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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Located in Nara, Nara Prefecture this small Japanese home was designed for a young family. The total site area is 107 sq m (1,150 sq ft), but the total living space is only 64 sq m (688 sq ft), making for

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Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science, and Technology Building spans 200,000 square feet and is constructed from lightweight aluminum, concrete, and glass. These robust materials are elegantly combined

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Atkins Unveils “Unusual” Window of Guangzhou Office Buildings on the Pearl River

Atkins Unveils “Unusual” Window of Guangzhou Office Buildings on the Pearl River

Global engineering and design firm Atkins just revealed designs for Window of Guangzhou, a dramatic three-volume development that will become the new architectural icon for the southern Chinese port city.

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UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio began work on Ardmore Residence back in 2006 and now the residential tower is finally complete. This bespoke tower is unique in its design and form compared to its surrounding block-like peers.

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J. Mayer H. Completes Transparent, Tree-Inspired Court of Justice in Hasselt

J. Mayer H. Completes Transparent, Tree-Inspired Court of Justice in Hasselt

The Court of Justice is one of two towers built for a new master planned area in Hasselt that includes a park, public buildings, offices and hotels, as well as urban residential blocks. The original plan

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Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

The representatives of Pornic County wanted the Salorge government building to carry on the tradition of architecture in the Retz region (such as gabled, tiled roofs). The county government building is

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Egeon Architecten’s Wood-Clad Home Near Amsterdam Shows Energy Efficiency Through Smart Design

Egeon Architecten’s Wood-Clad Home Near Amsterdam Shows Energy Efficiency Through Smart Design

The team of designers at Egeon Architecten organized this home with the living areas on the ground floor and the bedrooms on the second. The views of the garden and the lake beyond can be enjoyed on the

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Balance Associates Architects’ Capitol Hill Residence is an Energy-Efficient Home Perched High Above Seattle

Balance Associates Architects’ Capitol Hill Residence is an Energy-Efficient Home Perched High Above Seattle

In order to stay within the permitted footprint of the previous house on this steep site in Capitol Hill, Balance Associates, Charter Construction and their design team cantilevered three sides of this

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Sophisticated Passive H-House Keeps its Cool in Salt Lake City

Sophisticated Passive H-House Keeps its Cool in Salt Lake City

H-House is a three bedroom, three-story home in Salt Lake City, UT designed by Axis Architects. The ground floor holds the garage, storage and the entry, which leads up to the main floor that contains all

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Butterfly-Winged Wuxi Grand Theatre is a New Eco Cultural Landmark in China

Butterfly-Winged Wuxi Grand Theatre is a New Eco Cultural Landmark in China

Inspiration for the Wuxi Grand Theatre's design came from the butterfly as well as the old Chinese opera, Butterfly Lovers. The building's volume is that of a butterfly landing on water and features eight

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Wheaton College’s Mars Center for Science and Technology Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Wheaton College’s Mars Center for Science and Technology Awarded LEED Gold Certification

The Mars Center for Science and Technology has 12 teaching labs and 23 research labs as well as a rooftop observatory and greenhouse. The building's green features include a 1,300-square-footgreen roof,

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200 Chinese Workers Erect a 30 Storey Prefabricated Hotel in Just 15 Days (VIDEO)

200 Chinese Workers Erect a 30 Storey Prefabricated Hotel in Just 15 Days (VIDEO)

If we hadn't seen a video of the T30 Hotel going up in China, we might not have believed that anyone, anywhere could erect a prefabricated 30 storey tower in just over 2 weeks. But it's true - Broad

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SOM Completes Its Twisting Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City

SOM Completes Its Twisting Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City

The 74 story tower is innovative in its asymmetrical design and is a feat of engineering. The south wall is constructed from concrete and conceived as a protective skin to insulate the building against

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Envision Energy’s Flowing Wind Turbine Headquarters is Inspired by Wind Energy

Envision Energy’s Flowing Wind Turbine Headquarters is Inspired by Wind Energy

Located in Jiangyin, China, the new 3-storey 3,000 sq meters headquarters is sited directly adjacent to the assembly facility that fabricates the rotor component of Envision's wind turbine system. The

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Wisdom Plaza is a Greenery Filled Eco Office in Shenzhen

Wisdom Plaza is a Greenery Filled Eco Office in Shenzhen

Wisdom Plaza is a shimmering office estate in Shenzhen that consists of 4 "block" volumes linked by a lush garden. Designed by MAPA, the unique-looking built complex allows for maximum flexibility in

