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[CHINA] Huangshan Mountain Village: sustainability grows in the Chinese landscape

[CHINA] Huangshan Mountain Village: sustainability grows in the Chinese landscape | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

 

MAD has unveiled plans for a towering village of apartment blocks beside the Huangshan Mountains in eastern China. 

 

Inspired by the topographical layers of the landscape, the buildings will have organically shaped floor plates and will emerge from amongst the treetops on a site beside the Taiping Lake.


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Rural Sustainability: Off the Grid Home in Ontario

Rural Sustainability: Off the Grid Home in Ontario | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
For this rural Ontario home, building sustainably was less about high-tech gizmos than learning to truly love the land.

The 925-sq-foot house blends into the landscape with a steel shed roof and siding; it looks like a high-design little brother to the barns on the surrounding farms, and its energy footprint is equally subtle: Designer Lisa Moffitt built it with an array of sustainable features that take the simple home off-grid...

 

Read about these features and learn more about this contemporary green project at dwell.com.


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Bioclimatic House in the Canary Islands, Spain

Bioclimatic House in the Canary Islands, Spain | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This bioclimatic house, by Estudio José Luis Rodríguez, is a self-sufficient structure integrated into the terrain of the Canary Islands, a landscape characterized by a continuous terracing of the extreme topography.

 

In response to this site, the design features a basalt stone wall that supports a light structure of plywood, galvanized steel walls and glass.

The building's orientation is determined by solar radiation; photovoltaic panels produce electricity, in order to achieve zero carbon emissions. The living area is connected to the outside with a space that is protected from sun and wind, while a wall located in the sleeping area to the north has a high thermal mass for passive temperature control.

The design also aims to reduce its ecological footprint on the use of materials and construction systems by using local materials (basalt wall insulation covered with volcanic lapilli, for example), environmentally certified materials and no harmful elements, such as VOC compounds in synthetic paints and varnishes.

 

View more images of this unique, contextural and contemporary green project at the link to ArchDaily's feature...


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Sustainability in Sonoma: Green architecture at Stryker Sonoma Winery

Sustainability in Sonoma: Green architecture at Stryker Sonoma Winery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

This beautiful, family-owned winery on a 32-acre site in Geyserville, California is noted for its red wine offerings as well as its stunning surroundings and spectacular views, not to mention an architectural design that features green strategies and sustainability as key design elements.

Reflecting Stryker Sonoma's 'bold but thoughtful' philosophy, the design expresses this spirit with a distinctly contemporary aesthetic that references the rural characteristics of the site, creating continuity between the natural and built landscapes.

 

Designed by Sonoma-based firm Nielsen : Schuh Architects, the winery building incorporates sustainable strategies and passive design concepts at the 12,600 square foot working facility. An environmentally-responsive and site-inspired design serves the needs of the program with minimal development impact to the existing vineyards. The design also conveys the the winemaking processes that occur within it through the thoughtful application of local materials, the incorporation of varying levels of visual transparency, and an environmentally-sensitive site layout.

 

For more images and to learn more about this beautiful, sustainable destination in Northern California, check out the complete article at the link...


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