green architecture

Torsten Ottesjö’s Spectacular Leaf-Shaped Structures Are Inspired by the Swedish Landscape

Torsten Ottesjö’s Spectacular Leaf-Shaped Structures Are Inspired by the Swedish Landscape

The two constructions are built above a sloping area that leads to a private beach and dock. Their structures are designed to reflect the shape of a curling leaf, and welcome light within them throughout

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Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

A new free iPad app is taking an iconic vision of sustainable cities and making it accessible to millions of tablet users in an interactive format. The Harvard Graduate School of Design has released an

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Energy-Efficient Boat House Rises Like a Reed From Austria’s Milstätter Lake

Energy-Efficient Boat House Rises Like a Reed From Austria’s Milstätter Lake

Inspired by the ecology of the shoreline, MHM Architects designed and built this striking boat house on Milstätter Lake in Austria. The structure is set on pier foundations over the water, but it is

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Four Lights Houses: Jay Shafer Launches New Tiny Home Company

Four Lights Houses: Jay Shafer Launches New Tiny Home Company

Jay Shafer has been building and living in tiny houses since 1999 and has since been working to encourage more people that they don't need nearly as much living space as they think they do. His Tumbleweed

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Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

In 2007, the Royal Opera House appointed Nicholas Hare Architects to design a new production workshop for set construction and fabrication at a new site in Purfleet Essex. Inside the large warehouse-style

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Nelson Cultural Center: A LEED Gold Addition to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis

Nelson Cultural Center: A LEED Gold Addition to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis

The American Swedish Institute has long been a destination and gathering place for Swedish Americans in Minneapolis' culturally diverse Phillips West Neighborhood - and now it has even more to boast

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or even a floating

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The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

There are hundreds of designs out there for chicken coops - from super simple boxes to elaborate $100k fantasy hen mansions. But not all chicken coops are created equally - and Peter Strzebniok, founder

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Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Housing Project in Denmark

Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Housing Project in Denmark

Lendager Architects announced their first prize win in the competition to build the first DGNB-certified housing project in Denmark in Næstved. DGNB is a new green building certification system that is

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Straw Bale Ecologic Pavilion is a Cozy Nest Built to Improve One’s Connection to the Land

Straw Bale Ecologic Pavilion is a Cozy Nest Built to Improve One’s Connection to the Land

Ecologic Pavilion was built for the Archi<20 Festivale de l'Architecture in September in Muttersholtz, Alsace, France. Designed by Studio 1984, the pavilion was built from straw, wood and metal sheets

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Zouk Architects Repurpose Shipping Materials Into Paper Tube Office

Zouk Architects Repurpose Shipping Materials Into Paper Tube Office

Zouk Architects made creative use of affordable and recycled materials to create an interesting space at minimal expense in their new open plan office, which was later called the “Paper tube”

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Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real Housing in DC

Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real Housing in DC

From the very beginning, the Empowerhouse was planned to be more than just an entry for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Designed and built by a student group from Parsons The New School for Design , Stevens

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AF Bostader Builds Smallest Micro Home in Sweden to Provide Affordable Student Housing

AF Bostader Builds Smallest Micro Home in Sweden to Provide Affordable Student Housing

Living alone as a student is a rare luxury - particularly in Sweden, where rent and living costs can be high. But this cozy micro cottage in Lund looks like a perfect solution for going solo - even though

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The Nutmeg House is an Efficient Ellipse-Shaped Residence in Dorchester, UK

The Nutmeg House is an Efficient Ellipse-Shaped Residence in Dorchester, UK

The design for the Nutmeg House evolved to fit in with the surrounding landscape and to reduce its impact. The footprint of the new home is considerably smaller than the original home and provides more

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Arching Melkwegbridge Routes Pedestrians & Cyclists Across a Canal in The Netherlands

Arching Melkwegbridge Routes Pedestrians & Cyclists Across a Canal in The Netherlands

The new Melkwegbridge spans a distance of 66 meters across the canal to connect the Weidevenne District to the historical city centre of Purmerend. NEXT Architects, with the help of Ronald Rietveld

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Stylish, Sustainable St-Agatha-Berchem Housing Complex Exceeds Energy Code in Belgium

Stylish, Sustainable St-Agatha-Berchem Housing Complex Exceeds Energy Code in Belgium

The new social housing units by Buro II & Archi+I were inspired by the social housing district built in 1922-1925 by architect Victor Bourgeois. There are two groupings - one on Beheersstraat with 43

