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Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall

Innovative Sustainability: Matchbox Elementary School Sports Hall | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Obrenovac First Elementary School is the first established school in Belgrade, almost 200 years old. During the two centuries pupils of this school had no adequate indoor space for physical education and sports activities. 

From the very beginning the idea was to design low budget, energy efficient and sustainable building with no unnecessary details.

As Obrenovac Municipality is close to the river Sava banks, it is under the influence of the underground water. This was the crucial technical problem which had to be resolved from the first preliminary design phase. Through design process, the solution for these challenges has been successfully found by designing the waterproof concrete hull, 5 meters deep in the ground, just few centimeters over the highest underground water level. This concept provided some kind of waterproof box, as boat sink, for all premises inside.

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Foster + Partners Unveils Buenos Aires' City Hall, the first in Argentina to Receive LEED Silver

Foster + Partners Unveils Buenos Aires' City Hall, the first in Argentina to Receive LEED Silver | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Foster + Partners, the new city hall for Buenos Aires has recently been unveiled where it will house the mayor and 1,500 employees. It takes advantage of its abundant green setting in parque patricios and hopes to become a catalyst for regenerating the local neighborhood. The building itself carries foster and partner’s typical design strategy of using efficient and sustainable design. 

Welcomed by a four-storey atrium, the open and generous floor plates of the city hall is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass walls, illuminating the vast space with natural light. this creates a visual connection between the interior and the adjacent park whilst encouraging a sense of community and communication between departments. The construction techniques are influenced by the sub-tropical climate, from the careful choice of materials to the composition of each façade. Externally, the flowing roof canopy, supported by individual pillars is a distinct feature- the wave-like roof overhangs providing shade for the public areas underneath. The building is the first in argentina to receive the environmental LEED silver standard award for sustainability and the first civic project in the country by the acclaimed practice.

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Proposal unveiled for tornado-shaped skyscraper in Tulsa

Proposal unveiled for tornado-shaped skyscraper in Tulsa | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Oklahoma firm Kinslow, Keith & Todd has presented its vision to build a skyscraper shaped like a tornado on top of a Tulsa parking garage.

The towering structure, proposed within the region known as Tornado Alley, is designed to include a museum dedicated to weather, a storm research centre, a revolving rooftop bar and restaurant, and a grassy roof.

Lighting would also be added so that the whole building would appear to be slowly spinning to passing drivers.

Kinslow, Keith & Todd came up with the design after being asked by Tulsa People magazine for explore ways to rejuvenate the downtown area of the US city.

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Waterstudio aligns low-profile dwelling with the flat landscape

Waterstudio aligns low-profile dwelling with the flat landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This residential property in the Netherlands has been designed to comply with strict regulations that limit the height of the single storey structure. Completed by Koen Olthuis of Dutch architecture practice waterstudio.nl, the property utilizes additional floor space at a subterranean level, providing extra surface within the limited dimensions of the building envelope.

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BIG & Heatherwick’s Design for Google’s California Headquarters

BIG & Heatherwick’s Design for Google’s California Headquarters | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Images have been unveiled of BIG and Heatherwick Studio’s design for Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The plan, submitted to city council today, proposes to redevelop and expand the company’s home office with a series of lightweight canopy-like structures organized within a flexible landscape of bicycle paths and commercial opportunities for local companies. 

“The idea is simple. Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas… Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air. With trees, landscaping, cafes, and bike paths weaving through these structures, we aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature.”

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Kengo Kuma designs Tokyo hospital wrapped around a garden

Kengo Kuma designs Tokyo hospital wrapped around a garden | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Japanese firm Kengo Kuma + Associates has unveiled plans to replace an aging Tokyo medical centre with a louvre-clad hospital built around a landscaped garden.

The building will be organised around various green spaces and terraces. Proposal images show waiting rooms fronted by floor-to-ceiling glazing, allowing them to open out to a central courtyard featuring several trees.

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Marlboro Music: Five Cedar-Clad Cottages, designed by HGA

Marlboro Music: Five Cedar-Clad Cottages, designed by HGA | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
These cedar-clad dwellings for music residents in Marlboro, Vt., take an iconic house form and update it with minimal detailing and a palette of local materials.

The cottages play on the 400-year-old Cape Cod typology, which features low sidewalls (a mere 7 feet tall) and steeply raked roofs. “We decided to use those classic proportions,” Soranno says, “but put a contemporary spin on the interiors and detailing.”

