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Solar-Powered Restaurant Aan Zee Rests Lightly in the Dunes in the Netherlands

Solar-Powered Restaurant Aan Zee Rests Lightly in the Dunes in the Netherlands

Completed in 2011, Restaurant Aan Zee provides an outpost for beach-goers, kite-surfers and mountain bikers to the Oostvoorne area. The building also displays information about the Dutch countryside and

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Giant Red Dog Made from Scrap is a Dutch Village Watchdog

Giant Red Dog Made from Scrap is a Dutch Village Watchdog

Measuring 40 x 26 x 82 feet high, Max doesn't go unnoticed within the Dutch countryside. He is now a landmark making a bright, strong statement and looking after the farmers' village of Leens, in the

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BYTR Architects Burnt the Wood of This Beautiful Extension to Keep Bugs and Fungi at Bay

BYTR Architects Burnt the Wood of This Beautiful Extension to Keep Bugs and Fungi at Bay

The new extension maintains a volume that is the same height as the original property, making a stark yet playful contrast. Long rectangular windows and a double glass door gives the decades old home a

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Daylit Maritime & Beachcombers Museum Opens in The Netherlands

Daylit Maritime & Beachcombers Museum Opens in The Netherlands

The island of Texel was once a popular holdover spot for the Dutch East India Company on their way out of Amsterdam before setting sail. Ships would anchor near here to wait for good weather and work on

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Dramatic Solar-Powered Boathouse Charges Electric Boats in The Netherlands

Dramatic Solar-Powered Boathouse Charges Electric Boats in The Netherlands

The Electric Boathouse is a warehouse with an extensive range of machinery to build electric boats, as well as an indoor exhibition space where boats can float in the water. Its dramatic form is composed

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Wikado Playground is Built From Recycled Wind Turbine Blades in The Netherlands

Wikado Playground is Built From Recycled Wind Turbine Blades in The Netherlands

Located in Rotterdam, Wikado is a renovated playground space designed by 2012Architecten for Kinderparadijs Meidoorn. The 1200 sq meter play space was in bad shape and in need of renovation so

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Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

A new brand of DIY self-sufficiency is spreading across The Netherlands. Skilled craftswomen, mechanics, seamstresses, and handypersons are banding together to resist disposable consumer culture. It is

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This Jacket Made From Pen Caps by Maison Martin Margiela Is On Display In Rotterdam

This Jacket Made From Pen Caps by Maison Martin Margiela Is On Display In Rotterdam

It's no secret that here at Inhabitat, we're fans of repurposing old materials into new, useful pieces. Maison Martin Margiela took those hunks of excess plastic that sit at the end of our pens and

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WHIM Architecture’s Villa Al is a Green Living Complex In Tune With Nature

WHIM Architecture’s Villa Al is a Green Living Complex In Tune With Nature

Villa Al is WHIM Architecture's design for a green villa in Almere, the Netherlands. The concept was created for an open design a competition, and is a reaction to the growing desire to build as

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Floating Mini Catamaran Cabin Offers a Serene Wilderness Retreat in The Netherlands

Floating Mini Catamaran Cabin Offers a Serene Wilderness Retreat in The Netherlands

Nature often has to compete for our attention with the interweb, video games, our iPhones and other forms of digital media. Beije figured that people would get outdoors more often if it was easy and

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Industrial Chic Dining Pods Pop up at Fabbrica Restaurant in The Netherlands

Industrial Chic Dining Pods Pop up at Fabbrica Restaurant in The Netherlands

Fabbrica Rotterdam has a similar layout but the difference between that restaurant and the new one in Bergen lies in the materials. Whereas Rotterdam is shiny and glittery with massive chandeliers hanging

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Ultra Minimalist Dogma House Has a Sloping Roof Ramp That Leads to a Lake

Ultra Minimalist Dogma House Has a Sloping Roof Ramp That Leads to a Lake

The ultra minimalist Dogma House features an amazing sloping roof ramp, and it was designed by Alex van de Beld and Haiko Meijer in accordance with the Dogma Rules conceived by a group of Danish movie

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Green-Roofed De Snelbinder Bike Facility Holds 400 Bicycles in The Netherlands

Green-Roofed De Snelbinder Bike Facility Holds 400 Bicycles in The Netherlands

Located behind a shopping arcade the bike parking is neatly tucked in and situated next to a public plaza. Neither standing out nor hiding in the shadows, De Snelbinder makes a strong statement - that it

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Tower Hatert’s Rippling Structure Brings Social Housing and a Health Care Together in The Netherlands

Tower Hatert’s Rippling Structure Brings Social Housing and a Health Care Together in The Netherlands

Completed in October, the new residential tower maintains 72 apartments on top of a community health center. Each floor features a free-form balcony that wraps around the structure, and the overall effect

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Quaint Poplar Garden House is a Low Impact Sculpture & Shed in The Netherlands

Quaint Poplar Garden House is a Low Impact Sculpture & Shed in The Netherlands

The allotment gardens are located close to the city center and serve as a green oasis between the railway track and the Helperzoom. Residents of the area can rent spaces for a reasonable amount in order

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Reclaimed Wood Church Built According to Traditional Mennonite Principles in the Netherlands

Reclaimed Wood Church Built According to Traditional Mennonite Principles in the Netherlands

Back in the day, Mennonite churches were simple sheds designed to not look like a church so as to avoid suspicion. As such, the interiors were usually sober and pure without distractions or adornments.

