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BIG's Spiraling Watch Museum Unveiled

BIG's Spiraling Watch Museum Unveiled | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

'Danish architecture firm BIG have been chosen to expand the headquarters of iconic Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, a small town in the heart of La Vallée de Joux. The 25,800-square-foot pavilion will feature a museum and is conceived as a "landmark to precision" embedded in the Alpine landscape.

The design is an intertwined, spiraling pavilion which is meant to be experienced "as a storyline for visitors," conceptualized as a linear sequence of spaces and events. This includes lounges, galleries, and workshops, as well as part of the workshop where the company started.'

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Low/Rise House by Spiegel Aihara Workshop

Low/Rise House by Spiegel Aihara Workshop | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Low/Rise House by Spiegel Aihara Workshop:

“The Low/Rise House reimagines the suburban housing type through interlocking bars of shared and private program. The composition re-appropriates the traditional forms of the California ranch house and farm tower as tools of environmental performance and social interaction, deployed to create variable density, natural ventilation, solar energy generation, day-lighting, and immersion into the site.

The structure is long, low, and narrow, settling into the tree-lined landscape and allowing yards to surround and permeate each room. A 3-story tower and roof deck emerges among vibrant evergreens, providing a unique vantage point of the surrounding townscape.

Through an integral relationship between form and material, the structure responds sensitively site, nature, and neighborhood.”

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Siemens Middle East Headquarters by Sheppard Robson

Siemens Middle East Headquarters by Sheppard Robson | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

By 2025, Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City (planned by Foster and Partners) will have 50,000 inhabitants and be the world’s first zero-carbon community. Sheppard Robson’s latest addition to the plan, Siemens Middle East Headquarters, is one of the project’s most sustainable buildings to date – realised at a cost of a conventional office

The optimisation of the office’s interior – being wholly column-free, divisible into 32 separate offices and punctured with shaded light-wells, as well as highly efficient use of building materials – meant that more budget could be allocated to the much-needed, high-performance envelope. Furthermore, it is hoped that the spatial flexibility of the interior will expand the building’s functional lifespan.

This results in the use of highly insulating, airtight façade and aluminium fins that block out direct sunlight.

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A Self-Sufficient Farmhouse With a Sheep-Pasture Roof

A Self-Sufficient Farmhouse With a Sheep-Pasture Roof | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architect Jesse Thompson of Kaplan Thompson Architects recalls they were approached by their clients with a simple request: “We want a house where our sheep can graze on our roof.”

Earthship Farmstead, as the home is called, “is a riff on the earth-sheltered Earthship homes of the ’70s,” Thompson explains. “Off the grid, natural materials, that sort of thing. This is akin to that but much higher-end finished.” 

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Betty Fitzgerald's curator insight, June 3, 2014 12:23 AM

I loved the original Earthship homes of the 70's!  A decades long desire to let sheep graze  on your roof  now perfected  by today's green  technology.  Love it!

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Metz Museum by Shigeru Ban

Metz Museum by Shigeru Ban | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Shigeru Ban says that in designing the idiosyncratic new construction, he was inspired by the “architecture” of traditional Chinese hats woven from rice straw.

The offices, with their large, smooth windows, were accommodated in the angular transoms of Centre Pompidou in Metz, and appear to have been pushed into the hat. These white cubes were highlighted by the flatness of the Alucobond® elements in pure white. The new 10,000- square metre centre for the arts in north eastern France does not exhibit any collection of its own but makes use of works stored at the Paris centre, which, with more than 65,000 works, owns the largest collection of contemporary and modern art in Europe.

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Sengukan Museum, Japan by A. Kuryu Architect & Lighting Planners Associates

Sengukan Museum, Japan by A. Kuryu Architect & Lighting Planners Associates | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Tokyo architect Akira Kuryu designed an Ise Shrine Sengu museum where, for the first time, visitors are able to view large-scale models of and artifacts salvaged from the buildings. Because he needed good lighting to accentuate the displays, Kuryu turned to the Tokyo-based Lighting Planners Associates (LPA).

LPA developed an illumination plan that creates a series of contrasting light and dark spaces. “Merging natural and artificial light was the most important consideration,” says lighting designer Kaoru Mende. Blending the two enabled the museum to rely on daylight during its hours of operation (it closes at 4 p.m., except on special holidays), so visitors are able to view the displays as if in the shrine's natural setting.

By paying close attention to the sun's daily cycle, keeping the installed lighting elements to a minimum building-wide and fine-tuning the intensity of each one, LPA makes it seem as if there are barely any lights at all.

