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Interconnected Architecture in Luxembourg City: Low Energy House

Interconnected Architecture in Luxembourg City: Low Energy House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Low Energy House was designed by Steinmetz De Meyer Architects and is located in Luxembourg. Its design came as a result of the town-planning specifications in Luxembourg City, where interconnected houses are a common sight. According to the architects, this lead to a “complex massing characterized by cantilevers and large recesses acting as generators of the architectural form. Displayed as white volumes extended by strong horizontal and vertical lines, the composition appears very geometric, while drawing an elegant flowing from the ground to the roof top. Very expressive, the cornice becomes the element of integration to the architectural typology of the street and the neighboring houses“. The layout of the residence is interesting: a double height dining room connects the ground floor to the study in the mezzanine and the parental suite on the first floor.

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Show of Hands - Youths Learn the Art of Building at CTEC

Show of Hands - Youths Learn the Art of Building at CTEC | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

CTEC’s 4,000-square-foot barnlike structure includes a 1,000-square-foot mezzanine. 

Sawtooth skylights flood the rectangular interior with natural light and give the building a jagged profile; a cantilevering balcony juts out toward the stream. A metal stud frame allows for a modular system of reclaimed wood panels, measuring approximately a classic 4 feet by 4 feet. The wood—donated from a range of outside jobs—creates a variety of textures and color. The process of preparing the panels was like an old-school handwriting exercise, in that repetition gave way to interpretation, with the students’ handiwork giving the project an unexpected quilt-like quality. Back inside, deconstructed redwood pickle barrels serve as tables and sit atop block endgrain flooring that the students made of fir.

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Green architecture projects for a sustainable lifestyle

Green architecture projects for a sustainable lifestyle | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green technology is gaining force in several forms across the world. Someway, people turn their surroundings and habitats greenish with grasses and plants. In some other way, people go for electric vehicles and alternative power sources for a greenish life. In fact, with the global warming looming as a huge threat overhead, people have largely recognized the importance of “going green.” In this article, we talk about a number of architecture projects that are built in liaison with the environment. Despite being massive structures, they provide relief for nature enthusiasts, because they are sanctified with alternative power options and many other much-esteemed green credentials...

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Students design and build new homes for Navajo families | SmartPlanet

Students design and build new homes for Navajo families | SmartPlanet | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
More than 2.4 million Native Americans live on or close to tribal reservations, and over forty percent live in dilapidated or overcrowded housing where basic conveniences like water, power and plumbing are often severely insufficient.

A educational nonprofit based in Utah is taking the principles of design-build, where designers are involved in construction, to address the situation of housing on the Navajo reservation that straddles Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

DesignBuildBluff (DBB) gives architecture students at the University of Colorado and the University of Utah the opportunity to design and build new homes for Navajo families living in Bluff, Utah.

The students do all of the design work for a specific family, and the same students that do the designing do the building (hence the design-build name). The designs must focus on sustainability, and the houses must be 1000 square feet or less...

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Vissershok Primary School | container classrooms

Vissershok Primary School | container classrooms | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Set in the picturesque Durbanville wine valley on the outskirt of Cape Town, Vissershok Primary School is a rural school where most pupils are children of farm workers and underprivileged
communities living in Du Noon, a poverty-stricken township several kilometres away.
The Vissershok Container Classroom, sponsored by three SA companies- Woolworths, Safmarine and AfriSam, is a 12m recycled container converted into an independent classroom for 25 Grade R
(age 5-6) pupils.
The first phase of the project started with a design competition called “Making the Difference Through Design”. Run by Woolworths annually, the competition is aimed at introducing design to local
high school pupils. This year the brief calls for creative solutions on how a recycled container can be adapted to help under-resourced schools.

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Curvy Desert Home Mimics the Snail...

Curvy Desert Home Mimics the Snail... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

If you think this curvy desert dwelling looks a bit like a snail, then you definitely aren’t going crazy! Tasked by the Biomimicry Institute’s Student Design Challenge with finding solutions to every day challenges by looking to nature, Elnaz Amiri, Hesam Andalib, Roza Atarod, and M-amin Mohamad from the Art University of Isfahan in Iran decided to design a house that is self-cooling – just like a snail. Step into our lair for more details about this very – ahem – cool home.

