Sustainable Building

The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The site for the Sunlighthouse is on a narrow sloped lot outside of Pressbaum to the west of Vienna. The less than ideal orientation and not much southern exposure made it challenging to utilize solar

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MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

The Butaro District Hospital serves over 400,000 people and it was built from local materials by local craftspeople and artisans. Not only is the hospital quite beautiful, it also provides much-needed

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Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Look, up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Heliotrope! The brainchild of Architect Ralph Disch, this rotating solar home was the seed for the extraordinary Sonnenschiff Solar

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Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

The B' Tower composed of three volumes of retail and residential spaces is an extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. The residential tower is located on top of the retail

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Tiny Wooden Writer’s Block Cabin and Boathouse Offers a Tranquil Natural Retreat in Maine

Tiny Wooden Writer’s Block Cabin and Boathouse Offers a Tranquil Natural Retreat in Maine

The Writer's Block cabin is located at the mouth of the Sheepscott River in Westport, Maine. Multi-functional, the cabin works as a studio, sleeping quarters and a boathouse for a canoe. <a

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Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is a 38,500 sq ft eco school located on a 21 acre wooded site next to the Deschutes River with views of the Mt. Bachelor in the distance. The non-profit school provides an intimate

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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Apartment 1211: Designer Micro Home Makes Incredible Use of Little Space in São Paulo

Apartment 1211: Designer Micro Home Makes Incredible Use of Little Space in São Paulo

This small apartment only has a footprint of 25 sq meters, so Alan Chu had to make the most of the small space. Organized across two floors, the renovated micro apartment has an open floor plan kitchen

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Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

This past October we brought you a first look at 1 Burrows Pocket Park, a community-driven project launched by Architecture for Humanity, the Lincoln Reimagine Project and Architectural Digest to

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M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

M-22 House is located on a tall ridge overlooking Grand Traverse Bay with views that encourage discovery of the landscape. Inspired by the elements of fire, earth, wind and water, the home comprises a

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Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

The Upcycle House's building materials come from a vast variety of sources. The load bearing base of the home is made out of two prefabricated shipping containers that are insulated on the outside, which

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North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

The two-story North Peak House is located at the edge of a neighborhood bordered by sloping woodlands on the south and an open field to the north. Built with regionally sourced limestone, on-site boulders

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A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

Sanzpont Arquitectura was invited to submit a proposal for an international restricted competition to create an innovative, ecological palace in Qatar. Their "A Palace For Nature" proposal balanced

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INFOGRAPHIC: Homes of Classic Literature

INFOGRAPHIC: Homes of Classic Literature

Do you sometimes dream of building your own Hobbit house? How about a mansion modeled after the Secret Garden? NeoMam Studios recently produced a new infographic for Terrys Fabrics that provides detailed

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JG Domestic Americana Restaurant Serves Up a Living Wall of Herbs in Philadelphia

JG Domestic Americana Restaurant Serves Up a Living Wall of Herbs in Philadelphia

JG Domestic is one of Chef Jose Garces' eight restaurants in Philadelphia and Chicago. Located in an atrium in the Cira Center next to the 30th street train station, the restaurant provides a warm and

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School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

Built for the Vento di Terra o.n.g. and the Jerusalem Beduin Cooperative Commitee, the School of Tyres is a practical solution to provide an education for the children of the Al Khan Al Ahmar Bedouin

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The Rock Bottom is a Tiny Off-Grid Reading Cabin Built for Just $300 in Vermont

The Rock Bottom is a Tiny Off-Grid Reading Cabin Built for Just $300 in Vermont

The construction cost of the Rock Bottom Cabin was incredibly low thanks to Diedricksen's deft scrap scavenger abilities. In fact, most of the cabin is made up of recycled parts and creatively reused

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Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups!

Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups!

The Halle Freyssinet freight station was originally built in 1920, but in recent years it has been used as a reception and event center. This past summer Xavier Niel, founder of Le Monde, bought the hall

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Skanderborg Sports & Administration Centre Merges the Outdoors with the Indoors

Skanderborg Sports & Administration Centre Merges the Outdoors with the Indoors

The new 18,000 square meter multi-purpose facility will be located on the northern side of Skanderborg, Denmark and it will serve as a home base for the municipality as well as a recreational complex for

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Sea Mirror: Yann Kersalé’s Dazzling LED and Heliostat Installation Opens in Sydney

Sea Mirror: Yann Kersalé’s Dazzling LED and Heliostat Installation Opens in Sydney

Sea Mirror, also called Miroir de Mer, is Yann Kersalé's newest light project for Sydney. The permanent installation is suspended next to One Central Park with the mirrors directed down towards the

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Carpark Hidden Inside a Green-Roofed Bridge Respects the Mountains in Italy

Carpark Hidden Inside a Green-Roofed Bridge Respects the Mountains in Italy

The Municipal Administration of Moena needed a new carpark and a new bridge for the Longea, which is a popular tourist destination. Originally, the idea was to excavate a side of the mountain, build the

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Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

The two story villa, which is almost 50 meters long and 19 meters wide, is built on one of the many historic beach ridges located in Bergen. While most private development projects in the area try to

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Karolinska Institute’s Green Walled Future Learning Environment is a Home Away From Home for Students

Karolinska Institute’s Green Walled Future Learning Environment is a Home Away From Home for Students

The Karolinska Institute is one of Europe's largest and most prestigious medical universities. Tengbom won a design challenge to further enhance the institute's facilities by revamping an underutilized

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LEED Platinum Pine+Minor Apartments Mix Work & Living in Downtown Seattle

LEED Platinum Pine+Minor Apartments Mix Work & Living in Downtown Seattle

The new Pine+Minor apartment complex sits at the corner of Pine and Minor near the edge of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Located on the Pine-Pike corridor, the building is conveniently located for access

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World’s Largest Crowfunding Campaign Could Make Colombia’s Tallest Skyscraper a Reality

World’s Largest Crowfunding Campaign Could Make Colombia’s Tallest Skyscraper a Reality

Projected for completion in the year 2015, the new green skyscraper is a true inspiration for community-responsive urban design. Yes, it will be Colombia's first skyscraper in 40 years and upon

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Light-Filled Three Cusps Chalet is a Beautifully Renovated 19th Century Portuguese Palace

Light-Filled Three Cusps Chalet is a Beautifully Renovated 19th Century Portuguese Palace

Working with limited space, Tiago do Vale decided to give the three-story home a vertical loft-style renovation that separates individual areas by level. The bottom level is currently the home's office or

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester

Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester

One Angel Square is a 500,000 sq ft, 14-story building right in downtown of Manchester. Now the largest building in the city, it is part of a larger effort to redevelop the core and is strategically

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NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

Sanya is a popular tourist destination and known for it's tropical climate, and Housing Corporation VANKE is developing a large resort there. As part of the development, they asked NL Architects to design

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BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

The Museum of the Human Body will be located at the edge of Charpak Park in the newly developed Parc Marianne near City Hall. The museum will be dedicated to the artistic, scientific and architectural

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