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Aspen Art Museum, Designed by Shigeru Ban Architects

Aspen Art Museum, Designed by Shigeru Ban Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Aspen Art Museum, Shigeru Ban's first museum in the U.S., is designed to be part–environmental center, part–ski lift.

The $45 million structure, currently under construction in downtown Aspen, is emblematic of post-recession restraint. “Museums have to be very practical,” Ban says. “They can’t just be sculpture.” And in keeping with that ethos, the architect has delivered a simple three-story structure free of tight angles, ovoid shapes, or curving walls. This includes half a dozen galleries, an artist residency area, education spaces, and conservation studios, all told occupying a total 33,000 square feet. The galleries are large and column-free, with flexible partition walls capable of accommodating large-scale sculpture and installation. The rooftop garden functions as entrance hall, public gathering area, and outdoor projection space. “The program was so precise,” Ban says. “There was no space to waste.”

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Modern Beach House Camouflaged as Driftwood Box: Lamble Residence

Modern Beach House Camouflaged as Driftwood Box: Lamble Residence | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This modern beach house located on the south coast of New South Wales was envisioned as a timber driftwood box covered by a simple white roof.

The layout of the residence was well adapted to the environmental challenges, as the architects explained : “We chose to make the most of the views, as well as the sunny and protected northern aspect, by positioning the living and sleeping spaces to that side. Service rooms including the bathrooms, laundry, and garage, are located to the south. All of the rooms open onto generous outdoor spaces, on different sides of the house, ensuring protection from the changeable seaside winds.” The minimalist interior design scheme and color palette direct attention towards the natural richness outdoors.


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Lori Wilk's curator insight, March 23, 2014 11:17 PM

Love this design#design

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D.LIM Architects Digs Subterranean Forum for CJ Nine Bridges in Korea

D.LIM Architects Digs Subterranean Forum for CJ Nine Bridges in Korea | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

South Korean studio D•LIM architects has completed a multipurpose facility for CJ, one of the countries largest companies. Located at the center’s golf club on jeju island, the subterranean project avoids disrupting views of the surrounding forest and natural landscape. More than half of the volume is dug beneath the ground level, with a large hole subtracted from the roof to filter light through to the spaces below. The circular void is in the shape of the CJ’s official logo, which represents notions of joy – the meeting rooms and workspaces are positioned around this core element to absorb natural daylight and uplifting energy from the sky above.

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Industry + Ingenuity: 7 Silo Transformations that Fill Empty Voids with New Life

Industry + Ingenuity: 7 Silo Transformations that Fill Empty Voids with New Life | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
How can one transform a collection of concrete tubes into a site for experiencing contemporary culture?

That was the question posed by British architect and artist Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, whose imaginative designs can be found everywhere from Manchester to Shanghai. Heatherwick is used to creating striking sculptures on a grand scale, but his latest proposal is larger than any before—he plans to carve an art museum from the depths of an old silo in South Africa’s capital city, Cape Town. The building is a monumental sculpture in itself, and Heatherwick’s challenge was twofold: protect and celebrate the heritage of the city’s industrial past while simultaneously creating something wholly new within the inherited structure.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 22, 2014 8:47 PM

Dar nueva vida a los silos; soluciones de todo tipo para todo tipo de usos. Algunos de los proyectos, muy interesantes.

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Merging Modernity Into Nature: Bjarke Ingels Takes A Trip to the Bahamas

Merging Modernity Into Nature: Bjarke Ingels Takes A Trip to the Bahamas | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A team comprised of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), HKS, and MDA has unveiled its design for the Honeycomb building at the Albany Bahamas resort. This 175,000-square-foot private residential building takes its name from its hexagonal facade, which mimics the naturally occurring shapes in the coral reefs found off the shores of New Providence. When completed, it will be the tallest structure on the island.

“Our design is driven by an effort to maximize the enjoyment of the abundant natural qualities of Albany in The Bahamas: the landscape, the sea, and the sun,” said Bjarke Ingels in a statement. “A honeycomb facade functionally supports the pools making them sink into the terrace floor and provides spectacular sight lines while maintaining privacy for each residence. Drawing inspiration from its coastal setting, the hexagonal design evokes the natural geometries you find in certain coral formations or honeycombs.”

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Grimshaw's Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw's Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Grimshaw Architects completes St. Petersburg's new Pulkovo Airport, which features a beautiful, geometric roof that fills the terminal with daylight and protects the building from extreme weather.

The striking and sculptural terminal is topped with a large spanning roof that looks dramatically folded wooden origami. The large hall features skylights that pull daylight down into the arrivals terminal below. The Pulkovo Aiport is Phase 1 of a larger masterplan to improve transportation infrastructure in St. Petersburg and situate the city as a gateway to Russia.

