Sustainable Building

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

Why did you start Reclaimed Space? Tracen Gardner: The job came about because I’ve always been in the construction business. I had a ranch that was remote, and I questioned how I was going to be able

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Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

Like us, you're probably instantly drawn to the pavilion's beautiful roof. The neatly-laid tiles are made from recycled rubber, and are completely child safe, and the roof gets its curved shape from

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Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

The Brookly Bush Terminal seems to be getting a facelift. This historic shipping and warehouse area is being drawn into this new era of eco-responsibility and sustainability with a new 1200-square-foot

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MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

Located in the central business district of Beijing, Chaoyang Park Plaza borders the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, one of the largest public parks in Beijing. The mixed-use urban plaza will comprise

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Tree-Inspired Pole House Has a Minimal Footprint to Stop Deforestation

Tree-Inspired Pole House Has a Minimal Footprint to Stop Deforestation

Konrad Wójcik designed Pole House for the D3 Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition and wanted to create a home with virtually no environmental footprint. He came up with an

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Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects Renovate a 1930s Residence with a Gorgeous Faceted Extension

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects Renovate a 1930s Residence with a Gorgeous Faceted Extension

In addition to the five year renovation works, the architects designed an angular rear extension that acts as a counterpoint to the resident's traditional street façade. Multiple sloping surfaces of the

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5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

Coco Hut Made From Recycled Scrap Wood Made from FSC-certified wood and random scraps, Coco Hut is a cozy shelter shaped like a ball. Created by Dutch designer Gert Eussen, it stands on stilts and can be

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Tiny Cabin Drop XL is the Perfect Pop Up Hotel for Environmentally Conscious Travelers

Tiny Cabin Drop XL is the Perfect Pop Up Hotel for Environmentally Conscious Travelers

Like its predecessor, organic forms found in nature inspired the design of Cabin Drop XL. The 325 square foot hotel room would be prefabricated off site and can be virtually transported anywhere that the

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MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques

MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques

MAPA's MR House is perched on steep terrain at El Buchén, on the Chilean side of the Andes Mountains. It was constructed from steel, local timber, and salvaged wood and glass in a forest clearing. The

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Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

This home was the original birthplace of comedian and actress Beatrice Lillie (known as Lady Peel), but it now serves as a modern, bright and airy residence in Toronto. The historic home was remade with

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125 Foot Tall Treehouse Teaches Boy Scouts About True Sustainability

125 Foot Tall Treehouse Teaches Boy Scouts About True Sustainability

The Sustainability Treehouse is a towering 125 feet tall, and it rises amidst the forests of West Virginia with its Corten steel frame and luminous wooden box platforms. It is targeting Living Building

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UNStudio to Renovate Seoul’s Hanwha Headquarters With Photovoltaic LED Facade

UNStudio to Renovate Seoul’s Hanwha Headquarters With Photovoltaic LED Facade

Hanwha Group manufactures photovoltaic panels and environmental technology and they felt their office tower no longer reflected their values or met their needs, so they asked for proposals to renovate

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Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects' peaceful rural holiday cottage offers a discount for travelers who arrive on foot or bicycle. The home responds to its rural context by incorporating elements of local building

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Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Chris and Malissa's adorable wood-clad house is based on a seven-by-twenty-foot dual axle utility trailer, which enables the cottage to be moved should the Tacks decide to switch up their locale. The

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban's pro bono work in disaster

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gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

In addition to its emphasis on sustainable design, the real estate giant has secured a prime location for its new office buildings near the Shanghai South Railway Station. The 900,000 square foot offices

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Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Murtada Alkaabi Develops a Brilliant Wind Harvesting Facade for Coastal Urban Buildings

Wind turbines are rarely designed for cities-they are loud, affect views, and buildings tend to block the winds anyway. Eager to find an aesthetically-pleasing solution for harvesting wind energy in urban

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Henning Larsen Wins Bid to Design Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli

Henning Larsen Wins Bid to Design Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli

Henning Larsen Architects used the existing excavations found on site to inform their circulation design and architectural design. Inspired by the Berber underground cave dwellings, the architects dug

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Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

The metal structure of the 2,000 square meter plaza echoes the verticality of the surrounding logs. Reused wooden railway ties serve as blinds that help control daylighting and indoor temperature. The

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Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

140 New Montgomery is an art deco skyscraper completed in 1925 that was home for the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company for 80 years. The property recently underwent extensive renovations and

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Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building

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Apple Leads the Way with Environmentally Friendly Initiatives on Earth Day

Apple Leads the Way with Environmentally Friendly Initiatives on Earth Day

Apple dove headfirst into this year’s Earth Day celebrations, from changing the color of its logo's leaf section to the revamp of its Environmental Responsibility website. Although some may chalk up

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Far Sight House Stays Naturally Cool in Singapore

Far Sight House Stays Naturally Cool in Singapore

Completed in 2013, the semi-detached Far Sight House measures 4,983 square-feet and comprises two main floors, plus an attic space and terrace that's said to boast "million-dollar" views of Singapore's

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Kicking Horse Residence Embraces the Natural World in British Columbia

Kicking Horse Residence Embraces the Natural World in British Columbia

The Kicking Horse Residence is a mountain retreat designed for an active family of five at the base of a ski resort in Golden, BC. The home consists of two main volumes - a long, linear area on the north

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Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

Istanbul Grand Airport was designed by Grimshaw Architects, the Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic Architects, who were appointed by a Turkish consortium of Cengiz, Kolin, Limak, MAPA and Kalyon.

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Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

The immediate days after a disaster are the most critical since victims need supplies and materials ASAP. Rather than wait for help to arrive with shelters, Architecture Global Aid wanted to create a more

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A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

House in Yagi isn't completely finished. In fact, the home was designed to not be completely finished even when the owner moved in - the concept was for the home to only meet the most basic needs. Suppose

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INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

2013's government shutdown didn't stop the United States Department of Energy (DOE) from moving forward on a range of initiatives to ramp up renewable energy, promote energy efficiency, and combat

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Patrick Nadeau’s Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

Patrick Nadeau’s Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

The Wave Home has two floors. On the ground level the living room, kitchen and multimedia space open up towards the exterior by sliding walls. The upper level houses two bedrooms and a bathroom that can

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Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture

Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture

The Garage is located in Vashon, an island southwest of Seattle that sits in the Puget Sound. The project sits on the shores of the sound, and the building opens up on all sides to let in the views and

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