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Omizubata N House in the Forest of Karuizawa by Iida Archiship Studio

Omizubata N House in the Forest of Karuizawa by Iida Archiship Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The village of Karruizawa, Nagano Prefect, is a destination commonly sought after by Tokyo dwellers looking for a peaceful getaway. It’s easy to see the zen-like qualities a rural retreat like Omizubata N House offers its owners when they escape the city and its 13 million inhabitants. The interior of the oversized cabin is finished entirely with wood adding to the natural feel of the forest surroundings.

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Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from local wood

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from local wood | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Bernardo Bader Architects sourced pine and spruce from the surrounding slopes to build this picturesque chalet in a village of western Austria.

The house is situated on a inclined south-terrace-plane to not only benefit from the great view, but also to optimise the property's borders, with the building placed on the upper part of the property and the volume kept as compact as possible.

The whole facade of the building is a made of differently size sliced spruce boards, exactly how they are delivered from the sawmill. The intentional rough planking together with the randomness of smaller and bigger windows generate an exciting facade game and an intimate atmosphere inside with selected framed views to the exterior.


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Downley House by BPR Architects

Downley House by BPR Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Downley House is a large new country house built in the South Downs. The client called for a tranquil yet playful place, full of natural texture, contrasts, and indigenous materials. BPR created an entrance sequence which commences in a circular stone entrance court, extends along a pergola into an inner court bounded by a ruined wall and through the house to a roof terrace where a stair bridges into the landscape.


Downley House is constructed of timber elements prefabricated in Swizerland and erected over a two month period. The family and guest wings are constructed of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and the barrel vault is made of a CLT timber shell and glue lam ribs. The low-embodied energy of the construction, the efficient envelope, ground source heat pump and heat recovery system create a highly sustainable and energy efficient building.

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Wooden Skyscraper by C.F. Møller Architects

Wooden Skyscraper by C.F. Møller Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

For HSB Stockholm’s architectural competition 2023, three teams of architects have produced innovative proposals for private residences of the future at three different locations in the centre of Stockholm.


Berg | C.F. Møller‘s proposed design is a 34-storey skyscraper made of wood.

The architects are working in partnership with Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyréns on their entry. The team has chosen to build upwards, and has designed a 34-storey residential building, which will be seen for miles.

The building will be built over a wooden construction with a concrete core, and it is intended to give the people of Stockholm a new and characteristic beacon and meeting place in their city.

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Connected to the Outdoors: A Modern House with a Modular Folding Wall

Connected to the Outdoors: A Modern House with a Modular Folding Wall | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This unique residence by Pitsou Kedem Architects gives inhabitants the ability to control light entering the space with a modular facade design that also provides for changing views and varying degrees of privacy.


With great attention paid to the relations between outdoors and indoors, this structure has been designed to convert the interior space into the outdoors with great modularity while retaining its simple and clean detailing. The most fascinating views of this residence take place when the pivot shutters open, allowing one to look straight through the interiors to the rear pool side beyond without any restrictions. Standing in the front garden, one is able to look out to the rear landscape connecting the two outside spaces.

The ability to reverse the balanced composition into a dynamic one is made possible thanks to the design of a system of smart blinds that allows them to be lifted upwards and folded into what resembles a roof. As all the rails and fixtures are hidden when the façade is closed, the changing possibilities also hide in the residence's façade. ..

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Responding to the Landscape: Archipelago House by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Responding to the Landscape: Archipelago House by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The goal for this project was to provide a direct relationship with the dramatic archipelago landscape and to create a simple platform which would offer several diverse readings of the relationship between space and nature. Conceived as a light-weight construction in wood and glass and located in Stockholm’s outer archipelago, this summer house was built within the specific conditions prevailing on the island.

Without any car access, all materials had to be brought by boat from the mainland. Wood was chosen throughout the design in order to provide simplicity of construction and to minimize difficulties with heavy transportation.

The horizontal character of the black-stained exterior relates to the verticality of the island’s tall pines, and mirrored views of the Baltic Sea. The geometry of the plan is generated by the specifics of the site; the house sits on a flat surface between two rocky outcrops, and is oriented simultaneously towards the sun in south and towards sea views in the west. With smaller rooms placed behind, the three large social areas of the house open up to the terrace and provide an open platform, criss-crossed by sliding glass...

