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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

With a footprint of just under 1,000 square feet, the new house was constructed using clay, sand, straw, and water bricks clad in recycled sheets of aluminum, and then accented with recycled shipping

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Otherworldly Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Center is Cooled by Lake Water

Otherworldly Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Center is Cooled by Lake Water

The building’s shape mimics the giant oculus structure that hangs off the side of a massive membrane bioreactor tank within the Water Factory. It sits on an artificial lake that it utilizes to cool the

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A Green Roof and Solar Panels Crown Finland’s Gorgeous Haltia Nature Center

A Green Roof and Solar Panels Crown Finland’s Gorgeous Haltia Nature Center

The area around Haltia boasts classic Finnish beauty, combining granite bedrock, dense forest foliage, and a sparkling lake. The bedrock acts as natural insulation for the north end of the center. The

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RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

The city of Taichung in western Taiwan recently held an international design competition to build a new library and cultural center in the city center. The competition has brought out some seriously

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Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

The three story building has a perimeter of balconies that helped to reduce the building's energy consumption. In winter, heating expenses are curtailed thanks to the solar heat collected on the

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The Shed: Temporary Red Theater Cooled Naturally with Four Corner Chimneys in London

The Shed: Temporary Red Theater Cooled Naturally with Four Corner Chimneys in London

The timber cladding references the original National Theater designed in the 1970s with board-formed concrete while the boxy geometry mimics the adjacent theater. But that's where similarities between the

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Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

The seaside site is framed by an existing natural stone wall that was incorporated into the design. The entryway ducks just under the house through a cutout in the wall and large skylights in the roof

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Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

St. Alfred's Anglican Church consists of a main worshipping auditorium, a gathering foyer, meeting rooms, offices and a commercial kitchen as well as an outdoor play and barbeque area. One

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BIOMIMETIC ARCHITECTURE: Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

BIOMIMETIC ARCHITECTURE: Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

Biomimicry's Cool Alternative: Eastgate Centre in Zimbabwe The Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, typifies the best of green architecture and ecologically sensitive adaptation. The country's largest

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Oxygen Villa Brings Fresh Air into Classic Arabic Architecture

Oxygen Villa Brings Fresh Air into Classic Arabic Architecture

Oxygen Villa is very much about light and air, and the name more than implies the homes breathing new life into a classic Arabic form of architecture -- the mashrabiya. Developed centuries ago, the

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Passively-Cooled Dojo Provides Space for Quiet Meditation Outside of Santiago, Chile

Passively-Cooled Dojo Provides Space for Quiet Meditation Outside of Santiago, Chile

  Dojos are spaces used for training, and this Dojo in Chile is used for meditation, yoga and group classes. Situated at the bottom of a 5,000-square-meter site, the building is tucked into a

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BLUA’s Civic Sports Center is a Naturally Cooled Artificial Mountain in Hangzhou, China

BLUA’s Civic Sports Center is a Naturally Cooled Artificial Mountain in Hangzhou, China

Located near the Qian Jiang River, the building site connects the natural and urban fabric of the city. The role of the Civic Sports Center will be to activate an otherwise dormant part of the city by

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Striking Green-Roofed Aqualina Residence Bucks the Thatched Trend in Thailand

Striking Green-Roofed Aqualina Residence Bucks the Thatched Trend in Thailand

The stepped grass-covered roof satisfies several functions: first it helps to make the Aqualina Residence blend in with the surrounding foliage and provides insulation for the interior. But it also cools

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Vo Trong Nghia’s ‘Stacking Green’ House is an Urban Oasis Bookended With Planters

Vo Trong Nghia’s ‘Stacking Green’ House is an Urban Oasis Bookended With Planters

Measuring only 4 meters wide by 20 meters deep, the Vertical Green home has a layered program that is kept as open as possible to make the space feel less cramped. The concrete planters, stacked 25 to 40

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The Innhouse Wood-Wrapped Eco-Resort Sits Gently in Chinese Forest

The Innhouse Wood-Wrapped Eco-Resort Sits Gently in Chinese Forest

The Innhouse’s scale is surprisingly modest compared to many huge projects that have come out of the building boom during China's rise on the economic world stage. Rather than pushing the boundaries of

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Kéré Architecture Wins Global Holcim Award With a Passive Cooling School in Burkino Faso

Kéré Architecture Wins Global Holcim Award With a Passive Cooling School in Burkino Faso

Kéré Architecture is a German firm with heaps of experience around the globe specializing in beautiful and effective humanitarian designs. Diébédo Francis Kéré and his firm were recently award the