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Czech Green Market Stalls Create Greater Connection Between Vendors and Shoppers

Czech Green Market Stalls Create Greater Connection Between Vendors and Shoppers

When designing the new market stalls for the Green Market, Edit!'s first goal was to help the vendors better share their product with whole mar­ket and let the vendor's personality shine through. A more

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Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generate 10% of San Diego’s Produce

Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generate 10% of San Diego’s Produce

Live Share Grow is a proposal by Brandon Martella for a combo residential tower and vertical farm for downtown San Diego. The multi-story tower is dual purpose - one side is holds residential apartments

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SDA’s Stunning Wood-Wrapped Chelsea Workspace Features a Sweeping World Map

SDA’s Stunning Wood-Wrapped Chelsea Workspace Features a Sweeping World Map

Synthesis Design + Architecture has combined the trappings of a modern workspace with the timeless beauty of wood. The organic, sweeping shapes cleverly hide frosted Perspex storage units that are

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Gensler’s Super Sustainable Tower at PNC Plaza Breaks Ground in Pittsburgh

Gensler’s Super Sustainable Tower at PNC Plaza Breaks Ground in Pittsburgh

PNC Financial Services is known for pushing the boundaries of sustainable design; the group already boasts one of the largest living walls on the exterior of One PNC Plaza and has 170 LEED certified

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Fly House: A Fantastic Shipping Container Bed and Breakfast in Mallorca

Fly House: A Fantastic Shipping Container Bed and Breakfast in Mallorca

Located about 10 minutes from the center of Pallma, Fly House is conveniently situated near a number of amenities but it's also quiet and relaxed. Owned by Balbina and Miquel Angel, the one-bedroom house

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Sweden’s Thatched Takern Visitor Center is Home to 100 Species of Birds

Sweden’s Thatched Takern Visitor Center is Home to 100 Species of Birds

Wingårdhs's Lake Tåkern visitor center provides a place for birds to retreat as well as nesting materials for birds to build their own cozy houses. The asymmetrical center is formed around a central

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Crabill House: A Modern & Energy Efficient Forest Shed in North Carolina

Crabill House: A Modern & Energy Efficient Forest Shed in North Carolina

Located in a clearing in a lush forest is the Crabill house, which is characterized as a trapezoidal volume with a shed roof. The skewed cubic form, inspired by old farm sheds, is clad in solid and

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Urban Collage: An Energy Efficient Housing Development Made from Stacked Houses

Urban Collage: An Energy Efficient Housing Development Made from Stacked Houses

With apartments opening on two opposite sides, the project meets the highest standards of energy efficiency. The apartment blocks span the middle sections, while the single family houses are scattered

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The DROP Eco-Hotel is a Portable Prefab Pod Home for the Modern Nomad

The DROP Eco-Hotel is a Portable Prefab Pod Home for the Modern Nomad

In-Tenta designed the DROP Eco-Hotel to provide a mobile dwelling for modern nomads. The prefabricated structure consists of a central tube capped on either end by big fully operable bubble windows that

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Gensler Hacks the J. Edgar Hoover Building To Envision the Office Building of the Future

Gensler Hacks the J. Edgar Hoover Building To Envision the Office Building of the Future

This past year Gensler worked on a plan to envision what an office building would look like in 2050 as part of the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) competition. Gensler was named one

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WhiteCrate Unveils Shipping Container Exhibition Space for the Nissan LEAF

WhiteCrate Unveils Shipping Container Exhibition Space for the Nissan LEAF

The interactive exhibition was designed to fully immerse the visitor in the innovative ideas of sustainable design, art, and architecture, and invited different artists and designers to participate. But

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Tankstelle Bülowstrasse is a Renovated Gas Station Turned Art Studio in Berlin

Tankstelle Bülowstrasse is a Renovated Gas Station Turned Art Studio in Berlin

The Shell station was built in 1956, but it was abandoned in 1986 and sat empty until it was bought in 2005 by Juerg Judin. Over the next 3 years Judin worked to rehabilitate the station. He

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House in Yamasaki is an Energy Efficient and Naturally Daylit Greenhouse Home

House in Yamasaki is an Energy Efficient and Naturally Daylit Greenhouse Home

The House in Yamasaki is a 119 sm (1,280 sq ft) home in Japan located in a new residential area built on what used to be fields. The area is known for its often cloudy days, and Yo Shimada of Tato

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