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The Matchbox is an off-grid and sustainable tiny house

Living in a tiny house can be as much about lifestyle as it is the size of dwelling. Tiny house living naturally requires an efficient use of space, but that efficiency can also encompass other parts of life. Jay Austin's Matchbox embodies just that efficient, low-impact lifestyle.  Read More

The newly-opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights has a cutting edge design, as well as su...

It seems fitting that a museum with subject matter that's as aspirational as human rights, should be similarly aspirational in design. The newly-opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is just that. The building is a mix of cutting edge design, construction, accessibility and sustainability.  Read More

The Madrid-based All I Own House was completed in August 2014 by Spanish firm PKMN Archite...

When you're living in a small home, flexible furniture and clever design can make daily life that much easier. Spanish firm PKMN Architectures recently renovated a small one story villa in Madrid, and in the process transformed the interior with innovative modular units which can be easily moved around to create flexible living and work spaces.  Read More

The Hush2 shelter is designed for use in disaster relief areas and can withstand category ...

Ensuring that people have shelter is a critical part of disaster relief. But what happens if the disaster is ongoing? Or if another disaster hits? A humanitarian shelter from Extremis Technology is designed with just that thinking. The Hush2 can be erected in two hours and can withstand hurricanes.  Read More

The Fulton Center transit hub in New York has a huge reflective skylight and dome (Photo: ...

Underground stations and transit hubs often have little in the way of daylight. A new transit hub in New York has tried to combat this with a specially-designed artwork-cum-skylight. The atrium of the Fulton Center features a huge kaleidoscope-like dome that pulls light deep into the building.  Read More

The Tiny, by James Galletly (Photo: Alicia Fox Photography)

Australian James Galletly, also known as "The Upcyclist," is on a mission. He wants to expose Sydney residents to the small living movement, and demonstrate that salvaged materials can prove useful long after they're discarded. In a bid to bring this about, he has built The Tiny: a pint-sized off-grid retreat made from an estimated 99 percent recycled materials that could serve as an extra bedroom or writer's studio.  Read More

kadawittfeldarchitektur's design for the concert hall (Image: Beethoven Festspielhaus)

The year 2020 marks 250 years since Ludwig van Beethoven was born, with 2027 marking the 200th anniversary of his death. To honor these milestones, a plan is afoot to build a new concert hall in the composer's home town of Bonn, Germany. Following an international architectural competition, three potential designs, by David Chipperfield Architects, kadawittfeldarchitektur, and Valentiny hvp architects, remain.  Read More

The Konzerthaus Blaibach when empty (Photo: Edward Beierle)

Buildings that contain auditoriums generally need to be large in order to fit tiered seating inside. A recently completed concert hall in Blaibach, Germany, however, creates this tiered effect in a simpler way. The whole building slopes down towards the front of the performance space.  Read More

Designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have been revealed

Following the appointment in July of MAD Architects to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA), the first design images have been released. The design blurs the line between the structure and the surrounding landscape. It aims to explore the relationship between nature and the urban environment.  Read More

The Grand Théâtre d'Albi's mesh façade can be tightened or loosened in different places (P...

Building façades are often designed solely with the intention of being aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes, though, their aim is to deliver a function on top of their form. The Grand Théâtre d'Albi has one such façade, designed to be both good looking and to provide some shelter from the elements.  Read More

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