 

Visit the article link for more images, as well as additional details on the sustainable strategies incorporated into the design and construction of this modern home...

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Stunning wood-clad house in Chile...

Stunning wood-clad house in Chile... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Metamorphosis 1 is the remodel of a home in Chile by architects Jose Ulloa Davet + Delphine Ding. The project is organized according to a helical path which, through the extension of an existing deck and the overhang of the new room, allows the user to go up to two new panoramic terraces on the house.

The skin on the project is designed as an autonomous unit, through modulated square openings with measures based on a 30 centimeters module and a skin with a changing rhythm. New areas of the house blend into the existing through the ventilated timber skin, whose function is to avoid accumulations of water and moisture in the structure wall...

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Sculptural Home in Munich Built Using Prefabricated Materials

Sculptural Home in Munich Built Using Prefabricated Materials | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Envisioned and implemented by German studio Titus Bernhard Architekten, House 11 x 11 gives the overall impression of a small, compact home. The 1,960 square foot contemporary abode in Munich, Germany, was developed to serve the needs of a family in an area that captures the serenity of natural elements. According to the architects, “House 11 x 11 is an icon for its users, symbolic and built with a new method of construction: the exterior walls and the wooden roof made of prefabricated elements are covered by a vertical wood-lamella façade without counter-battens, converging on the ridge of the roof. A pronounced graphic character is the result, reinforced by the variable density and very precise setting of the lamellae, including the integration of the wooden window frames”.

The inner layout is based on continuity and the core of the house is an open plan living area, characterized by a minimalist, yet inviting design...

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Sustainable Design of Four-cornered Villa by Avanto Architects

Sustainable Design of Four-cornered Villa by Avanto Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The sustainable design of Four-cornered Villa was made by Avanto Architecs. This building is located in the wilderness of Finland, sits on a horseshoe-shaped island. By its cross shape, the view of four different sides can be maximize. Some sustainable features are provided to achieve low carbon footprint...

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Modern Beach House Camouflaged as Driftwood Box: Lamble Residence

Modern Beach House Camouflaged as Driftwood Box: Lamble Residence | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This modern beach house located on the south coast of New South Wales was envisioned as a timber driftwood box covered by a simple white roof.

The layout of the residence was well adapted to the environmental challenges, as the architects explained : “We chose to make the most of the views, as well as the sunny and protected northern aspect, by positioning the living and sleeping spaces to that side. Service rooms including the bathrooms, laundry, and garage, are located to the south. All of the rooms open onto generous outdoor spaces, on different sides of the house, ensuring protection from the changeable seaside winds.” The minimalist interior design scheme and color palette direct attention towards the natural richness outdoors.


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Lori Wilk's curator insight, March 23, 8:17 PM

Love this design#design

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Sustainability From Top To Bottom: Locally Sourced Timber Clad Homes

Sustainability From Top To Bottom: Locally Sourced Timber Clad Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

When designing a home according to high standards of sustainability, an architect must consider all details of construction, from the way the structure absorbs and releases solar energy, to rainwater collection, to incorporating double-paned windows to reduce heat transfer.

They must also consider the environmental impact of the materials used to construct the home itself. Transporting resource-intensive materials across long distances significantly increases the home's overall carbon footprint.

To mitigate these adverse effects, the solution is much closer than one might think: opting for locally sourced and responsibly harvested timbers and woods. Instead of cutting down pines and oaks in sensitive forests to use for hardwood floors and cabinets, architects can make use of already fallen trees near the construction site to source their design needs. The following homes, façades, floors, and products come from wood found nearby, and are either left untreated for a rustic appearance or milled and cured on-site for a richer finish. Sustainability from start to finish.

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mickelin burnes-browne's curator insight, November 8, 2013 1:02 PM

Think Green and save the environment.

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5 Stunning Examples of Sustainable Wooden Architecture

5 Stunning Examples of Sustainable Wooden Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Wood is one of architecture’s more magnanimous materials which allows architects to develop structures which are complex and yet retain the features of minimal designs.


It is a versatile enough material that it can be used to demonstrate traditional craftsmanship while presenting a modern, corporate image and a whole host of sustainable benefits, which are covered in the article link.

