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Sustainable Architecture: Moza House, Timisoara, Romania

Sustainable Architecture: Moza House, Timisoara, Romania | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

MOZA HOUSE: A traditional house from Timisoara, Timis county, Romania was brought to life by a sustainable architectural project that aimed to rediscover old materials and techniques. We usually see reconverted houses in a completely new, modern scheme, but this one maintains the old spirit and identity, considering that it is normal to offer a continuity of the past to the present.

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The Phipps Conservatory & Center for Sustainable Landscapes

The Phipps Conservatory & Center for Sustainable Landscapes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A Pittsburgh plant conservatory aims to be a pioneer in green building -- both inside and out.

The conservatory built a LEED silver-certified visitors center and a new tropical forest conservatory tricked out with "earth tubes" and "energy blankets" that help maintain equatorial temperatures through the depths of Steel City winters. Phipps, remembered fondly for its jungle-like interior by generations of school kids, also hosts all manner of conservation-oriented classes and conferences.

Phipps' latest project - the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, an educational center that should be finished in spring of 2012 - goes even further...

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KUS: machida m | Tokyo, Japan

KUS: machida m | Tokyo, Japan | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Japanese architects KUS (eijiro kosugi, aya utsumi) have shared with us images of 'machida m',
a two-storey dwelling on the edge of a residential neighbourhood of machida city, Tokyo, Japan.
Responding to the lush forest that slopes up to the north of the house, the design creates an open
interface through large stretches of windows to directly engage with the natural qualities of the site.

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Sustainable Getaway in East Hampton: Northwest Peach Farm

Sustainable Getaway in East Hampton: Northwest Peach Farm | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Northwest Peach Farm is another impressive contemporary residence designed by Bates Masi Architects, this time located in East Hampton, New York, USA.

“The clients wanted this to be a gathering place for their family, full of memories for generations to come. Thus the materials were chosen not only for durability but also for their gradual changes over many years. The copper siding and roofing will slowly turn green as the weathering limestone becomes darker. However, the window system will stand the test of time unchanged. A geothermal heating and cooling system, green roofs, organic finishes, and triple glazed windows will minimize the structure’s environmental impact over the generations”.

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Coventry Hub by Hawkins\Brown

Coventry Hub by Hawkins\Brown | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Coventry Hub, designed by Hawkins\Brown demonstrates an innovative new approach to the provision of student facilities and learning environments in the UK, bringing them together under one roof.

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Seven sustainable architecture trends...

Seven sustainable architecture trends... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Human beings are inside buildings almost 75% of their time daily and a small increase of efficiency will save energy and increases the ecological value. That’s why today architects are planning for sustainable building with eco-friendly materials and designs that will help to conserve energy use the natural power source such as solar power and water.

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Zero Net Energy School, Los Angeles, CA

Zero Net Energy School, Los Angeles, CA | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Holcim Awards Silver 2011 North America: The public school project is designed as a prototype to be built on multiple campuses throughout Los Angeles. Its aim is an economical, flexible and yet, in its spatial concept, ambitious design that can be adjusted to different pedagogical models and learning styles. The two-level building can accommodate up to 500 students and may also be reconfigured for other communal functions. The sustainability concept intends to reach a net zero energy building standard and achieve LEED Platinum rating.

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Blok K in Amsterdam by NL Architects

Blok K in Amsterdam by NL Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

‘Blok k’ is part of a masterplan for 500 dwellings, between the historic center and the recently redeveloped harbor area in the east of Amsterdam.

The building is neither crooked, nor dancing. The architects wanted to allow natural light and free access from outside to all the apartments. Utilities, storage spaces, and other structural elements of the building are located in the center of the building. Access to each apartment is reached by a central walkway, or ‘mini canyon’ in the center of the block.

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Green Megastructures: Tower of Power by NL Architects

Green Megastructures: Tower of Power by NL Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Dutch firms NL Architects have designed Tower of Power as one of their entries in the Taiwan Tower Competition, integrating sustainable technologies into the structure. The high-rise is a combination of a windmill and an observation tower, with a design that aims at altering future wind energy generator structures and changes the concept of tourist towers.