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The Hoefman’s Little Dutch House Stays Warm with Passive Design

The Hoefman’s Little Dutch House Stays Warm with Passive Design

In order to minimize the perceived distance between the inside and outside, Lautenbag constructed the home's southern facade entirely out of glass. This has the added benefit of naturally lighting and

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The Drents Museum’s Submerged Extension Adds a Lush Green Public Park Above Ground

The Drents Museum’s Submerged Extension Adds a Lush Green Public Park Above Ground

Van Egeraat’s innovative extension to the museum deeply roots the Drents within the surrounding city of Assen. The undulating roof curves to create serene gentle hills above. The new hills are lined

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BP’s Green-Roofed Refinery Office in The Netherlands is Explosion Proof

BP’s Green-Roofed Refinery Office in The Netherlands is Explosion Proof

The arced building is located in the transition zone between the harsh industrial landscape of the refinery and the lush, green wetlands of the Brielsemeer directly across the Hartel Canal. The man-made

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High-Tech Supermarket Farm to Grow Food for Cities in The Netherlands

High-Tech Supermarket Farm to Grow Food for Cities in The Netherlands

Back in the day, a polder in the Netherlands was capable of providing all the necessary food for a nearby town. As the nation's population has grown and diversified it relies less on locally produced food

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Recycled Greenhouse Pavilion Pops Up in the Dutch Countryside

Recycled Greenhouse Pavilion Pops Up in the Dutch Countryside

Earlier this summer, Studio Elmo Vermijs was commissioned by Landart 2011 (initiated by Groene Woud and BKKC) to create a meeting place near a farm in Sint Oedenrode, The Netherlands. Inspired by the many

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Offshore Oil Rig Escape Pods Used as Floating Hotel Rooms In the Netherlands

Offshore Oil Rig Escape Pods Used as Floating Hotel Rooms In the Netherlands

Initially, Oudendijk had a plan to travel around Europe via water to look for local waste to turn into something desirable, and to have something to leave behind to amaze the locals. A boat of course

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Lovely Lighthouse Addition by BYTR Architects is Wrapped in Aluminum Mesh

Lovely Lighthouse Addition by BYTR Architects is Wrapped in Aluminum Mesh

BYTR has transformed this home with a gentle, minimalist touch. The aluminum mesh contrasts nicely with the original, more traditional facade without being too offensive and - set on top of what was

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Defunct Dutch Sewage Plant Converted into Fresh Green Apartments

Defunct Dutch Sewage Plant Converted into Fresh Green Apartments

This sewage plant must have made quite a stink when Dick van Gameren architects proposed to convert it into apartments more than a decade ago, long before adaptive re-use became fashionable. Today it

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VIlla 4.0: Hexagonal Dutch Home Gets a Green Facelift

VIlla 4.0: Hexagonal Dutch Home Gets a Green Facelift

The architects stuck to the existing materials as much as possible though certain interventions, such as upgrading the outer walls and roofs, were necessary, as was insulating the building to improve its

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Fietsenpakhuis: Netherlands Town Builds A Stylish Bike Warehouse To Store 700 Bicycles For Free

Fietsenpakhuis: Netherlands Town Builds A Stylish Bike Warehouse To Store 700 Bicycles For Free

The Zaanstad Bicycle Warehouse is located in the city center, whose architecture is largely defined by industrial warehouses. Inspiration for Fietsenpakhuis came from the archetype of the “Zaanse”

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Faro Unveils Beautiful Sustainable Shelters for Campgrounds Across the Netherlands

Faro Unveils Beautiful Sustainable Shelters for Campgrounds Across the Netherlands

Faro Architecture has designed a set of new buildings for the Dutch National Forest Service’s Kijl Schoonoord Campsite. The new complex includes a gorgeous sloping ark-like reception building and in

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Rijkswaterstaat: Dutch Public Works Bureau Unveils Groundbreaking Green Office

Rijkswaterstaat: Dutch Public Works Bureau Unveils Groundbreaking Green Office

The project aimed to encapsulate the identity of Rijkswaterstaat in a sustainable building that manifests the organization's core activities. The Dutch public works bureau is responsible for the roads,

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