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Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Modeled after a giant wooden lamp and made entirely from donated and recycled materials, the Story Tower has a roof of 2250 shingles made from Tetra-Pak milk cartons folded and assembled like tiles on top

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ÁBATON Unveils Minimalist Prefab Micro Home in Spain

ÁBATON Unveils Minimalist Prefab Micro Home in Spain

Faced with grey fiber cement board, this dwelling unit houses a living room/kitchen, a full bathroom and a bedroom. It stands at just about 3.5 meters tall, and can be altered so that all openings become

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IKEA Consumes a Full One Percent of the World’s Commercial Wood Supply

IKEA Consumes a Full One Percent of the World’s Commercial Wood Supply

Photo via Shutterstock Ikea furniture is ubiquitous in dorm rooms and apartments all over the world, but it's difficult to fathom exactly how much of the world's resources are actually used to make

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The Ark: Green-Roofed Art Gallery Sails the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The Ark: Green-Roofed Art Gallery Sails the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The Ark was commissioned by the Exploring Landscapes program, and it is currently traveling along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The long and lean manmade waterway first opened in 1816, when it was

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Google Unveils Plans for $1 Billion Eco-Friendly HQ Built Of Wood, Steel And Glass in London

Google Unveils Plans for $1 Billion Eco-Friendly HQ Built Of Wood, Steel And Glass in London

In decades past, the construction of a new office building in London would hardly be a newsworthy event, but the ingenuity of companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple have changed that. Everyone wants

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Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

The building is carefully oriented to take advantage of natural lighting, heating and cooling while keeping its impact on its site to a minimum. The redwood bark facade was sourced from a neighboring

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The Shack: Marin County Retreat Restored to Reveal Old-Growth Timber Features

The Shack: Marin County Retreat Restored to Reveal Old-Growth Timber Features

The Shack was included in the slate of homes that were opened to the public as part of the 2013 Marin Living: Home Tours, which was hosted by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design.

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The Angelic Organics Learning Center in Illinois is Made from Whole Trees and Straw Bale

The Angelic Organics Learning Center in Illinois is Made from Whole Trees and Straw Bale

We've featured Gunderson and Whole Trees Architecture here on Inhabitat before. The innovative firm uses unmilled tree trunks and branches as structural components of buildings, which is much more

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Pine-Clad IJburg Villa Pops up on a Manmade Island in The Netherlands

Pine-Clad IJburg Villa Pops up on a Manmade Island in The Netherlands

Restricted by very particular building codes for the artificial island project just outside of Amsterdam, the designer claims that most of the houses are fairly uniform. Still, their IJburg villa has a

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Claesson Koivisto Rune Debuts Gorgeous Daylit Tind Prefab Houses in Scandinavia

Claesson Koivisto Rune Debuts Gorgeous Daylit Tind Prefab Houses in Scandinavia

Working with Swedish manufacturers Fiskarhedenvillan, Claesson Koivisto Rune designed three bold new homes. There is a single story home clad in bold black panels, a double story version capped with a

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More House: Cantilevered Home Makes the Most of a Small, Funky Plot in Spain

More House: Cantilevered Home Makes the Most of a Small, Funky Plot in Spain

The plot was almost square with a protruding band, so the best solution for this family was to stack the house vertically. The material palette used - reinforced concrete with a light timber facade -

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Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Comprised of two interconnected gabled structures in a paddock backed by rolling green hills, the Shoal Bay bach is located in a new development complex that used to be an old sheep farm. In fact,

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Emily Hesslegrave’s Just Radio is a New Take on the Classic Radio Made from Recycled Wood

Emily Hesslegrave’s Just Radio is a New Take on the Classic Radio Made from Recycled Wood

Seeking to produce a classic radio for the modern user, Emily Hesslegrave has designed Just Radio, a small radio with a touchscreen that is made from reclaimed natural timber wood. According to

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Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

The Bromont Residence is a compact 2700 square meter cabin built of natural materials in Quebec. Clad in wooden cladding, it also boasts a cedar cathedral ceiling within. This material palette not only

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Ultra-Slim Viewing Tower Rises 66 Feet Over the River Vecht in The Netherlands

Ultra-Slim Viewing Tower Rises 66 Feet Over the River Vecht in The Netherlands

Lacking a foundation, the observation tower has a tiny footprint. This is especially appropriate for a structure designed to harness visitors' appreciation for the surrounding forest and the Vecht river.

