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C.F. Moller’s  Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

C.F. Moller’s Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

C.F. Møller's Sæby Strand offers a wide range of apartments that feature natural materials, great accessibility and solar panels mounted on their roofs. Each of the volumes provides optimal views of the

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The World’s Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich

The World’s Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich

In order to raise the bar on the building's energy efficiency, the science and research team sought to maximize the building’s passive energy use, driving down energy consumption and introducing

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RAU Architecture’s Serpentine Dutch De St@art (The T@il) Aims for Net Carbon Neutral

RAU Architecture’s Serpentine Dutch De St@art (The T@il) Aims for Net Carbon Neutral

Apenheul is a unique open-air zoo for primates that rests in a heavily forested area east of Amsterdam. The De St@art (The T@il) was designed for the zoo as a multi-use facility to house a visitors'

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Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Larrea's design seems to capture all the qualities we like to see in sustainable building design. The shallow floor plate allows every unit to have access to the southern sun and northern cooling breezes;

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MAD Architects Complete Passive Solar Ordos Museum Inspired by the Gobi Desert

MAD Architects Complete Passive Solar Ordos Museum Inspired by the Gobi Desert

The city of Ordos is a relatively new city that has developed over the last six years from a rural culture. The bulbous building reflects the region’s resistance against the influx of the ever-creeping

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Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead Brings Adaptability and Independent Living to the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead Brings Adaptability and Independent Living to the 2011 Solar Decathlon

A limited budget has made adaptability a top theme this year and The Solar Homestead exemplifies this facet of sustainable design better than most.  A half-bath, outdoor shower and outdoor kitchen can be

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Terra Cotta-Colored Lupin Research Center Merges Western Tech with Eastern Philosophy

Terra Cotta-Colored Lupin Research Center Merges Western Tech with Eastern Philosophy

The head of the mandala is comprised of the administrative complex on the top of the hill while the main research center travels from south to north and wraps around a central courtyard. Attracted to the

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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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studioMAS Transforms Farmland Into Picture-Perfect Sustainable Village

studioMAS Transforms Farmland Into Picture-Perfect Sustainable Village

Taking "New-Urbanism" to heart, studioMAS has designed a village that combines day-to-day green living with work and play. Without compromising privacy or security, De Land's numerous green-lined paths

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Zig-Zagging Austrian Kindergarten Creates an Immersive Learning Environment

Zig-Zagging Austrian Kindergarten Creates an Immersive Learning Environment

Syntax Architekur recently transformed a narrow, south-facing lot in Holzbauweise, Austria into a daylit kindergarten that is a rich place for exploration. The project's generous windows and inward-facing

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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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Lovely Leaf House Topped by a Crown of Copper Leaves

Lovely Leaf House Topped by a Crown of Copper Leaves

It's clear that the Leaf House's roof is inspired by nature, and the reference to plants continues inside the home where a vine-like structural system "grows." "The design draws imagery from nature and

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Green-Roofed Long Cove House Melds Form and Function

Green-Roofed Long Cove House Melds Form and Function

The bitterly cold Atlantic winds have met their match with in this well-insulated green roofed home in Nova Scotia. The project's southern orientation give the house a big bump up in efficiency, and the

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Norway’s Most Energy-Efficient Office Building Unveiled for Cop15

Norway’s Most Energy-Efficient Office Building Unveiled for Cop15

At Inhabitat, we've been showing our support for COP15 by telling our readers about the need to take action on climate change. Various Architects in Oslo, Norway has taken a different path and did what

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Modern Swiss Prefab with a Tilting Wood Frame

Modern Swiss Prefab with a Tilting Wood Frame

Set against the rocky forms of the L’Ardévaz mountains, the Zufferey House both complements and contrasts its surroundings with a poised position that makes it appear like a rock teetering slightly

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