Sustainable Building

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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The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India

The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India

With this summer seeing record scorching temperatures and blackouts in India, the Courtyard House seems prepared to deal with the high temperatures. Designed by Mumbai-based Sanjay Puri Architects, the

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Rudanko & Kankkunen Complete Rammed Earth Ringa Mountain Farm Pavilion in Shangri-la, Tibet

Rudanko & Kankkunen Complete Rammed Earth Ringa Mountain Farm Pavilion in Shangri-la, Tibet

In the Sping of 2012, designer Anssi Kankkunen and earth-builder biologist Vittorio Moretta spent almost two months in Tibet working with locals to investigate architecture and building technologies.

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Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics

Gigantic Energy-Generating Waterfall Skyscraper Could Power the 2016 Rio Olympics

The self-sustaining tower for the 2016 Olympic Games is designed to create renewable energy for use in the Olympic Village as well as the city of Rio. A large solar power plant generates energy during the

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Next Generation Sunset Breezehouse Opens to the Public For Tours This Week

Next Generation Sunset Breezehouse Opens to the Public For Tours This Week

Located in the heart of wine country in Healdsburg, CA is this year's Sunset Idea House, which was designed and built by Blu Homes. Back in 2005, Sunset helped debut Michelle Kaufmann's iconic Breezehouse

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Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye started his architecture firm in his private home, but soon he had more employees than he had space, so they needed to expand. Tye chose to keep the office on-site and to build a modern space

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MinArc’s Serene Icelandic Eco Retreat Harmonizes With the Landscape

MinArc’s Serene Icelandic Eco Retreat Harmonizes With the Landscape

MinArc's goal was to create a serene family sanctuary that connects its inhabitants with the surrounding natural environment. At the same time they wanted to combine sustainable and eco-friendly materials

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Anish Kapoor’s Recycled Steel ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Provides Views of London’s Olympic Park

Anish Kapoor’s Recycled Steel ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Provides Views of London’s Olympic Park

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is an observation tower located in the heart of London's Olympic Park and stands at almost 4,500 feet tall. The sculpture was designed by Anish Kapoor, and structural engineering

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