Sustainable Building

Solar-Powered Berlin Home Features a Camouflaging Pixelated Facade

Solar-Powered Berlin Home Features a Camouflaging Pixelated Facade

The color gradient of the house is laid out so it gets darker close towards the ground and blends with the adjacent treetops. The pixel-like façade combines sustainable technologies with traditional

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Eureka Springs’ Open-Air Thorncrown Chapel is a Paragon of Environmental Design

Eureka Springs’ Open-Air Thorncrown Chapel is a Paragon of Environmental Design

With all the contemporary emphasis on modern sustainable architecture, sometimes we seem to forget that environmentally friendly architecture has existed for a long time. Built in 1980, Thorncrown Chapel

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We Celebrate Toyota’s New LEED Platinum San Francisco Dealership with a RAV4 EV Test Drive

We Celebrate Toyota’s New LEED Platinum San Francisco Dealership with a RAV4 EV Test Drive

We don't need much of an excuse to test drive any electric car, but we're loving a lot about this, from the fact that the SF Toyota dealership is a remodeled 1800s horse barn that retains 100 percent of

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Radhaus is a Glowing Bike Shop & Storage Facility in Eastern Germany

Radhaus is a Glowing Bike Shop & Storage Facility in Eastern Germany

After the new rail station was completed in Erfurt, lots of commuters were riding their bikes to the station and chaining their bikes up to whatever they could find. Plans hadn't been made to accommodate

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UC San Diego’s Charles David Keeling Apartments Set the Bar for Sustainable Student Housing

UC San Diego’s Charles David Keeling Apartments Set the Bar for Sustainable Student Housing

Second year students of UCSD used to be housed in two separate locations on campus away from their main dining hall, so the Keeling Apartments were constructed to consolidate their housing at Revelle

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

The SFPUC Headquarters are located in downtown San Francisco in a neighborhood dominated by civic buildings and just a block away from City Hall. KMD Architects was tasked with designing the greenest

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MVRDV Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Business District at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

MVRDV Breaks Ground on Green-Roofed Business District at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport

The facades of the buildings in the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport business district are meant to subtly reference the patterns seen in a bamboo forest, according to the architects. "The self-shading shape of

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Lanefab’s Rainwater Recycling Highbury House is Topped With a Rooftop Garden

Lanefab’s Rainwater Recycling Highbury House is Topped With a Rooftop Garden

The 20th & Highbury laneway house is a new infill mini home in Vancouver that was built by Lanefab for a couple with an interest in urban gardening. The project features rooftop gardening beds

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Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

The developers of this underutilized parcel in Milwaukee's Walker’s Point neighborhood wanted a building that achieved a mission of economic improvement, social justice, environmental restoration, and

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Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly and Ilac Diaz from My Shelter Foundation teamed up for the first time at last year's Shanghai Biennale. They share a vision to provide environmentally-friendly

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The Freedom Room is a Low-Cost Micro Apartment Designed by Prison Inmates

The Freedom Room is a Low-Cost Micro Apartment Designed by Prison Inmates

There is a large carpentry shop in the High Security Prison in Spoleto, Italy where inmates build furniture for other correctional facilities. Cibic Workshop and Comodo (Comunicare Moltiplica Doveri)

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Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

Crissy Field Center is a state-of-the-art youth education facility that includes classrooms, a science lab, an art room, an administrative space and the Beach Hut cafe. Children from around the Bay Area

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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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Spherical Ekinoid Shelter is a Self-Sufficient, Disaster-Proof Prefab Home

Spherical Ekinoid Shelter is a Self-Sufficient, Disaster-Proof Prefab Home

An Ekinoid Home is 34 feet in diameter and sits elevated above the ground on supports. Accessed via a spiral staircase, which also doubles as the hydroponic garden, the home provides 2,500 sq ft (239 sq

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PIH’s Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Opens in Haiti, Merging Innovative Design and Healthcare

PIH’s Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Opens in Haiti, Merging Innovative Design and Healthcare

Not only is HUM Central Haiti’s first-ever teaching hospital, it is the largest hospital in the world to be powered primarily with solar energy. In an area where power outages last for an average of 3

