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Students’ Award-Winning Home Leaves Small Footprint

Students’ Award-Winning Home Leaves Small Footprint | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

'Prefabricated components, solar power, airtight construction and a small footprint at this home, designed and built by a team of students at New Zealand’s Victoria University, earned third place in 2011 in the U.S. Solar Decathlon.

Now relocated to a picturesque beach at Hawkes Bay, its ecocredentials are quite possibly the greenest in New Zealand.'

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Singapore National Stadium: the World's Largest Single-Span Dome

Singapore National Stadium: the World's Largest Single-Span Dome | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Singapore’s new National Stadium has the world’s largest single-span dome. And by leaving it open at one end, its designers have given the multi-purpose pitch one of the most beautiful backdrops in sport, with one of the most efficient structures possible.

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Studio Gang to regenerate former power plant as a student centre

Studio Gang to regenerate former power plant as a student centre | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Chicago studio Studio Gang Architects has revealed plans to convert a decommissioned power plant in Wisconsin, USA, into new facilities for an arts college.

Beloit College has asked Studio Gang to develop the site between the institution's existing campus and the riverfront of Beloit, located close to the state border with Illinois. 

The decommissioned coal-burning power plant will be overhauled to include both educational and recreational spaces for students, including a coffee shop, lounges, a conference centre, a lecture hall and a theatre.

"We're excited to work with Beloit College to transform an outmoded source of electricity into a wellspring of human energy," said studio founder Jeanne Gang. "Our hope is that by reclaiming the Beloit waterfront for people, our project will inspire other communities around the globe to see human well-being as vitally interconnected with a healthy and clean environment."

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Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos

Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos:

“Catch the Views House is originated from an intention of capturing and framing the different existing views at the inside spaces toward the sea and surrounding landscape. To achieve this initial objective, plus considering the strong slope of the site, we arrange and stacked one above the other a set of volumes directed to the selected views from a previous view-shed study. Arranging the interior and exterior program in relation with sunlight and wind exposure, and interconnectedness of the spaces.

The volumes are stacked one above the other, remembering how randomly shoreline rocks are stacked in this coastal landscape. We use a similar color from the rocks too, a dark grey, for the exterior facades of the house.

For the house structure, we use a system of prefabricated concrete panels, with a high isolation performance, which also reduces construction time. Material selection criteria were based on the performance, durability and maintenance of the materials in harsh coastal environments.”

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JandLInteriors, LLC's curator insight, October 30, 2014 3:23 PM

Beautiful modern floor plan in Chile.

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Concrete + Context: Winery Pavilion at Leura Park by Centrum Architects

Concrete + Context: Winery Pavilion at Leura Park by Centrum Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This winery pavilion near the southern tip of Australia was conceived by Melbourne's Centrum Architects as a massive lantern to draw curious visitors.

A unique form was a priority from the beginning. For inspiration, the architects turned to the estate’s name – “leura” is derived from the Aboriginal word for lava – and from the unusual wrinkled rock formations found in pahoehoe lava flows. In their interpretation, the design team imagined the roof and western wall as a shell composed from four sections of curving high-performance concrete that rise from the ground before folding over, propped up with angled steel columns. Although initially conceived for off-site prefabrication, it ultimately proved faster and more economical to cast the sections in situ.

Inside, the thickness of the exposed concrete walls provides excellent thermal massing, which allowed Centrum to rely on passive cooling and ventilation, forgoing the need for mechanical and water systems.

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University of Chicago opens first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America

University of Chicago opens first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
UChicago's new ecological field station in Southwestern Michigan raises the bar for sustainable and energy-efficient educational facilities.

The Warren Woods Ecological Field Station is the first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America and only the fifth worldwide. Built to Passive House standards — an innovative design process that results in minimal energy requirements for heating and cooling —the field station and accompanying cabins set a new benchmark for sustainable and energy-efficient educational facilities.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, July 31, 2014 9:07 AM

Really interesting case study here - especially in light of the work we are undertaking at The University of Nottingham: http://nottingham.ac.uk/estates/developments/csc.aspx ;

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Unique Solar Protection + A Dynamic Facade in Australia

Unique Solar Protection + A Dynamic Facade in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

 In Bunbury, down the coast from Perth in Australia, the architects at Gresley Abas seized the mission of modernizing a homeless shelter as an opportunity to clad the original building in a colourful and dynamic facade – using metal screens. On completion of the building work, Yanget House now houses 37 apartments as well as stores and offices on the first and second floors which generate rental income that goes toward financing the project.
Colt perforated panels provide solar protection on the east side.


