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MVRDV-designed market in Taiwan will grow food on a massive green roof

Hot on the heels of its bold “Times Square” proposal for Taiwan’s capital, MVRDV has broken ground on another project — this time for the island’s southern city of Tainan. Created in collaboration with local architectural firm LLJ Architects, the Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market is a wholesale, open-air market that will not only serve as an important hub for the city’s food supply chain, but will also serve as a new public destination. The landmark building will be topped with an undula...
Tags: Design, Taiwan, Architecture, Gallery, Amsterdam, Urban Farming, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Times Square, Tainan, MVRDV, Food Supply, Food Market, Urban Farm, Undulating Architecture, Winy Maas

The FLEXSE tiny house module is built from 100% recyclable materials

A tiny and deliciously cozy prefab home has popped up in St. Petersburg, courtesy of local architectural practice Smart Architecture Laboratory (SA lab). The charming compact building—dubbed FLEXSE—is the firm’s first prototype for tiny modular housing and is modeled after a traditional Scandinavian BBQ house. Designed with flexibility in mind, the FLEXSE prototype was prefabricated in a factory, assembled on-site and built entirely of recyclable materials. Defined by its organic elliptical f...
Tags: Design, Russia, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, St. Petersburg, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Tiny House, Recyclable Materials, Modular Architecture, Grill, Adaptable Architecture, Grill House, FLEXSE, Architecture Prototype

Boxy volumes anchor a beautiful home into a rocky cliffside

When Montreal-based firm YH2 Architecture was tasked with the almost impossible feat of building on an incredibly sloped, rocky landscape, it came up with a solution that goes back to the age of time: building blocks. Using the natural landscape to its advantage, the firm constructed the gorgeous House Dans l’Escarpement out of two concrete “boxes,” one vertical and one horizontal. The ingenious design not only let the project expand vertically but also reduced the footprint of the home on its ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Montreal, Home Design, Wooden Homes, Country Homes, Unique Homes, Glass Homes, Unique Home Design, YH2 Architecture, Site Impact, Block Homes, House Dans l Escarpement, Block Architecture, Mahogany Homes

This gorgeous LEED Platinum winery is made of reclaimed wood

San Francisco-based firm Piechota Architecture has designed what is being called the most sustainable winery in Sonoma Valley. Tucked into the rolling hills of Alexander Valley, the solar-powered Silver Oak winery design, which was made with repurposed materials, has already earned a LEED-Platinum certification and is on track to become the one of the world’s most sustainable wineries. The family-owned Silver Oak Cellars winery was established in 1972 and has since become world-renowned for it...
Tags: Energy, Design, San Francisco, Architecture, Gallery, Wine, Uruguay, Solar Power, Winery, Eat & Drink, Repurposed Materials, Reclaimed Wood, Leed Platinum, Napa Valley, Middletown, Alexander Valley

Site-sensitive Woodhouse Hotel promotes agricultural tourism in Guizhou

In China’s southwest province of Guizhou, Shanghai-based architectural practice ZJJZ has completed the Woodhouse Hotel, a government-backed agricultural tourism project that consists of 10 single-story timber cabins embedded into the hillside in the remote village of Tuanjie. As one of the first projects carried out under the government’s policy to help alleviate rural poverty through environmentally sensitive tourism, the Woodhouse Hotel was designed and constructed with as little site impact ...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Cabins, Carousel Showcase, Eco Tourism, Rural Poverty, Cabin Architecture, Guizhou, Chinese architecture, Charred Timber, Rural Architecture, Minimize Site Impact, Laurian Ghinitoiu, Agricultural Tourism

A solar-powered home in Maine rises above the sand dunes on wooden stilts

Portland-based firm Caleb Johnson Studio has unveiled a beautiful cedar-clad home elevated off the ground on stilts so that the natural “landscape is allowed to flow under the house.” The solar-powered home, named “In the Dunes,” was designed to not only protect the natural dune terrain, but the resilient design also reduces the risk of damage caused by potential coastal flooding. Located in the coastal town of Wells in southern Maine, the three-story home is built on sand dunes overlooking th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Maine, Portland, LED lighting, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Home Design, Resilient Architecture, Atlantic Ocean, Landscape Design, Wells, Trent Bell, Beach Homes, Solar Powered Homes

