Sustainable Building

Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

We traveled to the house by boat and were surprised to find it concealed from the shoreline, hidden as it is by a large acacia tree left intact by the designer. This complete adoration of nature is

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Green-Roofed Villa L Floats Upon a Daylit Glass Volume in the Netherlands

Green-Roofed Villa L Floats Upon a Daylit Glass Volume in the Netherlands

The upper level of Villa L was conceived as a “village of cabins” - a cluster of detached volumes that follow a different outline compared to the ground floor. In order to achieve this, architects

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Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture has designed a new pedestrian bridge, set to be a landmark for the city of Lima. The bridge will span a busy roadway and connect the two thriving districts of Miraflores

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Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

Caltech's Robinson Laboratory was originally built in 1932 and features a Spanish mission-style design similar to many of the buildings on the campus. Keeping true to the original nature of the building,

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San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

We're still about 4 years away from the completion of the Transbay Transit Center, a 1.5 million-square-foot facility that will serve as the terminus for this high speed rail line in California. Stretched

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La Trobe University’s Eye-Popping New Research Facility Aims for Australia’s 5-Star Green Rating

La Trobe University’s Eye-Popping New Research Facility Aims for Australia’s 5-Star Green Rating

The six-story rectangular building is enveloped with an undulating honeycomb-like façade that is dominated by colorful oversized window frames. Three of these are outfitted with wood and protrude from

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Net Zero Williams-York Residence Achieves LEED Platinum in Kansas

Net Zero Williams-York Residence Achieves LEED Platinum in Kansas

The original home was determined to have a compromised foundation, so it was decided a renovation would not achieve the desired results. To minimize the impact of of tearing down the home, the homeowners

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KPF Transforms a Boring Suburban NJ Office into a Shining Sustainable Building

KPF Transforms a Boring Suburban NJ Office into a Shining Sustainable Building

KPF convinced their real estate client to not tear down the Iselin, NJ office park, but instead let them renovate it. Originally built in the 1980s, the dreary building was surrounded by parking lots and

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Interior Design Arts Unveils Gorgeous Timber-Framed Home in Watchung, New Jersey

Interior Design Arts Unveils Gorgeous Timber-Framed Home in Watchung, New Jersey

This gorgeous timber-framed home was designed and built by the artisans at Interior Design Arts. The team combined their passion for natural aesthetics with modern amenities to turn this home into a

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Australia 108: Tallest Skyscraper in the Southern Hemisphere Coming Soon to Melbourne

Australia 108: Tallest Skyscraper in the Southern Hemisphere Coming Soon to Melbourne

Australia 108 was recently approved by Melbourne's planning commission and will have a total of 108 floors. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018, when it will beat out the Q1 Tower in Gold

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Stilts: Inhabitat Monkeys Around in Sustainable Kenyan Treehouses

Stilts: Inhabitat Monkeys Around in Sustainable Kenyan Treehouses

We had a chance to chat with Andy about the genesis of Stilts, which was carefully designed to have the smallest possible impact on this section of Coral Rag Forest. While the Kenyan-born business owner

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NL Architects’ Home Topped with a Rooftop Pool Keeps Its Cool in Florida

NL Architects’ Home Topped with a Rooftop Pool Keeps Its Cool in Florida

In 2011, Andrew R, a Canadian entrepreneur, contacted NL Architects to request their services in designing a home in Del Ray Beach, Florida. He had plans to remove the existing 12,000 sq ft mansion and

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SND CYN Studios: Former Lima Bean Factory Turned into a Collaborative Workspace in Irvine

SND CYN Studios: Former Lima Bean Factory Turned into a Collaborative Workspace in Irvine

SND CYN Studios was the brainchild of Ty Mattson, who runs the creative studio Mattson Studios. Wanting an inspiring place to go to work everyday, he set his heart on turning the historic bean factory

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Low-Impact Tanderra House is Tucked into the Landscape of Victoria, Australia

Low-Impact Tanderra House is Tucked into the Landscape of Victoria, Australia

Located on a 40 ha site with distant views of the ocean to the west, the home is also exposed to a powerful prevailing wind from the north. To maximize on views, and minimize the effect of both the hot

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Mode:Lina’s KontenerArt Project Enlivens a Forgotten Beach in Poland

Mode:Lina’s KontenerArt Project Enlivens a Forgotten Beach in Poland

Rather than let the beautiful riverside sandy beach go to waste, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the city of Poznań funded a project dedicated to the arts. Mode:Lina kept to a tight

