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A Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Ecological Home on the Scottish Isle of Skye

A Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Ecological Home on the Scottish Isle of Skye | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Built on the Isle of Skye, this remote eco home in Fiscovaig is both low cost and ultra-efficient. It has been affectionately named the Hen House by the owners and has some of the best views over the Scottish island.

This was intended to be a highly sustainable home, but instead of spending excessive amounts of a tight budget on elaborate technologies such as ground-source heat pumps or wind turbines, the spaces are ultra-insulated to achieve fuel efficiency, a cost effective approach sometimes referred to as eco minimalism...

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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...


Related topics include: green streets and green infographics.


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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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Bienvenue chez Entreprise Peinture Déco, Plus de 20 ans d'expérience
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Boston's EpiCenter: Plans for the Largest Energy Positive Commercial Building on the East Coast

Boston's EpiCenter: Plans for the Largest Energy Positive Commercial Building on the East Coast | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Behnisch Architekten has big, green aspirations for its latest project, the EpiCenter, fittingly located in Boston’s Innovation District, the burgeoning neighborhood designed for such far-reaching goals. The firm just unveiled plans for a new expanded headquarters for the non-profit, Artists for Humanity (AFH), an organization dedicated to helping underserved youth through paid employment opportunities in the arts.

According to Behnisch, the addition will make the existing LEED Platinum certified building—the city’s first—designed by local firm Arrrowstreet, even greener, with the hope of becoming the largest energy positive commercial building on the East Coast. The building already was an AIA COTE Top Ten winner.

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Safdie Architects Design Glass “Air Hub” for Singapore Changi Airport

Safdie Architects Design Glass “Air Hub” for Singapore Changi Airport | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

biodSafdie Architects revealed plans for an all-glass, spherical “air hub” that will be built at the center of the Singapore’s Changi Airport, the world’s sixth busiest airport. The biodome was presented as a “new paradigm” for international airports.

“This project redefines and reinvents what airports are all about,” said architect Moshe Safdie. “Our goal was to bring together the duality of a vibrant marketplace and a great urban park side-by-side in a singular and immersive experience. The component of the traditional mall is combined with the experience of nature, culture, education, and recreation, aiming to provide an uplifting experience. By drawing both visitors and local residents alike, we aim to create a place where the people of Singapore interact with the people of the world.”

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BIG's Smithsonian Plan is the Latest Museum Design to Go Underground

BIG's Smithsonian Plan is the Latest Museum Design to Go Underground | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) plan for the Smithsonian follows a current trend in museum design to put things underground. The strategy makes sense on several levels. First, it preserves public open space. Second, it avoids making monuments that can make art precincts seem forbidding and inaccessible, as well as sidestepping approval processes in which authorities or neighbors might object to new buildings. Third, it lets institutions connect spaces below ground, and then pop up objects to catch light and signal the museum's presence. Finally, it makes a certain amount of sense from a sustainability standpoint to reuse the land by placing functions underneath public space and using the earth for insulation.

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Construction starts on Smith and Gill's ice-inspired China skyscraper

Construction starts on Smith and Gill's ice-inspired China skyscraper | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Construction has started in Chengdu, China, on a 468-metre-high crystalline skyscraper by the architects behind the current and future tallest buildings in the world.

The Greenland Tower Chengdu was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill – the former SOM architects responsible for both the Burj Khalifa and the forthcoming Kingdom Tower – and is set to become the tallest building in south-western China. According to the architects, the faceted-glass form of the office and hotel tower was "inspired by the unique ice mountain topography around Chengdu".

"Like the mountain ridges reflecting the light of the sky and the valleys reflecting light from the earth, the iconic tower will perform as a light sculpture to diffuse light from 360 degrees, creating a connection between sky and earth," said the studio in a statement.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, November 21, 1:59 AM

De nombreux projets "pharaoniques" en Chine, certains plus verts que d'autres ?  Voir peut-être aussi  :

http://www.gizmag.com/binhai-eco-city/33798/

 

Philippe Blot Lefevre's curator insight, November 22, 11:07 AM

Le seul moyen de s'approcher de la perfection de la Nature, est de l'imiter. Les formes et polyèdres platoniciens sont incontournables. L'effet n'est pas que visuel puisque notre corps est lui-même constitué de cellules apparentées à ces formes. Ainsi s'opère l'harmonie entre l'objet qui nous habite et ceux que nous côtoyons.

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Sharifi-ha House, A Modern Home That Changes Rooms Orientation According To The Seasons

Sharifi-ha House, A Modern Home That Changes Rooms Orientation According To The Seasons | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Tehran architecture studio Next Office has designed and built “The Sharifi-ha House,” a house with motorized rooms that pivot up to 90 degrees according to the season…
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Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, November 16, 7:57 PM

this is great. An added dimension to smart homes.

