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Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen's Historic Fish Market

Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen's Historic Fish Market | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A local fish market in Bergen has been transformed by Edel Biesel Arkitekter into a beautiful modern space that harks back to the city's heritage.

Completed in 2012, the renovation carefully balances the site's historic heritage with its contemporary use. The project is titled “History Continued," and it honors these principles by telling the story of the site while creating a symbol of modern architecture in the center of the city.

An angular, daylight-filled “floating” volume and glass wall on the ground floor provides a view out through the market hall. The building’s transparent facade provides shelter from wind and rain, but on beautiful sunny days the space can be opened up to connect market activities outside to those occurring inside.

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Adaptive Reuse + Environmental Architecture at Claremont University's New Campus

Adaptive Reuse + Environmental Architecture at Claremont University's New Campus | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This new Administrative Campus Center for the Claremont University Consortium (CUC) consolidates the majority of CUC departments and services into a single location through the adaptive re-use of an under-utilized 42,000 square feet maintenance building.


The new Center allows CUC to create a unique and vibrant work environment with a well-defined public character in an environmentally sensitive manner, and provides a collective gathering place for both the Colleges and the broader community.

The project deploys a series of intertwined, materially rich, tactical architectural elements that reprogram the existing facility and redefines its public presence. These include a continuous 740 foot long cedar screen, a custom ceiling cloud, a digital garden, and a field of 168 solar chimneys that providing natural light through the space...

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Skygrove: A Modern Skyscraper is a Testament to Adaptation

Skygrove: A Modern Skyscraper is a Testament to Adaptation | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

As with any civilization, built environments must be able to adapt. They must adapt to changing cultures, changing landscapes, and now a changing climate – both literally and socially.

The construction industry no longer develops with blinkers on, placing industrial gain above the effects a building has on the environment and the economy. Natural disasters around the world have further prompted proactive industry movements to make resilient architecture as much of a priority under a holistically sustainable model.
It is for these reasons that the global architecture community has been endeavouring to create architecture that is structurally and environmentally more advanced that what is currently built.
HWKN Architects’ concept for the Skygrove high-rise looks at these challenges, placing a dual focus on both environmentalism and resilience, with each complementing the other...

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South Korea’s Expo 2012 Pavilion: Active Facade Design

South Korea’s Expo 2012 Pavilion: Active Facade Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Opened last month in the coastal city of Yeosu, South Korea, the 2012 International Exhibition’s theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast,” is a way for attendees to examine challenges and solutions to development on oceans and coastlines. As the architect of the expo’s thematic pavilion, Vienna-based Soma Architecture designed a kinetic media facade to act as a counterpart to the show’s location by the water and to its multimedia presentations. Working with Stuttgart- and New York-based structural engineering firm Knippers Helbig as facade consultant, the team developed a constructible solution for building one of the largest adaptive structures in the world...

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UK Water Pumping Station Converted Into Sophisticated Modern Home

UK Water Pumping Station Converted Into Sophisticated Modern Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Camouflaged in the north of England, UK, this exceptional two-story building is the result of a notable architecture conversion. The Pump House is the contemporary and sophisticated version of a former water pumping station in Ilkley and shelters three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two receptions. Its exterior stays true to the origins of the building and displays an intriguing brick finish. Once inside, the overall perspective is bent, as a potential visitor is likely to be surprised by the highly modern interiors. A generously sized living and dining space acts as the focal point of the entire house. The attention to detail is obvious in every corner of the project, from the lighting elements in the living area to the specially commissioned bathroom with imported marble from Italy. State-of-the art technology is also a defying factor for this home, equipped with infrared high security cameras and intercom system with electric gates...

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An Adaptable Shipping Container That Transforms For Different Uses Seamlessly

An Adaptable Shipping Container That Transforms For Different Uses Seamlessly | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Creatives from China’s Jikerzhicheng Product Design has transformed a shipping container to be a beautiful, modular, flexible space. 

The designers used as little material as possible and incorporated circular cutouts at the tops and sides in order to allow natural light to enter, and cutouts at the bottom allow for movement in and out of the container. 

The ability and flow of the space was to be seamlessly integrated to nature. The mobile container also has the potential for constant evolution and multiple uses, such as transforming from a stage set to sleeping quarters and even a tea house, if you desire.

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D*Haus: Dynamically Responding to its Environment

D*Haus: Dynamically Responding to its Environment | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Conceived for the harsh, climatic extremes from ‘Lapland to Cape Horn and Aleutians to Auckland’ The D*Haus concept can respond dynamically to its environment by controlled adaptation to seasonal, meteorological and astronomical conditions.


D*Dynamic can ‘metamorphosize’ and transform itself into 8 Configurations, adapting from winter to summer, and day to night by literally moving inside itself. The thick heavy external walls unfold into internal walls allowing glass internal walls to become facades. Doors become windows and vice versa. The layout can be adapted to suit different living situations, as the design can change its shape and perspective both seasonally and throughout the course not only dawn to dusk but also twilight to sunrise....

One can rotate the house so that the user is in sunlight, while the house generates energy through solar panels. From a manufacturing point of view, the design deploys one set of materials to achieve so many possibilities...


'D*Haus designs are inspired by the philosophy of dynamic living: we truly believe in ideas that can help improve and inspire our daily lives. This can be done through flexibility, adaptability and originality.'

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Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia: Endesa Pavilion

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia: Endesa Pavilion | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia designed the Endesa Pavilion, as part of the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain.

The structure brings the distributed intelligence concept to the realm of architecture through a multiscalar aproach. The project aims to define an adaptative constructive system able to respond each solicitation at the lowest scale. By doing this, each single module could answer to his own structural, energetical and enviromental needings. The skin will act as a network of inteligent nodes, a “solar brick” that protects from the solar radiation, collects and storage the energy the data at the local scale.

During one year it will perform as a meeting point for knowledge interchange as well as a benchmark for smart grid technologies...

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Plaza Diane in Wyoming is a LEED Gold Art Center Converted from a Former Gas Station

Plaza Diane in Wyoming is a LEED Gold Art Center Converted from a Former Gas Station | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Tucked in the core of the small town of Powell in North Central Wyoming is Plaza Diane a LEED Gold Community Arts Center, a reclaimed 50's service station.

The project is conceived as a home for visual arts and performance to be exhibited in the culturally rich community, but the community went much further by incorporating a host of design elements to significantly reduce the building's impact. We recently took a tour of the project and learned how a small group's shared vision manifested in this fantastic gathering place...

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