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Metal-clad Eco Cottage puts a modern spin on Irish rural architecture

Ballymoney-based sustainable architecture firm 2020 Architects has completed a new contemporary and low-energy home that offers a refreshing and sustainable take on the typical rural architecture found across Northern Ireland. Located in the coastal fishing village of Ardglass, the Black Cottage (also known as the Eco Cottage) champions low-cost construction and energy efficiency with its simple material palette and highly insulated timber frame. The project is clad in cost-effective black corr...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Ireland, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Triple Glazed Windows, Corrugated Metal, Ballymoney, Ardglass, Timber Frame, Black Cottage, Northern Ireland Located, Double-height Spaces, Metal Clad Architecture, The Black Cottage, Eco Cottage


China’s tallest building is an organic-inspired 700-meter wonder

Standing at 700 meters tall, the Shenzhen Hong Kong International Center is slated to be the third tallest building in the world, and will also be China’s tallest building. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill for Chinese property developers Shimao Group, the skyscraper will be built between the foothills of Longcheng Park and the Dayun National Park in Shenzhen, China.The building’s sinewy, organic structure pays a hat tip to the number of sporting venues in its immediate vicinity. The design...
Tags: Hong Kong, Design, China, Architecture, Skyscraper, Shenzhen, Shenzhen China, International Center, Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Adrian Smith Gordon Gill, Gordon Gill, Shimao Group, Shenzhen Hong Kong International Center, Longcheng Park, Dayun National Park


Former camping site turned into gorgeous family home clad in charred wood and natural stone

When tasked with creating a family home in Austin, local firm, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, decided to go with a blend of charred wood, locally-sourced stone and glass panels. The result is the stunning Llano retreat, a design that was strategically built to embrace the natural landscape, while providing a contemporary, but cozy living space.   Situated along the Llano River in central Texas, the building site was used for years by the family as a camping and fishing spot for the weeken...
Tags: Texas, Design, Austin, Architecture, Gallery, Interior Design, Home Design, Llano, Laura Roberts, Douglas Fir, Llano River, Charred Wood, Shou Sugi Ban, Nature Inspired Homes, Locally Sourced Building Materials, Shou sugi ban homes


Historic apartment is rehabbed into a bright and modern home in Barcelona

In Barcelona, Spain, a historic apartment in a block of flats dating back to the 1900s has been transformed into a minimalist and modern home. Local design studio Alventosa Morell Arquitectes directed the renovation for clients who wanted a completely renewed space with greater access to daylight. Completed in 2017, the project, called the TS01 Interior Refurbishment, not only offers improved access to natural light and ventilation, but also uncovers original architectural details. Located in...
Tags: Design, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Born, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Minimalist Design, Historic Architecture, Natural Ventilation, Barcelona Spain, Galley Kitchen, Custom Furniture, Refurbishment


An old post office is reborn as a bright and breezy beach house

A former post office has been revived as a bright and breezy beach house in Breamlea, Australia. Designed by St. Kilda-based design firm OOF! Architecture, the modern makeover—dubbed the Green Shutter House—was created for clients who had already adapted the post office into a home but were frustrated with the building’s lack of connection with the outdoors. The renovation process opened the front of the house up to waterfront views while introducing more natural light and ventilation to the in...
Tags: Design, Australia, Post Office, Architecture, Gallery, Copenhagen, Beach, Wetlands, St Kilda, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Salvaged Materials, Green Renovation, Shutter, Plywood, Adaptive Reuse


Snhetta designs healing forest cabins for patients at Norways largest hospitals

Patients at two of Norway’s largest hospitals can now find respite in Snøhetta’s newly unveiled Outdoor Care Retreats. Designed for the Friluftssykehuset Foundation, the forest retreats offer a calm getaway where patients and their loved ones can benefit from the therapeutic qualities of nature. One of the retreats is located about 100 meters from the entrance of Norway’s largest hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, while its sister building is set near a woodland pond by Sørland...
Tags: Design, Hospital, Harvard, Architecture, Gallery, Norway, Cabins, Oslo, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Timber, OAK, Snohetta, Snøhetta, Ivar Kvaal, Patina