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Enchanting Woodland Sculptures Pay Homage to the Witches of Pendle Forest in England

Enchanting Woodland Sculptures Pay Homage to the Witches of Pendle Forest in England

Hardford conceived the idea of a sculpture trail back in 2010 and has since implemented that vision with a host of wonderful, earth-loving installations. Using previously felled trees, one that was wind

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Lee Jae-Hyo Turns Ordinary Pieces of Wood Into Giant Sculptural Spheres

Lee Jae-Hyo Turns Ordinary Pieces of Wood Into Giant Sculptural Spheres

Lee Jae-Hyo's work is on display in temporary and permanent collections throughout the planet - in cities as far afield as London and Washington DC - and it's easy to see why. Using nothing more

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La Grange de Mon Père is a Delightful Extension to a Tiny Farm House in France

La Grange de Mon Père is a Delightful Extension to a Tiny Farm House in France

All of the buildings in this farming community of Marseille are defined by a certain aesthetic, one that the clients were loathe to disrupt when the needed to expand their home to accommodate a new child.

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Charming Timber Matchbox House in Michigan is on Track for LEED Platinum

Charming Timber Matchbox House in Michigan is on Track for LEED Platinum

Completed in the summer of 2012, the Matchbox House in Ann Arbor has a compact footprint and is landscaped using only indigenous plant species that require absolutely zero irrigation. Low-flow toilets,

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Ash Allen’s Flatpack ‘Sticks and Stones’ Stool Wins Green Design Award at Melbourne’s Fringe Furniture Festival

Ash Allen’s Flatpack ‘Sticks and Stones’ Stool Wins Green Design Award at Melbourne’s Fringe Furniture Festival

Melbourne-based designer Ash Allen recently won the sustainable and waste-wise design award at Fringe Furniture (part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival) for his Sticks and Stones outdoor stool. Allen was

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Knevel Architecture Unveils ‘World’s Most Sustainable Gas Station’ in the Netherlands

Knevel Architecture Unveils ‘World’s Most Sustainable Gas Station’ in the Netherlands

Benjamin Robichon was the lead architect for the Avia Marees gas station located near the ‘Afsluitdijk’ and Den Oever's A7 motorway exit. The tank island, which is comprised of tanks that dispense

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Dacha’s Origami: An All-White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

Dacha’s Origami: An All-White Summer Home in Russia With No Windows and No Doors

The clients are a sporty family that also enjoy hosting a lot of parties. They also love the sun, even though there isn't much of that in Russia. So Kostelov used sustainably-sourced timber to create a

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Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Jerry Tate Architects and carpenter Henry Russell worked alongside students taking a 'Spatial Structures' course at this summer’s Dartmoor Arts Week just outside of Exeter. The brief began with a family

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Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Katsutoshi Sasaki & Associates believe that a residence should be comprised of just one room, but there are no rules in Japanese design that says this room should be boring and monotonous. In addition

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Off-Grid Storm Cottage is a Solar-Powered Timber Box on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

Off-Grid Storm Cottage is a Solar-Powered Timber Box on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

Clad in black rough sawn timber that makes the home fit in so beautifully with its bucolic surroundings, the Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects has operable metal screens that are perforated. These

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Cocoon by Woods Bagot is a Comforting Emergency Shelter for Four

Cocoon by Woods Bagot is a Comforting Emergency Shelter for Four

The competition brief called for structures that provide protection from the elements, in addition to safety, simplicity and elegance. They were also expected to be constructed easily and quickly. Woods

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Soaring Australian Art Gallery Replaces Building Destroyed by Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Soaring Australian Art Gallery Replaces Building Destroyed by Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Featuring an unconventional triangular design and a new, sturdy frame that should make this Australia House more resilient than the last (built in an old farmhouse), the double story gallery doubles as a

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