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Low Impact Apollo 11 House Lands Silently In the Forest As A Quiet Observer

Low Impact Apollo 11 House Lands Silently In the Forest As A Quiet Observer

The home is organized on two levels with 6 x 9 meter floors, each 6 meters high. This rectangular shape was inspired by Japanese architecture and based on the theory that rectangles are the only element

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Milan’s Milanofiori Apartment Complex is Filled With Green Gardens Inside and Out

Milan’s Milanofiori Apartment Complex is Filled With Green Gardens Inside and Out

The 107-apartment complex is part of a much greater master plan for the Milanofiori area designed by Erick van Egeraat. OBR was in charge of designing the complex, which has both a public and a private

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Crazy Japanese House Features Solar Heated Bathroom Bunker

Crazy Japanese House Features Solar Heated Bathroom Bunker

The compact home is located in a friendly neighborhood with some long-time residents, so the new owners wanted to make sure they built a home that was open and inviting. Building codes also let them build

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Prague’s Passive Solar Social Housing Project Makes the Most of Inexpensive Materials

Prague’s Passive Solar Social Housing Project Makes the Most of Inexpensive Materials

At the base of the social housing project sits a brightly colored gym surrounded by translucent walls facing the street. The rest of the project was built by adding brick-shaped apartments to create a

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Low-Impact Bryden House is a Sustainable Haven for Contemplation

Low-Impact Bryden House is a Sustainable Haven for Contemplation

The home is clad in lightweight metal to minimize maintenance, and is oriented towards the north to make the most of a solar passive design. Excavation was kept to a minimum to reduce site disturbances,

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JustK PassivHaus In Germany Is a Fab Prefab Wooden Tower

JustK PassivHaus In Germany Is a Fab Prefab Wooden Tower

The four bedroom, 1,485 sq ft home was designed for two parents and their four children. Built on a compact lot, the home has a small footprint and is built up to taper as it reaches the fourth floor.

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UCSD’s Campus Catering Building Reflects The Ocean with Its Checkerboard Blue Glass Facade

UCSD’s Campus Catering Building Reflects The Ocean with Its Checkerboard Blue Glass Facade

UCSD's new facilities provide office space for the growing housing and dining department responsible for on campus catering as well as an 8,000 sq ft catering kitchen and event and meeting space. Located

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MUT Architecture Unveils 12 Wooden Passive Houses for Parisian Suburb

MUT Architecture Unveils 12 Wooden Passive Houses for Parisian Suburb

Each of the 12 houses leans to a different side, allowing them to make the most of the site's available solar resource. Generous glazing on the front and rear of each house draws in light and encourages

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Swirling Australian Earth House Looks Like a Green Crop Circle from Above

Swirling Australian Earth House Looks Like a Green Crop Circle from Above

The Earth House is a 4 bedroom, 465 sq m (5,000 sq ft) house composed of separate living modules including a lounge, a dining area, bedrooms, bathrooms, a study and a kitchen. The modules are connected by

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Lattice-Pattern Dome is a Beacon of Passive Indigenous Design for New Parliament Building In U.A.E.

Lattice-Pattern Dome is a Beacon of Passive Indigenous Design for New Parliament Building In U.A.E.

Ehrlich Architects came in ahead of Foster + Partners, Massimiliano Fuksas Architects, and Zaha Hadid Architects in Phase 2 of the design competition to win the FNC Parliament project. The stunning design

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Luxury Residences On Phuket Island To Feature Modular Louvered Screens

Luxury Residences On Phuket Island To Feature Modular Louvered Screens

The 21 unit luxury Bluepoint Residences were designed to take in breathtaking panoramic views while maximizing solar shading and privacy. Modular louvered screens, made from a light-weight, wood-plastic

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Nike Builds Sun-Shaded SOWETO Football Training Centre in South Africa

Nike Builds Sun-Shaded SOWETO Football Training Centre in South Africa

Image ©Julian Abrams Due to the project's tight turnaround time, RUFproject decided to forgo incorporating more complicated green strategies and instead focused on more basic principles, like sun

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Modern Music Studio Built With Recycled Plastic Planks

Modern Music Studio Built With Recycled Plastic Planks

The site for the music studio is located near a water purification plant that was considered far too noisy for residential housing to be constructed around. However the site was also part of a large urban

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Fantastic Xylophone Bicycle Bridge Plays Music As You Ride

Fantastic Xylophone Bicycle Bridge Plays Music As You Ride

One of the best ways to encourage positive behavior is to make it fun -- which is why this amazing musical bicycle bridge by Yeon Jae Won + Soo Jeong Heo really struck a chord with us. An entry in

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Beirut Terraces With Hanging Gardens

Herzog & de Meuron’s Beirut Terraces With Hanging Gardens

A master plan for the city of Beirut is guiding the rehabilitation of the coastal city, and Herzog & de Meuron just unveiled an open and airy apartment development located in the central district.