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Kengo Kuma & Associates’ Outdoor Training Center Melds Into the Japanese Hillside

Kengo Kuma & Associates’ Outdoor Training Center Melds Into the Japanese Hillside

The 45-degree roof of the Ando Momofuku Centre makes not only for a more rural feeling in the mountains just west of centrally located Koromo, Japan, but its integration of the building with the land

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Betillon Dorval-Bory’s Anabatic Office Makes Use of Natural Winds to Keep Cool In a Hot & Humid Climate

Betillon Dorval-Bory’s Anabatic Office Makes Use of Natural Winds to Keep Cool In a Hot & Humid Climate

Betillon/Dorval-Bory's design for Fundecor's new office began with an analysis of the site and the prevailing climatic conditions. Knowing that the tropical site would need some serious cooling, they

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The Chulo Canyon House is Built Right into a Cave in Arizona

The Chulo Canyon House is Built Right into a Cave in Arizona

The main house itself is entered via a very modest, almost ramshackle entrance/sunroom. The cave is actually not naturally formed, and the yellow granite was blasted out by a specialist who supported

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Retrofitted Mexican Entrepreneur Center Maximizes Performance with a Parametric Pine Facade

Retrofitted Mexican Entrepreneur Center Maximizes Performance with a Parametric Pine Facade

The tiny satellite campus is the collaborative effort of Tecnológico de Monterrey, a private university, and the bank Bancomer. The project was developed to provide education for low-income

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Dazzling Circa Art Gallery in South Africa is Wrapped in an Ellipse of Bark-Hued Fins

Dazzling Circa Art Gallery in South Africa is Wrapped in an Ellipse of Bark-Hued Fins

StudioMAS has taken huge strides to reduce the building's carbon and energy footprint by relying mostly on passive design to keep the building cool and warm. In certain rooms, where passive design was

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Budi Pradono’s Naturally Cooled R-House Brings Nature Indoors

Budi Pradono’s Naturally Cooled R-House Brings Nature Indoors

From the street the home looks almost typical for the neighborhood; it's graced with a large terrace that connects with the street and a gate that has been turned into a green wall. The true scale of the

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San Francisco’s Greenest Office Building Tops Off!

San Francisco’s Greenest Office Building Tops Off!

The start-then-stop history of the project turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The building was originally designed to be a typical office next to city hall, however after the first halt in

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Ogaki House’s Sloping Roof Creates a Safe Haven from Harsh Japanese Weather

Ogaki House’s Sloping Roof Creates a Safe Haven from Harsh Japanese Weather

At 106 square meters the home packs an efficient living space, putting private spaces to the end and public spaces in the center. The design focuses in on the lower kitchen to create the home's natural

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6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light

6,000 Circular Windows Flood Japan’s Kanazawa Library With Light

The 45 x 45 meter building kept complexity to a minimum in order to make the most of available space and daylight. The dotted exterior walls contain thousands of round windows sized at 200, 250 and 300

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Zoka Zola’s Naturally Cooled Bamboo Hostel is a Giant Wind Scoop

Zoka Zola’s Naturally Cooled Bamboo Hostel is a Giant Wind Scoop

The hostel will be a corporate retreat and training center but the developer also wants to push the limits of green design. The 24 bedrooms are all set on an upper floor which is fed fresh air by an

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Brilliant Brazilian Office Tower Marries Form with Efficiency

Brilliant Brazilian Office Tower Marries Form with Efficiency

This beautiful mid-rise in Brazil will soon be the home of the Council of Administration of Santa Catarina. AUM arquiteto’s winning design not only achieves visual richness in a simple form, but it

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Modern Mali Urban Park Complex Made in the Shade with Local Stone

Modern Mali Urban Park Complex Made in the Shade with Local Stone

Mali’s National Park, located inside the capital city of Bamako, is now home to a modern complex that reaches deep into the nation's architectural past. Designed by celebrated architect Francis Kéré,

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Re:Vision Architecture Merges Historic Quaker House With Net Zero Annex

Re:Vision Architecture Merges Historic Quaker House With Net Zero Annex

The 150 year old Quaker house, now a small museum, needed structural improvements and a new place for gatherings. The design takes advantage of the work by inserting underfloor heating tubing into the old

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Seoul’s New Solar-Powered GT Tower Boasts a Mind-Bending Wavy Facade

Seoul’s New Solar-Powered GT Tower Boasts a Mind-Bending Wavy Facade

The undulating facade of the 54,000 square foot meter tower is certainly a show stopper. Measuring 48 meters each, the waves are further emphasized by the building's glass curtain wall and vertical

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