Sustainable Building

Paradise Lane Undergoes Eco Renovation to Become a Stunning Contemporary Home

Paradise Lane Undergoes Eco Renovation to Become a Stunning Contemporary Home

Paradise Lane was custom-built in 1968 by a local New Milford architect for his own family, but by the time Donald Billinkoff got a hold of it, the home had some peculiar features. As one of Billinkoff's

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Basalt Ca’Paco is a Quiet, Green-Roofed Home in the Canary Islands

Basalt Ca’Paco is a Quiet, Green-Roofed Home in the Canary Islands

Equipo Olivares' Ca'Paco house is sensitive to the environment while reflecting the surrounding landscape. In fact, the home has its own topography with a driveway that sinks down to a lower level with

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SMPLyMod Prefab Duplex Harnesses Energy-Efficient Design in Canada’s Cold Northwest Territories

SMPLyMod Prefab Duplex Harnesses Energy-Efficient Design in Canada’s Cold Northwest Territories

Yellowknife is located on the northern shore of the Great Slave Lake in Northwest Territories and it experiences very cold winters with average temps around −27 °C (−17 °F). This harsh climate

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Massachusetts’ John W Olver Transit Center is the Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

Massachusetts’ John W Olver Transit Center is the Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

John W. Olver Transit Center by Charles Rose Architects serves as the new central bus station for the city of Greenfield in Massachusetts. The 24,000 sq ft, two-story building also features government

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Cassia Co-op Training Centre is a Sustainable School For Cinnamon Farmers in Indonesia

Cassia Co-op Training Centre is a Sustainable School For Cinnamon Farmers in Indonesia

In 2010, TYIN Tegnestue was approached by a French businessman who told them all about cinnamon production in Sumatra, where 85% of globally-consumed cinnamon is produced. As you might expect there is

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HWCD’s Floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse is a Zen Space For A Tea Party

HWCD’s Floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse is a Zen Space For A Tea Party

HWCD's Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse embraces traditional Chinese garden design by blending into the natural environment. The floating structure has a square envelope composed of a series of tea rooms

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LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

The Mojave Rivers Ranger Station was designed to convey the Forest Service's conservation roots and the work it does to protect the land. Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects came up with a plan that would

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Shipping Container-Inspired Homebox is a Tiny, Movable 3-Story Vertical Home

Shipping Container-Inspired Homebox is a Tiny, Movable 3-Story Vertical Home

Han Slawik based his Homebox on the shipping container model for its transport capabilities, universal dimensions and usefulness. But at the same time, wear, repair and maintenance of steel materials is

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Davis Brody Bond Wins Competition to Design Sustainable St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion in DC

Davis Brody Bond Wins Competition to Design Sustainable St. Elizabeth’s Gateway Pavilion in DC

The north and south oriented plaza in front of St. Elizabeth's Hospital is currently underutilized and fenced-off to the public. Davis Brody Bond's design will transform the space into a useful

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Bensonwood Launches Unity Homes Line of Energy-Efficient Prefabs

Bensonwood Launches Unity Homes Line of Energy-Efficient Prefabs

Bensonwood's Unity Homes features four distinct home styles that are 2 to 4 bedrooms and range in size from 1,113 to 2,452 sq ft. The home styles are called the Tradd (a classic Tall Cape), Xyla (American

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Hanging Gardens Split Open BIG’s Marina Lofts Development Along Ft. Lauderdale’s River

Hanging Gardens Split Open BIG’s Marina Lofts Development Along Ft. Lauderdale’s River

Marina Lofts is slated to be a 1,072-unit rental condo complex built in three phases along the south side of the New River in Ft. Lauderdale. The project has been designed by BIG for Asi Cymbal who

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Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Scientists have been trying to develop cheap, alternative building materials for years. But there's one material that is surprisingly strong, secure, waterproof and perhaps just too creepy to handle:

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Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Maarten and Lori Lens-FitzGerald wanted to expand their living space without sacrificing their yard, so they tasked CC-Studio to come up with a plan. Replacing existing garden sheds in the back corners of

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David Hill and In Situ Studios Propose Gorgeous Affordable Alley Homes in Raleigh

David Hill and In Situ Studios Propose Gorgeous Affordable Alley Homes in Raleigh

In Situ sees the "RA-50" residential zone as a safe and affordable haven "for the creative entrepreneur, the intern who bikes to work, the retired teacher who rides the bus, the laid-off, middle-aged

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Boxpark Shipping Container Mall to Pop Up in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Next Year!

