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The Palmwood House is a Lilliputian Home That Lets the Owners Live Large

The Palmwood House is a Lilliputian Home That Lets the Owners Live Large

The building site is located on a triangular plot at the oblique intersection of two streets and was severely limited by height restrictions, acute boundaries, failed development plans and conservation

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Dazzling BMCE Dome Building Is Foster & Partner’s Very First Completed African Project

Dazzling BMCE Dome Building Is Foster & Partner’s Very First Completed African Project

The contemporary interior (streaming with light) is wrapped in an energy efficient exterior modeled after traditional, geometric design. In order to keep down the heat, the latticed, almost tangled

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Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

The single-minded design sensibility works hand-in-glove with passive solar building strategies to reduce and often eliminate the need for supplemental heat and light. Huge 18 foot glass doors open out to

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Green-Roofed Cluny House Showcases Low-Energy Luxury in Singapore

Green-Roofed Cluny House Showcases Low-Energy Luxury in Singapore

The home's seamless integration of natural elements pays off -- the open courtyard with a beautiful pond in the center not only immerses residents in nature but also promotes good cross-ventilation

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Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

An intermediate mezzanine floor provides for more space, but keep the houses compact and comfortable. Large north-facing windows with sliding aluminum louvers make optimum use of the Western Cape’s

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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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Ceramic “Ecooler” Screen is a Beautiful Passive Cooling System

Ceramic “Ecooler” Screen is a Beautiful Passive Cooling System

If you pay the bills in your household, you probably know that cooling your home in the summer is one of the largest (and most expensive) drains on your energy bill. Well, Ecooler by Mey and Boaz Kahn is

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700 Year Old Hobbit Cave Homes For Rent in Iran

700 Year Old Hobbit Cave Homes For Rent in Iran

Located in northeast Iran at the foot of Mount Sahand, the mound-like homes are carved from volcanic rock, meaning that most of the materials needed to construct them were already located on site.

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FAREstudios’s Green Women’s Clinic Inspires Hope in West Africa

FAREstudios’s Green Women’s Clinic Inspires Hope in West Africa

Some of of the greatest social and environmental challenges are focused around the issue of reproductive rights. Italian-based FAREstudios created a brilliant architectural solution to the issue by

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Off-Grid Cliff House Harnesses the Elements for Self Sufficiency

Off-Grid Cliff House Harnesses the Elements for Self Sufficiency

Off the grid means many things to many people. The Cliff House on Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, interprets "off the grid" as grand self-sufficiency. Designed by Altius Architecture Inc, the home's form is both

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Links Roundup of the Week: Keeping Cool

Links Roundup of the Week: Keeping Cool

Whew! Summer is definitely just around the corner. We can feel the humidity intensifying with each day in New York City and we know it will only be a matter of time before the heat will really be upon us.

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Barcelona’s Brilliant Energy Efficient Flower Market

Barcelona’s Brilliant Energy Efficient Flower Market

Flowers markets are inspiring - the bright colors, the enchanting smells, and the hundreds of beautiful possibilities that can be created. And if you happen to come upon this new wholesale flower market

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Passive Homes Heat Up Around the World

Passive Homes Heat Up Around the World

Passive design is architectural design that eliminates the need for mechanical heating and cooling of a building through the use of smart, time-tested heating and cooling strategies such as natural

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The Breezy, Beautiful Brazilian Leaf House

The Breezy, Beautiful Brazilian Leaf House

Outside of Rio de Janeiro, on a beautiful little beach with amazing blue water, sits a little house with a flowering roof that shades and protects like a big tropical banana leaf. Designed by Mareines +

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Ackert Architecture’s Monier Residence

Ackert Architecture’s Monier Residence

Kimberly Ackert designed this beautiful off-the-grid residence for the "Monier Design Competition" in Australia. Nestled amid idyllic green environs in Perth, the warm wooden structure features an earthy

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SHIGERU BAN CURTAIN WALL HOUSE

SHIGERU BAN CURTAIN WALL HOUSE

In architect-speak, a curtain wall refers to any facade- commonly glass- that provides no structural or load-bearing capacity for the building. But leave it to the genius of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban

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