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Innovative geothermal office nabs Germany’s highest environmental certification

Innovative geothermal office nabs Germany’s highest environmental certification

This elegant office building which replaced a derelict post-war lodge in Stuttgart is one of the stellar examples of sustainable office design in Germany. The building, designed by Blocher Blocher

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Zero-energy Casa Rosset boasts fantastic views of the Italian Alps

Zero-energy Casa Rosset boasts fantastic views of the Italian Alps

De Carlo Gualla Architects had two main goals in designing Casa Rosset. The first was to develop a spatial organization that responded to the needs of the clients, instead of merely copying the

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Tenderloin’s rehabilitated “Prison Park” taps into San Francisco’s geothermal energy

Tenderloin’s rehabilitated “Prison Park” taps into San Francisco’s geothermal energy

Besides being one of the city's densest neighborhoods, Tenderloin is also notorious for it poverty. The adjacent Boeddeker Park has been a problematic area for years which earned it the nickname "Prison

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Jewel Box Villa takes energy-efficient green homes to a hip new level in Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa takes energy-efficient green homes to a hip new level in Switzerland

This eco-friendly villa in Switzerland, designed by Chinese studio design paradigms, is an energy-efficient, green-roofed home for an environmental consultant. The Jewel Box Villa uses both passive and

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Form follows function at Shanghai’s new bioclimatic Natural History Museum

Form follows function at Shanghai’s new bioclimatic Natural History Museum

Perkins & Will took a biomimetic approach to the new Shanghai Natural History Museum, a sprawling 479, 180 square-foot facility with three unique facades and topped with a swirling green roof. Overall

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Muzeiko Museum: Bulgaria’s First Kids’ Museum Set to Open in June

Muzeiko Museum: Bulgaria’s First Kids’ Museum Set to Open in June

The 35,000-square-foot Muzeiko children's museum and science center in Bulgaria's capital, scheduled to open in late 2015, is an energy-efficient building that features some of the most up-to-date

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Geothermal-powered Wildcat Ridge Residence boasts breathtaking views of Aspen, Colorado

Geothermal-powered Wildcat Ridge Residence boasts breathtaking views of Aspen, Colorado

The 14,300-square-foot, two-story Wildcat Ridge Residence was built on a site that had been previous excavated for a discontinued residential project. Voorsanger Architects visually and physically

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Viereck Architekten’s green-roofed mountain chalets offer 360-degree views of the Alps

Viereck Architekten’s green-roofed mountain chalets offer 360-degree views of the Alps

Austrian architecture firm Viereck Architekten designed a series of wooden mountain chalets that offer otherwordly 360-degree views of the Alps. The buildings feature locally-sourced larch wood and

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Jochen Specht transformed an old Austrian house into a minimalist modern residence

Jochen Specht transformed an old Austrian house into a minimalist modern residence

The house, built in 1961, is located on a hill above the town of Dornbirn, Austria. It provides beautiful views of the Rhine delta and Lake Constance. The original structure became to small for its four

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Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

When Luciano Pia undertook to design a five-storey, 63 unit residential apartment building in Turin, he sought to break from the homogenous urban development that was consuming the area. What resulted was

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World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

Located a few streets down from the U.S. Capitol, the historic Dunbar High School was founded in 1870 as the nation’s first public high school for African Americans. The school was partially demolished

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Iceland’s Ion Hotel offers dramatic views of the Northern Lights

Iceland’s Ion Hotel offers dramatic views of the Northern Lights

So as not to detract from the surrounding landscape, the Ion Hotel was built to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. The architects renovated

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Despite falling oil prices, renewables still cost less

Despite falling oil prices, renewables still cost less

Despite falling oil prices, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that renewable energy is highly competitive with fossil fuels. But solar power isn’t where the

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Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

The 2 in 1 house derives its name from its spatial layout, which splits the building into two separated dwellings that are connected by a series of shared spaces. The communal areas, which help preserve

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Energy-efficient, pine-clad Danish home is heated with geothermal energy