Artist Rick Verney specially designed a 3D relief of projecting, angular elements that seem both transparent and sculptural thanks to the characteristic perforation pattern. The “shadow metal” consists of powder-coated anodized aluminum – the perforation pattern on the screens is not just a key design element, but also ensures light transmission and the passage of energy. The customized design thus spawned both sun shading and an unusually textured dynamic façade that is as good as unmistakable.

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UIWGroup's curator insight, July 11, 2014 8:47 AM

See we know how

Emanuele Naboni's curator insight, July 19, 2014 2:22 PM

3D Solar shading 

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Sonoma Spa Retreat, Sonoma, Calif.

Sonoma Spa Retreat, Sonoma, Calif. | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

San Francisco–based Aidlin Darling Design crafted the program of this private spa retreat, located in the mountains of Sonoma, Calif., to serve as a place of respite, with the structure sited within a grove of oak, manzanita and madrone trees, close enough to the main house so as to be convenient, but far enough to ensure privacy on the 10-acre site.

The entry is situated behind two curving earthen walls that make the approach somewhat like moving through a concrete Richard Serra sculpture. Inside, the 1,802-square-foot structure includes a yoga and meditation studio, a steam room, changing rooms, and a refreshment bar. The spaces are organized on a wood deck surface that projects out over the landscape to the northeast and southeast to provide a private sundeck, which is shaded by a slatted canopy. Retractable glass walls open the interior spaces to the outdoors.

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The Håkansson Tegman House by Johan Sundberg

The Håkansson Tegman House by Johan Sundberg | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Johan Sundberg designed the Håkansson Tegman house in Höllviken, Sweden. Angled around an inner garden, the design rests on the tradition of the Danish atrium house from the 60s and 70s. Three small bedrooms form the northern wing of the house, while the western wing is a continuous sequence of spaces consisting of a kitchen, dining room, library, living area, and winter garden.

The outer walls along the streets are clad with clay bricks as a screen. The stucture is a steel-enforced timber frame. Windows and sliding glass doors are made from Schüco aluminum profiles. The front and garage doors are custom made from ammonium smoked oak.

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This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights

This Building Takes Treehouses To New Heights | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Some very lucky citizens of Montpellier, France will have the opportunity to live in a striking tree-inspired high-rise dubbed the “Arbre Blanc,” or “White Tree.” A collaboration between architect Sou FujimotoManal Rachdi Oxo Architects, and Nicolas Laisné Associés, the Arbre Blanc mirrors natural growth patterns in an incredible example of intelligent architecture and design...

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Lili Dávila's curator insight, April 21, 2014 11:41 AM

Very stylish!

Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 22, 2014 7:02 AM

Many projects are looking at how to extend part of the cities in the ocean, this project, to me, expands in the air... a tree or a shuttle with many many wings .

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 22, 2014 11:41 PM

El árbol blanco de Montpellier, reproduce los patrones del crecimiento natural para llegar a un diseño muy interesante.

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Pop-Up House by Multipod Studio

Pop-Up House by Multipod Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Multipod Studio have designed the Pop-Up House, a housing concept that is low cost, uses recyclable materials and can be built in four days.


The structure, compiled of insulating blocks and wooden panels, delivers affordable thermal insulation. Heating represents close to 28% of global energy consumption and is also one of the main household costs. Determined to develop solutions, Multipod Studio have patented a unique approach to passive construction that delivers outstanding thermal insulation at an affordable cost.

No special tools required, the house is assembled using lightweight and recyclable materials for quick installation.

The materials used are inexpensive and the thermal envelope means no additional heating is necessary. 
The Pop-Up House is an innovative concept that aims to challenge passive house construction.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:02 AM

This ise also an interesting option for seasonal, holiday use, optimizing the building lifecycle for this particular type of use.... while giving also some flexibility in this type of business.

