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NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

Rather than build each school its own gym, the three pooled their resources to build a single Mega-Gym that would provide their students lots of options for play and sport. Inside the Spordtgebouw are

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MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

The chapel, which was built by Jan Giudici in 1787, had long been neglected and without purpose. The beautiful architecture was revived by MVRDV, and the museum now spills out of into either side of the

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Tonke Fieldsleeper: Tiny Home Hits the Road With Retro Flair

Tonke Fieldsleeper: Tiny Home Hits the Road With Retro Flair

Unlike large American RVs, the Tonke camper is handmade in a small workshop and can be separated from the van so that it's unnecessary to tow an additional vehicle. This also affords extra freedom while

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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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Eindhoven’s Colossal UFO-Shaped Evoluon Center is Out of this World!

Eindhoven’s Colossal UFO-Shaped Evoluon Center is Out of this World!

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat Standing within the Dutch City of Design & Technology, the Evoluon is a daring and iconic landmark. Its concrete dome is 253 feet in diameter and it was

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Zecc Architects Transforms Historic Dutch Water Tower into a Spectacular Watchtower

Zecc Architects Transforms Historic Dutch Water Tower into a Spectacular Watchtower

The St. Jansklooster Tower is considered a national monument and a landmark for the region that can be seen for miles around. After its decommissioning, the decision was made to open the water tower up to

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The Trash Closet Made With Recycled Materials Draws Attention to Worldwide Furniture Waste

The Trash Closet Made With Recycled Materials Draws Attention to Worldwide Furniture Waste

The Trash Closet by Dutch designers Marijke and Sander Lucas is a monumental cabinet that utilizes furniture that would normally end-up in a landfill. By incorporating leftover furniture to produce an

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Gargantuan Solar-Powered Rotterdam Centraal Station Opens Anew

Gargantuan Solar-Powered Rotterdam Centraal Station Opens Anew

On one side of the station is an area with a more historical aesthetic, which is why the northern entrance was designed to be more modest, so as not to overpower its surroundings. To the south however,

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Makkink & Bey’s Tiny Caravan in a Box is an Ultraportable Home for the Dutch Countryside

Makkink & Bey’s Tiny Caravan in a Box is an Ultraportable Home for the Dutch Countryside

Makkink & Bey's Buijtenbed is a tiny pop-up holiday home that brings guests closer to nature. It was inspired by the caravans that many Dutch use to go on camping trips in the summer. The tiny wheeled

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NEXT Architects’ Elastic Perspective is an Impossible Mobius Strip Staircase Near Rotterdam

NEXT Architects’ Elastic Perspective is an Impossible Mobius Strip Staircase Near Rotterdam

The Elastic Perspective is more art installation than useful staircase. Located on a grassy hill in Carnisselande, a Rotterdam suburb, the walkway is built from rusty steel in a lazy loop that drapes the

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Modern Bicycle Bridge Opens Up in Maassluis,The Netherlands

Modern Bicycle Bridge Opens Up in Maassluis,The Netherlands

This week, a beautifully modern and lightweight bicycle bridge was opened to the public in Maassluis, The Netherlands. The 90-meter long descending route located along the old Maasdike is designed as a

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SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

So how does this work? The 200 m2 elm-leaf shaped structure has a PV cell coated underbelly, which powers cooling condensers that in turn convert humidity from the desert air into ice. Verheggen told the

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Electric Car Breaks Vehicle Acceleration World Record By Traveling 0-62 mph in 2.15 Seconds!

Electric Car Breaks Vehicle Acceleration World Record By Traveling 0-62 mph in 2.15 Seconds!

Who says electric vehicles can't out-muscle internal combustion engine cars? A racing team from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands just blasted past the zero to 100 km/h (62

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Tesla Opens Assembly Plant in the Netherlands

Tesla Opens Assembly Plant in the Netherlands

American electric car company Tesla Motors opened an assembly plant last week in the Netherlands. The new Tilburg facility will serve as the final assembly and distribution point for Tesla Model S sales

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Easehouse Pop-Up Toilet is an Outhouse with a View in Rotterdam

Easehouse Pop-Up Toilet is an Outhouse with a View in Rotterdam

The Easehouse features two toilets of different sizes - one for children and one for adults. This height differentiation is achieved with a diagonal step in between the two. The folded down roof serves a

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Faux Meat Throwdown: Would You Eat Sergey Brin’s Lab-Grown Beef Burger or Twitter-Backed Beyond Meat Chicken Strips?