Energy-efficient, pine-clad Danish home is heated with geothermal energy

The Villa Buresø covers an area of 2,561 square feet and is positioned on the south bank of a slope. Although the home's north facade is largely glazed, the south facade is mostly closed save for a few

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7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

When the 13-story new Seoul City Hall was first unveiled in 2012, the curvaceous modern glass building sparked controversy for its incongruity in style with the former city hall, a preserved colonial-era

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Scientists Pour Water Into Oregon Volcano to Generate Energy

Scientists Pour Water Into Oregon Volcano to Generate Energy

A team of scientists from Seattle-based AltaRock Energy, Inc. and Davenport Newberry Holdings LLC has announced plans to harness one of Mother Nature's most powerful energy sources by pumping 24 million

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Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

The Gate Project boasts several renewable energy technologies meant to assure a 50 percent energy saving and a significant reduction in carbon footprint. A mesh surface unfolds above all the building

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Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Located on a lakeside in Michigan, the Harbert Cottage was built in a classic American ranch style. Although its size and general layout were working well, it needed an urgent renovation as its sloping

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PHOTOS: World’s Second Tallest Skyscraper Nears Completion in Shanghai!

PHOTOS: World’s Second Tallest Skyscraper Nears Completion in Shanghai!

Once it’s finished, the tower will become China’s tallest building and the world’s second tallest building. Located on an ex-golf course in Shanghai’s fast-growing Pudong District, the tower will

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Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Located within the gorgeous Italian Alps, this top-notch shelter has a few sustainable and notable characteristics. It stands on a foundation made from dolomite rock found on site and was built from

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3,280 Sq Ft Rooftop Garden Tops Impressive Solar-Powered Syd Energi HQ in Denmark

3,280 Sq Ft Rooftop Garden Tops Impressive Solar-Powered Syd Energi HQ in Denmark

The building’s innovative treatment of acoustic insulation and its economic energy consumption are coupled with a stunning design that creates a great working environment for the company’s employees.

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Guérin & Pedroza Architects Revamp Abandoned French War Complex with Brilliant Golden Apartments

Guérin & Pedroza Architects Revamp Abandoned French War Complex with Brilliant Golden Apartments

Once the desolate land was bought by the municipal government in 2010, individual building plots were sold to local developers, and the community areas around the old military fort were installed with

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Tokyo Techno Station Achieves Japan’s Highest LEED Certification Rating

Tokyo Techno Station Achieves Japan’s Highest LEED Certification Rating

The project boasts dozens of sustainable features, including RFID-activated heating/cooling and lighting systems that can be programmed by the employees themselves. Energy efficiency is strengthened

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Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

On October 4, 2010, the Hungarian town of Devecser woke up to a landscape soaked in toxic red sludge from a nearby alumina plant reservoir that had burst. The crimson flood of the caustic byproduct of

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SADAR + VUGA’s Bone White Air Traffic Control Center Mirrors the Ljubljana Mountains

SADAR + VUGA’s Bone White Air Traffic Control Center Mirrors the Ljubljana Mountains

Though SADAR + VUGA first designed the project in 2006, construction was prolonged due to complex safety and security requirements. Located at the middle of the site for safety reasons, the Air Traffic

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Austria’s Award-Winning Salzburg Central Station Reconstruction Nears Completion

Austria’s Award-Winning Salzburg Central Station Reconstruction Nears Completion

The architects were to rearrange the railway tracks in order to integrate the historic 1860s train station into the new master plan, which incorporates several bridges and passageways. The new 20 meter

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Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

Stepped Arrowtown House in New Zealand Uses Geothermal Power and Passive Heating and Cooling

With an area of 1,400 square feet, the modest Arrowtown House is a compact, high quality home sited on a slope near the city center. It faces the north to make the most out of natural light while keeping

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pS Arkitektur’s Villa Blåbär is a Geothermal Home Wrapped With a Black Felt Facade

pS Arkitektur’s Villa Blåbär is a Geothermal Home Wrapped With a Black Felt Facade

Villa Blåbär in Nacka, Sweden, takes its name from the dark blue European blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). It was over a series of site visits and workshops where the architects and clients played up

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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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