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MVRDV's Reflective 'Wunderkammer' in Rotterdam is Given the Green Light

MVRDV's Reflective 'Wunderkammer' in Rotterdam is Given the Green Light | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Rotterdam will soon have a new cabinet of curiosities to add to its collection of architectural icons.

For many years the city's Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, originally established in 1849, has required a safer space to house its world-class collection of painting, sculpture and prints. Last week the Municipality of Rotterdam voted in favor of the building’s construction and, with zoning approved, "the world’s first fully accessible art storage facility" is now slated to open its doors in 2018.

The building’s design, architect MVRDV claims, is in harmony with the arrangement of the existing public space. In their words, it is "a compact round volume with a small footprint [...] in order to spare the park." Its reflective glass façade, seen by many critics as the most overpowering and technically dubious aspect of the building's appearance will, in the designers' minds, actually "make the building less visible."

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Gunthercito's curator insight, April 29, 2016 11:16 AM
#Dutch are always one step ahead.
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Baubotanik: The Botanically Inspired Design System that Creates Living Buildings

Baubotanik: The Botanically Inspired Design System that Creates Living Buildings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Timber buildings are regularly praised for their sustainability, as carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere by the trees remains locked in the structure of the building. But what if you could go one better, to design buildings that not only lock in carbon, but actively absorb carbon dioxide to strengthen their structure? In this article, Ansel Oommen explores the theory and techniques of Baubotanik, a system of building with live trees that attempts to do just that...

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, October 30, 2015 3:54 PM

Fascinating and inspiring a different view of the fusion of architecture. nature and science...

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A City Hall In Belgium Covered In A Patchwork Of Greenwall Squares

Frederic Haesevoets Architecture have designed the City Hall of Herstal in Belgium, which is covered in a patchwork of mini greenwalls...

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A Unique, Compact and Energy Positive Concept Home

A Unique, Compact and Energy Positive Concept Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architect Paul Lukez has come up with a concept for a compact home, which would be super insulated and energy positive. While still in the concept stage, it does look quite promising. The design of the home was inspired by New England’s barns and New York’s lofts and that is quite a mixture...

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, September 15, 2015 2:40 AM

Double inspiration pour un projet de maison à énergie positive, qui au delà d'assurer le confort thermique, cherche aussi à procurer un habitat au quotidien agréable et stylé.

SustainOurEarth's curator insight, September 15, 2015 3:21 AM

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Vulcan Reviews's curator insight, October 9, 2015 6:51 AM

This is an energy-saving house.

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Small-Sized Nature Retreat Overlooking the Ocean: Moonlight Cabin in Australia

Small-Sized Nature Retreat Overlooking the Ocean: Moonlight Cabin in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Overlooking the ocean in Victoria, Australia, the Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects is said to engage with the landscape’s ephemeral conditions. Modest in size, the residence answers the living needs of the owners, while making use of sustainable features: “The built form is fully screened in a spotted-gum rain screen that acts like a ‘goretex jacket’ to protect the cabin from the elements while the timber is free to move naturally in the changing climatic conditions. Its small footprint shelter (60m2) explores the boundaries of how small is too small, challenging conventional notions of what is actually necessary in our lives”, the architects explained.

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Peter van Cuylenburg's curator insight, October 27, 2015 6:29 PM

Some great insights into our future living spaces - sustainable living, a growing imperative in education?

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A Contemporary Home That Maximizes Its Site, Location And Views

multiPlan arhitekti designed a home in Ljubljana, Slovenia, that takes advantage of its location on a hillside to enable views of the surrounding countryside.

In the context of today’s requirements and preferences, sustainability and continual development guide the design, the living concept is focused on the lifestyle of a modern man, who lives in the heart of nature, in immediate vicinity of the city.

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A Modern House in Nature

A Modern House in Nature | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located about 90 minutes north of Montreal, Spahaus was built by YH2 on the banks of Lac Supérieur (Lake Superior) on a mountain that once housed a religious congregation. In its place, an innovative new approach is being built to help integrate modern architecture into a natural environment. Developers hired YH2 to design the new series of residences to be situated on the northern side of the Mont-Tremblant ski resort in hopes of attracting a new generation of design loving homeowners. Instead of traditional log-style cabins or cottages, they’ve taken a different approach with the first design, name Spahaus, which marries wood and concrete, and boasts amazing panoramic views of its lush location.


