Sustainable Building

Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

The Out of the Valley model cabin is clad in a charred timber, created with the Japanese shou sugi ban technique, and topped with a black corrugated roof. The dark exterior helps the cabin blend in with

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Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby Melbourne

Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby Melbourne

The Ruckers Hill House, designed by Gardiner Architects, is a glassy sustainable abode for a young family of five in Melbourne. The sprawling home was designed to give the family members different views

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Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

These multi-functional pavilions look like a floating village in Songyang County in China. The cluster of open-plan structures was built in only eight weeks using locally sourced bamboo topped with

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This quirky Spanish eco-house is hidden under a rolling hill

This quirky Spanish eco-house is hidden under a rolling hill

The Live Garden House is a green-roofed vaulted home built using traditional techniques in Zaragoza, Spain. Spanish designers Alberto Monreal and Elisa Durán of Arquitecturas Naturales S.C. created this

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or even a floating

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Bromley Caldari Architects transform a crumbling 1960’s A-Frame house into a sunlit seaside home

Bromley Caldari Architects transform a crumbling 1960’s A-Frame house into a sunlit seaside home

New York-based Bromley Caldari Architects transformed a derelict Fire Island home into a gorgeous pyramidal structure that offers panoramic views of the bay. The original 1960s building, with a leaky roof

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Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Happy Meadows Courtyard House is a modern, age-in-place, net zero passive house designed by Chapel Hill, NC, architect Arielle Condoret Schechter. Constructed primarily of 5500 psi concrete, the

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Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Italian design studio Luca Curci Architects unveiled their proposal for a floating vertical city for 2,500 inhabitants.

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London shoe polish factory transformed into RIBA award-winning charity offices

London shoe polish factory transformed into RIBA award-winning charity offices

The most distinctive feature of the social justice center’s facade is the zigzagging roofline that sits like a crown atop the new building extension. Clad in diamond-shaped zinc tile cladding, the three

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archimania’s Conservation Hall is a sunken extension that preserves a historic governor’s mansion

archimania’s Conservation Hall is a sunken extension that preserves a historic governor’s mansion

Memphis-based architecture firm archmania designed an extension to a historic governor’s mansion in Nashville, Tennessee, and created an "unbuilding"-the architects created a sunken courtyard building

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Ismaili Center in Toronto is topped with a stunning angular glass dome

Ismaili Center in Toronto is topped with a stunning angular glass dome

Ismaili Center in Toronto, designed by Charles Correa Associates and Moriyama & Teshima Architects, provides the city's Islamic community with a new cultural center dominated by a beautiful angular

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OAS1S “treescrapers” are modern skyscrapers inspired by trees

OAS1S “treescrapers” are modern skyscrapers inspired by trees

OAS1S™ INTRODUCES THE NUMBER 1 GREEN ARCHITECTURE OAS1S™ introduces its concept for the number 1 green architecture; the unique design of houses as trees and communities as forests. An innovative,

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8 Sustainable British buildings from the 2015 RIBA awards

8 Sustainable British buildings from the 2015 RIBA awards

The Foundry by Architecture 00 Architecture 00 repurposed a former shoe-polish factory into the Foundry, an office facility that houses various charities in London. Built on a former brownfield in

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Copenhagen’s largest school will be powered by solar energy

Copenhagen’s largest school will be powered by solar energy

Located on the water’s edge, CIS Nordhavn is sandwiched between the public waterfront and Copenhagen’s urban fabric. A promenade outside the school provides public access to the waterfront. To

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Google brings in Heatherwick to design its London headquarters

Google brings in Heatherwick to design its London headquarters

The original one million square foot Google headquarters in Lonon, designed by London-based architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris(AHMM), has reportedly been deemed too boring and British designer Thomas

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Scandinavia’s largest library is powered by the sun

Scandinavia’s largest library is powered by the sun

Designed to meet the Danish 2015 energy classification, Dokk1 was completed for a budget of over €280 million. Schmidt Hammer Lassen won the bid for the project after placing first in a 2009 design

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Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Although the tree houses are custom made to order, the company builds each project with eco-friendly principles. Cutting edge computer technology is first used to detail every building aspect, and then

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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Method launches impressive new line of affordable prefab homes

Method launches impressive new line of affordable prefab homes

Manufacturer of sustainable prefab buildings, Method Homes, teamed up with consultancy Elemental Design to create a new series of modular cost-effective homes that come in six different floorplans. In

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Foster + Partners unveils new winery for Château Margaux in Bordeaux

Foster + Partners unveils new winery for Château Margaux in Bordeaux

Foster + Partners just completed the first building of the Château Margaux winery in Bordeaux, which includes refurbished buildings, a large new vinery and Vinothèque and existing two-century old

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HAO’s repurposed Wood Shed mimics Taiwan’s forest landscape

HAO’s repurposed Wood Shed mimics Taiwan’s forest landscape

The building envelope’s tree-like silhouettes were inspired by the cypress forests of Alishan National Park, a national gem and popular destination located in Taiwan’s mountainous Chiayi County. HAO

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These affordable bamboo houses were built for just $2,500 each

These affordable bamboo houses were built for just $2,500 each

Atelier COLE, Building Trust International, and Habitat for Humanity Cambodia teamed up to design an affordable and eco-friendly housing scheme for families affected by HIV/AIDS. The innovative project

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Paxton Gate founder launches RareField Design/Build office in San Francisco

Paxton Gate founder launches RareField Design/Build office in San Francisco

Who is RareField? If you live in San Francisco and enjoy eating out, there's a good chance that you've visited one of their projects without even realizing it. Flour and Water, Central Kitchen, and Le

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Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Set back from the street, the Auneau Cultural Center is clad in a high performance concrete skin and glazed glass curtains, together keeping energy use low while efficiently making the climate comfortable

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Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand

Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand

Completed late last year, the three-story-tall and spacious Kathleen Kilgour Centre is estimated to provide local cancer-treatment options for approximately 600 patients. The 3,000-square-meter building

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New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

“This building expresses the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and stability of the United States government, while the landscape connects to the native environment by restoring wetlands and vegetation

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INFOGRAPHIC: The 5 coolest solar buildings on earth

INFOGRAPHIC: The 5 coolest solar buildings on earth

With the ever increasing investment across the globe into solar power, there is an unspoken competition between the world’s brightest organizations to develop the largest, most effective, and impressive

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House of Hungarian Music’s circular facade intertwines with existing trees to preserve the landscape

House of Hungarian Music’s circular facade intertwines with existing trees to preserve the landscape

MenoMenoPiu Architects’ innovative proposal for the House of Hungarian Music in Budapest preserves the existing environment with a flexible and unique circular design that encourages environmentalism

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Casa Pentimento: Prefab Ecuadorian House Made From 900 LEGO-Like Concrete Blocks

Casa Pentimento: Prefab Ecuadorian House Made From 900 LEGO-Like Concrete Blocks

Casa Pentimento is a dwelling placed on a gentle slope that is made almost entirely from precast concrete modules which simultaneously determine its structure and its relationship with the terrain. The

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The Freedom Room is a Low-Cost Micro Apartment Designed by Prison Inmates

The Freedom Room is a Low-Cost Micro Apartment Designed by Prison Inmates

There is a large carpentry shop in the High Security Prison in Spoleto, Italy where inmates build furniture for other correctional facilities. Cibic Workshop and Comodo (Comunicare Moltiplica Doveri)

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