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Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

Heijmans ONE's target demographic comprise the well-educated and single millennials between the ages of 25 and 35, who make too much to qualify for the Netherlands' social housing, but not enough to

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The “Light of Life” chapel in Korea is a luminous haven for retired missionaries

The “Light of Life” chapel in Korea is a luminous haven for retired missionaries

  Built on the south-facing side of Bori Mountain in Gapyong, South Korea, this chapel is the central point in a village that's being built to house retired missionaries. Created as a project

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A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

The leafy vertical garden contrasts with the smooth pale concrete panels in an attractive juxtaposition of textures. The three-dimensional green wall will give depth and variation to the building all

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TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

The TAOsHouse is located in Valverde Commons, which is a sustainably oriented, adult co-housing community just a 15-minute walk from Taos’ historic plaza. The three bedroom, two bathroom house was

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Africa’s tallest skyscraper will basically be the Eye of Sauron

Africa’s tallest skyscraper will basically be the Eye of Sauron

Although its location is yet to be confirmed, the Al Noor Tower is slated to be built in Casablanca—Morocco's largest city—and will also become the tallest skyscraper in Africa, beating

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Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Surrounded by desert, the curvaceous 75,350-square-foot building was inspired by the shape of sand dunes and oriented to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds and limit exposure to the harsh sun. Hadid

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Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world’s highest BREEAM rating

Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world’s highest BREEAM rating

PLP Architecture designed The Edge for OVG Real Estate, and Deloitte is the building's lead tenant. The project is one of the most innovative and energy-efficient commercial buildings in the world. The

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BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a ‘smashing’ design

BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a ‘smashing’ design

The ICEHOTEL is the world's largest hotel built entirely of ice and snow. Located in the hamlet of Jukkasjarvi, it was also the first of its kind. While Jukkasjarvi is a small village of just 1,100

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

The extension of the Dulwich Residence was organized into two interlaced areas that provide additional space for the family and features a variety of different textures and materials. Large windows

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Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in Copenhagen

Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in Copenhagen

The Sorte Hus is built out of three main interlocking materials: prefab birch plywood walls, double-glazed windows, and the concrete floor. To maximize the home's small footprint, Sigurd Larsen divided

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This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

Tourists from around the world travel to Quilotoa, a 12,000-foot-high active volcano with a brilliant blue lake in its crater. Located about 100 miles away from Quito, a local indigenous community offers

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Unbelievable Challenge unveils winning designs for Santa Claus’ Arctic logistics center

Unbelievable Challenge unveils winning designs for Santa Claus’ Arctic logistics center

Launched in spring 2014 by Ruukki Construction, the City of Oulu, Helsinki Design Week, and Snøhetta, the Unbelievable Challenge attracted 243 entries from 59 countries. In addition to the grand

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Steven Holl Architects wins precedent-setting competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing

Steven Holl Architects wins precedent-setting competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing

The competition to design one of India’s oldest museums, also known as the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, attracted proposals by several famous offices, including OMA, Studio Mumbai Architecture and Zaha

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Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. The team used plywood strategically as both the primary material for the home's

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape

Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape

The two wings of the house offer very different experiences – in the main living space the large room has polished concrete floors that extend outside, while the bedroom wing rests on a piece of

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L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti just unveiled an unprecedented plan to retrofit LA to deal with what some scientists say could be the next "Big One" - a massive earthquake that could open California's San

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The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the office

The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the office

The End of Sitting presents an office without any of that sitting-is-the-new-smoking business -- an office far more concerned with the physical and mental well-being of its occupants. RAAAF and Visser

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Traditional earthen cave dwellings in western China draw farmers back to rural settings

Traditional earthen cave dwellings in western China draw farmers back to rural settings

In a project that aims to attract China’s farmers back to the rural landscape and address the ecological and social problems that are a result of China’s rapid urbanization, a team of teachers and

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Studio Gang’s LEED Gold-seeking human rights center is a futuristic log cabin

Studio Gang’s LEED Gold-seeking human rights center is a futuristic log cabin

Developed as an initiative of Kalamazoo College, the 10,000-square-foot Arcus Center works to teach, promote, and sustain the pursuit of human rights and social justice within an educational gathering

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Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

Located in Nou Barris, Barcelona, the 55-foot-long site was a challenge not only because of its size and relation to the adjacent buildings, but also because of the extremely noisy surroundings. Thus, the

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OMA wins competition for the Lujiazui Exhibition Center in Shanghai

OMA wins competition for the Lujiazui Exhibition Center in Shanghai

The new Exhibition Center will serve as a major culture and event hub for the famous financial district of Lujiazui. Set atop a ramp, the building is designed as a "spatial armature" that rises above the

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Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

The owners of the property live in a farmhouse built in the 60s, and they wanted to make use of their amazing site by adding vacation rentals. They hired Peter Pichler to design and build two luxury

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Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

Built for a young family, the 990-square-foot, two-story home features a pitched concrete roof and is clad in light-colored limestone. The monolithic form is interrupted by skylights and three large

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HOK’s new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California’s high speed rail

HOK’s new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California’s high speed rail

HOK Architects drew inspiration from classic transit halls including Grand Central Terminal in New York along with the elegance of local airship hangars. At the same time, they developed an innovative

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Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Studio Jägnefält Milton has developed a lovely leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion that can pop up in practically any wooded area in Sweden. Thanks to the country's new Attefallshus clause, small structures

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Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An initiative of

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Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

  The main idea of the masterplan is to provide more connectivity within the area and improve transport facilities like the local metro, bus and tram routes and cycling and walking

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Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

Flanked on all sides by a late 19th century factory building, the former carpenter's workshop had a basement-like character due to its restricted access to sunlight. Studio OxL dramatically upended that

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Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

About a decade ago, Piano started developing plans for a minimalist home. He had been interested in the concept since his student days, and he began doing the work on spec, without a specific client. That

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