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Sustainable Design of Equinox House by Ignatov Architects | architecture 4 us

Sustainable Design of Equinox House by Ignatov Architects | architecture 4 us | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This sustainable house was designed by Ignatov Architects in Bulgaria to create a good fusion between land, human, light, and the environment. This house is completed with unique sloped big windows to maximize the sun lighting- passive design was considered.

This sustainable building is located near the shore and close to the town Kavarna in Bulgaria. It was located in a steep hill, to lower its profile. To create a good mixture feeling with the environment, a vegetated roof and natural stonework are provided. The sloped big window is provided to control the sun light and heat that enter the house...

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Cassa Tierra

Cassa Tierra | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The construction system of Casa Tierra was done with Pressed Earth Blocks (PEB) made from soil of the same lot. This system was selected because it is aesthetically pleasing as well as cost and energy efficient, fire and pest resistant, virtually soundproof, durable and structurally sound. PEB provides complete architectural freedom and is made from non-toxic readily available natural raw material. Compared to other systems, it is more flexible and does not affect the width of the walls. The soil was pressed with 3% of concrete and 7% of lime, being 90% of the material needed for the construction obtained directly from the lot...

The strength, durability and longevity stands in stark contrast to other building materials. A typical wood frame building has an average life span of 75 years while earthen structures will stand for centuries.

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Desert House by Marmol Radziner

Desert House by Marmol Radziner | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in Desert Hot Springs, California, the prototype prefab home is located on a five-acre site and oriented to best capture views of San Jacinto peak and the surrounding mountains. Doubling the 2000 square foot interior space, the home extends towards the landscape with covered outdoor living areas.

Sheltered living spaces blend the indoors with the outdoors, simultaneously extending and connecting the house to the north wing, comprised of a guest house and art studio. The “L” shaped plan layout defines a protected courtyard that includes a pool and fire pit.

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Eco Sustainable Minimalist Architecture by Luigi Valente

Eco Sustainable Minimalist Architecture by Luigi Valente | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Minimalist architecture is the style favored for the regeneration of Gronmo, just 12 kilometers from the Norwegian capital. The images illustrate the architect Luigi Valente's proposal for transforming the location from a dirty, unhealthy and inaccessible landfill site into a remarkable 'eco-friendly' complex. The Gronmo project includes a recycling and sustainable energy producing activities. The development also includes a flagship structure- a magnificent cultural center. The cultural center displays all the finer attributes of minimalist architecture and is an amenity to be enjoyed on a local, national and international level...

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Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Looking like Epcot Center in Disney World, Montreal’s Biosphere is a museum dedicated to the environment. Originally built as the United States pavilion for the 1967 World Fair Expo, the dome was repurposed into the museum in 1990.

The interactive museum initially showcased the water ecosystem of the Great Lakes region, but has since expanded to encompasses environmental issues such as climate change, air, eco-technologies and sustainable development.

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Andrew Michler Ignatov Architects’ Super Efficient Solar Equinox Passivhaus Tracks the Sun

Andrew Michler Ignatov Architects’ Super Efficient Solar Equinox Passivhaus Tracks the Sun | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
It can be argued that great architectural design is about relationships - light, land, human, and environmental needs all must be aligned for a project to excel. Ignatov Architects’ Equinox House answers all these needs with a celestial vision and Passive House performance.

The home is deeply integrated with its site near the shore and close to the town Kavarna in Bulgaria. A sloped window set to the angle of the summer solstice transforms the home's interior into a measure of the seasonal waxing and waning of the sun. This facade also dramatically improves the performance of the house with huge windows overlooking the Black Sea...

