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Efficient light in Geneva

Efficient light in Geneva | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The new WTO extension building for some 300 staff members offers a compelling view out over Lake Geneva with a sense of lightness and elegance. The idea was to create an extension that was a transparent as possible and did not seem at all solid in order to blend in best with the surrounding park; the proposal used a reduced formal vocabulary to create a long, glass cube on a set-back plinth boasting glazed frontage.

Nevertheless, the project set out to achieve high energy efficiency levels and obtain Swiss Minergie-P certification. Thanks to ingenious facilities technology, a heat recovery system and the use of Nimbus LED luminaires, this ambitious target was achieved even with the entire glass frontage chosen.

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The World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape

The World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The World Green Center in Chile aims to maximize the amount of public spaces through sustainable design.


The LEED-pending project in Chile has a sprawling green roof designed by Santiago-based cCe Arquitectos. More than 72% of the ground surface is utilized as green space and the completely landscaped roof is covered with shaded terraces and gardens that reduce the heat island effect. Passive design is incorporated within the façade, which reduces solar radiation and minimizes the energy used for air conditioning.

A VRV climate control system is designed to save up to 40% of the total energy compared to traditional office buildings in Santiago. Focusing specifically on the worker activity, the architects made sure each part of the work day is improved through a connection to nature – from a meeting room to an outdoors lunch break.


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Immotopic's curator insight, July 25, 2013 11:50 PM

Future is green ;-)

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Organic Architecture at the University of Versailles Science Library, France

Organic Architecture at the University of Versailles Science Library, France | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Paris-based architects Badia-Berger Architectes have recently completed the University of Versailles Science Library, in France- an efficient building composed of three juxtaposed volumes intersected by a series of voids.

The building acts as a connector inside the university campus, uniting the eastern sloped park and the western sporting grounds, which determines that it doesn't have a main façade, rather, a central position from which its multidirectional nature stems.

The library is comprised of three juxtaposing volumes intersected by a series of voids, which allow for abundant daylight to pour into the building, as well as creating a series of transparencies between the two connected terrains — the park and the sporting grounds. The three separate volumes harbour respectively the entry hall, the reading rooms and internal spaces. "The shape is an expression of our perception of the program and our response to the requirements of a low energy building," state architects Marie-Hélène Badia and Didier Berger, "fully acknowledging lighting and thermal comfort as well as highlighting the site's contrasts."

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Trompetista De Jazz's curator insight, March 15, 2013 9:16 AM

Organic Architecture at the University of Versailles Science Library, France

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Bridge House: Self-Sufficient Residence in the Netherlands

Bridge House: Self-Sufficient Residence in the Netherlands | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by 123DV, the Bridge House in the Netherlands is set in a newly developed estate in the unique, tree-lined landscape of the Dutch Achterhoek, where unexpected scenes of rural beauty are always just around the bend.


Its setting is a wide-open space that frames the park, which blends into the landscape around it, and the property has been carefully restored to its original state. To make the soil less fertile, the top layer was removed and in the interest of sustainability, this soil was reused to form a raised area beneath the house. The result is a traditional Dutch terp dwelling, a house on top of a hill that contains the cellar.

Sustainability inspired the design, and the villa is self-sufficient. At any time, the occupants can go off the grid without losing their energy supply. Water is drawn from a private well, and the practical and sustainable built-in features include solar panels, roof and floor heating through thermal energy storage, reuse of rainwater, a septic tank, shielded power cables, and Heat Mirror glass. This unique glass acts as an efficient and environmentally friendly awning, cooling the house and keeping out excess heat...


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Efficiency and Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do

Efficiency and Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Last week, as spring's balmy temperatures took a temporary dip into glacier territory, the two founding partners of architecture and urbanism firm Weiss/Manfredi led a hard hat tour of their new visitors center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (opening in a mere six weeks!). Luckily, magnolias and cherry trees were already in bloom and a bright sun illuminated the mostly-transparent structure. The deceptively modest structure is nestled into a hill on the northeast corner of the site, so 50 percent of its envelope benefits from thermal efficiency. And like any ground-up civil structure worth its salt, it's sustainable, with a geoexchange system comprised of 28 heating and cooling wells, radiant floor heating, and landscaping made of postconsumer recycled building materials...

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Beautiful Houses: Harrison Street Residence

Beautiful Houses: Harrison Street Residence | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Harrison Street Residence is a project by Scott Allen Architecture. The house is located in Issaquah, Washington and features sophisticated contemporary design that naturally accommodates a casual Pacific Northwest lifestyle. On both levels of the home the views are maximized. The inside and outside spaces flow freely from one to the other through the use of oversized windows and wall-to-wall bi-parting doors – design features that together with the energy efficient heating and cooling system and previously noted architectural design features create a timeless sustainable design.

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Luminous Moon-Gate Taichung City Cultural Center

Luminous Moon-Gate Taichung City Cultural Center | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Luminous Moon-Gate was designed in 2013 for the Taichung City Cultural Center International Competition. The objective was to design a public library and fine arts museum to distinguish itself as a city with arts and culture at its core. To achieve this, the design firm was tasked with creating accessible, attractive, and flexible space, and a rich social and recreational learning environment.

