Sustainable Building

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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Henning Larsen Wins Competition to Build Green Particle Accelerator in Sweden

Henning Larsen Wins Competition to Build Green Particle Accelerator in Sweden

The European Spallation Source will provide 100,000 square meters of laboratories, offices, meeting spaces, and a lecture hall along with a 600 meter long proton accelerator and a 180 metres long neutron

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Hayden Place is a Sustainable Office for the Cuningham Group in Culver City

Hayden Place is a Sustainable Office for the Cuningham Group in Culver City

The Cuningham Group and REThink Development partnered on this project to create ultra green office space in Culver City. They bought a warehouse that was once part of the MGM studio back lot and worked in

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Adobe’s New LEED Gold-Designed Campus Connects with the Outdoors in Utah

Adobe’s New LEED Gold-Designed Campus Connects with the Outdoors in Utah

Located about half an hour south of Salt Lake City in Lehi, UT is Adobe's new campus. Situated right next to I-15 and public transit, the center is centrally located between major population centers and a

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Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

The client asked Charles Wright Architects to design an off-grid home on the edge of the FNQ beachfront rainforest. The goal of the home was to make the most of its natural surroundings and ensure the

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NBBJ Unveils Samsung’s New Garden-Filled San Jose Campus That Could Rival Them All

NBBJ Unveils Samsung’s New Garden-Filled San Jose Campus That Could Rival Them All

Samsung's new campus will expand the company's existing US reach and set it on a more level playing field with the other tech companies with headquarters in Silicon Valley. The San Jose campus will

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects to Build Vertical Forest Office Building in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects to Build Vertical Forest Office Building in Vietnam

The Trees Building will be a branch office of ABBANK, and it promises to be one of the most striking new buildings in Danang. Because of the terraced system, Vo Trong Nghia will be able to fit at least

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The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

Before work began, Congo Street was a collection of small houses in a state of disrepair. Many residents had lived there for years in houses that had been handed down from parents or grandparents, but the

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INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and Opportunity Green

INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and Opportunity Green

Gensler has more than 3,000 professionals in 41 locations around the world, and together they have managed to make quite an impact with sustainable architecture. Granted, not every architecture firm

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Pasona HQ is an Urban Farm That Grows Food For Its Employees in Tokyo

Pasona HQ is an Urban Farm That Grows Food For Its Employees in Tokyo

Located in downtown Tokyo, Pasona HQ is a nine-story building for the Japanese recruitment company. Rather than build a brand-new building, the company took over a 50-year-old structure and renovated it

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H Arquitectes’ Modular Dorm Lets Barcelona Architecture Students Design Their Own Rooms!

H Arquitectes’ Modular Dorm Lets Barcelona Architecture Students Design Their Own Rooms!

Located near the Vallès Architecture School in St. Cugat del Vallès, this new student housing project may likely be home to many an architecture student and we can imagine it will be in high demand. The

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City Green Court is the First Commercial LEED Platinum Building in the Czech Republic

City Green Court is the First Commercial LEED Platinum Building in the Czech Republic

Located in the Pankrac area of Prague, City Green Court completes the Radio Plaza super block master planned by Richard Meier & Partners and developed by Skanska Property Czech Republic. The 8-story

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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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New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

Unlike most welcome centers and rest areas, the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center really encourages visitors to get out of their cars and stretch their legs. The entire site covers more than 26 acres

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Nation’s Oldest Indoor Shopping Mall Being Renovated Into Micro Apartment Building

Nation’s Oldest Indoor Shopping Mall Being Renovated Into Micro Apartment Building

Built in 1828, the Providence Arcade (also called the Westminster Arcade) was the country's first indoor shopping mall and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The historic structure is

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Menthol Architects’ Tower for Swifts Provides a Safe Nesting Place for Birds in Warsaw, Poland

Menthol Architects’ Tower for Swifts Provides a Safe Nesting Place for Birds in Warsaw, Poland

Europe's swift population is rapidly declining due to the loss of nesting sites caused by the demolition and renovation of buildings. This is because modern, newly insulated buildings don't offer adequate

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Pedro Kok’s Video Shows Beautiful Metropol Parasol In Action in Seville

Pedro Kok’s Video Shows Beautiful Metropol Parasol In Action in Seville

Can't get enough of the Metropol Parasol? Neither can we, and we just love this new video narrative of the urban sculpture. Filmed by Brazilian artist Pedro Kok, the short video produced for Domus shows

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Proyecto Roble is a Landscaper Architect’s Dream Eco Office in the Rural Netherlands

Proyecto Roble is a Landscaper Architect’s Dream Eco Office in the Rural Netherlands

Landscape architecture firm Van Helvoirt Groenprojecten's striking home office is a barn-style volume with red slats on the exterior. Drawing upon passive design principles, the building was oriented and

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OVG’s TNT Centre is an Energy Positive, Zero Emission Office in The Netherlands

OVG’s TNT Centre is an Energy Positive, Zero Emission Office in The Netherlands

TNT Express' goal is to become the world's first carbon neutral express and mail company in the world - so they set out to make their home office as sustainable as possible. Completed in 2011, the TNT

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Sosoljip is a Self-Sufficient Net Zero Energy House in South Korea

Sosoljip is a Self-Sufficient Net Zero Energy House in South Korea

After living for years in Seoul, Dr. Jung Soik wanted to move to a remote country village on Namhae, but wanted her home to be self-sufficient in terms of energy use. So she and Lifethings designed a

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Chris & Malissa Tack’s Tiny Tack House Lives Large in Washington State

Chris & Malissa Tack’s Tiny Tack House Lives Large in Washington State

The couple began designing their home back in 2011 and made sure to think about how they would use the space before ever beginning construction. Working from home is a necessity for them both, as well as

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