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in these bamboo huts built on a remote Vietnamese beach

When it comes to completely disconnecting from the stresses of everyday life, sometimes it’s worth the while to really go off-the-beaten-path. Thanks to Vietnamese architecture firm, VTN Architects, now you can find a little slice of serenity in a very remote area of Vietnam. Located about 2 hours from the nearest port and only accessible by boat, the Castaway Island Resort is comprised of five bamboo guest huts, covered in thatched roofs and engulfed on one side by a verdant mountain range and...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Chi Minh City, Eco Retreats, Off Grid Retreats, Bamboo Building Materials, Vtn Architects, Eco-friendly Building Materials, Bamboo Hotels, Hiroyuki Oki, Vietnam Located, Building With Bamboo, Castaway Island Resort, Vietnamese Retreats

Think You Know This Photograph? Take Another Look

The Swiss artists Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger recreate famous historical photos in their studio, to remind us we shouldn’t always believe what we see.
Tags: Art, Icons, Photography, News, Germany, Gallery, Adrian, Jojakim Cortis, Adrian Sonderegger, Sonderegger, C/O Berlin (Berlin, Cortis, Jojakim

Green-roofed timber dwelling in Austria is built with recycled materials

In the historic Austrian village of Purkersdorf, Vienna-based architectural practice Juri Troy Architects has completed the L House, a timber home named after its L-shaped form integrated with sustainable design elements. Built with numerous recycled materials, the house forms a strong connection with nature from its green roof to its large windows that sweep views of the bucolic outdoors in. Nestled into a southern slope above the village of Purkersdorf, the 3,450-square-foot L House boasts ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Austria, Vienna, Gallery, House, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Natural Light, Green Roof, Natural Ventilation, Open-plan, Natural Pool, Terrace, Cantilevered, Floor To Ceiling Glazing

Old Swedish farm is reborn as a cozy woodland cabin holiday home

Swedish architectural practice Wingårdh Arkitektkontor converted a large old farm in the south of Sweden into a holiday home with a cozy woodland cabin atmosphere. Commissioned by a family who reside in the nearby city of Malmö, the countryside retreat was fashioned as a luxurious escape into nature built predominately with timber and designed to embrace views of the lush forest through floor-to-ceiling glazing. The adaptive reuse project—dubbed Kvarnhuset (The Mill House)—has respected the far...
Tags: Japan, Design, Sweden, Architecture, Gallery, House, Malmo, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Farmhouse, Barn, OAK, Limestone, CLT, Detailing

Solar-powered home takes advantage of cooling ocean breezes in Los Angeles

Crafted to embrace spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Ziering Residence is defined by its dramatically curved architecture and walls of glass. Local practice SPF: architects designed the contemporary house that’s perched high in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles and engineered to take advantage of passive systems, including cooling ocean breezes and the thermal mass of concrete floors. The home also reduces its energy footprint with rooftop solar panels and solar hot wa...
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Architecture, Gallery, Long Beach, Pacific Ocean, Carousel Showcase, Contemporary Architecture, Passive Solar Principles, Ac, Santa Monica Mountains, Pacific Palisades, Rooftop Solar Panels, Floor To Ceiling Glazing, SPF Architects, Rainscreen

Kodasema unveils gorgeous prefab floating tiny house

Already well-known for their gorgeous and sustainable tiny structures, Estonian design firm Kodasema has just unveiled a floating prefabricated tiny home. The 227-square-foot KODA Light Float is an updated version of their KODA design, set on floating pontoons that enable the minimalist home to be installed on virtually any waterfront space. Much like its land-based counterpart, the solar-powered KODA, the floating tiny home is a beautiful example of modern minimalism. Built in collaboration w...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Prefab Homes, Tiny Homes, Tiny Home, Floating Architecture, Prefab Architecture, Prefab Housing, Prefab House, Koda, Floating Homes, Kodasema, Prefab Home Design, Floating Tiny Homes, Kodasema Prefab Floating House

