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Double Functionality for a Family House

Double Functionality for a Family House | sustainable architecture |

A house can receive different functionalities during its life… some areas may become office areas, libraries or extensions of certain rooms that need transformations. This one was built on an elongate, slightly sloping land, near orchards and vineyards. The project aimed to respond to a “house changing” when needed.

The prominent structural temples in the form of a stylized unfolded paper clip, connects the two units of use. The cantilevered office block penetrates the space bar, creating two separate habitats. The office area is based entirely on the public open space, to the northwest, while the residence tract is oriented entirely toward the experience of nature, to the southeast.

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mirka tobia's comment, August 25, 2013 2:09 PM
if we love our planet.....we think about that
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Villa F in Rhodes, Greece by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

Villa F in Rhodes, Greece by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture | sustainable architecture |

Set above and within a natural stone wall which runs along this length of the Greek Rhodes coastline, Villa F is a design by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture for a holiday retreat. There’s a strong emphasis on comfort and minimalism throughout the dwelling with markedly few distinct rooms and a lack of internal walls.

Hornung and Jacobi Architecture opted for a lightweight plaster coated timber framework for its superstructure, as opposed to the typical tendency towards brute force and concrete cantilevers in modern architecture. A key aspect in the design brief was that it should be possible to cool and heat the building relatively quickly in order to reach a comfortable temperature as soon as possible. This was achieved through the use of lightweight components in its construction, and the incorporation of a mechanical roof vent to encourage convectional ventilation to occur throughout Villa F.

mickelin burnes-browne's curator insight, July 10, 2:24 PM

This is totally cool and confirms to what I see in good design--minimalism, clean lines and emphasis on simplicity.


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Wingårdhs designs prefabricated housing made entirely from wood

Wingårdhs designs prefabricated housing made entirely from wood | sustainable architecture |
Swedish architecture office Wingårdhs has designed an eight-storey residential building constructed entirely from wood in the Stockholm suburb of Sundbyberg.
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Heatherwick Studio To Build “Learning Hub” in Singapore

Heatherwick Studio To Build “Learning Hub” in Singapore | sustainable architecture |

London based Heatherwick Studio have won a competition to design a Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore. The construction of the Hub, part of a £360 million scheme, will be the first redevelopment of its campus in twenty years. Having already won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for Sustainability from the Singaporean Government, the design seeks to redefine the aspiration of a university building. Within this new context the purpose of the university is to “foster togetherness and sociability” so that students can meet and learn in a space that encourages collaboration.

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Aprilli design studio grows vertical urban skyfarm in Korea

Aprilli design studio grows vertical urban skyfarm in Korea | sustainable architecture |

Brooklyn-based design studio aprilli has presented prototypical plans for a vertical farm to be built adjacent to the cheonggyecheon stream in downtown Seoul, Korea. The vertical farm, located within the city’s heavily populated central business district, would support local food production while simultaneously contributing to the improvement of environmental quality through water, air filtration and renewable energy output.

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BIG's Spiraling Watch Museum Unveiled

BIG's Spiraling Watch Museum Unveiled | sustainable architecture |

'Danish architecture firm BIG have been chosen to expand the headquarters of iconic Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, a small town in the heart of La Vallée de Joux. The 25,800-square-foot pavilion will feature a museum and is conceived as a "landmark to precision" embedded in the Alpine landscape.

The design is an intertwined, spiraling pavilion which is meant to be experienced "as a storyline for visitors," conceptualized as a linear sequence of spaces and events. This includes lounges, galleries, and workshops, as well as part of the workshop where the company started.'

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Zaha Hadid adds concrete and cantilevers to Issam Fares Institute

Zaha Hadid adds concrete and cantilevers to Issam Fares Institute | sustainable architecture |
Zaha Hadid has completed a building for the American University of Beirut, which cantilevers out over a public courtyard and a series of elevated pathways.

