Sustainable Building

Seal Rocks House is a Net Zero Energy Surfer’s Haven in Australia

Seal Rocks House is a Net Zero Energy Surfer’s Haven in Australia

Seal Rocks House 4 is organized as a basic square shape on a single level with a large open courtyard in the middle. The home has an area of 219 sq m (2,357 sq ft) with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a laundry area,

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Amtrak Announces Ambitious Eco-Plans for HOK-Designed Overhaul of Washington D.C.’s Union Station

Amtrak Announces Ambitious Eco-Plans for HOK-Designed Overhaul of Washington D.C.’s Union Station

Amtraks unveiled plans on July 25th to give D.C.'s Union Station a major overhaul and a slew of new upgrades. The original Daniel Burnham-designed station will remain as is architecturally, but will

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Heneghan Peng’s Giant’s Causeway Visitor Center is a Stone Sanctuary on the Cliffs of Ireland

Heneghan Peng’s Giant’s Causeway Visitor Center is a Stone Sanctuary on the Cliffs of Ireland

Giant's Causeway is a coastal area where about 40,000 basalt columns sprung up from the earth due to an ancient volcanic eruption. The remarkable collection of hexagonal rocks has been named the fourth

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UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center is Finely Tuned to Southern California’s Climate

UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center is Finely Tuned to Southern California’s Climate

The Contemporary Arts Center is UC Irvine's most recent addition to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and includes many innovative educational spaces. Built into a slight slope, the building contains a

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Prefabricated BF House Floats Above the Landscape of Castellón Province in Spain

Prefabricated BF House Floats Above the Landscape of Castellón Province in Spain

The house is organized around a central courtyard. With part of it buried into the slope and supported by an existing stone terrace, the rest is left hovering over the steep terrain. The landscape

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Dragon-Scaled Hongzhu Housing Sales Center Deflects the Heat in Taiwan

Dragon-Scaled Hongzhu Housing Sales Center Deflects the Heat in Taiwan

The Hongzhu Housing Sales Center is located on a narrow parcel on a street by the Taoyuan County exit of national highway. The three story building features a parking garage and entrance on the bottom

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Green-Roofed Dani Ridge House is Tucked into the Hillside in Big Sur

Green-Roofed Dani Ridge House is Tucked into the Hillside in Big Sur

  The Dani Ridge House is a three-bedroom, 1,900-square-foot home outside of Big Sur, California on a pristine site above the Pacific Ocean. Carver + Schicketanz worked with their clients to

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Mack Energy’s Headquarters is a Bold Energy Conserving Oil & Gas Exploration Center

Mack Energy’s Headquarters is a Bold Energy Conserving Oil & Gas Exploration Center

The Van H. Gilbert Architects-designed Mack Energy Corporation headquarters is a 50,000-square-foot, two-story building in Artesia, New Mexico. Centered around a two-story atrium, the office building is

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Badboot: The World’s Largest Floating Swimming Pool Opens Today in Antwerp!

Badboot: The World’s Largest Floating Swimming Pool Opens Today in Antwerp!

The idea for Badboot originated only a year ago. In that short span of time a dedicated group of investors received support from the city, obtained an old ferry boat, were able to construct their pool,

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BMW’s Waterfall Pavilion Shows Off Efficient Vehicles in London’s Olympic Park

BMW’s Waterfall Pavilion Shows Off Efficient Vehicles in London’s Olympic Park

Serie Architects took inspiration from the Victorian bandstand to create the temporary showroom for BMW during the Olympics. Set on the Waterworks River, the two story space features a glass clad plinth

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Ilan Dei Studio Opens a Shipping Container Pop-Up Store in Venice, CA

Ilan Dei Studio Opens a Shipping Container Pop-Up Store in Venice, CA

Ilan Dei Studio opened its new pop-up shop on July 28th in Venice, CA to sell the studio's designs as well as act as a community living room for the area. Built from three recycled shipping containers,

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Curvy Lakeside Chenequa Residence Wraps Around a Solid Stone Wall in Wisconsin

Curvy Lakeside Chenequa Residence Wraps Around a Solid Stone Wall in Wisconsin

The first of two phases, the primary Chenequa residence will soon be followed by an additional structure for visiting grandparents and an enclosed swimming pool. Meanwhile, working around the existing

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Royal Veterinary College Provides Eco Friendly Lodging for Their Clinical Students

Royal Veterinary College Provides Eco Friendly Lodging for Their Clinical Students

The Royal Veterinary College tasked London firm HawkinsBrown to design a new residential development to ensure their clinical students had housing nearby. The development is composed of nine three- and

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BLUA’s Civic Sports Center is a Naturally Cooled Artificial Mountain in Hangzhou, China

BLUA’s Civic Sports Center is a Naturally Cooled Artificial Mountain in Hangzhou, China

Located near the Qian Jiang River, the building site connects the natural and urban fabric of the city. The role of the Civic Sports Center will be to activate an otherwise dormant part of the city by