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Sitting Lightly on the Land: House S in Vorderweissenbach

Sitting Lightly on the Land: House S in Vorderweissenbach | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

HPSA created ‘House S’ on a steep, rather small plot of land with excellent views. The owners required a cost efficient house with a maximum of 130 m², of living space. A basement was not necessary so that the architects placed the whole building on pillars. 

The U-shaped floor plan responds to the neighbouring settlement. Living rooms and bedrooms are oriented to a terrace that offers great views of the surrounding hills. Because of the chosen typology the natural terrain could be untouched over the whole plot. In the garden the building offers a large, weather-protected area.


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20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon

20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 20 collegiate teams to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon at Irvine, California’s Orange County Great Park. The eight returning teams will compete against 12 new teams, with partners from four international schools, to build “solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence” within the allotted two-year period.

View the full list of competitors at the link.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, February 14, 2014 6:09 PM

Solar Decathlon vuelve a la carga!

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Rock Climbing Building Blends in Naturally with Environment

Rock Climbing Building Blends in Naturally with Environment | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Sensing the potential for a climbing community in Polur, Iran, New Wave Architecture designed this new rock climbing hall that mimics the surrounding, rocky landscape of Mazadaran. Equipped with a dynamic climbing hall, temporary accommodation zone, fitness gym and maintenance areas, the design is meant to invite nature and landscape into the building. The large windows allow natural daylight to shine in and provide a view of the nearby mountains...

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Norm Miller's curator insight, February 4, 2014 12:47 PM

Best rock climbing design Ive seen.

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Materials Of The Future: 7 Amazing Trends For 2014 And Beyond

Materials Of The Future: 7 Amazing Trends For 2014 And Beyond | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The history of architecture is deeply engrained in technological developments of the time. Skyscrapers would have never reached such heights without developments in steel, for example, and facades would have never slimmed down without thin-shell concrete.


In a time that is so buzzing with technological development, we cannot help but salivate a little at the material prospects for architecture that are just on the horizon. With 2014 just beginning, we want to take a moment to see what drastic innovations may be leaking into the world of architecture in the near future.

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Floatel: An Off-Grid Floating Tent Retreat with All the Comforts of Home

Floatel: An Off-Grid Floating Tent Retreat with All the Comforts of Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Floatel by Architecture HLM is an entirely off the grid retreat. Designed as a floating tent, Floatel can be deployed anywhere there is calm water. Standard features include a master suite with off-the0shelf battery powered LED lights, a fire pit for both cooking and warmth, mosquito netting and a small kitchenette with powder room and additional storage. Photovoltaic arrays can be added for battery recharge.

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WMS Boathouse at Clark Park by Studio Gang Architects, Chicago

WMS Boathouse at Clark Park by Studio Gang Architects, Chicago | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The 22,600-square-foot boathouse, which cost $8.8 million to construct, continues to demonstrate Gang's interest in the Chicago River and her commitment to turning the much-abused waterway into a public amenity.

Sustainable-design strategies were woven in throughout the project—from planting a pair of small “rain gardens” and using permeable concrete on the plaza (so no rainwater runs off the site) to providing enough daylighting to reduce dependence on electric fixtures...

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Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects

Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Tea Houses are places where one could retreat into nature- there are three, each with its own purpose: meditation, sleeping and ‘visioning’ or creative thinking.


Each tea house is designed as a transparent steel and glass pavilion, hovering like a lantern over the natural landscape. Cast-in-place concrete core elements anchor the pavilions, supporting steel channel rim joists which cantilever beyond the cores to support the floor and roof planes. With its minimal footprint, the design treads lightly on the land, minimizing grading and preserving the delicate root systems of the native oaks.

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Emeric Nectoux's comment, January 9, 2014 12:22 AM
Beautiful! I'm a big fan
Betty Fitzgerald's curator insight, January 9, 2014 5:51 PM

My humble glass and wood greenhouse is my go to Tea House. Everyone needs a personal place to quietly be. And tea is always recommended. 

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A special kind of tree house

Architect Andreas Wenning specializes in designing structures at lofty heights. He has already realized floating abodes under the open sky for hotels in Germany, Argentina and Florida, either suspended from trees or, where nature hadn’t provided the necessary framework itself, on stilts. In the Belgian municipality of Hechtel-Eksel, he has conceived a meeting room for international paper manufacturer Sappi.
The aim was to create a meeting space whereby sustainability was made a priority from the very first sketch. Accordingly, they chose wood as their main building material: installed in line with an elegant, timeless formal vocabulary. The rounded structure, the sloping supports and the roof, which envelops the entire building, lend the tree house a unique futuristic aesthetic. The conference area is divided across two floors, 5.5 meter and 6.5 meter above the ground, respectively, offering a free view of the surrounding landscape and even including a café and lounge area, and service facilities.
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Snøhetta reveals snake-like hotel for a Norwegian island

Snøhetta reveals snake-like hotel for a Norwegian island | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled images of a snake-like hotel that will wind across a rocky outcrop in Norway's Lofoten archipelago.