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VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Perkins+Will

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Perkins+Will | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre creates a harmonious balance between architecture and landscape—from a visual and ecological perspective. Inspired by the organic forms and natural systems of a native orchid, the1,765-square-metre building is organized into undulating green roof ‘petals’ that float above rammed earth and concrete walls. Designed to exceed LEED Platinum status, the Visitor Centre is pursuing the Living Building Challenge—the most stringent measurement of sustainability in the built environment. The facility uses on-site, renewable sources to achieve net-zero energy on an annual basis; sequesters enough carbon to achieve carbon neutrality; uses filtered rainwater for the building’s greywater requirements; and treats 100% of blackwater in an on-site bioreactor...

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The UK’s largest prefabricated straw bale building

The UK’s largest prefabricated straw bale building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

One of the largest prefabricated straw bale buildings in Europe will be officially opened at The University of Nottingham tomorrow Wednesday 8 February 2012.

Designed by Make Architects the new Gateway Building has been constructed with straw bale panels harvested on the University’s very own farmland – just 200 yards from the site. Make Architects have produced the video Story of Straw about the technology behind the £5.2m development.

“Our aim is to create an inspiring and harmonious place to study and work reflecting the University’s impressive ‘green’ credentials. This innovative new building is part of a multi-million pound drive to expand and upgrade the University’s teaching and learning facilities. This building, along with many other new facilities on our campuses both in the UK and Asia and will enhance the institution’s position as one of the most popular destinations among applicants to UK universities.”

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Australia’s Classroom of the Future

Australia’s Classroom of the Future | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Sustainable architecture and classrooms of the future have finally come together in an Australian green building concept that is out of this world. The latest renderings of what is arguably one of world’s most impressive sustainable educational facilities have been released and already they are causing a stir in both architectural and green building fields.
Created by architectural firm LAVA, the aptly named ‘classroom of the future’ is a design concept that sees the creation of a prefabricated, relocatable learning environment, which incorporates innovative and clever design features.

The key point of uniqueness that this design concept holds is that it is versatile. The layout of the proposed building includes a prefabricated timber roof, three timber service modules, smart panels that act as operable windows and include ‘smart’ infill panels and a ground level plinth with underground rain water collection tanks, all of which will be insulated according to the clime of the building’s location.
Customisation of the design is maximised by the three modules’ ability to interconnect in several variations, allowing the rooms to be shaped around changing class sizes.
Exterior landscape environment will also act as a makeshift outdoor class area and become a part of scholastic activities...

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Olson Kundig Architects’ Prefab Sol Duc Cabin Rests Lightly on Four Stilts

Olson Kundig Architects’ Prefab Sol Duc Cabin Rests Lightly on Four Stilts | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Suspended and Prefab, The Sol Duc Cabin by Olson Kundig Architects is a small retreat for fishing in the nearby river or spending some quality time immersed in nature.

Located in the Olympic Peninsula, Washington, this small retreat is perfect for taking fishing trips to the nearby river. Made from materials that have been prefabricated off-site, this cute and comfortable shelter is near suspended above the ground on four stilts for minimal impact on the land.

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Shipping Containers Modern Architecture: GAD by MMW Architects

Shipping Containers Modern Architecture: GAD by MMW Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Shipping Containers Modern Architecture: GAD by MMW Architects.GAD is a perfect example of modern architecture. Made of ten steel shipping containers covered in plywood and sheetrock, the construction is light and easy to disassemble...

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Earthbag Construction

Earthbag Construction | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Innovative architecture from recycled plastic bags (filled on-site with local materials, stabilized and then plastered).  How can this be a part of a sustainability plan?  A development plan?  This image is actually from Rochester, NY, complete with building permits and plans to export the idea to Haiti with projects already in Argentina, Mexico, Philippines and many other places. 


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Bamboo Chocolate Factory

Bamboo Chocolate Factory | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With a tensile strength higher than mild steel and greater compressive strength than many mixtures of concrete it is no wonder than bamboo continues to be the construction material of choice for many longstanding building projects. Few are quite as ambitious with the material as Big Tree Farms however, who have recently completed the largest bamboo structure in Southeast Asia in Sibang, Bali.

