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Green-roofed Helsinki Library Boasts an Invigorating Mix of Fixed and Flexible Spaces

Green-roofed Helsinki Library Boasts an Invigorating Mix of Fixed and Flexible Spaces

The flexible sections of the library will include cafes, areas for children and open reading spaces. These areas will be fluid, column-free and connected by a series of stairs and ramps. And all of it

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Ateliers O-S Architectes’ New Cultural Center in Nevers Incorporates Public Space into the Roof Design

Ateliers O-S Architectes’ New Cultural Center in Nevers Incorporates Public Space into the Roof Design

The building will feature glazed walls, which will flood the ground floor of the center with natural light. Each of the concrete walls are concealed by timber cladding and make the space ambient and

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Miller Hull’s New Cutting-Edge UCSD Engineering Building Seeks LEED Silver

Miller Hull’s New Cutting-Edge UCSD Engineering Building Seeks LEED Silver

The research facility, which is expected to earn  LEED Silver certification, provides UCSD with a space and capacity to research nano-tube technologies and new structural aerospace materials. The

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Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

In 2007, the Royal Opera House appointed Nicholas Hare Architects to design a new production workshop for set construction and fabrication at a new site in Purfleet Essex. Inside the large warehouse-style

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Stepped Wildflower Roofs Top the Innovative Church Walk Housing Block in London

Stepped Wildflower Roofs Top the Innovative Church Walk Housing Block in London

Constructed mostly with prefabricated cross laminate timber and Douglas Fir skirting, the Church Walk housing block sits on a brick base set in lime mortar. North-facing windows combined with the

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Sunportal Uses Pipes to Deliver Daylighting Anywhere Within a Building

Sunportal Uses Pipes to Deliver Daylighting Anywhere Within a Building

The Sunportal system tracks the sun and collects light throughout the day with an "Active Sunlight Collector" - and it's able to do so even on cloudy days. The collector redirects the light into an "Ultra

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115 West Street: Office With a Lobby Full of Living Trees Receives Green Star SA Certification in South Africa

115 West Street: Office With a Lobby Full of Living Trees Receives Green Star SA Certification in South Africa

South Africa's equivalent of the green building rating tool from Australia and New Zealand, Green Star SA will officially recognize the office on 115 West Street with a four star rating in March, 2013.

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Daylit Parrish Art Museum Opens in Long Island

Herzog & de Meuron’s Daylit Parrish Art Museum Opens in Long Island

Herzog & de Meuron is known for translating archetypal designs in creative ways for their projects. The Parrish Museum is topped with a set of peaked roofs with overhanging eaves that create large

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Top 6 Cabins for a Green Retreat this Winter

Top 6 Cabins for a Green Retreat this Winter

Intrinsik Architecture's Montana Modern Prefab Cabin This 800-square-foot prefabricated cabin, located above Paradise Valley, Montana at 8,600 feet, is a smart, efficient, and sustainable retreat for any

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Green-Roofed Belfort Sports Center is a Shining New Urban Catalyst in France

Green-Roofed Belfort Sports Center is a Shining New Urban Catalyst in France

The sprawling sports center is partially tucked into a hillside and topped with a massive green roof that allows it to blend into the surrounding park - a mainstay for outdoor recreation. This landscaped

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House in Yamasaki is an Energy Efficient and Naturally Daylit Greenhouse Home

House in Yamasaki is an Energy Efficient and Naturally Daylit Greenhouse Home

The House in Yamasaki is a 119 sm (1,280 sq ft) home in Japan located in a new residential area built on what used to be fields. The area is known for its often cloudy days, and Yo Shimada of Tato

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Foote Farm House is a Little Red Home with a Green Heart in Vermont

Foote Farm House is a Little Red Home with a Green Heart in Vermont

Constructed on an east-west axis in Vermont's verdant Champlain Valley, the Foote Farm House was commissioned by a professional couple who wanted a home office and a strong connection to the natural

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EMa Arquitectos’ Pangal Cabin is a Simple Retreat Focused on Nature in Casablanca, Chile

EMa Arquitectos’ Pangal Cabin is a Simple Retreat Focused on Nature in Casablanca, Chile

Orlando Etcheberrigaray and Klaus Matuschka of EMa Arquitectos teamed with construction company Nautilus Constructora to design and build an efficient and simple getaway for the clients. The building is

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Italy’s Vertikale Climbing Gym is Clad in an Intelligent Facade That Eliminates the Need for Cooling

Italy’s Vertikale Climbing Gym is Clad in an Intelligent Facade That Eliminates the Need for Cooling

Vertikale Climbing Gym is located in a prominent location adjacent to Brixen's town square and a municipal park. The almost cubic building measures 20 m long, 16 m wide, and 15.7 m high and it's clad in a

