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Comoco Architects Transforms a Portuguese Warehouse into a Sports Facility

Comoco Architects Transforms a Portuguese Warehouse into a Sports Facility

From the exterior of the building Comoco only made one small renovation to gesture the presence of something new and exciting inside the warehouse. A new entrance was punched into an exterior wall and

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Towering Leafy Green Walls Liven up the Boxy Quinta Patino Home in Portugal

Towering Leafy Green Walls Liven up the Boxy Quinta Patino Home in Portugal

Quinta Patino is a relatively small home for a family in Estoril, Portugal. Inside the grey perimeter walls are a series of courtyards, almost one for each room, that are either opened or closed to the

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Cork, a Sustainable Classic

Amazing Natural Packaging: Cork, a Sustainable Classic

Photo: Background pattern of wine bottles corks via Shutterstock If you are involved in the creative community, you will have noticed the slowly-but-surely growing preponderance of cork as a material

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Santiago Calatrava’s Gorgeous Oriente Station is Topped With a Leaf-Like Canopy That Looks Lighter Than Air

Santiago Calatrava’s Gorgeous Oriente Station is Topped With a Leaf-Like Canopy That Looks Lighter Than Air

Construction of the station began in 1993, and it was completed in time for the 1998 World Expo. Although it's primarily a train station, the facility was built to provide a place of central convergence

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Portugal’s Modular Casas Em Movimento House Rotates to Follow the Sun at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Portugal’s Modular Casas Em Movimento House Rotates to Follow the Sun at the Solar Decathlon Europe

The last time we checked, the Casas Em Movimento House is not actually rotating, but its performance scores are climbing despite some delays in construction. Conceptually, the robust envelope of

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Prefab Treehouse Riga is a Modular and Flexible Housing System in Lisbon

Prefab Treehouse Riga is a Modular and Flexible Housing System in Lisbon

Treehouse is a prefab housing system developed to provide flexible and efficient living. Built entirely from wood, Treehouse is based on sustainability and modularity. As families needs grow over time, so

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Pro Surfer José Gregório’s U House is a Modern and Sustainable Residence in Portugal

Pro Surfer José Gregório’s U House is a Modern and Sustainable Residence in Portugal

The U House is sited to protect itself from the prevailing winds - from the north in the winter and from the south in the summer. The home opens up to views in the west and creates a protected courtyard

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Shipping Container Scraps Worked Into A New Exclusive Line of Furniture in São Paulo

Shipping Container Scraps Worked Into A New Exclusive Line of Furniture in São Paulo

Contain[It] is a Brazilian company that takes discarded shipping containers and turns them into new spaces. They are dedicated to zero waste in the construction process and have been saving scraps from

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Vilamoura Launches Public Bike Sharing Program With Classic Cycles Designed by AND-RÉ

Vilamoura Launches Public Bike Sharing Program With Classic Cycles Designed by AND-RÉ

Normally luxury and sharing aren't words we mention in the same sentence. Those who can afford it pay millions to have their own cars, jets, and yachts - precisely so they don't have to share with anyone.

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Portugal’s Casa em Movimento Solar Decathlon Home is Completely Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Portugal’s Casa em Movimento Solar Decathlon Home is Completely Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

CEM provides a wonderful solution for the 21st century's energy crisis in an attractive, compact design. In addition to being modular and therefore easily adapted as the family grows, it is completely

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Almáa Sintra Hostel Is An Idyllic Eco-Retreat on a Historic 12th Site in Portugal

Almáa Sintra Hostel Is An Idyllic Eco-Retreat on a Historic 12th Site in Portugal

The hostel is set on the idyllic grounds of an ancient fresh water spring, for which it is named (Almáa means water in Arabic). The spring supplies water to the hostel, irrigates the landscaped gardens

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Shelter ByGG is a Red Cloud-Shaped Cocoon Made from Renewable Cork

Shelter ByGG is a Red Cloud-Shaped Cocoon Made from Renewable Cork

'Shelter ByGG' may look like a giant red cloud sitting on the street, but it's really a cozy cocoon-like shelter made of renewable cork ! Gabriela Gomes sent us news about her design, which she describes

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Portuguese Barn Transformed into Sun-Drenched Louvered Residence

Portuguese Barn Transformed into Sun-Drenched Louvered Residence

The soaring ceiling of the original barn was accentuated in the main living space. One wall of the living room was replaced with floor to ceiling glass doors, which connect the interior with the serene

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Colorful HádeHaver Bags Are Made from Recycled Plastic Lids

Colorful HádeHaver Bags Are Made from Recycled Plastic Lids

HádeHaver, a collaboration between young designers Sandra Paulo and Bruno Barbosa, is a new company from Portugal that produces unique handmade bags made of plastic lids. The lids lend the bags an