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Studio Gang to regenerate former power plant as a student centre

Studio Gang to regenerate former power plant as a student centre | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Chicago studio Studio Gang Architects has revealed plans to convert a decommissioned power plant in Wisconsin, USA, into new facilities for an arts college.

Beloit College has asked Studio Gang to develop the site between the institution's existing campus and the riverfront of Beloit, located close to the state border with Illinois. 

The decommissioned coal-burning power plant will be overhauled to include both educational and recreational spaces for students, including a coffee shop, lounges, a conference centre, a lecture hall and a theatre.

"We're excited to work with Beloit College to transform an outmoded source of electricity into a wellspring of human energy," said studio founder Jeanne Gang. "Our hope is that by reclaiming the Beloit waterfront for people, our project will inspire other communities around the globe to see human well-being as vitally interconnected with a healthy and clean environment."

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Australian Garden Shelters by BKK Architects

Australian Garden Shelters by BKK Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Australia Gardens Shelters are Australia's only botanical gardens to feature solely Australian native plants, and the architecture responds directly to the landscape context both conceptually and physically.

The 3 of the 5 structures completed during the initial phase explore notions of what shelter is and the history of shelter from its most primitive forms to the more contemporary vernacular.

Mostly open to the environment, they are still highly insulated to protect from radiant heat, and all material selection and detailing was developed for low-maintenance and durability, reducing life-cycle costs. Timber cladding, both internally and externally, was selected for its environmental performance, sourced from managed plantations; low VOC paints, oils and finishes were employed throughout and lighting is limited, with low energy fittings.

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'Low Rise Waves': Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito

'Low Rise Waves':  Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

On the former site of the Komatsu construction and mining equipment factory in Komatsu city, Ishikawa, Japan, Mari Ito / UAO has created the Science Hills science museum and communication center, a complex of four “low-rise waves”.

“The complex itself is constructed of four low-rise waves blending into the surrounding relatively low-rise buildings, and also into the backdrop of faraway grand peaks.” say the architects. “The Science Museum is located under the waves and consists of a 3D dome theater, a science experience learning center, a local industrial promotion center, and an incubation center.”

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Zinc-clad chapel by René van Zuuk to be built over Almere's city lake in the Netherlands

Zinc-clad chapel by René van Zuuk to be built over Almere's city lake in the Netherlands | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The city of Almere in the Netherlands has selected a small curvy chapel designed by René van Zuuk to be constructed over the surface of the Weerwater lake.

A petal-shaped window will form the front facade and a narrow strip of glazing will extend across the roof.

"It should be an eco-friendly sustainable architectural object that fits in the city centre and strong enough to be able to create its own position in the ensemble," added Van Zuuk.

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Elegant Eco-friendly Ranch in California Reshaping Rural Family Life

Elegant Eco-friendly Ranch in California Reshaping Rural Family Life | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Updated to become an eco-friendly ranch, this original 160-acre homestead in California’s Chileno Valley was designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects for a young family with three children who love nature, tranquility and dreamy panoramic landscapes. Just three miles west of downtown Petaluma, California, this new barn house spreading over 2.498 square feet – the Hupomone Ranch – compliments the rural landscape and extends views towards the coastal range in the distance. Focusing on sustainable farming, the family needed a home that would not only mirror their choice, but also help maintain and improve the surroundings.

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Rebel Architecture: Working on Water

Rebel Architecture: Working on Water | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi is no stranger to global starchitecture, having joined OMA in 2001. In 2010, he took off to establish his own office, NLÉ – which means ‘at home’ in Yoruba, the language of Africa’s first truly urbanized population. ‘I am constantly inspired by solutions we discover in everyday life in the world’s developing cities,’ he says. The documentary focuses on his efforts in the slums of Port Haricourt.

Although Makoko was founded as a fishing village in the 18th century, it now has a population of over 85,000. Rising sea level and stronger torrential rains mean that the settlement is under constant threat, whereas Port Harcourt waterfront is being eyed by real-estate developers.

Working against forced clearance and displacement of the slum’s residents, the architects at NLÉ have instead proposed to replace the urban tissue with floating structures. The first prototype, the Makoko Floating School, uses a series of barrels and an A-frame timber structure to create an educational space for 100 local children, and made worldwide headlines when it was photographed by Iwan Baan in 2013.

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Factory on the Earth in Malaysia by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect

Factory on the Earth in Malaysia by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This project is an extension of the existing factory, reclaiming ground adjacent to the jungle in Johor, Malaysia.

To create a bright space in harmony with the natural environment, the concept aims to blend into the new design into the surrounding jungle.

Using the power of nature in the forms of rain water, sunlight, wind, geothermal heat and vegetation, the loads are further suppressed by the use of geothermics and a green roof prevents heat waste...

