Sporting equipment company Scott Sports has completed a new headquarters building after three years of construction. The structure highlights several sustainable elements to help align with the company’s core values; green design features include a weather-adjusting smart glass facade, modular office spaces for employees and climate-regulating ceiling panels.

Scott Sports HQ building with metal solar shades on the exterior
Scott Sports HQ building with metal solar shades on the exterior

The project relied on materials like wood, metal and glass that are long-lasting and recyclable plus high-tech features. The exterior of the building is clad in micro-perforated aluminum, which is an homage to the company’s first manufactured product — an aluminum ski pole.

Related: UNStudio installs new energy-generating facade for solar producer…


Italian architecture studio AMAA takes inspiration from pleonasm, or the idea of using more words than necessary to express an idea (redundancy), for its latest building restoration project in Arzignano, Italy. Known as “Pleonastic is Fantastic,” the project highlights a pleonastic staircase that hangs in the balance within the space.

Just as the word pleonastic is defined by using more than what’s necessary, neither the stairway nor the strut supporting the stairway were necessary to the structure. Rather, the stairs help represent the division between old and new. Built on an independent piece of new concrete, the stairway is self-supporting…


Located near Tetovo, an urban neighborhood in the small European country of North Macedonia, this 800-square-meter home was built to accommodate a multigenerational family under one roof. The house is known as the SD Residence, which boasts panoramic views of the nearby Sharr Mountain Range, a pool, a dedicated wellness facilities for the family and playrooms for the children. Completed in 2018, the home also highlights sustainable thermal insulation in its design.

While the building’s shape gives off a contemporary, almost futuristic feel with its cubed shape and sharp lines, the interior is warm and inviting. Outside, a series of…


The tiny home movement has gone through generations of innovation, from very basic design to opulence to portability. While the tiny home craze was touted on TV, in print and all over the internet as a minimalist lifestyle option, it’s also being looked at as a solution for housing shortages. One non-profit based out of Los Angeles, called Housing Innovation, decided to tackle this issue by drawing attention to creative solutions across the globe that may inspire similar projects locally.

beige tiny home with gabled roof
beige tiny home with gabled roof

One such alternative comes straight from the foothills of Bogotá, Colombia, where Woodpecker WPC has designed a tiny home kit…


Saint Marks Place, an upscale condominium project in the quintessential brownstone neighborhood of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, caters to the natural world and the health of its tenants.

large white residential building in Brooklyn
large white residential building in Brooklyn

The development is located at 58 Saint Marks Place in Brooklyn, in an area on 4th Avenue that is pinned for a series of infrastructure developments like rezoning, beautification and new bike lanes. With this in mind, designers were conscious to make sure the building blended in with the surrounding brownstones.


Even for a home perched on a hillside overlooking Puget Sound in West Seattle, this project had lofty goals. The clients, both previous circus performers, tackled this project of daring feats with the help of SHED Architecture + Design. Now known as the Me-Kwa-Mooks Net-Zero house, the structure was a hodgepodge of prior renovations before the team converted it using cohesive and aesthetic design.

A wood deck overlooking a green area.
A wood deck overlooking a green area.

Although the existing home was functional and focused on the surrounding landscape, the goals for the update were to improve accessibility to the home and create an open flow inside the framework where it previously suffered…


Homeowners in Seattle are asking for more outdoor spaces in their urban settings, a request that has proved challenging considering the high cost of living. Local architecture company Hybrid has risen to the occasion with its thoughtful redevelopment plan to create four homes on what was once a commercial lot. Dubbed “Steel Stacks” for its corten steel exterior, the project brings elements of nature to a private yard and enclosed rooftop deck for each townhouse. …


Designed by Formafatal studio, Gran Fierro is an Argentinian restaurant located in the center of Prague. Begun in 2019 and completed in 2020, the remodeled design features raw construction materials that accommodate pieces of bio charcoal made out of wood waste from the restaurant kitchen showcased inside a decorative wall.

A wall of cinderblocks and bio charcoal.
A wall of cinderblocks and bio charcoal.

Inside, concrete blocks make up a wall in the entrance part of the building with pieces of decorative bio charcoal showcased in a levitating design. According to the designers, the bio charcoal represents the sustainable mindset and philosophy of Gran Fierro. …


A public green space boasting 84 acres’ worth of nature in central Austin, the historic Pease Park is getting an important new extension on its southern side. With a claim to fame as “Austin’s first park,” this popular local hangout can trace its history back to the area’s native civilizations as well as the city’s founding members. Now, local architect Clayton Korte and landscape firm Wallace, Roberts & Todd have put the finishing touches on a masterplan for the park’s latest extension.

people riding bikes and walking through park
people riding bikes and walking through park

Working alongside the Pease Park Conservancy, a local organization working to restore, enhance and maintain the green space


Situated on 7.75 acres in Napa Valley, this iconic property works as a real-time sundial. The eco-inspired Sundial House, which entered the market at $5 million, features a passive solar system and reclaimed wood in its design.

A circular house made of stone with a glass door and windows.
A circular house made of stone with a glass door and windows.

A work of architectural art in itself, the Sundial House is a circular home that takes advantage of its location aligned with the southern sky and the hemisphere. In addition to working as a real-time sundial, the property can track both the summer and winter solstice as well as solar noon. …

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