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NZ architects transform retro caravan into a mobile office

New Zealand architectural firm Studio106 has recently reduced its urban 95-m2 (1,022-ft2) office space to a tiny 9 m2 (97 ft2) working mobile unit. With help from local business Retro Events, Studio106's director Dion Gosling and interior designer Kerri Cunliffe converted a retro caravan into a mobile office space, complete with cardboard desks and portable furniture.Read More

Spanish cave house resembles a scaled dragon looking out to sea

Drive through rural Spain, especially the south, and you'll find lots of cave houses built into hillsides. With searing heat throughout much of the year, keeping cool is the main worry and cave houses have excellent thermal properties. Granada's House on the Cliff is a cave house like no other, and is defined by its undulating dragon scale-like zinc roof, generous glazing and energy-saving design.Read More

Waterfront high-rise would twist to maximize the view

When designing a residential building for a location with a great waterfront view, it's a good idea to maximize the number of occupants that can actually enjoy that view. ODA New York recently proposed a building for Toronto, Canada, that would do just that thanks to its novel twisting form inspired by the way plants follow the sun.

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Vancouver on track for Arbutus Greenway linear park

Vancouver is following the lead of other world cities by repurposing a disused rail line to create a new walking and cycling route. Providing a continuous route for pedestrians and cyclists from Milton Street to 1st Avenue, the Arbutus Greenway project will give the city an extra 42 ac (17 ha) of public space.Read More

Shipping container-based housing comes to South Texas

San Antonio, Texas-based firms Development Strategies, Inc and Alamo Architects recently completed the first phase of a shipping container-based housing development in Encinal, TX. The project comprises seven container-based apartments and focuses on energy-efficiency and affordability.Read More

Austrian building looks like its namesake – a loaf of bread

It's not every day that an architectural firm gets to design a building that closely represents a company's end product. But that's exactly what Austrian firm Coop Himmleb(l)au did with the design of a new building appropriately titled "House of Bread" (or "Haus des Brotes" in German) for international baking brand Backaldrin.Read More

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