Sustainable Building

Nature Centre Hindsgavl is an Energy-Efficient Earth-Bermed Building in Denmark

Nature Centre Hindsgavl is an Energy-Efficient Earth-Bermed Building in Denmark

Nature Centre Hindsgavl is a sustainable activity and outdoor center in Middlefart, Denmark. The center captures views of the surrounding nature reserve, compliments its beauty and also provides

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Northeastern University’s Seattle Campus on Track for LEED Platinum Rating

Northeastern University’s Seattle Campus on Track for LEED Platinum Rating

Located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, Northeastern University's satellite campus was designed to draw people in. Large floor-to-ceiling windows provide a connection with the interiors and the

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HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

Located in Queensbridge Square in Southbank, the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar has transformed the public square into a temporary coffee plantation. Inspired by Guatemalan farms, the Young Designers

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Walgreens Announces Plans to Build the First Zero Energy Retail Store in the US

Walgreens Announces Plans to Build the First Zero Energy Retail Store in the US

Walgreens just announced plans to build what the company believes will be the nation’s first net zero energy retail store - complete with solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal technology,

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London’s Hip New Cafe Used to be a Victorian-Era Public Toilet

London’s Hip New Cafe Used to be a Victorian-Era Public Toilet

If the thought of sipping an espresso amongst urinals doesn’t gross you out, then we’ve got a café for you: Attendant, the newest arrival on London’s booming coffee bar scene. When

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Grain Silo in Iowa Converted into Soaring Ice Climbing Wall

Grain Silo in Iowa Converted into Soaring Ice Climbing Wall

There aren't too many places to go ice climbing in the corn fields of Iowa, so avid climbers in the area have to get a little bit creative. Local climber Don Briggs took a staple of the landscape -- a

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Tiny House Perched Atop a Rock in the Middle of a River Withstands 45 Years of Floods

Tiny House Perched Atop a Rock in the Middle of a River Withstands 45 Years of Floods

The house was built back in 1968 by a group of boys who wanted a spot to sunbathe while at the river. Rather than settling on the comfort of raw bedrock, they took to constructing a building from wood

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12-Year-Old Sicily Kolbeck is Building Her Very Own Solar-Powered Tiny House

12-Year-Old Sicily Kolbeck is Building Her Very Own Solar-Powered Tiny House

When most grade school students embark on a construction project, it’s not usually on quite the scale of a fully-functional residence—but that’s exactly what 12-year-old Sicily Kolbeck has

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Meet Bunkie: A Tiny New Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

Meet Bunkie: A Tiny New Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

Have you ever dreamed of having your own little house in the countryside, just big enough for you and friend or two to hang out and take in the outdoors? 608 Design and BLDG Workshop have just the thing:

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Verti-Cult: Miniwiz Unveils Glowing Green Wall Made From Recycled Bottles

Verti-Cult: Miniwiz Unveils Glowing Green Wall Made From Recycled Bottles

Taipei-based Miniwiz just unveiled a brand new system that transforms old bottles into gorgeous glowing green walls! Dubbed Verti-Cult, the system is made from 100% recycled Polyethylene milk and juice

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Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Renovation in Portland Combines Green Design with Historic Preservation

Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Renovation in Portland Combines Green Design with Historic Preservation

The 70,000-square-foot former warehouse was renovated to include retail, office and an event space.  At a cost of $12.4 million, this sustainable renovation ended up costing only $140 per square foot.

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San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

Vacant since 2004, these heavily vandalized buildings had become a local “ghost town” full of transients and ripe with crime. The property was auctioned to new owners recently and developers AREA Real

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The Passive House Northwest Conference Kicks Off in Seattle March 15th – Register Now!

The Passive House Northwest Conference Kicks Off in Seattle March 15th – Register Now!

With growing concern for indoor home health, rising energy costs and climate change, both builders and homeowners are turning to the Passive House building system as a viable, sustainable alternative

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LEGO Soon to Get the “Best Museum EVER” by BIG and RAA

LEGO Soon to Get the “Best Museum EVER” by BIG and RAA

LEGO building blocks may arguably be the best toy ever – and they’ll soon be getting the “best museum ever”! Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the Danish starchitecture firm, and Ralph

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Kirei’s New Pacific Coastal Collection is Made From Salvaged Mountain Beetle Pine Wood

Kirei’s New Pacific Coastal Collection is Made From Salvaged Mountain Beetle Pine Wood

Kirei’s new recycled millwork panel collection boldly illustrates the phrase “one man’s trash is another’s treasure”. The Pacific Coastal Collection of redwood and blue pine millwork panels are

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Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Isolée Retreat Opens Like a Cupboard

Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Isolée Retreat Opens Like a Cupboard

Isolée is a three-story structure designed on a concrete pier foundation in order to limit its impact on the site. This creates a sense that the building is standing on feet, like an old stand-alone

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World’s First Algae-Powered Building by Splitterwerk Architects Opens This Month in Germany

World’s First Algae-Powered Building by Splitterwerk Architects Opens This Month in Germany

We’ve all heard about buildings powered by solar or wind energy, but an algae-powered building? Splitterwerk Architects have designed just such a structure, dubbed BIQ, which will be the very first of

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Work Begins on BIG’s Waste to Energy Ski Slope Project in Copenhagen

Work Begins on BIG’s Waste to Energy Ski Slope Project in Copenhagen

The project was initially denied because the waste company wanted to increase the capacity of the plant -- meaning burning more waste and releasing more CO2. At the same time, Europe has a growing waste

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New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

Demolishing tall buildings is typically a loud and messy process that produces a lot of dust and not a lot of building materials that can be salvaged. But Japan's Taisei Corporation is pioneering a new

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Autodesk’s New Milan Offices Achieve LEED Gold With Lots of Italian Flair

Autodesk’s New Milan Offices Achieve LEED Gold With Lots of Italian Flair

Revamping an existing condominium complex, Goring & Straja crafted a new 850 sq m (9,150 sq ft) office space for Autodesk in Milan. Their first goal was to make the new space as sustainable as

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Vincent Callebaut Unveils Stacked Pebble-Inspired Eco-Farmscrapers for Shenzhen

Vincent Callebaut Unveils Stacked Pebble-Inspired Eco-Farmscrapers for Shenzhen

People are flocking to the cities around the world, especially in China with 75% of the Chinese population projected to be living in urban environments by 2030. To alleviate the pressures put on the

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Henning Larsen Wins Competition to Build Green Particle Accelerator in Sweden

Henning Larsen Wins Competition to Build Green Particle Accelerator in Sweden

The European Spallation Source will provide 100,000 square meters of laboratories, offices, meeting spaces, and a lecture hall along with a 600 meter long proton accelerator and a 180 metres long neutron

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Richard Neutra’s Mid-Century Hailey Residence is an Exercise in Compact Space Design

Richard Neutra’s Mid-Century Hailey Residence is an Exercise in Compact Space Design

Richard Neutra was originally from Austria, but he practiced for much of his life in Southern California and even worked for Frank Lloyd Wright for a short time. He was known for his modernist works and

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Hayden Place is a Sustainable Office for the Cuningham Group in Culver City

Hayden Place is a Sustainable Office for the Cuningham Group in Culver City

The Cuningham Group and REThink Development partnered on this project to create ultra green office space in Culver City. They bought a warehouse that was once part of the MGM studio back lot and worked in

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Adobe’s New LEED Gold-Designed Campus Connects with the Outdoors in Utah

Adobe’s New LEED Gold-Designed Campus Connects with the Outdoors in Utah

Located about half an hour south of Salt Lake City in Lehi, UT is Adobe's new campus. Situated right next to I-15 and public transit, the center is centrally located between major population centers and a

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Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

The client asked Charles Wright Architects to design an off-grid home on the edge of the FNQ beachfront rainforest. The goal of the home was to make the most of its natural surroundings and ensure the

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BIG & Small House Maximizes Space with Volume and Daylighting in Los Angeles

BIG & Small House Maximizes Space with Volume and Daylighting in Los Angeles

The BIG & Small House is set on a 2,500 sq ft lot, and the home has a building footprint of 900 sq ft with a total of 1,200 sq ft inside. This includes a one-car garage, an open floor plan

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NBBJ Unveils Samsung’s New Garden-Filled San Jose Campus That Could Rival Them All

NBBJ Unveils Samsung’s New Garden-Filled San Jose Campus That Could Rival Them All

Samsung's new campus will expand the company's existing US reach and set it on a more level playing field with the other tech companies with headquarters in Silicon Valley. The San Jose campus will

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Modularflex Disaster Shelters Pop Up Where They Are Needed Most

Modularflex Disaster Shelters Pop Up Where They Are Needed Most

Anyone who has ever struggled to pitch a tent can attest to how difficult it can be to assemble a temporary shelter. Add the stress of a natural calamity, and every second saved by quick and simple

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Starbucks Opens Drive-Thru Made from Recycled Shipping Containers in Northglenn, CO

Starbucks Opens Drive-Thru Made from Recycled Shipping Containers in Northglenn, CO

The new Northglenn location is part of a pilot program launched by Starbucks to open a series of environmentally-friendly coffee shops around the world that push the design envelope. The green coffee

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