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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the Largest LEED Platinum Non-Profit Building in the World

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the Largest LEED Platinum Non-Profit Building in the World

The new campus occupies a site located in downtown Seattle across the street from the Space Needle. Formerly an asphalt parking lot, the site was restored with more than 40 percent of it turned into 2

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Adelaide Zoo Entrance Boasts Living Walls and a Green Roof in Support of Native Species

Adelaide Zoo Entrance Boasts Living Walls and a Green Roof in Support of Native Species

The Adelaide Zoo Entrance Precinct was designed to create a more natural transition between the bustling world of the city and the natural world of the zoo. A series of interlinked forecourts unfold over

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12 Staggered Green Roof Homes in Korea Bloom Create a Seasonal Symphony of Blooming Plants

12 Staggered Green Roof Homes in Korea Bloom Create a Seasonal Symphony of Blooming Plants

The designers took advantage of the site's steep slope by staggering the twelve green-topped units, which has the additional benefit of ensuring that each home has views of the surrounding valley. And

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Mexico’s High Park Features Private Roof Lawns for Residents

Mexico’s High Park Features Private Roof Lawns for Residents

High Park will accommodate eight floors of apartments, atop two floors of retail shops and cafes. Each level of the building skews and points in a different direction from those below and above it,

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Green-Roofed CA Academy of Sciences Crowned the World’s Largest Double LEED Platinum Building

Green-Roofed CA Academy of Sciences Crowned the World’s Largest Double LEED Platinum Building

Today the California Academy of Sciences achieved a groundbreaking feat of sustainable design as the U.S. Green Building Council presented it with its second LEED Platinum certification, making it

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EcoCenter: San Francisco’s First Off-Grid Commercial Building is Up and Running

EcoCenter: San Francisco’s First Off-Grid Commercial Building is Up and Running

San Francisco's EcoCenter is the first commercial building in the city to be 100 percent off the grid, and Inhabitat recently toured it as part of this year's Architecture and the City Festival. Even in

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OS+A’s Campus International School is Topped With a Honeycomb Green Roof

OS+A’s Campus International School is Topped With a Honeycomb Green Roof

Downtown Cleveland is an area already packed with diverse historical architecture, and the sweeping honeycomb design of the Campus International School would be right at home. The campus layout is based

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Mecanoo Architecten Tops Out Its Green-Roofed Amsterdam University College

Mecanoo Architecten Tops Out Its Green-Roofed Amsterdam University College

The Amsterdam University College began in 2009 as a selective and residential honors college dedicated to international liberal arts and sciences programs that cross the boundaries between languages,

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Crystal Palace: Slovenia’s Tallest Green-Roofed Skyscraper Features Sharp Energy Solutions

Crystal Palace: Slovenia’s Tallest Green-Roofed Skyscraper Features Sharp Energy Solutions

This skyscraper has a whopping 2500 square meters of green landscaping on its roof, as well as enough solar panels on the southern end to produce 82kWh of renewable energy. Most of the offices and shops

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Minimumhouse: Energy Efficient Vacation Home Blends Into the Forest

Minimumhouse: Energy Efficient Vacation Home Blends Into the Forest

The Minimum house is clad with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. A thick timber roof and back side make the glassed-in portion appear to be outside. The fully glazed windows reduce solar gain

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Amazing Prefab “Green Box” Has a Double Vertical Garden Shooting Up Through Its Center

Amazing Prefab “Green Box” Has a Double Vertical Garden Shooting Up Through Its Center

The roof and vertical gardens are populated with autochthonaus plants, which basically means they require virtually no water, and since this one was installed in Spain, it features native species that

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Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

The multi-level central dome is framed with steel and clad in glazed glass panels that permit sunlight all year round. Although the greenhouse effect promotes natural heating, certain measures - such as

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Underground Swiss Mountain Retreat Peeks Out From the Terraced Stone Hillside

Underground Swiss Mountain Retreat Peeks Out From the Terraced Stone Hillside

Call it natural minimalism - the über site-appropriate design is realized in large part through the dry stacked stone walls which tame the landscape and provide a natural façade. The exterior walls add

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Green-Roofed Chateau Barde-Haut in France Houses Vintage Barrels of Wine

Green-Roofed Chateau Barde-Haut in France Houses Vintage Barrels of Wine

Situated on a 17 hectare rolling plot, the winery was partly buried in order to prevent unnecessary digging. Combined with insulation provided by the vegetated roof, this smart intervention goes far to

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Spain’s Hospital Sant Joan de Reus Infuses the Urban Environment With Green Space

Spain’s Hospital Sant Joan de Reus Infuses the Urban Environment With Green Space