Solar-powered glass cafe overlooks a green lung in Jerusalem

Sacher Park, the largest public park in the center of Jerusalem, Israel, has recently gained a new cafe that embraces its green surroundings with walls of glass and an environmentally sensitive design. Israeli design studio Yaniv Pardo Architects created the Sacher Park Cafe, a coffee shop that’s powered entirely with solar energy. Completed in September 2018, the coffee shop is the first phase of a larger scheme to revitalize Sacher Park. Spanning an area of 250 square meters, the Sacher Par...
Tags: Design, Israel, Jerusalem, Park, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Solar, Solar Panels, Coffee Shop, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, JERUSALEM Israel, Wadi, Amphitheater, Pillars


Heritage Melbourne home is reborn as a modern dwelling filled with light and views

Fitzroy-based design studio Field Office Architecture has given a small 19th-century Victorian terrace a contemporary facelift with walls of double-glazed glass and crisp, clean lines throughout. Dubbed the Clifton Hill House after the suburb in which it resides, the compact home sits at the end of a row of similar heritage houses and had been given many ad-hoc renovations over the years. The architects stripped back all of the additions to bring in light and views, while improving the home’s e...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Expansion, Melbourne, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Contemporary House, Courtyard, Heritage House, Open-plan, Cross-ventilation, Recycled Brick


Tuck into these off-grid meditation cabins proposed for rural Latvia

Bee Breeders and Lauku Tea have recently announced winners of their Silent Meditation Forest Cabins competition, an open international contest seeking designs for off-the-grid meditation cabins in rural Latvia. Launched in search of eco-friendly and cost-effective proposals for compact and easily replicable cabins, the competition asked designers to propose a series of all-season cabins that could comfortably house a single person for nearly a week, have enough room for meditation activities an...
Tags: Design, Meditation, Architecture, Gallery, Latvia, Nest, Treehouse, Off-grid, Atrium, Off-grid Cabin, Spruce, Polycarbonate, Design Competition, Charred Timber, Polycarbonate Roof, Eco-friendly Design


Triple-skin facade brings daylight, fresh air and beauty to a tropical home

Hanoi-based design studio Nghia Architect has completed Maison A, a beautiful home that brings to life the cherished childhood memories of the client. Located in Nam Định, a coastal village southeast of Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, the house was created for the client’s aging mother and is large enough to accommodate her children and grandchildren who visit during the holidays. Inspired by the traditional countryside vernacular, Maison A is built for comfortable modern living and features a trip...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Brick, Hanoi, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Perforated Facade, Nam Dinh, Intaglio, Local Materials, Operable Glass, Local Craftsmanship, Nghia Architect, Bat Trang


Self-driving cars won’t just change transport. They’ll change hotels too.

This is the Autonomous Travel Suite by Aprilli. It’s, in theory, a self-driving car, but Aprilli doesn’t refer to it as a car. Aprilli calls it a hotel on wheels, and while that sounds like marketing-team-hogwash, it actually isn’t. Aprilli are touching on the fact that self-driving cars won’t just make transportation easier. They’re going to shake the hotel industry.AirBnb has done enough to really disrupt the massive hotel, resort, and corporate suite business, but self-driving cars like the...
Tags: Home, Transportation, Design, Office, Architecture, Automotive, Hotel, Airbnb, Pod, Self Driving Car, Aprilli, Autonomous Travel Suite, Marketing Team While the Autonomous Travel Suite


Farmhouse-inspired family home combines salvaged and sustainable materials

Salvaged materials from a century-old farmhouse and barn have been given new life as Ben’s Barn, a spacious family home in Kennebunk, Maine that takes inspiration from New England’s rural architecture. Designed by Portland, Maine-based architecture practice Caleb Johnson Studio for a young family, Ben’s Barn was constructed with a mix of reclaimed materials sourced not only from the former farmhouse and barn that had stood on another portion of the site, but also from a midcentury modern teardo...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Maine, New England, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Salvaged Materials, Reclaimed Materials, Timber, Farmhouse, Ben, Barn, Portland Maine, Loft, Granite


