Sustainable Building

“Hanging House” Made from Bay Bridge Scraps Wins Prestigious Student Competition

“Hanging House” Made from Bay Bridge Scraps Wins Prestigious Student Competition

The competition attracted 73 entries from 37 international and US-based architecture schools. The submissions were narrowed down to 14 designs that were then judged by the Board Members of the Bay Bridge

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University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

The new Early Childcare Center West is located on a developing section of campus near the medical center. Ross Barney's design for the daycare center sought to create a playful environment for the

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Steven Holl Unveils Solar-Powered Geothermal ‘Art Islands’ for China’s Qingdao Culture and Art Center

Steven Holl Unveils Solar-Powered Geothermal ‘Art Islands’ for China’s Qingdao Culture and Art Center

Steven Holl Architects' 2 million square meter proposal for the Culture and Art Center of Qingdao City features gallery spaces and public routes that connect all aspects of the landscape and create a high

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Fletcher Studio Unveils Terraced Garden With Biopool in Zurich, Switzerland

Fletcher Studio Unveils Terraced Garden With Biopool in Zurich, Switzerland

Situated in Zurich, Switzerland, this serene garden and biopool by Fletcher Studio is suspended on the edge of a steep hillside. By placing the garden on the hillside, the architects opened up views of

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Gorgeous Riverside Piampiano Residence Refurbished with Reclaimed Wood Near Aspen, Colorado

Gorgeous Riverside Piampiano Residence Refurbished with Reclaimed Wood Near Aspen, Colorado

Piampiano Residence is actually a remodel of an existing home next to the Roaring Fork river in Woody Creek, CO. Regulations of Pitkin County would not allow a new home to be built so close to the river,

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Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

Tignespace was originally a gymnasium at the base of an apartment complex overlooking the lake. The gym was replaced with a new, high performance athletic center that will better meet the needs of the

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Gorgeous Fogo Island Eco-Hotel Rises on Stilts in Canada

Gorgeous Fogo Island Eco-Hotel Rises on Stilts in Canada

Composed of two intersecting building masses, the X-shaped contemporary hotel was built using white-painted, locally milled Black Spruce to make the inn look like a natural extension of the wintry

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Mexico’s Rojkind Arquitectos Unveils Digitally Fabricated Treehouse of the Future

Mexico’s Rojkind Arquitectos Unveils Digitally Fabricated Treehouse of the Future

The Casa del Arbol tree house is comprised of three hives made in concentric circles, which take on a clover shape. Each space gives one of the daughters a private play space. Rojkind Arquitectos worked

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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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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Selected to Design Wind and Solar-Powered Astana World Expo 2017 Site

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Selected to Design Wind and Solar-Powered Astana World Expo 2017 Site

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill's design for the Astana World Expo 2017 will cover 173 hectares in the Esil district of the city. It consists of a central exhibition center surrounded by housing projects,

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BioCellar Turns Abandoned Cleveland House into a Center for Urban Farming

BioCellar Turns Abandoned Cleveland House into a Center for Urban Farming

Cleveland has just unveiled the world’s first BioCellar, a sustainable agriculture project that’s a smart mix of urban design, architecture, and biology. Built upon the masonry foundation of an

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Andrew Maynard Extends 15 Foot Wide Solar-Powered Moor House in Victoria

Andrew Maynard Extends 15 Foot Wide Solar-Powered Moor House in Victoria

The front of the Moor Street House was left as is, but the back half of the home was removed to make way for a new, modern and more efficient space that the whole family could use. With only 15 feet of

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Striking Pavilions at the Shanghai West Bund Biennial

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Striking Pavilions at the Shanghai West Bund Biennial

The Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art asked Schmidt Hammer Lassen (along with some of China’s most respected architects and selected international architectural

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Proud Green Home Achieves Unprecedented -2 HERS Rating in Georgia

Proud Green Home Achieves Unprecedented -2 HERS Rating in Georgia

Architectural firm LG Squared collaborated with the Imery Group on construction of the two-story, 2,600-square-foot Proud Green Home project, which was built in Atlanta's famed sustainable community,

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Antony Gibbon’s Lord of the Rings-Style Treehouses Could Offer Elvish Accommodations for Humans

Antony Gibbon’s Lord of the Rings-Style Treehouses Could Offer Elvish Accommodations for Humans

