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Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

When Barney and Nancy Leonard decided to move out of Philadelphia to Chester County and build a new home, they knew the home would be super sustainable. They hired Matthew Moger of Moger Mehrhof

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Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

In designing this private home in Verrières-le-Buisson, France, Nomade Architects first adapted the home to its environment by orientating it to the light, views and natural slope. Modular in concept,

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Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is a 38,500 sq ft eco school located on a 21 acre wooded site next to the Deschutes River with views of the Mt. Bachelor in the distance. The non-profit school provides an intimate

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KieranTimberlake Breaks Ground on LEED and BREEAM-Seeking US Embassy in London

KieranTimberlake Breaks Ground on LEED and BREEAM-Seeking US Embassy in London

Construction on the new US Embassy in London designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimberlake broke ground this week. Slated to be completed by 2017 and located at a former industrial

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Timber-Clad Villa B is a Green-Roofed Bioclimatic Home Near Lyon

Timber-Clad Villa B is a Green-Roofed Bioclimatic Home Near Lyon

Villa B is oriented for solar exposure, but protected from overheating with a system of Larch wood slats that serve as a rainscreen and encourage natural ventilation. The ground floor features an office,

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The LEED Gold Greater Texas Foundation Promotes Sustainability & Education

The LEED Gold Greater Texas Foundation Promotes Sustainability & Education

The Greater Texas Foundation supports initiatives that improve math and science education and increase the rate of post-secondary enrollment. Their headquarters site is basically "in the middle of

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OMA Completes 3-Star Green Rated Shenzhen Stock Exchange

OMA Completes 3-Star Green Rated Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Following on the heels of their CCTV Headquarters, a folded skyscraper in Beijing, OMA has now completed another tower in China, this time on the Pearl River Delta in Shenzhen. Shenzen Stock Exchange

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Sustainable Montrottier Primary School Revives a Medieval Town in France

Sustainable Montrottier Primary School Revives a Medieval Town in France

The decision to place the new primary school in the heart of the town was made by the whole community. A plot of land was available with a close proximity to the cultural center, town library and cinema,

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Grimshaw’s Aspire Tower will be a Benchmark for Passive Environmental Design in Australia

Grimshaw’s Aspire Tower will be a Benchmark for Passive Environmental Design in Australia

Grimshaw Architects has recently submitted its Development Application on behalf of Parramatta City Council for the landmark mixed-use tower. Aspire Tower will be located next to Parramatta Square on

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Striking Solar Equinox Passive House Aligns With the Sun in Bulgaria

Striking Solar Equinox Passive House Aligns With the Sun in Bulgaria

Taking cues from the home's hilly site, Ignatov Architects came up with a plan that fit in with the surroundings and took advantage of the seaside views. The home is built into the hillside and oriented

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KM Architektur’s Geothermal Heilbronn House is a Timber-Clad Home in the Forests of Germany

KM Architektur’s Geothermal Heilbronn House is a Timber-Clad Home in the Forests of Germany

Located on a slope at the edge of a forest on the outskirts of Heilbronn, this three-story house is perfectly positioned to take in its surroundings. The ground floor, which is buried into the hillside,

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Hotel Refugia is a Sheltered Eco Retreat on a Rugged Peninsula in Chile

Hotel Refugia is a Sheltered Eco Retreat on a Rugged Peninsula in Chile

Mobil Arquitectos sought to plant a light footprint on the topography of the landscape with the hotel and the rooms are perched up like a bridge on top of four concrete pillars. Their design also sought

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MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architects won an international competition to design the towers, which is part of a larger 5 tower development project in the downtown area of Mississauga. The project was aimed to provide important

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Sophisticated Passive H-House Keeps its Cool in Salt Lake City

Sophisticated Passive H-House Keeps its Cool in Salt Lake City

H-House is a three bedroom, three-story home in Salt Lake City, UT designed by Axis Architects. The ground floor holds the garage, storage and the entry, which leads up to the main floor that contains all

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A House for Three Sisters Combines Multiple Families and Sensitive Design in Spain

A House for Three Sisters Combines Multiple Families and Sensitive Design in Spain

A House for Three Sisters is essentially three homes joined together and united by shared common spaces in the center in Bullas, Spain. Each home has great views, an upstairs master suite and its own

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Green-Roofed Dani Ridge House is Tucked into the Hillside in Big Sur

