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Hotel Elqui Domos, Chile: Sitting lightly within the desert landscape

Hotel Elqui Domos, Chile: Sitting lightly within the desert landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Bordering the Atacama Desert in Chile’s Andes Mountains, Valle de Elqui boasts an abundance of natural assets including a stable, hot climate favorable for wine growing and postcard-clear skies, coupled with high natural magnetism for some of the best star gazing in the Southern Hemisphere.

Resting in the heart of the valley, Hotel Elqui Domos provides a unique eco-tourism accommodation experience through its spatial composition and relationship to place. The original complex was designed by architects Rodrigo Duque Motta as a series of seven geodesic dome tents.

Recently, the hotel has added four wooden cabanas, each intended as a private observatory and space for introspection. Perching very lightly on the landscape, the cabins negotiate the views of the valley and mountain from opposing sides. Their stilt-like foundations are sympathetic to the surrounding vegetation and topographical variations in the land, and the upper roof decks accentuate their privileged position within the site’s geography...

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WELCOME TO SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE + GREEN BUILDING

WELCOME TO SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE + GREEN BUILDING | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A daily update of current technologies, case studies, events, projects and fascinating sustainable design strategies being implemented across the globe...


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mirka tobia's comment, August 25, 2013 5:09 PM
if we love our planet.....we think about that
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Peinture Deco's curator insight, January 20, 2014 10:51 AM

Bienvenue chez Entreprise Peinture Déco, Plus de 20 ans d'expérience
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Devis Travaux peinture renovation- Epinay-sous-Sénart 91860- Epinay-sur-Orge 91360-Etiolles 91450-Etréchy 91580-Fleury-Mérogis 91700.

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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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Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall

Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Obrenovac First Elementary School is the first established school in Belgrade, almost 200 years old. During the two centuries pupils of this school had no adequate indoor space for physical education and sports activities. 

From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

As Obrenovac Municipality is close to the river Sava banks, it is under the influence of the underground water. This was the crucial technical problem which had to be resolved from the first preliminary design phase. Through design process, the solution for these challenges has been successfully found by designing the waterproof concrete hull, 5 meters deep in the ground, just few centimeters over the highest underground water level. This concept provided some kind of waterproof box, as boat sink, for all premises inside.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 19, 10:57 AM

From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

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Facebook's New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof

Facebook's New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

When Facebook approached famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to design their new headquarters in Menlo Park, California, they asked for a simple building without a heavy design. And while the building might look pretty conventional from down below, 70-feet up on the roof is something light on the environment and the spirits: a 9-acre garden.

The building, called MPK 20, is topped by a parkland with verdant green fields of grass, over 400 trees, and a lot of trails. “It’s a half mile loop,”says Lori Goler, head of human resources and recruiting. “It gives space to think.”

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Ideclik's curator insight, April 7, 2:52 AM

Nouveau siège de Facebook 

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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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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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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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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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Tree Snake Houses by Rebelo de Andrade Studio in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park

Tree Snake Houses by Rebelo de Andrade Studio in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Inspired by the form of a snake, Architects Rebelo de Andrade Studio has designed two Tree Snake Houses where each structure glides sinuously amongst the trees in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park.

Taking their inspiration from the long and tapered proportions of a snake, Lisbon-based architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade & Tiago Rebelo de Andrade of Rebelo de Andrade Studio, have designed two concurrent Tree Snake Houses. Rather than build a treehouse in the branches of a tree, the distinctive snake-like houses, with their slate and wood facades, appear to glide sinuously amongst the trees. The structures become elevated and are raised on stilts as the ground dips downwards. Enjoying a close physical association with the one-hundred year old Pedras Salgadas Park, their aspect is one that is congruous with the park’s natural surroundings. Close attention was paid to making sure that they neither dominated nor vied for attention (despite their eye-catching appearance)...

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The World's First Carbon-Positive Prefab House

The World's First Carbon-Positive Prefab House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Australian firm Archiblox has designed the world's first carbon-positive prefab. We take a tour of the space, which is currently on view in Melbourne's City Square.
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Catherine Devin's curator insight, February 19, 2:32 AM

Les photos à l'intérieur la présentent très lumineuse et étonnamment  vaste.

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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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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, 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, 12:15 AM

We need more of this happening! Asap...