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“Frozen Trees” Made of 1000s of Ikea Plastic Bag Dispensers Light Up Lisbon

“Frozen Trees” Made of 1000s of Ikea Plastic Bag Dispensers Light Up Lisbon

2400 of the Rationell Variera IKEA pieces were used to create the Frozen Trees installation. The plastic pieces were connected to a lightweight metal frame and white monochromatic LED lights were

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Pombal Castle’s Striking Upgrade Forges a Connection to Portuguese History

Pombal Castle’s Striking Upgrade Forges a Connection to Portuguese History

It was important that the new additions to the Pombal castle property had their own identity without detracting from the existing structure. It was also crucial to make it really easy for locals to get to

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Polikatoikea Combines Small Space Living With Urban Design and an Ikea Philosophy

Polikatoikea Combines Small Space Living With Urban Design and an Ikea Philosophy

Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares collaborated on Polikatoikea for the Origami Competition to design a new urban infill housing strategy for Porto, Portugal. Their plan is a modular concept that

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Portugal’s Off Grid Garducho Biological Center Promotes Habitat Protection

Portugal’s Off Grid Garducho Biological Center Promotes Habitat Protection

The aim of the Garducho Biological Center (Estação Biológica do Garducho) is to foster sensitivity to the importance of biodiversity, and to increase scientific knowledge on the species and habitats in

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Super Low-Cost Mima Prefab Homes are Modeled After Minimalist Japanese Architecture

Super Low-Cost Mima Prefab Homes are Modeled After Minimalist Japanese Architecture

In addition to its glazed shell, the prefab Mima package comes complete with a handful of extra plywood panels that can be used to erect additional walls according to each person's taste. These walls can

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Minho University’s Engineering Research Institute to Feature a Solar Nanotube-Inspired Facade

Minho University’s Engineering Research Institute to Feature a Solar Nanotube-Inspired Facade

The Engineering Research Institute is a new facility planned for Portugal's Minho University which has been designed to break the monotony of the surrounding grey buildings. Covered in a skin inspired by

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The Enchanting Portugal TreeHotel is an Experiment in Prefab Micro Design

The Enchanting Portugal TreeHotel is an Experiment in Prefab Micro Design

Although the TreeHotel is tiny, cutouts in the timber shell give it an airy, light-filled expansiveness. The inside bedroom is accessed by a small ladder that also leads to a roof, which doubles as a deck

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Candy-Colored Glass Illuminates a Passageway Between Renovated 16th Century Buildings in Portugal

Candy-Colored Glass Illuminates a Passageway Between Renovated 16th Century Buildings in Portugal

Manuel Maia Gomes Architects makes their contribution to sustainability by keeping many of the existing materials in their reconstruction project. Original windows, granite walls, porticos, and a few

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Casa Cabrela Is a Spectacular Modern Structure Surrounding Beautiful Stone Ruins

Casa Cabrela Is a Spectacular Modern Structure Surrounding Beautiful Stone Ruins

The original ruins, complete with stone doorway and windows, were preserved and repurposed. Since the ruins were lacking a roof, Organica was inspired to use the space as an enclosed outdoor area.

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Stunning Casa na Areia in Portugal is a Poetic Retreat Built Upon Sandy Ground

Stunning Casa na Areia in Portugal is a Poetic Retreat Built Upon Sandy Ground

Covering nearly 2,000 square feet the renovation sits upon sandy ground, built specific to the site. The heart of the renovation focused on the recovery of existing wood-masonry buildings, which provided

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Vestas and WindPlus to Deploy Unique Floating Wind Turbines

Vestas and WindPlus to Deploy Unique Floating Wind Turbines

Vestas, one of the world's biggest manufacturers of wind turbines, has announced that it will be working in collaboration with WindPlus to deploy a unique wind turbine that uses a first-of-its-kind

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Green-Roofed Municipal Pools Are an Enchanting Public Space in Povoação, Portugal

Green-Roofed Municipal Pools Are an Enchanting Public Space in Povoação, Portugal

The pools are located in the village of Povoação on the Archipelago of the Azores, at the southern edge of the island of San Miguel and a slope behind the building protects it from the sea breezes.

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Awesome Portuguese House Has an Entirely Cork-Clad Exterior

Awesome Portuguese House Has an Entirely Cork-Clad Exterior

The Cork House is a simple, rectangular block with a pitched roof, and is clad almost completely with cork blocks, except for the windows and corrugated metal covers over the garage. The home's owners

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The Outerio House is a 3 Meter Wide Modernist Renovation

The Outerio House is a 3 Meter Wide Modernist Renovation

In a small town in Oporto, Portugal, Ezzo Architects has transformed a townhouse still standing from the days of Romanticism into a vibrant Modernist dream space. The house was able to retain its

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