Sustainable Building

Sou Fujimoto unveils plans for lotus-like House of Hungarian Music in Budapest

Sou Fujimoto unveils plans for lotus-like House of Hungarian Music in Budapest

Sou Fujimoto's design was selected in an anonymous competition held by the Liget Budapest museum project. French architecture studio Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes and Hungarian firm KÖZTI

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You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder

You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder

Through a 6 week residency with Verbier 3d Foundation, André Bloc and Claude Parent of Bureau A designed and built the micro shelter which they call Antoine. They were inspired by the writings of Swiss

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Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

Heijmans ONE's target demographic comprise the well-educated and single millennials between the ages of 25 and 35, who make too much to qualify for the Netherlands' social housing, but not enough to

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A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

The leafy vertical garden contrasts with the smooth pale concrete panels in an attractive juxtaposition of textures. The three-dimensional green wall will give depth and variation to the building all

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TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

The TAOsHouse is located in Valverde Commons, which is a sustainably oriented, adult co-housing community just a 15-minute walk from Taos’ historic plaza. The three bedroom, two bathroom house was

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Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Surrounded by desert, the curvaceous 75,350-square-foot building was inspired by the shape of sand dunes and oriented to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds and limit exposure to the harsh sun. Hadid

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Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world’s highest BREEAM rating

Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world’s highest BREEAM rating

PLP Architecture designed The Edge for OVG Real Estate, and Deloitte is the building's lead tenant. The project is one of the most innovative and energy-efficient commercial buildings in the world. The

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This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

Tourists from around the world travel to Quilotoa, a 12,000-foot-high active volcano with a brilliant blue lake in its crater. Located about 100 miles away from Quito, a local indigenous community offers

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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Studio Gang’s LEED Gold-seeking human rights center is a futuristic log cabin

Studio Gang’s LEED Gold-seeking human rights center is a futuristic log cabin

Developed as an initiative of Kalamazoo College, the 10,000-square-foot Arcus Center works to teach, promote, and sustain the pursuit of human rights and social justice within an educational gathering

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Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

The owners of the property live in a farmhouse built in the 60s, and they wanted to make use of their amazing site by adding vacation rentals. They hired Peter Pichler to design and build two luxury

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Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

  We've featured yurts from Mandala Homes here on Inhabitat before, and their latest creation has raised the bar to new heights. Prefabricated in B.C., Canada, Mandala Homes' "fancy yurts" are

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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 8,600 feet above Paradise Valley, Montana is a smart, efficient, and sustainable retreat for any

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Austin always thought it would be cool to build a treehouse, but once he found out you could build homes on a trailer to make them mobile, he quickly changed his mind. Basing his house on the popular

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Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Located on an exposed site above the lake and outside the town of Hønefoss in Krokskogen forest, the home can experience harsh conditions and high winds. However, because of the beautiful landscape, it

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Are “green” buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

Are “green” buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

According to designer Bryn Davidson of Lanefab Design/Build, "green" buildings can make a significant difference, but only if we start asking the right questions about them. In his recent TEDx talk

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Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

The concept behind Stéphane Malka's Pont9 is to co-opt existing infrastructure and better utilize the space for residents. In this scenario, a bridge over the Seine is taken over with parasitic

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Orkidstudio builds passive solar African orphanage using earthbag construction

Orkidstudio builds passive solar African orphanage using earthbag construction

The Nakuru earthbag orphanage stands out from the surrounding architectural typology, which is dominated by stone and concrete homes. The use of local earth as the primary construction material not only

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Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

The Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room opened to the public on December 5, 2014, allowing customers a close up, personal view of how the Reserve coffees are roasted and brewed. It's more than just a

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Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the site is relatively

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Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

The newly opened TEDA H2 Building in China is the world-first low-carbon building that has been accredited with four green building certificates: the US LEED (Gold), Chinese 3-Star, Japanese CASBEE (S

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Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

As part of the grand opening for the new 456-acre park in Dakota County, Minnesota, Whitetail Woods Regional Park also opened three, architect-designed camper cabins. Elevated above the ground and nestled

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Desert Cities: a sustainable way to live in the Middle East

Desert Cities: a sustainable way to live in the Middle East

The genesis of Desert Cities began by rethinking the concept of a line, which can act as both a border as well as a connection between two points. These lines create a network between a series of nodes,

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C.F. Møller Wins Bid to Design the “World’s Best City Campus”

C.F. Møller Wins Bid to Design the “World’s Best City Campus”

The master plan is organized around four distinct but connected urban spaces located along the path of the metro line. These spaces are diverse in character and range from the classical plazas located

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Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

The Northcote Hemp Houses in Melbourne are two attached family homes that share a backyard and are built with a combination of rammed earth, timber and Hempcrete walls. The project received an 8-star

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Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

To provide a safe haven in a country notorious for its air pollution, Gensler designed the Glumac office with advanced air purification systems that provide healthy indoor air quality consistently

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Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

Tony's Farm is located just outside of Shanghai to the southeast and is the largest organic vegetable farm in the area. To provide better service to its customers and create a closer connection to the

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MVRDV’s Pushed Slab Hyper-Efficient Office Opens in Paris

MVRDV’s Pushed Slab Hyper-Efficient Office Opens in Paris

Pushed Slab is a 19,000 m2 office building with communal spaces located in south Paris. The concept emerged from a slab that was pushed in the center until it broke and created a void, and the different

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Energy-Saving Luxury: Jestico + Whiles’ Intelligent Czech Villa

Energy-Saving Luxury: Jestico + Whiles’ Intelligent Czech Villa

This is a home that can think for itself, using the latest technology. Automatically optimised temperature control uses live data from the house’s weather station to provide maximum energy efficiency. A

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Sweden’s Most Sustainable Office Building Will be a Plus Energy, Jewel-Inspired Landmark

Sweden’s Most Sustainable Office Building Will be a Plus Energy, Jewel-Inspired Landmark

Skanska and Utopia Arkitekter designed the six-story-tall Juvelen with an exciting, triangular patterned facade and fragmented windows. The geometric pattern is continued on the public piazza, which will

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