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Off the Grid: Snøhetta's Norwegian Eco-home

Off the Grid: Snøhetta's Norwegian Eco-home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A Norwegian eco home incorporates a heated pool and a sauna, but still produces three times more electricity than it uses.

Researchers designed the house with a solar-powered roof in collaboration with architects firm Snøhetta. Heat exchangers use excess energy to heat the outside swimming pool and the house even has its own sauna.
Insulation is so good that each floor has just one radiator, and each room has sensors to ensure that light and heat is directed efficiently. It produces 23,200kWh of energy a year but requires just 7,272kW to run.
It may look like a Portacabin that has been involved in a nasty accident, but this slanting roofed building is actually the ultimate ecohome...

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, January 21, 4:46 AM

Projet probablement coûteux, tout comme les chalets avec piscine chauffée en plein air dans les Alpes finalement, conçus sans approche de performance énergétique.

Dans la recherche de durabilité, il s'agit moins de renoncer au confort et aux plaisirs de la vie que de réévaluer ceux-ci  et aborder ses projets avec une posture ouverte,  un zeste d'ambition et une envie de mobiliser de nouveaux savoir-faire.

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TID Annex by Atelier Ars

TID Annex by Atelier Ars | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Atelier Ars is the architecture firm of Alejandro Guerrero Gutierrez and Andrea Soto Morfin, based in Guadalajara in central Mexico, where the team has recently completed an extension to the Design Innovation and Workshop Building (TID) at the ITESO University.
The TID Annex accommodates a workshop for architecture and design students whilst providing contemporary spaces and a well-ventilated environment. The façades consists of wooden louvers in order to generate a natural flow of air through the gaps, while the use of a steel structure with a wooden floor communicates the character of the workshop well. On the ground floor, the facades can open, giving the students a practical, airy and breathable space to work in.

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Véronique Calvet's curator insight, May 1, 1:55 PM

‘We really like to think that the essential material in the conception of this building is the air,’ say the architects.

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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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Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs

Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Anderson Anderson Architecture recently completed a prototype for an energy-positive relocatable classroom that can produce four times more energy than it needs.

The solar-powered modular classroom prototype was developed as part of the Aloha State’s plans to replace 10,000 portable classrooms over the next 10 years—currently a quarter of Hawaiian students study in poor-quality, energy-inefficient portable units. The energy-positive prototype offers an optimized educational environment and is designed to maximize energy conservation while producing electricity and water.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, April 11, 11:52 AM

Thanks to reporter Wes Thomas for this pleasantly innovative news from Hawaii's Department of Education.  The solar-powered modular units will replace older portable classrooms over the next decade.  The new classrooms are designed to be energy efficient as they produce electricity and water.  Great idea.  Aloha, Russ.

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Foster + Partners Unveils Buenos Aires' City Hall, the first in Argentina to Receive LEED Silver

Foster + Partners Unveils Buenos Aires' City Hall, the first in Argentina to Receive LEED Silver | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Foster + Partners, the new city hall for Buenos Aires has recently been unveiled where it will house the mayor and 1,500 employees. It takes advantage of its abundant green setting in parque patricios and hopes to become a catalyst for regenerating the local neighborhood. The building itself carries foster and partner’s typical design strategy of using efficient and sustainable design. 

Welcomed by a four-storey atrium, the open and generous floor plates of the city hall is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass walls, illuminating the vast space with natural light. this creates a visual connection between the interior and the adjacent park whilst encouraging a sense of community and communication between departments. The construction techniques are influenced by the sub-tropical climate, from the careful choice of materials to the composition of each façade. Externally, the flowing roof canopy, supported by individual pillars is a distinct feature- the wave-like roof overhangs providing shade for the public areas underneath. The building is the first in argentina to receive the environmental LEED silver standard award for sustainability and the first civic project in the country by the acclaimed practice.

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Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architect Giancarlo Zema and EcoFloLife developed WaterNest 100, an ecological floating habitat.

The 1000-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The rounded wooden roof is topped by a 60-square-meter photovoltaic array capable of generating 4 kWp. Four skylights flank both sides of the photovoltaic array. Large windows and balconies wrap around the unit to allow users to enjoy views of the water.