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A Home Fit For Elephants at the Cophenhagen Zoo

A Home Fit For Elephants at the Cophenhagen Zoo

Keeping the elephants happy was a key element in the design of the new house, and detailed research into the social patterns of elephants helped inform a plan to create two enclosures for elephants to

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H2Otel: Water-Powered Hotel Planned for Amsterdam

H2Otel: Water-Powered Hotel Planned for Amsterdam

By nature, Hotels tend to be energy inefficient as they often maximize views at the expense of solar exposure. They also tend to have high cooling loads -- rooms need to be ready to go at any moment for

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Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

A lot of concept houses come across our desk here at Inhabitat, but we were really impressed with this design for eco-housing in Ghana. Designed by Lisbon-based Blaanc in collaboration with Architect

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Sun-Powered RE:Focus House Set to Shine at Europe’s Solar Decathlon

Sun-Powered RE:Focus House Set to Shine at Europe’s Solar Decathlon

The University of Florida recently unveiled a stunning reinterpretation of a traditional North Florida Cracker House that will be soaking up the sun's rays at the 2010 European Solar Decathlon. The

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Green Walled Skyscraper Complex Makes Waves in Kazahkistan

Green Walled Skyscraper Complex Makes Waves in Kazahkistan

Solid Waves is a recent competition-winning design for a mixed-use housing development in Astana, Kazahkistan. The three tower development features plenty of southern exposure with lots of green open

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Work Begins on the UK’s Largest Prefabricated Strawbale Building

Work Begins on the UK’s Largest Prefabricated Strawbale Building

Exciting news! Construction began this month on what will be the UK's largest straw bale building, which will utilize prefabricated construction and local straw from nearby farmland. The Sutton Bonington

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Armadillo Box Solar-Powered Prefab Gears up For Solar Decathlon

Armadillo Box Solar-Powered Prefab Gears up For Solar Decathlon

Madrid is heating up as university teams from around the world battle their wits against the sun to build net-zero, sustainable homes in this year's European Solar Decathlon. One of our favorite designs

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Loq•kit Modular Homes Made With Interchageable Parts

Loq•kit Modular Homes Made With Interchageable Parts

The concept behind Loq•kit homes is the use of modular and interchangeable parts - kinda like Legos for homes. Loq•kit homes were originally conceived by PAF Architecture back in 2003 and they've

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Blu Homes Releases New Unfolding Balance Home

Blu Homes Releases New Unfolding Balance Home

Blu Homes is making waves in the modular housing world and just today released yet another spectacular energy efficient prefab home. The Blu |Balance home is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 16' foot ceilinged

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First Certified Passive House Ever in the Western US!

First Certified Passive House Ever in the Western US!

(photo credit: Amanda Nelson Photography) The first certified Passive House in Salt Lake City also happens to be the first certified Passive House in the Western US. The Breezeway House, designed by

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Final Design for SF’s Transbay Transit Center Includes Rooftop Park

Final Design for SF’s Transbay Transit Center Includes Rooftop Park

All of our patient waiting has finally paid off - the final design for San Francisco's new transit center was finally revealed last week! The San Francisco Transbay Transit Center is designed to hold 12

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Build It Green Certified Residence in Los Angeles

Build It Green Certified Residence in Los Angeles

The Jacobson Residence is a brand new construction in Los Angeles with a high eco factor - enough so that it is Build It Green and ENERGY STAR certified! If you're not familiar with Build It Green, it's

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World’s Smallest Sustainable House Can Fit a Family of Four

World’s Smallest Sustainable House Can Fit a Family of Four

US-based Bridge Development, Corp. is behind the design for the Nano Living System and hopes to be able to provide their homes to people around the world in need of adequate housing. The Nano is built

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Sustain Design Studio’s Affordable TRIO Prefab Lands in Ontario

Sustain Design Studio’s Affordable TRIO Prefab Lands in Ontario

Sustain Design Studio's newest prefab home, the 12x36 TRIO, recently landed in Brighton, Ontario. With its butterfly roof and passive solar design, the California Edition of the Trio is energy-efficient,

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House of Music: Denmark’s Solar Powered Symphony Hall

House of Music: Denmark’s Solar Powered Symphony Hall

Multi-functional centers are great - same complex, different uses, minimal infrastructure. The House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark is just such a place, combining public and performance space with cultural

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