Sustainable Building

Terunobu Fujimori’s Otherworldly Tree Houses Defy the Laws of Gravity

Terunobu Fujimori’s Otherworldly Tree Houses Defy the Laws of Gravity

Terunobu Fujimori had his first building erected at the age of 44 (the Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum was commissioned by his hometown, Chino City in Nagano). Enveloped by local stones and hand-cut

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Richard Meier’s Light Filled OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse Opens in China

Richard Meier’s Light Filled OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse Opens in China

The beautiful complex offers members a serene respite from the adjacent metropolis. Forming a natural courtyard, the clubhouse is landscaped with gardens, ample trees, and private garden walks throughout

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Georgia Tech’s Hinman Research Building is a Beautifully Renovated LEED Gold Architecture Studio

Georgia Tech’s Hinman Research Building is a Beautifully Renovated LEED Gold Architecture Studio

Georgia Tech's Hinman Research Building was originally designed by Harold Bush-Brown and P.M. Heffernan in 1939. The building was dedicated to industrial research and was instrumental in the development

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UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

One of UK’s biggest retailers Marks & Spencer just opened a store on the outskirts of London - and even though it is the chain's largest retail location it has managed to attain a BREEAM

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Utah’s GSBS Architects Named Among Top Green Design Firms

Utah’s GSBS Architects Named Among Top Green Design Firms

Engineering News-Record just named Utah-based GSBS Architects as one of the Top 100 Green Design Firms for the first time. The company, which is located in Salt Lake City, reportedly earned 48% of its

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Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Located in Edogawa, Tokyo, the Edogawa Garage Club is a renovated warehouse with a modern new perforated metal screen skin. The owners with the help of Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates decided to

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Avant Garage: LEED Platinum-Designed Postgreen Homes Townhome For Sale in Philadelphia

Avant Garage: LEED Platinum-Designed Postgreen Homes Townhome For Sale in Philadelphia

Avant Garage is an urban infill project in the Fishtown Proper neighborhood that consists of four three-story townhomes. Each home has 2,100 square feet of floor space with a two-car in-line garage, a

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Shipping Container Company Now Has A High Performance Office Building in Beirut

Shipping Container Company Now Has A High Performance Office Building in Beirut

CMA-CGM's Beirut headquarters is located with views of the port and the Mediterranean beyond -- a fitting site for a company dedicated to global shipping. The company made the choice to build an office

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Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center is a Bustling Eco Hub of Activity

Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center is a Bustling Eco Hub of Activity

One of the main goals for Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC) was to improve the visual presence of the building, and improve the interconnectivity of the athletic facilities and the rest of the school. The

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MASS Group Wins Zumtobel Award for Locally-Constructed Hospital in Rwanda

MASS Group Wins Zumtobel Award for Locally-Constructed Hospital in Rwanda

The Butaro Hospital, in the Burera District of Rwanda is comprised of a number of buildings set on a hilltop location. Principles of natural ventilation and passive solar design help moderate temperatures

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Puma Opens its First Sustainable Store Near Bangalore

Puma Opens its First Sustainable Store Near Bangalore

Activewear giant Puma opened its first “sustainable” store in a suburb of Bangalore, India on Thursday. The 8,600-square-foot building is entirely solar powered, and more than 90 percent of

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JDS Architects’ Beijing Green Visitor Center is a Sustainable Building You Can Walk On

JDS Architects’ Beijing Green Visitor Center is a Sustainable Building You Can Walk On

JDS Architects recently unveiled their plans for the Beijing Green Visitor Center, which will sit at the entrance to a new sustainable industry park. The building serves as a welcome area for visitors and

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Pro Surfer José Gregório’s U House is a Modern and Sustainable Residence in Portugal

Pro Surfer José Gregório’s U House is a Modern and Sustainable Residence in Portugal

The U House is sited to protect itself from the prevailing winds - from the north in the winter and from the south in the summer. The home opens up to views in the west and creates a protected courtyard

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Butterfly-Winged Wuxi Grand Theatre is a New Eco Cultural Landmark in China

Butterfly-Winged Wuxi Grand Theatre is a New Eco Cultural Landmark in China

Inspiration for the Wuxi Grand Theatre's design came from the butterfly as well as the old Chinese opera, Butterfly Lovers. The building's volume is that of a butterfly landing on water and features eight

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Strabag’s Art-Filled Slovakia Heaquarters is Topped With an Upside-Down House!

Strabag’s Art-Filled Slovakia Heaquarters is Topped With an Upside-Down House!

Strabag Slovaki's headquarters in Bratislava were designed by Viennese firm MHM Architects, who sought to reflect the construction company's work and interest in the arts. In fact, the building

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Rocio Romero LV Prefab Homes Open For Tours in Pope Valley and Pacifica, CA in September

Rocio Romero LV Prefab Homes Open For Tours in Pope Valley and Pacifica, CA in September

Rocio Romero's LV prefab homes are a celebration of glass, light, steel as well as a simple, uncluttered and eco-friendly design. They are manufactured in Missouri into a kit of parts, which are flat

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Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Jerry Tate Architects and carpenter Henry Russell worked alongside students taking a 'Spatial Structures' course at this summer’s Dartmoor Arts Week just outside of Exeter. The brief began with a family

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Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Outdoor living and recreation spaces are popular for a number of reasons: they provide more urban green space, they promote better human health, and they offer cost savings. Yes, that's right, you can

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Solar-Powered House Lindau Blends In With Its Lakeside Setting in Germany

Solar-Powered House Lindau Blends In With Its Lakeside Setting in Germany

Lindau is located on the eastern side of Lake Constance, which sits in between southern Germany and Austria. This lakeside home is 190 sq m (2,045 sq ft) and has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and an

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Green Square Parking Deck is a Solar-Powered Garage to Leave Your Car in Raleigh

Green Square Parking Deck is a Solar-Powered Garage to Leave Your Car in Raleigh

The Green Square Parking Deck is a nine-story parking garage that provides 900 parking spaces for visitors and employees of the State of North Carolina. Raleigh-based Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee designed

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A House for Three Sisters Combines Multiple Families and Sensitive Design in Spain

A House for Three Sisters Combines Multiple Families and Sensitive Design in Spain

A House for Three Sisters is essentially three homes joined together and united by shared common spaces in the center in Bullas, Spain. Each home has great views, an upstairs master suite and its own

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Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days After Joplin Tornado

Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days After Joplin Tornado

The devastating Joplin tornado killed over 150 people and destroyed many of the area schools including the high school. Rather than bus students to neighboring schools districts, the superintendent

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Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

This month ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd] handed the CET Building over to the City of Budapest, who will use the mixed-use space for restaurants, bars, design-oriented shops, events, conferences, concerts and

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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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