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A 10,000-Square-Foot Smart-Glass Canopy for the US Pavilion at the Milan Expo

A 10,000-Square-Foot Smart-Glass Canopy for the US Pavilion at the Milan Expo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

International expositions have long pushed boundaries in design and engineering, and will be the case with the 2015 Expo Milano in May and 147 countries worldwide will share culture through construction in the form of innovative pavilions and installations. Representatives from the U.S. Pavilion—titled American Food 2.0 and aims to discuss the global food supply chain—recently shared a behind-the-scenes look at one of the architectural features: a smart-glass roof canopy.

The application seeks to align with the expo’s broader theme—“Feed the Planet, Energy for Life”—by functioning as a digital interface that encourages visitor interaction. The canopy comprises 312 glass panels, each measuring 3.3 feet by 9.8 feet, and totals roughly 10,000 square feet in area. The nonprofit representing the pavilion, Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano 2015, says that this application will be the largest smart-glass roof structure to date, with the panels planned to transition in seconds from opaque to transparent states in response to environmental conditions as well as prompts from visitors via a touchscreen.

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The HagaTwist Will Be A New Landmark Building For Stockholm

The HagaTwist Will Be A New Landmark Building For Stockholm | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Belatchew Architects have won an architectural competition for a new building in Stockholm, Sweden. The HagaTwist building will serve as a meeting place for those who live in, work in, and visit the area, and will accommodate a restaurant and a rooftop terrace.

The name- the HagaTwist- alludes to its twisted shape, but also to the program, that combines work with pleasure, the individual with the collective. The HagaTwist also refers to the DNA helix, since the area has a life science theme.

The lightweight structure is in wood, turning smoothly from one floor to the other, through a wide and inviting multi-functional staircase connecting the main floor with the upper floor and roof terrace in a seamless way.

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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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Kengo Kuma designs Tokyo hospital wrapped around a garden

Kengo Kuma designs Tokyo hospital wrapped around a garden | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Japanese firm Kengo Kuma + Associates has unveiled plans to replace an aging Tokyo medical centre with a louvre-clad hospital built around a landscaped garden.

The building will be organised around various green spaces and terraces. Proposal images show waiting rooms fronted by floor-to-ceiling glazing, allowing them to open out to a central courtyard featuring several trees.

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Marlboro Music: Five Cedar-Clad Cottages, designed by HGA

Marlboro Music: Five Cedar-Clad Cottages, designed by HGA | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
These cedar-clad dwellings for music residents in Marlboro, Vt., take an iconic house form and update it with minimal detailing and a palette of local materials.

The cottages play on the 400-year-old Cape Cod typology, which features low sidewalls (a mere 7 feet tall) and steeply raked roofs. “We decided to use those classic proportions,” Soranno says, “but put a contemporary spin on the interiors and detailing.”

A simple palette of local materials—stained cedar cladding, white pine interior walls and ceilings, and slate floors—is rendered in natural finishes and with an almost compulsive lack of detail. Window and door casings—in fact, all trim—are verboten. And while the presences of chimneys is a nod to the vernacular, they don’t connect to fireplaces—instead, they conceal plumbing vents and boiler stacks.

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LEAPfactory installs prefabricated ski school beside Mont Blanc

LEAPfactory installs prefabricated ski school beside Mont Blanc | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Using a custom-designed structure, LEAPfactory has constructed a new building for a ski and snowboard school beside the highest mountain in the Alps.

Situated in the shadow of Mont Blanc, on the south-east side of the France-Italy border, the small hut provides a new reception and lounge for the Courmayeur Ski and Snowboard School.

"The new structure is made with innovative, highly performing and durable materials: it does not contain concrete nor permanent parts, and it is completely reversible, replaceable and recyclable," said the team.


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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 Greenest City Hall in Sweden / Christensen & Co Architects

The Greenest City Hall in Sweden / Christensen & Co Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The City Hall, also known as the Crystal (Kristallen), stands as an iconic frame with a profound social impact and an ambitious green profile, using only a fraction of the energy normally consumed by this type of building. The first step of The City Hall was completed in 2014 and hosts 13.500m2 of Citizen Service Centre. When fully completed, the building will have 25.000m2 of offices, conference facilities, a public ground floor and a green rooftop terrace that overlooks the city of Lund and its surroundings all the way to Denmark.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, January 31, 6:35 AM

Amongst all the rhetoric from politicians, here is a truly GREEN town hall ....