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Rooftop Helipad Transformed into Garden and Co-Working Space in Mexico City

Rooftop Helipad Transformed into Garden and Co-Working Space in Mexico City

Foro Ciel is a transformative renovation project on the top of a Coca-Cola company building in Mexico City. The project, which was designed by Rojkind Arquitectos and AGENT, serves as the home of the

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Breaks Ground on the International Criminal Court in The Hague

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Breaks Ground on the International Criminal Court in The Hague

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the international design competition to design the permanent ICC complex back in 2010. They have since been working with the organization, The Hague and the

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Only Two Offices Left at the Greenhouse in Leeds!

Only Two Offices Left at the Greenhouse in Leeds!

Award-winning mixed-use sustainable development Greenhouse in Leeds is bucking the current stagnant commercial property market as business owners and financial directors are choosing to invest in

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Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Unveil Plans for the Motion Picture Academy Museum in LA

Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali Unveil Plans for the Motion Picture Academy Museum in LA

The Motion Picture Academy Museum will take over the space previously inhabited by the LACMA West and what was previously the May Co. Department Store, which opened in 1939. The original façade of the

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Magical Dome House in Remote Thailand Constructed in Six Weeks for Just $8000!

Magical Dome House in Remote Thailand Constructed in Six Weeks for Just $8000!

Truth be told, rules are a little lax in Thailand, so Steve wasn't required to obtain building permits for his 500 square foot home, which naturally shortened the process. Then he added his own finishing

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BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

Bjarke Ingels Group competed in an international design competition against the likes of Valode & Pistre, Snøhetta and Manual Gautrand to win the award for Europa City. The project began with the

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KAUST’s Breakwater Beacon is a Naturally-Cooled Lighthouse in Saudi Arabia

KAUST’s Breakwater Beacon is a Naturally-Cooled Lighthouse in Saudi Arabia

KAUST commissioned Australia-based Urban Art Projects to design a contemporary lighthouse for the HOK-designed university, which was inaugurated back in 2009. Led by Daniel Tobin, Matthew Tobin and Jamie

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Studio G Architects Unveils Modular Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA

Studio G Architects Unveils Modular Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA

Studio G Architects recently completed the design and construction of the Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA. By stretching the technology and capabilities of permanent modular construction, the

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Green-Roofed Stone Hunting Lodge Rises from the Earth in the Czech Republic

Green-Roofed Stone Hunting Lodge Rises from the Earth in the Czech Republic

Basarch's private hunting lodge is located on a game preserve near Lednice in the south of the Czech Republic. One side of the linear home is bermed to protect it from the sound of a nearby highway. A

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MAD Completes Stunning China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin

MAD Completes Stunning China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin

Located across from a park and backed by a dense neighborhood and buildings, the China Wood Sculpture Museum is a long, low volume. As with many of MAD's projects, the form is organic and flows like a

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A-Lab Completes Stacked Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters in Norway

A-Lab Completes Stacked Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters in Norway

Back in 2009, A-Lab won a competition against 40 other entries to design Statoil's new offices. Located in a park-like setting in Fornebu, Bærum, Norway, the office is composed of five rectangular

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Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

While the Smart Home is aiming for LEED Gold certification, it is arguably not what one might typically expect from a green home, (and HGTV makes this distinction—see more info on this here). The 2,400

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Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Sited close to the Bay Bridge with views out over the water, Wharton's new San Francisco campus is also conveniently located near public transit. The school offers up graduate level classes and an

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Gateway Villetaneuse Footbridge Unfurls Like a Leaf Over Train Tracks Outside of Paris

Gateway Villetaneuse Footbridge Unfurls Like a Leaf Over Train Tracks Outside of Paris

The transportation network around Villetaneuse was recently upgraded, and though it was necessary, the project unfortunately created a division in the town's pedestrian network. DVVD designed a footbridge

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GSK’s US Headquarters Awarded Double LEED Platinum in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard

GSK’s US Headquarters Awarded Double LEED Platinum in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard

Image ©Francis Dzikowski / Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP GSK's US Headquarters is the newest addition to Philadelphia's Navy Yard project to the south of downtown along the river. The

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