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The Bilbao Arena’s Green Lizard-Like Facade Defends Against the Spanish Sun

The Bilbao Arena’s Green Lizard-Like Facade Defends Against the Spanish Sun

There are two parts to the Bilbao Arena, which is open to local residents when there are no sporting activities taking place. The loud enclosed arena is situated further away from the surrounding homes to

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Guilhem Eustache’s Bewitching Fobe House Captures Morocco’s Enduring Mystique

Guilhem Eustache’s Bewitching Fobe House Captures Morocco’s Enduring Mystique

Originally, the Fobe House was going to be a lot larger than it is, but sustainability became a central concern so it was scaled right down. The vast acreage threatened to swallow up the minimalist

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The Plastic “Bug Eyes” on the Private Villa Nurbs in Spain Save Energy for the Owners

The Plastic “Bug Eyes” on the Private Villa Nurbs in Spain Save Energy for the Owners

Located on the Costa Brava in Spain, this private residence gets a lot of sun year round, so the designer, along with artist Frederic Amat and ceramist Toni Cumella, sought alternative materials to

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Brazilian Home is Made From Recycled Bricks

Beautiful Green-Roofed Brazilian Home is Made From Recycled Bricks

Bricks salvaged from a demolition project were used as the main building material for this project. Adding to its sustainability, the designers chose Cumaru hardwoods to give the house a natural,

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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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12 Staggered Green Roof Homes in Korea Bloom Create a Seasonal Symphony of Blooming Plants

12 Staggered Green Roof Homes in Korea Bloom Create a Seasonal Symphony of Blooming Plants

The designers took advantage of the site's steep slope by staggering the twelve green-topped units, which has the additional benefit of ensuring that each home has views of the surrounding valley. And

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Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

The multi-level central dome is framed with steel and clad in glazed glass panels that permit sunlight all year round. Although the greenhouse effect promotes natural heating, certain measures - such as

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Sander Architects’ Double-Skinned Glass Townhouse Glows From Within

Sander Architects’ Double-Skinned Glass Townhouse Glows From Within

From the outside, the townhouse has a glazed wall that seems to float on the surface of the concrete. Exposed steel beams are found both at the foundation and on higher levels of the building, and private

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Trapezoid-Shaped Eye Bank Building Hugs a Slope of Stepped Green Terraces

Trapezoid-Shaped Eye Bank Building Hugs a Slope of Stepped Green Terraces

The people behind the unreal-looking ACROS building in Japan have done it again, this time for a medical facility in Venice. Emilio Ambasz Associates touched the tips of two 12 meter pre-stained copper

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Origami-Shaped “Beached House” Saves Energy Amid Australia’s Idyllic Landscape

Origami-Shaped “Beached House” Saves Energy Amid Australia’s Idyllic Landscape

The vertical ash panels and diagonal zinc slats on the exterior emphasize the home's exciting origami shape, while the interior floors made of recycled timber gives it a warm and natural finish. All of

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Germany’s Double-Skinned ARCA-Regler Facility is Powered by Geothermal Energy

Germany’s Double-Skinned ARCA-Regler Facility is Powered by Geothermal Energy

Located along a disused railway, the glimmering aerodynamic building reflects ARCA’s high tech design identity while furthering its environmental interests. The front portion of the building has walls

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Sherbert-Colored Taipei Museum Features Solar-Efficient Tile Facade

Sherbert-Colored Taipei Museum Features Solar-Efficient Tile Facade

The design contest invites architecture firms from around the world to create a fresh look and versatile space to exhibit art. With a commitment to sustainable design, the Sergio Mannino team designed

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GRUPO SP Brings Serene Living to Overcrowded Sao Paolo

GRUPO SP Brings Serene Living to Overcrowded Sao Paolo

Finished this year, the façade of the building is a gridwork of alternating red metal and wooden stripes. The metal allows light and fresh air to filter through, and the wood enables privacy while

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Checkerboard-Pattern Cerredo Housing Complex Captures Energy from the Sun

