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Snøhetta reveals snake-like hotel for a Norwegian island

Snøhetta reveals snake-like hotel for a Norwegian island | sustainable architecture |
Architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled images of a snake-like hotel that will wind across a rocky outcrop in Norway's Lofoten archipelago.

The site extends out to sea to the south and west, linking the contact between ocean and the tall, shielding mountains to the north and northwest. The location is spectacular, sunny, in the mighty landscape elements, yet in touch with old settlement and sheltered harbors.

Snøhetta has developed a project and looked at a number of factors: the landscape "critical load" vs. new construction, functional and technical aspects of access, infrastructure, ecology and sustainability, connection to outdoors areas and existing buildings. The main goal is to find the development patterns and shapes that trigger the functional, architectural and experiential triggers the plot's formidable potential. We think it will be essential to find a building program and a scale that "hits", both in terms of economy, market and individual experience opportunities.

Guy Antognelli's curator insight, March 20, 2014 4:38 AM



Frédéric Liégeois's comment, March 20, 2014 5:08 AM
strange, isn't it?
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Ecological Design: Casa Tierra by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

Ecological Design: Casa Tierra by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos | sustainable architecture |

The master plan for Cumbres de Santa Fe was developed under the premise to maintain the environment in a truly holistic, creative and sustainable way.

Located in an 80 hectares lot in the west of Mexico City, it is surrounded by three streams that were taken into consideration when conceiving the project, with the commitment to protect ecological areas and incorporate them into the design.

Casa Tierra is an example of the rational use of all the resources and the total respect for the surrounding environment. In its design all the guidelines of the complex were followed and elements that characterize its urbanization, such as: natural stone, apparent concrete in grey, black and white shades were incorporated. The gardens around the house were integrated to the natural surroundings to create a complete atmosphere...

Visit the link to read more about the specific sustainable strategies and green technologies incorporated into this site-sensitive and beautiful project.

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Semiahmoo Library Green Wall

Semiahmoo Library Green Wall | sustainable architecture |

Here are Semiahmoo Library Green Wall by North American-based design firm Green over Grey. It’s very stunning, with beautiful flower arrangements designed neatly on the wall of an architecture, Green and privileged to be the concept of this building.

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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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Growth Spurt - The Architect's Newspaper

Growth Spurt - The Architect's Newspaper | sustainable architecture |

Architecture is taking an active interest in life sciences that goes well beyond biomimicry. 

The research among academics and practitioners into biology-driven design is farther along than one would expect. And the issues raised are challenging and range far—from radically rethinking the time frame it requires to grow structure to acknowledging that architects and scientists do not even use the same language and may need to invent a new one to communicate.

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