MVRDV to transform an Amsterdam office complex into a green residential zone

In response to Amsterdam’s increasing housing demands, prolific Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has designed Westerpark West, a sustainable proposal to transform the former ING office complex into a new residential zone flush with green space. Located in the Amsterdam Brettenzone, directly west of the city’s popular Westerpark, MVRDV’s master plan envisions a neighborhood of approximately 750 homes that will range in size, building typology and price. Westerpark West will also follow an “innovati...
Tags: Design, London, Architecture, Gallery, Amsterdam, Energy Efficiency, Tank, Car Sharing, Carousel Showcase, Adaptive Reuse, Roof Terraces, MVRDV, Westerpark, ING, Master Plan, KRFT


Watch the Painstaking and Nerve-Racking Process of Restoring a Drawing by Michelangelo

We live in a disposable culture, but certain things warrant the time and effort of mending—good shoes, hearts, Michelangelo drawings… The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s paper conservator Marjorie Shelley, above, had the nerve-wracking task of tackling the latter, in preparation for last year’s Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer exhibition. The work in question, a two-sided sketch featuring designs for a monumental altar or facade, thought to be San Silvestro in Capite, Rome, arriv...
Tags: Google, Art, College, New York City, Architecture, Museums, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Facebook Twitter, Michelangelo, SHELLEY, San Silvestro, Marjorie Shelley, Capite Rome, Filippo Baldinucci


Solar-Powered smart home in LA can be remotely controlled with a phone

Los Angeles-based general contractor and real estate development firm LA Build Corp has recently completed a single-family custom home that combines luxury modern design with energy-saving smart home technologies. Located in West Hollywood’s Kilkea Drive, the contemporary dwelling is equipped with a full home automation system that allows the homeowners to control multiple aspects of the house—from the sound systems to the window shades—with a touch of a button on their smartphones. Set on a...
Tags: Design, California, La, Los Angeles, Home Automation, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Solar Panels, Pool, Halifax, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, West Hollywood, Cedar


Gorgeous new Apple store is powered entirely by renewable energy in Paris

The latest Apple store designed by Foster + Partners has opened in a beautifully renovated 19th-century building on Paris’s Champs-Élysées. Powered with 100 percent renewable energy, Apple Champs-Élysées draws energy from the photovoltaic panels integrated into its kaleidoscopic roof light and collects rainwater for reuse in the bathrooms and irrigation systems. Described by Apple as the tech company’s “grandest Forum,” the retail location blends historic architecture with contemporary design i...
Tags: Apple, Design, Milan, France, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Forum, Paris, Apple Store, Restoration, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Daylight, Rainwater Collection


Tham & Videgrd Arkitekter designs Swedish vertical village built from CLT

Stockholm-based architecture practice Tham & Videgård Arkitekter has unveiled designs for a new housing typology in Gothenburg, Sweden, that will be built from cross-laminated timber. Named the “vertical village,” the project is a “solid timber” iteration of the firm’s previous development by the same name that had been designed for Stockholm in 2009. Like its predecessor, the Gothenburg “vertical village” champions a dense and family-centric development built around a series of connected garde...
Tags: Design, Sweden, Cult, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Cross Laminated Timber, Skylight, Prefab Housing, Gothenburg Sweden, Hedges, Private Garden


SFMOMA’s “The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism” Exhibit + Unbeaten Path Tours’ On-Site Exploration

Two ways to spotlight the idyllic architectural development on the Sonoma Coast Driving up California’s Highway 1 past Bodega Bay and Jenner, 100 miles north of San Francisco, the rugged coastline is at times barely visible. Along the curving road, unpainted wood homes can be spotted through the trees and meadows. This part of the Northern California coast feels both earthy and otherworldly. It is here that …
Tags: Design, Exhibits, California, San Francisco, Culture, Architecture, Exhibitions, Jenner, Walking Tours, Northern California, Bodega Bay, SFMOMA, Sonoma Coast, The Sea Ranch, Unbeaten Path Tours, Sonoma Coast Driving


