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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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Sustainable Design: The Holcim Foundation Names 13 Winners in North America

Sustainable Design: The Holcim Foundation Names 13 Winners in North America | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The triennial competition awarded $330,000 to projects that the design jury determined as pushing the envelope of sustainability.

Because the cutting edge in sustainable design is constantly edging forward, building technologies that were deemed innovative a decade ago have become standard in architecture. To celebrate the latest thinking in design performance and efficiency, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, based in Zurich, Switzerland, announced the recipients of its 2014 Holcim Awards for North America on Sept. 18. About 250 people attended the awards ceremony, which was held in the Evergreen Brick Works event space—itself a 2008 Holcim Acknowledgement prize winner—in Toronto.

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Double Helix Rising: A Green High-Rise Under Construction in Taipei, Taiwan

Double Helix Rising: A Green High-Rise Under Construction in Taipei, Taiwan | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A spiraling, green high-rise designed by Paris-based Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is currently under construction in Taipei, Taiwan. It will add interest to XinYi District’s existing mixture of buildings which range from LEED Platinum EBOM-rated Taipei 101, the world’s tallest green building, to a traditionally Chinese-styled Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall built in 1972.

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Wallaby Lane House and Studio

Wallaby Lane House and Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Wallaby Lane House and Studio is located at Tinbeerwah on the Sunshine Coast. The dwellings were designed by Jolyon Robinson of Robinson Architects for a family relocating from Sydney.
The site, a long sliver in shape, is just over two hectares. Established bushland in the center of the property separates the two buildings. The property is not serviced by town water or sewerage, so an onsite waste water treatment system looks after both buildings and rainwater is harvested.
The house sits high on the site and is linear in plan to follow the natural contour. The house plan is spacious yet compact. No space is wasted. Orientated to the north, large eaves and a fly-over roof shade the building. Cross ventilation, natural daylighting and beautiful views to Cooroy Mountain are maximized.

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Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute, South Korea

Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute, South Korea | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute in Seocheon-gun, South Korea promotes a design concept by SAMOO Architects and Engineers that reflects three key concepts:

"From the Nature," "Be the Nature," & "With the Nature." 


The first is expressed by the dynamic, organic lines of the Institute and its grounds.  The second uses cutting-edge technology to recreate ecological environments by aligning greenhouses with the optimal amount of sunlight for each one.  The third includes visitors who immerse themselves in the complex ecological experience.  The Ecorium is poised to become a landmark in green research, education, and exhibitions.

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Joseph Vancell's curator insight, January 11, 4:33 PM

Wow! Sustainable architecture in South Korea

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Wow!

Mae Hughes/Lauryn Macias's curator insight, October 27, 7:04 PM

We chose this article to be in the Intellectual/Arts category because it is about improvement of education. This article is about the National Ecological Institute in Seocheon-gun, South Korea which is an institute of ecology that focuses on 3 main concepts: "With the Nature," "From the Nature," and "Be the Nature" Its main goal is to become a "landmark in green research, education, and exhibitions." It looks like this landmark will help South Korea improve its knowledge in Ecological studies.

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House L by Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten

House L by Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

House L, located in Oosterhout, The Netherlands, is a spacious home with a design that takes the landscape into consideration and creates a strong connection to the environment.


From Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten:

“The existing landscape, the orientation to the rural surroundings and the planning conditions were the deciding factors in the siting of the dwelling at the rear of the plot. The ground floor was raised with respect to the current ground level, with large glass surfaces positioned to look out over the rural landscape and terraces running the length of the building with an unbroken roof surface on corbelling, all of which allow the outer space to be experienced to the full. At the same time, the large roof projections are designed to prevent too much light entering.

Vertical Western Red Cedar boarding was chosen for the façade cladding, and the roof has a moss-sedum roof covering. The restrained detailing combined with the shape and the materials chosen give House L an ultra-modern appearance, but one that is entirely at home in its rural surroundings.”

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Gareth Williams-Wynn's curator insight, November 12, 2013 1:51 AM

This site is always an inspiration for me. I like the way that this design deals with the landscape and the way that the building sits lightly on the ground.

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Edible Austrian Pavilion for 2015 Milan Expo by penda & Alex Daxböck

Edible Austrian Pavilion for 2015 Milan Expo by penda & Alex Daxböck | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Austrian Pavilion by Chris Precht of penda and Alex Daxböck won first runner-up in an international design competition for the Expo 2015 in Milan. Inspired by the strong presence of organic and locally grown foods in Austria, Precht and Daxböck took a creatively literal and communal approach to the 2015 Expo's universal theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."


Visitors are the true designers of the pavilion as they plant seeds of fruits, vegetables, or herbs in the gaps of its timber exterior during the summer months of the Expo. Once the crops are fully grown, they'll be harvested and cooked into traditional Austrian dishes in the pavilion's restaurant. In essence, visitors get to eat their design.

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:39 PM

At least partially edible...

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Green Grows Up: The Many Faces of Today's LEED Homes

Green Grows Up: The Many Faces of Today's LEED Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

What does a LEED certified home look like architecturally? And how does it compare with what a sustainable house should look like? 