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Into the woods: a timber-clad Swiss home brings the outside in

Into the woods: a timber-clad Swiss home brings the outside in | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Switzerland's striking natural landscape offers many picture-perfect views –  but Gautschi Lenzin Schenker Architekten's 'House in Rombach' was designed to make particular use of its bucolic setting. Located in a suburb at the edge of Aarau, the capital of Aargau canton, the area's green vistas took centre stage in the design process. Subsequently, the team focussed on creating a generous top floor, from which the owners and their guests can take in the area's picturesque scenery...

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Francoise ROCAFORT's curator insight, June 21, 2015 1:26 AM

Into the woods: a timber-clad Swiss home brings the outside in

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MGA Proposes World’s Tallest (Carbon-Neutral) Wood Building in Paris

MGA Proposes World’s Tallest (Carbon-Neutral) Wood Building in Paris | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Michael Green Architecture (MGA) and DVVD has teamed up with REI France developments to propose the world’s tallest wood building in Paris. The carbon-neutral proposal, developed as part of the city’s innovative Réinventer Paris competition, aims to alleviate the city’s urban housing challenges.

“Our goal is that through innovation, youthful social contact and overall community building, we have created a design that becomes uniquely important to Paris,” said Michael Green, Principal of MGA. “Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront. The Pershing Site is the perfect moment for Paris to embrace the next era of architecture.”

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Innovative Site Design in Copenhagen: A Lifed Football Field School Expansion by BIG

Innovative Site Design in Copenhagen: A Lifed Football Field School Expansion by BIG | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Following their completion of Gammel Hellerup High School’s Multi-purpose hall in 2013, Bjarke Ingels Group has added a 1,400 square meter building for cultural activities. The new two-level addition provides students with generous spaces for creative learning, while increasing the capacity of the school.

Located between the multi-purpose hall and football fields, the new arts building connects the sports areas with the existing educational facilities in a continuous flow. By placing parts of the new building beneath the football pitch, the students are able to walk through the sunken sports hall at the center of the school’s courtyard, to the classrooms, cafeteria, and out to the main entrance at street level. The roof of the new arts building extend the school’s existing football fields into a green carpet that serves as informal seating to overlook sports events.

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TID Annex by Atelier Ars

TID Annex by Atelier Ars | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Atelier Ars is the architecture firm of Alejandro Guerrero Gutierrez and Andrea Soto Morfin, based in Guadalajara in central Mexico, where the team has recently completed an extension to the Design Innovation and Workshop Building (TID) at the ITESO University.
The TID Annex accommodates a workshop for architecture and design students whilst providing contemporary spaces and a well-ventilated environment. The façades consists of wooden louvers in order to generate a natural flow of air through the gaps, while the use of a steel structure with a wooden floor communicates the character of the workshop well. On the ground floor, the facades can open, giving the students a practical, airy and breathable space to work in.

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Véronique Calvet's curator insight, May 1, 2015 1:55 PM

‘We really like to think that the essential material in the conception of this building is the air,’ say the architects.

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Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall

Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Obrenovac First Elementary School is the first established school in Belgrade, almost 200 years old. During the two centuries pupils of this school had no adequate indoor space for physical education and sports activities. 

From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

As Obrenovac Municipality is close to the river Sava banks, it is under the influence of the underground water. This was the crucial technical problem which had to be resolved from the first preliminary design phase. Through design process, the solution for these challenges has been successfully found by designing the waterproof concrete hull, 5 meters deep in the ground, just few centimeters over the highest underground water level. This concept provided some kind of waterproof box, as boat sink, for all premises inside.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 19, 2015 10:57 AM

From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

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Foster + Partners Unveils Buenos Aires' City Hall, the first in Argentina to Receive LEED Silver

Foster + Partners Unveils Buenos Aires' City Hall, the first in Argentina to Receive LEED Silver | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Foster + Partners, the new city hall for Buenos Aires has recently been unveiled where it will house the mayor and 1,500 employees. It takes advantage of its abundant green setting in parque patricios and hopes to become a catalyst for regenerating the local neighborhood. The building itself carries foster and partner’s typical design strategy of using efficient and sustainable design. 

