Sustainable Building

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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Vo Trong Nghia’s Gorgeous Dai Lai Resort is Made from Local Stone and Bamboo

Vo Trong Nghia’s Gorgeous Dai Lai Resort is Made from Local Stone and Bamboo

Vo Trong Nghia Architects' Flamingo Dai Lai Resort welcomes visitors with a path leading to a 260-foot curved wall made from locally-sourced stone. The cool, light-filled entrance gives a hint of the

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LADC Unveils Work on Modern Mountain Passive House in Nelson, BC

LADC Unveils Work on Modern Mountain Passive House in Nelson, BC

LADC (Lukas Armstrong, design + consulting) is building a medium density, intergenerational, certified “Passive House” triplex in the vibrant and progressive town of Nelson BC. The Province of

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Talstation Baiersbronn is a Green Launching Spot For Hikers in the Black Forest

Talstation Baiersbronn is a Green Launching Spot For Hikers in the Black Forest

Talstation Baiersbronn is a combo bistro and sports equipment rental shop in southwestern Germany. The bistro serves local Black Forest cuisine and the shop offers up bike and Segway rentals as well as

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AtelierD’s Giant Honeycomb Bee Hotel Attracts Pollinators & Humans Alike

AtelierD’s Giant Honeycomb Bee Hotel Attracts Pollinators & Humans Alike

The Muttersholtz Archi Festival took place last September and brought together students, architects and artists interested in sustainable development and eco-tourism. Groups built simple and modest

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OMA Unveils Plans for Essence Financial Building with High Performance Facade in Shenzhen

OMA Unveils Plans for Essence Financial Building with High Performance Facade in Shenzhen

The Essence Financial Building will be located in the Financial Development Area of Shenzhen with views overlooking the nearby Shenzhen Golf Club. The 180-meter tower will feature a ground floor podium

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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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B.I.O. TECture’s Hybrid Shades Double as Solar Hot Water Collectors

B.I.O. TECture’s Hybrid Shades Double as Solar Hot Water Collectors

LA-based B.I.O. TECture is an integrator and manufacturer of unique building-integrated solar hot water collectors. The company’s flagship Solar Hybrid Shades™ basically serve as a shading system for

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Rainbow Prefab Duplex is the First Certified PassivHaus in British Columbia

Rainbow Prefab Duplex is the First Certified PassivHaus in British Columbia

Each home in the Rainbow Passive House Duplex is 1,500 square feet and comes with an unfinished basement, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The home achieves a 90 percent reduction in energy use because

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SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

The 2010 earthquake all but destroyed the historical Cathedral, a source of national pride. After removing the ruble, the shell of the church has remained, but soon construction will begin to restore what

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Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is located on the corner of 6th and Oak Street in Oakland. The dense project worked to match the surrounding feel of the residential homes as well as address the visual and noise impact

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The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

Rather than simply let the Latrobe Valley revert to a supposed “natural” state, NAAU proposes a new urban design that retains and adaptively reuses “the significant industrial infrastructure as a

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Construction Begins on Moscow’s Green-Roofed, Geometric Kuntsevo Plaza

Construction Begins on Moscow’s Green-Roofed, Geometric Kuntsevo Plaza

Taking over an entire city block, the Kuntsevo Plaza will provide 250,000 sq m of retail space, entertainment, residences, class-A office space, rooftop decks and public plazas. The contemporary design is

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Ferrer Arquitectos’ PITA & Tecnova Buildings Promote Green Building in Almeria, Spain

Ferrer Arquitectos’ PITA & Tecnova Buildings Promote Green Building in Almeria, Spain

The Pitagoras and Tecnova buildings provide high tech research and office space for Almeria as part of the new Parque Científico-Tecnológico de Almería (PITA). Designed by Ferrer Arquitectos, the

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Sleeping Around: Belgium’s Pop-Up Shipping Container Hotel Is Always On the Move

Sleeping Around: Belgium’s Pop-Up Shipping Container Hotel Is Always On the Move

Pop-up stores are pretty common, but hotels less so, largely because of their need for reliable and consistent infrastructure. The makers of Sleeping Around wanted to apply the same principles of pop-up

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Golany Architects Unveils Plans for Sustainable New Centre for Higher Education in Ashdod, Israel

Golany Architects Unveils Plans for Sustainable New Centre for Higher Education in Ashdod, Israel

Israeli design firm Golany Architects recently unveiled plans for the new Centre for Higher Education in Ashdod, the fifth-largest city in Israel. The design of the building is based on colonnades with

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SMPL Design Studio’s Latest Energy-Efficient Prefab Duplex is Prepped for the Cold in Canada

SMPL Design Studio’s Latest Energy-Efficient Prefab Duplex is Prepped for the Cold in Canada

The YK Duplex 2 was constructed at SMPLy Mod Prefab Homes' factories, which are located north of Edmonton, Alberta. Design was handled by their sister company SMPL Design Studio and developed by

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Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

Following an international seminar about the future of eco-tourism in the Western Ghats region in India, Sami Rintala, Daggur Eggertsson and Pasi Aalto of Rintala Eggertsson Architects and a group of

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Michael Maltzan’s Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA

Michael Maltzan’s Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA

Located at 6th Street and Maple Avenue along the border of Skid Row, Star Apartments is a new model for urban development. This is the third project by Michael Maltzan for Skid Row Housing Trust after

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Stone Environmental Interpretation Centre is a Sensitive Reconstruction on São Jorge Island

Stone Environmental Interpretation Centre is a Sensitive Reconstruction on São Jorge Island

The Environmental Interpretation Centre is located on the shores of the Faja da Caldeira de Santo Cristo on São Jorge Island on the Azores archipelago of Portugal. The islands are very remote and located

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Behnisch Architekten Wins Competition for New Green-Roofed Agora Cancer Research Centre in Switzerland

Behnisch Architekten Wins Competition for New Green-Roofed Agora Cancer Research Centre in Switzerland

Behnisch Architekten just announced their win in the design competition for the new Agora Cancer Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland. The new centre will bring together hundreds of researchers, scientists,

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Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi i.Lab is located at the eastern end of the Kilometro Rosso Scientific Technology Park in Bergamo, Italy. The V-shaped building is composed of two wings on either side of a central courtyard to

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C.F. Møller Unveils Competition-Winning Eco Student Residence for SDU in Odense

C.F. Møller Unveils Competition-Winning Eco Student Residence for SDU in Odense

C.F. Møller's winning design for a new student housing project at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense is a tower made up of three towers around a common shared space. Privacy and sight lines

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