Sustainable Building

Lush Green Roof Terrace Crowns LEED Platinum-Seeking Office in Silicon Valley

Lush Green Roof Terrace Crowns LEED Platinum-Seeking Office in Silicon Valley

The tech giants of Silicon Valley are no strangers to sustainable design, and brick's recently completed office building bears no exception. Designed as the future home of Nuance Communications, the

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Rammed Earth Muyinga Library Provides a Bright Learning Experience for Deaf Kids in Burundi

Rammed Earth Muyinga Library Provides a Bright Learning Experience for Deaf Kids in Burundi

The construction process was preceded by two months of research and fieldwork, which enabled the architects to incorporate local know-how and traditions of Muyinga province. Studying the region’s

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Solar-Powered Monte Rosa Alpine Hut is 90% Energy Independent

Solar-Powered Monte Rosa Alpine Hut is 90% Energy Independent

The autonomous alpine shelter, which resides at 2,810 meters above sea level, was designed by the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich (ETH). The four-story

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting

GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting

Lighting is one of the most critical – and most visceral - qualities of an indoor space. The difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your home.

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Urbanarbolismo’s Magnificent 1500 m2 Vertical Garden Covers the Palacio de Congresos in Spain

Urbanarbolismo’s Magnificent 1500 m2 Vertical Garden Covers the Palacio de Congresos in Spain

The new vertical garden on the exterior of the Palacio de Congresos has a total area of 1,492 m2, with 1,000 m2 made up of a hydroponic vertical garden system and the remainder made up of climbing plants

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BĀKA Lighthouse: SAALS Architects Transform an Old Pump Station Into a Water Tourism Center in Latvia

BĀKA Lighthouse: SAALS Architects Transform an Old Pump Station Into a Water Tourism Center in Latvia

Before the Soviet-era development of the drainage pump station and fish farm, the site held a single-story silicate brick building, some old water infrastructure, and a pump. SAALS was tasked with

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Team Unveils WWII Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Renovation and a New LEED-Certified Institute

Team Unveils WWII Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Renovation and a New LEED-Certified Institute

The project includes the renovation of the Michigan Phoenix Laboratory, built in 1955 as a living memorial to men and women who lost their lives in the World War II, and a new addition which houses the

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Wildspitzbahn Ski Lodge Harmonizes with Austria’s Alpine Landscape

Wildspitzbahn Ski Lodge Harmonizes with Austria’s Alpine Landscape

Perched on the side of an alpine peak, the Wildspitzbahn welcomes visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of the Austrian alps after a tiring day of winter sports. The restaurant, ski lift and visitor center

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The Wedgie is an Adorable Multi-Colored Tiny Home on Wheels

The Wedgie is an Adorable Multi-Colored Tiny Home on Wheels

Not only the latest in a long line of innovative tiny structures from the company, the Wedgie is also affordable and sustainable. According to Mr. Everson, the Wedgie is completely off-grid. The home was

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MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

The project grew from a partnership between MOS Architects and the Seeds of Change Foundation, which focuses on educational and environmental work in Nepal. The region where the orphanage will be located

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Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

Christopher Megowan’s Convertible Courtyards House Acts Like a Chameleon in Melbourne, Australia

The architects created a central courtyard between the weatherboard and the extension, and brought plenty of natural lighting to the open kitchen, dining area and living room. A glazed linkway runs along

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Studio Twenty Seven Unveils Gorgeous LEED Platinum +2edison7 Home in Virginia

Studio Twenty Seven Unveils Gorgeous LEED Platinum +2edison7 Home in Virginia

This home is a design and research project that sought to revitalize a typical suburban residential building with modern amenities and sustainable retrofits while adjusting the building's spacial program

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C.F. Møller’s Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper Wins HSB Stockholm Architecture Competition

C.F. Møller’s Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper Wins HSB Stockholm Architecture Competition

