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Elegant and Energy Efficient: The Malbaie V Residence in Quebec

Elegant and Energy Efficient: The Malbaie V Residence in Quebec | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in the picturesque region of Cap-à-l’Aigle in the heart of Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, the The Malbaie V residence was Montreal-based studio Mu Architecture and displays an inspiring design. The exterior is defined by simple geometrical volumes wrapped in wood and a green roof that insulates the building.

From the architects: “On the ground floor, the sequence from the entrance to the main room allows for discovery through large continuous open plan absent of any apparent structure. An abundance of openings from east to west, the result of a perfect combination of solar motion, orientation and views sought, provides permanent natural light as well as optimal energy efficiency. The lower level accommodates four bedrooms and two full bathrooms arranged in a linear way following a clear axis perpendicular to the main volume above allowing for each room to get a view. The simplicity of the materials used, types of natural wood for the floor and ceiling accentuates the dramatic perspective of the main corridor”.

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        I'm starting to see a future demand for renewable technicians in residential construction especially with a home like this one where it takes a specialised person to install all the high tech equipment. If the engineers want to sit at a desk all day and make big bucks someone has to coordinate all the trades and ensure all the systems are installed at the right time and commission the whole building automation system. This sounds alot like a general contractor or project manager but there is way too many intricate systems to rely on a "general" contractor to do the job and too much time on the construction site for the amount a project manager gets paid.  The quickly changing innovative home designs in the coming years will evolve and there will be demand for well trained technician to oversee the construction of smart homes. 

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Roman Villa Cut-Out Condo Roof

Roman Villa Cut-Out Condo Roof | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Several years ago, architect Baird Sampson Neuert, a proponent of dense urban living, created the 550-square-foot LightSpace.

This unique house is half above – half below – ground level. The client, who owns the top floor of a condo building saw the prototype, and commissioned this much larger space from the architect...

While only condos on the top floor of a building can pop out of the middle of the roof like this, it is a readily adaptable idea, and one that can create communal green space between condos on the roof.

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House S by Christ Christ

House S by Christ Christ | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

German architects Christ Christ have added box-like rooms and an outdoor cinema to the roof of a house in Wiesbaden.

House S: extension + conversion

This construction assignment is a central topic of today’s urban development: the roof area as building site which can be covered with independent buildings– urban compression by utilization of roof areas as valuable building land.

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GMP Architekten: Eco-park in Qingdao

GMP Architekten: Eco-park in Qingdao | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Near the coast of the yellow sea in Qingdao, China, German practice GMP Architekten has laid the first cornerstone for 'Eco-park in Qingdao', a sustainable living and working district. Positioned between the mountain ranges and the ocean, the ten square kilometer site is positioned amidst the rock formations and green plains of the area.
The design integrates the highest possible proportion of renewable energy sources into the masterplan including water and wind power, geothermal energy and an emphasis upon solar energy.

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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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Fabián Salazar Bazúa's curator insight, March 11, 2013 7:12 PM

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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Korea's Songdo IBD is Model for Sustainable, High-Tech Living

Korea's Songdo IBD is Model for Sustainable, High-Tech Living | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

U.Life. It sounds like a New Age movement. For developer Stanley C. Gale, the driving force behind the $35-billion Songdo International Business District, U.Life actually is a "new age movement" of sorts, except the "new age" is the digital age and the "movement" is variously called smart cities, intelligent urbanization or, in Gale's lexicon, ubiquitous life, or U.Life. If Gale has his way, everyone living and working in the 1,500-acre Songdo IBD will be linked through a common backbone of information and communications technology.

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This Fold House

This Fold House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
It took a mere six months—three in the factory and three on-site—for this prefab to come to fruition on the shore of Sweden’s Müsko Island.

Prefab ubiquity remains a pipe dream in the United States, but the process is a specialty in Scandinavia. Multi-discipli­nary Swedish firm Claesson Koivisto Rune created the plans for this home for design-minded kit-house manu­fact­urer Arkitektus. Considering the unique balance of the facade, and its climate-specific construction—the asymmetrical “lifted” roof allows for both water drainage and maximum light during the dark winter months—Claesson Koivisto Rune’s approach to the project is some­what surprising. “We design buildings from the inside out,” explains principal Eero Koivisto. “The exterior is more or less a product of the interior plans.”

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Residence and Artist's Studio Connected by Glass Bridge

Residence and Artist's Studio Connected by Glass Bridge | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Mexican studio M + N Arquitectos, this modern 262 square meter structure is part residential, part studio. Connected by a glass bridge, the two volumes of the house were created for two artists. Located in Puebla, Mexico, the brick and concrete house has a rectangular prism shape, created using carefully chosen materials: “The idea evolved into highlighting an architectural plan while visually differentiating various modules made with like materials where each one has its own distinct goal or intention depending on options in relation to temperature, acoustics, or the distinctive qualities of any given living space.”

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Shipping containers used for first 'pop-up' shopping mall

Shipping containers used for first 'pop-up' shopping mall | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Built on a temporary site and made entirely from recycled shipping containers, London's latest retail park lays claim to be the world's first ever "pop-up" shopping mall.

The aptly-named “Boxpark” opened for business today along a vacant strip of east London’s fashionable Shoreditch High Street. It is composed of 60 standard-size shipping containers, stacked two stories high and five rows wide.

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Stevie Chamley's curator insight, June 2, 2015 12:04 PM

London is claiming to be the first to build a 'pop-up' shopping mall made from stacks of recycled shipping containers. It may not be as sophisticated as your usual shopping mall, but according to the designer Roger Wade himself, it definitely is the most environmentally friendly shopping mall ever built.

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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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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, September 16, 2013 12:01 PM

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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