The IFI's design builds upon the institute's mission as a catalyst and connector between AUB, researchers and the global community. Routes, views and links within the campus converge to define the IFI as a three-dimensional intersection; a space for university's students, fellows and visitors to meet, connect and engage with each other and the wider world.

The building takes full advantage of the region's tradition and expertise of working with in-situ concrete. Passive design measures, high efficiency active systems and recycled water technologies minimize the building's impact on the local and wider environment.

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Hong Kong Design Institute: Inspired by Utopian Floating Cities of the 60s

Hong Kong Design Institute: Inspired by Utopian Floating Cities of the 60s | sustainable architecture |
A new campus-on-stilts by Coldefy & Associés Architectes Urbanistes is inspired by the utopian floating cities of the 1960s.

The new campus of the Hong Kong Design Institute, by the French architecture firm Coldefy & Associés Architectes Urbanistes (CAAU), consists of a glazed platform that seems to float atop four stout legs. The building is edged on three sides by clusters of residential towers, against which this platform seems to hover at half height. On the remaining side, it looks across a park on to Clear Water Bay.

Raising the structure allowed for a dynamic continuation of the urban grid. The building stands on a podium, on which there are sports facilities and gardens; down at street level is an open plaza.

Coldefy's design is influenced by the "floating architecture" of the Hungarian-born French architect and urban planner, Yona Friedman. In the early 1960s Friedman proposed a "mobile city", a series of moveable megastructures suspended on a grid of stilts so that they left a minimal footprint...

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UNStudio completes central pavilion for Qingdao Horticultural Expo

UNStudio completes central pavilion for Qingdao Horticultural Expo | sustainable architecture |

UNStudio has created a cluster of pavilions modelled on the form of a Chinese flower, as the centrepiece for the 2014 horticultural expo in Qingdao, China.

The World Horticultural Expo 2014 takes place the Chinese city of Qingdao (from April to October 2014) and is expected to attract 15 million international visitors. The main theme of the expo is 'From the Earth, For the Earth' and aims to encourage the exchange of culture, technology and horticultural knowledge. In its design for the Theme Pavilion UNStudio combines expert knowledge of logistics, spatial organisation, specialised typology, future flexible usability, function programming, facade intelligence, user comfort and sustainability.

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Pollution-guzzling, Air-cleaning Buildings

Pollution-guzzling, Air-cleaning Buildings | sustainable architecture |

Seven million premature deaths in a single year were the result of air pollution exposure, the World Health Organization reported recently. That’s one in eight of total global deaths in 2012. This new finding doubles previous estimates, confirming that air pollution is now the world’s single largest environmental health risk. Cities around the world are increasingly turning to technology for solutions, and here are some of the most innovative designs...

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Norm Miller's curator insight, May 31, 8:46 AM

More integration with nature and more technology that caotures pollution.

Stephen Kavanagh's curator insight, June 1, 5:29 AM

We have a right to clean air!!! Support our environment!!!

TavistockCollegeGeog's curator insight, June 30, 6:25 AM

Great synoptic links to the Technological fix unit in A2 Geography. Good case study for health risk management. Where does this fit on the Kuznet Curve?

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How a Green-Roofed School is Educating the Next Generation of Innovators

How a Green-Roofed School is Educating the Next Generation of Innovators | sustainable architecture |

Marcel Sembat High School in Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France by Archi5 is an example of how architecture uses technology in surprising ways. 

Part of a larger rehabilitation of the high school, the new workshop building features a series of linear bars, each with a sloped green roof. Small patios between these volumes open to create skylights, with daylight entering through large windows created by the offset of the linear volumes, illuminating the large workshops.

The environmental technology in the building is mostly passive. Located on a site between a park and the city with a large, the north-facing facade opens up to city views, while the southern side has smaller windows shaded by overhangs. The difference between the two heights creates the shape of the building, while the green roof helps deflect wind and creates a low-maintenance green plaza.

Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, May 27, 7:57 AM

So so so Green! 

Judit Urquijo's curator insight, June 4, 2:25 AM

Este sorprendente proyecto se localiza en las proximidades de la ciudad de Rouen, al NO de París. 