A modern timber house in Indonesia celebrates mummified wood

When Bandung-based architectural studio Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture was asked to renovate an old house in the West Java neighborhood of Kiaracondong in Indonesia, they made a surprising discovery. During the demolition process, the architects found that the wooden roof truss structure was in very good condition, despite its age, thanks to a culturally significant type of timber, a kind of Albizzia wood that’s been mummified to improve strength and durability. Described by the architects as...
Tags: Design, Indonesia, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Timber Cladding, Bandung, West Java, Atrium, House Renovation, Albizzia House, Albizzia wood

Mobile, off-grid micro home can be configured into 20 different layouts

Architect Beatrice Bonzanigo from Milan-based firm IB Studio has unveiled a stunning, off-grid micro home that is transportable and adaptable to virtually any climate. The tiny structure, called Casa Ojalá, is just shy of 300 square feet but is equipped with a manual mechanical system that allows the space to be configured into as many as 20 different layouts. According to Bonzanigo, the flexible and transportable design of Casa Ojalá was inspired by the need to offer an alternative to the “wo...
Tags: Design, Milan, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Power, Sustainable Design, Tiny Homes, Off-grid, Micro Home, Tiny Home Design, Flexible Architecture, Tiny Home Living, Off Grid Tiny Home, Off-grid Home Design, Mobile Tiny Home, Micro Home Design

IKEA teams up with London artists to upcycle old furniture into funky abodes for birds, bees, and bats

Although putting IKEA furniture together is known to cause immense stress for humans, the giant Swedish furniture store has now found a way to bring some peace to the world’s smallest critters. The company has just kicked off a collaboration with London–based artists, architects and designers on the new project, “Wild Homes for Wildlife” that sees old IKEA furniture being upcycled into unique animal abodes for bees, birds, bats and insects. The Wild Homes project is part of a celebration of the...
Tags: Design, London, Animals, Architecture, Gallery, Ikea, Greenwich, Green Design, Upcycling, Repurposed Materials, Little Sun, Greenwich London, Ikea Furniture, Bird Houses, Insect Houses, Wildlife Homes

This Thai Model Makes Low-Cost Cosplay of Famous Characters Using Food

22-year-old Sine's parody cosplay career began as a means of promoting her own plus-size clothing shop.
Tags: Art, Entertainment, Cute, Funny, Life, Amazing, Gallery, Intriguing, Sine

LEED Platinum home generates net-positive energy in Oregon

Built for clients who wanted a home with minimal site impact, the Live Edge residence is an environmentally friendly beacon that boasts not only LEED Platinum certification, but also generates  net-positive energy, as it produces more energy than it consumes on an annual basis. Nestled into a bluff among rock outcroppings and juniper trees in Oregon’s Deschutes County, the luxury dwelling is the work of Salem-based firm Nathan Good Architects. Drawing inspiration from the rugged landscape, the ...
Tags: Design, Oregon, San Francisco, Tesla, Architecture, Gallery, Salem, Solar, Solar Panels, Carousel Showcase, Greenhouse, Leed Platinum, LEED, Deschutes County, Open-plan, Universal design

1950s fire lookout tower in rural Idaho is converted into a dreamy Airbnb rental

We’ve already featured tiny house entrepreneur Kristie Wolfe‘s incredible projects, such as the Hobbit Hole in Washington and a Hawaiian treehouse, but the innovative builder has outdone herself with her latest project. Sitting high up in the tree canopy overlooking 13 acres of forested landscape in rural Idaho, Wolfe has converted a 1950s fire lookout tower into an incredibly unique Airbnb rental. Located in Fernwood, Idaho, the tower, built on a soaring 40-foot frame, was originally used as ...
Tags: Design, Washington, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Idaho, Airbnb, Hobbit Hole, Cabin, Wolfe, Cabin Designs, Washington Hobbit Hole, Unique Airbnb Stays, Kristie Wolfe, Crystal Peak Lookout, Airbnb North Idaho