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Modern Beach Cottage With Unobstructed Views of the Atlantic Ocean

Modern Beach Cottage With Unobstructed Views of the Atlantic Ocean | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This picturesque beach cottage was designed by Roger Marvel Architects and is located in Amagansett, New York. Whaler’s Lane Residence is a project consisting of a renovation and expansion of an existing building overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The new additions include a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and trellis, kitchen, second floor bedroom, and terrace.

Here is a short description from the architects: “The original oceanfront beach cottage that occupied the site was reutilized conceptually for the project by maintaining similar materials and profiles to create a contextual residence.This property includes a large sand dune, that protects the project from strong winds, and public beach activity alike. The Landscaping has been accomplished with native materials and maintained with erosion control methods including Long wooden beach palates and boardwalks used to traverse the dune to the beach and guest house“.

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Plantagon Breaks Ground on its First ‘Plantscraper’ Vertical Farm

Plantagon Breaks Ground on its First ‘Plantscraper’ Vertical Farm | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Several years ago a Swedish-American company called Plantagon unveiled plans for a series of massive skyscraper greenhouses that stood to transform urban farming in large cities. While the spiraling vertical farms seemed too good to be true at the time, Plantagon just broke ground on its very first vertical farm this week in Linkoping, Sweden.

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Dublin’s Beautiful 3 Mews Houses Weave Natural Daylight and Lush Gardens Into Their Industrial Aesthetic

Dublin’s Beautiful 3 Mews Houses Weave Natural Daylight and Lush Gardens Into Their Industrial Aesthetic | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
3 Mews project in Dublin, Ireland by ODOS Architects is woven with natural daylighting and ventilation and features rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling.

Before these homes were built, the area located on an industrial laneway in Dublin 8 was not known for its residential buildings and was basically devoid of life. Rather than building a traditional residential structure, ODOS Architects opted to help ease the transition from an industrial aesthetic to a cozy place to call home. From the outside, the homes feature a cantilevered upper section built from powder coated metal industrial flooring planks arranged in a structural steel frame. The slatted exterior creates a sense of privacy without blocking views or light. Foliage and treetops are visible from the street and bring a piece of nature to the area.

Inside, the layout affords each space with easy access to the adjacent room as well as plentiful light and fresh air.

In addition to the use of air and light, the homes makes use of an air-to-water heat pump and a boiler for energy-efficient heating and cooling. Rainwater is collected from the courtyards and recycled into a grey water system that is used to irrigate all the courtyards and to supply water for the bathrooms and washing machines.

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Flying Colors - Phoenix Children's Hospital Shows Sensitivity to Visitors and the Environment

Flying Colors - Phoenix Children's Hospital Shows Sensitivity to Visitors and the Environment | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Phoenix Children's Hospital shows sensitivity to visitors and the environment.

The serene building exterior comes to life at sunset with purple LED lighting that recalls the Arizona desert’s night-blooming cactus flower. Inside, a three-story lobby stirs the imagination with lights in the floor and a wall of “water” created by textured surfaces and flowing, patterned light. Projected colored-light flowers dance on the wall, while fanciful animal sculptures in each elevator lobby and vibrant accents stimulate the senses.

The facility is oriented on the east–west axis for efficient circulation and daylight harvesting. High-performance glazing and static exterior shades capitalize on the sun’s angles and reduce direct sunlight glare. A two-story opening between the tower’s base and the seven floors of patient beds above creates room for an accessible 5,200-square-foot roof garden that provides a calming outdoor space for families, patients, and staff...

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Volkswagen's Chattanooga Auto Plant First of a Kind to Recieve LEED Platinum Rating

Volkswagen's Chattanooga Auto Plant First of a Kind to Recieve LEED Platinum Rating | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

German automaker Volkswagen's newest United States manufacturing facility has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as the first LEED Platinum automotive manufacturing plant in the world.

Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the $1 billion production plant commenced operations in May 2011. For the past eight months this plant has been assembling Volkswagen's 2012 Passat.

