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A Heat Exchanger is Transformed into a Contemporary Cultural + Sports Center

A Heat Exchanger is Transformed into a Contemporary Cultural + Sports Center | sustainable architecture |

The transformation of this heat exchanger into a culture and sports center by slovakian firm atrium studio was part of a project for the EHMK 2013.

The angular exterior form extends the building out into the public space, with a dramatic climbing wall feature. The exchanger center has five different interconnected floors that have all been turned into gallery spaces - each fulfilling a different function. a secluded rooftop consists of four trees and a large lounge area.

The structure stands out within its surrounding context of industrial-type buildings, with the existing heat exchanger wrapped with a bold geometric facade. The folded triangular shapes define the building's exterior- cut out pieces of the twisted volume expose slanted view shafts of the interior windows, helping to express the new transformation.

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richardsphotography's comment, August 9, 2013 6:45 PM
That is a wild looking building. Technology and builders have come a long way in the way of designing.
ParadigmGallery's comment, August 9, 2013 10:10 PM
wonderful...interesting inside and out...
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A Japanese House Merges the Indoors with the Outdoors

A Japanese House Merges the Indoors with the Outdoors | sustainable architecture |

Japanese architect Makoto Tanijiri of Suppose Design Office designed a residential home that merges the indoors with the outdoors. 

‘House in Takaya’ located in Hiroshima, Japan, features a polished modern exterior, but incorporates the charming traditional “doma” earthen floor in its interiors. Throughout the entire house, the “doma” acts as a hallway. 
Besides being eco-friendly, it also has benefits as it keeps the home cool in summer, and warm in winter—and adds richness to the home’s interior...

Sheridan Tatsuno's curator insight, August 11, 2013 2:41 PM

Besides earth floors, thermal heat pumps in the ground can reduce heating and cooling costs by circulating liquids into the ground, which has stable temperature beyond 3 to 4 feet below the surface.  It would be a cheap form of decentralized energy since the earth is like a big battery.  

Cassidy's comment, August 26, 2013 11:07 PM
I would love to have a place like this!
Matthew Carrigg's curator insight, October 14, 2014 1:05 PM

In this article explains the new arts being brought into architecture making more modern houses.  Japan is diverting from its old traditionally based home which is a bad and a good thing. The bad outcome of modernizing their homes is it loses some of its culture which plays a huge role in how china works today. Although changing the way Japan's houses are constructed to give a more modern feel opens up Japans eyes with a new view of the rest of the world instead of being isolated behind it's walls.  

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Treehouse architecture in Mexico

Treehouse architecture in Mexico | sustainable architecture |

This stunning treehouse in Mexico as actually one of four townhouses built in a beautiful garden filled plot where going up made the most sense given the small footprint and the lovely views of the surrounding trees.

Designed by Alejandro Sachez Garcia architecture, each townhouse is 3 storeys with 2 sides of glass and 2 sides in timber slatting for privacy. Each home has a rooftop garden and features a strong connection to the balmy outdoors. - See more at:

Lili Dávila's curator insight, August 7, 2013 11:31 PM

Im curious to know what part of Mexico is this house in?

Jason, Charlie's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:08 PM

NORTH AMERICA!!!    Intellectual: This articles takes you on a wondeful journey through the creation of the wonderful treehouses in Mexico.  They are truly amazing.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 19, 2014 8:45 PM

This is an amazing example of modern architecture. The lush greenery that Mexico provides for this home only adds to the natural beauty.I also love the fact that these structures are tree houses. High above the ground they are something that you would not see everyday.

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Interaction and Collaboration: Saunalahti School by VERSTAS Architects

Interaction and Collaboration: Saunalahti School by VERSTAS Architects | sustainable architecture |

In the “Future School” educational activities will increasingly take place outside the traditional classroom and introduce new ways of learning.

Saunalahti school is a building tailored to support the pedagogical ideas of a forward-looking school. In its operation, the school puts special emphasis on new ways of learning, art and physical education and collaboration. The building supports these ideas by creating places for interaction of various scales and atmospheres.

ESTAR's curator insight, July 29, 2013 11:41 AM

#arquitectura es deleitar la vista del futuro usuario

Annie Clarke's curator insight, October 14, 2013 8:21 PM

living in response to your environment

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Green Rooftop Spruces Up ‘Museum Of Art’ In Seoul

Green Rooftop Spruces Up ‘Museum Of Art’ In Seoul | sustainable architecture |

It is hard to find a green space in a big city, so the firm SAMOO Architects and Engineers decided to incorporate a rooftop garden into the Buk Seoul Museum of Art. 