Welcomed by a four-storey atrium, the open and generous floor plates of the city hall is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass walls, illuminating the vast space with natural light. this creates a visual connection between the interior and the adjacent park whilst encouraging a sense of community and communication between departments. The construction techniques are influenced by the sub-tropical climate, from the careful choice of materials to the composition of each façade. Externally, the flowing roof canopy, supported by individual pillars is a distinct feature- the wave-like roof overhangs providing shade for the public areas underneath. The building is the first in argentina to receive the environmental LEED silver standard award for sustainability and the first civic project in the country by the acclaimed practice.

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The Mont-Laurier Theatre by FABG Combines Local Forestry and New Technologies

The Mont-Laurier Theatre by FABG Combines Local Forestry and New Technologies | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in the Laurentian Mountains on the southern embankment of the Lievre River in Canada,  the Mont-Laurier Theatre is a multi-purpose venue – theatre, convention centre and concert hall that emphasizes the importance of timber in the region. FABG based the design on an architectural proposition of a structural grid of cross-laminated wood beams that support the roof and create a canopy over the main entrance.

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Chicago Horizon: A Negative Carbon Kiosk at the Architecture Biennial

Chicago Horizon: A Negative Carbon Kiosk at the Architecture Biennial | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

How much kiosk can you get for $75,000? Chicago Horizon probes this question through a quest to build the largest flat wood roof possible. Using Cross-Laminated Timber, a new carbon-negative engineered lumber product, in the largest dimensions commercially available, the kiosk aims to provide an excess of public space for the Architecture Biennial and Chicago beach-goers.

Chicago Horizon is constructed almost entirely out of engineered timber products, including CLT for the roof canopy and glulam columns, making its total carbon impact negative due to the ability of wood to sequester atmospheric carbon. The canopy is to be fully protected by a roof membrane and an exterior grade plywood deck, ensuring its longevity.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, October 17, 2015 12:34 PM

Great parks make great cities.

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Living with the Landscape: Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Living with the Landscape: Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on a windswept coast line, Moonlight Cabin is a place to retreat from and engage with the landscape’s ephemeral conditions.


It is a small footprint shelter that explores the boundaries of how small is too small, challenging conventional notions of what is actually necessary in our lives. It is designed to be passively environmentally responsive, ultimately reducing energy use and running costs whilst maximizing occupant amenity.

The built form is fully screened in a spotted-gum rainscreen that acts like a ‘gore-tex jacket’ to protect the cabin from the elements while the timber is free to move naturally in the changing climatic conditions. Operable shutters enable cross ventilation and adaptability, open or closed, partially shut down or secured when the occupants leave and reopened when they return.

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Kew House: Old Meets New at an Experimental Build in London

Kew House: Old Meets New at an Experimental Build in London | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Set within the Kew Green Conservation Area of southwest London, the four bedroom family house is formed of two sculptural weathering steel volumes inserted behind a retained nineteenth century stable wall.


The house is formed of a simple plan to make the most of the constrained site, reduce the building’s mass in the streetscape and respond to the living patterns of the family. Consisting of two rectangles; one slightly smaller, set back and sunken 1m lower, the wings each have living spaces on the ground floor and bedrooms above. Connecting the wings is a glass encased circulation link which allows light to pour into the house whilst providing breathing space between internal spaces. 

Kew House was an experimental build, driven by the architect’s and client’s shared interest in a ‘kit-of-parts’ approach and the self-build possibilities emerging from digital fabrication.

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Kinetic “Cloud Seeding” pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls made of recycled plastic bottles

Kinetic “Cloud Seeding” pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls made of recycled plastic bottles | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Kinetic Cloud Seeding pavilion creates shade with thousands of tiny balls made from recycled plastic bottles.

This lightweight pavilion may look like a simple canopy structure, but it's actually a fantastic kinetic environment that creates shade thanks to thousands of constantly rearranging tiny plastic balls made from recycled water bottles. Designers at MODU named the project "Cloud Seeding" which is supposed to reflect the effect of passing clouds the pavilion creates.


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This Shape-Shifting, Zero-Energy House Transforms In Tune With The Weather

This Shape-Shifting, Zero-Energy House Transforms In Tune With The Weather | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

On a hot day, instead of cranking up the air conditioning, this house transforms: A screen and shell move out to wrap around the entire home, shading everything so it cools down.

