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How G3Box Turns Shipping Containers Into Clinics

How G3Box Turns Shipping Containers Into Clinics | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The G3Box on ASU's campus is a nice riser for Palermo and Young. The next ones will be shelters for relief workers and facilities for doctors.

Two years ago, ASU engineering students Gabrielle Palermo & Susanna Young discovered they were each working on projects to turn shipping containers into clinics for developing countries. Thanks to an Student Initiative grant, they received $10,000 to put toward developing that idea. Then it was a matter of learning how to do so...

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Atlanta renovation achieves highest LEED score in Northern Hemisphere

Atlanta renovation achieves highest LEED score in Northern Hemisphere | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A renovated building in Midtown Atlanta has been awarded 95 out of a possible 110 LEED points for its environmental design-the highest score for any new construction in the Northern Hemisphere.

 

Though classified as a "New Construction" in the LEED system, 1315 Peachtree Street, Atlanta is actually a 1980s construction that has undergone extensive renovation. But what does LEED certification entail? And is this the greenest building in the Northern Hemisphere?

According to the architect, Perkins+Will, who are both the designers and occupants of the renovated building, a variety of technologies were employed to help achieve Platinum certification. A trigeneration system (providing electricity, heating and cooling) is foremost among them, employing gas microturbines on the roof generating both electricity and heat. Some of that heat drives an absorption chiller providing the building's cooling. Daylight harvesting and LED lighting are among the measures which have reduced the building's energy consumption by a claimed 58 percent from baseline figures. Rainwater harvesting has cut the consumption of supplied water by 78 percent. Both figures are well above that required to achieve maximum points in their respective criteria...

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Sustainable Home in Costa Rica Making the Most of Its Scenic Landscape

Sustainable Home in Costa Rica Making the Most of Its Scenic Landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Casa Mecano was designed by Arquitectos Costa Rica and is located in Península de Osa, Costa Rica. The residence was especially developed to take in the surrounding landscape:

“Casa Mecano functions as an organism that adapts to its environment. The project maximizes the use of passive design strategies through bio-climatic architecture in order to achieve the thermal comfort levels, adequate for the tropical environment.”

The rooftop was projected as a sail and a manual system was designed, allowing the client to change its inclination, with the goal of controlling the direct sunlight projected inside the house. The interior design of this sustainable residence is highly modern, with a generous living and dining space acting as the core of the project...

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Oficina Vidre Negre

Oficina Vidre Negre | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Oficina Vidre Negre was born as a contemporary sculpture, a symbol of a dynamic and continuous development...

In a context of peripheral node of the motorway, the building is set within a park, planted with native species, in which a sort of town square accompanied to the entrance.
The dynamism of the client is shown in architecture, volume changing, a prism completely covered in black glass faceted and integrated photovoltaic panels...

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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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Casey Key Guest House by TOTeMS Architecture

Casey Key Guest House by TOTeMS Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The guest residence, located on a barrier island, is set within a mature oak hammock along Sarasota Bay. The structure is inspired by the character of the live oaks, which have been shaped by the prevailing coastal winds from the west.

The Owner requested a design that was a “house in the trees”. A small program, including one bedroom, bath, living area with kitchenette, and a loft is organized to provide privacy between a neighboring property to the north, while offering broad views of the oak hammock to the south and west, and the intercoastal waterway to the east.

Curved glulam pine beams, which are anchored to the elevated concrete slab at their base, curve up and over the entire space, reflect the arching quality of the live oak limbs. Ship lap cypress siding is used to clad the exterior walls and the interior walls between the glulam beams.

The design is intended to evoke an organic architecture that is influenced by, and reflective of its site...

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Casa Luz by Paz Arquitectura

Casa Luz by Paz Arquitectura | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With intent to emphasize the structural elements, and to seek to highlight the local construction methods and materials, design work was done using fine timber formwork in order to leave a permanent imprint on the exposed concrete.

The large windows explore the opportunities to open the space as much as possible, and using floor to ceiling windows allows the rooms to become a balcony. Existing vegetation is preserved so that when you open the windows you could have a visual relationship with the existing trees.

White was used for horizontal and vertical planes (slabs and walls) in order to cause the spread of natural light. Materials such as tempered glass, wood and exposed concrete used in its size, and natural shades create an architecture that is restrained and straightforward.

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Home in Montana: River Bank House

Home in Montana: River Bank House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

River Bank House was designed by Balance Associates Architects and is located in Big Sky, Montana. Especially developed for clients who love entertainment, the residence accommodates a casual atmosphere and strong indoor-outdoor connections. According to the architects, “the house is separated into the main living area and the guest wing. The guest area is designed so that it can be shut off from the rest of the house when unoccupied and set back to a lower temperature when not in use. Additionally, the two wings of the house bend in order to capture the best views of the river and create a protected entry courtyard.The large roof over the living room serves to shade large areas of glass in the summer, while geothermal heat pumps and high levels of insulation help keep it warm and energy efficient in the winter“.

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Creative Concrete

Creative Concrete | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
When we think of sustainability, images of solar panels, thick insulation, and rainwater cisterns might come to mind. But Canadian architect and researcher Mark West is rethinking the bones of concrete structures to find ways to make them as efficient as possible.

West is director of the University of Manitoba's Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST), where the research revolves around fabric-formed concrete. The process uses pliable fabric to make innovative, efficient structural shapes.

Researchers from around the world join architecture students in a 5,500-square-foot (510-square-meter) hands-on laboratory that looks more like a precast plant than an educational space. Out of this marriage of art, architecture, engineering, and construction comes a unique vocabulary of organic, sensual, efficient structural form...

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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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