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Picturesque Barn Extension in France by PPA Architects

Picturesque Barn Extension in France by PPA Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The architecture team of PPA worked on the reconstruction of an old barn in the highlands of Hautes-Pyrénées, France. The result is a welcoming rustic retreat, with appreciation for the local tradition:

“Our purpose was to add an extension to the existing barn conversion, creating new living spaces (a guest room and multi-purpose room), along with a utility area and garage. The specificity of the extension project is rooted both in the character of its natural setting and that of the existing building, and creates a double bind in terms of both typology and design. The extension was positioned in the southern portion of the site, on equal footings with the barn, and slips effortlessly into the naturally excavated lay of the land“.

With a highly original facade defined by glass and logs, the addition originally combines raw materials like stone and wood, with a minimalist, modern design approach.

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Bach on Sleds: a sustainable New Zealand retreat

Bach on Sleds: a sustainable New Zealand retreat | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
On the shore of an idyllic white sandy beach on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula rests an elegant hut. The site lies within the coastal erosion zone, where all building must be removable. This is taken literally and the hut is designed on two thick wooden sleds for movement back up the site or across the beach and onto a barge.

The hut is a series of simple design moves. The aesthetic is natural and reminiscent of a beach artifact/perhaps a surf-life-saving or observation tower.

The two storey shutter on the front facade winches open to form an awning, shading the interior from summer sun while allowing winter sun to enter.

The hut is totally sustainable from its modest size to the use of timber in its cladding, structure, lining and joinery and from its worm tank waste system to the separate potable grey water tanks.

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Nature-Embedded Retreats: Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects

Nature-Embedded Retreats: Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The idea for these minimalist Tea Houses was triggered by the need of a nature retreat, located not far from a family home in Silicon Valley, California. The creative team at Swatt Miers Architects was in charge with transforming a vision into reality, designing the three tea houses as perfect observation spots.

According to the official description provided by the project developers, each new tea house was created as a “transparent steel and glass pavilion, hovering like a lantern over the natural landscape. Cast-in-place concrete core elements anchor the pavilions, supporting steel channel rim joists, which cantilever beyond the cores to support the floor and roof planes. With its minimal footprint, the design treads lightly on the land, minimizing grading and preserving the delicate root systems of the native oaks“.

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Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre / NH Architecture

Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre / NH Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Saltwater Coast is a new housing subdivision near Point Cook which will accommodate around 4,000 residents and appeal to the aspirational second home buyer. The development thematically exploits its proximity to quite a beautiful stretch on the western shores of Port Phillip Bay. The land owners and their landscape architects have put a great deal of effort into the careful reinterpretation of a sensitive local ecology that boasts a very significant bird migration area at the Cheetham Wetlands...

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Replacing a lone turnstile and guard’s hut behind the Brooklyn Museum with a series of glass-wrapped, green-capped pavilions and a plaza, the new Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) Visitor Center by New York–based Weiss/Manfredi is a sight for sore eyes. Nestled within a rich context and history—the nearby Prospect Park was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 19th century and the Gardens by his two sons in the early 20th—the Center’s most impressive feature, its steel-frame design, is also its most vital. The custom-made structure forms a curving vertebrae that is formally elegant and light on the ground, yet structurally robust.

“We wanted it to be an inhabitable topography,” said Manfredi. Indeed, the center’s serpentine form responds to the site’s existing undulations and is shaped to accommodate the grade differential and maximize sunlight and views to the gardens, as well as reap the geothermal benefits of a berm. To successfully do this the exposed 10x6 columns have been welded to varying roof beam depths, ranging from 10x6 to 18x6 to form frames that are organized in a curvilinear, 12-foot on-center grid in an east-west configuration.

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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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Inspired by Nature: Loft 24-7 by Fernanda Marques- São Paulo, Brazil

Inspired by Nature: Loft 24-7 by Fernanda Marques- São Paulo, Brazil | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Wood, stone and books… 3 elements that don’t seem to have very much in common create the main characteristics of the living roomof this loft of 250m, where Fernanda Marques succeeded to make a dream escape from urban frenzy.

The nature plays much more than a mere supporting role: one just has to note the intense use of daylight. The use of materials in their rough state was a fundamental idea for its decoration. Daylight, highlighted textures, fully open to the outside… the key to furnish a house somewhere in between a country villa and a modernist home design.

