Sustainable Building

BC-AS Architects Complete Rammed Earth Hunting Cabin in Belgium

BC-AS Architects Complete Rammed Earth Hunting Cabin in Belgium

Last year, BC Architects organized Belgium's first rammed earth workshop to build a small but comfortable hunting cabin from about 30 square meters of rammed earth. The foundation and roof work was

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Philippe Starck & Riko Unveil Prefab P.A.T.H Eco Homes in Europe

Philippe Starck & Riko Unveil Prefab P.A.T.H Eco Homes in Europe

Philippe Starck began working with Riko in 2012 to design a line of prefab homes, and the collaborative team just unveiled their plans to the public. Starting in July of 2013, consumers can configure a

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LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

LA’s New Tom Bradley International Terminal is Inspired by Ocean Waves

The Tom Bradley Terminal is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles and is a major improvement to airline travel for the busy hub. Fentress Architects, who designed Sacramento's new

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Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

The goal of the project was to re-purpose the existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot. Rather than just tearing the shed down and getting rid of it, Raffaello Rosselli recycled the original

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Green-Roofed New Forest House Treads Lightly on the Forest in Southern England

Green-Roofed New Forest House Treads Lightly on the Forest in Southern England

Situated in the New Forest National Park, the private property previously featured an older two-bedroom cottage. The owners wanted to replace the old cottage with a new house, and they worked with local

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Perkins+Will Completes UW School of Medicine with an Undulating Glass Facade

Perkins+Will Completes UW School of Medicine with an Undulating Glass Facade

The latest phase completed at the UW School of Medicine adds a 183,000 sq ft research facility with laboratories and offices that will house more than 400 employees. The new building is designed to be

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MODS International Donates a Shipping Container Home to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

MODS International Donates a Shipping Container Home to Oklahoma Tornado Victims

MODS International is a builder of shipping container homes and shelters geared towards temporary situations. Disaster relief is exactly what the founder had in mind when starting the company. Doug

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GLUCK+’s Green-Roofed Pavilion Pool House Melts Into the Landscape of Lake George, NY

GLUCK+’s Green-Roofed Pavilion Pool House Melts Into the Landscape of Lake George, NY

GLUCK+ topped the roof of the Pool Pavilion with sod to create an upper terrace and a large playing field. The lake, pool, gym and internal courtyard are linked to the fields by sod ramps and stairs. Clad

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Los Angeles’ Alameda Square to be Transformed Into One of the Nation’s Largest Creative Campuses

Los Angeles’ Alameda Square to be Transformed Into One of the Nation’s Largest Creative Campuses

Built in 1918, Los Angeles' Alameda Square is one of the nation’s largest historic industrial centers. Creative Space, an integrated development and marketing firm, is in the process of upgrading and

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Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

Southlands Residence Deftly Straddles an Urban Oasis in Vancouver

The heavily vegetated corner site is cut in half by a year-round freshwater stream that flows through a lush rocky basin. DIALOG's Vancouver office designed the new home to take advantage of the previous

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Wall House: Stacked Double Home in Singapore is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

Wall House: Stacked Double Home in Singapore is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

At the heart of the home is a large courtyard surrounded by stone that provides a connection between both house blocks. The smaller of the homes is a two bedroom home with a modest living space and

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Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

Western Michigan University Completes Sangren Hall, a New Eco Education Powerhouse

WMU chose to construct a new building rather than renovate in order to create the new space needed for more classrooms. In addition, they also determined that a new building would be far more energy

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I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

I-Resort’s 9 Spa Hotel is Made From Local Materials in Vietnam

Tucked up into the mountain above the main part of the resort, the 9 Spa is a secluded and peaceful retreat. To construct the retreat, a21studio and I-Resort hired 80 village masons, carpenters and craft

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Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Originally built in 1974, the Jorgenson Laboratory was a concrete structure outfitted with 'solar shades' and a upper terrace that was hardly used and created a dark interior. Underutilized, Caltech

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New Master Plan for Wimbledon Incorporates Green Walls & Traditional English Landscaping

New Master Plan for Wimbledon Incorporates Green Walls & Traditional English Landscaping

The new 2020 Master Plan for Wimbledon provides a pathway for improvements and enhancements to the famous tennis grounds. Led by Grimshaw and aided by Rolfe Judd Planning, Atelier Ten, Vectos and Movement

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Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

Salorge: Energy-Efficient Office Inspired by Traditional Salt Warehouses Rises in France

