Sustainable Building

Google announces new site for Mountain View HQ by Heatherwick and BIG

Google announces new site for Mountain View HQ by Heatherwick and BIG

Earlier this week we saw the design for Google's new sprawling headquarters in Mountain View, California, but the plans for the new Googleplex were thrown into jeopardy after the company lost its original

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World’s tallest wood building proposed in Paris could store 3,700 metric tons of carbon

World’s tallest wood building proposed in Paris could store 3,700 metric tons of carbon

Michael Green Architecture (MGA) just unveiled a proposal for a carbon neutral wooden skyscraper in Paris that, if constructed, will be the world’s tallest wood building. Created in collaboration with

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This home is a small timber cottage on the inside and an automated concrete monolith on the outside

This home is a small timber cottage on the inside and an automated concrete monolith on the outside

You wouldn't think it, but this modern suburban home located in Melbourne, Australia, was once a small timber cottage. Dubbed "Green House", the structure is topped with a roof made completely of

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Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

The new town hall building in Viborg, Denmark is a marvel of sustainable and striking design, thanks to Henning Larson Architects. Features of the complex stay true to the clean, sharp artistry of the

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Zaha Hadid’s stainless steel facility weaves around existing buildings and an ancient sequoia

Zaha Hadid’s stainless steel facility weaves around existing buildings and an ancient sequoia

Zaha Hadid's smooth curving addition to the University of Oxford weaves through the site and changes height and turns to avoid an existing Sequoia tree. The new structure, clad in mirrored stainless

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PHOOEY Architects’ Cubo House extension incorporates salvaged materials from the home’s old staircase

PHOOEY Architects’ Cubo House extension incorporates salvaged materials from the home’s old staircase

The existing house was re-planned, introducing a new entry foyer, large staircase and environments bathed in natural light. A central multi-level void dominates the new house and provides natural

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Solar-powered Valley House blends industrial chic with rural Tasmanian elements

Solar-powered Valley House blends industrial chic with rural Tasmanian elements

Clad in profiled metal and cement sheet, the Valley House’s long and strategically bent structure stretches southwest to northeast along the existing topography. The angular home rises in height in the

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This is what Uber’s futuristic new headquarters will look like

This is what Uber’s futuristic new headquarters will look like

After backing away from Gensler's design for its San Francisco headquarters, taxi app Uber has unveiled a new design by New York-based Shop Architects that features two separate buildings connected with

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Herzog & de Meuron complete the gorgeous solar-powered Bordeaux Stadium

Herzog & de Meuron complete the gorgeous solar-powered Bordeaux Stadium

Herzog & de Meuron just completed their stunning solar-powered Bordeaux Stadium and the real thing certainly doesn't disappoint. The firm initially unveiled its design in 2011 and the new rectangular

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Udo Heimermann’s eco-friendly architecture seeks socio-environmental harmony

Udo Heimermann’s eco-friendly architecture seeks socio-environmental harmony

Clay design is a much-utilized medium in Heimermann’s buildings, touted to be a forgotten sustainable material which can provide warmth and insulation. Budget-friendly and energy-saving are also

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Japan’s Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

Japan’s Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

On the island of Miyako-jima, a Japanese island 250 miles off of the coast of Taiwan, typhoons are a very real threat. The Hanazono Kindergarten was designed with weather in mind, incorporating features

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FAT and Grayson Perry complete bizarre “House for Essex” dedicated to a fictional character

FAT and Grayson Perry complete bizarre “House for Essex” dedicated to a fictional character

The eclectic House for Essex, commissioned for philosopher and critic Alain de Botton's Living Architecture program, is a fairytale-inspired holiday home. Architecture studio FAT and artist Grayson Perry

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The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

London-based architecture firm DSDHA completed their daylit Covert House in Clapham Old Town, London, UK. The semi-underground home clad in glass and cast concrete features several sustainable mechanisms

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Responsive bioclimatic skin wraps around LEED Gold ICTA-ICP building in Barcelona

