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DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location

DOM(E): Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

No Rules Just Architecture has created DOM(E), an prefabricated off-grid home that is an eco-friendly and portable shelter. DOM(E) provides optimal living conditions no matter where it is located and is less expensive than traditional construction, while making the best use of natural energy resources.


DOM(E) can be folded for transport and assembled on-site. Its shape provides for natural ventilation while utilizing an underground duct system for heating and cooling. Solar panels connect to a hot water tank and rainwater collection systems can be made part of the drainage system that surrounds the enclosure.

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's comment, July 30, 2013 4:35 AM
we love this! ty Lauren!
Maryline Khan's comment, July 30, 2013 6:50 AM
very impressive!
Conrado C. Guzmán's curator insight, July 31, 2013 11:09 PM

Design

 

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Minimalist Gottshalden House Blending With The Green Surroundings

Minimalist Gottshalden House Blending With The Green Surroundings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Overlooking Lake Zürich, in Winterthur, Switzerland, the Gottshalden House is a relaxing three-storey home.


The house’s exterior is all covered in timber cladding. Located in a tranquil and quiet site and surrounded by a beautiful green scenery, the picturesque home was designed by Rossetti + Wyss Architekten. The simple, angular dream-like house integrates perfectly into the landscape, unveiling a breezy and uncluttered interior.

The L-shaped floor plan boasts oak plank ceilings and flush-mounted windows that offer framed views of the surroundings. Wood is the main material used to define the interior, which is well-ventilated and flooded with light.

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Keven Holt's curator insight, July 15, 2013 2:08 PM

Here's a great house design. But, then again, I've always loved minalist design. 

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Garoza House: A Modern, Modular Prefab Housing Prototype

Garoza House: A Modern, Modular Prefab Housing Prototype | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

An industrialized modular housing prototype that allows growth and changes over time, with all systems installed without complex construction procedures.


Manufactured in specialized factories composing single complete units, including all the interior finishes, modules are the maximum size supported by conventional transport.

Interior partitions, storage and fixed furniture are incorporated to the vertical walls, which house highly qualified technical facilities, automation and electronic systems, tailored to the program for each configuration. The resulting collection provides quality, increased control with regard to construction scheduling, maintenance plans and offers flexibility for future growth. 


The principles of sustainable economy and the spirit of recycling guide and support all the project decisions.

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Jenny Morris's comment, July 16, 2013 11:23 PM
This reminds me of the Smart Home exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago...very cool!
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The Solar Decathlon's Net-Zero Solar-Powered Start.Home Aims to Transform Green Home Building

The Solar Decathlon's Net-Zero Solar-Powered Start.Home Aims to Transform Green Home Building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Start.Home is the Stanford University entry in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.


Integrating technology into a home that can grow as needs change, the Start.Home design allows for customization and additions that are based on a pre-engineered, pre-fabricated start.core that can meet net-zero energy efficiency standards.

The Stanford design team aims to provide “efficiency without sacrificing creativity” such that each house can be an expression of its owner. The 12’x15’x10’ start.core features natural lighting, open spaces, a high roof that permits passive ventilation, and an emphasis on connecting the interior to the outdoors. The basic unit provides for a bathroom, kitchen, mechanical component access, and living areas. The start.core can be shipped on a standard truck trailer and installed on a lot for construction and customization.

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CAEXI BEST's curator insight, June 10, 2013 9:45 PM
Net-Zero Start.Home à énergie solaire du Solar Decathlon vise à transformer Green Building d'accueil
GeoMeek's comment, June 13, 2013 8:08 AM
Is habitat building any of these homes?
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5 Examples of Sustainable Roof Design Strategies

5 Examples of Sustainable Roof Design Strategies | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

As we move further into the early years of the 21st century, there is a growing consciousness of the need to create more sustainable systems to maintain our society.


Natural resources have for too long been exploited and utilized with little regard for posterity. Our cities and towns require large amounts of outside support, but there are many minds coming together to develop new plans and techniques to revitalize our civilization and reduce our environmental impact. One of the major trends leading this movement is to create change from the top down, and make our rooftops pull their weight ecologically and economically.

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ESTAR's curator insight, May 29, 2013 5:58 PM

Los números no mienten, la temperatura del aire puede bajar con techos verdes

Orsolya Serfőző's curator insight, May 27, 2015 8:22 AM

Agree

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Sustainable Building - 2013 AIA Winner: 355 11th Street, San Francisco

Sustainable Building - 2013 AIA Winner: 355 11th Street, San Francisco | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A COTE Top Ten Green Project outperforms expectations and earns more recognition.

