Situated in a former mining town in the center of the Cantabrian mountains, the dark exterior is not only visually attractive, but increases the building's solar gain. This ensures that each apartment,
The next Arkitrek camp will be held from January4 - February 4, 2012. In that one month, participants will have a chance to review a design brief for a site-specific project in Borneo that benefits the
The building has no halls and no walls. Rooms are divided by arches and the various classrooms - which branch off from the center - are color-coordinated to help students find their way. Philosophically,
The architects stuck to the existing materials as much as possible though certain interventions, such as upgrading the outer walls and roofs, were necessary, as was insulating the building to improve its
This incredible environmental center in Long Beach, California is made from shipping containers discarded at the world's second busiest port. The eCORRE COMPLEX, The Environmental Center of Regenerative
Designed to nurture children age zero to five, the Timayui kindergarten is a fun and funky space that is flooded with natural lighting. In addition to aesthetic appeal, the sloped roof performs multiple
Using cost-effective materials such as brick veneer, painted compressed sheeting, and colorbond roofing and cladding, as well as passive design to up the sustainability ante, Kavellaris has turned what is
The buildings are propped up with a skeletal structure that shades the interior. Then, the corridors that line each floor act as a buffer zone between the offices and the sun, keeping the former nice and
The buildings are oriented in order to ensure the right amount of solar gain during all seasons, keeping them warm during winter but sufficiently cool during the summer. Upstairs, the white walls act as
The lower level of the home is wrapped in glazing, which wards off excessive solar gain. To further aid in passive cooling, the stacked upper level overhangs the bottom, creating shade as well as privacy.
The building's glass exterior ensures fantastic views of the surrounding Magaliesburg mountains, but it is also a potential sauna. To mitigate unwanted solar gain, two different types of louvers are used.
Taking "New-Urbanism" to heart, studioMAS has designed a village that combines day-to-day green living with work and play. Without compromising privacy or security, De Land's numerous green-lined paths
At Kitengela, nature always comes first. Just half an hour's drive south from the dirty din of the country's capital, Nairobi, the village is overgrown with lush plants, trees, and vines of every variety.