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At Coyote House, every day is an Earth Day

At Coyote House, every day is an Earth Day | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Coyote House: Architect Ken Radtkey and landscape architect Susan Van Atta build a new modern house in Montecito that is loaded with green features but also manages to be livable and beautiful.

 

With Earth Day 2012 almost upon us, nearly 60,000 homes in the United States are in the process of being certified in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Education and Environmental Design program, according to Nate Kredich, the organization's vice president of residential market development. Need more convincing proof of just how far we've come? Take a peek at the new home of architect Ken Radtkey and landscape architect Susan Van Atta...

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Wellness Villa Sealand

Wellness Villa Sealand | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Luxury, sustainability, space and comfort, this wellness Villa in Sealand, the Netherlands, has it all. The clients live in Rotterdam and wished a weekend house to relax and receive guests.

 

The villa is located half a mile away from the North Sea coast, hidden in a tree filled area along the edges of the dunes. The orientation on the plot and the way the facades are treated, generate maximum privacy. Large glass facades and roof lights provide both daylight and view into the green surroundings.

A 100m2 spacious living room has attached rooms for owners and guests, which creates a blend of loft, holiday house and hotel.
An open gallery on the upper floor gives access to a room that connects to the living room through a glass wall, but can be transformed into a fully equipped and blinded cinema room.

The wellness area in the basement consists of a 12m pool and 3 saunas. The wellness area is directly connected to both the living area and the garden...

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Andrew Maynard Renovates a Modern Melbourne Home With a Giant Grassy Hill!

Andrew Maynard Renovates a Modern Melbourne Home With a Giant Grassy Hill! | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Hill House, located in Melbourne's northern suburbs, has received a playful and dynamic makeover by Andrew Maynard Architects.

The extension, which was added over 10 years ago, had created a dark inside area. So to bring more light into the space, the architects made an upgrade that would maximize the use of the south-facing backyard. The structure now finds itself fully-integrated with the landscaped outdoor space and flooded with light, and the backyard has become a central feature to the building with plenty of space for play and relaxation...

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Plaza Diane in Wyoming is a LEED Gold Art Center Converted from a Former Gas Station

Plaza Diane in Wyoming is a LEED Gold Art Center Converted from a Former Gas Station | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Tucked in the core of the small town of Powell in North Central Wyoming is Plaza Diane a LEED Gold Community Arts Center, a reclaimed 50's service station.

The project is conceived as a home for visual arts and performance to be exhibited in the culturally rich community, but the community went much further by incorporating a host of design elements to significantly reduce the building's impact. We recently took a tour of the project and learned how a small group's shared vision manifested in this fantastic gathering place...

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16 recycled shipping containers at Group 8's innovative new home

16 recycled shipping containers at Group 8's innovative new home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

One of the best uses of shipping containers I have seen lay hidden in a re-purposed industrial hall near the center of Geneva, Switzerland. Helping form a new home for Group 8 architecture the containers make interesting use of the 8395 square foot facility which boast 29 foot high ceilings.

The containers formalize structured collective space embodying a collective form or a situation of their work: meeting rooms, cafeteria, lounge zone, bathrooms and showers, etc. “The other half of the scheme is in opposition with the containers’ structured zone: an open space enlightened by natural light travelling through the glass-roof.” All and all the project uses 16 recycled shipping containers in an amazing composition of object and function...

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Dovecote Studio: Preservation, Meet Prefab

Dovecote Studio: Preservation, Meet Prefab | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

On England's Suffolk coast, architects from London firm Haworth Tompkins have made unlikely bedfellows of prefab architecture and historic building preservation. Dovecote Studio was created from the ruins of a Victorian-era dovecote, which was used as a frame for a Cor-ten steel "lining". The inner form was lowered by crane into the aging brick structure.

Say the architects: "The result is a building that from a distance evokes the ghost of the original structure, but, seen from close to, reveals itself as entirely new."

The new form functions as an artist's studio, with a skylight in the north side of the roof that illuminates the plywood interior, which includes a mezzanine with a desk and corner window overlooking marshes towards the sea.

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Sustainability – the concept for the Effizienzhaus Plus in Berlin

Sustainability – the concept for the Effizienzhaus Plus in Berlin | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A cube with a shimmering, reflective façade in Berlin symbolizes the harmony of modern architecture and trailblazing residential energy concepts.