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SF's Transamerica Pyramid Achieves Green Building Milestone

SF's Transamerica Pyramid Achieves Green Building Milestone | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

San Francisco's iconic Transamerica Pyramid, a unique silhouette on the city skyline for almost 40 years, celebrates a green milestone.

The 48-story building, already the possessor of a LEED-Gold rating, now is certified at the highest level by the U.S. Green Building Council - Platinum.

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Savvy Sisters - A Sustainable Convent in Harlem

Savvy Sisters - A Sustainable Convent in Harlem | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Though a new convent built from the ground up, St. Hilda's House does not stick out from the predominantly brownstone residences of West Harlem. In fact both the project and the nuns who live there make a conscious effort to have a low impact on the neighborhood. The convent’s facade presents a quilt-like series of volumes, delineated by gray-red brick and metal panelling and oversized windows to lend the wall a monastic rhythm. Inside the mixed-use of residential units and religious spaces, light and energy efficiency are maximized while the eight to ten Sisters of the Community of The Holy Spirit who live there use organic produce, have signed up for Zipcar membership, and tend their rooftop gardens for herbs.

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Winery HQ in Spain by Estudio Barozzi Veiga

Winery HQ in Spain by Estudio Barozzi Veiga | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

On the edge of the small Medieval town of Roa in the north of Spain, the new headquarters of the "Ribera del Duero" winery rises up solemnly. Estudio Barozzi Veiga in Barcelona handled the new building and the restoration of the existing property.

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Commitment to Green Building Practices Pays Off

Commitment to Green Building Practices Pays Off | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The results are in…when it comes to the business case for sustainability, green buildings “walk the talk.”

In a recently issued white paper, GSA outlined the results of a post-occupancy evaluation study of 22 “green” federal buildings from across the country; the findings: compared to national average commercial buildings–

they cost less to maintain, by 19 percent
they use less energy and water, by 25 percent
they emit fewer carbon dioxide emissions, by 36 percent and
they have more satisfied occupants, by 27 percent.

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Glenbrook Residence by David Jameson Architect

Glenbrook Residence by David Jameson Architect | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The concept for the Glenbrook residence was to create three distinct structures: one for the most public programs (entry space, garage and guest bedrooms), one for the most private living programs and one where “public” and private can co-exist. Each space has an outdoor terrace or some special connection to the site while the roof of the glass pavilion folds beyond one’s cone of vision to create the feeling of being outside.

The building is made of all natural materials with a 100-year lifespan and features an underground spring-fed water furnace HVAC system.

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Casa Ceschi by Traverso Vighy

Casa Ceschi by Traverso Vighy | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Giovanni Traverso and Paola Vighy inserted a new skeleton of laminated wood into a building in the historic center of Vicenza...

Traverso Vighy's approach to a renovation is to try to tread lightly, to create as little disturbance on their sites as possible, whether in environmental or, as in this case, architectural ones. These projects are therefore careful orchestrations, where many parts consist of pre-assembled elements, architectural objects maintain a marked structural independence, and whose details interact with their surroundings.

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Green School Building in Bali... Built with Bamboo

Green School Building in Bali... Built with Bamboo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

John and Cynthia Hardy has left everyone with an open mouth showing that you can live in harmony with the environment without changing much. This is because the green school has created a bamboo base also contains solar panels. Aesthetically could not be better and all this with the addition that the structure will blend with nature in place...

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Solidifying A Home’s Connection to Nature: House S

Solidifying A Home’s Connection to Nature: House S | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

House S is located in Breda, in the southern part of the Netherlands. According to the architects, “the living area is raised above the surrounding land, so that the view on the natural environment is optimal. Further solidifying the home’s connection to nature, large floor-to-ceiling windows frame the view, while giving the house a light and transparent character. Since the residents are home workers, private and business rooms are separated in an ingenious way, where they touch but never cross. Providing a beautiful view on the environment and allowing for a bright, natural lit lower level.” With an inspiring architecture, an interior design that is both functional and elegant, and extensive views of the beautiful landscape, House S fits our notion of a clever modern home.

