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Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri library in Russia awarded 2014 Modernism Prize

Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri library in Russia awarded 2014 Modernism Prize

The restoration of the library, executed in collaboration between Finnish and Russian institutions, was officially completed in 2013. The main emphasis of the project was on preserving the original

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NowLab’s daylit Haus JJ has its own emergency escape fireman’s pole

NowLab’s daylit Haus JJ has its own emergency escape fireman’s pole

The heart of the design is the spiral staircase directly illuminated by natural light thanks to a skylight above. Built on the 4th and 5th floors of an apartment building in Kreuzberg, Berlin, the

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Zinc-clad Midden Studio hides a cozy interior with a see-through floor

Zinc-clad Midden Studio hides a cozy interior with a see-through floor

Described as the “lovechild of native granite and the local buildings,” the Midden Studio is a surreal atavistic building that derives its name from the Victorian midden wall on which the structure

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Primus Arkitekter upgrades an old factory into a chic solar-powered library and community center

Primus Arkitekter upgrades an old factory into a chic solar-powered library and community center

Primus Arkitekter expanded the footprint of the former factory to connect it with the main library located in the neighboring brick building. The side of the building closest to the main library now

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This building’s geometric facade transforms to regulate daylight

This building’s geometric facade transforms to regulate daylight

One of the building's most important features is the responsive facade made of perforated metal screens-1600 in total-which reference the site and regulate the amount of natural light reaching the

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Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

These multi-functional pavilions look like a floating village in Songyang County in China. The cluster of open-plan structures was built in only eight weeks using locally sourced bamboo topped with

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Ismaili Center in Toronto is topped with a stunning angular glass dome

Ismaili Center in Toronto is topped with a stunning angular glass dome

Ismaili Center in Toronto, designed by Charles Correa Associates and Moriyama & Teshima Architects, provides the city's Islamic community with a new cultural center dominated by a beautiful angular

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This home is a small timber cottage on the inside and an automated concrete monolith on the outside

This home is a small timber cottage on the inside and an automated concrete monolith on the outside

You wouldn't think it, but this modern suburban home located in Melbourne, Australia, was once a small timber cottage. Dubbed "Green House", the structure is topped with a roof made completely of

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Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

New York–based design studio Bernheimer Architecture designed this daylit vacation house in Rhode Island, the interior of which plays with light like it were a sculpting chisel. The Quonochontaug House

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Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Though contemporary in design, the Faire Chaolais alludes to traditional Highland agricultural building styles with its gabled and cantilevered first floor clad in larch. The home’s lower floor, which

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Contemporary cabin-like cafe pops up in the heart of Bucharest

Contemporary cabin-like cafe pops up in the heart of Bucharest

Clad in standing-seam black sheet metal, this urban cabin has a monolithic and low-key appearance during the day. In contrast, the interior is covered with light spruce panels. Large windows and skylights

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Sculptural House in Lubliniec 2 hides an all-white interior within a sleek black envelope

Sculptural House in Lubliniec 2 hides an all-white interior within a sleek black envelope

House in Lubliniec 2, designed by Dyrda Fikus Architekci, looks like a large black sculpture placed in a residential neighborhood in Poland. Its dark exterior walls and absence of large windows contrast

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Foster + Partners complete Buenos Aires’ new glass-and-concrete city hall

Foster + Partners complete Buenos Aires’ new glass-and-concrete city hall

Foster + Partners has completed the new city hall in Buenos Aires that features an undulating concrete roof and various sustainable principles such as chilled beams, natural ventilation and high thermal

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Kouichi Kimura’s Cozy House is a secluded space in a busy Japan neighborhood

Kouichi Kimura’s Cozy House is a secluded space in a busy Japan neighborhood

How do you design a house that provides high levels of privacy in a densely populated neighborhood like the one in Japan's Shiga prefecture? Local firm FORM, led by architect Kouichi Kimura, created a

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Haptic Architects’ Highlevel Road two timber extensions will change color over time

Haptic Architects’ Highlevel Road two timber extensions will change color over time

London-based Haptic Architects designed two extensions to an old Victorian house in London and created new spaces that exude warmth though the use of natural materials-untreated larch and oak-combined

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Coy Yiontis Architects use bold geometry to extend a Victorian home

Coy Yiontis Architects use bold geometry to extend a Victorian home

A family living in a small Victorian terrace in Melbourne sought a creative solution to the challenge of housing an extended family. Coy Yiontis Architects answered their brief with a bold geometric

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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Passively-cooled Termitary House in Vietnam is wrapped in perforated brick walls

Passively-cooled Termitary House in Vietnam is wrapped in perforated brick walls

This beautiful daylit concrete home in Vietnam is enveloped in perforated brick walls. Vietnamese architects, Tropical Space, refurbished an old house and added a perforated grille of brickwork to an

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Energy-efficient, pine-clad Danish home is heated with geothermal energy

Energy-efficient, pine-clad Danish home is heated with geothermal energy

The Villa Buresø covers an area of 2,561 square feet and is positioned on the south bank of a slope. Although the home's north facade is largely glazed, the south facade is mostly closed save for a few

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Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

Built for a young family, the 990-square-foot, two-story home features a pitched concrete roof and is clad in light-colored limestone. The monolithic form is interrupted by skylights and three large

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The 18th Maggie’s Centre is a Tranquil Prefab ‘Treehouse’ for Cancer Patients

The 18th Maggie’s Centre is a Tranquil Prefab ‘Treehouse’ for Cancer Patients

The building has a prefab construction and spruce cladding that allows it to blend into the lush surrounding forest. It also features a wraparound terrace that acts as a lookout and is connected to the

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The Denver Botanic Garden’s New Research Center Rises Like a Modern Pyramid in Colorado

The Denver Botanic Garden’s New Research Center Rises Like a Modern Pyramid in Colorado

The Denver Botanic Garden’s new Science Pyramid is an iconic new symbol for the park that also fosters conservation and research. The sustainable pyramid structure was created by Burkett Design and

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Giant Transportable Art Studio in Utrecht Welcomes Artists Inside its Drawbridge Door

Giant Transportable Art Studio in Utrecht Welcomes Artists Inside its Drawbridge Door

Built for practicality and durability rather than ease of mobility and aesthetics, House No. 19's rectangular volume is painted black to recede into the background. The wood-clad interior can be

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Stocker Dewes Architekten Converts a Horse Stable into a Beautiful Green-Roofed Home

Stocker Dewes Architekten Converts a Horse Stable into a Beautiful Green-Roofed Home

Located at the end of a valley, the secluded Black Forest stable conversion was designed with a muted and minimalist aesthetic to look like a continuation of the surrounding forest. The building's dark

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Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside

Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside

Working within the constraints of a modest budget, Tham & Videgård decided to use tectonic rationality, an approach that minimized ground disturbance on the flat and smooth bedrock. The pitched-roof

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Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Heavily landscaped with green roofs, planting beds, and water features, Butterfly Square was designed to look like an extension of the neighboring park. To keep the development pedestrian-friendly and

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Located on the Vendée coast in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France, Dune Habitee (or Inhabited Dune) is like what a child would build on the beach if they had all the right tools. A carved out dune with

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PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

Aspen is renowned as a fancy ski town - and now it's become a fancy art town with the addition of the New Aspen Art Museum designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. The previous museum was

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Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

The Städel Museum reopened to the public last weekend after 3 years of renovations and expansions by local Frankfurt firm, Schneider Schumacher. The renovation included an extension placed along the

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off

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