Checkerboard-Pattern Cerredo Housing Complex Captures Energy from the Sun

Situated in a former mining town in the center of the Cantabrian mountains, the dark exterior is not only visually attractive, but increases the building's solar gain. This ensures that each apartment,

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Cloud 9′s Incredible Inflatable Bubble Building Now Open in Barcelona

Cloud 9′s Incredible Inflatable Bubble Building Now Open in Barcelona

The building’s inflatable southern façade is segmented into organic triangular shapes that mesh with the surrounding nature-inspired architecture of Antoni Gaudi. The membrane encases a former

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Swooping Green Land Bridge Design Turns Abandoned Taiwan Railway into a Lively Hub

Swooping Green Land Bridge Design Turns Abandoned Taiwan Railway into a Lively Hub

A gorgeous new park, commercial zones, cultural buildings, residences and museum are in the works. One of the most unusual features is a lush park, which is built atop a gridwork of the abandoned

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Mesh-Wrapped Owari Orthodontics Office is Made Partially from Recycled Paper

Mesh-Wrapped Owari Orthodontics Office is Made Partially from Recycled Paper

Inside, the designers separated the core volume from the rest of the building, again to enable future renovations. This core is built from a new building material comprised of recycled paper and plastic.

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Flora-Filled GSI Tower in Cancun Hovers Over the Caribbean

Flora-Filled GSI Tower in Cancun Hovers Over the Caribbean

The western facade is built with alucobond in the form of fish scales in order to circulate air and light between the horizontal louvers. The eastern facade is comprised of serigraph, sandblasted and

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Huntingdon Estate: New Twisting Green Roofed Tower for London’s East End

Huntingdon Estate: New Twisting Green Roofed Tower for London’s East End

A former industrial site in London’s East End will be getting an uplifting transformation as a twisting commercial, residential and cultural high rise designed by Amanda Levete Architects. Located in

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Olson Kundig Glass Farmhouse Floats on Oregon’s Wheat Fields

Olson Kundig Glass Farmhouse Floats on Oregon’s Wheat Fields

Although constructed out of glass, every effort has been made to fit in with the architectural vernacular local to the Pacific Northwest. A more traditional wood-framed barn sits on the same site,

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Parque Centro: KMD Designs Beautiful Park-Covered Underground Mall for Mexico

Parque Centro: KMD Designs Beautiful Park-Covered Underground Mall for Mexico

The sprawling underground mall features a bevy of shops and entertainment areas, as well as enough parking to tuck away 1600 cars. Aboveground revelers will be oblivious to all this as they enjoy Santa

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Suppose Design’s “Hidaka House” Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

Suppose Design’s “Hidaka House” Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

The lower level of the home is wrapped in glazing, which wards off excessive solar gain. To further aid in passive cooling, the stacked upper level overhangs the bottom, creating shade as well as privacy.

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Giant Rose Colored Blinds Keep Geneva’s Coral House Pretty (And Cool) in Pink

Giant Rose Colored Blinds Keep Geneva’s Coral House Pretty (And Cool) in Pink

The exterior and roof are heavily insulated to meet the requirements of the Minergie energy label while coated aluminum, thermal breaks, and a third layer of glass covered with mechanized coral-colored

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Daffonchio Architects Gives Samios Heritage House a Green-Roofed Addition

Daffonchio Architects Gives Samios Heritage House a Green-Roofed Addition

The building's glass exterior ensures fantastic views of the surrounding Magaliesburg mountains, but it is also a potential sauna. To mitigate unwanted solar gain, two different types of louvers are used.

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Henning Larsen’s Stunning Solar Panel Factory in Greece is Powered by the Sun

Henning Larsen’s Stunning Solar Panel Factory in Greece is Powered by the Sun

Henning Larsen Architects take the ugly grind out of industry with this handsome solar panel factory in Greece. Commissioned for Kilkis, an industrial area north of Thessaloniki, the factory's dual

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