Sustainable Building

Carabineros Fort is a Sustainable Headquarters for Mounted Police in Colombia

Carabineros Fort is a Sustainable Headquarters for Mounted Police in Colombia

Completed in 2011, Carabineros Fort is strategically located in the Medellin's environmental park, Arvi. Developed by EDU Medellin, the project is key to the development of this area as a future public

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Waterfront IJDock Mixed-Use Complex Nearing Completion in Amsterdam

Waterfront IJDock Mixed-Use Complex Nearing Completion in Amsterdam

Plans for the IJDock on the southern bank of the IJ waterway began back in the 90's when Bjarne Mastenbroek of SeARCH and Dick van Gameren devised the concept for the masterplan for a mixed-use complex of

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Hotel Refugia is a Sheltered Eco Retreat on a Rugged Peninsula in Chile

Hotel Refugia is a Sheltered Eco Retreat on a Rugged Peninsula in Chile

Mobil Arquitectos sought to plant a light footprint on the topography of the landscape with the hotel and the rooms are perched up like a bridge on top of four concrete pillars. Their design also sought

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Melbourne’s New Knox Innovation Opportunity & Sustainability Centre is Dedicated to Eco Education

Melbourne’s New Knox Innovation Opportunity & Sustainability Centre is Dedicated to Eco Education

Completed in April of 2012, the KIOSC combines both sustainable practice in building design along with secondary and TAFE (Technical and Further Education) curriculum. Students in grades 7-10 from

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Buddhist Retreat is a Peaceful Eco Home Outside of Capital Reef National Park

Buddhist Retreat is a Peaceful Eco Home Outside of Capital Reef National Park

Designing a desert retreat that respects its environment is difficult enough, but to build one that is also a Buddhist sanctuary is another feat entirely. The client, a business woman from Salt Lake

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The IBC Innovation Factory Is a Creative Learning Environment Built In a Former Paint Factory

The IBC Innovation Factory Is a Creative Learning Environment Built In a Former Paint Factory

Originally built in 1978, the GORI paint factory was considered innovative and set new standards for manufacturing facilities. It was the first factory plant in Denmark to unite production and management

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MVRDV Completes the Pixelated DNB NOR Bank Headquarters In Oslo

MVRDV Completes the Pixelated DNB NOR Bank Headquarters In Oslo

The scheme for DNB NOR's headquarters in Oslo was to create a clear identity for the company in the city and provide excellent working conditions and spatial qualities for their employees. MVRDV's design

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SOM’s Shimmering White Cube for the LA Federal Courthouse Wins Award

SOM’s Shimmering White Cube for the LA Federal Courthouse Wins Award

The new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse will be designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and it will feature state-of-the-art sustainable design. Announced just this week, the US General Services

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MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architects won an international competition to design the towers, which is part of a larger 5 tower development project in the downtown area of Mississauga. The project was aimed to provide important

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Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

A new free iPad app is taking an iconic vision of sustainable cities and making it accessible to millions of tablet users in an interactive format. The Harvard Graduate School of Design has released an

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Energy-Efficient Boat House Rises Like a Reed From Austria’s Milstätter Lake

Energy-Efficient Boat House Rises Like a Reed From Austria’s Milstätter Lake

Inspired by the ecology of the shoreline, MHM Architects designed and built this striking boat house on Milstätter Lake in Austria. The structure is set on pier foundations over the water, but it is

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Four Lights Houses: Jay Shafer Launches New Tiny Home Company

Four Lights Houses: Jay Shafer Launches New Tiny Home Company

Jay Shafer has been building and living in tiny houses since 1999 and has since been working to encourage more people that they don't need nearly as much living space as they think they do. His Tumbleweed

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Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

Green-Roofed Thurrock Workshop Builds Stage Sets For London’s Royal Opera House

In 2007, the Royal Opera House appointed Nicholas Hare Architects to design a new production workshop for set construction and fabrication at a new site in Purfleet Essex. Inside the large warehouse-style

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Nelson Cultural Center: A LEED Gold Addition to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis

Nelson Cultural Center: A LEED Gold Addition to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis

The American Swedish Institute has long been a destination and gathering place for Swedish Americans in Minneapolis' culturally diverse Phillips West Neighborhood - and now it has even more to boast

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or even a floating

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The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

There are hundreds of designs out there for chicken coops - from super simple boxes to elaborate $100k fantasy hen mansions. But not all chicken coops are created equally - and Peter Strzebniok, founder