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A cross-shaped, self-sufficient micro home built from containers

A cross-shaped, self-sufficient micro home built from containers | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Georgian architect Dachi Papuashvili has developed a concept for a cross-shaped micro home built from shipping containers to house a member of the church.

Papuashvili, who is based in Tbilisi, wanted to design a residence that could accommodate either a cleric or a layman as a retreat for study. The intention is to use waste materials, including shipping containers, to produce a prototype that can be easily constructed and would be entirely self-sufficient.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, May 12, 2014 10:30 AM

Autre projet encore de résidence temporaire ultralégère en énergie grise et en consommation énergétique (autosuffisante) au quotidien.  Plutôt qu'un lieu de vacances, un lieu de retraite et d'étude.

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Shigeru Ban's Nomadic Museum: Container Art in Santa Monica

Shigeru Ban's Nomadic Museum: Container Art in Santa Monica | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Shigeru Ban’s inventive yet frugal Nomadic Museum berths on the Santa Monica beachfront


For the past 14 years, Gregory Colbert has been filming the interaction of animals and humans around the world, creating images of great beauty. In 2002, he mounted an exhibition, Ashes and Snow, in the Corderia of the Venice Arsenal e. and invited Shigeru Ban to design a prefabricated gallery in which this show could be displayed in varied locations.

Naturalist and architect shared a concern to make the building environmentally sensitive, and for Ban it was a challenge to recycle commonplace materials on a heroic scale. 

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François Lanthier's curator insight, April 30, 2014 3:35 PM

What a great idea!  Quelle bonne idée!

Shanghai Metal Corporation's curator insight, November 5, 2014 7:35 AM

Shipping container is a new and interesting industrial art category.

Check our shipping containers in http://goo.gl/Bj1wWP and think what could be made out of them!

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Steel Blades Envelope Media Library by Opus 5 Architectes

Steel Blades Envelope Media Library by Opus 5 Architectes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Paris-based office Opus 5 architectes has completed a ‘media library’ located in western France. The building is oriented in three directions, presenting different views of the structure to the surrounding area. forming a retreat away from the city, the center offers a peaceful and tranquil environment where guests can read privately or engage in collaborative work...

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 25, 2014 3:01 PM

Une organisation des espaces et des équipements  qui, à l'écart des rayons et archives, invite les usagers à s'installer confortablement pour lire ou à se regrouper et  travailler à plusieurs.

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A Sustainable Water Treatment Facility for Portland by Skylab Architecture

A Sustainable Water Treatment Facility for Portland by Skylab Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Seven concrete fins provide a green roof that collects rainwater at this new engineering facility for a wastewater treatment plant in Portland, Oregon.

The new single-storey building was oriented along the path of the sun featuring seven folded cast-in-place concrete roof forms that channel storm water sustainably through the eco-roof. The storm water then drains along the berms into a visible storm water collection system leading back to the Columbia Slough.

As an intentional demonstration, the building and its immediate landscape employ signage and educational elements to celebrate the Columbia Slough ecosystem where the project is located as well as share information about the regional watershed. Inspired by the native landscape and its industrial past, the building is an elegant combination of landform, indigenous planting, formal geometry, and durable construction systems that support staff and the public interface.

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Betty Fitzgerald's curator insight, April 17, 2014 8:01 PM

Not far from home! Think I'll need to go check out  this awesome  sustainable building .  #pnw  #sustainability

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22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World

22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With a little bit of imagination (and a lot work), some talented architects have succeeded in designing dwellings made of shipping containers, ranging from off-the-grid guest homes to full time single family homes.


Shipping Container homes have their pros and cons: they are durable and eco-friendly, usually more cost-effective to build than conventional construction, and pre-fab modules can be easily transported by truck. But they also must be well insulated and sealed, as the steel conducts heat and can easily rust.


Here are 22 of the best modern shipping container houses built around the world to consider...

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Michelle Poulter's comment, April 18, 2014 11:10 AM
This is a great idea for technologies curriculum Ellie. I think it definitely demonstrate how technology, architecture and sustainability mixes in todays society. A great scoop. Regards Michelle
François Lanthier's curator insight, April 30, 2014 3:42 PM

Really cool reuse of shipping containers... they are now a permanent part of our landscape!

Chantell Saddler.'s comment, June 6, 2014 1:52 AM
I love your Scoop.it collection Ellie. This one is excellent!
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Resilient floating school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village

Resilient floating school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Built with recycled and local materials, this floating school is a prototype that could be built in other flood-prone areas.

