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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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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Aiming to be the World Capital of CO2 by reducing fifty per cent its carbon emissions, Rotterdam has ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels. The idea is to build a community of floating homes,

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WE MAKE CARPETS Arrange Dull Household Items into Eye-Popping Carpets

WE MAKE CARPETS Arrange Dull Household Items into Eye-Popping Carpets

With installations that range from small to large, WE MAKE CARPETS have demonstrated that no material is too dull to turn into colorful works of art. Most recently they presented a carpet made of rows and

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Arching Melkwegbridge Routes Pedestrians & Cyclists Across a Canal in The Netherlands

Arching Melkwegbridge Routes Pedestrians & Cyclists Across a Canal in The Netherlands

The new Melkwegbridge spans a distance of 66 meters across the canal to connect the Weidevenne District to the historical city centre of Purmerend. NEXT Architects, with the help of Ronald Rietveld

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Striking Green-Roofed Rieteiland-Oost Island House Built With Sustainable Timber

Striking Green-Roofed Rieteiland-Oost Island House Built With Sustainable Timber

In addition to using only sustainable timber (and a whole lot of it for framing, external shutters that control solar gain, a beautiful spiral staircase, as well as decking), Egeon Architecten went to

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Zundert’s Bloemencorso Parade Features Eye-Popping Sculptures Made From Thousands of Flowers!

Zundert’s Bloemencorso Parade Features Eye-Popping Sculptures Made From Thousands of Flowers!

The Bloemncorso in Zundert takes place the first Sunday of every September. Hundreds of volunteer of all ages help construct the floats. The community's older residents traditionally plant the flowers

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God’s Loftstory: LKSVDD Transforms 1928 Church into Daylight-Filled Home with Shipping Container Studio

God’s Loftstory: LKSVDD Transforms 1928 Church into Daylight-Filled Home with Shipping Container Studio

The renovation of the church was designed as an open structure, which takes advantage of the spaciousness of the 1100 cubic meter volume. The design team at LKSVDD Architecten preserved the stained glass,

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Supermodern 1920′s Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a Simple, Elegant and Completely Transformable Home

Supermodern 1920′s Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a Simple, Elegant and Completely Transformable Home

To make this classic adaptable home, Rietveld worked side by side with Mrs. Schroder trying to please her and her notions of living without walls and having a strong inside-outside connection. The only

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Buddhist Meditation Center Looks Like a Giant Barn With Many Windows in Rural Netherlands

Buddhist Meditation Center Looks Like a Giant Barn With Many Windows in Rural Netherlands

Corrugated steel is great for durability and cost and the mansard roof helps to create the expansive space, which comprises 26 beds in 13 rooms. There is also a meditation hall, library and a dining hall.

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Topsy Turvy Dames Dietz Deli is the First Commercial Cradle2Cradle Structure in the Netherlands

Topsy Turvy Dames Dietz Deli is the First Commercial Cradle2Cradle Structure in the Netherlands

Located on the main street of town, the newly-opened Dames Dietz Deli (what a great name!) feature three stacked layers. The sloping planes are designed to draw in passersby and to promote the influx of

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Prefab Bornego College is a Sustainable School Made With Recycled Bricks in The Netherlands

Prefab Bornego College is a Sustainable School Made With Recycled Bricks in The Netherlands

Bornego College commissioned HVDN and Studioninedots to design and build a new facility for their first year students in a spot adjacent to the school. The goal of the new building, besides providing

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Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

MVRDV's Book Mountain is a new eco library that proudly stands in the heart of Spijkenisse and is surrounded by the old town and a new housing project. In an area with 10% illiteracy, this new library is

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Stripe House is a Brightly Lit Urban Live/Work Townhouse  in The Netherlands

Stripe House is a Brightly Lit Urban Live/Work Townhouse in The Netherlands

Stripe House by GAAGA is located in a new urban planning area of Leiden where clients can develop their own houses. Sited on a corner lot near a park, the home does its best to make the best of the

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MVRDV Chosen to Create Green Garden Paradise in the Netherlands for Floriade 2022 Horticultural Expo

MVRDV Chosen to Create Green Garden Paradise in the Netherlands for Floriade 2022 Horticultural Expo

As the current Floriade 2012 expo wraps up in Venlo, Almere and MVRDV are excited to begin with their plans for the next expo site, which will be the greenest event yet. Almere, which is a suburb of

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Veilige Veste is a Former Office Building Transformed into a Women’s Shelter in The Netherlands

Veilige Veste is a Former Office Building Transformed into a Women’s Shelter in The Netherlands

The Veilige Veste building was first constructed in the 1970s as a police station. KAW took on the task to recreate the facade with the new diagonally undulating panels in order to help create a better

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Dutch Pavilion Re-Set Presents a Dynamic Re-thinking of Disused Space at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Dutch Pavilion Re-Set Presents a Dynamic Re-thinking of Disused Space at the Venice Architecture Biennale

The Dutch pavilion draws attention to a new set of conditions under which modern architects are working. No longer blessed with wide swaths of empty land or large budgets, designers instead have to work

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Amsterdam’s Proef Restaurant Features Recycled Furniture and Serves Only Local, Organic Food

Amsterdam’s Proef Restaurant Features Recycled Furniture and Serves Only Local, Organic Food

Dutch "eating designer" Marije Vogelzang came up with the original concept for Proef Restaurant; she first opened the restaurant in Rotterdam, relocated to Amsterdam in 2006, and sold it to her former

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The Hague’s Stadskantoor Leyweg by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau Rise from the Dutch Urbanscape

The Hague’s Stadskantoor Leyweg by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau Rise from the Dutch Urbanscape

Built by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau—directed by Rudy Uytenhaak, a TU of Eindhoven's graduate and professor at TU Delft—the Hague's City Offices are one of the most striking city landmarks. The

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Design Academy of Eindhoven Students Show Off Their Newly Minted Chops at Their Masters Graduation Show

Design Academy of Eindhoven Students Show Off Their Newly Minted Chops at Their Masters Graduation Show

Working with scientists and civil services, Giacomo Piovan created a system that turns contaminated soil into compressed blocks. The system employs the use of healing plants that are able to absorb and

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Piet Hein Eek’s Restaurant in Eindhoven is Filled with Beautiful Upcycled Designs

Piet Hein Eek’s Restaurant in Eindhoven is Filled with Beautiful Upcycled Designs

The Restaurant of Piet Hein Eek is filled with the designer's own pieces, including his signature recycled wood furniture finished with a high gloss varnish. All pieces are unique and made from waste

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Buijtenkeuken is a Mobile Kitchen for the Dutch Countryside

Buijtenkeuken is a Mobile Kitchen for the Dutch Countryside

Part of a multi-year project that has five components (including an outdoor brewery, nursery and mini-hotel), Buijtenkeuken is designed to re-examine the relationship between human activities and the

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The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

There's very little information about the Noach Cradle, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming the talk of the design town. Numerous European publications have gushed about them and van Veldhuizen was

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Het Anker is a Green-Roofed Community Center Planned for The Netherlands

Het Anker is a Green-Roofed Community Center Planned for The Netherlands

The municipality of Zwolle in the Netherlands invited four design firms to submit proposals for a new community center for this up-and-coming city, and they awarded first prize to MoederscheimMoonen

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MVRDV Unveils Plans to Transform Almere, the Netherlands Into the Greenest City Ever Built

MVRDV Unveils Plans to Transform Almere, the Netherlands Into the Greenest City Ever Built

Floriade is a national horticulture expo held every decade in The Netherlands - and Almere wants to be the next host in 2022. To woo the judges they've hired MVRDV to create the master plan for their expo

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