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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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Light Matters: 7 Ways Daylight Can Make Design More Sustainable

Light Matters: 7 Ways Daylight Can Make Design More Sustainable | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Daylight is a highly cost-effective means of reducing the energy for electrical lighting and cooling. Education often reduces the aspect of daylight to eye-catching effects on facades and scarcely discusses its potential effects – not just on cost, but on health, well-being and energy.

This Light Matters will explore the often unexplored aspects of daylight and introduce key strategies to better incorporate daylight into design: from optimizing building orientations to choosing interior surface qualities that achieve the right reflectance. These steps can significantly reduce investment as well as operating costs and so much more...

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Mary H Goudie's comment, February 28, 2014 4:38 AM
My husband CANNOT live without his sunshine. Here in Lisbon they used ceramic tiles to move more light into the rooms. We angle a mirror to reflect the sunshine into our kitchen on cold days - toasty!
Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 1, 2014 12:52 PM

La luz es importantísima par ala eficiencia y para el confort.

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Boston's EpiCenter: Plans for the Largest Energy Positive Commercial Building on the East Coast

Boston's EpiCenter: Plans for the Largest Energy Positive Commercial Building on the East Coast | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Behnisch Architekten has big, green aspirations for its latest project, the EpiCenter, fittingly located in Boston’s Innovation District, the burgeoning neighborhood designed for such far-reaching goals. The firm just unveiled plans for a new expanded headquarters for the non-profit, Artists for Humanity (AFH), an organization dedicated to helping underserved youth through paid employment opportunities in the arts.

According to Behnisch, the addition will make the existing LEED Platinum certified building—the city’s first—designed by local firm Arrrowstreet, even greener, with the hope of becoming the largest energy positive commercial building on the East Coast. The building already was an AIA COTE Top Ten winner.

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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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Australian Garden Shelters by BKK Architects

Australian Garden Shelters by BKK Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Australia Gardens Shelters are Australia's only botanical gardens to feature solely Australian native plants, and the architecture responds directly to the landscape context both conceptually and physically.

The 3 of the 5 structures completed during the initial phase explore notions of what shelter is and the history of shelter from its most primitive forms to the more contemporary vernacular.

Mostly open to the environment, they are still highly insulated to protect from radiant heat, and all material selection and detailing was developed for low-maintenance and durability, reducing life-cycle costs. Timber cladding, both internally and externally, was selected for its environmental performance, sourced from managed plantations; low VOC paints, oils and finishes were employed throughout and lighting is limited, with low energy fittings.

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Factory on the Earth in Malaysia by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect

Factory on the Earth in Malaysia by Ryuichi Ashizawa Architect | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This project is an extension of the existing factory, reclaiming ground adjacent to the jungle in Johor, Malaysia.

To create a bright space in harmony with the natural environment, the concept aims to blend into the new design into the surrounding jungle.

Using the power of nature in the forms of rain water, sunlight, wind, geothermal heat and vegetation, the loads are further suppressed by the use of geothermics and a green roof prevents heat waste...

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A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong

A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Mexican design firm Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti has designed and developed an ambitious concept that reimagines skyscrapers. 
The concept is 92-stories-high and consists of two parts—for housing and for commerce, linked by bridges. The architects also have an unusual plan to install rice paddies on the roof. 
One of the architects, Adrian Cachoua Oropeza explained that “the farming on the top of the building is an important symbolic gesture as well as an environmental one,” as rice is a staple in Asian countries.
This idea was submitted for the 2014 World Architecture Festival

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 27, 2014 4:15 PM

It's another integration of nature with design but the building looks  a little more like King Kong than Hong Kong

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Flanagan Lawrence completes shell-shaped seafront shelter and stage

Flanagan Lawrence completes shell-shaped seafront shelter and stage | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The English seaside resort of Littlehampton has acquired yet another architectural gem, with this performance space and sheltered area by Flanagan Lawrence.

The curvaceous shapes of the structures were influenced by the undulating sand dunes found along the local coastline and were produced by spraying concrete directly onto a reinforced mesh framework.

