Sustainable Building

a21studio builds a unique Buddhist temple as a floating stone canopy in Vietnam

a21studio builds a unique Buddhist temple as a floating stone canopy in Vietnam

The pavilion is located on a rocky slope accessible via stone steps that create a promenade and lead to a small clearing among a patch of trees. The structure is open on all sides and is surrounded by

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Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium

Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium

The 38,000-square-meter Shanghai Planetarium will be located in the new Lingang District, a rapidly developing town southeast of Shanghai’s central business district and located close to the East China

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Vienna set to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Vienna set to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Architecture firm Rüdiger Lainer and Partner has unveiled plans to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper in the Seestadt Aspern area of Vienna. The 276ft, 24 story HoHo tower will house a hotel,

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Lada Cube’s prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize construction, cut building time in half

Lada Cube’s prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize construction, cut building time in half

In 2013 Låda Cube set out to change how we use and think about our walls.   Fueled by our belief that traditional stick-built walls consume needless time, energy, and resources, we set out to

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SG Blocks unveils prefab bar and room prototypes for Marriott Moxy Hotels

SG Blocks unveils prefab bar and room prototypes for Marriott Moxy Hotels

Designer of container-based structures SG Blocks (SGBX) built a container-based open-air bar and a hotel room mock-up for Marriott’s Moxy Hotels. The project was unveiled at the revealed at The Americas

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Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Looking at this picture, "eco home" isn't exactly the first thing that springs to mind. But it turns out this bizarre car-shaped home is surprisingly green. Dubbed the Auto Residence and designed by

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Kjellander + Sjöberg designs a climate-optimized urban development in new Kiruna

Kjellander + Sjöberg designs a climate-optimized urban development in new Kiruna

Located 145 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, Kiruna sits atop a rich body of iron and has a subarctic climate with long, cold winters. To mitigate climatic conditions, Kjellander + Sjöberg

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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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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Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

BLAF Architecten finished this two-story single family residence back in 2009 in Asse, Belgium. The surrounding region is relatively dense and there is not much space available for homes with private

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Fly through Ecuador’s cloud forest on a human-powered sky bike!

Fly through Ecuador’s cloud forest on a human-powered sky bike!

The Mashpi Lodge in Quito, Ecuador is a hideaway in the clouds. Tucked inside the 3,200 acre orchid-filled Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, is a glass-walled lodge. Guests to the lodge can now

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Le 2 Workshop’s Third House From The Sun is a passive minimalist dwelling in Poland

Le 2 Workshop’s Third House From The Sun is a passive minimalist dwelling in Poland

The clients desired an eco-friendly home filled with natural daylight and a sense of spaciousness. As a result, the architects studied the sun’s path to create a design that optimized passive design

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BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ

BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ

Heatherwick Studio and the Bjark Ingels Group have confirmed that the two firms are set to collaborate on Google's new headquarters. Little is known about the new Googleplex campus, other than that it

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5 finalists announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

5 finalists announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

Philarmonic Hall Szczecin by Alberto Veiga and Fabrizio Barozzi Located in the Polish seaport city of Szczecin, the Philarmonic Hall Szczecin is a glass-clad concert hall that appears to rise out of

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Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

The brewery was built in the 1890s and experienced its heyday between 1895 and 1910 before going bankrupt. The brick-and-wood structure has been used in a variety of ways since but was left in disrepair

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MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV has been granted approval to renovate a 1970s complex in Paris and transform it into a mixed-use development that "reintroduces the lost human scale." This colorful version of the Ilôt Vandamme

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6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

Sleep in a Dreamy Tree house in Atlanta Secluded Intown Treehouse offers fairytale-like accommodation for grownups in one of their three rustic cabins in Atlanta. They are entirely made from reclaimed

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INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

There's a movement afoot to find ways to create super clean cities. Birmingham, England is slashing emissions like a CO2 ninja, while Oslo boasts the honor of having not a single landfill. Copenhagen is

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Pavegen to install people-powered kinetic energy tiles in SNCF’s Parisian office

Pavegen to install people-powered kinetic energy tiles in SNCF’s Parisian office

Pavegen’s installation within SNCF’s office is the first step to innovation within our transport hubs “Pavegen are demonstrating the potential of footfall power and the future for transport

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schmidt hammer lassen architects wins bid to design BREEAM Excellent mixed-use complex in Oslo

schmidt hammer lassen architects wins bid to design BREEAM Excellent mixed-use complex in Oslo

Located on Ruseløkkveien Street in Oslo’s historic city center, the 630,000-square-foot complex uses landscape design and generous amounts of glazing to strengthen connections between the building and

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Could a Spillway Bar Pavilion Manage Seine Flooding in Paris?

Could a Spillway Bar Pavilion Manage Seine Flooding in Paris?

With water levels rising worldwide, there's a very real risk of floods in any city that has a river at its core. Architect Dr. Margot Krasojević has envisioned a dynamic spillway pavilion that could play

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Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australian architecture firm ArchiBlox recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and gorgeous to boot. Contemporary and cozy, this

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Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Barker Freeman Design Office’s new home for Marfa, Texas will keep its residents naturally cool. The multi-family dwelling is made up of three structures that are partially submerged in a rammed earth

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Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

Green-roofed community arts center sinks into the landscape to preserve views of the French Alps

From a distance, you might not be able to locate the eco-friendly community arts center hidden in this landscape of mountains and wildflower meadows in the French Alps. Designed by French design firm Mas

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Mid-century grain silo transformed into a gorgeous, affordable home for two

Mid-century grain silo transformed into a gorgeous, affordable home for two

Kaiser purchased the dismantled 1955 grain silo online from a Kansas farmer that was then transported down to Arizona on the back of a pickup truck. Major modifications were made during the reassembly

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Sustainability is key at the Bamboo Cottages resort in Vietnam

Sustainability is key at the Bamboo Cottages resort in Vietnam

Bamboo Cottages, is a family owned, 19-room boutique beach resort located on Phu Quoc Island Vietnam. It was originally established with the goal of positively impacting the local community, by supporting

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Exploration’s zero-waste textile factory is inspired by nature, designed by science

Exploration’s zero-waste textile factory is inspired by nature, designed by science

Solving human problems with inspiration from nature is known as biomimicry. For the design of this zero waste textiles factory, located in India, Exploration Architecture was charged with the hefty task

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Intecs Spa headquarters becomes first non-residential building in Rome to earn a CasaClima Class A energy rating

Intecs Spa headquarters becomes first non-residential building in Rome to earn a CasaClima Class A energy rating

Located within the Technpolo Tiburtino, a major business and technology district in Rome, the compact Intec headquarters covers an area of 37,600 square feet. Like LEED, the Casaclima-Klimahaus

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Earth Home Project helps Pakistani villagers rebuild homes destroyed by floods

Earth Home Project helps Pakistani villagers rebuild homes destroyed by floods

Earth Home Project investigates the rising challenges people in Pakistan and other developing countries have to face. The focus is on trying to find applicable solutions for people to erect affordable

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7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

Now that cold weather is upon us, get your home buttoned up and ready for it with our expert hands-on game plan, which will not only make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, but

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