Sustainable Building

Tobias Tøstesen Transforms 8,000 LEGO Windows into a Dazzling Chandelier!

Tobias Tøstesen Transforms 8,000 LEGO Windows into a Dazzling Chandelier!

LEGO lovers and design fans alike can agree that Tøstesen’s lamp goes beyond the traditional use of the toy blocks. Tøstesen used the children’s toys to create a practical (and even opulent-looking)

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BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

Bjarke Ingels Group competed in an international design competition against the likes of Valode & Pistre, Snøhetta and Manual Gautrand to win the award for Europa City. The project began with the

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KAUST’s Breakwater Beacon is a Naturally-Cooled Lighthouse in Saudi Arabia

KAUST’s Breakwater Beacon is a Naturally-Cooled Lighthouse in Saudi Arabia

KAUST commissioned Australia-based Urban Art Projects to design a contemporary lighthouse for the HOK-designed university, which was inaugurated back in 2009. Led by Daniel Tobin, Matthew Tobin and Jamie

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Studio G Architects Unveils Modular Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA

Studio G Architects Unveils Modular Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA

Studio G Architects recently completed the design and construction of the Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA. By stretching the technology and capabilities of permanent modular construction, the

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Google Selects AECOM’s Davis Langton to Help Deliver New London Headquarters

Google Selects AECOM’s Davis Langton to Help Deliver New London Headquarters

Davis Langdon, an AECOM company, will work on Google’s new headquarters in King’s Cross as cost consultant and the company’s agent. Davis Langton will also be supporting the HQ’s development

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Green-Roofed Stone Hunting Lodge Rises from the Earth in the Czech Republic

Green-Roofed Stone Hunting Lodge Rises from the Earth in the Czech Republic

Basarch's private hunting lodge is located on a game preserve near Lednice in the south of the Czech Republic. One side of the linear home is bermed to protect it from the sound of a nearby highway. A

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LEED Silver-Seeking Snowy Owl Theater to Open This Month in Leavenworth, Washington

LEED Silver-Seeking Snowy Owl Theater to Open This Month in Leavenworth, Washington

The ICCA created the new Snowy Owl Theater due to its limited audience space and crowded event schedule at their current venues at their headquarters and the Sleeping Lady Resort. Multi-talented Pacific

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MAD Completes Stunning China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin

MAD Completes Stunning China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin

Located across from a park and backed by a dense neighborhood and buildings, the China Wood Sculpture Museum is a long, low volume. As with many of MAD's projects, the form is organic and flows like a

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A-Lab Completes Stacked Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters in Norway

A-Lab Completes Stacked Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters in Norway

Back in 2009, A-Lab won a competition against 40 other entries to design Statoil's new offices. Located in a park-like setting in Fornebu, Bærum, Norway, the office is composed of five rectangular

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Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

While the Smart Home is aiming for LEED Gold certification, it is arguably not what one might typically expect from a green home, (and HGTV makes this distinction—see more info on this here). The 2,400

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Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Sited close to the Bay Bridge with views out over the water, Wharton's new San Francisco campus is also conveniently located near public transit. The school offers up graduate level classes and an

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Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Newly Opened Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes Aims for Trifecta of Green Certifications

Designed by Pittsburgh-based The Design Alliance Architects (TDA Architects), this new 24,350 square foot building is the Center for Sustainable Landscapes and will provide educational space to expand and

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Gateway Villetaneuse Footbridge Unfurls Like a Leaf Over Train Tracks Outside of Paris

Gateway Villetaneuse Footbridge Unfurls Like a Leaf Over Train Tracks Outside of Paris

The transportation network around Villetaneuse was recently upgraded, and though it was necessary, the project unfortunately created a division in the town's pedestrian network. DVVD designed a footbridge

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Candy-Colored Urban Development and Environment Office Opens in Hamburg

Candy-Colored Urban Development and Environment Office Opens in Hamburg

The new state ministry building is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in Germany. It requires just 70 kWh/m2, compared to a typical building from the 1970s that would have required

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GSK’s US Headquarters Awarded Double LEED Platinum in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard

GSK’s US Headquarters Awarded Double LEED Platinum in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard

Image ©Francis Dzikowski / Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP GSK's US Headquarters is the newest addition to Philadelphia's Navy Yard project to the south of downtown along the river. The

