Sustainable Building

Paul Archer Revamps a Traditional Victorian House a Stylish Modernist Home

Paul Archer Revamps a Traditional Victorian House a Stylish Modernist Home

The walls consist of glass panel to allow direct sunlight to penetrate deep into the plan. The upper floors of the extension are clad with a skin of Douglas fir battens, which run both inside and out as

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LEED Platinum Leon Springs Home Features a 17,000 Gallon Rainwater Catchment System

LEED Platinum Leon Springs Home Features a 17,000 Gallon Rainwater Catchment System

The light-filled home is lined with floor to ceiling windows, bringing the Texas landscape into each of the living areas. A double height living room is used for entertaining, and opens onto the veranda

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Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

The SHED is designed as a Butler building, which is a pre-engineered metal building that is very familiar in the agricultural landscape. This large metal building houses two stories of flexible space for

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Passive House Infographic Shows the Benefits of Building Efficient, Tightly Insulated Homes

Passive House Infographic Shows the Benefits of Building Efficient, Tightly Insulated Homes

Does insulation excite you? No? Well how about a house with zero heating bill? If you've been reading Inhabitat for a while there's a good chance you know what a passive house is. These super insulated,

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LEED Platinum Bigelow Laboratory Dedicated to Understanding the Relationship Between the Oceans and Our Planet

LEED Platinum Bigelow Laboratory Dedicated to Understanding the Relationship Between the Oceans and Our Planet

The Bigelow Laboratory was formerly housed in buildings it leased from the Maine Department of Marine Resources. The oceanic research team then moved into its new 64-acre campus at the end of 2012.

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LivingHomes Debuts Next-Generation Zero Energy C6 Prefab Home

LivingHomes Debuts Next-Generation Zero Energy C6 Prefab Home

LivingHomes debuted the new and improved C6 model at Dwell on Design back in June. “Based on sales and interest, the C6 has been our most successful LivingHome to date,” said Steve Glenn, founder and

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Dynamic Vertical Farm Networks Could Provide More Space for Growing Food in China

Dynamic Vertical Farm Networks Could Provide More Space for Growing Food in China

Only 15 percent of China's total land area can be cultivated, which represents 10 percent of the global arable land, but this land is decreasing as the population grows. The Dyv-Net scheme is a vertical

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Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel's "All [e] Land" home is a net zero prefab that blends Israel's traditional building techniques with new technologies and sustainability. The design is based on a Mediterranean “4 Room

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Spark Architects’ Chongqing Clubhouse Rises in China

Spark Architects’ Chongqing Clubhouse Rises in China

The playful Clubhouse in Chongqing is the first part of a series of leisure facilities that Spark Architects designed for a large villa community in the outskirts of Chongqing, China. The clubhouse forms

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Mountaintop Museum for Reinhold Messner in the Italian Alps

Zaha Hadid Unveils Mountaintop Museum for Reinhold Messner in the Italian Alps

Zaha Hadid Architects recently unveiled finalized designs for the new Messner Mountain Museum, which will be located atop a mountain in South Tyrol, Italy. Reinhold Messner is a champion of

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Thomas Heatherwick Designs a Futuristic Learning Hub for Nanyang University in Singapore

Thomas Heatherwick Designs a Futuristic Learning Hub for Nanyang University in Singapore

With the notion that corridors create social separation and isolation, The Hub brings together 55 tutorial rooms in a structure without any conventional corridors. Similarly, the building does not have a

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Sky City: Construction Of the World’s Tallest Tower Delayed Until 2014 as Costs Balloon to $855 Million

Sky City: Construction Of the World’s Tallest Tower Delayed Until 2014 as Costs Balloon to $855 Million

Changsha, China's Sky City tower is set to be the world's tallest building at a staggering 2,739 feet - however the project just hit a bump in the road as its developer announced plans to postpone

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SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

Spas are a luxurious place to relax and heal, but that doesn't mean they need to be wasteful power hogs flushing water down the drain. San Francisco startup SOAK wants to bring healthy and sustainable

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700-Ton Historic Swiss Railway Station Moved 108 Feet to Make Way For New Track

700-Ton Historic Swiss Railway Station Moved 108 Feet to Make Way For New Track

When new roads or railways are constructed, any buildings standing in their way are usually demolished. However in Chêne-Bourg, Switzerland, local authorities were reluctant to knock down a 19th-century