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Modern 'Arbour House' in Australia Connected to the Landscape

Modern 'Arbour House' in Australia Connected to the Landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Studio Richard Kirk Architect completed the design for the Arbour House, a modern residence located on the Bulimba Reach in Queensland, Australia. The two story home was built in strong connection to its landscape, particularly with an 80 year old Poincianna tree and a public riverfront boardwalk.

According to the architects, “the dwelling adopts a courtyard typology with two pavillions linked by a large double height stairwell and external courtyard. The form is conceptualized as an object carved from a solid volume of the allowable building area with the courtyard providing a protective volume from which to cross ventilate each of the spaces of the house and to allow the different spaces of the house connection but also discrete and subtle separation – the family home as a village”. We have to say we like the concept and we appreciate the way it was implemented in developing this elegant modern residence.

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Tiltpanel House by Irving Smith Jack Architects

Tiltpanel House by Irving Smith Jack Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Tiltpanel House is a durable, cost efficient and thermally sustainable house in Nelson, New Zealand, bordered by a forest reserve and overlooking Tasman Bay.

It was developed using a commercial approach to fabricating buildings with preformed insulated concrete panels. The industrial structure was then domesticated with applied layering of texture and light to soften and warm as a family home...

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Sustainable Architecture: Orange Groove Apartments

Sustainable Architecture: Orange Groove Apartments | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Orange Groove Apartment Building is a sustainable architecture building covers 5 units of apartment, designed by Brooks + Scarpa.

This green building is located in West Hollywood, and all of its five apartment units are set in north/south axis. They have 30 ft tall ceilings, and optimized daylight. The materials used are stucco, steel, glass and wood, very simple for apartment building. The floor plan for each apartment is also simple, with a spacious 1 bedroom, a large open downstairs for living, dining and a kitchen. Open floor plan is applied to allow the owner to customize the plan based on their needs...

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Sustainable Stereoscopic Weekend House

Sustainable Stereoscopic Weekend House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designing a residence that encompasses daily activities and dreams in a studied floor plan can be quite challenging. Singapore-based architectural practice Pencil Office had even more things to consider when building the Stereoscopic House – like sustainability, solutions for constructing a resort-style residence or the interesting twist they eventually chose for this house. The detached weekend house is located on Singapore’s beautiful resort island of Sentosa, creating the perfect setting for an artistic interpretation of a modern retreat. Three sisters commissioned the architects to design a house that would merge eco-friendly features (low-E glazing, solar hot-water heating, cross ventilation, rain harvesting systems) with a modern design ensuring a fascinating set of views across the ocean.

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a new A-cero Tech property in Cadiz, Spain

a new A-cero Tech property in Cadiz, Spain | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The A-cero architecture studio, directed by Joaquín Torres, shares a new Tech propety located in Cadiz, Spain. On a rectangular plot with 417 m2 surface and a little inclination North-South direction, this dwelling was structured in two levels.

On the low floor is the living-dining room, kitchen, laundry, one bedroom & a bathroom. Upstairs, another bedroom, bath and the main bedroom with its own bathroom. The hall gives access to the dwelling and links with the living room and the corridor, allowing the entrance to the kitchen.

The property has two different zones divided by an axis orientated Northeast-Southwest. One is the private zone of the property and the other one is used as a complement. The first has great openings for a better use of the light, with access to the terrace from the living-dining room and the bedrooms...

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Eco Friendly California Roll House by Violent Volumes

Eco Friendly California Roll House by Violent Volumes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This eco friendly home, a prefabricated California Roll House designed by Violent Volumes, is constructed from a fiber-reinforced plastic paired with carbon trusses used for support. The house utilizes automatic doors that are controlled by using hydraulic power.

Being the house is designed for the desert, the occupants need to keep themselves cool. The home’s microclimate is controlled electronically to ensure that occupants remain comfortable inside regardless of outside temperatures...

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Trigeneration and Creating World-LEEDing Buildings

Trigeneration and Creating World-LEEDing Buildings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Renewable energy and energy efficient technologies are generally lauded for their inclusion in projects but, while we understand they are relevant, we often do not understand exactly what they do and how they make energy savings possible.

One technology sneaking under the radar is the trigeneration system. As the name would suggest, a it is the simultaneous producer of three energy forms: electricity, heating and cooling. Waste heat gathered from the generation of electricity – created through solar collectors in high energy efficiency systems – is captured and is then used to heat and cool water. An absorption chiller, powered by the captured heat, operates like a refrigerator, creating low temperatures which can be channeled into air-conditioning systems. The use of wasted energy and the close-range electricity exchange allow some systems to run at 80 to 90 per cent energy efficiency levels.