The Roost Treehouse is made up of a series of pod-like capsules, which are harnessed to each tree in a way that neither harms the tree or prevents it from growing. These capsules enclose a central

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Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi has once again shown us that greenhouses are more than just homes for plants and veggies. To demonstrate how humans can also benefit from spending time in these large

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Dallas Among First U.S. Cities to Mandate Green Building Standards

Dallas Among First U.S. Cities to Mandate Green Building Standards

Dallas has become one of the first cities in the United States to implement mandatory green building standards. As of October 1, 2013, all residential and commercial projects must meet the Dallas Green

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Madrid’s New Repsol Campus Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Madrid’s New Repsol Campus Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

It’s not often that we see oil companies making serious environmental initiatives an integral part of their corporate portfolio, but at least one company is seemingly coming out as a leader by

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Amazon’s Biodome Greenhouses Receive Green Light From Seattle’s Design Review Board

Amazon’s Biodome Greenhouses Receive Green Light From Seattle’s Design Review Board

NBBJ and Amazon have been hard at work for over a year on a compelling, sustainable and publicly accessible design for the internet giant's new headquarters in downtown Seattle. The Design Review Board

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Humanitarian Low-Cost House With Shipping Container Rooms Springs Up in South Korea

Humanitarian Low-Cost House With Shipping Container Rooms Springs Up in South Korea

The design and construction team examined the conditions of the family’s existing home and found that the physical and environmental conditions were too poor to renovate. Therefore, they decided to

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Solar-Powered Alpine Meadows Cabin Soaks up the Sun in Lake Tahoe

Solar-Powered Alpine Meadows Cabin Soaks up the Sun in Lake Tahoe

The Alpine Meadows Cabin is located on sloping, south-facing lot with views out towards the mountains on the northwestern side of Lake Tahoe. The clients requested that their home maximize the views of

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Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

VA Tech's design/buildLAB program offers third year architecture students the chance to learn while participating in a project that makes a difference. For the third year now in a row, the program has

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1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

The Hanomag U-Boat Hall was completed in 1944 at the tail end of WW II, and it was never used for armament production. (Its location in Hannover away from the coast is curious and does not seem logical

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Living Hedge Building is Completely Wrapped in Ivy

Living Hedge Building is Completely Wrapped in Ivy

Andre Kempe and Oliver Thill's Hedge Building is a beautiful garden-clad pavilion that has ivy creeping across every wall! The German architects created a ‘smart screen’ using green walls to introduce

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Saudi Arabia Unveils LEED-Seeking Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University for Women

Saudi Arabia Unveils LEED-Seeking Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University for Women

A beacon of progressive values, Princess University consists of eight colleges and 800 buildings. Established in 1970, the self-contained University City received a modern upgrade starting in 2009. Led by

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Kaplan Thompson Architects Unveil Super-Efficient Harborview Townhomes in Portland, Maine

Kaplan Thompson Architects Unveil Super-Efficient Harborview Townhomes in Portland, Maine

Designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects of Portland, ME, the Harborview Townhomes meet the Architecture 2030 guidelines for limiting carbon emissions while increasing density in an urban environment and

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Toronto’s Peter Gilgan Centre is a High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Research Lab Devoted to Sick Kids

Toronto’s Peter Gilgan Centre is a High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Research Lab Devoted to Sick Kids

Lead photo by Swire Chin Diamond Schmitt and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) celebrated the opening of the Peter Gilgan Centre on September 17th. The large urban tower is devoted to

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High Line Park Designer James Corner Unveils New Tongva Park in Santa Monica

High Line Park Designer James Corner Unveils New Tongva Park in Santa Monica

Tongva Park's site was previously an unused dirt lot that broke the connection between City Hall and the Santa Monica Pier. The new park is a beautiful, nature-filled space the bridges this gap and serves

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Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Taking advantage of the existing barn on the camp's site, Lord, Aeck & Sargent, in cooperation with local architect Byce & Associates, rehabilitated the structure into Kalamazoo Nature Center

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Klopf Architecture’s Zero Energy House Scores Big with Build it Green in California

Klopf Architecture’s Zero Energy House Scores Big with Build it Green in California

The owners, who work from home, wanted a space that would be large enough to suit their lifestyle needs without exceeding the height of neighboring houses. The architects decided to design it as a

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