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Resourceful low-cost housing projects from around the globe

Resourceful low-cost housing projects from around the globe | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architects plan low-cost residences for all kinds of reasons, whether rehousing victims of natural disasters or creating affordable homes for people with low incomes. We've collected eight of the best examples, from a prefabricated home in Sweden to a bamboo dwelling in Vietnam.

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Moshe Safdie Creates Spectacular Bio Dome for Singapore Airport

Moshe Safdie Creates Spectacular Bio Dome for Singapore Airport | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Moshe Safdie is famous for his iconic Montreal housing complex Habitat ’67, and he is still creating innovative large-scale urban projects around the world. The latest project his firm, Safdie Architects, has debuted is the design for development at Singapore's Changi Airport. The scheme aims to create a public gathering space with gardens, retail stores, hotel, restaurants, and entertainment that will lure travelers, airport employees, and local residents.

The glass dome will encompass a space of 134,000 square meters and houses a 130-foot-high waterfall. The dome's curved shape, recalling the tradition of glass conservatories, provides inherent structural strength to the glass and steel structure. Tree-like structural columns in a ring support the dome while a suspended roof covers the adjacent atrium space.

The space also showcases natural elements: walking trails travel through an indoor topography of trees, palms, and ferns called "Forest Valley". The different elements — dining, accommodations, and retail — are spread throughout the structure so as to give each of them impressive views of the natural features.

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Singapore National Stadium: the World's Largest Single-Span Dome

Singapore National Stadium: the World's Largest Single-Span Dome | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Singapore’s new National Stadium has the world’s largest single-span dome. And by leaving it open at one end, its designers have given the multi-purpose pitch one of the most beautiful backdrops in sport, with one of the most efficient structures possible.

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Atelier Oslo provides shelter at all angles with Cabin at Norderhov

Atelier Oslo provides shelter at all angles with Cabin at Norderhov | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new cabin by Atelier Oslo within Norway's Krokskogen forest formed the striking backdrop to our 'Norse Power' shoot in the December issue. Four angular 'arms' spring out of a main core, anchoring this home to a steep slope over Lake Steinsfjorden. Cabin at Norderhov provides both refuge from and connection to its woodland surroundings.
A couple based in Oslo commissioned the project, with a view to using it as a weekend base for cross-country skiing and hiking. The structure was designed in response to their relationship with nature. Its prefabricated system of laminated wood reflects the surrounding trees and is supported by steel rods drilled directly into the rock. Aside from dividing the internal space into discrete zones, the arms also accommodate covered terraces outside.

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MFRMGR reveal plans to remodel offshore WWII torpedo base in Poland

MFRMGR reveal plans to remodel offshore WWII torpedo base in Poland | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

MFRMGR has revealed designs to revitalise a former Polish observation tower in the Baltic Sea to create a base for water sports enthusiasts and researchers.

The lookout station formerly operated as a watch tower for a German research facility responsible for the development of torpedoes during the Second World War, and is one of several derelict structures that rises out of the waters of Puck Bay, on the northern coast of Poland.

The building will harvest renewable energy from the wind and sun, and will also be equipped with a built-in sewage tank, food storage units and a power generator to take over during electricity outages.

A decked platform surrounding the structure will create a breakwater and miniature harbour to prevent damage from high waves and adverse weather, as well as giving occupants space to securely moor their boats.

Three floating "islands" with planting and a rainwater collection tank will link the decking with the building, accommodating a vegetable and herb garden, and an area dedicated to birds...

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Cliffside Ocean Residence Dramatically Adapted to an Irregular Terrain: Tula House

Cliffside Ocean Residence Dramatically Adapted to an Irregular Terrain: Tula House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Tula house in Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada, is an example of modern architecture blending in a harsh natural surroundings.

Envisioned by Patkau Architects and perched 44 feet above the Pacific Ocean on a remote island, it reflects the casual irregularity of the sites rock ledges, beach, and forest in both its geometric and spatial order: “The topography of the site is highly irregular; the prospects diverse. Moss covered basalt hills are interspersed among treed expanses and richly vegetated crevices, valleys and swales.”

From a distance, the residence seems to visually fade away into the dark forest. Planted in moss and native ground covers, the continuous roof stands out with its rich geometry. Narrow skylights project lines of light at oblique angles through the inner spaces. “A loose arrangement of concrete walls, clad in staggered fiber-cement panels” define the structure of this unconventional ocean dwelling. A cantilevered wooden deck with steel frames creates a stunning outdoor area for relaxation. The living zone is sober, yet almost hypnotizing with its glazed apertures and incredible views.

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Integrating the Site's Natural Terrain: Football Arena in Borisov by OFIS

Integrating the Site's Natural Terrain: Football Arena in Borisov by OFIS | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

OFIS have designed a football stadium in Borisov, Belarus.

