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Futuristic Taiwan Tower Draws Inspiration from Banyan Tree

Futuristic Taiwan Tower Draws Inspiration from Banyan Tree | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Tokyo-based Sou Fujimoto Architects drew inspiration from the banyan tree (known for having a lattice of roots that give it a sturdy base) to create "21st Century Oasis" — a concept that was recently pronounced winner of the Taiwan Tower International Competition. It may not be a candidate to become the world's tallest, thinnest, or wackiest building, but once it's built in the city of Taichung, its one-of-a-kind design and eco-friendly features will surely propel it to global popularity.

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Spiral House by Joeb Moore + Partners Architects

Spiral House by Joeb Moore + Partners Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Situated along the Connecticut shoreline of Long Island Sound, this single-family house is conceived of as an extension of both its natural and social contexts. The crux of the project lies in the juxtaposition of two systems of geometry—projective and radial—defining the project’s response to these environmental and social conditions in both formal and conceptual ways. Projective geometries render the site as pure landscape; that is, as an expanse of scenery that can be viewed from a single point. The radial geometry at work in the house, tied to notions of water, waves, and sea, creates the spiraling form that relates social spaces to private spaces and seamlessly adjoins interior with exterior.

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In Praise Of The Sea Ranch, A Beautiful Example Of Environmental Architecture

In Praise Of The Sea Ranch, A Beautiful Example Of Environmental Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Nearly a half-century before sustainability became a real estate marketing bullet point, Boeke the developer worked with environmentally-minded professionals such as the architects Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull, and Joseph Esherick, and the landscape architect Lawrence Halperin, on a design that would restore to the mighty hand of nature a land partly denuded by logging and grazing, preserve a 10-mile stretch of the world’s most beautiful coastline for public use, and ensure that any building constructed there would settle into rather than dominate—or, as is more typical—become an eyesore on the land.

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Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Centre by OODA

Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Centre by OODA | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This creative concept called “Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Centre” was created by Portuguese firm OODA. The aim was to establish a proposal for a centre fully equipped with adequate technology and facilities to be prepared against a disaster and to develop public consciousness about disasters in general as well as earthquakes.

"For this unique equipment, our proposal approach tries to merge the most efficient program articulation with a strong concept which intends to suggest the overall theme integrated with Istanbul’s context. On the interior we created a multi-level space experience having the entire required program connected through a central point that simultaneously receives and guides the public to interact with the building. We also created a progressive cladding concept to the facade that introduces and enhances the Arabic atmosphere while it’s reacting – through density combination and geometrical driven development- to the local environment."

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Nottoscale’s Rondolino Prefab is an Energy-Efficient Home in the High Desert of Nevada

Nottoscale’s Rondolino Prefab is an Energy-Efficient Home in the High Desert of Nevada | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Nottoscale completes its first prototype of its T-modulome home, the Rondolino Residence, in the high desert of Nevada.

The Rondolino Residence sits quietly amid the beauty of surrounding landscape. Designed by Nottoscale, the 3 bedroom prefab fully absorbs the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The design is the first built prototype of their T-modulome home, which makes use of panelized and energy-efficient construction techniques. The turn-key vacation home takes advantage of its site and the sun to minimize its impact on the surrounding environment.

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The Shard: Renzo Piano's view - Telegraph

The Shard: Renzo Piano's view - Telegraph | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
As it nears completion, the Shard is already one of London's most recognisable
landmarks.

In construction, which began in 2009, the Shard recycled most of the rubble generated by the demolition of the unloved 1970s Southwark Towers office building that stood on the site. Renzo Piano and his team set out to create a structure that is as energy efficient as possible. There is a skin of triple-glazing with integrated sun screens that can automatically shade sections of the tower if it begins to get too warm, cutting down on the need for air conditioning, but also taking advantage of the sun's warmth to reduce heating bills.

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NW Beijing Inc. Research Center and Offices

NW Beijing Inc. Research Center and Offices | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The urban concept strategy by Maxthreads Architectural Design for the NW Beijing technology and research center maximizes open public space on the ground level of the site, including a canal walk, open spaces and car park area. The mass of the new building is therefore raised into the first floor level.

This open space is important to activate the site and the new research center. It is also important as an appropriate take off point or point of termination for the overall site area sustainable mechanics. They are proposing a generous, diagonal underpass that emerges from the site environment...

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Sustainable buildings created from bamboo

Sustainable buildings created from bamboo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
What’s happening right now?Much of the urban world is looking for sustainable housing solutions for the ever congesting urban spaces.

The use of conventional concrete material has proved to be a burden on environment and a costly option for underdeveloped areas.

Interestingly, it has also been acknowledged that bamboo can be a solution to many of these urban woes. This material is cheap, long lasting, earthquake resistant, and easily available.