The environmentally friendly, geometric rooftops filter rainwater and insulate the museum, while its quirky shapes invite people to experience art on the rooftop gardens. 

Visit the link to take a closer look at this eco-friendly museum. 

Duane Craig's curator insight, July 26, 2013 9:18 AM

They also become a sort of oasis in a sea of concrete and asphalt.

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UN City by 3XN Architecture in Copenhagen

UN City by 3XN Architecture in Copenhagen | sustainable architecture |

The new regional head office of the United Nations is designed with clear references to the UN’s identity and values: It is a building that physically reaches out to all parts the world, while the sculptural staircase in its core reflects the UN’s work to create global dialogue.

Located on an artificial island the building is naturally separated from its immediate surroundings, while still being highly visible from both the city and the water.

Learn more at the article link...

Sushma Sharma's curator insight, July 24, 2013 7:37 AM

Interesting to capture values in architecture 

Istvan Kalapacs's curator insight, July 27, 2013 3:48 AM

Modern építészet

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Nanying University Learning Hub by Thomas Heatherwick

Nanying University Learning Hub by Thomas Heatherwick | sustainable architecture |

Thomas Heatherwick's Learning Hub for Nanyang Technological University democratizes the learning experience with cylindrical towers.

The design resists the idea that university buildings need be compositions of artificially lit, endless corridors with a distinct cylindrical shapes that maximize daylight and encourages the incidental meeting of fellow entrepreneurs, scientists or colleagues. 55 tutorial rooms are devoid of traditional hallways and organized around a central space that links the towers together.

Students can enter the corner-free spaces from 360 degrees and engage with colleagues and professors on rooftop gardens. The upper floors and green rooftops enjoy views of picturesque synthetic and natural landscapes. Award-winning green measures include the use of hydrophilic polymers, a material process that eliminates the need for irrigation, vertical greenery and recycled concrete aggregate as a material. The design will be completed in 2014.

Travis Haggerty's curator insight, July 17, 2013 3:21 PM

Wow... Now that is some futuristic design right there. It would be great to get a look at this when it is done. 

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Contemporary Green Design: Merricks House by Robson Rak Architects

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

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.

From the architects: 

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.

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
Suzy Koch's curator insight, August 2, 2013 8:17 PM

Love all the great features in this contemporary green design!

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Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects

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

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.

ParadigmGallery's comment, July 8, 2013 3:04 PM
interesting concepts...
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China's Sustainable Cave Hotel Under Construction

China's Sustainable Cave Hotel Under Construction | sustainable architecture |

Construction has started on a cave hotel resort by Atkins that will nestle into the rockface of an abandoned water-filled quarry near Shanghai, China.

Once complete, the hotel will offer around 400 rooms, as well as conference facilities, a banquet hall, restaurants, a swimming pool and a water-sports centre.

The building will use geothermal technologies to generate its own electricity and lighting, while greenery will blanket a roof that extends just two storeys above the edge of the quarry.

Sustainability is integral to Atkins' design of this unique resort, built into an abandoned, water-filled quarry.

Joram Walukamba's comment, July 3, 2013 7:43 AM
Joram Walukamba's comment, July 3, 2013 7:43 AM
awesome ....
linh pham's curator insight, October 7, 2014 11:47 PM

A new hotel gonna be built near Shanghai, China which will call with a name ' Cave hotel'. This new hotel will have a shape like a waterfall in the middle of two buildings of hotel. A great ideal hotel will come up in the future make the guest really interested included me, it uses geothermal technologies to generate its own electricity. It is really a great hotel but what i consider is this hotel will be built in among the environment and it will be affect directly to the environment which many protecter want to protect the environment. Waster will be a problem with this hotel because there is no water factory near there. The idea of this hotel is great but it will create many problems to some objecter like green environment. I don't think this hotel can build and success in the future. 

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The Exbury Egg: Art, Architecture + Environmental Awareness

The Exbury Egg: Art, Architecture + Environmental Awareness | sustainable architecture |

Artist Stephen Turner has worked with PAD Studio to create the Exbury Egg, the first water-borne artist’s studio, designed to combine art, architecture and sustainability of a fragile marine environment.

Turner (who specialises in long term artistic explorations of environmental settings), will now use it as a “residency”, floating in the Beaulieu Estuary for a year, to examine the changing patterns of its marine ecology, while making artworks inspired by his surroundings. “This ambitious project tests the role of artists and architects in sensitive places and contributes to raising awareness of the importance of protecting places like the Estuary”, explains the artist.