As part of the ‘AIA Top Ten’, architectural firm Perkins + Will’s redevelopment of a midtown Atlanta building at 1315 Peachtree Street, which was originally built in 1986, is a prime example of how the trigeneration system can be implemented into a project...

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Quinta Do Vallado Winery Hotel by Guedes + DeCampos

Quinta Do Vallado Winery Hotel by Guedes + DeCampos | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Guedes + DeCampos have designed the Quinta Do Vallado Winery Hotel in Vilarinho dos Freires, Peso da Régua, Portugal. The project for the new Rural Hotel at Quinta do Vallado fits in a strategy that balances the need for expansion of the existing facilities of with the correct integration into the landscape so that the solution, as a whole, has a minimal impact. The two strands linked to wine – production and leisure – are addressed in a single project with a distinctive and contemporary language.

Given the strong impact of the surrounding landscape, characterized by a natural architecture that gives the area a singular character – World Heritage – the resort hotel project focuses on solving the insertion of a new volume conditioned by a long and impressive wall in shale, which draws a sharp curve on the ground...

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Connect:Homes - Reinventing Modular Prefab

Connect:Homes - Reinventing Modular Prefab | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Today, two prefab veterans launch their website for a new company called Connect:Homes with a mission to 'deliver modern homes that are affordable, green, and available wherever you are'. 

The co-founders Jared Levy and Gordon Stott, both formerly with Marmol Radziner Prefab, started the Los Angeles-based enterprise to reinvent modular prefab and deliver homes that are predictably priced, inherently green, and shipped most anywhere at a lower cost.

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Hijauan House by Twenty-Nine Design

Hijauan House by Twenty-Nine Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Hijauan is a house in the city of Kuala Lumpur. Situated on a small plot in a mature residential development, we took the Malay term “Hijau” meaning “green” as our design directive. Our aim was to avoid cutting a single tree on site. As such, the house notches its way around the existing greenery, especially the two majestic 50 year old mango trees along the side boundary.

The ground floor of the house is all glass, and can be opened up to the tropical elements. The 1st floor bedrooms are shielded from the sun with timber screens as well as the tree foliage all around. The massing of the house has been carved out all around with courtyards that bring in light, air, and green, making for tropical spaces that BREATHE...

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Eight Green Roofs in one Project in Sweden: Arlevagen

Eight Green Roofs in one Project in Sweden: Arlevagen | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architecture company Helhetshus developed a project entitled Arlevagen in Gothenburg, Sweden, consisting of eight similar houses. The landscape surrounding the buildings is defined by giant oak trees and the beautiful lake Sävelången, which partially determined the orientation of each dwelling: “By using the existing conditions of the site and placing the houses halfway over the edge of the hillside; each house got a nice view towards the lake and at the same time it created more space on the sunny side of the plot towards southwest. The boomerang-shaped building leaves an open space towards the street and a more secluded garden space south of the building witch is maximised by placing the buildings as far north as possible on each plot”. Half of each building’s weight is supported by pillars, leaving the ground beneath almost untouched. Green roofs ensure insulation, while adding a great aesthetic factor...

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Green Roofs Are Changing Architecture: Kowloon Rail Terminus

Green Roofs Are Changing Architecture: Kowloon Rail Terminus | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Aedas designs a railway station like a hill you can walk on.

It used to be that roofs were up top where nobody could see them, covered in gravel and full of mechanical equipment. Architectural renderings were pretty much all shot from eye level. Not anymore; green roof technology is making roofs into habitable architecture, and changing the way architects think of buildings.

The Express Rail Link - West Kowloon Terminus by Aedas will connect Hong Kong to the National High Speed Rail Network. The terminal's roof is a series of ribbons that meet ground level, turning the building into a big walkable (climbable?) hill...

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SIP Panel House: modular, innovative + sustainable

SIP Panel House: modular, innovative + sustainable | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Using Structural Insulated Panels as a modular unit, this house is the result of extensive research by two young architects into prefabrication of low-cost housing and self-customisation.

 

The SIP Panel House from  Having decided to create a constructive system from components already available in the construction market, Alejandro Soffia & Gabriel Rudolphy took the Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) catalogue and studied its simple topology to define minimum spatial modules, which when multiplied and related could be used to build structures.

