg Kindergarten Offers a Stimulating Environment for Children in Norway

To respect the character of the surrounding early 20th century residential buildings, RRA clad the kindergarten with wood in the vertical grain direction to blend the structure into the landscape, but

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RRA’s Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

RRA’s Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

To add more variety and character to the traditional gable-roof structures, Reiulf Ramstad Architects designed each cabin with varying widths and roof pitches, although the ridge height for each stays

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Extremely High Numbers of Radioactive Reindeer Appear in Norway

Extremely High Numbers of Radioactive Reindeer Appear in Norway

In a twisted take on Rudolph’s glowing nose, scientists have found that levels of radioactivity amongst Norway’s reindeer are higher this year than they have been for a long time. Although it's been

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Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

When the Snøhetta studio arrived on Hudøy Island, the old wooden cabin was about to be torn down. Even though only the wooden framework and old doors were left standing, the architects decided to

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Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer’s Cottage Hangs Off a Hillside in Norway

Tiny Wedge-Shaped Writer’s Cottage Hangs Off a Hillside in Norway

Completed in 2008, this 173-square-foot cabin is divided into two main spaces: an outdoor garden bounded by three walls that serves as the entry hall, and an indoor living space comprising an elevated

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Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

The Rabot Tourist Cabin is named after French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot, who thoroughly explored the mountains in the area. It stands 3,940 ft above sea level and is one of many DNT

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