Designed by NLÉ, a firm founded by Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, the Makoko Floating School is a prototype that could be applied to other areas in Africa that face infrastructural and social challenges due to climate change.

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Christian Allié's curator insight, April 4, 2014 4:07 PM

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..  [Makoko Floating School] is a movable 'building' or 'watercraft' currently located in the aquatic community of Makoko in the lagoon heart of Africa's second most populous city - Lagos, Nigeria. It is a floating structure that adapts to the tidal changes and varying water levels, making it invulnerable to flooding and storm surges. It is designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater.

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The designers envision whole communities built in this clever fashion, which can float with on the rising waters of a natural disaster. Check out our other post on flood-resistant, floating bamboo homes, and see more over at Dezeen and NLÉ.

CORRECTION: The floating platform is made of "16 wooden modules, each containing 16 [recycled empty plastic barrels]." We apologize for the error.

Related on TreeHugger.com:Affordable bamboo house that floats when it floods, revisitedThis geodesic houseboat cost less than $2,000 to buildAutark Home: A Self-Sufficient, Floating Passivhaus Houseboat
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Emerson College Los Angeles by Morphosis Architects

Emerson College Los Angeles by Morphosis Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Emerson College Los Angeles sits on a stretch of Sunset Boulevard that is rapidly changing from seedy to cinematic. Designed by Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, the $85 million, 10-storey microcampus hosts students majoring in television, film, marketing, acting, screenwriting, and journalism.
At nearly 10,000 sq m, Morphosis' scheme maxes out the site, but has a hollow centre. The mixed used educational building includes two 10-story dormitory towers (housing 217 students), classrooms, faculty offices, video and film production labs, and multi-use performance spaces, including an outdoor amphitheater with a view of the Hollywood sign. A superstructure roof connecting the two towers does double duty as a theatrical lighting grid and helipad.
The architects hope to achieve LEED Gold certification. Motorized sunshades on the east and west tower facades control solar heat gain and give the building a tough, mechanical-looking exterior. Designed using computational processing, the folded aluminum screens on the sides of the courtyard are dynamic and mesmerizing, an optical illusion suggesting depth and motion.

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Zaha Hadid adds concrete and cantilevers to Issam Fares Institute

Zaha Hadid adds concrete and cantilevers to Issam Fares Institute | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Zaha Hadid has completed a building for the American University of Beirut, which cantilevers out over a public courtyard and a series of elevated pathways.

The IFI's design builds upon the institute's mission as a catalyst and connector between AUB, researchers and the global community. Routes, views and links within the campus converge to define the IFI as a three-dimensional intersection; a space for university's students, fellows and visitors to meet, connect and engage with each other and the wider world.

The building takes full advantage of the region's tradition and expertise of working with in-situ concrete. Passive design measures, high efficiency active systems and recycled water technologies minimize the building's impact on the local and wider environment.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 1, 2014 4:50 PM

Zaha Hadid knows how to work with simple materials like concrete and design interesting, low maintenance space.

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Hong Kong Design Institute: Inspired by Utopian Floating Cities of the 60s

Hong Kong Design Institute: Inspired by Utopian Floating Cities of the 60s | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A new campus-on-stilts by Coldefy & Associés Architectes Urbanistes is inspired by the utopian floating cities of the 1960s.

The new campus of the Hong Kong Design Institute, by the French architecture firm Coldefy & Associés Architectes Urbanistes (CAAU), consists of a glazed platform that seems to float atop four stout legs. The building is edged on three sides by clusters of residential towers, against which this platform seems to hover at half height. On the remaining side, it looks across a park on to Clear Water Bay.

Raising the structure allowed for a dynamic continuation of the urban grid. The building stands on a podium, on which there are sports facilities and gardens; down at street level is an open plaza.

Coldefy's design is influenced by the "floating architecture" of the Hungarian-born French architect and urban planner, Yona Friedman. In the early 1960s Friedman proposed a "mobile city", a series of moveable megastructures suspended on a grid of stilts so that they left a minimal footprint...

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UNStudio completes central pavilion for Qingdao Horticultural Expo

UNStudio completes central pavilion for Qingdao Horticultural Expo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

UNStudio has created a cluster of pavilions modelled on the form of a Chinese flower, as the centrepiece for the 2014 horticultural expo in Qingdao, China.