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Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for Emergencies

Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for Emergencies

With a compact design, wrap-around shade and vertical siding, the design is a bit reminiscent of Michelle Kaufmann's MkLotus house. While designing the home, the student design/build team kept a small

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Torre Plaça Europa: Social Housing in Barcelona Made With 100% Recyclable Materials

Torre Plaça Europa: Social Housing in Barcelona Made With 100% Recyclable Materials

R+B Arqts had five innovation criteria in mind while designing this social housing project. First, they wanted each apartment to have multiple solar orientations and cross ventilation. Second, the

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Coffee Plaza: Striking Oval Building Features An Innovative Louvered Facade

Coffee Plaza: Striking Oval Building Features An Innovative Louvered Facade

The 165,000 sq ft oval-shaped tower sits between the park and the plaza and becomes a hub of city activity. Twelve floors of office space are supported by an underground garage and topped off with a

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Lincoln Mixed Use Building In Denver Features High Tech Prefab Curtain Wall

Lincoln Mixed Use Building In Denver Features High Tech Prefab Curtain Wall

The mixed-use complex would comprise a 438 room hotel tower, retail space on the ground floor, restaurant space, plus 12 movie theaters that total up to 438,000 sq ft. Various circulation routes ease

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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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Walter Cronkite School Of Journalism Is A Hard Hitting Energy Efficient News School

Walter Cronkite School Of Journalism Is A Hard Hitting Energy Efficient News School

Work began on the design in October 2006 and the school opened its doors in August 2008 only 22 months later. The 6-story educational facility features a large forum for public events, five digital

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House 77 is a Modern Home Sheathed in a Funky Perforated Aluminum Facade

House 77 is a Modern Home Sheathed in a Funky Perforated Aluminum Facade

We've seen homes with metal facades before, but what makes House 77's one of a kind is the special meaning behind the shapes of its perforations. Instead of the typical circle cutouts, the home's

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Spanish Elderly Care Center Wrapped in a Pixelated Green Facade

Spanish Elderly Care Center Wrapped in a Pixelated Green Facade

This new elderly care center near Zamora, Spain rises from the landscape with a gently sloping profile set amid rows of crops. The project sits on a narrow lot, so to make the most of available space CSO

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Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

This stunning seaside structure bursts free from the all-too-frequently stale stock of public housing projects with its dynamic array of brightly shaded cells. Taking its cues from the modular honeycomb

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Arizona Life Science Building Has A Really, Really Big Shading Roof

Arizona Life Science Building Has A Really, Really Big Shading Roof

The Life Science Building lies between the existing campus buildings and the playing fields and helps connect the different campus parts together. Situated lower than the other buildings, a decision was

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The Red Box: A Sustainable Addition Gives an LA Home Breathtaking New Views

The Red Box: A Sustainable Addition Gives an LA Home Breathtaking New Views

This sustainably built home addition, lovingly called the Red Box, gives its residents new, sweeping views of Los Angeles including a direct line of sight to the famous Griffith Observatory. Designed by

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Herzog & de Meuron Completes Tetris-Like Actelion Business Center in Switzerland

Herzog & de Meuron Completes Tetris-Like Actelion Business Center in Switzerland

The business center has 350 offices within its light-filled interior and was designed with the goal of creating an open, communication-orieneted atmosphere for employees. Many of the windows are

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Rustic Lakewood House Has a Solar Screen of Indigenous Logs

Rustic Lakewood House Has a Solar Screen of Indigenous Logs

The home has a bit of a split personality going on with one facade showcasing a solar screen of indigenous logs and the other speaking to a more modern sensibility. Built to house an extended family, the

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Kiefer Technic Showroom Has Mind Blowing “Dancing” Facade

Kiefer Technic Showroom Has Mind Blowing “Dancing” Facade

Designed by Giselbrecht + Partner Architects, the building is home to Kiefer Technic's hospital equipment showroom. The look of the building is in keeping with the modern stainless steel tools that are

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Solstice on the Park: Shimmering Chicago High Rise Made for Shade

Solstice on the Park: Shimmering Chicago High Rise Made for Shade

Solstice on the Park will have 26 stories and 145 apartments when it is complete. Each living space is chiseled to create a self-shaded south-facing surface to keep the sun out in the summer, reducing air

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