Sustainable Building

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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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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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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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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Foster + Partners’ National Museum of Marine Science and Technology breaks ground in Taiwan

Foster + Partners’ National Museum of Marine Science and Technology breaks ground in Taiwan

The largest aquarium to be built in northern Taiwan just broke ground today. Designed by Foster + Partners, the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology will be a major center for aquatic

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The zoo is built from a six armed star-shaped level designed to maximize space, views and circulation. It is based on a nucleus or a tree trunk from which emerges six branches, each 20 sq meters in size

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Since the Bel Air tree house had to be finished in less than two weeks, Romero called in the help of his friend, designer and carpenter Jeff Casper. Together, they constructed the shelter using 100%

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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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Luxury Villa Melkeveien is wrapped in sustainably sourced Kebony wood in Norway

Luxury Villa Melkeveien is wrapped in sustainably sourced Kebony wood in Norway

LOGG Arkitekter built the Villa Melkeveien with floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the breathtaking views of the city below as well as the surrounding landscape. A natural materials palette

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Petzl unveils new LEED Platinum North America Headquarters in Salt Lake City

Petzl unveils new LEED Platinum North America Headquarters in Salt Lake City

As a company founded on the spirit of outdoor exploration, Petzl asserts that environmentalism is a central pillar of the brand’s philosophy. As a result, the new Petzl America building was designed to

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Two college students build a tiny home for under $500

Two college students build a tiny home for under $500

According to The Des Moines Register, Andrews and Van Kooten were inspired to build a tiny house for their senior school project after a class trip to Costa Rica, where they were housed in small,

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Infographic: What the net-zero homes of the future will look like

Infographic: What the net-zero homes of the future will look like

While previously the purview of a very niche/expensive housing market, net-zero homes are quickly becoming both an economically sound and sustainable proposal. The average price of an installed

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8 real life love nests built by romantic couples

8 real life love nests built by romantic couples

Your home is where your heart is and these couples have also put their blood, sweat and maybe even tears into their projects to build their love shacks. DIY home construction is no easy feat, so we're

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