The concept takes into account the natural advantages of the location and the existing interventions within the terrain, while maintaining as many of the existing trees on site as possible. Besides 13.000 seats there is additional 3.000 m2 of public space, with traffic and parking organised between the forest.

The arena forms a unified rounded dome, with skin that gives an impression of a fragile stretched perforated textile pulled over the stadium skeleton. The covered space between the skin and the tribunes is a public street-a vestibule with public program and galleries above...

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Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos

Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos:

“Catch the Views House is originated from an intention of capturing and framing the different existing views at the inside spaces toward the sea and surrounding landscape. To achieve this initial objective, plus considering the strong slope of the site, we arrange and stacked one above the other a set of volumes directed to the selected views from a previous view-shed study. Arranging the interior and exterior program in relation with sunlight and wind exposure, and interconnectedness of the spaces.

The volumes are stacked one above the other, remembering how randomly shoreline rocks are stacked in this coastal landscape. We use a similar color from the rocks too, a dark grey, for the exterior facades of the house.

For the house structure, we use a system of prefabricated concrete panels, with a high isolation performance, which also reduces construction time. Material selection criteria were based on the performance, durability and maintenance of the materials in harsh coastal environments.”

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JandLInteriors, LLC's curator insight, October 30, 3:23 PM

Beautiful modern floor plan in Chile.

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Massive Green-Roofed StreetDome Skate Park Pops Up in Denmark

Massive Green-Roofed StreetDome Skate Park Pops Up in Denmark | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Danish architecture firm CEBRA teamed up with Glifberg+Lykke to design a multi-use park that boasts a 4,500-square-meter area for skating, parkour, boulder climbing, canoe polo and other recreational activities.

The project is part of an initiative to create a new urban space for recreation. The 1,500-square-meter dome is based on CEBRA’s igloo hall concept. Spanning over 40 meters, the design uses similar technology of previous projects, including low-cost and lightweight sports halls. It uses cheaper, off-the-shelf components often used in industrial buildings and warehouses.

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Jean Nouvel's Sydney towers boast vertical gardens and a huge sunlight reflector

Jean Nouvel's Sydney towers boast vertical gardens and a huge sunlight reflector | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

French architect Jean Nouvel teamed up with botanist Patrick Blanc to create this pair of plant-covered Sydney towers that reflect light into their lower levels with a huge cantilevered panel of mirrors. Named One Central Park, the complex is the centrepiece of a AUS$2 billion masterplan in downtown Sydney.

The building's facade features one of the tallest green walls in the world- spanning over 1,000 square-metres, the 21 plant-covered panels are made up of 35 different species.

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Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom / Anderson Anderson Architecture

Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom / Anderson Anderson Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

sOne in four students in Hawaii currently study in poor-quality portable classrooms. The states plans to replace 10,000 of these units over the next ten years.

This factory-built energy-positive portable classroom provides a high performance, healthy educational environment, while minimizing energy use through careful daylighting and natural ventilation, employing photovoltaic panels to generate substantially more power than consumed. The classroom also serves as an educational tool, with natural forces and systems highlighted, and building performance monitored and broadcast to students inside, as well as to the web. The life-cycle cost is projected lower than previous generation energy-consuming portables.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, October 3, 2:28 AM

Un autre exemple d'un projet tourné vers les enfants pour les préparer au monde de demain et les sensibiliser aux bons comportements à adopter dès aujourd'hui sur des enjeux critiques comme la maîtrise de la consommation d'énergie.

Reste à souhaiter qu'on initie les enfants avec autant de talent à l'intérieur du bâtiment à adopter de bonnes pratiques, qu''on a mis au service de la construction de leur école.

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Sustainable Design: The Holcim Foundation Names 13 Winners in North America

Sustainable Design: The Holcim Foundation Names 13 Winners in North America | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The triennial competition awarded $330,000 to projects that the design jury determined as pushing the envelope of sustainability.

Because the cutting edge in sustainable design is constantly edging forward, building technologies that were deemed innovative a decade ago have become standard in architecture. To celebrate the latest thinking in design performance and efficiency, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, based in Zurich, Switzerland, announced the recipients of its 2014 Holcim Awards for North America on Sept. 18. About 250 people attended the awards ceremony, which was held in the Evergreen Brick Works event space—itself a 2008 Holcim Acknowledgement prize winner—in Toronto.

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Aroeira House III in Portugal: Designed with the Elements in Mind

Aroeira House III in Portugal: Designed with the Elements in Mind | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

ColectivArquitectura designed the U-shaped Aroeira III House in Herdade da Aroeira – Alamada, Portugal to work with the elements of the land it’s built on, maximizing sun exposure. With a natural slope and nearby homes, they went with a horizontal design that was split into two levels, one being partially buried underground.

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