Like its surrounding SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood in San Francisco, 355 11th Street is an eye-catching hybrid of old and new. And in the three years since this formerly derelict but National Register–listed plumbing warehouse was renovated into a LEED-NC Gold–certified mixed-use office building and LEED-CI Platinum–certified restaurant, it has become a community magnet.

These attributes, among many others, garnered the project an AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project designation in 2010 and, this year, the inaugural 2013 AIA COTE Plus award.

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:45 PM

“One of my professors always said, ‘We’re architects. We’re responsible to our community,’ ”....this quote by Joshua Aidlin, AIA, partner at Aidlin Darling Deisgn.  “We can be guides toward responsible development. Clients are usually just dealing with their specific program. If you can open their eyes to opportunities, that’s exciting"

 

Luiz F. Costa's comment, May 26, 2013 8:24 AM
Fantástico lugar valeu.
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New York Library / TEN Arquitectos

New York Library / TEN Arquitectos | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

In a neighborhood of high-end retail and luxury residences, this new branch library will fulfill a much needed role as a public space and touchstone for the local community and visiting tourists across from the Museum of Modern Art. 

Despite the library’s site being predominantly below grade and set at the base of a new 40-story hotel, this design proposal transforms the dark, subterranean space into an inviting, open and light-filled civic landscape in the heart of Manhattan...

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Becky Poisson's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:10 PM

Don't know if it is practical to retrofit but it is a clever use of space and creates accessibility at a somewhat non-technical level.

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New NASA Base Shapes the Future of Green Building Technology

New NASA Base Shapes the Future of Green Building Technology | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

NASA's new Sustainability Base was designed by William McDonough + Partners to embody the spirit of NASA while fostering collaboration, supporting health and well-being, and exceeding the requirements of LEED® Platinum.

An exoskeleton approach provides for structural stability during seismic events, facilitates glare-free daylighting and shading, natural ventilation and connection to the outdoors, and flexibility of the workspace with its column-free interior.

Atop the two-story 50,000-square-foot building is a solid-oxide fuel cell and rooftop solar arrays, supplying the building with more energy than it requires and sending surplus back to the grid at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Currently running on natural gas, the fuel cell is ready to be converted to landfill gas when a source is available...

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Norm Miller's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:48 AM

Very cool integration of technologies and here we see an emphasis on work environments as well wit a lot of collaborative space, no pun intended.

RealCorp.lu's curator insight, May 23, 2013 2:42 AM

Un nouvel exemple de batiment "green".

Sumaiya Banu's curator insight, August 23, 2013 1:34 AM

Software as a Service (SaaS) is the next generation technology that is being embraced widely by businesses today as it is cost efficient, maintenance free, flexible, and adaptable. PeopleWorks’ SaaS based application and software solutions with its cloud based platform offers mobility and ease of use, and can be accessed by employees anywhere and at any time. This helps businesses reduce turnaround time and save costs.

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A Dialog Between Environments: City House in Auckland by Architex

A Dialog Between Environments: City House in Auckland by Architex | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architex has completed a project in Auckland, New Zealand, consisting of a home that exhales transparency and seeks to establish a dialogue between the interior living space and the outdoor environment.


City House is a private oasis of relaxation. With the goal of creating a place that disconnects from a busy professional life, the standard wall configurations disappear, enhancing the feeling of breeziness and freedom. 

“Sliding glass panels disappear into pockets to create open balconies for living and sleeping, and focus on the central courtyard as their oasis. The street facade is particularly private with only a hint of the sophistication that lies beyond in the selection of colour and materials.”


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Net Zero Prefab Prototype in Emeryville by Simpatico Homes

Net Zero Prefab Prototype in Emeryville by Simpatico Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

California builder Simpatico Homes specializes in modern modular homes, and recently completed a prototype located in Emeryville, in Alameda County, California.

 

From Swatt | Miers Architects:

“The partnership with Simpatico Homes represents an opportunity for our firm to bring custom-quality architecture to a broader audience through the cost advantages of prefabrication.

The Krubiner Residence, the Simpatico Prototype, is located in Emeryville just a few blocks from our office.

The Simpatico Homes represent a unique opportunity to transform housing, by combining modern design with off-site prefabrication and LEED-certified sustainability.”

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Scott Stroud's curator insight, July 25, 2014 8:29 AM

This is not your father's modular home...

