Sustainable Building

Stocker Dewes Architekten Converts a Horse Stable into a Beautiful Green-Roofed Home

Stocker Dewes Architekten Converts a Horse Stable into a Beautiful Green-Roofed Home

Located at the end of a valley, the secluded Black Forest stable conversion was designed with a muted and minimalist aesthetic to look like a continuation of the surrounding forest. The building's dark

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George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

The lower level of the house remains bunker-like, emerging from the site like a pedestal for the main upper level that is reached by an exterior steel and concrete staircase leading to the large-scale

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The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

Developed at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, The NativeScapeGR project focuses on uses native plant species and biocrusts to create green roofs with low water requirements, adapted to

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RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

Sitting adjacent to the original Academic Building 1, which was designed by RMIT Professor of Architecture Norman Day, the exterior of the new AB2 building is clad in a striking red steel mesh screen that

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Vincent Callebaut’s Twisting Citytree Towers Generate More Energy Than They Consume

Vincent Callebaut’s Twisting Citytree Towers Generate More Energy Than They Consume

The swirling volumes were inspired by the helix DNA structure and the Taij philosophy based on dynamism and harmony. The towers are covered with greenery cascading down and boasting 360-degree panoramic

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Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

  The challenge for this year's Mud House Design competition in Ghana was to design a single-family unit on a plot no larger than 60 x 60 feet at a cost of no more than $6,000 (excluding

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HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

The Binhai Eco City Master Plan is a Sino-Singaporean project created with the support of both governments. Bordered by a planned green belt to the north, the mixed-use plan comprises a new Central

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the recovering town. The

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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The Serenity Passive House Redefines the 21st Century Country Manor

The Serenity Passive House Redefines the 21st Century Country Manor

First things first, this house is huge at 16,000 square feet and is estimated to cost over 11 million dollars to build. That's a lot - so what does it have to justify the extravagances? The sumptuous

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The Nautilus – Giant Snail-Shaped Home Fit for a Family

The Nautilus – Giant Snail-Shaped Home Fit for a Family

The Nautilus, designer Javier Senosiain’s bizarre, snail-shaped dwelling, is a mind-bending union of artistic experimentation and simplified living. Inspired by the work of Gaudí and Frank Lloyd

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Designer Robert DuGrenier Makes Hand-Blown Glass Shells for Hermit Crabs

Designer Robert DuGrenier Makes Hand-Blown Glass Shells for Hermit Crabs

Glass blower Robert DuGrenier has been blowing glass for over 30 years, but for the last 15 he has been creating hand-blown glass terrarium sculptures to house living art compositions for about 50 hermit

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Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

A group of year one BA (Hons) Spatial Design students at the London College of Communication were given a live project to promote sustainable design within LCC. Joy Williams and Ashleigh Nutton

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Pomona College’s New Sustainable Art Hall Bonds the Creative Process with Surrounding Nature

Pomona College’s New Sustainable Art Hall Bonds the Creative Process with Surrounding Nature

The new 35,000-square-foot Studio Art Hall will be home to various disciplines of the art-making process and was built to provide a tranquil, collaborative atmosphere to explore new innovative ideas and

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TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade

TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade

With a nod toward a traditional barn house, Hupomone Ranch is clad with a peaked two story glass façade, which floods the interior with light while showcasing the rolling hills of the family’s

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Prefabulous Cloverdale Home in Sonoma Valley Built in Just 4 Months

Prefabulous Cloverdale Home in Sonoma Valley Built in Just 4 Months

With offices in Seattle and Palm Springs, Chris Pardo of Elemental Architecture has been building spectacular homes all over the place. Their latest design is the beautiful Cloverdale Home, which was

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The Natural Symphony Housing Project Conceptualizes Self-Sustainability in Architecture

The Natural Symphony Housing Project Conceptualizes Self-Sustainability in Architecture

    Designed by Cristian Ferrera Architecture, "Natural Symphony" is an exploration of architectural sustainability, with a prototype designed to house four people per unit. Centered

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CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

The 10,000-square-foot center is located on less than an acre of its 118-acre site of fragile marshland on the Lynnhaven River known as Pleasure House Point. The area was slated for an 1,100-home

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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

It's obvious that PARKROYAL on Pickering is a feast for the eyes with its vegetation-wrapped glass reinforced concrete layers, but it's not just a pretty facade. The building was awarded Green Mark

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INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE teamed up with the university, an engineering team and the building's architects to conceptualize a “campus walk” that refocused the campus center experience on pedestrians, rather than

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Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

Canadians Matt Becker and Andres Pang are working together to create an eco-community through crowdfunding efforts. With ecotourism as the travel industry’s fastest-growing sector, and increasing

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Architect Alex Michaelis Went Underground to Build His Elegant Notting Hill Home

Architect Alex Michaelis Went Underground to Build His Elegant Notting Hill Home

A self-proclaimed advocate of eco-friendly design, Michaelis did his best to source materials responsibly, bringing them in from all over Europe. When scanning the list of environmentally-conscious

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MVRDV’s Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

MVRDV’s Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

Markthal will primarily serve as a daily fresh food market and as a community hub that links the various surrounding neighborhoods. Its development, however, is part of a long-term city plan to bring more

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Germany’s Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country’s 2014 Green Roof Prize

Germany’s Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country’s 2014 Green Roof Prize

The oldest green roof association in the world, FBB (Fachvereiningung für Bauwerksbegruenung e.V.), has awarded a prize for Green Roof of the Year 2014 to a 30-year-old green roof atop the Allianz

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Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

The Stream Belmont is a 6-story, 70-unit apartment building in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood with close proximity to tons of shops, restaurants and transit. In fact, the building is so well situated

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects? Our principle driving force is to create places and spaces where people

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North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

Vancouver-based design firm Green over Grey just completed work on North America's largest green wall. Located in Surrey, British Columbia, this 10,150-square-foot double-sided green wall comprises 50,000

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Solar-Powered Modular Cabin Exists Completely Off-the-Grid in Australia

Solar-Powered Modular Cabin Exists Completely Off-the-Grid in Australia

Commissioned by a client who spends the majority of his time overseas, the 1,033-square-foot dwelling needed to be able to withstand long periods of vacancy and require easy and minimal maintenance.

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