Sustainable Building

Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

The Sunset Idea Town 2013 includes two Idea Houses and courtyard guest cottages with a shared courtyard and outdoor living space. The homes are within a close walking distance to Seabrook's local

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Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Metalsa SA and Brooks + Scarpa unveiled the plans for the dramatic industrial building back in 2012 and we're thrilled to see it completed and in operation. The project is located in a new Research and

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William Lee’s Beautiful Living Wall System Gives Building Facades a Green Upgrade

William Lee’s Beautiful Living Wall System Gives Building Facades a Green Upgrade

Designer William Lee has created a beautiful living wall system that combines the architectural qualities of a building facade with the lush appearance of a living wall. The system consists of a set of

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Ford, Powell & Carson Unveils Plans to Renovate Aging San Antonio Military Base With Green Housing

Ford, Powell & Carson Unveils Plans to Renovate Aging San Antonio Military Base With Green Housing

San Antonio-based architecture firm Ford, Powell & Carson was recently awarded top honors in the Low Impact Development Design Competition for their environmentally and contextually sensitive proposal

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UN Studio’s Scaly SOHO Hailun Plaza Tower Looks Like a Living, Breathing Organism

UN Studio’s Scaly SOHO Hailun Plaza Tower Looks Like a Living, Breathing Organism

The building is located at the intersection of two metro lines, which makes it well connected to the rest of the city via primarily public transport. The 33-story structure features a series of smaller

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LEED Platinum Bigelow Laboratory Dedicated to Understanding the Relationship Between the Oceans and Our Planet

LEED Platinum Bigelow Laboratory Dedicated to Understanding the Relationship Between the Oceans and Our Planet

The Bigelow Laboratory was formerly housed in buildings it leased from the Maine Department of Marine Resources. The oceanic research team then moved into its new 64-acre campus at the end of 2012.

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LivingHomes Debuts Next-Generation Zero Energy C6 Prefab Home

LivingHomes Debuts Next-Generation Zero Energy C6 Prefab Home

LivingHomes debuted the new and improved C6 model at Dwell on Design back in June. “Based on sales and interest, the C6 has been our most successful LivingHome to date,” said Steve Glenn, founder and

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Dynamic Vertical Farm Networks Could Provide More Space for Growing Food in China

Dynamic Vertical Farm Networks Could Provide More Space for Growing Food in China

Only 15 percent of China's total land area can be cultivated, which represents 10 percent of the global arable land, but this land is decreasing as the population grows. The Dyv-Net scheme is a vertical

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Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel's "All [e] Land" home is a net zero prefab that blends Israel's traditional building techniques with new technologies and sustainability. The design is based on a Mediterranean “4 Room

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SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

Spas are a luxurious place to relax and heal, but that doesn't mean they need to be wasteful power hogs flushing water down the drain. San Francisco startup SOAK wants to bring healthy and sustainable

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House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

The old warehouse is located in a dense urban setting surrounded by homes and buildings on all sides. The client tasked local firms Splinter Society Architecture and Birdsmouth Construction to transform

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Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

The Highpoint Shopping Centre is located about eight kilometers northwest of Melbourne's central business district in the suburb of Maribyrnong. Grimshaw Architects was tasked with designing the 30,000

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Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

The client's run-down home was bordered to the north by a much larger building that shades the lot. Despite that limitation, Anderson Architecture worked to design a new home that could still bring in

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New Prefab Disaster Housing Prototype to Be Tested Out in NYC

New Prefab Disaster Housing Prototype to Be Tested Out in NYC

New York City wasn't ready when Hurricane Sandy hit last year, but city officials are hoping that a new prefab disaster housing prototype will help them prepare for the next big storm. Part of the Office

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Cradle-to-Cradle Inspired Netherlands Institute of Ecology Celebrates Biodiversity

Cradle-to-Cradle Inspired Netherlands Institute of Ecology Celebrates Biodiversity

Situated on the edge of Wageningen University, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology is carefully located to take advantage of a green center of knowledge. The goal was to design and build the most

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BIG Unveils Twisting LEED Platinum Telus Sky Tower for Calgary