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Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Housing Project in Denmark

Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Housing Project in Denmark

Lendager Architects announced their first prize win in the competition to build the first DGNB-certified housing project in Denmark in Næstved. DGNB is a new green building certification system that is

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Straw Bale Ecologic Pavilion is a Cozy Nest Built to Improve One’s Connection to the Land

Straw Bale Ecologic Pavilion is a Cozy Nest Built to Improve One’s Connection to the Land

Ecologic Pavilion was built for the Archi<20 Festivale de l'Architecture in September in Muttersholtz, Alsace, France. Designed by Studio 1984, the pavilion was built from straw, wood and metal sheets

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Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real Housing in DC

Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real Housing in DC

From the very beginning, the Empowerhouse was planned to be more than just an entry for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Designed and built by a student group from Parsons The New School for Design , Stevens

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Birdcraft: Reclaimed Wood Sculpture Provides Nesting Ground for Chimney Swifts

Birdcraft: Reclaimed Wood Sculpture Provides Nesting Ground for Chimney Swifts

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society gave artist Mike Godell the opportunity to build "Birdcraft" - an organic sculpture that explores the aesthetic

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The Nutmeg House is an Efficient Ellipse-Shaped Residence in Dorchester, UK

The Nutmeg House is an Efficient Ellipse-Shaped Residence in Dorchester, UK

The design for the Nutmeg House evolved to fit in with the surrounding landscape and to reduce its impact. The footprint of the new home is considerably smaller than the original home and provides more

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Arching Melkwegbridge Routes Pedestrians & Cyclists Across a Canal in The Netherlands

Arching Melkwegbridge Routes Pedestrians & Cyclists Across a Canal in The Netherlands

The new Melkwegbridge spans a distance of 66 meters across the canal to connect the Weidevenne District to the historical city centre of Purmerend. NEXT Architects, with the help of Ronald Rietveld

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Stylish, Sustainable St-Agatha-Berchem Housing Complex Exceeds Energy Code in Belgium

Stylish, Sustainable St-Agatha-Berchem Housing Complex Exceeds Energy Code in Belgium

The new social housing units by Buro II & Archi+I were inspired by the social housing district built in 1922-1925 by architect Victor Bourgeois. There are two groupings - one on Beheersstraat with 43

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Czech Green Market Stalls Create Greater Connection Between Vendors and Shoppers

Czech Green Market Stalls Create Greater Connection Between Vendors and Shoppers

When designing the new market stalls for the Green Market, Edit!'s first goal was to help the vendors better share their product with whole mar­ket and let the vendor's personality shine through. A more

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Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generate 10% of San Diego’s Produce

Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generate 10% of San Diego’s Produce

Live Share Grow is a proposal by Brandon Martella for a combo residential tower and vertical farm for downtown San Diego. The multi-story tower is dual purpose - one side is holds residential apartments

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Gensler’s Super Sustainable Tower at PNC Plaza Breaks Ground in Pittsburgh

Gensler’s Super Sustainable Tower at PNC Plaza Breaks Ground in Pittsburgh

PNC Financial Services is known for pushing the boundaries of sustainable design; the group already boasts one of the largest living walls on the exterior of One PNC Plaza and has 170 LEED certified

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Fly House: A Fantastic Shipping Container Bed and Breakfast in Mallorca

Fly House: A Fantastic Shipping Container Bed and Breakfast in Mallorca

Located about 10 minutes from the center of Pallma, Fly House is conveniently situated near a number of amenities but it's also quiet and relaxed. Owned by Balbina and Miquel Angel, the one-bedroom house

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Crabill House: A Modern & Energy Efficient Forest Shed in North Carolina

Crabill House: A Modern & Energy Efficient Forest Shed in North Carolina

Located in a clearing in a lush forest is the Crabill house, which is characterized as a trapezoidal volume with a shed roof. The skewed cubic form, inspired by old farm sheds, is clad in solid and

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Gensler Hacks the J. Edgar Hoover Building To Envision the Office Building of the Future

Gensler Hacks the J. Edgar Hoover Building To Envision the Office Building of the Future

This past year Gensler worked on a plan to envision what an office building would look like in 2050 as part of the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) competition. Gensler was named one

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David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

Zero Cottage is located in the backyard of of an urban lot in the Mission District fronted by StoreFrontLab, a community-focused cultural initiative that gives the historic commercial space a new public

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