Responsive bioclimatic skin wraps around LEED Gold ICTA-ICP building in Barcelona

The bioclimatic skin, a system of automated polycarbonate shutters that regulate indoor temperatures, is largely responsible for the ICTA-ICP building’s LEED Gold certification. Heat, humidity, and

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Yamazaki Kentaro’s House in Kashiwa showcases the art of leaving things unfinished

Yamazaki Kentaro’s House in Kashiwa showcases the art of leaving things unfinished

Situated in the small city of Kashiwa, not far from Tokyo, this family house was imagined as an adaptable space that the inhabitants design by living in it. Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop used wooden

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Archohm wants to connect all of Helsinki’s museums with a massive loop

Archohm wants to connect all of Helsinki’s museums with a massive loop

The space would serve as a key cultural destination for both the local community and tourists. It would act as an important link that binds together the past and future of art, creating a unique maze of

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Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local conditions

Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local conditions

The aim is to provide creative and comfortable spaces for children where they can grow learn and “play” This is achieved through the proposed modular design that offers the end user with the

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Alterra beach resort uses shipping containers for private glamping cabins

Alterra beach resort uses shipping containers for private glamping cabins

Pinamar is a beach resort located about 350 kilometers south-east of Buenos Aires and the landscape is predominantly filled with dense pine woods. Originally, the resort was an art gallery and the funky

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The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The parking area has long served as a departure point for hiking trips and as a rest stop for motorists along the Aurlandsfjellet Route. In 2010, the parking area was updated with service facilities,

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6 Amazing Green Treetop Paradises for Sustainable Living

6 Amazing Green Treetop Paradises for Sustainable Living

TORNADO TREEHOUSE ROOTED TREEHOUSE FINCA BELLAVISTA TREE HOTEL UNDER HEAVEN ILLUMINATED GEODESIC DOME TORNADO TREEHOUSE Roderick Romero proved that treehouses are not only for

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Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

The compact Ecocapsule fits all the home necessities within an egg-shaped space measuring 4.5 meters (14.6 feet) in length, 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) in width, and 2.5 meters in height (8.2 feet). The total

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Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound for pound, stronger

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Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

New York–based design studio Bernheimer Architecture designed this daylit vacation house in Rhode Island, the interior of which plays with light like it were a sculpting chisel. The Quonochontaug House

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10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand Shigeru Ban designed, pro-bono, this stunning temporary Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch following a devastating earthquake in 2011. Built with his

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Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Though contemporary in design, the Faire Chaolais alludes to traditional Highland agricultural building styles with its gabled and cantilevered first floor clad in larch. The home’s lower floor, which

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New concrete can repair its own cracks with bacteria

New concrete can repair its own cracks with bacteria

Widely used by the Roman Empire to construct enduring architectural wonders, concrete has proven to be one of the most durable building materials. Though concrete reigns supreme, that does not mean it

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Bolivia’s Ecolodge del Lago takes inspiration from traditional Lak’a Uta architecture

Bolivia’s Ecolodge del Lago takes inspiration from traditional Lak’a Uta architecture

The Ecolodge del Lago is 20 minutes walk from Copacabana's town center, across the road from a pebbled beach on the Lake Titicaca. It offers sustainable accommodation in many earth cabins inspired by

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Prefab solar-powered home is a modern take on the traditional Slovenian farmhouse

Prefab solar-powered home is a modern take on the traditional Slovenian farmhouse

Scapelab clad the Simple House’s basic pitched-roof volume with a contemporary facade made of zinc sheet metal and wood. The architects created interesting and clean geometry by pairing horizontally

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This entire house is built from loaves of bread!

This entire house is built from loaves of bread!

La Triennale di Milano museum has just opened a new exhibition “Arts & Foods” curated by the Italian Architect Italo Rota that merges food, design and architecture into one single journey

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Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

Japanese design studio Tato Architects transformed an old house in Kamisawa in Hyogo Prefecture, into a single-storey residence for a young couple. The architects tore down the entire interior of the

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