The building is located in the immediate vicinity of the famed Kurfürstendamm and was selected from 16 entries as the prize-winner for the "Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau" competition organized by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Construction and Urban Planning. The building's special feature is that it generates more energy in the course of a year than it consumes. It produces the energy needed to source the air conditioning, heating and hot water, to operate electrical appliances (household appliances, small devices, multimedia, etc.) and power up electric cars.

"Sustainable houses must not have that efficiency look, but instead need to be breathtakingly beautiful and powerful in appearance," suggests Werner Sobek, whose office together with Stuttgart University won the competition to design the Effizienzhaus-Plus. The jury was won over by the concept of an energy-efficient dwelling along with electromobility, that harmonizes user needs, the house and the vehicles perfectly.

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Adriene Mannas's curator insight, May 26, 2015 8:31 PM

This scoop talks about new sustainable houses  in Berlin. The house is in a cube shape with many reflective windows around the sides. The power is run off of solar panels and is saved in batteries to charge not only all of the houses power but the cars as well. This is a possible sustainable house that will be seen in the future. 

 

This relates to the urban and agricultural units because not only does it save resources but it is a type of urban residence in a city. This house shows a new way to live in the city and be more sustainable. 

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Back to Earth | Vernacular Architecture

Back to Earth | Vernacular Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
In Ma'anqiao, the 2008 earthquake destroyed 263 out of 272 houses.

Today, with the help of a group of university researchers, this remote Sichuan village has become a workshop of design experimentation, in which the region's inhabitants and artisans are re-learning the ancient art of rammed-earth constructions.

To do so, it was essential to give villagers a demonstration of how to rebuild with all the readily available resources. As a prototype, a new rammed-earth courtyard dwelling was constructed for an elderly couple in one month by the project team together with villagers mobilised from each family. Providing families with a participative training course on the basic techniques developed in previous studies, this hands-on approach allowed them to be convinced by the new construction and further understand how to rebuild their houses by themselves...

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Skirt + Rock House by MCK Architects

Skirt + Rock House by MCK Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The site was home to a modest bungalow perched on a hill overlooking Vaucluse House. The clients were equally modest, simply needing more space for their family with better connection to the garden, sunlight and air.

The garden was very important, and it became intrinsic to the design. A large rock that sat in the hill to the rear of the house became our focal and pivotal natural element in the new architectural composition. With the underlying philosophy of relative modesty, the new form is setback, maintaining existing amenity enjoyed by neighbours. The first floor is concealed in the black roof form, providing a recessive appearance from the street, nestling into the landscape. Resting on two legs at opposite corners allowed the possibility of a clear opening to the garden at ground and main living level. Opening like an eye to the sky and trees it folds along the perimeter of the plan. When describing to the client the experience one might feel standing in the lounge room looking out, the analogy of a skirt was used and then stuck, hence skirt and rock.

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Contemporary Cousin-Homes in Melbourne by dKO Architecture

Contemporary Cousin-Homes in Melbourne by dKO Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

dKO Architecture recently completed in Australia. “This project consists of two dwellings on a corner lot in the suburbs of Melbourne. dKO Architecture set out to push traditional suburban perceptions, motifs and vernacular. Formally, there are obvious references to traditional roof form, yet we proposed a different formal solution. It needed to be sensitive. These gestures challenged traditional building technologies yet also offered economical and lightweight possibilities.

Another issue was the idea of identity with two houses that are the same but different. There are nuances in form, color and spatial arrangements. Living is on the top floor, partly due to the limited lot, but also to engage the roof form.

The site layout responds and respects the historical subdivision pattern; adjacent built form is respected through setback, form and materials. Interior details are simple and considered, not ostentatious. We achieved this outcome on a modest budget of $650000, proving that architecture can also provide good value”.

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PH-1 Modern and Green Prefab Home by Place Architects

PH-1 Modern and Green Prefab Home by Place Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

PLACE houses provides smart, affordable, and green prefab homes to the Puget Sound marketplace and beyond. Prefab not only describes the construction method but the process as all decisions are made upfront. Pick a model and finish package and six months later move into your new home!

The first of the PLACE houses completed, PH-1 is an expanded PH Large with an additional Accessory building featuring parking for two and office space above. Built for a busy family of five plus dogs, the stock design was adapted to create a 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath open plan home that’s stylish, durable, colorful and fun.

Solar domestic hot water supplements household systems and entirely heats the backyard lap pool; green construction saves money and resources, and the house is always filled with natural light, fresh air, views – and friends and family. Modular construction will allow 70% of the home to be factory built allowing for quicker project timelines and price points roughly 10% less than when our houses were “kit” homes...