The representatives of Pornic County wanted the Salorge government building to carry on the tradition of architecture in the Retz region (such as gabled, tiled roofs). The county government building is

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Westbury Garden Rooms Creates Green-Roofed Backyard Retreats

Westbury Garden Rooms Creates Green-Roofed Backyard Retreats

Have you ever dreamed of setting up a room of your own in the backyard? The UK's Westbury Garden Rooms produces free-standing, contemporary cedar-clad eco rooms. The grass-roofed rooms are well insulated

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Blu Homes Unveils Southern California Breezehouse Prefab at Dwell on Design 2013

Blu Homes Unveils Southern California Breezehouse Prefab at Dwell on Design 2013

The new Southern California Breezehouse is a four-bed, four-bath prefab home that features a separate 24 ft pod for additional living space, a guest room or an office. The 2,900 sq ft home features an

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Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

BOLLES+WILSON took first place in a 2009 competition to come up with a creative and engaging transformation of the St. Sebastian Church into kindergarten. Their plan to transform the 1962 church was based

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Leadenhall Building: London’s 224-Meter-Tall “Cheesegrater” Tower Reaches Full Height

Leadenhall Building: London’s 224-Meter-Tall “Cheesegrater” Tower Reaches Full Height

Half of the curtain walling of “the cheesegrater” tower is now complete, with 51% of the structure already pre-leased to companies Aon and Amlin. The Leadenhall Building is owned by British Land and

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PHOTOS: Sister Cities Park & Green-Roofed Cafe is a Perfect Lunch Spot in Philly

PHOTOS: Sister Cities Park & Green-Roofed Cafe is a Perfect Lunch Spot in Philly

Located on the east side of Logan Square in downtown Philadelphia, Sister Cities Park is just a stone's throw from the Academy of Natural Sciences and across the street from the Basilica Cathedral of

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Sustainable & Flexible Housing in Nantes Caters to Families of All Sizes

Sustainable & Flexible Housing in Nantes Caters to Families of All Sizes

Located in the neighborhood of the Bottière Chênaie in Nantes, France, this sustainable housing project features 2 apartment blocks with 36 flats and 7 blocks of multi-family dwellings with 26 flats.

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Rammed Earth Tucson Mountain Retreat is Intimately Connected with the Sonoran Desert

Rammed Earth Tucson Mountain Retreat is Intimately Connected with the Sonoran Desert

Located outside of Tucson is this mountain and desert retreat designed to enjoy the surrounding landscape while minimizing its impact on it. Local architects DUST sited the home carefully within adjacent

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

Photocredits: Architect Koen Olthuis - Waterstudio.NL and Pieter Kers FLOAT! is a beautiful volume that explores the world of floating architecture through historic, current, and future developments as

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A++ Architecture Unveils Plans for Shipping Container Homes in Bodrum, Turkey

A++ Architecture Unveils Plans for Shipping Container Homes in Bodrum, Turkey

A++ Architecture recently unveiled plans to construct a cluster of net zero energy buildings in Bodrum, Turkey. The new development will feature a number of highly efficient, low cost homes made from

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Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

The original home on the 0.35 acre lot overlooking Lake Champlain was dilapidated and not very efficient. To build the home of their dreams the owners worked with Ernie Ruskey, AIA, of Tektonika Studio

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Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

When DPR went hunting for a building for their regional offices in Phoenix, they were surprised to find a good option in a space that used to house a porn mega store. "When we first went to look at it, we

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BIG Unveils Plans for Denmark’s New LEGO House Museum

BIG Unveils Plans for Denmark’s New LEGO House Museum

The LEGO Group selected BIG and Ralph Appelbaum Associates to design their interactive museum back in February of 2013 because of their understanding of LEGO and architecture. In fact it's not the first

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Green-Roofed Yuppie Ranch House Flows Into the Landscape in Italy

Green-Roofed Yuppie Ranch House Flows Into the Landscape in Italy

The site was originally just empty farmland with a fence built from railroad ties to mark the property boundary. The ties were resurrected and reused in the construction of the home. Seen buried into the

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Sou Fujimoto’s Nebulous 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens to the Public in London

Sou Fujimoto’s Nebulous 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens to the Public in London

Sou Fujimoto is the 13th—and youngest—architect to be invited to design a summer pavilion for the garden, which will host a variety of events all summer long. Fujimoto's works are known for their play

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