Basalt Architects completes hotel at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon resort

Guests at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland can look out onto the turquoise water of the famous lagoon from hotel suites nestled into the lava formations. The Blue Lagoon is situated within the UNESCO Global Geopark and comprises a series of pools containing geothermal seawater rich in minerals like silica and sulphur that are

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Pavilion-like house offers spectacular views of India’s Western Ghats mountains

Volcanic stone walls and sculptural skylights are among the features of this holiday home by Khosla Associates, which looks out over a picturesque mountain lake in southwest India. The retreat is located in the heart of the Western Ghats, a mountain range older than the Himalayas. The spectacular scenery takes centre stage in the building,

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Volcanic stone contrasts with white stucco at Texas desert home by Hazelbaker Rush

American studio Hazelbaker Rush has created a mountainside residence where the lower levels blend into the rocky site, while the bright white upper volume stands out in contrast. The Franklin Mountain House is located on the fringe of El Paso, Texas. Perched 800 feet (244 metres) above the city, the desert dwelling is situated in the

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Sameep Padora builds Buddhist Learning Centre in an Indian forest grove

Volcanic stone dust was used to build the walls of this Buddhist education and meditation centre, designed by Sameep Padora & Associates for a woodland clearing in rural India (photos by Edmund Sumner + slideshow). Sameep Padora’s architecture firm wanted to revive outdated building traditions in the construction of the Buddhist Learning Centre, also known as Jetavan, so chose More

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