A simple palette of local materials—stained cedar cladding, white pine interior walls and ceilings, and slate floors—is rendered in natural finishes and with an almost compulsive lack of detail. Window and door casings—in fact, all trim—are verboten. And while the presences of chimneys is a nod to the vernacular, they don’t connect to fireplaces—instead, they conceal plumbing vents and boiler stacks.

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The Greenest City Hall in Sweden / Christensen & Co Architects

The Greenest City Hall in Sweden / Christensen & Co Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The City Hall, also known as the Crystal (Kristallen), stands as an iconic frame with a profound social impact and an ambitious green profile, using only a fraction of the energy normally consumed by this type of building. The first step of The City Hall was completed in 2014 and hosts 13.500m2 of Citizen Service Centre. When fully completed, the building will have 25.000m2 of offices, conference facilities, a public ground floor and a green rooftop terrace that overlooks the city of Lund and its surroundings all the way to Denmark.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, January 31, 6:35 AM

Amongst all the rhetoric from politicians, here is a truly GREEN town hall .... 

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Referencing the Landscape: A New University District in Andalusia

Referencing the Landscape: A New University District in Andalusia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The new Linares’ university district, designed by Canvas Arquitectos, emerged as a unique opportunity to define an urban structure that reinforces urban identity and creates a relationship that integrates the university uses with those of industrial research.

The new campus is sensitive to the landscape and topography as well as the mining and industrial condition defining since its founding in Linares. This sense of descent and discovery accused throughout the intervention.

Each building specifically addresses use and identity; courtyards articulate different scales and establish relationships with the landscape andl the surrounding geography. In addition to courtyards, a rooftop garden resolves climatic conditions.

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Moshe Safdie Creates Spectacular Bio Dome for Singapore Airport

Moshe Safdie Creates Spectacular Bio Dome for Singapore Airport | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Moshe Safdie is famous for his iconic Montreal housing complex Habitat ’67, and he is still creating innovative large-scale urban projects around the world. The latest project his firm, Safdie Architects, has debuted is the design for development at Singapore's Changi Airport. The scheme aims to create a public gathering space with gardens, retail stores, hotel, restaurants, and entertainment that will lure travelers, airport employees, and local residents.

The glass dome will encompass a space of 134,000 square meters and houses a 130-foot-high waterfall. The dome's curved shape, recalling the tradition of glass conservatories, provides inherent structural strength to the glass and steel structure. Tree-like structural columns in a ring support the dome while a suspended roof covers the adjacent atrium space.

The space also showcases natural elements: walking trails travel through an indoor topography of trees, palms, and ferns called "Forest Valley". The different elements — dining, accommodations, and retail — are spread throughout the structure so as to give each of them impressive views of the natural features.

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BIG's Smithsonian Plan is the Latest Museum Design to Go Underground

BIG's Smithsonian Plan is the Latest Museum Design to Go Underground | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) plan for the Smithsonian follows a current trend in museum design to put things underground. The strategy makes sense on several levels. First, it preserves public open space. Second, it avoids making monuments that can make art precincts seem forbidding and inaccessible, as well as sidestepping approval processes in which authorities or neighbors might object to new buildings. Third, it lets institutions connect spaces below ground, and then pop up objects to catch light and signal the museum's presence. Finally, it makes a certain amount of sense from a sustainability standpoint to reuse the land by placing functions underneath public space and using the earth for insulation.

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Construction starts on Smith and Gill's ice-inspired China skyscraper

Construction starts on Smith and Gill's ice-inspired China skyscraper | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Construction has started in Chengdu, China, on a 468-metre-high crystalline skyscraper by the architects behind the current and future tallest buildings in the world.

The Greenland Tower Chengdu was designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill – the former SOM architects responsible for both the Burj Khalifa and the forthcoming Kingdom Tower – and is set to become the tallest building in south-western China. According to the architects, the faceted-glass form of the office and hotel tower was "inspired by the unique ice mountain topography around Chengdu".

"Like the mountain ridges reflecting the light of the sky and the valleys reflecting light from the earth, the iconic tower will perform as a light sculpture to diffuse light from 360 degrees, creating a connection between sky and earth," said the studio in a statement.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, November 21, 2014 1:59 AM

De nombreux projets "pharaoniques" en Chine, certains plus verts que d'autres ?  Voir peut-être aussi  :

http://www.gizmag.com/binhai-eco-city/33798/

 

Philippe Blot Lefevre's curator insight, November 22, 2014 11:07 AM

Le seul moyen de s'approcher de la perfection de la Nature, est de l'imiter. Les formes et polyèdres platoniciens sont incontournables. L'effet n'est pas que visuel puisque notre corps est lui-même constitué de cellules apparentées à ces formes. Ainsi s'opère l'harmonie entre l'objet qui nous habite et ceux que nous côtoyons.

