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Stone and glass Torispardon House is a modern take on traditional Scottish farmhouses

Stone and glass Torispardon House is a modern take on traditional Scottish farmhouses

The house was inspired by the Gaelic word Tor, which describes piles of rock located at the top of a hill. It references traditional stone architecture and combines it with contemporary materials and

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House Carrer Migdia is a naturally-ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

House Carrer Migdia is a naturally-ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

The house has living and dining areas located on the first floor. Next to it is the kitchen which faces north. The bedroom can be accessed from the living area through a large sliding door. Instead of a

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Tsuyoshi Kawata designs a charming curved house in Japan

Tsuyoshi Kawata designs a charming curved house in Japan

This curved house in Shiga Prefecture in Japan introduces organic shapes of flowing volumes into a neighborhood dominated by traditional pitched-roofed homes. Architect Tsuyoshi Kawata of Osaka studio

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Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden

Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden

The 2,690-square-foot house is located in a birch and pine forest on the outskirts of the Swedish city Gothenburg. To maximize views towards the adjacent Gravsjön lake, Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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Russian Pavilion at Milan Expo features a huge canopy made of sustainably sourced timber

Russian Pavilion at Milan Expo features a huge canopy made of sustainably sourced timber

The designers found inspiration in classic Soviet architecture, as well as the country’s past pavilions, and paired that with sustainable materials meant to act as a memorable structure that evokes

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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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Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

The main entryway to the Lookout House is accessed through a large sliding barn door that blends in with the north side’s nearly windowless timber-clad façade wall. In contrast, the other three

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White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient retreat for retirees

White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient retreat for retirees

The 3,283-square-foot south-facing home stretches east to west on a plot of land in the undulating Austrian countryside Althöflein. Large triple-glazed windows line the south facade and overlook a

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Beautiful timber home is striking in its rugged Scandinavian simplicity

Beautiful timber home is striking in its rugged Scandinavian simplicity

The Sommarhus Akenine facade is clad in strips of Siberian larch that have been planed and treated for a smoother and more uniform appearance. The elevated terrace floor wraps around the structure to

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Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

The Northcote Hemp Houses in Melbourne are two attached family homes that share a backyard and are built with a combination of rammed earth, timber and Hempcrete walls. The project received an 8-star

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Celestial Temple Extension Marries Timber Lattice and Natural Light in Japan

Celestial Temple Extension Marries Timber Lattice and Natural Light in Japan

Located in Japan's Fukuoka prefecture, the complex received a 335-square-meter addition. The Myoenji Columbarium is a reinforced concrete extension topped with a glass roof that allows natural light to

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Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside

Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside

Working within the constraints of a modest budget, Tham & Videgård decided to use tectonic rationality, an approach that minimized ground disturbance on the flat and smooth bedrock. The pitched-roof

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Light-Filled Timber Artist’s Studio Sits Comfortably in an Organic Australian Landscape

Light-Filled Timber Artist’s Studio Sits Comfortably in an Organic Australian Landscape

Chan Architecture clad the exterior of the structure with two different kinds of wood: darker colored vertical boards that cover the bottom storage volume and horizontal bands of a lighter colored timber

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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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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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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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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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Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Built on pilings on the beach, Nueva Esperanza (which means new hope in Spanish) was constructed in accordance with the community's longstanding vernacular. A timber base is accentuated with bamboo walls

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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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Swirling |CON|Temporary Library Warms Up an Ancient Turkish Bath in Bulgaria

Swirling |CON|Temporary Library Warms Up an Ancient Turkish Bath in Bulgaria

Commissioned as part of the festival of "urban dreams," the temporary library sits directly below a tall dome in the hammam's largest room. It consists of a swirling timber platform decorated with a

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