BIG Unveils Twisting LEED Platinum Telus Sky Tower for Calgary

BIG is collaborating with the Canadian architecture firm Dialog to design the mixed-use tower for the developer Westbank Corp. Calgary is a rapidly growing city and features cluster or towers in the

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Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

Rather than building a brand new office, Spanish communication satellite company Hispasat chose to renovate their existing headquarters with a stunning perforated facade that actually improves the

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Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

A reciprocal frame is a self-supporting system of beams or poles that require not center pole or support beam. In a reciprocal system, each pole relies on the pole beneath it for support and can be built

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Sitbon Architects’ Dead Sea ‘Cristal’ Pavilion is Actually Made of Salt!

Sitbon Architects’ Dead Sea ‘Cristal’ Pavilion is Actually Made of Salt!

The Dead Sea is located well below sea level - and it's actually sinking and drying up - but still thousands of people flock to the sea to float in its waters and improve their health. To draw attention

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ShelterKraft Werks Builds Homes & Shops from Reclaimed Shipping Containers

ShelterKraft Werks Builds Homes & Shops from Reclaimed Shipping Containers

ShelterKraft Werks in Seattle has the pick of the litter with unused shipping containers that come into port. The containers, which are made of sturdy Corteen steel, are costly to melt down and recycle,

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Chaise Urbaine: MVRDV Unveils Plans to Turn Industrial Buildings into a Plant-Covered Urban Oasis

Chaise Urbaine: MVRDV Unveils Plans to Turn Industrial Buildings into a Plant-Covered Urban Oasis

The waterfront along the river in Strasbourg is undergoing a transformation as the area is updated with fresh new residences and offices. With its close connection to the water and transportation, the

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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Sand Dune-Shaped ARPT Headquarters Captures Cooling Breezes for Natural Ventilation

Sand Dune-Shaped ARPT Headquarters Captures Cooling Breezes for Natural Ventilation

Mario Cucinella Architects' new ARPT Headquarters is a landmark building that combines tradition and modernity. The design was inspired by the desert, and it has been carefully oriented and positioned

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London Original Loft: CSR Architects Unveil Plans to Turn London Railway Arcades Into Housing

London Original Loft: CSR Architects Unveil Plans to Turn London Railway Arcades Into Housing

London Original Loft is a concept design for the reuse of railway arcades scattered around London as living spaces. The idea is to close the arcades with a special facade that features skylights rather

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UID Architects’ New Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima is Shaped Like a Peanut

UID Architects’ New Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima is Shaped Like a Peanut

A peanut is a good metaphor for a protective shell that nurtures young life, so it makes sense that UID Architects chose to model the Tukusi Nursery School in Hiroshima after the shape of a peanut. The

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Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Located in Prairie Village, a suburb of Kansas City, KS, the Cowden House is built on a lot formerly occupied by another house. The old house was deconstructed with all the waste recycled. Even the

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San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

Located in the heart of SoMa on Harriet Street is the SmartSpace micro housing project. Inside are 23 units each at 295 sq ft that include a full kitchen, a queen bed, dining room table, full bathroom and

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Green-Roofed Paul Chevallier School Gives Kids a Connection to Nature in France

Green-Roofed Paul Chevallier School Gives Kids a Connection to Nature in France

The Paul Chevallier School complex in Rillieuz-la-Pape is located on an entire block near the city center. The elementary school is built in a v-shape with a protected courtyard in the middle, while the

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BC-AS Architects Complete Rammed Earth Hunting Cabin in Belgium

BC-AS Architects Complete Rammed Earth Hunting Cabin in Belgium

Last year, BC Architects organized Belgium's first rammed earth workshop to build a small but comfortable hunting cabin from about 30 square meters of rammed earth. The foundation and roof work was

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Philippe Starck & Riko Unveil Prefab P.A.T.H Eco Homes in Europe

Philippe Starck & Riko Unveil Prefab P.A.T.H Eco Homes in Europe

Philippe Starck began working with Riko in 2012 to design a line of prefab homes, and the collaborative team just unveiled their plans to the public. Starting in July of 2013, consumers can configure a

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