The Team @ E-Side's comment, June 27, 2013 5:53 AM
All the team at loves it! A great piece of ecodesign
Joram Walukamba's comment, July 3, 2013 8:38 AM
Its nice and still friendly with the eco-system
Hunter Rion's curator insight, May 24, 2014 5:16 PM

Turner raises awareness of the importance of protecting places throughout he creation of his egg studio.

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1,620 Recycled Shipping Containers to Create an Eco-friendly Cultural Landmark in Taiwan

1,620 Recycled Shipping Containers to Create an Eco-friendly Cultural Landmark in Taiwan | sustainable architecture |
LOT-EK's proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center in Taiwan calls for building the new museum and library out of 1,620 recycled shipping containers.

New York-based architecture firm LOT-EK has made a name for itself by constructing buildings from recycled shipping containers. So it did't come as much of a surprise to learn that the firm's proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center in western Taiwan called for building the new public library and fine arts museum out of cargo containers.

What is surprising is the scale of the project -- the proposal calls for 1,620 shipping containers to create an eco-friendly cultural landmark in the bustling Taiwanese city.

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A Parisian Restaurant Design with a Pixelated Green Facade

A Parisian Restaurant Design with a Pixelated Green Facade | sustainable architecture |

Architect Stephane Malka’s striking facade proposal for a Parisian restaurant creates an unusual site, sure to stand out in the urban setting of the city. Amidst a city of man-made concrete and glass structures could rise a building essentially comprised of an organically growing “forest.

Malka, who has experience in urban landscaping, created a green facade that wraps around a glass enclosure and is composed of raw wooden blocks arranged in a patchy, pixelating pattern. The uneven surface creates spaces for plant life to grow, spilling flourishing green plants and foliage down the building.

The textured wooden facade, which seems to actively move inward to completely engulf the glass skin, stops to reveal an expansive view of the restaurant’s interior.

Malka’s work presents passersby and restaurant customer with with the interesting paradox of nature abundantly flourishing in an urban environment...

Rebecca Ashley Martinez's curator insight, June 8, 2013 2:29 PM

Architect Stephane Malka's work of art an urban forest....

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Shigeru Ban completes Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch

Shigeru Ban completes Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch | sustainable architecture |

The Cardboard Cathedral by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban opened in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The building was designed as a temporary replacement for the city's former Anglican cathedral, which was destroyed by the earthquake that struck the city in February 2011. With an expected lifespan of around 50 years, it will serve the community until a more permanent cathedral can be constructed.

The building features a triangular profile constructed from 98 equally sized cardboard tubes. These surround a coloured glass window made from tessellating triangles, decorated with images from the original cathedral's rose window.

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The Village Centre at the National Arboretum, Canberra

The Village Centre at the National Arboretum, Canberra | sustainable architecture |

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer collaborated with Taylor Cullity Lethlean to design The Village Centre for the National Arboretum in Canberra, Australia.

The architecture develops the long-standing tradition of significant garden buildings as transparent enclosures with dramatic internal volumes and sense of indoor-outdoor connection.

The exterior of the building is a sculptural form in the rolling topography of the site, contrasting low stone-clad wings with a high arching roof clad in weathered zinc, the form of which is inspired by the fronds of the adjoining forest of Chilean Wine Palms.

Internally, the innovative timber structure combines low environmental impact with a dramatic forest-like form, designed in a series of geometrical arcs.

The building incorporates a range of energy-saving measures, supporting the environmental value of the Arboretum as a whole, with a very low-energy envelope and structure.

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Summer Seaside House by Joakim Hoen

Summer Seaside House by Joakim Hoen | sustainable architecture |

A holiday home perched on the rocky shoreline was digitally conceived to highlight how contextual parameters – such as weather and topography – can be the main drivers of design.

Seaside Second Home was the master's degree project of Joakim Hoen, undertaken at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. By creating a model for digitally fabricated houses, Hoen argued that processes which lead to the final architectural designare prioritised. This project attempts to integrate contextual data and human dimensions in the digital conception of a series of second homes.

Flo @ddline2020 ✏ 's curator insight, August 5, 2013 2:48 AM

J'adore l'esprit de cette maison de vacances qui épouse le relief par tous les temps !

