Sustainable Building

LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

The Tom Bradley Terminal is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles and is a major improvement to airline travel for the busy hub. Fentress Architects, who designed Sacramento's new

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Songjiang Hotel: Construction Begins On Chinese Eco-Resort Nestled into 100-Meter-Deep Quarry

Songjiang Hotel: Construction Begins On Chinese Eco-Resort Nestled into 100-Meter-Deep Quarry

Construction just began on a sustainable hotel resort built into a 100-meter high quarry in the Songjiang district just outside Shanghai. Looking like a villain's lair from a James Bond movie, the

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Zaid Bin Talib Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Rainwater-Harvesting Embassy of Iraq in Oslo

Zaid Bin Talib Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Rainwater-Harvesting Embassy of Iraq in Oslo

The intersecting swirls of Zaid Bin Talib's Embassy of Iraq in Oslo create an interesting play of animated forms. The skin provides gradual and discrete connections between different parts of the

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Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

The goal of the project was to re-purpose the existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot. Rather than just tearing the shed down and getting rid of it, Raffaello Rosselli recycled the original

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Green-Roofed New Forest House Treads Lightly on the Forest in Southern England

Green-Roofed New Forest House Treads Lightly on the Forest in Southern England

Situated in the New Forest National Park, the private property previously featured an older two-bedroom cottage. The owners wanted to replace the old cottage with a new house, and they worked with local

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Perkins+Will Completes UW School of Medicine with an Undulating Glass Facade

Perkins+Will Completes UW School of Medicine with an Undulating Glass Facade

The latest phase completed at the UW School of Medicine adds a 183,000 sq ft research facility with laboratories and offices that will house more than 400 employees. The new building is designed to be

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MODS International Donates a Shipping Container Home to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

MODS International Donates a Shipping Container Home to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

MODS International is a builder of shipping container homes and shelters geared towards temporary situations. Disaster relief is exactly what the founder had in mind when starting the company. Doug

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GLUCK+’s Green-Roofed Pavilion Pool House Melts Into the Landscape of Lake George, NY

GLUCK+’s Green-Roofed Pavilion Pool House Melts Into the Landscape of Lake George, NY

GLUCK+ topped the roof of the Pool Pavilion with sod to create an upper terrace and a large playing field. The lake, pool, gym and internal courtyard are linked to the fields by sod ramps and stairs. Clad

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Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

The heavily vegetated corner site is cut in half by a year-round freshwater stream that flows through a lush rocky basin. DIALOG's Vancouver office designed the new home to take advantage of the previous

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Wall House: Stacked Double Home in Singapore is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

Wall House: Stacked Double Home in Singapore is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

At the heart of the home is a large courtyard surrounded by stone that provides a connection between both house blocks. The smaller of the homes is a two bedroom home with a modest living space and

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Synth[e]tech[e]cology Pollution-Harvesting Skyscraper Extracts Carbon From Petrol Fumes To Make Biofuel

Synth[e]tech[e]cology Pollution-Harvesting Skyscraper Extracts Carbon From Petrol Fumes To Make Biofuel

Synth[e]tech[e]cology was Lee’s diploma project at Royal College of Art in London, for which he won the Student Prize for Architecture at the Academy’s Summer Exhibition. He conceived the project as

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Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti is still struggling to rebuild its infrastructure three years after being struck by a devastating earthquake. The nation is also challenged by deforestation and a workforce that lacks skill and

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Citylab Design Studio Unveils Bamboo Lenggong Valley Visitor Center for Malysia

Citylab Design Studio Unveils Bamboo Lenggong Valley Visitor Center for Malysia

Citylab Design Studio just unveiled their winning proposal for an archaeological visitor centre in Lenggong Valley, Malaysia - the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the skeleton of the 10,000-year-old

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Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

WMU chose to construct a new building rather than renovate in order to create the new space needed for more classrooms. In addition, they also determined that a new building would be far more energy

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I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

Tucked up into the mountain above the main part of the resort, the 9 Spa is a secluded and peaceful retreat. To construct the retreat, a21studio and I-Resort hired 80 village masons, carpenters and craft

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Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Originally built in 1974, the Jorgenson Laboratory was a concrete structure outfitted with 'solar shades' and a upper terrace that was hardly used and created a dark interior. Underutilized, Caltech

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New Master Plan for Wimbledon Incorporates Green Walls & Traditional English Landscaping