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Aspire Mixed-Use Tower Proposal by Grimshaw Architects

Aspire Mixed-Use Tower Proposal by Grimshaw Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Emerging from a design excellence competition held by the Parramatta City Council, the Aspire Tower, designed by Grimshaw Architects, is a landmark mixed-use tower set to establish a new benchmark for innovative, passive-environmental design in Australian high-rise developments.

Designed to act as a catalyst project for Parramatta Square, the tower provides high density, urban residential living which is not only affordable but also sustainable.

As one of the tallest structures in Australia, the engineering of Aspire Tower consciously orientates itself to the wind and to sunlight. The highly adaptable facades accommodate all of the various planning arrangements of apartment type into a modular system. The tower’s striking sculptural form twists upwards from its Church Street alignment to maximise the capture of the sun, the breeze and northern views for its residents.

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Natalie Curtis's curator insight, April 19, 2013 9:20 AM

"As one of the tallest structures in Australia, the engineering of Aspire Tower consciously orientates itself to the wind and to sunlight. The highly adaptable facades accommodate all of the various planning arrangements of apartment type into a modular system. The tower’s striking sculptural form twists upwards from its Church Street alignment to maximise the capture of the sun, the breeze and northern views for its residents."

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Continuity through Variation: Cotacachi House by Arquitectura X

Continuity through Variation: Cotacachi House by Arquitectura X | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This retreat in a small town in the northern Andes is located two hours north of Quito, at an orchard site 2470 meters above sea level, between the Imbabura and Cotacachi mountains.

This typological variation of the traditional courtyard type, through understanding the modern bi-nuclear house, combined with the properties of rammed earth construction and the layering of lighter complementary materials, strive towards a synthesis of the local and the universal, towards continuity through variation...

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Creatively Adapted to A Moderate Climate: Yatsugatake Villa in Japan

Creatively Adapted to A Moderate Climate: Yatsugatake Villa in Japan | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This countryside retreat by MDS features contemporary massing and beautiful wood interiors. Located in the foothills of the Yatsugatake mountains, in a relatively moderate climate, the residence reflects a lifestyle connected to nature and the surroundings. The project was developed using three adjacent volumes of different heights, with overhangs to control natural light and heat.


Wood is visible in the exposed beams, floors and window frames. Cross-ventilation is ensured through strategically placed windows. Two narrow terraces sheltered beneath the roof overhangs contribute to the building’s originality. “The fan-shaped design – opening to the south – means plenty of sun streams in during the cold winters: no matter the time of day there’s always a place to bask in the sun”, explained architects Kiyotoshi Mori and Natsuko Kawamura.

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An example of beautiful architecture highlighting a combination of location-responsive design strategies along with a vernacular aesthetic, resulting in a unique, yet comfortable and pragmatic, dwelling...

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Contemporary Green Design: Merricks House by Robson Rak Architects

Contemporary Green Design: Merricks House by Robson Rak Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Robson Rak Architects have designed a house on a 10-acre farm located in Merricks North near Melbourne, Australia. The property was bought as a weekender with the intention of building a new house with enough room for their family to grow and enjoy through the generations.


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In accordance to the client’s desire for simplicity and material honesty, the house has been reduced to a modest palette of earth, glass and timber. The majority of the internal walls are rammed earth, creating a beautiful, warm, textural look and feel.

The walls are 400mm thick with an internal strip of 100mm thick foam insulation, assisting the natural qualities of the rammed earth in maintaining a consistent internal temperature. The R-value of the walls up to a very high level, and the double-glazing of all windows and doors assists the building in being extremely environmentally efficient as attested by our clients. The high thermal mass of these walls has made the house thermally efficient. Openable windows on the east, west, north and south allows cross ventilation.

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Travis Haggerty's curator insight, July 14, 2013 1:07 PM

I would love to design my own place like this one day. Gerogoues, green, and contemporary. What more could you ask for? 

Window Revival's comment, July 17, 2013 12:18 AM
A really lovely home. Rustic yet very modern.
aboali's comment, July 17, 2013 5:04 AM
that nice desing
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Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects

Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Mario Cucinella Architects have designed the ARPT headquarters in Algeria with a fin-like form referencing sand dunes and Mediterranean architecture.


The project is inspired by the Algerian desert landscape, where the dunes are manufactured by wind and sand. An institutional building as the new ARPT headquarters serves as the reference point within a neighborhood and a city where tradition and modernity merge each other to create new symbolic and cultural scenarios.

The desire to create a building that would work according to the principles of bioclimatic architecture and, in particular, by the natural cooling techniques of the past, suggested an aerodynamic shape, convex on the North side to divert the hot winds, and concave on the South side to capture the cool breezes during the night, and thus to promote the natural ventilation of the building.

