This twisting wooden skyscraper is inspired by the shape of Baobab trees

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Cameroonian architecture firm Hermann Kamte & Associates just plans for a stunning wooden skyscraper inspired by Africa’s iconic Baobab trees. The Native Skyscraper is a twisting tower built with natural and locally-sourced materials that shows how biomimicry can make the future of urban design more sustainable.
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Giant glass orb in Paris is wrapped with a rotating solar sail that follows the sun

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Architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines teamed up to create the stunning, solar-powered Seine Musicale located on Seguin Island in Paris. The shimmering glass globe is framed within by Ban’s beloved timber, and its exterior is wrapped with a massive solar panel “sail” that rotates around the building to follow the sun.


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A spectacular staircase draws you into this breathtaking daylit loft in Salzburg

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This renovated loft in Salzburg has a sculptural staircase at its core that appears to support the entire upper floor. Design studio Smartvoll sought to preserve as much of the original space as possible while cultivating a minimalist feel reminiscent of Adolf Loos’s interiors.
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Energy Efficient House Design Tips

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Energy Efficient House Design Tips

Energy Efficient House Design Tips
By Desare A Kohn-Laski

The year 2017, according to the Chinese Zodiac, is the year of the Fire Rooster. The Pantone color of the year is green. Despite green being the year’s color, do you know that there are other ways to atone your house to the idea of becoming green? One method is by making your house more energy-efficient. The rest of the article gives you some tips on how to align your house design towards energy efficiency.

  • Be wise with your choice — fans over lights!

Making your house cooler is a much more energy-efficient way than making it appear brighter. Achieve this by installing fans in each room rather than putting lights. During summer, you’ll see the great benefits.

  • Higher tag price isn’t always qualit...
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Naturally cooled Otunba Offices has a small footprint but a large social impact

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This low-cost sustainable office building in Lagos, Nigeria, can be easily and affordably replicated anywhere in the world. With its minimal footprint and ample public space, the design allows work productivity to flourish while nurturing a sense of community. The innovative space by Domaine Public Architects features passive house principles including natural ventilation and the clever use of vegetation to minimize energy use.

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