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IE Paper Pavilion by Shigeru Ban

IE Paper Pavilion by Shigeru Ban | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has completed a temporary pavilion made from cardboard tubes at the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid. 

The Paper Pavilion, which was recently inaugurated, is constructed in the university's Serrano garden and will serve as a multi-purpose space for events, meetings, talks and exhibitions.

The project had a restricted budget, so Shigeru Ban designed a system of cardboard roof trusses and columns which were cheap to install and can be easily recycled when the building is eventually dismantled. The tubes were manufactured and waterproofed locally in Spain and were assembled by members of the surrounding community.

The IE School commissioned the pavilion, supported by the Japan Foundation. The opening event was a lecture by Ban entitled "Appropriate Architecture"...

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Natalie Curtis's curator insight, March 27, 2013 9:33 AM

Who said cardboard isn't sustainable... never met Sigeru Ban. All he wanted was a quick place to set up and give a lecture. This common ground for architects, students and enthusiasts is cheap, sustainable for what it is, easily recycled and already recycled and has a low impact on the environment because of this... and a low impact on budget. It's a really clever way to set up shop really quick and even looks nice for it's temporary span.

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Contemporary Farmhouse in Victoria: Designed for flexibility & sustainability

Contemporary Farmhouse in Victoria: Designed for flexibility & sustainability | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This contemporary farmhouse in Victoria, designed by Doherty Lynch, was a complete rebuild after the original farmhouse was destroyed in a fire. The clients wanted a modern and relaxing holiday home for 4 families, including 17 grandchildren.


Therefore, the design needed to expand and contract to accommodate a fluctuating flow of guests as well as be durable, insulate against noise and be completed within a tight budget.


A layered approach to textured, robust and honest materials called for cabinetry that is a mix of Japanese Sen ash, ‘Moleskin’ by Laminex, and other laminates with exposed ply edges. Walls & ceilings were painted out in Dulux ‘Natural White’ with recessed areas (for electronic equipment) in Dulux ‘Luck.’ Other materials include double-glazed glass, concrete slab, fire-resistant timbers, porcelain tiles and plywood substrates at joinery locations.

Additional sustainable features include passive temperature control from the thermal mass of the concrete slab and low-e glass, while resource-conserving sustainable features include water harvesting, solar power, and energy-efficient windows.


View more images of this beautiful, sustainable and contemporary farmhouse at designhunter.net.

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Vissershok Primary School | container classrooms

Vissershok Primary School | container classrooms | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Set in the picturesque Durbanville wine valley on the outskirt of Cape Town, Vissershok Primary School is a rural school where most pupils are children of farm workers and underprivileged
communities living in Du Noon, a poverty-stricken township several kilometres away.
The Vissershok Container Classroom, sponsored by three SA companies- Woolworths, Safmarine and AfriSam, is a 12m recycled container converted into an independent classroom for 25 Grade R
(age 5-6) pupils.
The first phase of the project started with a design competition called “Making the Difference Through Design”. Run by Woolworths annually, the competition is aimed at introducing design to local
high school pupils. This year the brief calls for creative solutions on how a recycled container can be adapted to help under-resourced schools.

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B House in Shimasaki by Anderson Anderson Architecture

B House in Shimasaki by Anderson Anderson Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This hillside cabin in Japan by Anderson Anderson Architecture generates energy using photovoltaic panels and a ground-sourced heat pump.


Despite being surrounded by electricity pylons, this cabin by San Francisco firm generates all its own energy and heating using photovoltaic panels and a ground-sourced heat pump. Named B-House, the single-storey building is positioned on a slope overlooking Kumamoto.

The house was built on a tight budget and sustainability was key to the design. “The extremely modest budget required a close collaboration of the architects and builder to achieve a high quality, off-site fabricated timber frame construction meeting high sustainability standards,” explain the architects.


Read more about the sustainable features of this unique contemporary home and view more images at the article link...

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Contemporary Cousin-Homes in Melbourne by dKO Architecture

Contemporary Cousin-Homes in Melbourne by dKO Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

dKO Architecture recently completed in Australia. “This project consists of two dwellings on a corner lot in the suburbs of Melbourne. dKO Architecture set out to push traditional suburban perceptions, motifs and vernacular. Formally, there are obvious references to traditional roof form, yet we proposed a different formal solution. It needed to be sensitive. These gestures challenged traditional building technologies yet also offered economical and lightweight possibilities.

Another issue was the idea of identity with two houses that are the same but different. There are nuances in form, color and spatial arrangements. Living is on the top floor, partly due to the limited lot, but also to engage the roof form.

The site layout responds and respects the historical subdivision pattern; adjacent built form is respected through setback, form and materials. Interior details are simple and considered, not ostentatious. We achieved this outcome on a modest budget of $650000, proving that architecture can also provide good value”.

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FIS-SST Office building by Zalewski Architecture Group

FIS-SST Office building by Zalewski Architecture Group | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

FIS-SST company's rapid growth forced the need to build a new headquarters. A small building intended for about 60 employees and realized with a very limited budget was designed as a company headquarters taking into consideration fulfillment of its present and future needs.

In the building the ‘low–tech’ building materials tendency was contrasted with specialist solutions aimed at improving work efficiency. Despite the low budget of the investment really good solutions were achieved regarding the functionality and arrangement of space in the building. Limited costs were treated as an inspiration for searching methods and means that can provide at the same time comfort of work and use, high aesthetics and original and good quality design.

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