New Master Plan for Wimbledon Incorporates Green Walls & Traditional English Landscaping

The new 2020 Master Plan for Wimbledon provides a pathway for improvements and enhancements to the famous tennis grounds. Led by Grimshaw and aided by Rolfe Judd Planning, Atelier Ten, Vectos and Movement

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Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

The representatives of Pornic County wanted the Salorge government building to carry on the tradition of architecture in the Retz region (such as gabled, tiled roofs). The county government building is

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Blu Homes Unveils Southern California Breezehouse Prefab at Dwell on Design 2013

Blu Homes Unveils Southern California Breezehouse Prefab at Dwell on Design 2013

The new Southern California Breezehouse is a four-bed, four-bath prefab home that features a separate 24 ft pod for additional living space, a guest room or an office. The 2,900 sq ft home features an

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Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

BOLLES+WILSON took first place in a 2009 competition to come up with a creative and engaging transformation of the St. Sebastian Church into kindergarten. Their plan to transform the 1962 church was based

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Beautiful Bishop Edward King Chapel Contains a Forest of Wood Arches Within

Beautiful Bishop Edward King Chapel Contains a Forest of Wood Arches Within

Niall McLaughlin Architects used sand-colored stone to create the criss-crossing pattern on the façade of the Bishop Edward King Chapel. The façade emulates the hue of the trees surrounding the property

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Spanish Train Station Transformed Into Gorgeous Daylit Office for Casa Mediterraneo

Spanish Train Station Transformed Into Gorgeous Daylit Office for Casa Mediterraneo

Manuel Ocana del Valle was given an interesting brief that pushed the design of Casa Mediterraneo’s headquarters beyond a typical tenant improvement for an existing building. The brief emphasized the

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Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

The building is carefully oriented to take advantage of natural lighting, heating and cooling while keeping its impact on its site to a minimum. The redwood bark facade was sourced from a neighboring

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Vertical Forest Building in Vancouver Features an Innovative Energy-Efficient Facade

Vertical Forest Building in Vancouver Features an Innovative Energy-Efficient Facade

The building sits in one of Vancouver’s most desirable districts and aims to connect the old and new Mount Pleasant. It is slightly rotated to create an interesting relationship with the ground, as well

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Dubai’s Sustainable City Will be Powered by 600,000 Square Feet of Solar Cells

Dubai’s Sustainable City Will be Powered by 600,000 Square Feet of Solar Cells

The construction of Dubai Sustainable City is planned over 4 phases. According to Diamond Developers, the first batch of 100 villas and townhouses at the Dubai Sustainable City will be delivered by the

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D-House Urban Sandwich: Aging Polish Home Renovated with a Sky Garden Oasis

D-House Urban Sandwich: Aging Polish Home Renovated with a Sky Garden Oasis

For blocks surrounding the single family home, two storey tenements rise, all built in the early 1900s. The D House-Urban Sandwich is a local landmark, serving as a modern model for the historic

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David Adjaye Unveils Striking Carbon Negative Building For Silk Weavers in Varanasi, India

David Adjaye Unveils Striking Carbon Negative Building For Silk Weavers in Varanasi, India

Architect David Adjaye recently unveiled plans for a new solar-powered building for silk weavers in Varanasi, India. Clothing brand Maiyet partnered with non-profit organization Nest to commission the

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PHOTOS: Sister Cities Park & Green-Roofed Cafe is a Perfect Lunch Spot in Philly

PHOTOS: Sister Cities Park & Green-Roofed Cafe is a Perfect Lunch Spot in Philly

Located on the east side of Logan Square in downtown Philadelphia, Sister Cities Park is just a stone's throw from the Academy of Natural Sciences and across the street from the Basilica Cathedral of

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Sustainable & Flexible Housing in Nantes Caters to Families of All Sizes

Sustainable & Flexible Housing in Nantes Caters to Families of All Sizes

Located in the neighborhood of the Bottière Chênaie in Nantes, France, this sustainable housing project features 2 apartment blocks with 36 flats and 7 blocks of multi-family dwellings with 26 flats.

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Matt Fajkus Architecture’s Bat House Visitor Center Provides Vital Nesting Grounds for Bats

Matt Fajkus Architecture’s Bat House Visitor Center Provides Vital Nesting Grounds for Bats

The Bat House Visitor Center by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a fully-integrated, sustainable building that provides much-needed nesting space for bats. To offset the rigid prefabricated wood frames of the

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