Faux Meat Throwdown: Would You Eat Sergey Brin’s Lab-Grown Beef Burger or Twitter-Backed Beyond Meat Chicken Strips?

This week we watched as taste testers sunk their teeth into the world's first lab-grown beef hamburger, which cost $332,000 to grow and was funded in part by Google's Sergey Brin. Meanwhile, there are

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The Netherlands’ Volkerak Rijkswaterstaat Building is Cooled by the Water Surrounding It

The Netherlands’ Volkerak Rijkswaterstaat Building is Cooled by the Water Surrounding It

Rijkswaterstaat DI is a governmental agency that handles public works and water management for the Netherlands - including the construction of waterways and roads and flood protection and prevention. Made

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First-Time Dutch Home Buyers Can Build Their Own IbbN Flat-Packed Prefab Houses for Under $150k

First-Time Dutch Home Buyers Can Build Their Own IbbN Flat-Packed Prefab Houses for Under $150k

The Dutch city of Nijmegen wants to help first time home buyers get into the market even if they don't have a lot of money. Families who earn between €30,000 and €47,000 have an opportunity to join

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Breaks Ground on the International Criminal Court in The Hague

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Breaks Ground on the International Criminal Court in The Hague

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the international design competition to design the permanent ICC complex back in 2010. They have since been working with the organization, The Hague and the

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Strips of Glazing Pour Daylight into Renovated Seaside House N in The Netherlands

Strips of Glazing Pour Daylight into Renovated Seaside House N in The Netherlands

In order to grow the ground floor, Maxwan added two new boxes to the original building. Protruding from the kitchen is a monolithic concrete volume and a floor to ceiling glass box pushes the living room

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Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects Convert Rustic 1760 Coach House into Spacious Breukelen House

Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects Convert Rustic 1760 Coach House into Spacious Breukelen House

Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects decided to leave the exterior of the coach house almost entirely intact, retaining the character of the Breukelen building that was first constructed in the 1760s. And

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Amsterdam’s Futuristic New Fletcher Hotel Blends Sustainability with Luxury

Amsterdam’s Futuristic New Fletcher Hotel Blends Sustainability with Luxury

The decor of the Fletcher Hotel can be described as warm and minimalist. Robert Kolenik capitalized on the round nature of the hotel’s floor plan with futuristic interiors that look like somewhere the

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Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen retained the character of this old barn-turned-office by carefully restoring its gepotdekselde façade and large thatched roof. The 920-square-foot building's historic pine wood

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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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123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

123DV’s Self-Sufficient Bridge House Sits Serenely on Its Grassy Plot in The Netherlands

Completed 2011, The Bridge House is set amidst a breathtaking green environment. It was constructed on a manmade hill (made from reclaimed soil nearby) to house a cellar and to make the best of its

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Proyecto Roble is a Landscaper Architect’s Dream Eco Office in the Rural Netherlands

Proyecto Roble is a Landscaper Architect’s Dream Eco Office in the Rural Netherlands

Landscape architecture firm Van Helvoirt Groenprojecten's striking home office is a barn-style volume with red slats on the exterior. Drawing upon passive design principles, the building was oriented and

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OVG’s TNT Centre is an Energy Positive, Zero Emission Office in The Netherlands

OVG’s TNT Centre is an Energy Positive, Zero Emission Office in The Netherlands

TNT Express' goal is to become the world's first carbon neutral express and mail company in the world - so they set out to make their home office as sustainable as possible. Completed in 2011, the TNT

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Exterior Automobile Airbags Could Save the Lives of Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Exterior Automobile Airbags Could Save the Lives of Pedestrians and Bicyclists

A helmet is a bicyclist’s only line of defense in the event of a collision, but what if they had the protection of airbags? Dutch car manufacturer TNO has developed the world’s first exterior

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Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade

Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade

The Glass Farm is a redevelopment of Schijndel'’s market square, which was heavily damaged during WWII. MVRDV's Winy Maas grew up in Schijndel and in 1980 he proposed redeveloping the market square to

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