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Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Two triple level wooden shells exist on either side of the home, which has an extremely compact footprint, one for her and one for him. These spaces are exposed and separated by a cavernous core that

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Morphosis Proposes a Rooftop Public Park to Enliven Spain’s Vialia Vigo Train Station

Morphosis Proposes a Rooftop Public Park to Enliven Spain’s Vialia Vigo Train Station

The train station connects the small city of Vigo to more metropolitan areas, linking Madrid to Porto in Portugal. Morphosis’s design echoes the natural mountainous lay of the land, which drops in

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Supermodern 1920′s Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a Simple, Elegant and Completely Transformable Home

Supermodern 1920′s Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht is a Simple, Elegant and Completely Transformable Home

To make this classic adaptable home, Rietveld worked side by side with Mrs. Schroder trying to please her and her notions of living without walls and having a strong inside-outside connection. The only

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[BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris

[BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris

The M9-C project is located on the Parisian Left Bank and contains a nine-class school, a three-level theater, 66 social housing rental units, and a 51-space underground parking garage. The school and the

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Slovenia’s Administrative Center Jesenice Beats the Heat With a Corten Steel Mesh Facade

Slovenia’s Administrative Center Jesenice Beats the Heat With a Corten Steel Mesh Facade

Located centrally in Jesenice, the new administrative center is sited next to the municipality building by a large roundabout with a steel worker memorial. The building is part of the Ministry of Public

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Boulevard Brewery Expands With a Light- and Hop-Filled Addition in Kansas City

Boulevard Brewery Expands With a Light- and Hop-Filled Addition in Kansas City

Boulevard Brewery is located at the corner of 25th Street and Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, MO and they were in need of additional space to hold beer during the brewing process. Working within the

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Paisano Green Community is the First Net-Zero Senior Housing Project in the US

Paisano Green Community is the First Net-Zero Senior Housing Project in the US

Paisano Green Community is a new typology for public housing and generates more energy than it uses. Solar photovoltaics on the roof and two wind turbines work to power the 73-unit facility and any excess

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House MJ by Kombinat is a Sustainable Slovenian Gem in the Forests of Novo Mesto

House MJ by Kombinat is a Sustainable Slovenian Gem in the Forests of Novo Mesto

House MJ is a split-level home with a concrete garage dug snuggly into the hill where the driveway meets the property. The garage has a cantilevered green roof, which extends to shelter the cars and the

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Balance Associates Architects’ Capitol Hill Residence is an Energy-Efficient Home Perched High Above Seattle

Balance Associates Architects’ Capitol Hill Residence is an Energy-Efficient Home Perched High Above Seattle

In order to stay within the permitted footprint of the previous house on this steep site in Capitol Hill, Balance Associates, Charter Construction and their design team cantilevered three sides of this

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Wilkinson Eyre Wins RIBA Lubetkin Prize for Innovative Guangzhou International Finance Center

Wilkinson Eyre Wins RIBA Lubetkin Prize for Innovative Guangzhou International Finance Center

The prestigious RIBA Lubetkin Prize was recently awarded to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the Guangzhou International Finance Center in China.  The 103-story triangular skyscraper features an innovative

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Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

The Diamond Building (Bangunan Berlian in Malay), so named for its unique shape, is topped with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which generate about 10 percent of the building's energy. Rainwater

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The California ISO Headquarters is a LEED Platinum Building for a Company with Energy on the Brain

The California ISO Headquarters is a LEED Platinum Building for a Company with Energy on the Brain

The campus of the building is located in the rolling hillside of Folsom, and the native landscape, which includes many oak trees, was preserved during construction. Native landscaping was also installed

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

The Aberdeen University New Library, now know as the Sir Duncan Rice Library, houses over a quarter of a million books and manuscripts inside it's shimmering cubic volume. Located on the west side of

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Topsy Turvy Dames Dietz Deli is the First Commercial Cradle2Cradle Structure in the Netherlands

Topsy Turvy Dames Dietz Deli is the First Commercial Cradle2Cradle Structure in the Netherlands

Located on the main street of town, the newly-opened Dames Dietz Deli (what a great name!) feature three stacked layers. The sloping planes are designed to draw in passersby and to promote the influx of

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OMA Wins Competition With Daylight-Filled École Centrale School of Engineering in France

OMA Wins Competition With Daylight-Filled École Centrale School of Engineering in France

OMA's design for the new École Centrale School of Engineering in Saclay, France is based on the concept of a "lab city." The plan shows a collection of volumes collected under a low-level, ETFE-roofed

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Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

MVRDV's Book Mountain is a new eco library that proudly stands in the heart of Spijkenisse and is surrounded by the old town and a new housing project. In an area with 10% illiteracy, this new library is

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