Obra del estudio de arquitectura francés Archi5 en colaboración con B. Huidobro, ha sido premiado en el certamen Architizer A+ Awards de 2014 en la categoría de "Tipología". 

Como se puede observar en la imagen adjunta, su principal características es el techo verde con el que se ha cubierto el edificio destinado a la enseñanza de mecánica. La integración con un cercano parque urbano es impresionante.

La comunidad bonaerense de arquitectura y diseño Arqa se hizo eco de este proyecto en 2011, incluyendo en su entrada imágenes de algunos de los planos. En los mismos se puede apreciar que uno de los principales escollos que se tuvieron que salvar fue la calle que divide los distintos edificios de los que se compone el liceo. No obstante, el problema se solucionó con la construcción de un edificio-puente.

Más imágenes en la web de Archi5

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Stefano Boeri's "vertical forest" nears completion in Milan

Stefano Boeri's "vertical forest" nears completion in Milan | sustainable architecture |
A pair of skyscrapers by Boeri Studio are nearing completion in Milan, featuring as many trees as could be planted in a hectare of forest.

The studio led by Italian architect Stefano Boeri came up with the concept of Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, as a way to combine high-density residential development with tree planting in city centres.

The first project born from this concept is now nearing completion in the Isola area of Milan's fast-developing Porta Nuova district. Two towers, measuring 80 and 112 metres, are set to open later this year and are already home to 900 trees.

"The project is set to create a new standard for sustainable housing," said engineering firm Arup, who is working alongside Boeri Studio to deliver the project...

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Metz Museum by Shigeru Ban

Metz Museum by Shigeru Ban | sustainable architecture |

Shigeru Ban says that in designing the idiosyncratic new construction, he was inspired by the “architecture” of traditional Chinese hats woven from rice straw.

The offices, with their large, smooth windows, were accommodated in the angular transoms of Centre Pompidou in Metz, and appear to have been pushed into the hat. These white cubes were highlighted by the flatness of the Alucobond® elements in pure white. The new 10,000- square metre centre for the arts in north eastern France does not exhibit any collection of its own but makes use of works stored at the Paris centre, which, with more than 65,000 works, owns the largest collection of contemporary and modern art in Europe.

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Unique Solar Protection + A Dynamic Facade in Australia

Unique Solar Protection + A Dynamic Facade in Australia | sustainable architecture |

 In Bunbury, down the coast from Perth in Australia, the architects at Gresley Abas seized the mission of modernizing a homeless shelter as an opportunity to clad the original building in a colourful and dynamic facade – using metal screens. On completion of the building work, Yanget House now houses 37 apartments as well as stores and offices on the first and second floors which generate rental income that goes toward financing the project.
Colt perforated panels provide solar protection on the east side.

Artist Rick Verney specially designed a 3D relief of projecting, angular elements that seem both transparent and sculptural thanks to the characteristic perforation pattern. The “shadow metal” consists of powder-coated anodized aluminum – the perforation pattern on the screens is not just a key design element, but also ensures light transmission and the passage of energy. The customized design thus spawned both sun shading and an unusually textured dynamic façade that is as good as unmistakable.

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Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland

Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland | sustainable architecture |

A place where luxury and design meet sustainability and adventure, all surrounded by lava fields and glacial lakes.

Iceland is often dubbed "the land of fire and ice"— about the size of Kentucky, Iceland boasts some of the most starkly juxtaposed landscapes in the world. From black sand beaches to glacier fields to jagged peaks, the lava fields of otherworldly green moss to the countless active geysers, Iceland's landscape is stunning—and that's only the beginning. There's no better place to experience these extremes than the ION Hotel.

Consistently awarded for both its design and sustainability, the ION's (slightly) remote location an hour east of Reykjavik makes it the ideal getaway to both relax and explore the country's extremes...

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Amazing !!
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Institute for Computational Design Bionic Research Pavillon

Institute for Computational Design Bionic Research Pavillon | sustainable architecture |

In summer 2011 the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), together with students at the University of Stuttgart have realized a temporary, bionic research pavilion made of wood at the intersection of teaching and research.