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Twisting Shapes and a Surprising Interior Design: Tea House in Shanghai

Twisting Shapes and a Surprising Interior Design: Tea House in Shanghai | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Tea House and library is a project envisioned by studio Archi-Union Architect and located in the backyard of Archi-Union Architects’ office in Shanghai, China. Its uncommon appearance obeys the rules of modern design, while adding a little extra.

According to the architects, the building “reacts to the site’s environment; the plan layout is a logically obscure quadrilateral, thus maximizing the amount of space. It is divided into three parts. A covered public area is formed towards the open space with the pool, with an enclosed tea house at ground level and library on the first floor where a small triangular balcony extends around the existing tree. Other more private spaces exist such as a lounge, reading room and service room which are arranged towards the rear of the building; a delightful transitional space was created to connect the public space and the private spaces”.

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New MBA Complex at Stanford Earns LEED-Platinum Certification

New MBA Complex at Stanford Earns LEED-Platinum Certification | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The 360,000 square foot Knight Management Center at Stanford Graduate School of Business has received LEED-Platinum certification, the highest green building rating.

The complex of eight buildings, which opened in April 2011, is home to Stanford’s MBA programs among others, and provides a central space to both bring students together from across Stanford’s seven schools for interdisciplinary learning.

“As we train new generations of managerial leaders, we hope that Stanford’s commitment to sustainability will inspire our students to promote sustainable business practices in the future,” says Garth Saloner, dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The green features of the building underscore the curriculum which includes courses such as Environmental Entrepreneurship and Environmental Science for Managers and Policy Makers...

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Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal by Checkwitch Poiron Architects

Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal by Checkwitch Poiron Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new 13,700 sf terminal building, this signature facility set a new standard for buildings in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. Situated on the edge of the Assembly Wharf, it contains a large welcome centre/multi-purpose hall, facilities for the Canadian Border Services Agency & offices for the Nanaimo Port Authority.

This building site was formerly used for the processing and storage of the wood products that were the lifeblood for the region. A connection is made to the past by employing a variety of wood products including large curved glulam columns and beams, interior and exterior wood screens, and stratified timber panels. These materials echo the region’s rich natural resource and make the main hall reminiscent of a giant ship’s hull. Large glass walls open up the hall to panoramic views of the Nanaimo harbour.

The building employs as a passive solar scheme, where sunlight enters through the extensive glazing, warms the stone floor and heat is slowly released and circulated before exiting through louvers at the top of the building...

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NYC's High Line: round 3

NYC's High Line: round 3 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

As one of the most well-known and popular urban revitalization projects in recent memory, New York's High Line has proven the effectiveness and impact of adaptive reuse and urban green space...

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Green Architecture: Meet the Future

Green Architecture: Meet the Future | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With the advent of increasingly innovative green technologies, architects are now more than ever able to fully maximize their sophisticated artistic vision while simultaneously minimizing the negative environmental effects of their structures.

As climates and resources shift, environmentally-conscious architecture is beginning to produce more and more complex, sustainable, and awe-inspiring buildings, signifying that green architecture is the wave of the future from both a creativity standpoint, as well as out of ecological necessity. In fact, in the most extreme and inventive cases, architects are now not only working to preserve the natural environment, but actually to positively affect, alter and improve it.

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Small House by Cooper Joseph Studio

Small House by Cooper Joseph Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The owners asked for an efficient, off-the-grid, house that would be one with their site. It is a “diamond in the rough”, a precisely detailed modern structure within a rustic, agricultural farm.

 

The 850 square-foot, one bedroom, structure is anchored to the steep hillside with a series of retaining walls and cascading exterior decks each linked to an interior space. This act of at once embracing the hillside and relating inside and outside at every level is an ambitious concept for such a small house yet the one least intrusive to the natural topography. The circulation directs you to the views while the fenestration protects from the hot southern sun in favor of soft northern light. The main interior stair skewers the levels along the predominant central concrete wall. The exterior is predominantly light-grey zinc expressed in horizontal panels with articulated reveals running horizontally. Stained redwood is used for sunscreens and decking.

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Prefab, Glue Laminated Timber Ribs Form This Inspiring "Low-Energy" Library

Prefab, Glue Laminated Timber Ribs Form This Inspiring "Low-Energy" Library | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This Norwegian library is a lovely specimen of engineered wood arrayed in a rib-like concept.