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National Planning Policy Framework - Planning, building and the environment

National Planning Policy Framework - Planning, building and the environment | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012. This is a key part of our reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth.

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Mecano House / Juan Robles

Mecano House / Juan Robles | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Casa Mecano function as an organism composed by a structure, skin and a mechanism that adapts the its environment. The project maximize the use of passive design strategies through biocli matic architecture in sinergy with the integration of a Building Management System that operate the glazingvents in order to achieve the thermal comfort levels, adequate for the tropical environment.

At the same time, the team designed a manual system that allows the client to change the in clination of a sail, with the goal of controlling the direct sunlight projected inside the house. The project maximize function in the smallests pace possible, reducing the footprint and allowing the minimum use of construction materials...

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Civic Centre in Palencia by Exit Architects

Civic Centre in Palencia by Exit Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Rehabilitation of Former Prison of Palencia as Cultural Civic Center...

Madrid studio Exit Architects has designed a civic and cultural centre inside a former prison in Palencia, Spain. Constructed from load-bearing brickwork, the nineteenth century building comprises four wings that have been completely refurbished to accommodate an auditorium, a library, multi-function rooms and classrooms for art and music.

The project that respects the existing building, which is given a contemporary, lighter appearance, and where the natural light plays a key role...

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Eco-chic Minimum House, Germany

Eco-chic Minimum House, Germany | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten has designed the Minimum House: a two-story contemporary home located in Mellensee, Brandenburg, Germany.

 

According to the architects: “The Minimum House was developed with the idea that a house with maximum outdoor impressions should make full use of solar opportunities... The modular building concept allowed for a contemporary open-plan space with high ecological and economic standards.

The annual heating requirements answer to the low-energy standard with soil sensor, ceiling-mounted radiation heating, controlled ventilation and heat recovery support; a system constantly supervises and regulates the home.

Additionally, all the materials used to build the contemporary property have been chosen in accordance with sustainable criteria.”

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Eco-Sustainable House / Djuric Tardio Architectes

Eco-Sustainable House / Djuric Tardio Architectes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This type is still not released in urban areas and rather reserved for detached houses in less dense sites. The urban rules and the site context, which is very typical, have suggested the template, which has proved a real asset to the project.

The program was for a blended family, calling for a flexible, modular design and design process. The answer was to instill two areas, separated but and overlapping. With very few adjustments, these two areas could become one larger, combined space...

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Solhuset Climate-Friendly Nursery by Christensen & Co. Architects

Solhuset Climate-Friendly Nursery by Christensen & Co. Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Designed by Christensen & Co. Architects for kindergarten age and younger, this solar-powered, net-positive energy building is sited on a triangular lot in Copenhagen's bedroom community of Hoersholm.

The roof's design was ideal for mounting the photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, which are positioned to capture the most light possible. With 2,691 square feet of PV panels, "the building produces 0.75 kWh per square foot more than it consumes each year," according to Treldal, exporting energy during the eight months of the year with the most sunlight, and importing it during the four months of shorter days. A green roof of sedum is interspersed among the panels, cooling the building, the panels, and controlling storm-water runoff. High-performance wood, compressed to ensure hardness, clads the exterior...

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Eucalyptus House is a Low-Impact Brazilian Cabin on Stilts

Eucalyptus House is a Low-Impact Brazilian Cabin on Stilts | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architect Andre Eisenlohr's breezy Eucalyptus House is a low-impact wooden shelter that stands on stilts. Situated in a forest reserve area close to Sao Paulo, it makes the most of a neatly organized single level. Fitting a bedroom, a bathroom and an integrated kitchen and living room area into a small but well-thought-out space, this compact eucalyptus home rises above the forest...

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LiveWork and Be Sustainable, Net Zero

LiveWork and Be Sustainable, Net Zero | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With their LiveWork project for a net zero carbon development in Athens, Georgia, USA, Suzanne Steelman and Eric Laine from the Clemson School of Architecture won the first prize of the Dow Solar Design to Zero competition.

The aim is to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment and live in an environmentally friendly way, while enjoying a feeling of community at the same time. Like other examples of zero carbon developments, such as c_life in Helsinki, LiveWork stresses on the importance of behavioural change in order to truly bring about a sustainable way of living. The architects of the LiveWork project in Georgia define a net zero carbon building as “environmentally, socially and economically responsible”. Only by embodying these three characteristics can we achieve a truly sustainable design...

