Sustainable Building

Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade

Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade

The Glass Farm is a redevelopment of Schijndel'’s market square, which was heavily damaged during WWII. MVRDV's Winy Maas grew up in Schijndel and in 1980 he proposed redeveloping the market square to

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Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Feature the World’s Largest Climate-Controlled Greenhouses

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Feature the World’s Largest Climate-Controlled Greenhouses

The cooled conservatories at Gardens by the Bay cover an area of 16,500 m2 and achieve carbon neutral status with the help of low-energy and renewable systems. The two greenhouses were designed by

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X Marks the Spot at the Striking Naturally Daylit NEO Bankside Residences in London

X Marks the Spot at the Striking Naturally Daylit NEO Bankside Residences in London

NEO Bankside is located directly south of the Tate Modern and features four buildings with 217 residences and a six-story office block. The hexagonal buildings have a distinctive external cross-bracing

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LOT-EK’s Sanlitun South is an Urban Shipping Container Village in Beijing

LOT-EK’s Sanlitun South is an Urban Shipping Container Village in Beijing

LOT-EK's Sunlitan South is one part of a larger retail and living center in Beijing. Master planned by The Oval Partnership for Swire Properties, the project also features building designed by KKAA/Kengo

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Solar-Powered ZCB is the First Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong

Solar-Powered ZCB is the First Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong

The ZCB (Zero Carbon Building) is Hong Kong's first net-zero energy building and it was developed to promote low-carbon living and showcase low/zero carbon design and technologies. The building and its

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1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way For New Adaptive Reuse Office

When Fulton Street Cold Storage building was built in 1923 it was one of the most technologically advanced refrigeration buildings with elevators, cork insulation, sprinkler system and ammonia

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Olson Kundig’s Single-Room Gulf Islands Cabin is a Minimalist Retreat in British Columbia

Olson Kundig’s Single-Room Gulf Islands Cabin is a Minimalist Retreat in British Columbia

In typical Olson Kundig fashion, this one-room cabin leans towards a modern industrial/rustic aesthetic and features a shed roof with large overhangs. Located near the coast in the Gulf Islands to the

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Compact Shipping Container House Challenges Space Requirements in Colorado

Compact Shipping Container House Challenges Space Requirements in Colorado

The Shipping Container House questions the need for space in our day to day lives and challenges us to be more efficient. Coming in at only 1,517 sq ft, this compact home packs in a lot of functionality.

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Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Travels Abroad to Clean the Air During Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Travels Abroad to Clean the Air During Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Wendy is a giant architectural installation designed to push the boundaries of what architecture is and how it can impact our experience, while also working to improve the environment. The spiky blue

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Nice Architects Win First Prize for Lush Parkhill Development in Bratislava

Nice Architects Win First Prize for Lush Parkhill Development in Bratislava

The Parkhill location is currently an open-air amphitheater in Bratislava, Slovakia near the city centre and an urban forest. The development will be located on a steep slope, which will help to

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Innovative Sprout Space Prefab Classroom On Its Way to the National Building Museum

Innovative Sprout Space Prefab Classroom On Its Way to the National Building Museum

Sprout Space has a threefold mission: to provide healthy, sustainable, and flexible spaces for students to learn. Perkins + Will's design rethinks the issues associated with temporary and modular

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Energy-Efficient Liège Ice Rink Serves Up a Whale of a Good Time in Belgium

Energy-Efficient Liège Ice Rink Serves Up a Whale of a Good Time in Belgium

The Olympic Ice Rink of Liège provides new facilities for hockey, ice skating and leisure activities. Located next to the Médiacité, the bulbous building has 1,200 seats and a surface area of 6,700 sq

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Loch Ness Glamping Provides Cozy Eco Camping Pods for Monster Watching & Outdoor Adventure

Loch Ness Glamping Provides Cozy Eco Camping Pods for Monster Watching & Outdoor Adventure

Loch Ness Glamping is run by Sonia and Graham who also run the adjacent Great Glen B&B in a converted farmhouse. The camping style accommodations are offered up at hostel prices, but provide a bit

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A Prototype of the AbleNook Rapidly Deployable Emergency Modular Living Unit is Now Complete

A Prototype of the AbleNook Rapidly Deployable Emergency Modular Living Unit is Now Complete

AbleNook was designed by Sean Verdecia and Jason Ross as part of an architecture project while at the University of South Florida. The summer-long independent study project turned into a real-world

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Bala Park Island Cabin is an Eco-Efficient Seasonal Home on Lake Muskoka in Ontario

Bala Park Island Cabin is an Eco-Efficient Seasonal Home on Lake Muskoka in Ontario

