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Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre in Shanghai

Foster + Partners Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre in Shanghai

Construction is officially underway on Foster + Partners' sustainable masterplan for the Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, a sustainable mixed-use development in the heart of the Shanghai Hongqiao

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Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Hysan Place is Hong Kong’s First LEED Platinum Pre-Certified Building

Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Hysan Place is Hong Kong’s First LEED Platinum Pre-Certified Building

Hysan Place is a mixed-use retail and office tower located in the heart of Hong Kong’s prime shopping mecca, Causeway Bay. The tower was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and it features 17 floors of retail

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Mecanoo Architecten Completes Green-Roofed Amsterdam University College

Mecanoo Architecten Completes Green-Roofed Amsterdam University College

Amsterdam University College sits at the entrance to Science Park close to Amsterdam’s historic seventeenth-century city centre. Francine Houben explains: “Amsterdam University College was designed as

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San Francisco’s Sightglass Coffee Shows Off Every Angle of the Roasting Business

San Francisco’s Sightglass Coffee Shows Off Every Angle of the Roasting Business

Jerad and Jason Morrison, the owners of Sightglass Coffee, have transformed a tired old sign manufacturing shop  into an airy retail and manufacturing facility. Boor Bridges Architecture, an

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Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

The Solar Decathlon competition is designed to foster creativity and innovation, not winners. As a result, we admire the teams who have risked their chance of winning in order to experiment with new

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The Louvre’s Golden-Roofed Department of Islamic Arts Opens This Weekend

The Louvre’s Golden-Roofed Department of Islamic Arts Opens This Weekend

Plans for the new Department of Islamic Arts where unveiled in 2005 when Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti won a competition to design the new gallery. The two level gallery is sunken into the the Visconti

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Spain’s Caja Badajoz Savings Bank Mitigates the Sun With Impressive Metal Louvers

Spain’s Caja Badajoz Savings Bank Mitigates the Sun With Impressive Metal Louvers

Caja Badajoz is a new bank headquarters for the Estremadura region and serves as a powerful representation of the community's economics. Located in Badajoz, the bank sits proudly on a plot located on the

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Siemens’ Solar-Powered Crystal Building is Dedicated to Improving Urban Sustainability in London

Siemens’ Solar-Powered Crystal Building is Dedicated to Improving Urban Sustainability in London

The Crystal is a landmark building from the electronics powerhouse, and it serves as Siemens' flagship hub dedicated to urban sustainability. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, which showcased the

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Sustainable Keast Park Community Pavilion is the Ultimate Lawn Sports Haven in Australia

Sustainable Keast Park Community Pavilion is the Ultimate Lawn Sports Haven in Australia

The original community facility was in disrepair and badly in need of an update, so Jackson Clements Burrows worked with the city and local residents to design a multi-purpose space for everyone. The

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San Francisco Exploratorium Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Facility at Pier 15

San Francisco Exploratorium Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Facility at Pier 15

The Exploratorium is a museum of “science, art and human perception" that features hands-on, interactive exhibits. It was the first of its kind when it opened in 1969, and it has had a wide-ranging

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Team Romania Sells Their Solar Decathlon Plus-Energy PRISPA Home

Team Romania Sells Their Solar Decathlon Plus-Energy PRISPA Home

The PRISPA's envelope has a dual function: not only does the photovoltaic array produce twice as much energy as the home can use, but it also provides solar protection. Albeit a rather expensive

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Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

The $14.2 million building is constructed at the foot of a wooded hillside across from the newly renamed Pageant Park. The design team at Noll & Tam Architects worked to minimize the footprint of the

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Lands End Lookout in San Francisco Aiming for LEED Platinum

Lands End Lookout in San Francisco Aiming for LEED Platinum

Set upon a site overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the ruins of the Sutro Baths in the cove below, Lands End Outlook was designed as a space for visitors to quickly step into to get a map, grab a snack, or

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New Newport Beach Civic Center and Park Aiming for LEED Silver

New Newport Beach Civic Center and Park Aiming for LEED Silver

  The design of the City Hall is marked by the iconic ‘sail’ of the council chambers room as well as the rhythmic, wave-shaped roof structure, which extends throughout the length of the

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Green-Roofed Punibach Hydroelectric Plant Melts Into the Landscape of Italy

Green-Roofed Punibach Hydroelectric Plant Melts Into the Landscape of Italy

From afar, all that is visible at the Punibach Hydroelectric Plant is a curvy landscaped roof with a wooden facade. Located in the southern Tyrol province of Italy, the plant was built using earthy

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Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

A simple one story volume, the composer's studio in Wisconsin is clad in weathering Corten steel. In addition to harmonizing with its surrounding environment, this and the remaining materials used in

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Hungary’s Szathmáry Palace Ruins Renovated With L-Shaped Corten Steel Lookout