It's been said that architecture is a cultural repository of sorts; the structure, materiality and aesthetics chosen for a building can express a lot about a society's values and intentions -- or at least the client's or architect's.

Case in point are libraries; faced with changing times, there are some grandiose and gimmicky, high-tech attempts to draw more patrons in, but in true Scandinavian fashion, Norwegian architecture firm Helen & Hard's latest low-energy library and cultural center keeps it urbanely scaled, yet inspiring.

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Sustainable Residence in Germany: The Minimum House

Sustainable Residence in Germany: The Minimum House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Minimum House was designed by studio Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten and is located in Klausdorf, Germany. The 1,615 square foot contemporary home, structured on two levels, is a prototype for a serial holiday residence. According to the architects, the project is offered under the label “minimumhouse” , all furniture and fittings included: “The concept was developed by the ideal of a house with maximum outdoor impressions and also by making full use of the solar yields for the building. The reflections of glass and light make the three-side glassed building shells appear immaterial. The team consisting of architects, engineers, building physicists and executing companies developed a modular building concept, that allows a contemporary open-plan living with high ecological and economic standards“. Some of the sustainable features of this home include a solar system placed on the extensively vegetated flat roof, a soil sensor, ceiling-mounted radiation heating and controlled ventilation.

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A++ Architects Design Sustainable Modular Lightweight Houses for Malaysia

A++ Architects Design Sustainable Modular Lightweight Houses for Malaysia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A++ has designed a new set of 50 Sustainable Modular Lightweigth (SML) houses for a project located in the city of Melaka in the south-west of Malaysia.

The project maintains a light ecological footprint by employing a variety of green building strategies and systems – including an on-site river filtrating system. The homes are also designed to mitigate the region’s strong rain and intense sun with roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems and hydroelectric generators. Bamboo facing is used on the front facades of the homes in order to provide natural ventilation, and the structures are made of Profil Haus steel for quick assembly. Natural fibers are used for thermal and acoustic insulation. The result is a residential complex that is sustainable both economically and socially. The project is in its development stage and has already gained international recognition and awards.

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The new VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Perkins+Will

The new VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Perkins+Will | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This is the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre. It’s a new addition to the city of Vancouver, Canada.

The green building was designed by Perkins+Will and it bends beautifully in the surrounding landscape. The combination between modern architecture and nature is in constant balance and the design and the materials contribute to this effect. Not only that the visitor center is surrounded by nature but it’s also a green building designed with green building strategies to help it achieve net-zero energy...

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Sustainable Design | Greenhalgh House by CCS Architecture

Sustainable Design | Greenhalgh House by CCS Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Greenhalgh House is a sustainable home designed by CCS Architecture , located in the Alpine Meadows area near Lake Tahoe, California. This is a second home for the owner, who wanted efficiency in performance, regarding the needs of a retreat home.

This eco construction adopted rustic modern design using cedar materials. The house is grid connected, but it is also grid independent. To provide maximum view of Sierra Nevada mountains, all of the main rooms are faced to the south, with cross ventilation provided by the operable windows and sliding glass doors on both sides of the home. Concrete materials used partially at the first floor act as thermal mass storage to maintain the room temperature.

This green architecture building is completed by 600 sq ft of photovoltaic panels provided at the roof, facing south. During the days when the house is not in use, electricity is produced and stored to be used on peak days when in use. There is also thermal hot water system located at the roof. Radiant floor heating is powered by the hot water provided by hot water heater powered by the PV. The hot/cool air trapped between the roof and and panels can be used also as additional heating/cooling...

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E8 building

E8 building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The lot must define the most significant western visual boundary. Also, it is the natural background of the boulevard’s urban axis, the green space that unifies the whole of the Álava Technology Park, since its beginning.

The buildings are linked in a to their natural surroundings., and their geometry frames the views towards the hillside. In the North building this opening is achieved through an open entrance atrium, which enhances the presence of the hillside forest, with the use of a frontal overhang that liberates the main façade. In the South building, the landscape views are achieved through the overhangs on its sides.
The double façade provides the buildings with an air mattress that increases the thermal insulation by reducing losses in winter and producing air circulation in the summer. Thus the air conditioning requirements are minimized and save great amounts of energy...