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One Patio House: A Contemporary, Efficient Prefab Project in Chile

One Patio House: A Contemporary, Efficient Prefab Project in Chile | sustainable architecture |

One Patio House turns a conventional program into a splendid composition of volumes. Positioned in the suburbs of Santiago de Chile, One Patio House materializes a simple and efficient answer to the unique climate and the desired relation between interior and exterior spaces.

Two volumes were developed following a set of opposite concepts: the ground floor volume expresses heaviness while the first floor refers to lightness. Openings also play a crucial role in the game of opposites: the ground volume has huge sliding windows on both long facades while the upper volume contradicts this rule by opening only the wider facades. When it comes to construction process, the difference is quite visible between the two: concrete for the ground floor area, prefabricated steel structures for the upper floor. The interior treatment respects this dual game by revealing the material properties behind each volume: smooth concrete for the flooring of social areas while wood planks are exclusively used in all private rooms. A black steel staircase establishes the necessary bridge between two opposite atmospheres belonging to a single and unique piece of architecture.

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Dalian International Conference Center: Technology, Construction & Sustainability

Dalian International Conference Center: Technology, Construction & Sustainability | sustainable architecture |

The Dalian International Conference Center has both to reflect the promising modern future of Dalian and its tradition as an important port, trade, industry and tourism city, which is undergoing a wave of transformation on coastal brownfield and reclaimed land which will entirely change the city’s face within the next decade.

For this building, the focus of the architectural design and project development lies on technology, construction and their interplay. The technical systems fulfil the tasks required for the spatial use of the building automatically, invisibly and silently, working like a hybrid city within a building.
For the technical infrastructure of the building this means, that we have to consider a huge amount of people circulating inside the building at the same time, who expect high standards in circulation and comfort as well as a state of the art building with respect to high flexibility, low energy consumption and low use of natural resources...
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The World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape

The World Green Center in Chile Aims To Reshape the Capital’s Cityscape | sustainable architecture |

The World Green Center in Chile aims to maximize the amount of public spaces through sustainable design.

The LEED-pending project in Chile has a sprawling green roof designed by Santiago-based cCe Arquitectos. More than 72% of the ground surface is utilized as green space and the completely landscaped roof is covered with shaded terraces and gardens that reduce the heat island effect. Passive design is incorporated within the façade, which reduces solar radiation and minimizes the energy used for air conditioning.

A VRV climate control system is designed to save up to 40% of the total energy compared to traditional office buildings in Santiago. Focusing specifically on the worker activity, the architects made sure each part of the work day is improved through a connection to nature – from a meeting room to an outdoors lunch break.

Read more and find additional photos at the article link.

Immotopic's curator insight, July 26, 2013 2:50 AM

Future is green ;-)

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Sustainable Treehouse Architecture for a Contemporary Coastal Home

Sustainable Treehouse Architecture for a Contemporary Coastal Home | sustainable architecture |

This house is integrated with nature, sustainably designed and features a pared back palette infused with just the right amount of contrast.

Originally designed by Bark Design, the architects adopted principles of authenticity, economy, durability and simplicity into the design. A change in ownership gave the opportunity to further explore and refine the dwelling for its new occupants.

In the words of the architects, "The basic ‘pavilion’ plan was sketched out in the sand during an early site visit. A simple diagram of two timber pavilions placed either side of a 50 year old Morton Bay Ash ensures that the tree takes centre stage to the scale, proportions and life of the house around it. Celebrating its natural, coastal setting, the house provides its occupants with an inextricable link to the landscape. Exploring ideas of lightness, layers of transparency and integrating indoor/outdoor living within dynamic patterns of light and shadow, the Marcus Beach house is a simple frame to enable a contemporary coastal lifestyle to unfold within a very special landscape.

Becky Schivley Mather's comment, July 16, 2013 9:22 PM
The Swiss Family Robinson would have loved this!
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A Twisting LEED Platinum Telus Sky Tower for Calgary by BIG

A Twisting LEED Platinum Telus Sky Tower for Calgary by BIG | sustainable architecture |
BIG releases plans for the Telus Sky Tower, a new eco residential and office project in the heart of downtown Calgary.

BIG is making headway in Canada with a brand new LEED Platinum residential and office tower for downtown Calgary. Located in the heart of the city right next to a light rail station and the Foster + Partners-designed Bow Skyscraper, the Telus Sky Tower provides office space on the lower floors, then tapers and twists to accommodate private residences and a sky garden up top. The new eco tower will help create a more vibrant and walkable city center.