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Lake Lugano House by JM Architecture

Lake Lugano House by JM Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Italian studio JM Architecture has designed the Lake Lugano House, a 3,700 square foot polygonal glass house built around the lake in the south-east of Switzerland, at the border between Switzerland and Italy.

Great attention is given to the environmental aspects, as the use of geothermal energy, roof gardens, the rain-water collection system, the choice of highly efficient low-emittance glass insulated with argon gas, to optimize the thermal efficiency of the shell and the use of natural sun shading as the placement of deciduous trees in the south-west area of the building.

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Hampden Lane House by Robert Gurney

Hampden Lane House by Robert Gurney | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The house occupies one third less area than the original structure and is sited to maximise green area on the property. Designed as a cube, the home is 2,200 sq ft with no unused or underutilised spaces. The flat roof provides an additional 1,100 sq ft of outdoor living space with views of treetops and the downtown Bethesda skyline.

Fenestration in the block walls optimizes views to the green spaces while minimising views of adjacent houses in close proximity. A series of landscape walls orchestrate the relationship between the street, required parking court and house. Interior spaces are open and light filled with crisp detailing. 

The house is intended to be more site sensitive, environmentally conscious, and to provide comfortable, efficient living spaces...

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Project Frog’s Modular Buildings Get $22 Million Boost

Project Frog’s Modular Buildings Get $22 Million Boost | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

GE Energy Financial Services and several other funders have invested $22 million in Project Frog, a company that provides climate-sensitive design and fabrication of modular high-performance buildings. 

Project Frog began as a sustainable alternative to conventional classroom trailers and is now branching out into healthcare and other markets by usinng computer modeling to optimize buildings for their designated sites, emphasizing energy efficiency, natural ventilation, daylighting, and indoor air quality. According to Project Frog, the pre-engineered buildings can be constructed in 1 to 6 months and can readily be designed for net-zero energy or to achieve LEED certification.

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Carbon Thrifty - The New York Times

Carbon Thrifty - The New York Times | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Frances Whitehead and James Elniski's house in Chicago was built using a number of green technologies.

"We're trying to come up with a picture of the future, and we think this is what it will look like," said Ms. Whitehead. "Not stylistically, but in terms of the complex systems that we will all undoubtedly use for the collection of water and the micro-generation of energy."

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Zinc + Cedar Cladding for Green Contemporary Home in Connecticut

Zinc + Cedar Cladding for Green Contemporary Home in Connecticut | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

173 Park Street Residence is an impressive three level home designed by Greenwich-based studio Joeb Moore + Partners and located in New Canaan, Connecticut, United States. The project occupies an area of 5,300 square feet and is structured on three levels. According to the architects, the goal was to “construct a state of the art building, incorporating contemporary and green technologies and products directed by world-class design.

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An Ivy League cafe earns LEED Gold

An Ivy League cafe earns LEED Gold | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

As they settle into their semester routines, University of Pennsylvania students may notice flora unexpectedly sprouting from the roof of longtime campus building Steinberg Hall–Dietrich Hall. This Wharton School of Business facility was the last commission of McKim, Mead & White, and the green roof belongs to a 1,300-square-foot rear entry pavilion just completed by Voith & Mactavish as part of a second major renovation. Although the Philadelphia-based architects’ limestone and mullion detailing caringly respects the original 1952 design, the green roof also represents a sustainable 21st-century perspective.

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8 Of The Most Exciting Green Building Projects On The Horizon | Slideshows

8 Of The Most Exciting Green Building Projects On The Horizon | Slideshows | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green building has caught on, becoming a booming business and fostering innovative ideas about how to construct homes, offices, and skyscrapers that use as few resources as possible. By 2015, the amount spent on green building is going to more than double, to $163 billion from $71 billion today. Here are some of the most remarkable buildings that all that cash may be spent on.

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Sammamish Library by Perkins+Will

Sammamish Library by Perkins+Will | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

To accommodate the growing city of Sammamish, the Sammamish Library relocated to a larger site to build a new facility within the Sammamish Commons. The new building is sited immediately to the south of the Civic Plaza edge. Large expanses of glazing and programmatic elements such as the meeting room, cyber bar and teen area overlook the plaza. A plaza seat wall and landscaped zone greet visitors.

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