Peek inside the tallest cross-laminated timber building in the US

Portland, one of the leading cities for sustainability initiatives in the U.S., is now home to the nation’s tallest mass timber and cross-laminated timber (CLT) building. Designed by local design studio PATH Architecture, Carbon12 soars to a height of 85 feet and comprises eight stories of mixed-use programming along with 14 residential units. Resistant to earthquakes and other natural disasters, the building is also said to surpass the carbon sequestration attributes of LEED Platinum-certified...
Tags: Design, US, Architecture, Gallery, Portland, Portland Oregon, Carousel Showcase, Mixed-use, Cross Laminated Timber, Softwood, North Portland, CLT, Carbon Sequestration, Renewable Materials, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, CLT architecture


Eco-friendly guesthouse in Brazil sports a green roof and rammed earth walls

In continuation of its work on the eco-conscious Camburi community center, Sao Paulo-based architecture firm CRU! architects recently completed the Guesthouse Paraty, a sustainable social building project that provided construction jobs and training to the local community. To minimize the environmental impact of the building, the architects used natural materials sourced locally, from red earth excavated on site to the tree trunks and bamboo cut from the surrounding forest. The guesthouse was a...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Brazil, Bamboo, Sao Paulo, Carousel Showcase, Green Architecture, Rammed Earth, Paraty, Locally Sourced Materials, Cru, Black Earth, Granite, Green Wall, Cross-ventilation


Timber-clad Polish kindergarten encourages kids to play on the green roof

A recently completed kindergarten in Poland is giving children a new way to reconnect with the outdoors and stellar views of the neighborhood. Designed by Polish architecture firm Biuro Toprojekt, the kindergarten in Żory boasts an accessible roof terrace planted with ornamental grasses with plenty of space to play and gather. In addition to encouraging play and appreciation of nature, the inspiring design of the building has also earned it a nomination for the European Union Prize for Contempo...
Tags: School, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Schools, Poland, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Timber, Kindergarten, Mies van der Rohe, Rooftop Terrace, Mineral Wool, Polish Architecture, Biuro Toprojekt, EU Mies award


SELVAGEN designs a geodesic dome pavilion inspired by a tree

Nature meets computational algorithms in Brazilian design practice SELVAGEN’s Arena Arbor, a striking geodome pavilion created for the CasaCor Pernambuco 2018, a major conference that explores interior design, architecture and landscape architecture. Developed using parametric design methodologies, the pop-up event space takes inspiration from the structure of a tree from the root system to the way light filters through the canopy. Spanning an area of 65 square meters, the dome-shaped pavilion...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Bulgaria, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Modular Architecture, MDF, Arbor, Dome, Parametric Design, Corten steel, Geodesic Dome, Computational Design, Events Space, Geodome


MVRDV unveils a three-dimensional city skyscraper for Shenzhen

MVRDV is shaking up skyscraper design in its competition-winning proposal for Chinese real estate developer Vanke’s new headquarters building in Shenzhen. Envisioned as a “three-dimensional city,” the striking 250-meter-tall Vanke Headquarter Tower — dubbed the Vanke 3D City by MVRDV — will consist of eight mixed-use blocks stacked together in a sculptural arrangement optimized for views. Accessible green roofs top the staggered volumes to create a lush, park-like environment integrated with wa...
Tags: Design, China, India, Architecture, Gallery, Skyscraper, Shenzhen, Green Roof, Mixed-use, MVRDV, Stormwater Management, Mixed-use Development, Green Roofs, Water Recycling, Headquarters, Vertical City


Climate-responsive H House celebrates the heritage of Kosovo

Recycled materials, energy-saving systems and references to Kosovan culture have been woven throughout the H House, a handsome and contemporary residence in Čaglavica, a village near the Kosovo capital of Pristina. Designed by 4M Group, the home serves as a beacon of optimism and energy-efficiency for the self-declared independent state, which has been defined by a long and troubled history. Sustainability is paramount to the dwelling and is expressed through the adoption of passive deign princ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Energy Efficiency, Kosovo, Recycled Materials, Tirana, Triple Glazed Windows, Passive Solar Principles, Locally Sourced Materials, Pristina, MVRDV, Louvers, Energy Efficient, Underfloor Heating