Green-Roofed Dani Ridge House is Tucked into the Hillside in Big Sur

  The Dani Ridge House is a three-bedroom, 1,900-square-foot home outside of Big Sur, California on a pristine site above the Pacific Ocean. Carver + Schicketanz worked with their clients to

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Crescent-Shaped Weihai Pavilion Engages With the Seascape in China

Crescent-Shaped Weihai Pavilion Engages With the Seascape in China

Make Architects completed the Weihai Pavilion in the spring of 2012 to serve as an information hub and reception area for a new residential development on the island. The pavilion was the first to be

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East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

The East House Byron Bay was originally a brick home constructed in the 1990s and the owners of the home wanted to transform it into a modern and sustainable residence that supported their passions, which

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H27D is a Zero-Waste Urban Infill Apartment Building in Constance, Germany

H27D is a Zero-Waste Urban Infill Apartment Building in Constance, Germany

Located in the historic district of Constance in Southern Germany, H27D features four private apartments and a ground floor retail shop. Kraus Schoenberg Architects's goal was to make the building blend

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MOTAT’s Aviation Display Hall Protects Historic Planes and the Environment

MOTAT’s Aviation Display Hall Protects Historic Planes and the Environment

The Aviation Display Hall was built to extend MOTAT's existing facilities and house all of their aviation exhibits. The new building is over 3,000 sq m and is actually built on top of a former landfill,

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Accounting Giant KPMG’s New Headquarters Balances Its Energy Budget To Almost Zero

Accounting Giant KPMG’s New Headquarters Balances Its Energy Budget To Almost Zero

KPMG's new headquarters is located on the “Revygrunden” (revue site) between Dirch Passers Boulevard and the metro entrance at Flintholm Station. The building will be used primarily for KPMG offices

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Palm Springs’ Rosa Gardens Affordable Housing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Palm Springs’ Rosa Gardens Affordable Housing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Rosa Gardens was constructed on an urban infill lot and it offers 57 units of 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. The project also includes a common laundry room, a community room, a pool, bike racks, a basketball

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SOM Completes Its Twisting Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City

SOM Completes Its Twisting Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City

The 74 story tower is innovative in its asymmetrical design and is a feat of engineering. The south wall is constructed from concrete and conceived as a protective skin to insulate the building against

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Rammed Earth Glenhope House is a Sustainable Vacation Retreat Outside of Melbourne

Rammed Earth Glenhope House is a Sustainable Vacation Retreat Outside of Melbourne

Three wings form the Glenhope House - a master living suite, bedrooms and the living/dining/kitchen area. The two private wings wrap around a circular driveway with two shaded parking spaces and the entry

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Little Compton is a Charming Passive Retreat in Rhode Island

Little Compton is a Charming Passive Retreat in Rhode Island

Little Compton Retreat is designed as a simple, gable-roofed structure with two bedrooms, with an open floor living, dining and kitchen area in the center. A bedroom is located on either side of the

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Sacramento’s New LEED-Seeking International Airport Opens For Business

Sacramento’s New LEED-Seeking International Airport Opens For Business

Sacramento's nickname is the City of Trees and the design for the airport was directly inspired by the canopy affect of the tree-lined streets. The terminal is a reinterpretation of those shady streets

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Simple Passive Solar House by Mimosa Architekti Respects its Site in the Czech Republic

Simple Passive Solar House by Mimosa Architekti Respects its Site in the Czech Republic

Located in the small village of Bohumileč in the Pardubice region, this two story home was built for a family of four. Inspiration for the home came from a rustic house with a saddle roof, and the

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The Roundy Residence Sits Calmly in the Face of San Juan Islands’ Winds

The Roundy Residence Sits Calmly in the Face of San Juan Islands’ Winds

Ten acres of gently rolling hills abruptly end in a high bluff down to the water, and this stark change in the landscape is what inspired the architecture of the home. Strong winds swoop up from the bluff

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Andrew Maynard’s Ilma Grove Is a Gorgeous Solar Passive Family Home

Andrew Maynard’s Ilma Grove Is a Gorgeous Solar Passive Family Home

The ultimate goal for the owners was to improve the home for their family and reduce their environmental footprint while still maintaining a small home. Originally the home had a brick lean-to at the rear

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Dip Into Geothermal Baths & Eco Luxury at Canada’s La Source Spa

Dip Into Geothermal Baths & Eco Luxury at Canada’s La Source Spa

The new pavilion is an addition to the existing facilities to improve the spa's programming and activities. The 800 sq m, three-story building includes space for 13 massage tables, two lounges, a

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