The house is conceived as an attempt to rationalise the construction material and achieve maximum optimisation of its structural and dimensional qualities. The totality of the house was configured with two kinds of components: wall panels and split-level panels. In just 10 days, 71 wall panels and 40 split-level panels were built with a negligible loss of material...

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Sustainable Leblon Offices in Rio de Janeiro by Richard Meier & Partners

Sustainable Leblon Offices in Rio de Janeiro by Richard Meier & Partners | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Richard Meier & Partners is proud to announce their first project in South America. The new Leblon Offices will be a sustainable and state-of-the-art building in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The new office building located in the Leblon neighborhood, will be the iconic new international headquarters for VINCI Partners in Brazil. The design scheme consists primarily of open office spaces and a series of terraces which open up and create a direct connection with the urban artery.

The design of the office building with its refined formal vocabulary reflects the distinct orientation of the site while addressing issues of sustainability, maximum efficiency and flexibility. The building will be recessed from the urban frontage and masked with a set of louvers designed for both maximum sun shading and privacy retention to the west. On the east, the building has been pulled away from its neighbors to create an internal courtyard and provide natural day lighting on two exposures for all offices. This void creates a generous vertical garden that ties back into a rough and refined exposed architectural concrete service core. The entire project straddles between the refined precision of a white aluminum and glass, free-plan office and the roughness of concrete and vegetation within the courtyard and is reconciled by an illuminated glass bridge...

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Shore Hotel is Santa Monica's newest and greenest

Shore Hotel is Santa Monica's newest and greenest | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

In Santa Monica, California, there is no shortage of environmental awareness. The recent shoreline addition of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified Shore Hotel, located at 1515 Ocean Avenue just north of the Santa Monica Pier, sets an eco-friendly standard that would awe even California’s greenest, Kombucha-sipping, farmer’s market loving locals and tourists alike.

The u-shaped Shore Hotel, completed and opened in October of 2011, is at the apex of all that is good in Santa Monica. The property is situated a two minute walk from the Third Street Promenade and the historic Santa Monica Pier.

Shore Hotel is the only hotel in Santa Monica with LEED Gold certification. Every detail in layout and construction meets the highest environmental standards. Equipped with roof mounted solar panels, high efficiency burners and boilers, and a storm water capturing plan that treats and reuses storm water for landscaping, there is proactive environmental awareness at every turn...

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Lijbers Architects: Biodiversity in the Netherlands

Lijbers Architects: Biodiversity in the Netherlands | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Amsterdam-based studio Lijbers Architects have created 'Biodiversity', an urban planning proposal sited within the Netherlands, which addresses the overall decline of natural environments due to rapid development by humans. Biodiversity of plants and animals have reduced significantly as a direct result of the human need to consume space and raw materials, initiating this design to revert these trends and reclaim as much as possible before it is gone entirely. This initiative is to place frameworks upon existing structures, creating additional surface area to plant and grow flora & fauna.

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Are straw bales the future of sustainable building?

Are straw bales the future of sustainable building? | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Straw bale is a low impact, low carbon building material making strides towards mainstream acceptance. So is it about time we took notice?

 

As designers and homeowners look for imaginative ways to help reduce their carbon footprint in the campaign against climate change, straw bale could become a new tool in the building industry’s armoury. Straw, a natural by-product of farming, is collected and baled, tightly compacted, and fitted into a frame before being rendered with earthen or lime stucco.

The practice was prevalent during the 1800s throughout the American prairie states but fell out of favour with people turning to bricks and mortar. Unlike hay, straw contains no nutritional value for livestock and is often sold as bedding for farm animals – or burnt. Unlike other recycled materials currently used in the building industry, such as car tyres or recycled plastics, straw bale can be used in its raw state requiring no further processing...

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Practical Cabin GJ-9 Concept, Adaptable to Various Natural Settings

Practical Cabin GJ-9 Concept, Adaptable to Various Natural Settings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Norway based Gudmundur Jonsson Arkitektkontor designed the project entitled Cabin GJ-9, a contemporary small home prototype, easily adaptable to a variety of settings. Developed for mass distribution, the concept of Cabin GJ-9 is highly practical and versatile.

Located in Bjergøy, Norway, the cabin displays an inspiring exterior defined by wood, glass and stone, camouflaged in its natural surrounding. Two volumes make up the welcoming home, one of them accommodating the private area, and the other the service zones. Connecting the two, there is a glazed pavilion containing the living and dining space. The interior atmosphere stays true to a cottage-like feel: wood is present throughout, while a stone fireplace and inviting seating units inspire relaxation...

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