The World Horticultural Expo 2014 takes place the Chinese city of Qingdao (from April to October 2014) and is expected to attract 15 million international visitors. The main theme of the expo is 'From the Earth, For the Earth' and aims to encourage the exchange of culture, technology and horticultural knowledge. In its design for the Theme Pavilion UNStudio combines expert knowledge of logistics, spatial organisation, specialised typology, future flexible usability, function programming, facade intelligence, user comfort and sustainability.

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How a Green-Roofed School is Educating the Next Generation of Innovators

How a Green-Roofed School is Educating the Next Generation of Innovators | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Marcel Sembat High School in Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France by Archi5 is an example of how architecture uses technology in surprising ways. 

Part of a larger rehabilitation of the high school, the new workshop building features a series of linear bars, each with a sloped green roof. Small patios between these volumes open to create skylights, with daylight entering through large windows created by the offset of the linear volumes, illuminating the large workshops.

The environmental technology in the building is mostly passive. Located on a site between a park and the city with a large, the north-facing facade opens up to city views, while the southern side has smaller windows shaded by overhangs. The difference between the two heights creates the shape of the building, while the green roof helps deflect wind and creates a low-maintenance green plaza.

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Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, May 27, 2014 3:57 PM

So so so Green! 

Judit Urquijo's curator insight, June 4, 2014 10:25 AM

Este sorprendente proyecto se localiza en las proximidades de la ciudad de Rouen, al NO de París. 


Obra del estudio de arquitectura francés Archi5 en colaboración con B. Huidobro, ha sido premiado en el certamen Architizer A+ Awards de 2014 en la categoría de "Tipología". 


Como se puede observar en la imagen adjunta, su principal características es el techo verde con el que se ha cubierto el edificio destinado a la enseñanza de mecánica. La integración con un cercano parque urbano es impresionante.


La comunidad bonaerense de arquitectura y diseño Arqa se hizo eco de este proyecto en 2011, incluyendo en su entrada imágenes de algunos de los planos. En los mismos se puede apreciar que uno de los principales escollos que se tuvieron que salvar fue la calle que divide los distintos edificios de los que se compone el liceo. No obstante, el problema se solucionó con la construcción de un edificio-puente.


Más imágenes en la web de Archi5

Euridice Hollis "Neal's Yard Independent Consultant"'s curator insight, June 13, 2014 9:00 PM

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​The New Holy Grail: Inside the World's First Energy Positive Building

​The New Holy Grail: Inside the World's First Energy Positive Building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The world is ready for an even fresher catchphrase than “net zero” buildings (NZB) to describe environmentally friendly buildings. Say hello to Norway's Powerhouse Kjørbo,the world’s first “energy positive building" (EPB) or “net positive" building.

Originally an ordinary office building from the 1980s, the adaptive reuse project represents a collaboration between Snøhetta, construction company Skanska, environmental organization Zero, aluminum supplier Hydro, and property management company Entra Eindom.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, May 17, 2014 6:10 AM

Premier bâtiment à énergie positive nette : il s'agit d'un bâtiment tertiaire réhabilité Powerhouse Kjørbo avec une combinaison de  technologie mais aussi de matériaux recyclés. Sur sa période de vie ( estimée à 60 ans),  Powerhouse Kjørbo va générer suffisamment de puissance énergétique pour couvrir les consommations nécessaires à la production des matériaux utilisés à la construction, à sa construction, son utilisation et la gestion de sa fin de vie.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 17, 2014 4:48 PM

From 'net zero' to 'net positive'.

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French Pavilion Expo Milano 2015 by XTU Architects

French Pavilion Expo Milano 2015 by XTU Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The theme of the upcoming Expo Milano 2015 is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" and will cover the issues of nutrition, limited resources and water access to the world's exponentially growing population. Paris-based XTU Architects conceived of a fertile roof structure which represents the productive soils found in France for their national pavilion. Known for its rich genetic heritage and high quality gastronomy, France's geology can lead to a food revolution as a future resource. 

The temporary construct for Milan's 6-month-long exposition will act as both a generator and market place for food. Along the edifice, plants, herbs and vegetables will grow, addressing the need for growing sites to support the Western cultures food demands as it spreads to a global stage. A consumption terrace will be found within the productive structure to enjoy the vegetables on site. Innovative hydroponics will supply the crops with water.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, May 14, 2014 7:22 AM

Capitaliser sur nos atouts et savoir-faire pour répondre aux enjeux futurs ?

