Sustainable Building

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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Rammed Earth Tucson Mountain Retreat is Intimately Connected with the Sonoran Desert

Rammed Earth Tucson Mountain Retreat is Intimately Connected with the Sonoran Desert

Located outside of Tucson is this mountain and desert retreat designed to enjoy the surrounding landscape while minimizing its impact on it. Local architects DUST sited the home carefully within adjacent

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Cameron Scott Renovates a World War II Airbase into a Sustainable Single Family Farmhouse in England

Cameron Scott Renovates a World War II Airbase into a Sustainable Single Family Farmhouse in England

The owners of this property commissioned Scott to transform the existing airfield after seeing him at a timber construction conference. The farmland surrounding these Nissen huts had been without a

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A++ Architecture Unveils Plans for Shipping Container Homes in Bodrum, Turkey

A++ Architecture Unveils Plans for Shipping Container Homes in Bodrum, Turkey

A++ Architecture recently unveiled plans to construct a cluster of net zero energy buildings in Bodrum, Turkey. The new development will feature a number of highly efficient, low cost homes made from

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Peter Ruge Archtiekten Unveils Plans for Green Health City in China

Peter Ruge Archtiekten Unveils Plans for Green Health City in China

The Green Health City, designed by Berlin-based Peter Ruge Archtiekten, is a master plan spread across five island districts located in China’s Hainan Province. The city, with a design system based on

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Ginko Eco-Neighborhood in Bordeaux Has a Large In-Ground Garden at Its Heart

Ginko Eco-Neighborhood in Bordeaux Has a Large In-Ground Garden at Its Heart

Three of the apartment buildings are located along the tram line and are connected on the ground floor. The variety of paneling spread across the first floor terraces, together with the patterns created

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Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

The original home on the 0.35 acre lot overlooking Lake Champlain was dilapidated and not very efficient. To build the home of their dreams the owners worked with Ernie Ruskey, AIA, of Tektonika Studio

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Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

When DPR went hunting for a building for their regional offices in Phoenix, they were surprised to find a good option in a space that used to house a porn mega store. "When we first went to look at it, we

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World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

The Carbon Buster is the world's first building block to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its manufacturing (14kg per ton). The high-performing masonry product, developed by British

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Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Located on one of the most popular routes used by climbers hoping to scale Mont Blanc, the Refuge du Goûter took five years to plan and three more to build. Dubbed a 'high-altitude hotel,' the project

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Facit Homes’ D-Process Creates Buildings that Snap Together Like LEGO Bricks

Facit Homes’ D-Process Creates Buildings that Snap Together Like LEGO Bricks

Using D-Process, Facit Homes designs each building on a computer in extremely detailed pieces which are then cut on a CNC router. The building components are shaped into LEGO-like cassettes and are

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New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

Photo via Shutterstock Windows have one basic limitation: They let light in, but if you want to keep light out you have to use blinds or a curtain. Researchers at Japan's National Institute of

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NASA and LEGO Launch Design Competition to Create Futuristic Spacecraft

NASA and LEGO Launch Design Competition to Create Futuristic Spacecraft

There are no two greater names in the worlds of adventure and imagination than NASA and LEGO. Now the famous toy-maker and space agency have teamed up to launch a design competition to help inspire the

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Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

Patrice Bideau’s Bioclimatic House in France Balances Beautiful Views With Energy Efficiency

The owners began their journey by purchasing a house in 2010 that was built in the 1970s. After an analysis of the home, the owners found that a retrofit would not bring the building up to 2005 French

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BIG Unveils Plans for Denmark’s New LEGO House Museum

BIG Unveils Plans for Denmark’s New LEGO House Museum

The LEGO Group selected BIG and Ralph Appelbaum Associates to design their interactive museum back in February of 2013 because of their understanding of LEGO and architecture. In fact it's not the first

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Green-Roofed Yuppie Ranch House Flows Into the Landscape in Italy

Green-Roofed Yuppie Ranch House Flows Into the Landscape in Italy

The site was originally just empty farmland with a fence built from railroad ties to mark the property boundary. The ties were resurrected and reused in the construction of the home. Seen buried into the