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Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

Locomotive Ranch Trailer House is Built Around a Vintage Trailer in South Texas

The river is prone to flash flooding, so to ensure the house and surrounding landscape would be safe, careful consideration was applied to the foundation. The vintage trailer is cradled in a steel-framed

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Olalquiaga Arquitectos Unveils Social Housing Complex for Eco-Boulevard Near Madrid

Olalquiaga Arquitectos Unveils Social Housing Complex for Eco-Boulevard Near Madrid

The Eco-Boulevard, designed by Ecosistema Urbano, is located in the Vallecas suburb just outside of Madrid, Spain. Olalquiaga Arquitectos's design for this 13,773 square meter site was based on the ideal

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House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

House in a Warehouse: Splinter Society Architecture Turns Old Warehouse Into Garden Oasis Home in Melbourne

The old warehouse is located in a dense urban setting surrounded by homes and buildings on all sides. The client tasked local firms Splinter Society Architecture and Birdsmouth Construction to transform

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Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

The Highpoint Shopping Centre is located about eight kilometers northwest of Melbourne's central business district in the suburb of Maribyrnong. Grimshaw Architects was tasked with designing the 30,000

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7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

As the summer heat intensifies, the temptation to blast the air conditioner can be unbearable - but it's bound to take a toll on your energy bill and the environment. Fortunately, there's lots of ways to

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Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

The client's run-down home was bordered to the north by a much larger building that shades the lot. Despite that limitation, Anderson Architecture worked to design a new home that could still bring in

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Cradle-to-Cradle Inspired Netherlands Institute of Ecology Celebrates Biodiversity

Cradle-to-Cradle Inspired Netherlands Institute of Ecology Celebrates Biodiversity

Situated on the edge of Wageningen University, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology is carefully located to take advantage of a green center of knowledge. The goal was to design and build the most

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Green-Roofed World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape

Green-Roofed World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape

The architects conceived the “unused” space of the project as public space or infrastructure that connects urban commuters and draws them towards “server spaces” such as art galleries, convention

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Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers

Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers

To date, mid-rise and high-rise buildings have typically been constructed from concrete and steel. But architect Michael Green says that we should use wood instead, because concrete and steel production

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BIG Unveils Twisting LEED Platinum Telus Sky Tower for Calgary

BIG Unveils Twisting LEED Platinum Telus Sky Tower for Calgary

BIG is collaborating with the Canadian architecture firm Dialog to design the mixed-use tower for the developer Westbank Corp. Calgary is a rapidly growing city and features cluster or towers in the

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The World’s Largest Building Opens in China, Complete with Fake Mediterranean Village and Indoor Beach

The World’s Largest Building Opens in China, Complete with Fake Mediterranean Village and Indoor Beach

The New Century Global Center is located in Chengdu, which is the capital of the Sichuan province in southwestern China. The building, which opened this week, will play host to a wide range of business

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Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

Beautifully Renovated Hispasat Office is Wrapped in a Space-Age Solar Facade

Rather than building a brand new office, Spanish communication satellite company Hispasat chose to renovate their existing headquarters with a stunning perforated facade that actually improves the

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KPF Reaches For the Sky With Plans to Extend King’s Reach Tower in London

KPF Reaches For the Sky With Plans to Extend King’s Reach Tower in London

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has submitted plans to renovate the existing 111-meter-high King’s Reach Tower in London with a 44-meter, 11 floor extension. The project is being engineered by Adams Kara Taylor

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Seaweed-Clad House in Denmark Combines Natural Materials With 21st Century Building Techniques

Seaweed-Clad House in Denmark Combines Natural Materials With 21st Century Building Techniques

In addition to being non-toxic and fireproof, seaweed has been proven to have insulating properties as good as those of commonly used mineral insulation. It has fantastic acoustic properties, reproduces

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Embryo Treehouse by Antony Gibbon Takes Biomimicry to New Heights

Embryo Treehouse by Antony Gibbon Takes Biomimicry to New Heights

“The Embryo derives its name from the early stages of development in nature and how we need to re address the way we live in today's society that is more ecological and simpler way of living than

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Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

A reciprocal frame is a self-supporting system of beams or poles that require not center pole or support beam. In a reciprocal system, each pole relies on the pole beneath it for support and can be built

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