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Joram Walukamba's comment, July 3, 2013 4:42 AM
Keep it natural!!!!
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Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability?

Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability? | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new breed of high-rise architecture is in the process of being born, thanks to the collaborative efforts of modern design pioneers. Envisioned as the best sustainable option for meeting world housing demands and decreasing global carbon emissions, wooden mega-structures are now one step closer to becoming a reality.


Big Wood,” a conceptual project to the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition, builds on the premise that wood, when harvested responsibly, is one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating healthy communities. Aspiring to become one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, Big Wood challenges the way we build our cities and promotes timber as a reliable platform to support tomorrow’s office and residential towers...

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 20, 2013 1:47 PM

Whoa..Chicago!

Geovanni's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:32 AM

Fascinating place. Must of been a lot of wood to be created.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, May 13, 2013 8:44 AM
It takes around 30 years for a seedling to grow into the kind of wood that can be used in construction. A little maintenance is required during that period. Meanwhile it's soaking up CO2 and making oxygen. The only industrial processes required are to cut it down and cut it into boards and 2 x 4s. If you stagger your planting you have an endless supply.
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An Archipelago Getaway by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

An Archipelago Getaway by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The site is situated on a bed of rock along the edge of Stockholm’s largest archipelago, and the architecture commands views in all directions, to the water ahead and a thicket of greenery behind. A parallelogram in plan, the home angles towards the coast, with a long west facade that drinks in panoramic vistas of the Baltic.
Glass volumes are staggered in a zigzag formation and inset from the lip of the house footprint, creating a deep, shaded patio. Despite its gun-metal color associated with steel, the structure is entirely of wood, from the exterior frame down to the furniture inside. The simple form and the exquisite details all around come together in a rich, nuanced design that more than fulfills the promise of the site...
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Sculptural architecture blurs the division between built form and landscape...

Sculptural architecture blurs the division between built form and landscape... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Barwon Heads in Victoria is undergoing a period of significant change. Heritage restrictions currently protect older fishing shacks whilst the remainder of the seaside town is progressively being redeveloped.

The architecture now emerging is significantly contributing to the evolution of this small coastal township. The interesting circular building form of this house emerged from the architects Jackson Clements Burrows exploring circular forms, which resulted in a circular skylight over the first floor living areas and the overall shape of the house mirroring and immersing the structure into the Ti-tree dominated landscape.

The house is wrapped in a skin of vertical cedar battens, which not only provide privacy and solar protection but also blur the division between the built form and the landscape...

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A field chapel made by the hands of community...

A field chapel made by the hands of community... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Made by the hands of community - A field chapel has been built in the Odenwald. An architectural firm, 12 students from Chicago and local craftsmen realized the wooden construction.

With no funding or even a plot of land, Reverend Moser-Feesche had taken it upon himself, with the help of a local architectural firm, to build a chapel. In order to realize this nonprofit project they would assembled a small army of volunteers, recruited from as far as the US.

Under their professor's direction, 12 students from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago drew up plans for the chapel. In addition to the group of students and architecture firm, local craftsmen and the church co-operative played an instrumental role. A farmer offered the pastor a plot of land, the wood needed came in the form of donated construction timber processed at a local sawmill, and the gravel for the courtyard came from the River Main.

After just eight weeks of hard teamwork the community was bestowed with a new chapel on the aforementioned hill. The façade of the modest building is a mesh of diagonally-angled wooden planks. From a courtyard, intended as a representation of the temporal, one steps through an open foyer into the actual chapel at the base of the nine-meter-tall tower.

The interdenominational chapel provides a peaceful place of retreat for anyone who may pass by.

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Tall Wood: Technology To Build Wood Buildings Thirty Stories High

Tall Wood: Technology To Build Wood Buildings Thirty Stories High | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Wood is the greenest building ..material, but its use has been limited to buildings a couple of floors high. Not any more.

Wood is perhaps the greenest building material; it is a renewable resource that absorbs carbon dioxide as it grows, which is sequestered in the wood when it is cut into building materials. But until recently its use was limited to low rise structures due to concern about the fire hazard.

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Using wood to reach new heights...

Using wood to reach new heights... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Using wood to reach new heights - The Building with timber exhibition in Munich documents the potentialities afforded by this ancient material, making adventurous constructions a real possibility for the future.
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