Form, energy and tradition are transformed then into a new building that will become a symbol of the development of Algeria.

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ParadigmGallery's comment, July 8, 2013 3:04 PM
interesting concepts...
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Geometric Inspiration + Green Building: Taiwan's Zero-Carbon Swallows Nest

Geometric Inspiration + Green Building: Taiwan's Zero-Carbon Swallows Nest | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Taking inspiration from a geometric möbius strip, architect Vincent Callebaut has designed an impressive new building for Taiwan's Taichung gateway park.


The Swallows Nest's form starts out with a triangle that is then rotated around an elipse. Reaching a height of eight-stories, the building will house shops, cafes, and an "endless patio" which opens up into the park and is found in the center of the structure. It will host a variety of art within the many interior galleries.

The Swallows Nest also features various eco-friendly features. The undulating roof will have a number of solar panels attached to it, while the building's glass construction allows for natural light to enter. Three vertical gardens are found in the park's center, with one at each arched entrance. Most impressively, there will be continued efforts to make the Swallows Nest a zero carbon emissions structure.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, June 29, 2013 8:05 AM

Great desigam somewhat akin to Frank Gehry with lots of natural light.

Hotels in Stansted's comment, July 1, 2013 11:21 AM
what a lovely building.. reminds me the Bird's NEst Beijing National Olympic Stadium..
Joram Walukamba's comment, July 3, 2013 7:48 AM
Love the exterior. I wonder how the interior would look like considering the thematic principles, creativity and artistic beauty of the design ... curious!!!
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A Sustainable Civic Center and City Hall for Newport Beach, California

A Sustainable Civic Center and City Hall for Newport Beach, California | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

At a construction cost of $130 million, Newport Beach City Hall and Civic Center is a significant project for Orange County, not only in terms of size and scope, but also with regard to aesthetics and sustainability.


The contemporary steel and glass design has a very distinct appearance, reflecting a sense of movement through the repeated use of curved structural members that create rhythm and add scale.

Louvers at the ceiling and wall planes reguate daylight and add visual continuity throughout the entire project, linking the new city hall to the renovated library and creating a public gathering area for the community.


Set to achieve LEED gold certification, the design features clerestory windows that maximize daylighting while deep overhangs allow for passive cooling. Operable windows allow occupants to take advantage of the mild coastal climate while enjoying views to the park outside, which adds 12 acres of trails, wetlands and recreation space to the city's parklands.

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Villa V by Paul de Ruiter Architects

Villa V by Paul de Ruiter Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

From the very start it was clear that the landscape around the villa should be preserved as much as possible. Semi-positioned in the slope of the hill, the first floor towers above the partially glazed ground floor and the undulating dune landscape. The large glass facades ensure a connection between outdoors and indoors; contact with nature is tangible throughout the house. At the same time, the patio in the heart of the villa provides maximum daylight in all the rooms.

Special attention is devoted to energy in Villa V, with geothermal energy storage, a heat pump and solar collectors on the green roof and only natural materials have been used in the building construction processes...

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Luiz F. Costa's comment, May 24, 2013 1:08 PM
Excelente um presente de arquitetura valeu...
Axel Alonso de Lara's comment, May 24, 2013 2:19 PM
Excelent architecture, very nice!!
Ashley Dwight Cepeda's comment, May 27, 2013 12:46 AM
nice house..
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Zacatitos 004 Residence: Off the Grid in Mexico

Zacatitos 004 Residence: Off the Grid in Mexico | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Campos Leckie Studio, the Zacatitos 004 Residence is the fourth and smallest home of a series of structures successfully operating off-the-grid. Located in a tiny Mexican town, roughly 45 minutes up a dirt road from San José del Cabo, this project is part of the collective of four innovative seasonal retreats.


The house greets guests into a stucco hallway that leads to a courtyard, where the house’s environmental control strategies come into play. The courtyard is properly shaded from the intense sun rays and the two entrance walls catch and amplify the winds, drawing air across the pool to naturally air-condition the exterior deck and kitchen/dining area.

Different areas of the home are slightly separated, Campos and Leckie used the separations in the architecture to fill the gaps with light and wind. The presence and orientation of walls along with choices of material passively temper the environment..

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Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, May 22, 2013 3:50 AM

sounds cool :)

Luiz F. Costa's comment, May 22, 2013 8:08 AM
Excelente projetos eu particularmente gosto muito obrigado abs.
Dalila Sälvatore's curator insight, October 21, 2014 10:52 AM
Yes.
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12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers

12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
See how 12 architects used low-cost, environmentally-friendly shipping containers as modern alternatives in home design and architecture.


