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University of Cambridge Sports Centre by Arup Associates

University of Cambridge Sports Centre by Arup Associates | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in the expanding western part of the city, the new University of Cambridge Sports Centre by Arup Associates is open to students, academic staff, and the public. The building sits at the edge of the town's green belt and efficiently responds both to its rural environment and to an extremely versatile program, as the first part of a three-phase scheme within the West Cambridge Masterplan.

To achieve an open-plan space that would be flexible enough to adapt to different sporting activities, the centre's dome-like roof, made of glulam beams, spans over 36 metres and opens up to let natural light and ventilation in. Photovoltaic cells, solar hot-water collectors, and external electro-mechanical actuators that control the façade louvers' opening and closing, contribute to the building's energy efficient strategy.

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Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal by Checkwitch Poiron Architects

Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal by Checkwitch Poiron Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new 13,700 sf terminal building, this signature facility set a new standard for buildings in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. Situated on the edge of the Assembly Wharf, it contains a large welcome centre/multi-purpose hall, facilities for the Canadian Border Services Agency & offices for the Nanaimo Port Authority.

This building site was formerly used for the processing and storage of the wood products that were the lifeblood for the region. A connection is made to the past by employing a variety of wood products including large curved glulam columns and beams, interior and exterior wood screens, and stratified timber panels. These materials echo the region’s rich natural resource and make the main hall reminiscent of a giant ship’s hull. Large glass walls open up the hall to panoramic views of the Nanaimo harbour.

The building employs as a passive solar scheme, where sunlight enters through the extensive glazing, warms the stone floor and heat is slowly released and circulated before exiting through louvers at the top of the building...

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Casey Key Guest House by TOTeMS Architecture

Casey Key Guest House by TOTeMS Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The guest residence, located on a barrier island, is set within a mature oak hammock along Sarasota Bay. The structure is inspired by the character of the live oaks, which have been shaped by the prevailing coastal winds from the west.

The Owner requested a design that was a “house in the trees”. A small program, including one bedroom, bath, living area with kitchenette, and a loft is organized to provide privacy between a neighboring property to the north, while offering broad views of the oak hammock to the south and west, and the intercoastal waterway to the east.

Curved glulam pine beams, which are anchored to the elevated concrete slab at their base, curve up and over the entire space, reflect the arching quality of the live oak limbs. Ship lap cypress siding is used to clad the exterior walls and the interior walls between the glulam beams.

The design is intended to evoke an organic architecture that is influenced by, and reflective of its site...

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Prefab, Glue Laminated Timber Ribs Form This Inspiring "Low-Energy" Library

Prefab, Glue Laminated Timber Ribs Form This Inspiring "Low-Energy" Library | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This Norwegian library is a lovely specimen of engineered wood arrayed in a rib-like concept.

It's been said that architecture is a cultural repository of sorts; the structure, materiality and aesthetics chosen for a building can express a lot about a society's values and intentions -- or at least the client's or architect's.

Case in point are libraries; faced with changing times, there are some grandiose and gimmicky, high-tech attempts to draw more patrons in, but in true Scandinavian fashion, Norwegian architecture firm Helen & Hard's latest low-energy library and cultural center keeps it urbanely scaled, yet inspiring.

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