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Coromandel Bach is a Protected Timber Beach House in New Zealand

Coromandel Bach is a Protected Timber Beach House in New Zealand

Located near Coromandel, the simple bach for the Crosson Family was designed as a simple rectangular container. Built from unadorned natural timber, the home is a to reinterpretation of New Zealand wood

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China’s Green-Roofed Samaranch Memorial Museum Was Inspired by the Olympic Rings

China’s Green-Roofed Samaranch Memorial Museum Was Inspired by the Olympic Rings

HAO and Archiland International won first place earlier this year with their Olympic-themed museum. Working with the concept of the 5 Olympic rings, the firms formulated a plan composed of a two-ring

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Willamette University’s Ford Hall is a State of the Art Academic Building in Oregon

Willamette University’s Ford Hall is a State of the Art Academic Building in Oregon

Completed in 2009, the LEED Gold Ford Hall is now home to an unusual mix of departments including mathematics, rhetoric and media studies, computer science, film studies, Russian, digital arts and music.

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Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

MoSA Architects' work is focused on developing and building affordable and energy efficient homes that make it easy for the homeowner to minimize their environmental impact. Prior to their most recent

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Masonic Amphitheatre is a Prefab Stage on a Reclaimed Site in Virginia

Masonic Amphitheatre is a Prefab Stage on a Reclaimed Site in Virginia

Students began working on plans for the Masonic Amphitheatre in the fall of 2011 as part of the third year architecture student program, designbuild/LAB at Virginia Tech. The 16-person team worked with

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Shelter@Rainforest: Self-Sufficient Net Zero Longhouse Supports Sustainable Reforestation in Malaysia

Shelter@Rainforest: Self-Sufficient Net Zero Longhouse Supports Sustainable Reforestation in Malaysia

Shelter@Rainforest is located in a remote location that is a five-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. It serves as the family home for the manager of a forestry company that is

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Six Oaks is a Modern Yet Rustic Shipping Container Home in California

Six Oaks is a Modern Yet Rustic Shipping Container Home in California

Six Oaks was created by Modulus as a vacation getaway in heavily wooded site near Felton, CA. The simple design seeks for minimalism in terms of functionality, cost, material usage and day-to-day living.

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McDonough + Partners’ Bosch Siemens Showroom Boasts a 4-Story Living Atrium

McDonough + Partners’ Bosch Siemens Showroom Boasts a 4-Story Living Atrium

The Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte (B/S/H/): The Inspiration House, is the first building designed for Park 20|20, which is the first Cradle to Cradle-inspired full-service development in the Netherlands. The

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Crescent-Shaped Weihai Pavilion Engages With the Seascape in China

Crescent-Shaped Weihai Pavilion Engages With the Seascape in China

Make Architects completed the Weihai Pavilion in the spring of 2012 to serve as an information hub and reception area for a new residential development on the island. The pavilion was the first to be

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UNStudio Unveils V on Shenton Singapore Skyscraper With a Hive-Inspired Facade

UNStudio Unveils V on Shenton Singapore Skyscraper With a Hive-Inspired Facade

The V on Shenton (pronounced Five on Shenton) is part of a larger redevelopment of the CBD and will provide modern office and residential space in two towers. The 23-story office tower matches the scale

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PHOTOS: Marmol Radziner’s Hidden Valley Prefab For Sale in Moab, Utah

PHOTOS: Marmol Radziner’s Hidden Valley Prefab For Sale in Moab, Utah

This 2,500 sq ft Marmol Radziner prefab home was originally built back at the end of 2006. The custom home was built for an active couple on a 100-acre site outside of Moab, Utah. The site is surrounded

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World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

Demand for electricity in developing countries is on the rise, but without a reliable electric grid or even access to power, other solutions have to be developed. Luckily, developing countries can now

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PHOTOS: Venice, CA’s First LEED Platinum Home is a Remodel of a 100 Year Old Craftsman

PHOTOS: Venice, CA’s First LEED Platinum Home is a Remodel of a 100 Year Old Craftsman

For starters, the 100 year old floor in the home was restored and the addition was matched to the original thanks to a neighbor’s old flooring which had been sitting unused in storage. The staircase and

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Florida Eco-Village Will Be the First Affordable Net-Zero Townhome Development in the US

Florida Eco-Village Will Be the First Affordable Net-Zero Townhome Development in the US

An innovative housing development is set to get underway in Dunedin, Florida that will see the creation of the first affordable LEED Certified Net Zero Energy townhome development in the US. The

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Villages Nature is a Utopian Eco Resort Planned Near Disneyland Paris

Villages Nature is a Utopian Eco Resort Planned Near Disneyland Paris

Just 32 km east of Paris is the 160,000 m2 site slated for Les Villages Nature de Val d’Europe, which will be an eco resort destination for families. Developed by Euro Disney and Pierre & Vacances

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