One of the first things that comes to mind when someone mentions a wood skyscraper is the risk of fire, but the architects maintain that wood is more fire-safe than other common building materials. "Wood

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BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” - used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item - has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle

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Dome-Dotted Whitepod Eco Resort is a Winter Wonderland in the Swiss Alps

Dome-Dotted Whitepod Eco Resort is a Winter Wonderland in the Swiss Alps

The charming eco resort is located at an elevation of 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) in the Swiss Alps and features 7 km of ski slopes with private ski lifts. Guests are encouraged to explore the mountain

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Klopf Architect’s Zen-Like Manzanita House Blends Martial Arts Principles with Architecture

Klopf Architect’s Zen-Like Manzanita House Blends Martial Arts Principles with Architecture

Although the size of new home is a fairly compact 1,500 square feet, the open and minimalist features of the structure provide a welcoming atmosphere closely connected with the area's beautiful landscape.

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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

Brazilian furniture designer Fernando Jaeger creates modern, functional pieces using local materials, traditional craft and reforested wood out of São Paulo. He has a number of stores in and around the

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The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The site for the Sunlighthouse is on a narrow sloped lot outside of Pressbaum to the west of Vienna. The less than ideal orientation and not much southern exposure made it challenging to utilize solar

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Benjamin Pawlica’s Plantable Tiles Create Endless Green Wall Possibilities

Benjamin Pawlica’s Plantable Tiles Create Endless Green Wall Possibilities

If cared for properly, the plants will thrive and flow from Deltaflore’s openings, cultivating interesting plays of light and shadow to provide, in the designer’s words, “a poetic atmosphere.” The

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MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

The Butaro District Hospital serves over 400,000 people and it was built from local materials by local craftspeople and artisans. Not only is the hospital quite beautiful, it also provides much-needed

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Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Heliotrope: The World’s First Energy Positive Solar Home

Look, up in the sky — it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the Heliotrope! The brainchild of Architect Ralph Disch, this rotating solar home was the seed for the extraordinary Sonnenschiff Solar

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Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

The B' Tower composed of three volumes of retail and residential spaces is an extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. The residential tower is located on top of the retail

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Tiny Wooden Writer’s Block Cabin and Boathouse Offers a Tranquil Natural Retreat in Maine

Tiny Wooden Writer’s Block Cabin and Boathouse Offers a Tranquil Natural Retreat in Maine

The Writer's Block cabin is located at the mouth of the Sheepscott River in Westport, Maine. Multi-functional, the cabin works as a studio, sleeping quarters and a boathouse for a canoe. <a

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Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is a 38,500 sq ft eco school located on a 21 acre wooded site next to the Deschutes River with views of the Mt. Bachelor in the distance. The non-profit school provides an intimate

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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Apartment 1211: Designer Micro Home Makes Incredible Use of Little Space in São Paulo

Apartment 1211: Designer Micro Home Makes Incredible Use of Little Space in São Paulo

This small apartment only has a footprint of 25 sq meters, so Alan Chu had to make the most of the small space. Organized across two floors, the renovated micro apartment has an open floor plan kitchen

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BOOK REVIEW: EVolo Skyscrapers – A Reference Manual on the Future of Architecture?

BOOK REVIEW: EVolo Skyscrapers – A Reference Manual on the Future of Architecture?

EVolo Magazine has made a name for itself with its annual skyscraper competition, which started in 2006. Since then there have been over 4,000 submissions arriving from across the planet, seemingly

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Harry Gesner’s Autonomous Tents Can Be Assembled in Days and Packed Up Without a Trace

Harry Gesner’s Autonomous Tents Can Be Assembled in Days and Packed Up Without a Trace

Visionary architect Harry Gesner has created a new form of architecture that can be raised in just a few days and that can “leave without a trace.” Although these private hideaways provide all of the

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Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

This past October we brought you a first look at 1 Burrows Pocket Park, a community-driven project launched by Architecture for Humanity, the Lincoln Reimagine Project and Architectural Digest to

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