COBEs Red Cross Volunteer House is an urban living room in Copenhagen

Copenhagen-based architecture firm COBE has unveiled images of the Red Cross Volunteer House, a new building in Copenhagen that not only celebrates the efforts of Red Cross volunteers, but also the power of great public space. Completed November 2017 as an extension of the national headquarters of the Red Cross, the Red Cross Volunteer House is a triangular building with an 850-square-meter roof that doubles as a large staircase and new meeting place for 34,000 Red Cross volunteers. Open to the...
Tags: Extension, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Community, Denmark, Volunteer, Red Cross, Copenhagen, Nonprofit, Public Space, Red Cross Volunteers, Terrace, COBE, Urban Living Room, Rasmus Hjortshøj


Solar screen brings beauty and heat relief to a Vietnam home

When a client approached Vietnamese architecture firm Duc Vien LE for the design of their house in Da Nang, Vietnam, the architects knew early on that the region’s intense summers would prove a major challenge. Rather than rely on energy-intensive air conditioning, the architects mitigated the region’s extreme solar radiation with the addition of a west-facing solar screen that not only brings in cooling breezes, but also adds visual interest to the front of the house. Named the Filtered Wall H...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Bricks, Da Nang, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Contemporary House, Skylight, Passive Solar Principles, Perforated Facade, Atrium, Da Nang Vietnam


2018 Most Interesting Architectural Solutions

This year a bunch of fascinating architecture came up on our screens--but not all of it was modern. We'll start this entry off by going back to ancient times, then work our way up to the new stuff.Creative director Przemyslaw Sobiecki and architect Maja Wronska looked at some of the world's most famous ancient ruins, then created animated renderings to show you what they looked like in their original glory: In the 1400s, a very clever non-architect figured out how to erect the world's largest...
Tags: Design, China, Yves Behar, Architecture, Rich, Frank Lloyd Wright, Muji, Betsy DeVos, Przemyslaw Sobiecki, Maja Wronska, Harry Gesner


Henning Larsen completes award-winning Wave apartments in Denmark

Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects has completed The Wave, a striking wave-shaped apartment complex that has made splashes internationally long before the project was finished. Located in Vejle, Denmark, the award-winning building was designed as an extension of its surroundings, from the waterfront location to the rolling, forested hills that rise from Vejle Fjord. The Wave’s sculptural silhouette comprises five rounded towers that create a new visual landmark for the town and are visi...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Apartments, Denmark, Copenhagen, Pier, Carousel Showcase, Urban Revitalization, Abb, Waterfront, Vejle Denmark, Nature Inspired Architecture, The Wave, Henning Larsen, Henning Larsen Architects


Triangular windows bring light and drama to a stunning Bogota bakery

The site of a former house in Bogota has been reborn into a gorgeous bakery and cafe that respects the surrounding residential context. Designed by New York City-based Studio Cadena, the sculptural building draws the eye with oversized triangular windows, a monolithic concrete envelope and contemporary interiors featuring playful terrazzo floors, timber furnishings and pops of greenery. With an area of 7,500 square feet, the restaurant marks Studio Cadena’s second and largest commission for Ma...
Tags: Garden, Design, New York City, Colombia, Architecture, Gallery, Retail, Bakery, Cafe, Brick, Bogota, Jaipur, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Patio, Green Lighting


Sasaki to transform Shanghais Hongkou Stadium with a High Line-esque park

International disciplinary planning and design firm Sasaki has unveiled designs to transform China’s first professional soccer stadium into a sustainably minded mixed-use hub focused on health and wellness. Designed to stitch the Shanghai Hongkou Stadium back into the urban fabric, the proposal will reactivate the stadium as a destination even on non-game days while improving the expanded building’s energy efficiency. Key to the design intervention will be the addition of the Midline, an elevat...
Tags: Design, Minnesota, China, Architecture, Gallery, Shanghai, Energy Efficiency, Stadium, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Stadium Design, Solar Heat Gain, Rainwater Collection, Mixed-use, Rainwater Harvesting, Rooftop Garden



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