Solar-powered home puts an eco-friendly twist on the farmhouse vernacular

When architect Paul O’Reilly of the Australian architectural practice archterra was asked by his mother to design a modern farmhouse, he delivered a handsome dwelling that not only takes inspiration from traditional barn architecture, but also deftly addresses the region’s climatic extremes with its site-specific, energy-efficient build. Aptly named the Farm House, the roughly 2,000-square-foot abode features a gabled roofline, a veranda and timber cladding to mimic traditional barns, while th...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, House, Solar Energy, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Farmhouse, Rainwater Collection, Rammed Earth, Bush, Margaret River, Farm House, Energy Efficient

Adobe brick combines with wood in a low-carbon villa in Chiang Mai

Architectural practice Chiangmai Life Architects has completed a striking villa that blends elements of traditional Thai architecture together with environmentally savvy construction practices and modern amenities fit for 21st-century living. Located in the mountains of northern Thailand, the project, dubbed the ‘Earth & Wood Villa,’ was built primarily of locally sourced natural materials from the self-made adobe bricks to the exposed timber elements throughout. In addition to mountain vistas,...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Bamboo, Chiang Mai, Sustainable Materials, Thermal Insulation, Natural Ventilation, Earth Walls, Locally Sourced Materials, Natural Materials, Natural Stone, Chiangmai Life Architects, Thai Architecture, Adobe Architecture

Transparent bubble domes in China allow guests to immerse themselves in nature

For those who need a little respite from the hustle and bustle of life and who may find themselves in the Guangxi region of China, there is an entire glamping site comprised of transparent bubble domes. Created by designer ChengWei Chiang of PL Interior Design Studio, the Wow Bubbles are made of special transparent PVC material to let visitors truly immerse themselves in the idyllic landscape that surrounds the site. Located in the mountainous area of southern China bordering Vietnam, Guangxi ...
Tags: Design, Zen, Hotels, China, Gallery, Iceland, Guangxi, Bubble domes, Dome Designs, Wow Bubbles, Chiange Cheng Wei, PL Interior Design Studio, Bubble Huts, Transparent Bubble Lodgings, Bubble Hotels In China, Unique Lodging Options

OMA unveils designs for zigzagging residential towers in Brooklyn

OMA’s New York office has unveiled striking designs for the Greenpoint Landing mixed-use towers—two dramatically stepped buildings that appear to be two jagged halves of a whole. Designed to frame views of Greenpoint and vistas of Manhattan beyond, the project is “a ziggurat and its inverse…carefully calibrated to one another,” says OMA Partner Jason Long. Greenpoint Landing, which is expected to break ground in August of this year, is located in the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of Greenpoi...
Tags: New York, Design, NYC, New York City, Architecture, Brooklyn, Gallery, Amsterdam, Manhattan, Green space, Carousel Showcase, Mixed-use, Williamsburg, Oma, Greenpoint, Waterfront

An urban wetland springs to life among Bogotas high rises

An open plaza in Bogota’s northeastern business district has been radically transformed from a place of pure pavement to a vibrant urban wetland. Colombian architecture firm Obraestudio completed the project in 2016 in the Santa Barbara business center to revitalize the outdoor common space shared by the Torres Unidas Building, Scotia Bank, Samsung, AR and W Hotel towers. Covering an area of over two acres, the architects injected a lush aquatic landscape into the public-facing plaza, creating ...
Tags: Garden, Design, Colombia, Gallery, Urban Design, Wetlands, Santa Barbara, Bogota, Public Plaza, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design, Green Roofs, Rainwater Recycling, Native Species, Bogotas, Natural Habitat

This sleek lamp provides light and grows food

As the population of the planet continues to grow, the ability to produce enough food is a continual discussion. Not only are we busy finding ways to make enough of the right kinds of foods to sustain the masses, but we’re simultaneously investing in opportunities for the backyard (or living room) gardener to grow their own foods. With an urban lifestyle in mind, start-up Benditas Studio has created a lamp that doubles as a vegetable garden. Brot, a dual functioning lamp and garden, made its i...
Tags: Design, Gallery, Green Products, Interior Design, Green Design, Eat & Drink, Urban Gardening, Indoor Garden, Brot, Stockholm Furniture Fair, Caterina Vianna, Benditas Studio, Ferran Gest, Vianna

These sustainable tiny cabins offer a serene escape in nature just 2 hours from NYC

