Sustainable Building

Seaweed-Clad House in Denmark Combines Natural Materials With 21st Century Building Techniques

Seaweed-Clad House in Denmark Combines Natural Materials With 21st Century Building Techniques

In addition to being non-toxic and fireproof, seaweed has been proven to have insulating properties as good as those of commonly used mineral insulation. It has fantastic acoustic properties, reproduces

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Embryo Treehouse by Antony Gibbon Takes Biomimicry to New Heights

Embryo Treehouse by Antony Gibbon Takes Biomimicry to New Heights

“The Embryo derives its name from the early stages of development in nature and how we need to re address the way we live in today's society that is more ecological and simpler way of living than

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Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

A reciprocal frame is a self-supporting system of beams or poles that require not center pole or support beam. In a reciprocal system, each pole relies on the pole beneath it for support and can be built

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Sitbon Architects’ Dead Sea ‘Cristal’ Pavilion is Actually Made of Salt!

Sitbon Architects’ Dead Sea ‘Cristal’ Pavilion is Actually Made of Salt!

The Dead Sea is located well below sea level - and it's actually sinking and drying up - but still thousands of people flock to the sea to float in its waters and improve their health. To draw attention

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ShelterKraft Werks Builds Homes & Shops from Reclaimed Shipping Containers

ShelterKraft Werks Builds Homes & Shops from Reclaimed Shipping Containers

ShelterKraft Werks in Seattle has the pick of the litter with unused shipping containers that come into port. The containers, which are made of sturdy Corteen steel, are costly to melt down and recycle,

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Chaise Urbaine: MVRDV Unveils Plans to Turn Industrial Buildings into a Plant-Covered Urban Oasis

Chaise Urbaine: MVRDV Unveils Plans to Turn Industrial Buildings into a Plant-Covered Urban Oasis

The waterfront along the river in Strasbourg is undergoing a transformation as the area is updated with fresh new residences and offices. With its close connection to the water and transportation, the

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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Sand Dune-Shaped ARPT Headquarters Captures Cooling Breezes for Natural Ventilation

Sand Dune-Shaped ARPT Headquarters Captures Cooling Breezes for Natural Ventilation

Mario Cucinella Architects' new ARPT Headquarters is a landmark building that combines tradition and modernity. The design was inspired by the desert, and it has been carefully oriented and positioned

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London Original Loft: CSR Architects Unveil Plans to Turn London Railway Arcades Into Housing

London Original Loft: CSR Architects Unveil Plans to Turn London Railway Arcades Into Housing

London Original Loft is a concept design for the reuse of railway arcades scattered around London as living spaces. The idea is to close the arcades with a special facade that features skylights rather

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Mixed-Use Santa Roza Tower Provides Lush Natural Daylighting in Cyprus

Mixed-Use Santa Roza Tower Provides Lush Natural Daylighting in Cyprus

The global design group Atkins unveiled plans for a 29-story tower in Nicosia, Cyprus. Named the Santa Roza Tower, the building is slated for construction in the city's new commercial district, which is

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Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Located in Prairie Village, a suburb of Kansas City, KS, the Cowden House is built on a lot formerly occupied by another house. The old house was deconstructed with all the waste recycled. Even the

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Dreamhouse: 1950′s Rotterdam Building Revived With a Lush Living Roof

Dreamhouse: 1950′s Rotterdam Building Revived With a Lush Living Roof

Claus en Kaan Architecten's volumetric 1052 square meter Dreamhouse consists of three stories. The second floor projects over the first to create a dramatic covered storefront at street level. The

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San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

Located in the heart of SoMa on Harriet Street is the SmartSpace micro housing project. Inside are 23 units each at 295 sq ft that include a full kitchen, a queen bed, dining room table, full bathroom and

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Green-Roofed Paul Chevallier School Gives Kids a Connection to Nature in France

Green-Roofed Paul Chevallier School Gives Kids a Connection to Nature in France

The Paul Chevallier School complex in Rillieuz-la-Pape is located on an entire block near the city center. The elementary school is built in a v-shape with a protected courtyard in the middle, while the

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The World’s Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich

The World’s Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich

In order to raise the bar on the building's energy efficiency, the science and research team sought to maximize the building’s passive energy use, driving down energy consumption and introducing

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BC-AS Architects Complete Rammed Earth Hunting Cabin in Belgium

BC-AS Architects Complete Rammed Earth Hunting Cabin in Belgium

Last year, BC Architects organized Belgium's first rammed earth workshop to build a small but comfortable hunting cabin from about 30 square meters of rammed earth. The foundation and roof work was

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating

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Philippe Starck & Riko Unveil Prefab P.A.T.H Eco Homes in Europe

Philippe Starck & Riko Unveil Prefab P.A.T.H Eco Homes in Europe

Philippe Starck began working with Riko in 2012 to design a line of prefab homes, and the collaborative team just unveiled their plans to the public. Starting in July of 2013, consumers can configure a

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Eternal Reefs Can Turn Your Remains Into a Habitat for Marine Life

Eternal Reefs Can Turn Your Remains Into a Habitat for Marine Life

Everyone knows that cremation is bad for the environment, and there are always more sustainable options for your funeral—such as liquidation or being frozen in liquid nitrogen. However, Eternal Reefs

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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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