The Moon-Gate follows the philosophy that, with a commitment to improving society, architecture is inherently sustainable. High porosity between buildings allows wind to freely flow around the exteriors; low porosity materials facilitate better control over water and heat retention. Filtration systems throughout the interior and under-slab ventilation maintain steady temperatures. High-efficiency photovoltaic panels installed on top of the library and museum take advantage of the large surface area exposed to the sun, while energy-efficient lighting provides energy savings.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 18, 2013 8:46 AM

Sustainable building can enrich our lives while keeping the planet healthy.

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MJMArchitects: Chinguacousy Park Renewal

MJMArchitects: Chinguacousy Park Renewal | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

MJMArchitects' park renewal plan has made Chinguacousy Sports Park a hub of activity.


The local Brampton, Ontario landmark has three new pavilions which create a variety of environments suitable for a number of recreational activities. Together they lay a foundation for new activities and facilities to develop in the future. Sustainable features such as water retention systems, reflective rooves, recycled materials, highly efficient mechanical systems, and energy management controls modernize the park with a low impact on the environment.

A new park amenities and boat pavilion at the north pond connects the water course to the land activities; its wood cladding blends into the environment while framing views of the park. Deep overhangs not only contribute to passive cooling, but blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces by physically and visually connecting the pavilions with the landscape. 

This effect is complemented by new lighting, landscaping and pedestrian paths throughout the park- view more photos at the link.

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OBJETSEMOTIFS's curator insight, June 2, 2013 11:39 PM

A modern Kinkaku-Ji !

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Kengo Kuma’s Modern Interpretation of an 800-Year-Old Japanese Hut

Kengo Kuma’s Modern Interpretation of an 800-Year-Old Japanese Hut | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Kengo Kuma’s version of the humble dwelling is a transparent temporary shelter dubbed “Hojoan 800 years later” and it is currently on display at Kyoto’s Shigamo Shrine.

This modernized version of Buddhist monk Kamono Chomei’s portable hut immortalized centuries ago in the influential essay ”Hojo-ki” (“An Account of My Hut”).  ”Hojo-an After 800 Years,” on display at Kyoto’s Shimogamo Jinja Shrine, is a tribute to Chomei’s efficient home, often regarded as a prototype for Japan’s compact housing. Reflecting the mobility of the original structure, Kuma’s hut is constructed of ETFE sheets that can easily be rolled up. Working in combination with a cedar structure and powerful magnets, the soft architecture becomes a single, more structured unit.

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H.2 Residence by 314 Architecture Studio

H.2 Residence by 314 Architecture Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

314 Architecture Studio designed the H.2 Residence in a suburb of Athens, Greece. The building consists of three residential areas; each residence has two small bedrooms and one master. Outside the building, an atrium provides light to secondary areas of the house while working as a funnel for the exit of hot air to reduce energy consumption during the summer months.

The bioclimatic design and the positioning of the building with fixed louvers and the design of their exposures saves natural heating energy, while the connection between the building and water creates a natural cooling. The houses are equipped with underfloor heating systems and the materials used in floors and walls are natural. The colors and materials of this building are used to create a sense of harmony, modernity and at the same time luxury while the sculptures of Gianni Aspra dominated the walls of living rooms creating emotions and abstract mood. Finally the roof gardens with glass stairwells offer unlimited view of Argosaronic...

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Sustainable Design | Greenhalgh House by CCS Architecture

Sustainable Design | Greenhalgh House by CCS Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Greenhalgh House is a sustainable home designed by CCS Architecture , located in the Alpine Meadows area near Lake Tahoe, California. This is a second home for the owner, who wanted efficiency in performance, regarding the needs of a retreat home.

This eco construction adopted rustic modern design using cedar materials. The house is grid connected, but it is also grid independent. To provide maximum view of Sierra Nevada mountains, all of the main rooms are faced to the south, with cross ventilation provided by the operable windows and sliding glass doors on both sides of the home. Concrete materials used partially at the first floor act as thermal mass storage to maintain the room temperature.

This green architecture building is completed by 600 sq ft of photovoltaic panels provided at the roof, facing south. During the days when the house is not in use, electricity is produced and stored to be used on peak days when in use. There is also thermal hot water system located at the roof. Radiant floor heating is powered by the hot water provided by hot water heater powered by the PV. The hot/cool air trapped between the roof and and panels can be used also as additional heating/cooling...

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One of the Most Efficient Passive Houses in the World

One of the Most Efficient Passive Houses in the World | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This sweet and compact home was designed by Dennis Wedlick Architect, who has been long commited to sustainability, and built with the support of the New York State Energy Research Development Authority through the High Performance Energy Challenge.

It was intended as an energy conservation project, a prototype home-of-tomorrow that demonstrates the energy-saving potential of residential architecture.
His project, the Hudson Passive Project has tested out as one of the highest performing passive houses in the world...

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