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Abandoned Warehouse to Be Transformed into Lush Zero-Energy Office Space in Amsterdam

Abandoned Warehouse to Be Transformed into Lush Zero-Energy Office Space in Amsterdam

Worldwide sustainability cooperative Except has renovated an abandoned shipyard in Amsterdam, transforming it into an energy-neutral office space filled with lush vegetation. The jungle-like space

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Green Cabinet Designs Shipping Container ‘Space Cabins’ for Tamale University in Ghana

Green Cabinet Designs Shipping Container ‘Space Cabins’ for Tamale University in Ghana

Green Cabinet designed these modular cargotecture Space Cabins to meet the housing needs of students at the university of Tamale in northern Ghana. The comfortable cabins are designed to be made from

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Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

The Denver Architecture League Micro Housing Ideas Competition received around a hundred entries from across the country and the globe for an affordable and micro housing project. The competition was

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Shanghai World Expo Site to Be Redeveloped into a Lush Business District

Shanghai World Expo Site to Be Redeveloped into a Lush Business District

The Shanghai World Expo site is located on the south banks of the Huangpu River, and during its heyday in the summer of 2010, 73 million people had visited. The theme, "Better City – Better Life," had

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Sustainable Montrottier Primary School Revives a Medieval Town in France

Sustainable Montrottier Primary School Revives a Medieval Town in France

The decision to place the new primary school in the heart of the town was made by the whole community. A plot of land was available with a close proximity to the cultural center, town library and cinema,

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GLUCK+’s Tower House is an Ultra-Modern ‘Treehouse’ for a Family of Architects

GLUCK+’s Tower House is an Ultra-Modern ‘Treehouse’ for a Family of Architects

The four-story Tower House was designed as a single-family home in a skyscraper’s body. The vertical tower rises from a narrow 14 foot footprint, and a horizontal, cantilevered volume bisects the fourth

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Golden Gate Bridge Visitors Greeted by Energy-Efficient Prefab Welcome Center

Golden Gate Bridge Visitors Greeted by Energy-Efficient Prefab Welcome Center

The Golden Gate Bridge celebrated it's 75th year anniversary in 2012 and as part of the celebrations, the Golden Gate District and National Parks Conservancy rallied together to improve the facilities

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Craig Steely’s Lavaflow 7 Frames the Ohia Forest on Hawaii’s Big Island

Craig Steely’s Lavaflow 7 Frames the Ohia Forest on Hawaii’s Big Island

Lavaflow 7 is sited on 5 acres of dense Ohia forest, which is filled with the type of vegetation that takes over after a lava flow. Built upon the rocky remains of a 1955 lava flow on the slopes of

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Eagle Ridge Residence is a Low-Impact Home on Orcas Island

Eagle Ridge Residence is a Low-Impact Home on Orcas Island

The L-Shaped Eagle Ridge Residence features a combined living-kitchen dining area at the corner with a study and master suite in one wing. The other wing consists of a storage area and a studio, which

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Jungers Culinary Institute is a State-Of-The-Art Cooking School in Oregon

Jungers Culinary Institute is a State-Of-The-Art Cooking School in Oregon

The Jungers Culinary Center for the Cascade Culinary Institute was opened for the Fall 2011 semester. Located on the southwest side of the Bend, Oregon COCC campus, the culinary school is aiming to be one

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New Biodiversity Treehouse Planned for the Eden Project’s Largest Indoor Rainforest

New Biodiversity Treehouse Planned for the Eden Project’s Largest Indoor Rainforest

The Rainforest Canopy Walkway is planned as a timber and steel-framed decked walkway that will serve as a treetop route around the biome. The Biodiversity Nest will lie right in the middle of the

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Hobbitat Prefab Micro-Houses Are Built From Reclaimed and Recycled Materials

Hobbitat Prefab Micro-Houses Are Built From Reclaimed and Recycled Materials

The company’s founder Bill Thomas built the first Hobbitat house in 2011 using materials from his grandfather’s barn, windows from his childhood cabin and other reclaimed doors and materials. The

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