The site extends out to sea to the south and west, linking the contact between ocean and the tall, shielding mountains to the north and northwest. The location is spectacular, sunny, in the mighty landscape elements, yet in touch with old settlement and sheltered harbors.

Snøhetta has developed a project and looked at a number of factors: the landscape "critical load" vs. new construction, functional and technical aspects of access, infrastructure, ecology and sustainability, connection to outdoors areas and existing buildings. The main goal is to find the development patterns and shapes that trigger the functional, architectural and experiential triggers the plot's formidable potential. We think it will be essential to find a building program and a scale that "hits", both in terms of economy, market and individual experience opportunities.

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Guy Antognelli's curator insight, March 20, 2014 4:38 AM

 

Nice

Frédéric Liégeois's comment, March 20, 2014 5:08 AM
strange, isn't it?
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Populous completes Arena das Dunas for FIFA World Cup 2014

Populous completes Arena das Dunas for FIFA World Cup 2014 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Twenty huge aluminium petals fold around this 42,000-seat stadium that Populous has completed in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, for the FIFA World Cup 2014.

The arena's design is unique. Its facade and roof are integrated and made up of 20 petal-shaped modules, designed to be higher on one of the stadium's sides, giving the impression that the sand dunes – which are common in the region – are moving. The design also enables more ventilation and light to come into the stadium.

The petal-shaped structures of the roof are made of steel trusses, covered on the outside with aluminium tiles, with thermal and acoustic insulation. Internally, they are coated with a PVC prestressed membrane. The parts are joined by translucent polycarbonate, which allows light to come through.

The Dunas Arena's roof was also designed to capture rainwater. Gutters collect the water and take it to nine tanks below the lower stands. As a result, up to 3,000 cubic meters may be captured and reused in the lavatories and for irrigating the pitch.

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Kwubin Ho's curator insight, October 29, 2014 3:21 AM

Where did chilean players played.

Donde Chileno jugadores jugueron.

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The Glass Farmhouse by Olson Kundig Architects

The Glass Farmhouse by Olson Kundig Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

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Located in Northeast Oregon, this small house is conceived as a contemporary glass box that floats atop the surrounding wheat fields. The design of the house and the accompanying wood-frame barn responds to the local vernacular of barns and farmhouses in the Pacific Northwest while responding to the client’s deep interest in the design of Philip Johnson’s Glass House.

Facing south towards the distant mountains, the house adapts well to the cold, snowy winters and hot, dry summers. In the winter, the orientation takes advantage of passive solar heat gain from the low-angled winter sun; in the summer, roof overhangs and a light shelf block the high hot summer sun from entering. Large, operable windows of high-efficiency glass provide cross-ventilation cooling, lessening the house’s need for air-conditioning.

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São Paulo warehouse revamped into Red Bull arts centre by Triptyque

São Paulo warehouse revamped into Red Bull arts centre by Triptyque | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A slender steel awning shades artists from the sun at this arts space that French-Brazilian studio Triptyque created for Red Bull in a São Paulo warehouse. 

The city of São Paulo is one of the places in the world where urbanity is the most powerful and intense. An area where the beauty of the streets and buildings was forgotten for many years. Through the renovation of a 20 years building, formerly occupied by the electricity company Light , the new architectural project Triptyque, the Cultural Centre of the Red Bull Station, appears as an important player in the rehabilitation center.

Based on the Bandeira square , the new cultural centre hangs together auditory and visual arts through the production and dissemination of new forms of artistic expression.

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PARK PASSIVE: Seattle's First Certified Passive House by NK Architects

PARK PASSIVE: Seattle's First Certified Passive House by NK Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Park Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passive House, reducing heating consumption by nearly 90% to meet the rigorous standards for certification by the Passive House Academy and authorized by the Passivhaus Institut. Located on a small infill lot in Madison Park, this striking three-story modern home features a day-lit open stairwell with punctuated views to the street, double-height vaulted kitchen ceilings that visually connect the main living area to an upstairs kids play area, and an open floor plan that flows into a small yard. Park Passive is a model of innovative design that blends livability with sustainability.

