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LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

The 120,711-square-meter office headquarters’ placement and shape were influenced by the need to maximize building views towards West Lake and minimize shadows on adjacent residential buildings. Thus,

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PWD Architecture to break ground on nature-infused mixed use development in Dali, China

PWD Architecture to break ground on nature-infused mixed use development in Dali, China

PWD Architecture sought to create a complex that would celebrate the site’s natural beauty. Thus, the architects designed largely in section to optimize natural daylight and ventilation conditions, as

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Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

A public building of this size would typically burn 15,000 cubic meters of gas each year to stay warm. Known for their eco designs, Dutch firm 24H Architecture have created a naturally inspired wooden

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Gustavo Penna completes the Elegant Forluz skyscraper in Brazil

Gustavo Penna completes the Elegant Forluz skyscraper in Brazil

The building is located on Av. Barbacena, in the Santo Agostinho district, in the central region of Belo Horizonte. It is meant to establish an aesthetic relationship with the neighboring current

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Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

This beautiful house in Toyota, Japan, designed by studio ihrmk, is dominated by passages that connect it to the scenery of the adjacent terraced paddy field. Conveniently entitled “Passage of

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Jesse Garlick’s Sky House is an off-the-grid vacation retreat in Washington

Jesse Garlick’s Sky House is an off-the-grid vacation retreat in Washington

White Rock Cabin, dubbed Sky House, is a 850-square-feet cabin set within the semi-arid foothills of North-Eastern Washington State. Because of the remote location, the structure and cladding panels were

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Passively cooled Olympia Residence is a modern home on the prairie

Passively cooled Olympia Residence is a modern home on the prairie

The clients, Eric and Melinda, sought a simple yet contemporary home that emphasized a connection with nature. Unlike the farmhouse aesthetic common in Yelm, the custom-designed Olympia Residence is

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Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs

Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs

Prefabricated off-site as three modules, the 960-square-foot portable classroom is topped with a distinctive sawtooth roof that uses north-facing windows to optimize ventilation and natural daylight to

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Foster + Partners complete Buenos Aires’ new glass-and-concrete city hall

Foster + Partners complete Buenos Aires’ new glass-and-concrete city hall

Foster + Partners has completed the new city hall in Buenos Aires that features an undulating concrete roof and various sustainable principles such as chilled beams, natural ventilation and high thermal

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Naturally ventilated MM House is a beautiful tropical refuge in Saigon

Naturally ventilated MM House is a beautiful tropical refuge in Saigon

The house is located in a suburb district of Saigon, Vietnam, with a mix of high and middle-height trees and wall growing plants. It features a pool which helps cool down the space, bamboo screens that

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Community-designed eco-lodge saves wildlife in Cambodia

Community-designed eco-lodge saves wildlife in Cambodia

Saving wildlife through building community led eco-lodges in Cambodia: Building Trust international are pleased to announce a new sustainable design prototype for an eco-lodge that will assist local

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia's lotus pavilion was inspired by local flora, but it holds a universal message. "Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof

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Samoo Architects & Engineers reveal plans for Ulju Government Complex in South Korea

Samoo Architects & Engineers reveal plans for Ulju Government Complex in South Korea

The architects designed the project as an attempt to combine history, nature and accessibility and create diverse spaces within the complex. While there is a high degree of independence between different

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Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

The Bedford Park House’s modest and traditional appearance—the house matches the scale, setback, and exterior brick-and-wood detailing of its neighbors—belies its many impressive sustainable

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New Hong Kong school campus to boast a green, bioclimatic facade

New Hong Kong school campus to boast a green, bioclimatic facade

The THEi design was built around the goal of integrating the new campus into the existing urban fabric. Thus, the architects introduced a twin-block design to open the campus up to the neighboring public

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Heatherwick Studio completes tornado-like university building in Singapore

Heatherwick Studio completes tornado-like university building in Singapore

Thomas Heatherwick's project for the university building in Singapore, conceived as a cluster of 12 tapered towers, has been completed. The teaching facility at Nanyang Technological University, dubbed

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Gleaming Holy Cross House saves energy with passive design and natural ventilation

Gleaming Holy Cross House saves energy with passive design and natural ventilation

Holy Cross House by Thomas Balaban Architecte is an aluminum-clad home in Montreal, Canada, designed to optimize the use of natural lighting and provide a balanced living space for a family that

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Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Looking at this picture, "eco home" isn't exactly the first thing that springs to mind. But it turns out this bizarre car-shaped home is surprisingly green. Dubbed the Auto Residence and designed by

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House Carrer Migdia is a naturally-ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

House Carrer Migdia is a naturally-ventilated daylit home in Barcelona

The house has living and dining areas located on the first floor. Next to it is the kitchen which faces north. The bedroom can be accessed from the living area through a large sliding door. Instead of a

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Eight lucky hens live in this high-end chicken coop equipped with underfloor heating in New York

Eight lucky hens live in this high-end chicken coop equipped with underfloor heating in New York

Architecture Research Office carried out extensive research into the design of the chicken coop, from the ideal square footage for different bird breeds to the best ways to bring natural ventilation and

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Concrete Yogananda Library is bathed in natural light

Concrete Yogananda Library is bathed in natural light

The building starts as a narrow strip of an extroverted, yet shaded space on the lower two floors. This part of the structure houses research cells and discussion areas of senior students and faculty. The

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Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

The house is organized around a central courtyard and evokes the sense of a small, clustered village. The courtyard divides into two sections: the main residence, and the guest wing/pool house. Large

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Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Surrounded by desert, the curvaceous 75,350-square-foot building was inspired by the shape of sand dunes and oriented to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds and limit exposure to the harsh sun. Hadid

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HOK’s new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California’s high speed rail

HOK’s new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California’s high speed rail

HOK Architects drew inspiration from classic transit halls including Grand Central Terminal in New York along with the elegance of local airship hangars. At the same time, they developed an innovative

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This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

A major challenge of the renovation project for architect Fang Wei's team was how to capitalize on the lushly vegetated city views to the site's west without opening the home to the harsh afternoon

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Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

iPad owners can keep an eye on the amount of energy that the building uses, since all of its systems are connected to the web-based Gen7 energy monitoring system. From the solar array onwards, all

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

The nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica contracted Moore Ruble Yudell to design an affordable housing project. Located on the corner of 28th and Pico Streets, Pico Housing offers

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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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Arkitema Architects Design an Elegant New Home that Supposedly Requires Zero Maintenance

Arkitema Architects Design an Elegant New Home that Supposedly Requires Zero Maintenance

The Innovation Maintenance-Free House by Arkitema Architects promises to last 150 years, with minimal maintenance during the first third of its lifespan. The prefab structure was built completely

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Tim Cook Says Apple’s New Spaceship Campus Will be the “Greenest Building on the Planet”

Tim Cook Says Apple’s New Spaceship Campus Will be the “Greenest Building on the Planet”

Apple’s new spaceship campus could be the "greenest building on the planet" according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who made the assertion in a talk at yesterday's Climate Week NYC event. Currently under

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