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A Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam with a Spiraling Green Roof

A Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam with a Spiraling Green Roof | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

In Dongnai, Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed the construction of ‘farming kindergarten’, a large pre-school designed to accommodate up to 500 children. The project is envisioned as a model of sustainability set within the tropical climate, allowing the school’s young inhabitants to understand the importance of sustainable education and design.

A fully accessible green roof drawn in a triple-ring-shape creates three courtyards enclosed by the looping structure, providing safe and secure playgrounds for the kindergarten’s occupants. The different levels and gradients created by the building’s spiral form offer a series of distinct outdoor learning environments, where children are able to forge a close relationship with the natural world.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 5, 2014 11:14 PM

Patios ajardinados en una cubierta con distintos niveles para el recreo de los niños.

Ati Energia's curator insight, May 6, 2014 3:30 PM

Sustainability in Vietnam and educating children at the kinder garden level. 

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A Transit Plaza for Seattle's Light Rail Extension by Brooks + Scarpa

A Transit Plaza for Seattle's Light Rail Extension by Brooks + Scarpa | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Brooks + Scarpa design for a transit plaza for Seattle's light rail extension.

The station—an elevated central platform at South 200th Street—will serve as a transit hub, supporting park and ride, 1,050 parking spots, passenger drop-off areas, and connections between the light rail and bus services. Also planned is public art, landscaping, improved traffic circulation, a rainwater harvesting system, and rooftop solar panels.

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This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights

This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Some very lucky citizens of Montpellier, France will have the opportunity to live in a striking tree-inspired high-rise dubbed the “Arbre Blanc,” or “White Tree.” A collaboration between architect Sou FujimotoManal Rachdi Oxo Architects, and Nicolas Laisné Associés, the Arbre Blanc mirrors natural growth patterns in an incredible example of intelligent architecture and design...

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Lili Dávila's curator insight, April 21, 2014 4:41 PM

Very stylish!

Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 22, 2014 12:02 PM

Many projects are looking at how to extend part of the cities in the ocean, this project, to me, expands in the air... a tree or a shuttle with many many wings .

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 23, 2014 4:41 AM

El árbol blanco de Montpellier, reproduce los patrones del crecimiento natural para llegar a un diseño muy interesante.

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Snøhetta's Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World's Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building

Snøhetta's Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World's Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Powerhouse at Brattorkaia will make use of solar cells, heat pumps, and sea water to become the world's most Northernmost energy-positive building. Located in downtown Trondheim, this office building was designed by Snøhetta, and received the environmental classification "Outstanding" from BREEAM NOR. It's yet another example of why Norway is such a sustainability role model and demonstrates that renewables make sense even in cold northern climes.

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Efficient light in Geneva

Efficient light in Geneva | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The new WTO extension building for some 300 staff members offers a compelling view out over Lake Geneva with a sense of lightness and elegance. The idea was to create an extension that was a transparent as possible and did not seem at all solid in order to blend in best with the surrounding park; the proposal used a reduced formal vocabulary to create a long, glass cube on a set-back plinth boasting glazed frontage.

Nevertheless, the project set out to achieve high energy efficiency levels and obtain Swiss Minergie-P certification. Thanks to ingenious facilities technology, a heat recovery system and the use of Nimbus LED luminaires, this ambitious target was achieved even with the entire glass frontage chosen.

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Rainforest Guardian: A Lotus-Shaped Concept Skyscraper

Rainforest Guardian: A Lotus-Shaped Concept Skyscraper | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

When you add one part skyscraper, one part forest-saving reservoir, and one part eco-laboratory, you get the all-parts-awesome behemoth known as the Rainforest Guardian, a conceptual design that looks like a giant metal lotus flower sticking out of the expansive Amazon rainforest.

Designed by Jie Huang, Jin Wei, Qiaowan Tang, Yiwei Yu, and Zhe Hao from China, the architectural beast is not like your average skyscraper. In contrast to the normally spearhead-like structure of your typical cloud-kissing building, the top of the Guardian has the most surface area. This allows it to catch and store hundreds of gallons of rainwater to save for the dry season. It also gives the building an organic, futuristic aesthetic that seems more at home in a galaxy far, far away than on our own world. Not to mention, the building is driping with dozens of long, wet vines—making it some fusion of nature and artificial design. No wonder it was an honorable mention at this year's eVolvo Skyscraper Competition...

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Mark Warren's curator insight, April 3, 2014 7:50 AM

Rainforest Guardian: A Lotus-Shaped Concept Skyscraper