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Aluminum-clad Bridge House is a multi-generational home optimized for solar gain

Aluminum-clad Bridge House is a multi-generational home optimized for solar gain

Although the Bridge House looks like a single-family home from the front, the building actually accommodates three generations within its three stacked metal-clad volumes. Since the house backs up against

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Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs

Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs

Prefabricated off-site as three modules, the 960-square-foot portable classroom is topped with a distinctive sawtooth roof that uses north-facing windows to optimize ventilation and natural daylight to

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Elegant timber extension uses angular volumes to maximize natural light

Elegant timber extension uses angular volumes to maximize natural light

The two-level addition extends diagonally from the back of the house. A sloped roof section that connects the original cottage to the timber extension doubles as an angular overhang that protects the home

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Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

The Bedford Park House’s modest and traditional appearance—the house matches the scale, setback, and exterior brick-and-wood detailing of its neighbors—belies its many impressive sustainable

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Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

The net-zero ranch comprises a cluster of buildings that frame and protect a sunny central courtyard from strong winds. The courtyard’s plunge pool and hot tub were strategically placed to overlook

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Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

The main entryway to the Lookout House is accessed through a large sliding barn door that blends in with the north side’s nearly windowless timber-clad façade wall. In contrast, the other three

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7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

When the 13-story new Seoul City Hall was first unveiled in 2012, the curvaceous modern glass building sparked controversy for its incongruity in style with the former city hall, a preserved colonial-era

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Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally sourced earth as the

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Built along the side of a highway, the Salvaged Ring coffee shop features a curved thatch roof that connects the roadway with the riverbank. The sloped roof helps soften the appearance of the building in

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MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

Floor-to-ceiling windows: They're a good thing in theory, but finding window coverings to fit them can be a huge "pane" in the "glass"! Especially when you only have one floor-to-ceiling window and it's

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How to Find the Right Window Treatments to Save Energy and Money

How to Find the Right Window Treatments to Save Energy and Money

The last time you may have given thought to window treatments might have been when you noticed your neighbor peering into your living room window while you were eating breakfast in your undies. But in

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Contemporary Bungalow Triptych Captures Views and Sunlight in Three Directions

Contemporary Bungalow Triptych Captures Views and Sunlight in Three Directions

The Bungalow Triptych's three volumes face east, west, and south to capture sunlight from morning to night. The architects arranged the layout and function of the interior to sync with the sun's path: the

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Morphosis’ Spectacular Emerson College Campus Set to Open in Hollywood

Morphosis’ Spectacular Emerson College Campus Set to Open in Hollywood

Situated on Sunset Boulevard, the new satellite campus will play host to Emerson College's annual semester-long internship program in Los Angeles. Built over two years for $85 million, this 10-story

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Lush Curvaceous Green Wall Grows in iArc Architects’ New Seoul City Hall

Lush Curvaceous Green Wall Grows in iArc Architects’ New Seoul City Hall

iArc Architects designed Seoul's new city hall as the bridge between the city's history and sustainability-minded future. Connected to the old city hall by an elevated bridge, the new government building

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SADAR + VUGA’s Bone White Air Traffic Control Center Mirrors the Ljubljana Mountains

SADAR + VUGA’s Bone White Air Traffic Control Center Mirrors the Ljubljana Mountains

Though SADAR + VUGA first designed the project in 2006, construction was prolonged due to complex safety and security requirements. Located at the middle of the site for safety reasons, the Air Traffic

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SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia

SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia

Skidmore, Owings & Mills just unveiled their centerpiece design for Pertamina's new headquarters: a futuristic "energy beacon" that dramatically pierces Jakarta’s skyline. Shaped like the petals of

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Middlebury College’s Solar Decathlon Home Channels Traditional New England Farmhouse With a High-Tech Edge

Middlebury College’s Solar Decathlon Home Channels Traditional New England Farmhouse With a High-Tech Edge

The home has a traditional gabled roof - a common architectural feature in New England - allowing Self-Reliance to blend in with any neighborhood in the region. Flanking each side of the roof, at an

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Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower (formally the Sears Tower) is set to become a massive solar electric plant with the installation of a pilot solar electric glass project. The high-profile project on the

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