The hospital is composed of a series of six rectangular volumes that shoot off at perpendicular angles to the main corridor, which has a large, slanted roof that optically reduces the size of the

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Cellular Green-Roofed Pajariro Jardin Infantil La Aurora Kindergarten Sprouts in Colombia

Cellular Green-Roofed Pajariro Jardin Infantil La Aurora Kindergarten Sprouts in Colombia

The two story kindergarten circles around a courtyard, with entrances in the front and rear of the complex. The inner courtyard gives the children an enclosed and safe area to play in, with flat stone

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The North Beach Residence is a Low Impact, Green-Roofed Summer Home on Orcas Island

The North Beach Residence is a Low Impact, Green-Roofed Summer Home on Orcas Island

Oriented perpendicular to the beach fronting the Strait of Georgia, the summer home is set back a bit from the water and placed behind a row of fir trees. Long and rectangular, the home is afforded views

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Influx Studio Unveils Spiraling Garden Museum With a Cork-Screw Green Roof for Taipei

Influx Studio Unveils Spiraling Garden Museum With a Cork-Screw Green Roof for Taipei

Circulation through the museum was a large part of the design strategy, and people are just as important to the program as the art itself. Entrance to the museum is gained through a large park surrounding

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Inhabitat Attends an Inspiring (and Soggy!) Woodland Design Lab Camping Trip in Wales

Inhabitat Attends an Inspiring (and Soggy!) Woodland Design Lab Camping Trip in Wales

On our first morning there, and all subsequent mornings, Tabitha played a few notes on her violin to wake us up (in lieu of a loud, harsh alarm clock), which is when we realized how serious these

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Steven Holl’s Horizontal Skyscraper Wins Coveted 2011 American Architecture Award!

Steven Holl’s Horizontal Skyscraper Wins Coveted 2011 American Architecture Award!

As long as the Empire State Building is tall, the horizontal skyscraper is enormous and could have had a disastrous environmental impact. Instead, by pushing it off the ground, covering it in green roofs,

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Henning Larsen’s Viborg Town Hall Boasts a Sloped Plane of Gradated Greenery

Henning Larsen’s Viborg Town Hall Boasts a Sloped Plane of Gradated Greenery

Viborg is a large city in Denmark that required a new municipal building to accommodate its steady growth. Henning Larsen won the international design competition to create a sustainable building with a

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HWKN’s Artscape is a Green-Roofed Museum That Emerges From The Ground for Taipei

HWKN’s Artscape is a Green-Roofed Museum That Emerges From The Ground for Taipei

HWKN challenged the notion of a traditional building form by merging this new space with the environment. Starting from a rectangular volume, they connected the building with the earth, covered it with a

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Awe-Inspiring Zero-Carbon Crossway Passivhaus Has a Vaulted Meadow Roof

Awe-Inspiring Zero-Carbon Crossway Passivhaus Has a Vaulted Meadow Roof

The 20 meter roof span is covered in beautiful flowers during the spring time, and integrated into the snowy landscape during winter. But nobody will go cold since a combined photovoltaic and thermal

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Andrew Maynard’s Ilma Grove Is a Gorgeous Solar Passive Family Home

Andrew Maynard’s Ilma Grove Is a Gorgeous Solar Passive Family Home

The ultimate goal for the owners was to improve the home for their family and reduce their environmental footprint while still maintaining a small home. Originally the home had a brick lean-to at the rear

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Surrey Crowdsources Inspiration For New $30 Million Green Library on Facebook

Surrey Crowdsources Inspiration For New $30 Million Green Library on Facebook

Surrey City Centre Library, British Columbia's latest architectural landmark, was designed with the input of hundreds of community members. Local firm Bing Thom Architects made space for the public voice

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Sanzpont’s Busan Opera House Boasts a Gargantuan Green-Roof

Sanzpont’s Busan Opera House Boasts a Gargantuan Green-Roof

The building's LED RGB lighting lights up inside a double layer of nebular gradient silkscreened ETFE and the printed texture gradients the opacity of the skin to control sunlight and lighting. By

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The Grange Insurance Audubon Center Is Topped by a Gradated Green Roof

The Grange Insurance Audubon Center Is Topped by a Gradated Green Roof

Planning for the 18,400 sq ft center began back in 2004 with the help of the City of Columbus who took on the responsibility of rehabilitating the brownfield formerly occupied by warehouses, concrete and

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Marcel Sembat School Completed in France

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Marcel Sembat School Completed in France

Architecture firm Archi5 has updated six workshop buildings originally built between 1930 and 1960. In addition to these renovations, the new design includes dormitories, staff accommodations, a

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