Travis Haggerty's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:29 AM

What a beautifully designed tower. I would love to see this some day. My hat goes off to the team at BIG 

Norm Miller's curator insight, July 11, 2013 1:10 PM

Large buildings can be green.

Te L - Us Business Solutions's comment, July 12, 2013 8:18 PM
I just like the name in the heading - Te L - Us
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Blending With The Landscape: The Waiatarua House in New Zealand

Blending With The Landscape: The Waiatarua House in New Zealand | sustainable architecture |

Waiatarua House, a residential project in Auckland, New Zealand, designed by Hamish Monk Architecture, interacts with the outdoors, while providing a comfortable, beautiful sanctuary for its inhabitants.

“One of the design challenges was to insert a bold (in size and placement) intervention into a sensitive bush reserve whilst still maintaining a sense of modesty and poetic. The desire was to seek out a quiet architectural expression, one that is devoid of excessive articulation and noise; a silent witness to its surroundings.”

Visit the article link for more photos and information.

Five Fitness Pune's comment, July 3, 2013 3:21 AM
design is good
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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 |

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.

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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Beautiful, Futuristic Hotel Designed To Cope With Rising Sea Levels

Beautiful, Futuristic Hotel Designed To Cope With Rising Sea Levels | sustainable architecture |

The Maldives may be swallowed up by rising sea levels in the future, but the architects at Deep Ocean Technology will build an underwater hotel to house its inhabitants. 

Called ‘The Water Discus’, this futuristic hotel has two circular discs which will house its 22 rooms, along with a restaurant, spas and lounges. 
The structure above ground will be connected to the structure below via a staircase and an elevator, where a bar and a diving center will also be located. 

Jourdan Sumithio's curator insight, August 13, 2014 1:58 AM

What an awesome idea of giving tourists/travellers an unforgettable experience as they never experienced before. Great concept, design, and ideas for this hotel, however they may need to add up the capacity in the following future to add up more than 22 rooms. Overall the facilities they offered to tourists/customers are simply great, which allow people to enjoy the view around hotel as it's located at beautiful Maldives area. Maldives is well known as a dream destination place and a must visit at least once in life. By showing this brilliant and promising idea is a greater way to attracts more people to support and visit this hotel. However a reasonable price and good service are needed to keep the hotel's reputation rising in a further future.

Phuong Nguyen's curator insight, September 16, 2014 2:19 AM

This hotel is designed to cope with rising sea levels in Maldives. The concept of the hotel is very original compares to other underwater hotels. Based on the beautiful images, I believe in the future, this hotel will attract a lot of leisure guests who want to come for new experiments. This hotel is very suitable for adventurous people who want to organise a party or conference under water. However the owner of the hotel should carefully consider the impact of this hotel on the sustainability of the ocean and the safety of the construction.

Nguyen Quang Thai's comment, October 6, 2014 9:18 AM
It is great for building undersea hotels. It is a really creative idea for giving the visitors the pretty new experiences and beautiful views. In addition, there are many activities for people such as having a wedding under the beach, swimming at the early morning or watching the sea creatures. People could also have a great sleep because of its peaceful and quiet. For the facilities, the number of rooms should be improved due to the over demand. In addition, the undersea hotels could cause the pollution for the sea environment and threating the habitant of sea creatures. Therefore, they have to have a plan to protect the environment and sea creatures. On the other hand, there are many risks for staying under sea. As some nature disasters like tsunami, storm or some hit of big creatures like shark, people could get disturb and afraid. So, they should have an alarm, for example, to ring if there is a tsunami coming or having some nets to stop the big creatures far away. Lastly, glass cleaning is really important. As people staying, they do not want to see some moss stick in the glasses. Therefore, the hoteliers should be awareness in order to use some special glasses or have a way protect the wall.
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Is this one of the world's greenest buildings?

Is this one of the world's greenest buildings? | sustainable architecture |

Pittsburgh-based Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, has opened the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), said to be one of the world’s greenest buildings.

Completed in late 2012, the new 24,350-­square-­foot structure is the first building project to pursue all three of the highest green architecture and landscape standards: the Living Building Challenge SM, LEED® Platinum and Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) certification. A model of sustainability for architects, scientists, planners and anyone interested in living greener, this new building was designed to mimic nature and function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower...

Ray Howard's curator insight, June 14, 2013 7:30 AM

What kind of Green Buildings are in your area?

ESTAR's curator insight, June 14, 2013 10:51 AM

Very industrial to be green...