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Jet black lakeside home in the Netherlands designed to embrace the surrounding nature

Located just south of Amsterdam, the Vinkeveense Plassen is known for its incredible lakes and surrounding nature. When one family approached Dutch firm, i29 Interior Architects and Chris Collaris to build a home in the idyllic area, the designers created a beautiful 592-square-foot home strategically designed to embrace the incredible natural surroundings. Situated on a elongated island plot next to the lake, the home was designed with an inside-out strategy to make the most out of the limit...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Tiny House, Home Design, Tiny Home Design, Passive Home Design, Minimalist Living, Lake House Design, Modular Homes, Wooden Homes, Interior Architects, I29 Interior Architects, Timber Homes


Beautiful tiny home boasts passive design features and resilient materials to withstand frigid climates

Due to limited space, designing a tiny home can be a very complicated task, but when designing a structure that can withstand extremely frigid temperatures, its a different beast entirely. Just ask Canadian tiny home builders, Minimaliste Houses, who specialize in creating durable tiny homes built to withstand Canadian winters. The designers have just unveiled the gorgeous Ébène Tiny Home, which was designed to be energy-efficient thanks to tight thermal insulation and a hydronic heating floor ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Minimalist, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Tiny Home On Wheels, Tiny Home, Natural Light, Ontario, Off-grid, Tiny Home Design, Tiny Home Living, Interior Design Tiny Home, Beautiful Tiny Homes, Minimaliste Houses


Perkins+Wills University of Hawaii building is an eco-conscious beacon in West Oahu

The University of Hawaii West Oahu has gained a new Perkins+Will-designed addition that’s not only visually striking but also site-specific to Kapolei, a planned community on the island of Oahu. Created in collaboration with Hawaii-based KYA Design Group, the campus building offers a mix of workspaces and learning areas for students, faculty and staff. All parts of the University of Hawaii’s new Administration and Allied Health Building was inspired by the site context, from the siting of the b...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Hawaii, Schools, Balcony, Lanai, Ontario, Topsoil, Oahu, CMU, University of Hawaii, Kapolei, KTTC, West Oahu, University of Hawaii West Oahu


A Victorian cottage gets a stylish and sustainable makeover

In one of its latest eco-conscious retrofits, Australian architecture firm Green Sheep Collective has given a single-fronted timber Victorian cottage a sustainable transformation in inner Melbourne. The renovation and expansion project combined recycled and eco-certified materials with low-tech, passive solar principles to reduce the carbon footprint of the home while improving livability. Filled with light and contemporary flourishes, the updated house — named Magnolia Soul — has also been des...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Melbourne, Passive Solar, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Plywood, Rainwater Harvesting, Double-glazed Windows, Recycled Brick, Eco Friendly Architecture, Green Sheep Collective, Magnolia Tree, Green Sheep Collective Photography


Adaptable home brings together multiple generations under a solar roof

When local design studio Jost Architects was approached to design a home in Kew East, Melbourne, the firm not only navigated a challenging, complex site, but it also designed for multigenerational living that wouldn’t feel claustrophobic. The result is an adaptable 358-square-meter home spread out across three floors and designed to harmonize with its surroundings. Moreover, the Kew East House was also crafted with a reduced energy footprint thanks to the use of passive solar principles and sol...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Melbourne, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Skylights, Passive Solar Principles, Yarra River, Timber Palette, Photovoltaic System, Operable Glazing, Multigenerational Architecture, Multigenerational Living, Thermally Broken Windows


Prefab timber complex shows off net-zero energy technologies in Beijing

Beijing-based architecture firm SUP Atelier has completed the Xuhui Demonstrative Project, a solar-powered community complex that serves as a demonstration project for net-zero energy technologies in Beijing. Built to follow BREEAM and LEED standards, the complex boasts an array of sustainable features ranging from low-waste prefabrication to green roofs. Real-time monitoring and smart automation optimize energy savings and comfort levels. Commissioned by Xuhui Group’s Beijing office for the X...
Tags: Design, China, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Beijing, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Solar, Double Glazing, Zero energy, Air Source Heat Pump, Prefabrication, Shunyi District of Beijing, Solar-thermal Energy, Demonstration Project


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


Big Fairs Dominate the Art World. Small Galleries Are Seeking Another Way.

The Condo group exhibition, whose fourth London edition opened on Saturday, lets smaller dealerships attract new faces by sharing their spaces and client lists.
Tags: Art, London, News, Gallery, Ny, Condo, Collectors and Collections, Queer Thoughts LLC (Manhattan


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


MVRDV proposes a glowing Times Square Taiwan with interactive media facades

Prolific Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has unveiled a bold proposal to transform Taipei’s Main Station into a “Times Square for Taiwan.” Designed as part of a consortium led by Nan Hai Development, the Taipei Twin Towers aim to reactivate the area with two high-rises clad in interactive media facades. The mixed-use project would offer new retail, office space, two cinemas and two hotels, in addition to the unification and redevelopment of the existing plazas. Located on the east side of the ci...
Tags: Design, Taiwan, Gallery, Taipei, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Urban Revitalization, MVRDV, Mixed-use Development, Terrace, Taipei Main Station, Winy Maas, Vertical Village, Stacked Architecture, Taipei Twin Towers, Times Square Taiwan


Recyclable art pavilion made of mesh pops up in Kolkata

West Bengal’s biggest annual festival recently saw the addition of a strikingly contemporary pavilion that is 100 percent recyclable in Kolkata, India. Designed by Abin Chaudhuri of the firm Abin Design Studio, the metal mesh pavilion was one of many temporary pavilions — or pandals — constructed to honor the goddess Durga as part of a five-day Hindu festival called Durga Puja. Unlike the other pandals, which are typically built of natural materials and reference traditional motifs and artworks...
Tags: Art, Design, India, Gallery, Newspaper, Bamboo, Art Installation, Kolkata, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Recycled Materials, Plywood, Recyclable Materials, Urban Revitalization, Temporary Pavilion, West Bengal


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


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


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


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



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