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Apple’s Extravagant New Spaceship Campus Could Cost $2 Billion More Than Expected

Apple’s Extravagant New Spaceship Campus Could Cost $2 Billion More Than Expected

Just a few months before his death in 2011, Steve Jobs announced plans to build a new corporate campus for Apple in Cupertino City, California. Since then the initial $3 billion price tag for the

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Weiss/Manfredi Unveils Plans for Kent State’s New Green-Roofed Design Loft

Weiss/Manfredi Unveils Plans for Kent State’s New Green-Roofed Design Loft

Weiss/Manfredi was one of four firms competing an an international design competition to build the coveted architecture school building. Beating out Bialosky & Partners of Cleveland with Architecture

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Marinetek Unveils Finland’s First Floating Village!

Marinetek Unveils Finland’s First Floating Village!

The architectural style of the village was inspired by traditional northern boat sheds, which are made of wood and feature black pitched roofs. Currently two floating homes are finished, and once

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Andrew Maynard Unveils Gorgeous ‘HOUSE House’ Renovation in Melbourne

Andrew Maynard Unveils Gorgeous ‘HOUSE House’ Renovation in Melbourne

Andrew Maynard's HOUSE House is owned by a single extended family and it consists of two homes set right next to each other. Originally, an extension jutted out into the back yards and all but eliminated

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Nova Scotia Power’s New Headquarters is the First LEED-Certified Building in Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia Power’s New Headquarters is the First LEED-Certified Building in Atlantic Canada

The building sits on a 5-acre site to the south of Halifax, Canada, and it connects the city to the waterfront. Its entrance is dominated by exposed steel framework reminiscent of the industrial look of

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La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

For more than two decades the brownfield lot sat empty and was known for a high crime rate. The light rail line stops directly in front of the site and the new affordable housing development changes the

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Pelli Clarke Pelli Breaks Ground on the Transbay Transit Tower in San Francisco

Pelli Clarke Pelli Breaks Ground on the Transbay Transit Tower in San Francisco

The new 60-story tower, located at 101 First Street, will be the flagship project next to the new transit station and park. Both of the projects were designed by Pelli Clark Pelli, which creates a

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Green-Roofed Villa L Floats Upon a Daylit Glass Volume in the Netherlands

Green-Roofed Villa L Floats Upon a Daylit Glass Volume in the Netherlands

The upper level of Villa L was conceived as a “village of cabins” - a cluster of detached volumes that follow a different outline compared to the ground floor. In order to achieve this, architects

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Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture has designed a new pedestrian bridge, set to be a landmark for the city of Lima. The bridge will span a busy roadway and connect the two thriving districts of Miraflores

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Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech's Robinson Laboratory was originally built in 1932 and features a Spanish mission-style design similar to many of the buildings on the campus. Keeping true to the original nature of the building,

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San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

We're still about 4 years away from the completion of the Transbay Transit Center, a 1.5 million-square-foot facility that will serve as the terminus for this high speed rail line in California. Stretched

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Building Trust International Announces Winners of Competition for Sustainable Low-Income Housing in Cambodia

Building Trust International Announces Winners of Competition for Sustainable Low-Income Housing in Cambodia

Building Trust International’s competition called for entrants to design homes that could withstand flooding and offer a safe and secure home for low income families – all for the price of $2,000.

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Construction Set to Begin on North America’s Tallest Wooden Structure

Construction Set to Begin on North America’s Tallest Wooden Structure

Michael Green Architects just announced plans to break ground on the tallest building made of wood in North America. The Wood Innovation and Design Center in Prince George, British Columbia is a

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La Trobe University’s Eye-Popping New Research Facility Aims for Australia’s 5-Star Green Rating

La Trobe University’s Eye-Popping New Research Facility Aims for Australia’s 5-Star Green Rating

The six-story rectangular building is enveloped with an undulating honeycomb-like façade that is dominated by colorful oversized window frames. Three of these are outfitted with wood and protrude from

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Net Zero Williams-York Residence Achieves LEED Platinum in Kansas

Net Zero Williams-York Residence Achieves LEED Platinum in Kansas

The original home was determined to have a compromised foundation, so it was decided a renovation would not achieve the desired results. To minimize the impact of of tearing down the home, the homeowners

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