Sustainable Building

Eco-friendly youth center is built from bamboo, earth bricks, and recycled plastic bottles in Phnom Penh

Eco-friendly youth center is built from bamboo, earth bricks, and recycled plastic bottles in Phnom Penh

__A group of six, young, Finnish architects has designed and realized an ecologically and socially sustainable youth center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The center hosts teaching in computer skills, languages

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Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Building Trust International is offering a hands-on participatory workshop in Laos this April/May, where volunteers will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and design, while helping to

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Super-efficient straw-bale houses hit the market in the UK—piglets need not apply

Super-efficient straw-bale houses hit the market in the UK—piglets need not apply

When one thinks of houses made from straw, typically an image of wolves, pigs and less than stellar construction methods come to mind. But in the UK of Bristol, the nation's first straw-bale houses have

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UNStudio’s remote-controlled W.I.N.D. House is the home of the future, today

UNStudio’s remote-controlled W.I.N.D. House is the home of the future, today

A decade ago, if someone mentioned a home that could be regulated by remote control, we would have thought they were referring to some futuristic sci-fi film like Blade Runner. UNStudio's W.I.N.D House

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Sobek’s Activhaus produces enough green power to light up the house next door

Sobek’s Activhaus produces enough green power to light up the house next door

The Weissenhof Estate near Stuttgart was a focus point for avant garde architecture in 1927 when Mies van der Rohe and Corbusier created a collection of houses for a public exhibition. In the same

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Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Parks in China are used extensively by residents throughout the day to practice tai chi, dance, meet friends, relax or eat. Bailanjing Park along the river is a new development to increase the urban green

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Michael Hansmeyer Unveils Insanely Complex Plastic Columns with 16 Million Unique Facets

Michael Hansmeyer Unveils Insanely Complex Plastic Columns with 16 Million Unique Facets

Hansmeyer's process involves creating an algorithm to design the structure of the Doric column. In the case of the Gwangju Design Biennale installation, none of the four columns share a single surface or

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Frank Gehry’s “paper bag” building opens at the University of Technology, Sydney

Frank Gehry’s “paper bag” building opens at the University of Technology, Sydney

The road for Frank Gehry’s Dr. Chau Chak Wing on the Business School campus of the University of Technology, Sydney has been bumpy. Or should we say crumply? Sydney’s newest architectural

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Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

The net-zero ranch comprises a cluster of buildings that frame and protect a sunny central courtyard from strong winds. The courtyard’s plunge pool and hot tub were strategically placed to overlook

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Illinois holds on to first place in USGBC’s top 10 states for LEED green building

Illinois holds on to first place in USGBC’s top 10 states for LEED green building

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council released the top 10 states for LEED green building, with Illinois leading all of the states once again, per capita, in the country. LEED is an abbreviation for

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Affordable wooden cabin is precariously perched over a cliff in Nova Scotia

Affordable wooden cabin is precariously perched over a cliff in Nova Scotia

The 960-square-foot cabin was designed with a modest facade and minimal site disturbance so as to keep the focus on the surrounding untouched landscape. The low-budget project comprises three main

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Curvaceous Brick House uses passive cooling and local materials in India

Curvaceous Brick House uses passive cooling and local materials in India

Mumbai-based iStudio Architecture completed Brick House, a curvaceous and organic structure that looks like the picture-perfect yoga retreat. Located in rural Wada near Mumbai, India, the

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Iceland’s Ion Hotel offers dramatic views of the Northern Lights

Iceland’s Ion Hotel offers dramatic views of the Northern Lights

So as not to detract from the surrounding landscape, the Ion Hotel was built to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. The architects renovated

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Colorful ice teepees provide temporary frozen flora shelter for Canadian hikers

Colorful ice teepees provide temporary frozen flora shelter for Canadian hikers

The architects wanted to create a design that would use a limited set of tools and rely mostly on the site's natural conditions. They chose reinforced ice, refined with organic materials gathered from six

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Spruce-clad Öijared Hotel quietly blends into the surrounding Swedish forest

Spruce-clad Öijared Hotel quietly blends into the surrounding Swedish forest

Designed to complement architect Gert Wingårdhs’ green-roofed Öijared Country Club, the Öijared Hotel was similarly designed with a nature-inspired, neutral-toned palette. In contrast to the country

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This rooftop cabin gives urbanites a remote escape high above the city

This rooftop cabin gives urbanites a remote escape high above the city

Asserting that there are no longer any corners of the world left to explore, the architects thought the regular urban worker might instead want to forego travel and simply retreat vertically. The cabin

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Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden

Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden

The 2,690-square-foot house is located in a birch and pine forest on the outskirts of the Swedish city Gothenburg. To maximize views towards the adjacent Gravsjön lake, Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

Architect and farmer, Patrick Bradley, has created an amazingly sophisticated rustic country retreat out of four repurposes shipping containers. Set in an idyllic Northern Ireland countryside, the

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A striking metallic shell shields this larch-clad cabin from harsh Swiss winters

A striking metallic shell shields this larch-clad cabin from harsh Swiss winters

Sited on an 8,600-square-foot plot of land, the Vallée de Joux house is located just a few steps from the shores of Lake Joux. The lakeside views and surrounding scenery are framed through rectangular

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Passive solar Martin-Lancaster House is wrapped in glass and cedar shingles

Passive solar Martin-Lancaster House is wrapped in glass and cedar shingles

Overlooking the rugged Atlantic coast, the Martin-Lancaster House’s spatial layout is designed like a “procession toward the sea.” The courtyard home is divided into four primary components: a gable

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Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

The studio is a masterpiece in warm ochre. Built from locally-sourced hoop pine, the studio is not the first cylinder Pritchard has designed. He admits to using the circular form in other projects, as he

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Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

With this extension of the JST Malaysia factory, Japanese architect Ryuichi Ashizawa has worked with nature, capturing sunlight, wind, rainwater and geothermal energy to build a living green factory that

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Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Inspired by the mud dauber, a little wasp which builds its home with mud, Massimo Moretti later learned of bio-architecture and started to work to put the two together. Concerned about the housing crisis

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Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Closely sandwiched between neighboring buildings on the east and west sides, the Queenscliff House uses large fin walls to provide privacy for the upper level bedroom wing. The wedge-shaped home widens at

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Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Equipped with solar panels and earth water cooling, Lund City Hall only uses a fraction of the energy normally consumed by typical government buildings. Its dynamic, W-shaped facade was key in reducing

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Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

The house was built from a single shipping container measuring 40 feet long by 10 feet wide. Ceardean Architects designed the home, which they envisioned as a working prototype for alternative, DIY

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Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in the U.S.

Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in the U.S.

Built in 1994 and designed by Finnish architects Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen, the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. became the first embassy in the U.S. to achieve an Energy Star award and gain

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‘Till the Cows Come Home: a shipping container restaurant in Berlin

‘Till the Cows Come Home: a shipping container restaurant in Berlin

Set in a 40-foot-long cargo container, Till the Cows Come Home is a Berlin-based slow food kitchen that serves haute vegetarian cuisine. Designed by Natalie Viaux, the shipping container has been

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Futuristic Paris Smart City is filled with flourishing green skyscrapers

Futuristic Paris Smart City is filled with flourishing green skyscrapers

Vincent Callebaut's Paris Smart City plan includes a Mountain Tower and other green skyscrapers inspired by nature that fit within the existing structures of the city. The buildings take advantage of a

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Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

The renovated Cut Paw Paw House runs north to south on a long narrow site to take advantage of passive solar gain along the northern aspect and to strengthen the building’s connection to the garden. The

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