Bamboo houses provide a natural ambiance to the occupants and leads to less consumption of electricity. They also have a long life of about 30-years, if maintained regularly...

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Construcciones con Bambú. Sustentabilidad en todo su esplendor.

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A Multi-funtional Green Living Environment by Drost + van Veen

A Multi-funtional Green Living Environment by Drost + van Veen | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architecture with the quality and character of the surrounding green living environment – that was the starting point for a multifunctional building designed by Drost + van Veen in the suburb of Oosseld.

The building, which comprises a primary school, a sports hall, café, care centre and community services, is the hub of Oosseld's new 'village campus'.

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Shipping containers convert into café at Dubai show

Shipping containers convert into café at Dubai show | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Dubai construction industry expo Middle East Concrete and PMV Live and Smart Box Industries have partnered to showcase a unique conversion of three 40-foot shipping containers...


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Sustainable Retreat Outside Melbourne

Sustainable Retreat Outside Melbourne | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Base Camp Chewton Residence is a project developed by Melbourne-based studio Insite Design and is located in central Victoria, Australia on a site defined by rolling hills, eucalyptus forests and rocky outcrops.

 

 The elongated shape of the compact, multi-functional home maximizes solar control and is just one in a series of environmental ideas applied to this residence. According to the architects,”The interior incorporates large wide views of nature, as well as close up landscape porthole punctuations in solid walls. These frames provide particular views of the landscape in time, allowing occupants to consciously experience the bush at different moments of day, season or weather condition. It is a space to hear the rain on roof, birds in trees, and to see stars at night”.

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Paris Parc: Sorbonne's New Research Center

Paris Parc: Sorbonne's New Research Center | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Paris PARC is located in the visual axis of the Notre Dame Cathedral in a dense context of university buildings from different historical periods. BIG proposes a building geometry that adapts to the specific conditions of all adjoining sides, optimized for daylight, views and accessibility. The three-dimensional envelope retracts from the neighboring facades, opens up towards the square of Institut du Monde Arabe and the park, and folds into a publicly accessible rooftop landscape, resulting in an adapted sculptural building volume situated between the emblematic architectural monuments of the university.

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The Poplar Garden House / Onix

The Poplar Garden House / Onix | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Near the city center of Groningen,The Netherlands, are the gardens of Tuinwijck. This green oasis between a railway track and the Helperzoom offers the inhabitants of the city a low budget possibility to create the most eccentric gardens. It is an ecological garden for the elderly, children and artists to enjoy...

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Stealthy Stepping-Stone Home Hovers over Rocky Terrain

Stealthy Stepping-Stone Home Hovers over Rocky Terrain | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Brought to you by Olson Kundig Architects, fans of their work will recognize the metal, glass and concrete detailing – combined with an unusual attention to natural Seattle-area surroundings.

This rectilinear home works with its environment not through an organic shape but through a series of beautiful and tactical responses to the natural rock formations and greenery of the San Juan Islands...

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Unique, sustainable project: ATM by Niizeki Studio

Unique, sustainable project: ATM by Niizeki Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This enigmatic building called “ATM” and it is a multi-level residence located on top of a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The author of this stunning project is architectural practice Niizeki Studio which is based in Tokyo.

The designers wants to save the natural form of the landscape, so they insert the structure into the land without big changes. They successfully create a symbiotic space between nature and its inhabitants...

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Volumes Shaping a Linear Floor Plan: Alnwick Road House

Volumes Shaping a Linear Floor Plan: Alnwick Road House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on Alnwick Road in Singapore, this residence borrowed its name from the location – the Alnwick Road House, by architect team Park + Associates. They constructed the 4,628 square foot residence as a linear floor plan, allowing light and cross-ventilation to penetrate deep into the living spaces and adjust the brightness and temperature. Boxed functions were arranged to shape a larger volume that shelters all the spaces necessary for a comfortable, modern living style. The beautiful mixture of materials – black-powder-coated aluminum and black mild-steel casting – shape an elegant, contemporary architecture, while the extensive use of glass helps flood the interiors with natural light and offers views of the surroundings.

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Atlantic Yards: B2 Bklyn / SHoP Architects

Atlantic Yards: B2 Bklyn / SHoP Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

SHoP Architects has shared with us the B2 Bklyn building which will be the first of the residential developments for Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, New York to break ground, scheduled for 2012. Standing at 32 storeys, it will be the world’s tallest pre-fab building, saving both on cost and waste.

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The Velodrome may be London 2012’s most sustainable venue

The Velodrome may be London 2012’s most sustainable venue | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The London 2012 Velodrome was designed with affordable materials and simple engineering to make it perhaps the most eco-friendly addition to the Londo (The Velodrome may be #London 2012’s most sustainable venue

In just eight short months, London will kick off the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Like every city on the eve of hosting a major world event, London has been unveiling building after new building from stadiums to restaurants. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic park is almost finished, which almost all of the main buildings on time, including Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Center...