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Sharifi-ha House, A Modern Home That Changes Rooms Orientation According To The Seasons

Sharifi-ha House, A Modern Home That Changes Rooms Orientation According To The Seasons | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Tehran architecture studio Next Office has designed and built “The Sharifi-ha House,” a house with motorized rooms that pivot up to 90 degrees according to the season…
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Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, November 16, 2014 7:57 PM

this is great. An added dimension to smart homes.

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Facebook's New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof

Facebook's New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

When Facebook approached famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to design their new headquarters in Menlo Park, California, they asked for a simple building without a heavy design. And while the building might look pretty conventional from down below, 70-feet up on the roof is something light on the environment and the spirits: a 9-acre garden.

The building, called MPK 20, is topped by a parkland with verdant green fields of grass, over 400 trees, and a lot of trails. “It’s a half mile loop,”says Lori Goler, head of human resources and recruiting. “It gives space to think.”

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Ideclik's curator insight, April 7, 2:52 AM

Nouveau siège de Facebook 

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Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architect Giancarlo Zema and EcoFloLife developed WaterNest 100, an ecological floating habitat.

The 1000-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The rounded wooden roof is topped by a 60-square-meter photovoltaic array capable of generating 4 kWp. Four skylights flank both sides of the photovoltaic array. Large windows and balconies wrap around the unit to allow users to enjoy views of the water.

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A 10,000-Square-Foot Smart-Glass Canopy for the US Pavilion at the Milan Expo

A 10,000-Square-Foot Smart-Glass Canopy for the US Pavilion at the Milan Expo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

International expositions have long pushed boundaries in design and engineering, and will be the case with the 2015 Expo Milano in May and 147 countries worldwide will share culture through construction in the form of innovative pavilions and installations. Representatives from the U.S. Pavilion—titled American Food 2.0 and aims to discuss the global food supply chain—recently shared a behind-the-scenes look at one of the architectural features: a smart-glass roof canopy.

The application seeks to align with the expo’s broader theme—“Feed the Planet, Energy for Life”—by functioning as a digital interface that encourages visitor interaction. The canopy comprises 312 glass panels, each measuring 3.3 feet by 9.8 feet, and totals roughly 10,000 square feet in area. The nonprofit representing the pavilion, Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano 2015, says that this application will be the largest smart-glass roof structure to date, with the panels planned to transition in seconds from opaque to transparent states in response to environmental conditions as well as prompts from visitors via a touchscreen.

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The HagaTwist Will Be A New Landmark Building For Stockholm

The HagaTwist Will Be A New Landmark Building For Stockholm | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Belatchew Architects have won an architectural competition for a new building in Stockholm, Sweden. The HagaTwist building will serve as a meeting place for those who live in, work in, and visit the area, and will accommodate a restaurant and a rooftop terrace.

The name- the HagaTwist- alludes to its twisted shape, but also to the program, that combines work with pleasure, the individual with the collective. The HagaTwist also refers to the DNA helix, since the area has a life science theme.

The lightweight structure is in wood, turning smoothly from one floor to the other, through a wide and inviting multi-functional staircase connecting the main floor with the upper floor and roof terrace in a seamless way.

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Tree Snake Houses by Rebelo de Andrade Studio in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park

Tree Snake Houses by Rebelo de Andrade Studio in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Inspired by the form of a snake, Architects Rebelo de Andrade Studio has designed two Tree Snake Houses where each structure glides sinuously amongst the trees in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park.

Taking their inspiration from the long and tapered proportions of a snake, Lisbon-based architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade & Tiago Rebelo de Andrade of Rebelo de Andrade Studio, have designed two concurrent Tree Snake Houses. Rather than build a treehouse in the branches of a tree, the distinctive snake-like houses, with their slate and wood facades, appear to glide sinuously amongst the trees. The structures become elevated and are raised on stilts as the ground dips downwards. Enjoying a close physical association with the one-hundred year old Pedras Salgadas Park, their aspect is one that is congruous with the park’s natural surroundings. Close attention was paid to making sure that they neither dominated nor vied for attention (despite their eye-catching appearance)...

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The World's First Carbon-Positive Prefab House

The World's First Carbon-Positive Prefab House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Australian firm Archiblox has designed the world's first carbon-positive prefab. We take a tour of the space, which is currently on view in Melbourne's City Square.
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Catherine Devin's curator insight, February 19, 2:32 AM

Les photos à l'intérieur la présentent très lumineuse et étonnamment  vaste.