The project explores the architectural transfer of biological principles of the sea urchin’s plate skeleton morphology by means of novel computer-based design and simulation methods, along with computer-controlled manufacturing methods for its building implementation. A particular innovation consists in the possibility of effectively extending the recognized bionic principles and related performance to a range of different geometries through computational processes, which is demonstrated by the fact that the complex morphology of the pavilion could be built exclusively with extremely thin sheets of plywood (6.5 mm).

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"House for trees" built in Ho Chi Minh City

"House for trees" built in Ho Chi Minh City | sustainable architecture |

This is the fourth amazing project by Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia that we have shown on TreeHugger. Each of them show a talent for working with climate, for breaking down the divide between inside and out. This is a single family house on a built on a piece of land in the middle of a block, accessible only by a lane.

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Sonoma Spa Retreat, Sonoma, Calif.

Sonoma Spa Retreat, Sonoma, Calif. | sustainable architecture |

San Francisco–based Aidlin Darling Design crafted the program of this private spa retreat, located in the mountains of Sonoma, Calif., to serve as a place of respite, with the structure sited within a grove of oak, manzanita and madrone trees, close enough to the main house so as to be convenient, but far enough to ensure privacy on the 10-acre site.

The entry is situated behind two curving earthen walls that make the approach somewhat like moving through a concrete Richard Serra sculpture. Inside, the 1,802-square-foot structure includes a yoga and meditation studio, a steam room, changing rooms, and a refreshment bar. The spaces are organized on a wood deck surface that projects out over the landscape to the northeast and southeast to provide a private sundeck, which is shaded by a slatted canopy. Retractable glass walls open the interior spaces to the outdoors.

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10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture

10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture | sustainable architecture |
They’re not just for global shipping anymore: These creative adaptations think inside the box.

At this moment, there are more than 17 million steel intermodal shipping containers floating or riding across the globe—rectangular, bland engines of global commerce filled with anything and everything you can imagine. While there’s a certain fascination with all these small links in the global supply chain slowly making their way around the world—each identified with its own ISO 6346 number, an odd commercial shorthand—here at Dwell, we’re even more amazed by what happens when the trip ends and reconstruction and reuse begin.

Here are ten more recent projects that give thiese 20-foot-long steel rectangles a second life.

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Low/Rise House by Spiegel Aihara Workshop

Low/Rise House by Spiegel Aihara Workshop | sustainable architecture |

Low/Rise House by Spiegel Aihara Workshop:

“The Low/Rise House reimagines the suburban housing type through interlocking bars of shared and private program. The composition re-appropriates the traditional forms of the California ranch house and farm tower as tools of environmental performance and social interaction, deployed to create variable density, natural ventilation, solar energy generation, day-lighting, and immersion into the site.

The structure is long, low, and narrow, settling into the tree-lined landscape and allowing yards to surround and permeate each room. A 3-story tower and roof deck emerges among vibrant evergreens, providing a unique vantage point of the surrounding townscape.

Through an integral relationship between form and material, the structure responds sensitively site, nature, and neighborhood.”

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Siemens Middle East Headquarters by Sheppard Robson

Siemens Middle East Headquarters by Sheppard Robson | sustainable architecture |

By 2025, Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City (planned by Foster and Partners) will have 50,000 inhabitants and be the world’s first zero-carbon community. Sheppard Robson’s latest addition to the plan, Siemens Middle East Headquarters, is one of the project’s most sustainable buildings to date – realised at a cost of a conventional office

The optimisation of the office’s interior – being wholly column-free, divisible into 32 separate offices and punctured with shaded light-wells, as well as highly efficient use of building materials – meant that more budget could be allocated to the much-needed, high-performance envelope. Furthermore, it is hoped that the spatial flexibility of the interior will expand the building’s functional lifespan.

This results in the use of highly insulating, airtight façade and aluminium fins that block out direct sunlight.

