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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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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

Lighting is one of the most critical—and most visceral—qualities of an indoor space, and the difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your

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Charming Green Roof and Terrace Tops Modern Light-Filled Houseboat in the Netherlands

Charming Green Roof and Terrace Tops Modern Light-Filled Houseboat in the Netherlands

Commissioned by a young family, ParkArk was built to match the intimacy of the client's former steel ship home while offering a larger floor plan. The architects used 3D modeling to carefully map out the

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Fakro’s Innovative Windows Transform Into Airy Rooftop Balconies!

Fakro’s Innovative Windows Transform Into Airy Rooftop Balconies!

Designed for skylight windows on a pitched roof, the system works by installing two upward- and downward-opening windows instead of just a single skylight. The bottom window sash opens forward, creating a

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Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

Istanbul Grand Airport was designed by Grimshaw Architects, the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, who were appointed by a Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Kolin, Limak, MAPA and Kalyon.

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UDG China Breaks Ground on Spiraling Green Roofed Kindergarten in Wuxi

UDG China Breaks Ground on Spiraling Green Roofed Kindergarten in Wuxi

Surrounded by high-rise apartments, the three-story kindergarten anchors the corner of a busy intersection. To protect the children from traffic and city noise, the architects placed the outdoor

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Room11 Designs Light-Filled Cargotecture Headquarters for Shipping Container Company

Room11 Designs Light-Filled Cargotecture Headquarters for Shipping Container Company

To dispel the image of shipping container architecture as cramped and uncomfortable, Room11 painted the interior bone-white to create the illusion of space. Abundant floor-to-ceiling glazing and planted

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Broadway Malyan Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

Broadway Malyan Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

Broadawy Malyan recently celebrated the launch of the Century City Mall in the Philippines. The architecture seeks to challenge the ‘business as usual’ energy and water intensive mall typology by

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WSD Architecture’s Tiny Writer’s Studio is a Glowing Fairy-tale Haven in London

WSD Architecture’s Tiny Writer’s Studio is a Glowing Fairy-tale Haven in London

Built at the end of the client's garden, this cedar-clad writer's retreat is a quiet sanctuary that preserves views to the yard and maximizes natural light through skylights and frameless glazing. The

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Polyhedral Monoclinic House Boasts Eye-Catching Geometric Skylights in Tokyo

Polyhedral Monoclinic House Boasts Eye-Catching Geometric Skylights in Tokyo

According to the architects, polyhedral homes have become an effective design solution to Japan's notoriously small and congested urban lots. The house consists of a main residence located at the front of

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March Studio Creates Playful Mullet House With a Split Facade in Melbourne

March Studio Creates Playful Mullet House With a Split Facade in Melbourne

To preserve the building's existing character, March Studio retained the Edwardian timber facade at the front of the dwelling. Towards the rear, however, the architects dramatically added an angled,

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Ido Kenji’s Tamatsu House is a Narrow, Daylit Home with a Twist

Ido Kenji’s Tamatsu House is a Narrow, Daylit Home with a Twist

The owners’ former wooden house (which stood at the site) was too dark and wasn’t suited for a family. The main requirement for the new house was a spacious and daylit living room which wouldn’t

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Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Marin Civic Center in San Rafael Turns 50

Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Marin Civic Center in San Rafael Turns 50

This week, to mark the building's 50th anniversary, the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosted tours and a panel discussion about the building's legacy as part of the annual

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Dazzling Sky Reflector-Net Draws Daylight Down into NYC Subway System

Dazzling Sky Reflector-Net Draws Daylight Down into NYC Subway System

The NYC subway system is one of the fastest, greenest ways to get around town, but one common complaint is that stations are underground, dark and never see the light of day. JCDA, Grimshaw Architects and

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Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

The heavily vegetated corner site is cut in half by a year-round freshwater stream that flows through a lush rocky basin. DIALOG's Vancouver office designed the new home to take advantage of the previous

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Christopher Polly Carves Vaulted Ceilings and Light Wells into Sydney’s Cosgriff House

Christopher Polly Carves Vaulted Ceilings and Light Wells into Sydney’s Cosgriff House

Expanding the Cosgriff House in Annandale without undue environmental impact was a driving force behind this green renovation, which is why Christopher Polly Architect did everything possible to "embed

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MAD Completes Stunning China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin

MAD Completes Stunning China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin

Located across from a park and backed by a dense neighborhood and buildings, the China Wood Sculpture Museum is a long, low volume. As with many of MAD's projects, the form is organic and flows like a

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Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

The seaside site is framed by an existing natural stone wall that was incorporated into the design. The entryway ducks just under the house through a cutout in the wall and large skylights in the roof

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Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof

Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof

Located at the start of a historic 19th century city populated by people from 129 different countries, the municipality commissioned the SportPlaza Mercator in order to boost the community. VenhoevenCS

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Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life as a Slick Fresco Facade

Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life as a Slick Fresco Facade

Sustainability and flexibility were two of the most important aspects of the design brief, which is why so much effort went into reusing existing materials, including several types of brick and timber

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Work and Pleasure Go Together at Nidolab’s Tiny Home Office in Argentina

Work and Pleasure Go Together at Nidolab’s Tiny Home Office in Argentina

The first thing to notice about the Home Office on display in Buenos Aires is the curious mossy carpet at the onset of the floating timber platform that accommodates a large conference table. In addition

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Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Shuhei has built a series of structures using industrial-chic metal facades, but few are as striking as Rooftecture OT2 in Osaka. Designed to shut out the street while still permitting air and light to

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Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

In 2007, the Royal Opera House appointed Nicholas Hare Architects to design a new production workshop for set construction and fabrication at a new site in Purfleet Essex. Inside the large warehouse-style

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Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Two triple level wooden shells exist on either side of the home, which has an extremely compact footprint, one for her and one for him. These spaces are exposed and separated by a cavernous core that

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Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

Situated on a lovely green ten acre plot, the Heritage School constructed within the confines of a tight budget was designed with great respect for the land. The curved roofs blend into the hills while

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Ty-Hedfan is a Partially-Buried Welsh Longhouse Near the Brecon Beacons National Park

Ty-Hedfan is a Partially-Buried Welsh Longhouse Near the Brecon Beacons National Park

A six meter no-build zone on the bank of the Ysgir Fach and Ysgir Fawr river confluence gave Featherstone Young the idea to build a soaring cantilever. Inside this wing of the 223 square meter home is a

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