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Ribbon Chapel / NAP Architects

Ribbon Chapel / NAP Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This wedding chapel stands in a garden of a resort hotel, “Bella Vista Sakaigahama,” in Onomichi, Hiroshima. The site is midway on a hill enjoying a panoramic view of the Inland Sea of Japan. By entwining two spiral stairways, we realized a free-standing building of unprecedented composition and architecturally embodied the act of marriage in a pure form. A single spiral stairway would be unsteady in a horizontal direction and is prone to vibration in a vertical direction, hence, very unstable.

The building’s exterior is finished in upright wood panels, painted white so as to deepen in beauty as time passes, and titanium zinc alloy, a material resistant to damage from the sea breeze and pliable enough to be applied to curvature. Employing the zinc alloy on the coping, walls, ceiling, and window sashes enabled a simple design unified by means of a single material.

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Moveable Timber Shutters Modulate Light at Mantois Technology Centre, near Paris

Moveable Timber Shutters Modulate Light at Mantois Technology Centre, near Paris | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Moveable timber fins cover the top five storeys of this university technology centre by French architects Badia Berger to modulate light and shade inside.

The timber fins that cover the exterior can rotate to alter shade and light inside, and are made from heat-treated pine.The thermo-treatment improves the timber's durability and the process requires no chemicals – only heat, steam and oil," said the architects.

Mantois Technology Centre is a new centre for the science and technology departments at the Université Versailles de St Quentin en Yvelines, near Paris.

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Resourceful low-cost housing projects from around the globe

Resourceful low-cost housing projects from around the globe | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architects plan low-cost residences for all kinds of reasons, whether rehousing victims of natural disasters or creating affordable homes for people with low incomes. We've collected eight of the best examples, from a prefabricated home in Sweden to a bamboo dwelling in Vietnam.

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Maracineanu Cristina's curator insight, January 13, 6:50 AM

Case ieftine pe glob

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Safdie Architects Design Glass “Air Hub” for Singapore Changi Airport

Safdie Architects Design Glass “Air Hub” for Singapore Changi Airport | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

biodSafdie Architects revealed plans for an all-glass, spherical “air hub” that will be built at the center of the Singapore’s Changi Airport, the world’s sixth busiest airport. The biodome was presented as a “new paradigm” for international airports.

“This project redefines and reinvents what airports are all about,” said architect Moshe Safdie. “Our goal was to bring together the duality of a vibrant marketplace and a great urban park side-by-side in a singular and immersive experience. The component of the traditional mall is combined with the experience of nature, culture, education, and recreation, aiming to provide an uplifting experience. By drawing both visitors and local residents alike, we aim to create a place where the people of Singapore interact with the people of the world.”

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Atelier Oslo provides shelter at all angles with Cabin at Norderhov

Atelier Oslo provides shelter at all angles with Cabin at Norderhov | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new cabin by Atelier Oslo within Norway's Krokskogen forest formed the striking backdrop to our 'Norse Power' shoot in the December issue. Four angular 'arms' spring out of a main core, anchoring this home to a steep slope over Lake Steinsfjorden. Cabin at Norderhov provides both refuge from and connection to its woodland surroundings.
A couple based in Oslo commissioned the project, with a view to using it as a weekend base for cross-country skiing and hiking. The structure was designed in response to their relationship with nature. Its prefabricated system of laminated wood reflects the surrounding trees and is supported by steel rods drilled directly into the rock. Aside from dividing the internal space into discrete zones, the arms also accommodate covered terraces outside.

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MFRMGR reveal plans to remodel offshore WWII torpedo base in Poland

MFRMGR reveal plans to remodel offshore WWII torpedo base in Poland | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

MFRMGR has revealed designs to revitalise a former Polish observation tower in the Baltic Sea to create a base for water sports enthusiasts and researchers.

The lookout station formerly operated as a watch tower for a German research facility responsible for the development of torpedoes during the Second World War, and is one of several derelict structures that rises out of the waters of Puck Bay, on the northern coast of Poland.

The building will harvest renewable energy from the wind and sun, and will also be equipped with a built-in sewage tank, food storage units and a power generator to take over during electricity outages.

A decked platform surrounding the structure will create a breakwater and miniature harbour to prevent damage from high waves and adverse weather, as well as giving occupants space to securely moor their boats.

Three floating "islands" with planting and a rainwater collection tank will link the decking with the building, accommodating a vegetable and herb garden, and an area dedicated to birds...

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