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gmp Architekten Unveils Massive Daylit Tianjin Exhibition Center for China

gmp Architekten Unveils Massive Daylit Tianjin Exhibition Center for China

The Tianjin Exhibition Center will be China's third international exhibition center (after the ones in Shanghai and Guangzhou), and it's expected to be completed in the next few years. Located on Tianjin

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The Blue Planet: Europe’s Largest Aquarium Opens This Weekend in Copenhagen

The Blue Planet: Europe’s Largest Aquarium Opens This Weekend in Copenhagen

The Blue Planet is the newest version of the Denmark Aquarium in Copenhagen dating back to 1939. Located on the shores of Øresund, the aquarium has a picturesque view of the sea and convenient access to

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Centre Village is a Modular Affordable Micro Housing Complex in Winnipeg

Centre Village is a Modular Affordable Micro Housing Complex in Winnipeg

The lot on which Centre Village was built was at one time an abandoned site in a neglected inner-city neighborhood that was slated to hold just six single-family homes. A zoning change allowed the

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MVRDV Converts Twin Silos into Gemini Residences on Copenhagen’s Waterfront

MVRDV Converts Twin Silos into Gemini Residences on Copenhagen’s Waterfront

Originally built in 1963, the Frøsilos seed silos were once part of the Soya Bean Cake Factory on the Port of Copenhagen. The plant closed in the 1990s and the area was slated for redevelopment into

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Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

The Aeroponic Vertical Farm is made up of an array of bamboo parallelograms that are formed to create stepped terraces of rice fields. Located in cities, these compact farms would not only help grow rice

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Café Botanical Creates a Direct Connection with Iceland’s Akureyri Gardens

Café Botanical Creates a Direct Connection with Iceland’s Akureyri Gardens

Akureyri's city council commissioned Kollgata Arkitektur to create a café for the gardens to celebrate the city's 150th anniversary as well as the garden's 100th anniversary. The Botanical Gardens were

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VolcanElectric Mask: Skyscraper Protects Cities from Eruptions and Generates Electricity from Lava

VolcanElectric Mask: Skyscraper Protects Cities from Eruptions and Generates Electricity from Lava

VolcanElectric Mask is a design that could harness the untapped power of volcanoes to generate electricity and minimize damage and destruction from eruptions. Designed by Jing Hao, Zhanou Zhang, Xingyue

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pH Conditioner: Floating Jellyfish Skyscrapers Combat Air Pollution While Producing Fresh Water

pH Conditioner: Floating Jellyfish Skyscrapers Combat Air Pollution While Producing Fresh Water

Hao Tian, Huang Haiyang, and Shi Jianwei's PH Conditioner Skyscrapers received an honorable mention in the2013 eVolo Skyscraper competition. The fantastical proposal soaks up damaging acidic pollutants

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Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Vancouver architects Susan and David Scott set off to start their own practice and the first project they wanted to work on was their own. They designed and built a snowboard cabin located in an alpine

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Nature Centre Hindsgavl is an Energy-Efficient Earth-Bermed Building in Denmark

Nature Centre Hindsgavl is an Energy-Efficient Earth-Bermed Building in Denmark

Nature Centre Hindsgavl is a sustainable activity and outdoor center in Middlefart, Denmark. The center captures views of the surrounding nature reserve, compliments its beauty and also provides

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Northeastern University’s Seattle Campus on Track for LEED Platinum Rating

Northeastern University’s Seattle Campus on Track for LEED Platinum Rating

Located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, Northeastern University's satellite campus was designed to draw people in. Large floor-to-ceiling windows provide a connection with the interiors and the

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HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

Located in Queensbridge Square in Southbank, the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar has transformed the public square into a temporary coffee plantation. Inspired by Guatemalan farms, the Young Designers

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12-Year-Old Sicily Kolbeck is Building Her Very Own Solar-Powered Tiny House

12-Year-Old Sicily Kolbeck is Building Her Very Own Solar-Powered Tiny House

When most grade school students embark on a construction project, it's not usually on quite the scale of a fully-functional residence—but that's exactly what 12-year-old Sicily Kolbeck has taken on. Her

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Work Begins on BIG’s Waste to Energy Ski Slope Project in Copenhagen

Work Begins on BIG’s Waste to Energy Ski Slope Project in Copenhagen

The project was initially denied because the waste company wanted to increase the capacity of the plant -- meaning burning more waste and releasing more CO2. At the same time, Europe has a growing waste

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Autodesk’s New Milan Offices Achieve LEED Gold With Lots of Italian Flair

Autodesk’s New Milan Offices Achieve LEED Gold With Lots of Italian Flair

Revamping an existing condominium complex, Goring & Straja crafted a new 850 sq m (9,150 sq ft) office space for Autodesk in Milan. Their first goal was to make the new space as sustainable as

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