passive design

Greenery Clad Housing Complex by 2:PM Architectures is Made from 100% Recycled Steel

Greenery Clad Housing Complex by 2:PM Architectures is Made from 100% Recycled Steel

It’s not always easy to know just which materials are best to use, but 2:PM Architectures has bypassed that frustration by designing a housing complex made entirely out of reclaimed and recycled

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Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

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,

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Rammed Earth and Stone Buildings Make Up Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts

Rammed Earth and Stone Buildings Make Up Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts

Instead of wasting the soil that on-site construction projects produced, Taller de Arquitectura saw a wonderful opportunity to give it a new and sustainable building application. Some of the salvaged

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VIlla 4.0: Hexagonal Dutch Home Gets a Green Facelift

VIlla 4.0: Hexagonal Dutch Home Gets a Green Facelift

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

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Cuixmala Resort in Mexico: Where the Stars Go for Sustainable Luxury

Cuixmala Resort in Mexico: Where the Stars Go for Sustainable Luxury

Each of the buildings designed to match the colorful architecture common to Mexico were constructed from local materials. Techniques employed include earthen architecture combined with tiles, and even

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Rolling Green-Roofed Environmental Center Made from 65 Shipping Containers

Rolling Green-Roofed Environmental Center Made from 65 Shipping Containers

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

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Timayui Kindergarten Looks Like Stone Teeth Jutting Out of the Earth in Colombia

Timayui Kindergarten Looks Like Stone Teeth Jutting Out of the Earth in Colombia

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

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Eye-Popping Jones House Uses Color To Challenge Ho-Hum Suburban Vernacular

Eye-Popping Jones House Uses Color To Challenge Ho-Hum Suburban Vernacular

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

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Giant Mangrove Patch Office Tower Rotates to Provide Splendid Views of Java Sea

Giant Mangrove Patch Office Tower Rotates to Provide Splendid Views of Java Sea

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

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3Beirut: Foster & Partners Break Ground On First Green Roofed Tower in Lebanon

3Beirut: Foster & Partners Break Ground On First Green Roofed Tower in Lebanon

3Beirut is the very first Foster & Partners project to break ground in Lebanon. Beirut has battled to overcome its war scars, but the new mixed-use residential and retail tower strives to be part of

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The Lovely Villas Taribini is the Epitome of Warm Sustainable Ambience

The Lovely Villas Taribini is the Epitome of Warm Sustainable Ambience

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

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Flora-Filled GSI Tower in Cancun Hovers Over the Caribbean

Flora-Filled GSI Tower in Cancun Hovers Over the Caribbean

The western facade is built with alucobond in the form of fish scales in order to circulate air and light between the horizontal louvers. The eastern facade is comprised of serigraph, sandblasted and

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Olson Kundig Glass Farmhouse Floats on Oregon’s Wheat Fields

Olson Kundig Glass Farmhouse Floats on Oregon’s Wheat Fields

Although constructed out of glass, every effort has been made to fit in with the architectural vernacular local to the Pacific Northwest. A more traditional wood-framed barn sits on the same site,

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The Octospider: A Glass Clad Cafeteria That Straddles a Pond Like a Daddy Long Legs

The Octospider: A Glass Clad Cafeteria That Straddles a Pond Like a Daddy Long Legs

We have to say that the Octospider is as far away from a typical cafeteria as it gets. The structure is raised 8 meters from the ground and is situated away from the factory so that employees can both

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Spiretec’s 20 Storey Vertical Garden Is a Green Lung for Greater Noida, India

Spiretec’s 20 Storey Vertical Garden Is a Green Lung for Greater Noida, India

The double-layer outer skin is made with geometric patterns that reflect ancient Indian culture while also creating a ventilation space. This skin also controls how much sunlight enters the building,

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The Marcus House is a Breezy Beach Bungalow That Needs No Air Conditioning

The Marcus House is a Breezy Beach Bungalow That Needs No Air Conditioning

"The Marcus Beach house celebrates a natural, coastal setting providing its occupants with an inextricable relationship to the landscape and sensitive surrounding environment," writes Bark of their

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Suppose Design’s “Hidaka House” Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

Suppose Design’s “Hidaka House” Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

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.

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Green-Roofed Charleston House Has A River Of Green Features

Green-Roofed Charleston House Has A River Of Green Features

Probably the most distinctive feature of this home is the ubiquitous use of wood paneling. While this may seem wasteful, most of it is either highly recycled or reclaimed wood. The board paneling was

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Foster & Partners Breaks Ground on Ten Acre CityCenter in Washington DC

Foster & Partners Breaks Ground on Ten Acre CityCenter in Washington DC

Construction began this week on Foster & Partner's CityCenter DC - one of the United States' largest and most important urban redevelopment projects. The ten acre convention center will be transformed

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Dazzling BMCE Dome Building Is Foster & Partner’s Very First Completed African Project

Dazzling BMCE Dome Building Is Foster & Partner’s Very First Completed African Project

The contemporary interior (streaming with light) is wrapped in an energy efficient exterior modeled after traditional, geometric design. In order to keep down the heat, the latticed, almost tangled

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Arch Group Unveils Kremlin-Esque Green Orthodox Church In The Shadow Of The Eiffel Tower

Arch Group Unveils Kremlin-Esque Green Orthodox Church In The Shadow Of The Eiffel Tower

The complex's most prominent feature is the sprawling garden. Three existing trees, representing the holy trinity, will be joined by a series of birch, spruce, maple, lime, and ash trees to create a

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Daffonchio Architects Gives Samios Heritage House a Green-Roofed Addition

Daffonchio Architects Gives Samios Heritage House a Green-Roofed Addition

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.

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Henning Larsen’s Stunning Solar Panel Factory in Greece is Powered by the Sun

Henning Larsen’s Stunning Solar Panel Factory in Greece is Powered by the Sun

Henning Larsen Architects take the ugly grind out of industry with this handsome solar panel factory in Greece. Commissioned for Kilkis, an industrial area north of Thessaloniki, the factory's dual

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studioMAS Transforms Farmland Into Picture-Perfect Sustainable Village

studioMAS Transforms Farmland Into Picture-Perfect Sustainable Village

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

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Kitengela: Off-Grid Recycled Glass Village Lights Up Kenya’s Masaai Plains

Kitengela: Off-Grid Recycled Glass Village Lights Up Kenya’s Masaai Plains

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.

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EcoZa Launches South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

EcoZa Launches South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

The name 360º refers not only to the zen surroundings, but also to nature's never-ending cycles: the seasons, the planetary movements and their trajectory within the universe, and our cyclical

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Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

An intermediate mezzanine floor provides for more space, but keep the houses compact and comfortable. Large north-facing windows with sliding aluminum louvers make optimum use of the Western Cape’s

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Dodeca’s Cocoon Hotel Shields Guests From Hard Industrial Environment

Dodeca’s Cocoon Hotel Shields Guests From Hard Industrial Environment

The outer skin rooms are wrapped in a tensile fabric that allow the entire building to breathe. Each guest can operate their own "skin" electronically, opening and closing it according to their needs.

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Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Inspired by Zwide's footprints, Stan Field designed a space for people to walk through, not to. Born in Port Elizabeth during the apartheid era, he felt that long footpaths through a loosely aggregated

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Broad Pavilion at Shaghai World Expo Built in Under 24 Hours

Broad Pavilion at Shaghai World Expo Built in Under 24 Hours

Believe it or not, the Broad Pavilion, one of 17 corporate pavilions at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, was completed in under 24 hours! The six-story energy-efficient structure was designed to use just 20

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