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Harbin Cultural Center Designed by MAD Architects

Harbin Cultural Center Designed by MAD Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Harbin Cultural Island is located in the natural landscape of the riverside wetland north of Songhua River. The entire project covers an area of 1.8 square kilometers, with a construction area of 79,000 square meters. In February 2010, MAD won the competition to design the cultural center, which is expected to be completed in 2014 when the Harbin July summer concert will be held.

Influenced by both Chinese and Russian culture, Harbin is reputed as the music capital of the north. Different from other theater buildings that are normally located in the urban center, Harbin Grand Theater will not act as an isolated landmark for the city, but the natural continuation of the human spirit. Apart from regional protection and utilization of the wetland ecosystem, Harbin Theater, Harbin Labor Recreation Center, Harbin Great Square and the Wetland Park together compose the Harbin Cultural Island, to join culture, art and nature in an integrated environment.

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Prefabricated modular home delivered into the Brazilian countryside

Prefabricated modular home delivered into the Brazilian countryside | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

MAPA of Brazil and Uruguay has built a prefabricated modular home and transported it by lorry to a picturesque spot in the countryside outside Porto Alegre.

MAPA built the mobile residence as the prototype for Minimod, a business creating bespoke modular structures; the residential retreat comprises four modules, creating separate areas for sleeping, lounging, dining and bathing within a simple steel-framed structure.

The base of the building is raised off the ground to protect it from rising damp and the roof is covered with plants that integrate a natural system of rainwater harvesting and filtration. The structure was entirely prefabricated before being delivered to its rural location, but MAPA says the buildings can also be transported in pieces and assembled onsite.

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Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico

Richard Meier Unveils 180-Meter Tower Development in Mexico | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Richard Meier & Partners has unveiled the “Reforma Towers,” a 40-story, mixed use development planned for Mexico City’s historic Paseo de la Reforma. Comprised of two high-rise towers, clad in white concrete, the new development will bring high end office, hotel, retail space, and restaurants to the city’s distinguished Boulevard upon completion in 2015.

“At the center of development there is a central void, an Urban Courtyard, in the main tower which is a celebration of space, form and light. Natural light will filter through the void between the office modules providing for particularly animated light conditions. We have designed the surface and the volumes of the towers to take advantage of natural light, changes of scale and views to the city,” commented Bernhard Karpf, Design Partner-in-charge. 


By carving a central void through the tower’s volume, the design introduces an unconventional, yet more efficient redistribution of space. Not only do the towers distinguish themselves by reflecting their internal logic through the exterior, but the reconfigured space is intended to maximize transparency, natural light and unprecedented city views. 


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Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from local wood

Bernardo Bader's Haus Fontanella is a chalet built from local wood | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Bernardo Bader Architects sourced pine and spruce from the surrounding slopes to build this picturesque chalet in a village of western Austria.

The house is situated on a inclined south-terrace-plane to not only benefit from the great view, but also to optimise the property's borders, with the building placed on the upper part of the property and the volume kept as compact as possible.

The whole facade of the building is a made of differently size sliced spruce boards, exactly how they are delivered from the sawmill. The intentional rough planking together with the randomness of smaller and bigger windows generate an exciting facade game and an intimate atmosphere inside with selected framed views to the exterior.


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Yale School of Management by Foster + Partners

Yale School of Management by Foster + Partners | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The new Yale School of Management (SOM) Campus will unite the SOM’s faculty departments together at a single location for the first time. The building has been designed in response to an integrated curriculum that has the potential to reinvent business school education.

The ground floor contains the public space, cafes and auditorium, with the classrooms and study areas on the upper floors. The classrooms are contained within eight double-height oval drums, visible through the glazed façade. These curved spaces facilitate the integrated teaching methods of the curriculum – more than one lecturer can address the class at once, while still allowing every student a clear view and encouraging free interaction. - See more at: http://architype.org/project/yale-school-of-management/#sthash.6Csdu21M.dpuf

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Hideg House by Béres Architects

Hideg House by Béres Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Focusing on sculptural cliffs and hillside woods, Hideg-ház is an unusual object in the landscape of the outskirts of Koszeg, a historical town in Hungary.

The building is located in a country with very diverse climate. Hot summers and cold winters desire a smart mix of architectural decisions to keep the cabin comfortable and easy to run in all four seasons. The clients had a clear concept about what they wanted to achieve in terms of building services and comfort. A combination of high-tec and simple ecological solutions resulted in extremely low energy consumption and moderate building cost...

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nevcox@easypoolplans.com's curator insight, January 13, 2014 9:56 PM

A Backyard does not need to be all green, look at how carefully placed rocks can create a stunning backdrop and provide contrast on a different scale for this unique home that takes advantage of all this with carefully place windows, even using the direction the timber is laid to highlight the view.