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Eco Luxury Resort: Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Eco Luxury Resort: Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Southern Ocean Lodge is an extremely remote luxury lodge along the cliffs of Kangaroo Island in Australia. Twenty-one luxury suites commanding mesmerising views of the Southern Ocean cantilever along the coast, creating the ultimate fusion between a breathtaking wilderness setting and unbridled creature comforts.

The architect, Max Pritchard, a Kangaroo Island local, has created a building that follows the natural cliff line, the house has floor-to-ceiling windows, a private terrace and a freestanding timber bathtub with ocean views- a sleek eco-retreat that reflects and focuses on the open landscape...

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Modern House in Portugal, Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

Modern House in Portugal, Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This contemporary residence in southern Portugal was designed by studio Mario Martins Atelier and comes with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. According to the architects, House in Lagos “was designed in featureless surroundings but with a fabulous view over the west Algarve coast, which receives the westerly sun in abundance. The project is based on technically evolved solutions, with the emphasis on energy sustainability, the use of geothermal power and an integrated domotics system. The building was designed on the basis of lightness and it rests on an exposed concrete base, balanced over landscaped terraces and the water features (swimming pool and lakes). The gardened roof accentuates this concept. The entrance is over a suspended concrete walkway. On reaching the upper storey we grasp the fluidity of the space containing the sitting room, kitchen and the large double height area, where a reflecting pool fills the entire space”.

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House V | Argentina

House V | Argentina | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The idea for this project was to design a house around a yard without having to resort to the cloister and taking advantage to the shape of the plot.

It is after this idea that the "V" arises, as a volume that falls back on itself and creates a plan that allows the garden into its arms. It thus becomes the heart of the project. This is a fluent volume that breaks away from the ground towards the front, moving down as it turns until it leans fully backwards. This work projects a sense of movement, of a compact mass that has been stretched until it reached its present shape. This is highlighted by the longitudinal windows and the split levels on the top of the facades. Out of this fluent mass emerges the swimming pool as an extension of the house. This is directly related to the partly-covered area, which can be used both for parking cars or eating. Thus, this area and the swimming pool lie in close relation and function as one space. All this group is surrounded by a floor made of curved shapes which adapts both to the house and to the vegetation in the lot.

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Tall Wood: Technology To Build Wood Buildings Thirty Stories High

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

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

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

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Coastal Residence by Boora Architects

Coastal Residence by Boora Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This coastal residence is an exploration in erasing boundaries between indoors and out. Sited on the Oregon Coast, the 2,865 square-foot home opens to the natural landscape with 180-degree views. The design employs a duality of openness and expansive views with spaces that are private and quiet.

The residence is organized in three parts, joined in U-shape formation around a central courtyard fronting the view.

The upper floor in the largest of the two buildings is extensively glass-walled. Windows crescendo from 8 to 15-feet tall at the most outward facing point. A large covered deck extends the indoor footprint by nearly an additional 1/3, joining the massing of the residence, framing an outdoor invisible wall. The lower level is more private, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a flex room–a space that converts open living area into a guest bedroom by pulling two eight-foot sliding hemlock accordion pocket panels to form walls. Native Shore Pines with a dwarfed growth habit shelter the lower level with privacy. On the upper level, the experience is one of suspension as one’s feet are just slightly above the treeline...

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Live Work Home / Cook + Fox Architects

Live Work Home / Cook + Fox Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Live Work Home, a winning design proposal from Cook+Fox Architects in the From the Ground Up Competition in Syracuse, New York, has been awarded LEED-NC (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction) Platinum certification, the highest possible rating by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). On Friday, November 11, Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair of the USGBC, recognized this notable achievement by presenting the LEED Platinum certificate to architect Richard Cook in Syracuse.
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Beautiful Houses: Harrison Street Residence

Beautiful Houses: Harrison Street Residence | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Harrison Street Residence is a project by Scott Allen Architecture. The house is located in Issaquah, Washington and features sophisticated contemporary design that naturally accommodates a casual Pacific Northwest lifestyle. On both levels of the home the views are maximized. The inside and outside spaces flow freely from one to the other through the use of oversized windows and wall-to-wall bi-parting doors – design features that together with the energy efficient heating and cooling system and previously noted architectural design features create a timeless sustainable design.

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