Sustainable Building

Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden

Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden

The 2,690-square-foot house is located in a birch and pine forest on the outskirts of the Swedish city Gothenburg. To maximize views towards the adjacent Gravsjön lake, Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

Architect and farmer, Patrick Bradley, has created an amazingly sophisticated rustic country retreat out of four repurposes shipping containers. Set in an idyllic Northern Ireland countryside, the

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A striking metallic shell shields this larch-clad cabin from harsh Swiss winters

A striking metallic shell shields this larch-clad cabin from harsh Swiss winters

Sited on an 8,600-square-foot plot of land, the Vallée de Joux house is located just a few steps from the shores of Lake Joux. The lakeside views and surrounding scenery are framed through rectangular

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Passive solar Martin-Lancaster House is wrapped in glass and cedar shingles

Passive solar Martin-Lancaster House is wrapped in glass and cedar shingles

Overlooking the rugged Atlantic coast, the Martin-Lancaster House’s spatial layout is designed like a “procession toward the sea.” The courtyard home is divided into four primary components: a gable

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Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

The studio is a masterpiece in warm ochre. Built from locally-sourced hoop pine, the studio is not the first cylinder Pritchard has designed. He admits to using the circular form in other projects, as he

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Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

With this extension of the JST Malaysia factory, Japanese architect Ryuichi Ashizawa has worked with nature, capturing sunlight, wind, rainwater and geothermal energy to build a living green factory that

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Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Inspired by the mud dauber, a little wasp which builds its home with mud, Massimo Moretti later learned of bio-architecture and started to work to put the two together. Concerned about the housing crisis

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Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Closely sandwiched between neighboring buildings on the east and west sides, the Queenscliff House uses large fin walls to provide privacy for the upper level bedroom wing. The wedge-shaped home widens at

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Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Equipped with solar panels and earth water cooling, Lund City Hall only uses a fraction of the energy normally consumed by typical government buildings. Its dynamic, W-shaped facade was key in reducing

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Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

The house was built from a single shipping container measuring 40 feet long by 10 feet wide. Ceardean Architects designed the home, which they envisioned as a working prototype for alternative, DIY

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Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in the U.S.

Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in the U.S.

Built in 1994 and designed by Finnish architects Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen, the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. became the first embassy in the U.S. to achieve an Energy Star award and gain

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‘Till the Cows Come Home: a shipping container restaurant in Berlin

‘Till the Cows Come Home: a shipping container restaurant in Berlin

Set in a 40-foot-long cargo container, Till the Cows Come Home is a Berlin-based slow food kitchen that serves haute vegetarian cuisine. Designed by Natalie Viaux, the shipping container has been

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Futuristic Paris Smart City is filled with flourishing green skyscrapers

Futuristic Paris Smart City is filled with flourishing green skyscrapers

Vincent Callebaut's Paris Smart City plan includes a Mountain Tower and other green skyscrapers inspired by nature that fit within the existing structures of the city. The buildings take advantage of a

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Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

The renovated Cut Paw Paw House runs north to south on a long narrow site to take advantage of passive solar gain along the northern aspect and to strengthen the building’s connection to the garden. The

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The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling that’s controlled by a smartphone

The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling that’s controlled by a smartphone

The 1,033-square-foot Ecological House 3.0 boasts a modern design with rounded edges to match its innovative, 100% digital design, manufacturing, and home automation. Thanks to the digitization process,

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Green design keeps this tiny mobile home warm in Canada’s below-freezing winters

Green design keeps this tiny mobile home warm in Canada’s below-freezing winters

Located in Pelly Crossing, a small community north of Whitehouse, Yukon, the 97-square-foot version.3 tiny house currently serves as the home for the instructor/coordinator of the Yukon College Campus. To

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Turn Clicks into Bricks: Help Build Sustainable Classrooms for a Zimbabwe Primary School

Turn Clicks into Bricks: Help Build Sustainable Classrooms for a Zimbabwe Primary School

Studio Mada is a team comprised of young Norwegian Architects working with a Zimbabwe School that's currently lacking the resources to provide safe buildings to teach in. They came up with the idea to

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Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

The Warka Water project was inspired by a trip the design team took in 2012 to isolated villages in northeast Ethiopia that lacked access to clean and safe water. Determined to improve the villagers’

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to be the hottest

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ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

Faced with grey fiber cement board, this dwelling unit houses a living room/kitchen, a full bathroom and a bedroom. It stands at just about 3.5 meters tall, and can be altered so that all openings become

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Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

The 2 in 1 house derives its name from its spatial layout, which splits the building into two separated dwellings that are connected by a series of shared spaces. The communal areas, which help preserve

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo

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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

  INHABITAT: Can you tell our readers a bit about how it all began? Elisabeth: I rented this space a year and a half ago to open a restaurant. I had a few ideas about the menu, in that I knew I

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Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

Although Casa SIP m3 was built from modules, the architects' careful combination and arrangement gave the home a visually dynamic appearance. They designed a variety of 3D modules for the floors, walls,

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Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

The owners of the Thornbury bungalow tasked Steffen Welsch Architects to create a more sustainable home that met their family's needs. The original home that faces the street was relegated to contain the

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White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient retreat for retirees

White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient retreat for retirees

The 3,283-square-foot south-facing home stretches east to west on a plot of land in the undulating Austrian countryside Althöflein. Large triple-glazed windows line the south facade and overlook a

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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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Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

Located in northern Romania in the town of Suceava surrounded by a mature forest, Passive House Che enjoys its surrounding environment by engaging with it through large windows. Although most passive

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Energy-efficient, pine-clad Danish home is heated with geothermal energy

Energy-efficient, pine-clad Danish home is heated with geothermal energy

The Villa Buresø covers an area of 2,561 square feet and is positioned on the south bank of a slope. Although the home's north facade is largely glazed, the south facade is mostly closed save for a few

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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