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Formerly the lead print designer at Donna Karan, Elora Hardy left fashion to form Ibuku, a leading force in conscientious architectural design. Located in Bali, Ibuku focuses on building homes made from organic materials, especially bamboo. Ibuku's Green Village emphasizes a commitment to sustainable design and a deep awareness of the surrounding Balinese landscape. Built from locally–grown bamboo, Ibuku is also responsible for the Green School, which promotes education about sustainability and environmental kindness. 

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Design Architects: SAOTA - Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

Project Architects: (Design Development through to completion) Three14 Architects

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The old municipal swimming pool in the small town of Roubaix had been closed in 1985 due to safety problems; over the years, the support underneath the pool was weakened, and it was declared unsafe in 1985.

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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 22:05

Treehotel

I LOVE treehouses!

The Treehotel is located in Harads, Sweden. This unique collection of hotel rooms is nestled high in the woods, there is a room for every personality: the Cabin, Blue Cone, Bird's Nest, UFO and most intriguing of all, the Mirrorcube!

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The Mirrorcube

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The orange hue of the Golden Gate Bridge was an accident of history. San Francisco owes the iconic color of its bridge to Irving Morrow, the consulting architect, who noticed the striking reddish-orange hue of the primer coat, and lobbied to have it made permanent.

Check out this video from NPR:

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Saturday, 21 May 2011 17:31

The Balancing Barn

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"The Balancing Barn stands on the edge of a tranquil nature reserve a few miles inland from the Suffolk coast, near the historic towns of Walberswick and Aldeburgh. Clad in elegant silver tiles, the house dramatically cantilevers over the landscape, providing views from its huge panoramic windows over woods, ponds and meadows. The house was designed by the Dutch firm MVRDV, who have won a world-wide reputation for the ingenuity, playfulness and comfort of their designs."

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Friday, 20 May 2011 17:41

Shell House by Kotaro Ide

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The Shell House by architect Kotaro Ide, is a sculptural shell-like structure which has been built in the woods of Karuizawa, located in the Nagano prefecture of Japan.

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