"It provides this flexible control over heat gain from sunlight," says architect Todd Fix, who compares the screen and shell to extra layers of clothes you can put on or take off. "So if it's a cold day, the sensor will sense that, and it will close both to keep the heat inside. If you want more light in the space, you can open up the screen or open up the shell."

It's a way to create a passive, zero-energy home without the typical passive house design. "The living area is all glass, from the walls and ceiling to the floors," Fix says. "This opens up a house. Instead of having really thick, insulated walls that are opaque, so you can't see out or see in, it kind of opens you up to the environment."

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, August 8, 2015 6:08 PM

A house that transforms with the weather. On a hot day, instead of cranking up the air conditioning, this house transforms: A screen and shell move out to wrap around the entire home, shading everything so it cools down.

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White Block Gallery by SsD features fritted glass facades that evoke the local fog

White Block Gallery by SsD features fritted glass facades that evoke the local fog | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The windows of this art gallery in South Korea's Paju district are fritted with a pattern that regulates views of the interior, and creates the illusion of fog around the edges of the building.

The varying proportions of these spaces, as well as their varying lighting conditions, present a range of opportunities for displays of sculpture, paintings or multimedia installations.

"Each solid gallery box is thought of as a pavilion that is either suspended above the landscape or placed on top of it," said the architects. "The solid boxes capture shadows of adjacent trees while the transparent boxes reflect the distant landscape."

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Margot Krasojevic Turns Snow Cave Shelters into Practical, Impossible Art

Margot Krasojevic Turns Snow Cave Shelters into Practical, Impossible Art | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Margot Krasojevic's latest proposal, a mesh shelter that takes the concept of snow caves and applies it to an artificial structure, is built for an eminently practical purpose: a built emergency shelter for climbers and others caught in extreme conditions.

The elaborate, high tech and naturally contoured structure is as much a thought experiment as it is a serious architectural proposal, with the carbon fibre mesh acting as a snow-catcher, forming a frame for a large snow drift. The captured snow works as both building material and insulation, allowing for the creation of a shelter of several rooms. Inside sits a wooden frame suspended from the mesh and attached to the landscape by climbing ropes, which avoid freezing by swaying. This frame can have canvases attached to it, and contains cell-like modules that would act as sleeping areas...

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Modular Greenhouse/ Storage Shed Brings Nature a Step Closer

Modular Greenhouse/ Storage Shed Brings Nature a Step Closer | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A modular greenhouse/storage shed combination is the result of a collaborative effort between two Finnish companies: Avanto Architects and Kekkilä Garden.The versatile structure of wood and glass can be enlarged or contracted based on the owners’ needs. The covered portion is ideal for storage, while plants can be grown in the glass-enclosed atrium. The structure can even serve as an “outdoor” bedroom. The Garden Shed Rest model includes a covered patio between the shed and greenhouse- thanks to a simple setup and elegance of design, the possibilities are endless...
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A New Central Library for Christchurch and its Recovery Plan

A New Central Library for Christchurch and its Recovery Plan | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
After the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 that hit New Zealand, the city of Christchurch has launched a Recovery Plan in aid of redeveloping of city’s centre, which was severely damaged. At the core of the program is the New Central Library (NCL) designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects. 
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A Twisting Observation Tower at an Italian Forest

A Twisting Observation Tower at an Italian Forest | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architects Anton Pramstrahler and Alex Niederkofler have unveiled their proposal for a wooden viewing tower near Bruneck, northern Italy, with a twisted body shaped like a tree trunk .

The structure's spiralling form is intended to look like a tree that spreads out at its base and canopy – the result of a hexagonal section that rotates gradually as the tower ascends.

The proposed location is a forest nearby, and the architects want to build 90 per cent of the tower's structure from wood to evoke its natural context.
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Facebook's New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof

Facebook's New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

When Facebook approached famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to design their new headquarters in Menlo Park, California, they asked for a simple building without a heavy design. And while the building might look pretty conventional from down below, 70-feet up on the roof is something light on the environment and the spirits: a 9-acre garden.

The building, called MPK 20, is topped by a parkland with verdant green fields of grass, over 400 trees, and a lot of trails. “It’s a half mile loop,”says Lori Goler, head of human resources and recruiting. “It gives space to think.”

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Barzisa Sabine's curator insight, August 25, 2015 10:02 AM

Great new headquarter for thinkers !