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Twisting towers in Miami, Florida by Bjarke Ingels (BIG)

Twisting towers in Miami, Florida by Bjarke Ingels (BIG) | sustainable architecture |

BIG, Raymond Jungles, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Esrawe, Desimone + HNGS, transform the Coconut Grove Waterfront with twisting towers in Miami Florida, USA.

Developed by Terra Group, the Grove at Grand Bay residences, at the former site of the Grand Bay Hotel and minutes from downtown Miami, seeks to breath new life into Coconut Grove. With construction scheduled to begin the fourth quarter of 2012 and completion at the end of 2014, the project seeks LEED Silver Certification, the first of its kind in Coconut Grove.

Rising 20 stories, the towers will showcase 96 residences with panoramic views from every angle as they readjust their orientation to capture the full breadth of panoramic views from sailboat bays and the marina to the Miami skyline. The interactive movement of the two towers creates a new dancing silhouette on the Grove’s skyline.

Whether in the shade of the buildings’ twisting facades or inside, residents will fully experience and relish living amid the open air. The gardens and architecture will fuse seamlessly at the amenity levels, maximizing indoor outdoor living experiences unique to the South Florida climate. Views down into the gardens, towards the surrounding canopied neighborhoods, and beyond Sailboat Bay will offer peaceful, verdant backdrops to elegant residential interiors and vast balconies...

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A Florida House Set for Two Comfort Zones

A Florida House Set for Two Comfort Zones | sustainable architecture |
In a minimalist house that still manages to be warm and welcoming, a couple eases the eternal argument over the thermostat.


In 2005, Max Strang's father was hoping to build the kind of eco-friendly house he had always dreamed of, he said. But he also “wanted his wife to have a comfortable place.”

To her, that meant a modern single-story home that was big enough for plenty of family and friends. In other words, it had to have at least four bedrooms and a 1,000-square-foot kitchen.

With Max as their architect, the couple split the responsibilities for the project according to what they cared about most. “Sheryll was in charge of the aesthetic,” the older Mr. Strang said. “And I was in charge of the systems.”

Together, the three created a 4,200-square-foot home in Winter Haven that is as sleek as it is green. (But not cheap: completed earlier this year, it cost $1.6 million.)


The roof, for example, is green in three ways: it is insulated with Icynene, a spray foam more efficient than fiberglass batting; it is covered with thermoplastic polyolefin, a membrane that reduces heat absorption; and it contains two solar systems, one that feeds directly into the electric grid to offset the energy consumed by the home and another that heats the water in the pool.

Inside, green amenities include a geothermal system that makes air-conditioning more efficient; floors that are eco-friendly concrete; and an on-demand system heats water only when needed.

The house is minimalist, but warm and welcoming...

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