For anyone looking to find some serenity surrounded by incredible nature, Gather Greene is waiting for you. Located just two hours outside of NYC in beautiful Hudson Valley, Gather Greene is a glamping retreat featuring 17 minimalist cabins. Designed by Lushna, the tiny cabins with gabled roofs and large glazed “picture walls” were designed to let guests immerse themselves in the idyllic surroundings. The distinctive wooden eco-cabins are part of Lushna’s Petite Reflect collection. Located dee...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Cabin Design, Hudson Valley, Greene, Lushna, Glamping Cabins, Off Grid Cabins, Tiny Cabins, Sustainable Cabins, Eco Cabins, Sustainable Glamping

Singapores new-build, first net-zero energy building opens its doors

Opened earlier this year, the newly completed NUS School of Design & Environment 4 (SDE4) is distinguished as Singapore’s first new-build, net-zero energy building school. Developed by the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore and designed by Serie + Multiply Architects with Surbana Jurong, the six-story multidisciplinary building is located on a hillock along Clementi Road near the southern coastline of Singapore where it joins a larger campus redevelopment. ...
Tags: Design, Singapore, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Net-zero Energy, National University Of Singapore, Natural Ventilation, Net Zero, Ac, Rooftop Solar, Eco Friendly School, Solar Photovoltaic Panels, School of Design and Environment, SDE4

COBE unveils LEED Gold-seeking affordable housing units in Toronto

Danish architectural firm COBE has unveiled a new mixed-use residential development in Toronto designed for LEED Gold certification. Created in collaboration with Toronto-based architectural firm architectsAlliance, the project will comprise three buildings — two designed by COBE — set in West Don Lands, a former industrial area on Toronto’s waterfront. The housing development will consist of 761 market rental apartments, including 30 percent affordable rental units indistinguishable in design ...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Architecture, Gallery, Denmark, Green Building, Residential, Warehouse, Urban Farming, Affordable Housing, Mixed-use, Leed Gold, Community Design, LEED, Distillery District, COBE

Remote holiday home champions raw materials and minimal environmental impact

Built to embrace the outdoors and radiate a sense of warmth, the Aculco project is an idyllic holiday home set in a pristine and remote landscape in Aculco, Mexico. Mexico City-based architectural firm PPAA designed the dwelling for two outdoors-loving brothers who had discovered the site on a rock climbing trip. Given the property’s isolated location and natural beauty, the project challenged the architects to use locally sourced materials and to minimize the visual and physical impact of the ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, Getaway, Carousel Showcase, Minimalist Design, Raw Materials, Locally Sourced Materials, Holiday Home, Minimal Site Impact, Low-maintenance Design, Low Maintenance House, PPAA, Aculco Project, Aculco

Rammed earth ties a contemporary home to the rocky New Zealand landscape

Emerging out of the landscape like a series of boulders, the Kanuka Valley House set into a lush valley in Wanaka, New Zealand mimics the large schist rocks that punctuate the pristine landscape. Wellington-based architectural practice WireDog Architecture designed the angular home for a winemaker and his family, who wanted the house to respect the beauty of the natural landscape. To that end, the architects not only modeled the building off of local rock formations, but also used a natural mat...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, New Zealand, Energy Efficiency, Brazil, Passive House, Wellington, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Reclaimed Materials, Lake Wanaka, Rammed Earth, Triple Glazed Windows, Wanaka, Thermal Mass

A circular home in Germany produces biogas for self-sufficiency

When a German pioneer in the field of biogas technology commissioned Korbach-based Christoph Hesse Architects, he had an unusual request: a round house. Drawn to the shape of a circular room, the client also found that a round form had the optimal proportions for supporting biogas production, which he would use to power his home. Dubbed Villa F, the project was envisioned as the “first link of a local heat grid” powered by biogas to encourage widespread adoption and reduce dependence on fossil ...
Tags: Design, Germany, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Fossil Fuels, Energy Efficiency, Biogas, Biomass, Locally Sourced Materials, Nature Inspired Architecture, Round Home, Circular House, Circular Architecture, Biogas Production, Cylindrical House

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