A double-curved form enables the canopies to rise up from the ground without the need for additional supporting pillars or formwork.

"The Acoustic Shells are a response to this context, bringing back an old ideal, an architecture that can represent sound, and the people that made it," claimed the architects.
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Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland

Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A place where luxury and design meet sustainability and adventure, all surrounded by lava fields and glacial lakes.

Iceland is often dubbed "the land of fire and ice"— about the size of Kentucky, Iceland boasts some of the most starkly juxtaposed landscapes in the world. From black sand beaches to glacier fields to jagged peaks, the lava fields of otherworldly green moss to the countless active geysers, Iceland's landscape is stunning—and that's only the beginning. There's no better place to experience these extremes than the ION Hotel.

Consistently awarded for both its design and sustainability, the ION's (slightly) remote location an hour east of Reykjavik makes it the ideal getaway to both relax and explore the country's extremes...

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Amazing !!
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10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture

10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
They’re not just for global shipping anymore: These creative adaptations think inside the box.

At this moment, there are more than 17 million steel intermodal shipping containers floating or riding across the globe—rectangular, bland engines of global commerce filled with anything and everything you can imagine. While there’s a certain fascination with all these small links in the global supply chain slowly making their way around the world—each identified with its own ISO 6346 number, an odd commercial shorthand—here at Dwell, we’re even more amazed by what happens when the trip ends and reconstruction and reuse begin.

Here are ten more recent projects that give thiese 20-foot-long steel rectangles a second life.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 1, 2014 11:49 AM

These are better looking than most modular units, generally for housing, from shipping containers.  Given that the US imports far more than we export we will probably have a lot of these sitting around. 

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Metz Museum by Shigeru Ban

Metz Museum by Shigeru Ban | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Shigeru Ban says that in designing the idiosyncratic new construction, he was inspired by the “architecture” of traditional Chinese hats woven from rice straw.

The offices, with their large, smooth windows, were accommodated in the angular transoms of Centre Pompidou in Metz, and appear to have been pushed into the hat. These white cubes were highlighted by the flatness of the Alucobond® elements in pure white. The new 10,000- square metre centre for the arts in north eastern France does not exhibit any collection of its own but makes use of works stored at the Paris centre, which, with more than 65,000 works, owns the largest collection of contemporary and modern art in Europe.

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A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley

A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay Area home designed by an architect for his parents.

Designed by San Francisco-based Spiegel Aihara Workshop (SAW), the Cotton Street residence integrates elements of the ranch house and adapts them to our increasing need for a greener architecture. The architects drew from a wide array of design strategies in order to make the building more sustainable, striving for maximum flexibility of living configurations along with high energy savings. Designed with a sense of consideration for the site, the residence takes advantage of natural lighting and passive ventilation, while its owners equipped the spaces with energy efficient appliances, radiant floor heating, and a solar system for energy generation.

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A Desert Oasis by assemblageSTUDIO

A Desert Oasis by assemblageSTUDIO | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

There are two ways to live with Las Vegas’ harsh climate. The first, epitomized by the hermetically-sealed tract houses ringing the Strip, rejects the reality of the desert in favor of air conditioning and architecture evoking far-off places.

The second strategy embraces the environment for what it is, and looks to the natural world for cues about how to adapt. In their tresARCA house, assemblageSTUDIO took the latter approach. Glass and granite punctuated by a folded steel screen surrounding the second-floor bedrooms, tresARCA’s facade is a meditation on the resilience of the desert landscape.

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View Terrace and Pavilion, Latvia: In Harmony with the Environment

View Terrace and Pavilion, Latvia: In Harmony with the Environment | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Didzis Jaunzems Architecture and Laura Laudere in collaboration with Jaunromans and Abele, the view terrace and pavilion create harmonious environment to discover the spaciousness and faraway horizon over river Daugava in Latvia.

The project has been designed considering and using sights particularities – trees, relief, most stunning view points. Viewing terrace and building has diversified levels of “openness”. This gives the opportunity to use the building in all kinds of weather conditions as well as lets visitors to choose the level which suits them better. The volume of the pavilion is designed so that it gradually grows from a bench into the building. Building is as a platform for harmonious interaction between people and nature.

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