Hungary’s Szathmáry Palace Ruins Renovated With L-Shaped Corten Steel Lookout

Tettye Park is one of Hungary's most revered historical sites and now visitors will be able to experience the site with a new and inventive Corten addition. After stabilizing the site, the design firm

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Amazon’s New Green-Roofed Headquarters Will Be Seattle’s Largest Development Ever

Amazon’s New Green-Roofed Headquarters Will Be Seattle’s Largest Development Ever

NBBJ released new renderings and plans of Amazon's downtown Seattle campus in August during a Design Review Board (DRB) meeting. Amazon has already purchased three blocks in the underdeveloped Denny

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Gandía’s Experimental Kid University Nurtures Creativity and Six Mulberry Trees in Spain

Gandía’s Experimental Kid University Nurtures Creativity and Six Mulberry Trees in Spain

The Gandía Kid University was organized around and protects six existing white mulberry trees scattered around a central courtyard. All of the learning activities and workshops take place here - in this

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Keiji Ashizawa Transforms a Dark and Dumpy Tokyo Home into a Light-Filled Skycourt

Keiji Ashizawa Transforms a Dark and Dumpy Tokyo Home into a Light-Filled Skycourt

Whereas most of the existing double story was left alone, Keiji Ashizawa topped off the home with an angular glazed addition that established a third story that opens onto an expansive rooftop terrance.

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Pacific Heights Townhouse Renovated into Light-Filled Eco Home in San Francisco

Pacific Heights Townhouse Renovated into Light-Filled Eco Home in San Francisco

Feldman Architecture was hired by the owners to update and reconfigure this 1906 stucco-clad Victorian. The clients requested to keep the building's traditional feel, but they wanted to infuse modern

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RNL’s Eastside Human Service Building in Denver Serves the Community and the Environment

RNL’s Eastside Human Service Building in Denver Serves the Community and the Environment

The building's design includes program components such as conference rooms, service counters, offices, and file storage. The organization of the building was tightly monitored by RNL and helps to provide

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SHINE’s Tec de Monterrey Retrofit Maximizes Natural Light and Ventilation With Parametric Modeling

SHINE’s Tec de Monterrey Retrofit Maximizes Natural Light and Ventilation With Parametric Modeling

SHINE has created this new design studio as a study in bioclimatic architecture, which is ideal for the students who will spend so much of their time either in the first floor studio or in the more public

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Four Andalusian Universities Collaborate to Create Versatile, Prefab Housing for Solar Decathlon Europe

Four Andalusian Universities Collaborate to Create Versatile, Prefab Housing for Solar Decathlon Europe

The final design submitted to competition will link four different modules to the central patio which is enclosed in glass and a faux-vine effect. This is designed to give a natural feel while creating

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Beatrixkwartier Light Rail Station is a Tubular Space-Frame Viaduct in The Hague

Beatrixkwartier Light Rail Station is a Tubular Space-Frame Viaduct in The Hague

The Beatrixkwartier light rail station is one of the newest additions to the RandstadRail system, which connects passengers between The Hague and Rotterdam. The new station provides service for those

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Sophisticated Passive H-House Keeps its Cool in Salt Lake City

Sophisticated Passive H-House Keeps its Cool in Salt Lake City

H-House is a three bedroom, three-story home in Salt Lake City, UT designed by Axis Architects. The ground floor holds the garage, storage and the entry, which leads up to the main floor that contains all

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Re-Purposed Bus Stop Clad in Futuristic Metal Skin Lures Tourists to Northwest Spain

Re-Purposed Bus Stop Clad in Futuristic Metal Skin Lures Tourists to Northwest Spain

Most of the existing structure was left alone, considerably reducing the amount of new materials required to complete this striking new adaptive reuse project in Arteixo. Despite a tight budget, the

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Georgia Tech’s Hinman Research Building is a Beautifully Renovated LEED Gold Architecture Studio

Georgia Tech’s Hinman Research Building is a Beautifully Renovated LEED Gold Architecture Studio

Georgia Tech's Hinman Research Building was originally designed by Harold Bush-Brown and P.M. Heffernan in 1939. The building was dedicated to industrial research and was instrumental in the development

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Team ABC’s Green-Roofed Sumbiosi Solar Decathlon House is a Low-Impact Bioclimatic Dwelling

Team ABC’s Green-Roofed Sumbiosi Solar Decathlon House is a Low-Impact Bioclimatic Dwelling

Landes Maritime Pine is the main material that was used for the construction of the Sumbiosi prefab by Team ABC. Not only is it readily available, but it also has excellent thermal qualities that help to

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UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

One of UK’s biggest retailers Marks & Spencer just opened a store on the outskirts of London - and even though it is the chain's largest retail location it has managed to attain a BREEAM

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