The Bala Park Island cabin is a 3 bedroom, 2,200 sq ft seasonal home near Lake Muskoka in Ontario, Canada. Altius Architecture handled the design and construction management of the home. The site played a

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Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

Tony's Farm is located just outside of Shanghai to the southeast and is the largest organic vegetable farm in the area. To provide better service to its customers and create a closer connection to the

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Top 9 Inhabitat Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 9 Inhabitat Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

We're quickly making our way towards 2013, and as as we countdown these last few days of 2012, we here at Inhabitat are looking back at all the best green design and news stories from the past year. We

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Old Shoe Factory Converted Into Bright & Colorful Architecture Research Center in Cyprus

Old Shoe Factory Converted Into Bright & Colorful Architecture Research Center in Cyprus

The design for the new education building was largely determined by the needs of the architecture department, the restrictions of the existing structure, and the tight budget of the university. One of the

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Self-Sufficient Shipping Container Sauna Box Will Get You Hot & Steamy

Self-Sufficient Shipping Container Sauna Box Will Get You Hot & Steamy

We first caught wind of the Sauna Box back in 2005 and since then Castor has built a number of these custom units and updated them along the way. The Sauna Box is built within an 8x8x8 ft mini shipping

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Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

Originally the Golden Gate Valley Library was named the Carnegie Library and was completed in 1918 in the Beaux-Arts style by architect Ernest Coxhead. The basilica-shaped library needed a renovation and

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Simpatico Prototype is a Net-Zero Prefab Home in Emeryville, CA

Simpatico Prototype is a Net-Zero Prefab Home in Emeryville, CA

Simpatico Homes is based on a prefab system whereby clients can create a semi-custom home by combining pre-designed modular units. The prototype is a 2-story, 3 bedroom home on a narrow urban infill lot

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Veolia Environnement Centre-Est is a Sustainable Training Campus in France

Veolia Environnement Centre-Est is a Sustainable Training Campus in France

The Veolia Environnement Centre-Est is an innovative and harmonious campus that houses a professional training center for environment, energy, transport, waste and water sectors. The project exemplifies

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Wake Forest Develops Revolutionary New FIPEL Light-Emitting Polymer Lamp

Wake Forest Develops Revolutionary New FIPEL Light-Emitting Polymer Lamp

Researchers at Wake Forest University recently developed a revolutionary new type of light bulb! Forget the days of fragile glass and toxic mercury - these amazing new bulbs use nanotechnology to create a

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Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

The garage renovation was designed by PATH Architecture to create a versatile space for the client that could be used as a guesthouse, an apartment, an artist’s space, or a yoga studio. An updated

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Blu Homes Offers Discounts on Prefab Homes for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Blu Homes Offers Discounts on Prefab Homes for Hurricane Sandy Victims

As the East Coast continues its long uphill battle to rebuild, a process which could take a decade, Blu Homes wants to join that effort with quickly-built prefab homes. Using durable materials and energy

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Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild

Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild

In January 2010, this group of artists, builders, architects, and engineers asked themselves how they could use their skills and talents to help people in Haiti rebuilt their lives. Settling on the

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Studio Makkink & Bey’s House of Furniture Parts is Architecture, Furniture and Storage All-In-One

Studio Makkink & Bey’s House of Furniture Parts is Architecture, Furniture and Storage All-In-One

In 2009, Droog introduced ‘House of furniture Parts’ by Studio Makkink & Bey, a development of the studio’s Stairhouse in Droog’s New York store. The system of architecture, furniture and

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Timber Shoffice is a Naturally Daylit Garden Shed + Office Combo in London

Timber Shoffice is a Naturally Daylit Garden Shed + Office Combo in London

The Shoffice is located in the backyard of a 1950's terraced house in St John’s Wood in northwest London. Designed by Platform 5 Architects, who worked closely with the structural engineer and

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Bold Historic Revival Renovation by The Ranch Mine in Phoenix, AZ

Bold Historic Revival Renovation by The Ranch Mine in Phoenix, AZ

The Revival house is a one-story Spanish Colonial in the North Encanto area in central Phoenix. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,789 sq ft home was redesigned by The Ranch Mine, developed by Firefly Living and

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Stockholm’s LEED Gold Flat Iron Building Wedges Against the Main Train Station

Stockholm’s LEED Gold Flat Iron Building Wedges Against the Main Train Station

Completed in 2008, the Flat Iron Building is an eco office developed by Skanska and designed by Rosenbergs Arkitekter. The precast concrete building forms a wedge between Torsgatan in central Stockholm

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