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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, 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 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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V.W. Reviews's curator insight, October 9, 2015 6:51 AM

This is an energy-saving house.

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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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Tadao Ando & Annabelle Selldorf transform Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts

Tadao Ando & Annabelle Selldorf transform Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
New buildings and spaces by Tadao Ando and Annabelle Selldorf feature at the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, now open after a 10-year renovation.

"This project advances the Clark's dual mission as both an art museum and a centre for research and higher education," explained director Michael Conforti.

"Since developing our masterplan more than ten years ago, we have worked diligently to connect our program and support spaces with our extraordinary landscape. What now looks simple, and so logical, has been achieved through a complex and environmentally sensitive design and construction program that unites many disparate parts," he said.


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, July 25, 2015 4:34 PM

Ando has contributed two new buildings to the campus. The first was the Lunder Centre at Stone Hill – a small gallery that opened in 2008 – while the second is a new visitor centre that features the architect's signature materials palette of stone, concrete and glass.

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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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Get Off the Grid With This Eco-Powered Micro-Home

Get Off the Grid With This Eco-Powered Micro-Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A green-energy pod that gives you total independance, anywhere you go.

Next week, at Vienna’s Pioneers Festival, attendees will be the first to lay their eyes on the new, stylish “smart home” that allows you to live completely off the grid. It’s called the “Ecocapsule,” and it’s a wind and solar-powered 14 x 7 x 7-foot pod that gives you total independence. The Ecocapsule hitches to the back of your car and, if it’s electric, will keep it charged with its 9700 Watt-hour battery...

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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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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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Proposal unveiled for tornado-shaped skyscraper in Tulsa

Proposal unveiled for tornado-shaped skyscraper in Tulsa | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Oklahoma firm Kinslow, Keith & Todd has presented its vision to build a skyscraper shaped like a tornado on top of a Tulsa parking garage.

The towering structure, proposed within the region known as Tornado Alley, is designed to include a museum dedicated to weather, a storm research centre, a revolving rooftop bar and restaurant, and a grassy roof.

Lighting would also be added so that the whole building would appear to be slowly spinning to passing drivers.

Kinslow, Keith & Todd came up with the design after being asked by Tulsa People magazine for explore ways to rejuvenate the downtown area of the US city.

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BIG & Heatherwick’s Design for Google’s California Headquarters

BIG & Heatherwick’s Design for Google’s California Headquarters | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Images have been unveiled of BIG and Heatherwick Studio’s design for Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The plan, submitted to city council today, proposes to redevelop and expand the company’s home office with a series of lightweight canopy-like structures organized within a flexible landscape of bicycle paths and commercial opportunities for local companies. 

“The idea is simple. Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas… Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature.”

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Ribbon Chapel / NAP Architects

Ribbon Chapel / NAP Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This wedding chapel stands in a garden of a resort hotel, “Bella Vista Sakaigahama,” in Onomichi, Hiroshima. The site is midway on a hill enjoying a panoramic view of the Inland Sea of Japan. By entwining two spiral stairways, we realized a free-standing building of unprecedented composition and architecturally embodied the act of marriage in a pure form. A single spiral stairway would be unsteady in a horizontal direction and is prone to vibration in a vertical direction, hence, very unstable.

The building’s exterior is finished in upright wood panels, painted white so as to deepen in beauty as time passes, and titanium zinc alloy, a material resistant to damage from the sea breeze and pliable enough to be applied to curvature. Employing the zinc alloy on the coping, walls, ceiling, and window sashes enabled a simple design unified by means of a single material.

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Students’ Award-Winning Home Leaves Small Footprint

Students’ Award-Winning Home Leaves Small Footprint | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

'Prefabricated components, solar power, airtight construction and a small footprint at this home, designed and built by a team of students at New Zealand’s Victoria University, earned third place in 2011 in the U.S. Solar Decathlon.

Now relocated to a picturesque beach at Hawkes Bay, its ecocredentials are quite possibly the greenest in New Zealand.'

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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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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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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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An Eco-Friendly Home in the Catskills

An Eco-Friendly Home in the Catskills | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Lang Architecture designed this two-story, model residence in the Hudson Woods community where 26 architect-designed homes will be crafted from locally-sourced, sustainable materials. The 2,800 square foot house rests within 131 acres of forest in the Catskills/Hudson River Valley area and features a flipped floor plan.

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Mirror Houses by Peter Pichler Architecture | Bolzano, Italy

Mirror Houses by Peter Pichler Architecture | Bolzano, Italy | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The true purpose of the twin houses is clear: stringent environmental regulations and a contemporary concern for comfort demand a plethora of mechanical and electrical equipment and a highly insulated envelope. But with a great glass sliding door opening each unit to the breeze, the houses offer their temporary residents a taste of something like Thoreau's rougher-hewn Walden cabin, whose simplicity and intimate scale fostered his sense of connection to the environment. In their outward appearance, the Mirror Houses do little to blend in with their surroundings—the opposite, in fact—but, from the inside, the building seems almost to disappear, registering only as a frame for the view. “There but not there,” one might say...

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Barzisa Sabine's curator insight, August 25, 2015 10:00 AM

A real connection to the environment ! great

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Waterstudio aligns low-profile dwelling with the flat landscape

Waterstudio aligns low-profile dwelling with the flat landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This residential property in the Netherlands has been designed to comply with strict regulations that limit the height of the single storey structure. Completed by Koen Olthuis of Dutch architecture practice waterstudio.nl, the property utilizes additional floor space at a subterranean level, providing extra surface within the limited dimensions of the building envelope.

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The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Mexico City-based BuBa Arquitectos proposes a vertical zoo wrapped in lush vegetation that relies on solar power, rainwater and natural ventilation.

Why not take the same theories and technologies used to grow organic produce and raise animals and apply them to build more compact, more sustainable zoos? Proposed by Mexico City-based BuBa Arquitectos, the Vertical Zoo is a balanced and sustainable space where people and animals can coexist in harmony. Wrapped in lush vegetation, the star-shaped building makes use of green building strategies to reduce heat gain, encourage natural ventilation and soak up rainwater. Totally self-sufficient, the tower's aim is to be a sustainable refuge for all animal kingdom species.

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School for Biodiversity: Landscape as Living Space

School for Biodiversity: Landscape as Living Space | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The project developed by Chartier Dalix involves two structures: a school with eighteen classrooms and a gymnasium which will be open to local residents. The two structures are united in a single volume, bounded by a same skin: the mineral wall, that represents a clear and definite gesture for the ZAC. This building is the “green heart” of the island. The school thus serves as a unifying element in a landscape where which flora and fauna play a vital part in guiding re-development for the rest of the area.

This project is a “landscape as living space“ rather than a simple building. There are two distinct parts to the building: a mineral section – the facades – and a section made of plants – the roof. This envelope wraps itself around the school, a general volume with smooth contours and supple lines, revealing fluid interior spaces and elastic exterior ones, avoiding ruptures between volumes. The highly compact building opens onto the neighbourhood, offering a multitude of perspectives.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, January 31, 2015 6:34 AM

Good design should consider the context within which the building is set. Great to see green space being added to a dense urban environment bringing benefits to the children at the school, wildlife and providing a little urban cooling and SUDs. 

asli telli's curator insight, February 2, 2015 12:15 AM

We need more of this happening! Asap...