Boxpark Shipping Container Mall to Pop Up in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Next Year!

Property investor and developer Corio is working in conjunction with Boxpark and London interiors and retail designer Brinkworth to design and build a pop-up shipping container mall in Amsterdam's

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Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

The Diamond Building (Bangunan Berlian in Malay), so named for its unique shape, is topped with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which generate about 10 percent of the building's energy. Rainwater

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Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Photo by Bruce Damonte One of the most impressive aspects of the Richardson Apartments is that all of its 120 residents were formerly homeless. David Baker joked that these are his most appreciative

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London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

Small Earth has been creating low-impact landmark buildings in several locations around the world including Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, Brussels and England. For the Earth Creature at the Southbank's Hayward

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Long Island’s First LEED Platinum Community Center Opens its Doors

Long Island’s First LEED Platinum Community Center Opens its Doors

On September 8, 2012 North Hempstead, New York unveiled the latest addition to its Parks and Recreation Center – a LEED Platinum-certified community center complete with a solar carport, geothermal

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Fox Johnston Architects’ Balmoral Home Responds to its Surroundings

Fox Johnston Architects’ Balmoral Home Responds to its Surroundings

This home in Balmoral was designed by Sydney-based Fox Johnston Architects as a series of platforms that respond to the rhythm and topography of the site. A long linear form to the west contains sleeping

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DRPILLA Completes Beautiful LEED Gold Sag Harbor House in North Haven, NY

DRPILLA Completes Beautiful LEED Gold Sag Harbor House in North Haven, NY

Dominick R. Pilla Associates (DRPILLA) recently completed the first LEED for Homes Gold certified home in Sag Harbor, NY. DRPILLA combined modern architectural design with environmental building

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Bloc10: Unique Prefab Condos Showcase Sustainably Sourced Wood in Winnipeg

Bloc10: Unique Prefab Condos Showcase Sustainably Sourced Wood in Winnipeg

Bloc10 is a condominium project that was designed by 5468796 Architecture for Green Seed Developments. The project sits on a site formerly occupied by a gas station in Winnipeg’s River Heights

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Feel Free: Resource-Efficient Structure Sheds Some Light on CNC Fabrication in Melbourne

Feel Free: Resource-Efficient Structure Sheds Some Light on CNC Fabrication in Melbourne

Daiman Otto of Analog Structures worked with ARKit and GHD to design and fabricate Feel Free shelter for the Shed Light event in Melbourne. The shelter provides a sustainable and affordable structural

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Henning Larsen Wins Prize to Design Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

Henning Larsen Wins Prize to Design Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

ZSW, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart, is one of the leading renewable energy research centers in Germany and soon they will have a new facility in which to conduct their

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

The Aberdeen University New Library, now know as the Sir Duncan Rice Library, houses over a quarter of a million books and manuscripts inside it's shimmering cubic volume. Located on the west side of

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LaunchPad Shipping Container Computer Labs Let South African Students Connect With Mentors

LaunchPad Shipping Container Computer Labs Let South African Students Connect With Mentors

The LaunchPad learning laboratories were designed pro bono by Perkins+Will to serve as a computer lab for students in South Africa to connect with mentors around the world as part of an Infinite Family

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Basket Apartments: OFIS Unveils Healthy & Sustainable Student Housing Project in Paris

Basket Apartments: OFIS Unveils Healthy & Sustainable Student Housing Project in Paris

The Basket Apartments student housing was designed by OFIS as part of a larger urban development designed by Reichen & Robert Architects in Paris' 19th district. Located on a long narrow lot the edge

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e(co)stratègia Nature Bridge Will Reconnect Barcelona With the Collserola Mountains

e(co)stratègia Nature Bridge Will Reconnect Barcelona With the Collserola Mountains

Taller Sau Arquitectura recently received first prize in a design competition to come up with urban interventions to reconnect the Collserola Mountains with the city of Barcelona. The competition was

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Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

Nikken Sekkei’s Evaporative Cooling Bioskin Building Wins Energy Award at World Architecture Festival

Nikken Sekkei's bioskin system is a groundbreaking attempt to reduce operations costs and energy use through natural processes. The idea was inspired by the traditional Japanese techniques of cooling the

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OMA Wins Competition With Daylight-Filled École Centrale School of Engineering in France

OMA Wins Competition With Daylight-Filled École Centrale School of Engineering in France

OMA's design for the new École Centrale School of Engineering in Saclay, France is based on the concept of a "lab city." The plan shows a collection of volumes collected under a low-level, ETFE-roofed

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