Shipping containers meet a variety of requirements: Modern. Check. Low-cost. Check. Environmentally-friendly. Check.

See a selection of homes that make them work.

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Tony Yustein's comment, May 17, 2013 12:44 PM
I've experienced all the above and still think this is a creative solution to recycling...
Jesús Hernández's comment, May 17, 2013 6:14 PM
Ty!!!!! :-))
Dawn Mullen's comment, June 17, 2013 8:34 AM
Reduce & Reuse some brilliant ideas and uses. Remember everything has a double edge to it. Putting it another way, almost everything has a up side and a down side. Some people can always find a negative within a positive idea.
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Will Mumbai's Tallest Skyscraper Be Its Greenest Too?

Will Mumbai's Tallest Skyscraper Be Its Greenest Too? | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The proposed 116-story Imperial Tower will offer a slew of sustainable options.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture‘s latest proposal for Mumbai’s tallest building—the slender 116-story, 400-meter residential Imperial Tower is designed to "confuse the wind."

This simply means that the extremely tall and thin tower will stand up to the forces of wind. Enhanced by sky gardens, designed to dampen wind eddying about the tower, the futuristic pencil-like structure will stand strong against a sudden gale.


AS+GG also designed the skyscraper to minimize its effects on climate change. Environmentally friendly features include rainwater harvesting, gray water recycling, and exterior cladding to limit solar heat gain...


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RealCorp.lu's curator insight, May 21, 2013 7:32 AM

Des architectures de plus en plus "green".

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Rural Peacefulness: Sustainable Cornege-Preston House in New Zealand

Rural Peacefulness: Sustainable Cornege-Preston House in New Zealand | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in Martinborough, New Zealand, Cornege-Preston House cleverly mixes modern amenities with a peaceful rural environment atmosphere.

Envisioned by architectural firm Bonnifait + Giesen, the 2,153 square foot contemporary residence offers plenty of sustainable features, such as double-glazed windows and skylights for cross-room solar penetration and heat retention, water heating by solar hot water panel on roof topped up by thermostat-controlled electricity and two 25,000 litre tanks capturing rainwater...

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A Few Favorite Green Buildings...

A Few Favorite Green Buildings... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Sustainable architecture is a term that represents a broad range of concepts, processes and ideologies, and can be interpreted and realized in countless ways.


Sustainability represents a design process that accounts for the environment on both the micro and macro scales, serves the needs of the program with as minimal an impact on the planet as possible, and positively contributes to the community, not only aesthetically, but in social, economic and cultural realms, as well.


So, to celebrate Earth Week, here are a few of our favorite green buildings...

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Tower House: Architecture that Camouflages into the Tree Canopy

Tower House: Architecture that Camouflages into the Tree Canopy | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This small vacation house is designed as a stairway to the treetops.


Keeping the footprint to a minimum so as not to disturb the wooded site, each of the three floors has only one small bedroom and bath, each a tiny private suite. The fourth floor, which contains the living spaces, spreads out from the tower like the surrounding forest canopy, providing views of the lake and mountains in the distance, virtually the entire Catskill Mountain range. The glass-enclosed stair highlights the procession from forest floor to treetop aerie, while the dark green enameled exterior camouflages the house by reflecting the surrounding woods, and dematerializing its form...

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ignaciano13's comment, April 19, 2013 2:30 PM
Ok Muy bonito. ¡Precioso!
Geovanni's curator insight, April 30, 2013 10:01 AM

What an interesting house to take a vacation at. :)

Clem Stanyon's comment, May 14, 2013 8:46 PM
Nice concept, I'm not sure that geometrical shapes are goign to 'blend' with fractal ones, though.
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Weiss/Manfredi Unveils Plans for Kent State’s New Green-Roofed Design Loft

Weiss/Manfredi Unveils Plans for Kent State’s New Green-Roofed Design Loft | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Weiss/Manfredi unveils their winning design for the Kent State Design Loft, which is a fully transparent building topped with a terraced green roof.

The University picked Weiss/Manfredi as the winner of a design competition to build a new architecture building, and the winning proposal for the center is a transparent terraced building that is topped with a green roof. Sited at the crossroads between the city and the campus, the Design Loft is a gallery of ascending spaces that seamlessly connect studios, classrooms, meeting areas and critique areas, and it can evolve as modalities of education and design change over the years...

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