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Bustler: Goettsch Partners’ New Music Building for Northwestern University

Bustler: Goettsch Partners’ New Music Building for Northwestern University | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Chicago architecture firm Goettsch Partners has designed the signature building that will be the new home of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and provide additional space for the School of Communication on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. The university is planning to break ground and begin construction in May of this year. The project is slated to be completed and ready for move-in in fall 2015.

The new 152,000-square-foot building features a recital hall, an opera rehearsal room/black box theater, and a choral rehearsal room and library. The project also includes classrooms, teaching labs, academic faculty offices, teaching studios for choral, opera, piano and voice faculty, practice rooms, student lounges, and administrative offices. The building design emphasizes a sustainable approach throughout, with a minimum of achieving LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council...

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Interaction between a home and its context: Ramm Salbu Architects, Kalvaneset Cottage

Interaction between a home and its context: Ramm Salbu Architects, Kalvaneset Cottage | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A home on the west coast of Norway- two  structures that interact with each other and with nature- was based on a contemporary interpretation of local building traditions. Ramm Salbu Architects of Norway built Kalvanaset Cottage, a home with a spectacular view of the sea, in Byrknesøy.

The two volumes, a main home for the family and a guesthouse are linked by a glass corridor that makes it possible to enjoy the beauty of nature without feeling the cold.

The material used on the façades, the side walls and the roof is solid untreated pine, assembled on the basis of the traditional construction principles of the vernacular building tradition on the coast. Untreated timber is a living material which changes its look over the years, taking on a warm grey hue ensuring that the Cottage will blend into its natural surroundings even better with time...

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ISEAMI House by Robles Arquitectos

ISEAMI House by Robles Arquitectos | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This 5209 square foot residence graces the hills of the Peninsula de Osa in Costa Rica. Built by Robles Arquitectos as the first phase for the Institute of sustainability, ecology, art, mind, and investigation(ISEAMI), this house will serve as a multifunctional space for the institution on the first level and a residence for the director on the second.

The home is based on a prefab module that is constructed out of 100 percent recyclable material and is 100 percent self sufficient. The project produces its own power from a solar power plant on the roof, fresh water from an on-site concession, and the home is bathed in passive design strategies.

Due to common mold and mildew issues in this region the home was designed to eliminate any airspace within the walls or floor and painting the residence white has made it possible to achieve an SRI rating of 100. Overall the structure is a great self sufficient and passive design model.

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Efficiency and Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do

Efficiency and Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Last week, as spring's balmy temperatures took a temporary dip into glacier territory, the two founding partners of architecture and urbanism firm Weiss/Manfredi led a hard hat tour of their new visitors center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (opening in a mere six weeks!). Luckily, magnolias and cherry trees were already in bloom and a bright sun illuminated the mostly-transparent structure. The deceptively modest structure is nestled into a hill on the northeast corner of the site, so 50 percent of its envelope benefits from thermal efficiency. And like any ground-up civil structure worth its salt, it's sustainable, with a geoexchange system comprised of 28 heating and cooling wells, radiant floor heating, and landscaping made of postconsumer recycled building materials...

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Programmer Creates DIY Solar, Off-Grid Home

Programmer Creates DIY Solar, Off-Grid  Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

"It was a place to come and pretend to be hippies on the weekend."

That's how programming pioneer Loren Amelang explains his back country California property, where he originally built a tiny cabin inside a sheep barn as a country retreat. But when it came to building a larger, more permanent abode—he created a rather wonderful, off-grid structure that looks like it is straight out of a post-apocalyptic Mad Max-style movie. It uses passive and active solar power for electricity, hot water and even some space heating needs, with the rest of the heat being provided through sustainably harvested local fire wood...

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G House - Sydney

G House - Sydney | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A typical eastern Suburbs harbour view site; long, narrow and sloping away from the road toward harbour and Manly views. As the house is set lower than the road with living spaces opening back toward the street, a lightweight timber screen filters street views and creates privacy, yet allows light and ventilation to the private living spaces. The house has two living levels; the primary living level opens out toward an elevated view and the lower living area flows out to a pool deck and private courtyards. The sleeping level is positioned on the top level, providing privacy, quiet and commanding views. Our primary design generator was to link vertical and horizontal circulation through double and triple volume spaces and a dialog of floating planes and connected textural elements. Finished such as polished concrete floors internally and externally, tinted concrete bench tops, raw basalt, timber and steel are assembled in a contemporary composition to facilitate easy living and a seamless flow between inside and out.

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