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Strawbale and Cross-Laminated Timber: Prefab Gateway Building By MAKE

Strawbale and Cross-Laminated Timber: Prefab Gateway Building By MAKE | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

There are so many things about this building for a TreeHugger to love. It's straw, the up and coming ultimate renewable resource. But conventional strawbale construction is slow, and if the stuff gets wet it is a problem, so it's prefabricated,, built in a nearby shed. The straw is compressed into a wood frame, made of our favorite cross-laminated timber. And it couldn't get more local; you can see the field that was the source of the straw from the building.

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Containers Of Hope: A Sustainable Home – Urban Times

Containers Of Hope: A Sustainable Home – Urban Times | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The reusing of waste materials to build homes is one sustainable approach to conserving the world’s natural materials.

While we have seen eco-friendly homes utilize materials such as wood or plastic, the use of discarded metal containers may strike as somewhat of a foreign concept. Yet, for architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe, this was a completely workable piece of building material for his housing project, aptly titled ‘Containers of Hope’.

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These days its all about going "Green" and saving the planet and as many of us might think that switching off our geyser is enough there is actually so much more we can do. Generally we would expect a house made of waste materials to look something much like a shack however this concept of designing and building houses with waste and natural materials could just change the way we design houses in the near future.

-Heather Leigh Arends

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one40william

one40william | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

one40william is one of Perth’s most significant and influential new buildings, enlivening the city’s retail centre and setting a benchmark in environmental sustainability – achieving a 5 Star Green Star Office Design rating...

Located above an underground railway station, the site is unusual in that it includes heritage buildings, major street frontage and a pedestrian mall.

Based on responses to workplace design, public realm, climate and context, the building has been designed from the inside out rather than fitting functions into a predetermined aesthetic.

One of the fundamental design principles was to develop a new ground plane that blurs the boundaries between public and private, social and workplace, circulation and interaction.

The resulting design incorporates a series of laneways and arcades that connect with the surrounding urban fabric and provide access through the site.

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Facebook's Swedish Data Center Will Run on Hydropower

Facebook's Swedish Data Center Will Run on Hydropower | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Facebook is building a new 300,000-square-foot data center in Lulea, Sweden to achieve LEED Gold certification.

In a joint venture with Fortis Construction, Portland, Ore., and NCC Construction Sweden, Stockholm, DPR Construction was awarded a $121-million contract to construct the data-center complex.

This project will be the Redwood City, Calif., general contractor’s first foray outside North America.

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Efficient by design, Transamerica Pyramid earns Platinum LEED

Efficient by design, Transamerica Pyramid earns Platinum LEED | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid has ascended to the top two percent of energy-efficient buildings in the nation, thanks to efficiency retro (RT @USGBC_OC: Efficient by design, Transamerica Pyramid earns Platinum LEED

One of San Francisco’s most iconic buildings is now also one of its greenest, but the news, when it was announced late last month, flew under the radar.

Transamerica Pyramid’s new Platinum LEED rating put the Financial District building in the top two percent of energy-efficient buildings in the nation. The building had already gained the U.S. Green Building Council’s Gold LEED rating with a score of 77 in 2009. But then Transamerica Pyramid Properties, its building management team of Cushman & Wakefield, and LEED certification consultant BuildingWise partnered to improve on a good thing...

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In Seattle, a new office building strives for Living Building status

In Seattle, a new office building strives for Living Building status | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

By late next year, Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood will be home to a new 6-story building that strives to be the world's greenest commercial building.

The new structure will hold the offices of the environmentally-focused Bullitt Foundation, as well as other tenants who share Bullitt’s  philosophy. The Bullitt Center was designed to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge, and if it passes a self-sufficiency test after its first year, it will receive Living Building Status.

The criteria for a “living building” are determined by the Seattle-based International Living Future Institute. ILFI’s standards are considered to be the world’s hardest to meet. So far, only three buildings have been fully certified, though about 100 other projects are in the works.

The building’s design aims to have net-zero emissions, meaning the building was designed to produce just as much energy as it uses. The building also must supply and treat it’s own water, using a 50,000-gallon underground stormwater cistern.

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Loft Apartment by 2B Group

Loft Apartment by 2B Group | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The client request was simple: nothing but eco-friendly materials, open space and high quality life for a young man with a 7 year old child. Nothing plastic, artificial or shining. Nothing excessive. In this project you will not find moldings on a ceiling, plastic ventilation ramps, halogen blocks or multilevel gypsum panels. The development of the general concept, project design, and engineering process until construction took one year. High speed construction process took another year and a half. And taking into account that every day a person gets more mature and experienced, every day the project underwent improvement and adaptation.

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