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A Self-Sufficient Farmhouse With a Sheep-Pasture Roof

A Self-Sufficient Farmhouse With a Sheep-Pasture Roof | sustainable architecture |

Architect Jesse Thompson of Kaplan Thompson Architects recalls they were approached by their clients with a simple request: “We want a house where our sheep can graze on our roof.”

Earthship Farmstead, as the home is called, “is a riff on the earth-sheltered Earthship homes of the ’70s,” Thompson explains. “Off the grid, natural materials, that sort of thing. This is akin to that but much higher-end finished.” 

Betty Fitzgerald's curator insight, June 2, 4:23 PM

I loved the original Earthship homes of the 70's!  A decades long desire to let sheep graze  on your roof  now perfected  by today's green  technology.  Love it!

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Simplicity Reigns in 100% Renewable Energy Home: Great Gulf Active House

Simplicity Reigns in 100% Renewable Energy Home: Great Gulf Active House | sustainable architecture |
The Great Gulf Active House by Superkül Inc is run on 100% renewable energy.

The Great Gulf Active House by Superkül inc as example: a home that “sets a new precedent in Canadian residential development”.

Designed for one of Canada’s largest home builders -  Great Gulf – the sleek architectural style was backed up by environmental responsibility and energy efficiency. Occupying a lot in a new suburb outside of St. Catharines, Thorold, ON, Canada, the 3,290 square feet residence showcases its highly contemporary silhouette with pride.

Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, May 28, 11:35 AM

Hogar soñado. 

François Lanthier's curator insight, May 29, 6:03 AM

Un exemple canadien en plus...

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Double Helix Rising: A Green High-Rise Under Construction in Taipei, Taiwan

Double Helix Rising: A Green High-Rise Under Construction in Taipei, Taiwan | sustainable architecture |

A spiraling, green high-rise designed by Paris-based Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is currently under construction in Taipei, Taiwan. It will add interest to XinYi District’s existing mixture of buildings which range from LEED Platinum EBOM-rated Taipei 101, the world’s tallest green building, to a traditionally Chinese-styled Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall built in 1972.

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The Håkansson Tegman House by Johan Sundberg

The Håkansson Tegman House by Johan Sundberg | sustainable architecture |

Johan Sundberg designed the Håkansson Tegman house in Höllviken, Sweden. Angled around an inner garden, the design rests on the tradition of the Danish atrium house from the 60s and 70s. Three small bedrooms form the northern wing of the house, while the western wing is a continuous sequence of spaces consisting of a kitchen, dining room, library, living area, and winter garden.

The outer walls along the streets are clad with clay bricks as a screen. The stucture is a steel-enforced timber frame. Windows and sliding glass doors are made from Schüco aluminum profiles. The front and garage doors are custom made from ammonium smoked oak.

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​The New Holy Grail: Inside the World's First Energy Positive Building

​The New Holy Grail: Inside the World's First Energy Positive Building | sustainable architecture |

The world is ready for an even fresher catchphrase than “net zero” buildings (NZB) to describe environmentally friendly buildings. Say hello to Norway's Powerhouse Kjørbo,the world’s first “energy positive building" (EPB) or “net positive" building.

Originally an ordinary office building from the 1980s, the adaptive reuse project represents a collaboration between Snøhetta, construction company Skanska, environmental organization Zero, aluminum supplier Hydro, and property management company Entra Eindom.

Catherine Devin's curator insight, May 16, 10:10 PM

Premier bâtiment à énergie positive nette : il s'agit d'un bâtiment tertiaire réhabilité Powerhouse Kjørbo avec une combinaison de  technologie mais aussi de matériaux recyclés. Sur sa période de vie ( estimée à 60 ans),  Powerhouse Kjørbo va générer suffisamment de puissance énergétique pour couvrir les consommations nécessaires à la production des matériaux utilisés à la construction, à sa construction, son utilisation et la gestion de sa fin de vie.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 17, 8:48 AM

From 'net zero' to 'net positive'.