The plant, known as Volkswagen Chattanooga, received 52 out of a possible 69 points to earn USGBC's highest LEED certification. International engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, SSOE Group worked as both the Project Team Administrator and Design Lead for the facility.

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patrick partouche: maison container lille

patrick partouche: maison container lille | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
eight poppy red shipping containers have been stacked and combined to generate 208 square meters of usable living space, overlooking the french countryside through a transparent enclosure.

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Colorcoat delivers for UK's most eco-friendly distribution warehouse

Colorcoat delivers for UK's most eco-friendly distribution warehouse | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This state-of-the-art distribution warehouse in Newcastle Under Lyme isn’t just green on the outside thanks to the use of Colorcoat Prisma® and Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® pre-finished steel , the whole building is so environmentally-friendly it’s one of the most sustainable buildings in the UK.

The G.Park Blue Planet warehouse is the first in the UK to achieve ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM status. The award – the highest environmental accolade in building development – was secured when G.Park Blue Planet was only at design stage...

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Student Housing for TU Delft Campus / Studioninedots + HVDN

Student Housing for TU Delft Campus / Studioninedots + HVDN | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Studioninedots + HVDN shared with us their winning proposal for the student housing competition for TU Delft Campus.

The project parameters were to design a volume of 67 meters long and 5 storeys high, with its own strong identity and a collective space on the roof including a rain water harvesting element.

Along with a collaborative bid of contractor Jan Snel, the winning entry was defining in its dynamic façade, with the collective space having a central location in the building instead of on the roof. This creates a more interactive relationship between the residents, the building and its surroundings, leaving the roof to be fully planted with moss-sedum. The new building will be finished to all probability at the start of 2013...

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Sustainable Home with Unique Design Features Near the Great Barrier Reef

Sustainable Home with Unique Design Features Near the Great Barrier Reef | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
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Sustainable Residential Project in California: Stinson Beach House

Sustainable Residential Project in California: Stinson Beach House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Stinson Beach House is a contemporary residence designed by Berkeley-based studio WA Design. The site is connected to the ocean to the west and neighbored by another home to the east. In developing this project, the architects did not lack challenges: “We were strictly limited by both budget and zoning regulations to a home of 1400 square feet. Space was at a premium. By developing the house plan around a great room, we were able to create an inviting and large environment for all the activities of extended family and friends. The bedrooms were downscaled to fit a bed and little more. The massing that emerged in the design process was an elevated south-sloping roofline with extensive clerestory windows that accessed the views to the ridges above. Corrugated Galvalume metal, paired with cement board siding, created a sturdy and economical exterior shell for the house“. Sustainable features of this residence include open-cell foam insulation, concrete floors, natural ventilation, and recycled materials...

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High-rise housing going modular

High-rise housing going modular | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
It's an idea that has the potential to revolutionize the construction industry: Use prefabricated modules to build more than 6,000 housing units.

Prefabricated houses are not new. They've been around for decades. But modular construction today is principally used for low-rise buildings. Strong winds exert a tremendous amount of force on taller buildings, and lower floors have to support the weight of many floors above. With modular construction, the challenge comes in designing components that can withstand those forces and do it within a certain price range...

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Greening the Office Park: Centra at Metropark

Greening the Office Park: Centra at Metropark | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
In suburban Iselin, New Jersey, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates coaxes an archetypically introverted office block out of its shell.

For the average person, the phrase "office park" likely conjures the tiresome concrete blocks that have proliferated across the country since the middle of the twentieth century. But for the architects at Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) and their client, real estate development company Hampshire, an aging office park in a quiet New Jersey town offered an opportunity to rethink the oft-maligned building type. The result is Centra at Metropark, also known simply as "Centra," the keystone of a master plan by the New York arm of the ardently international KPF. Though Centra works on a significantly smaller scale than some of the firm's larger projects, the concepts it engages—particularly its holistic treatment of site and structure—remain the same...

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