A LEED certified home, as you’re about to see from the photos in this article, can pretty much look like anything you want. The strength (and weakness) of the LEED for Homes rating system is that it attempts to reconcile sustainable building objectives with the current reality of the green building market and the range of options that are realistically available to the majority of people...

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Going Green at the Great Park: Solar Decathlon 2013

Going Green at the Great Park: Solar Decathlon 2013 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

For the first time since its inception in 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon is being held at a location other than the mall in Washington D.C.

The competition challenges collegiate teams to 'design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive', and the twenty projects featured this year do just that by showcasing innovative green building technologies, products and strategies that visitors can incorporate into their own homes.

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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 1, 2013 7:17 PM

-Nonhlanhla Mahlobisa

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Second Life: Using Recycled Materials For Architecture

Second Life: Using Recycled Materials For Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Using salvaged stuff not only has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste, it also offers architects materials typically unavailable.

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, “If all the lumber used to build the 1.2 million new homes constructed in the U.S. each year were laid end to end, it would extend 2 million miles—a sobering statistic.

Dutifully sorting waste, separating the metal and plastic from the paper for different recycling streams is part of modern life. Some areas even have food waste collection for community compost.

Architects and designers are taking notice of the opportunities offered by recycling and reuse. Using salvaged materials not only has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste, it also offers architects materials typically unavailable, such as old growth lumber.

Visit the link for some prescient products and projects using recycled materials for architectural purposes.

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Amber Harsnett's curator insight, September 23, 2013 10:09 AM

I love this look of this building! It looks so organic and natural

Catherine Devin's curator insight, September 27, 2013 5:41 AM

La démarche requiert une structuration des filières de tri, collecte et recyclage sur les matériaux clefs, à une échelle industrielle et régionale si l'on veut généraliser l'emploi des matériaux recyclés et avoir un impact positif significatif sur plusieurs critères de développement durable qu'on pourrait associer au projet.

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:07 PM

We need to find uses for 100% of our "waste" and resources that end up in architectural structures will tend to stick around longer before being recycled yet again.

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Green Technology and Contemporary Design in Joshua Tree: The iT House

Green Technology and Contemporary Design in Joshua Tree:  The iT House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The iT House brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of California’s east. 

The project is an exploration of the owners' architectural ideas and brings the precise and the cool together with the wild and untamed. Solar panels catch the sun's energy; wide expanses of open doors and windows provide cross-ventilation; and strategic overhangs shade against the desert's endless heat...


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, September 10, 2013 5:21 PM

A rugged beautiful setting with a home designed with the latest green technology and a modern, minimalist decor.

JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 9, 2013 10:46 AM

Its all about going green these days and more and more archeatects are finding inovative ways of designing houses that use natural energy and resourses instead of wasting the earths materials. this project in particular makes use of solar pannels to regulate all power in the house. If only all houses could be built this way.

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Modern Minimalism: Rammed Earth House by Brent Kendle

Modern Minimalism: Rammed Earth House by Brent Kendle | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The feel of this modest single story hillside home is evocative of the mid-century modern homes which once dominated the surrounding area. Humble, natural materials such as rammed earth walls, limestone floors and Douglass Fir wood ceilings are woven inside and out in a sophisticated play of interlocking interior and exterior living spaces.

The scale of the home is decidedly “cozy” and visually calm with a minimalist approach to materials and detailing, allowing the focus to be on art and nature, meeting the owners goal of creating a home of simple sophisticated elegance without being boastful.

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A Transparent Work Environment in the Netherlands: Mirai House

A Transparent Work Environment in the Netherlands: Mirai House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by amsterdam-based architecture firm, UNStudio, the ‘mirai house’ employs a high performance skin dynamically framed in white to unify the three functions of Astellas’ headquarters in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Consisting of six storeys of offices and laboratories, and a large entrance lobby, each programmatic element has its own segment of the building encircling the central courtyard. Speaking to the company’s heritage, the garden is informed by traditional enclosed japanese landscaping. The importance of visual connection among the functions, open communication, a transparent work environment, and sufficient daylighting is emphasized by the extensive use of glass in the facade and skylights at the lower levels. 

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Jean Nouvel's Sydney towers boast vertical gardens and a huge sunlight reflector

Jean Nouvel's Sydney towers boast vertical gardens and a huge sunlight reflector | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

French architect Jean Nouvel teamed up with botanist Patrick Blanc to create this pair of plant-covered Sydney towers that reflect light into their lower levels with a huge cantilevered panel of mirrors. Named One Central Park, the complex is the centrepiece of a AUS$2 billion masterplan in downtown Sydney.

The building's facade features one of the tallest green walls in the world- spanning over 1,000 square-metres, the 21 plant-covered panels are made up of 35 different species.

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Penda designs flexible bamboo hotel to connect guests with nature

Penda designs flexible bamboo hotel to connect guests with nature | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Design collective Penda has developed a concept for a flexible, portable hotel made from rods of bamboo, designed to bring guests closer to nature.

One With the Birds was developed by Penda – based in Vienna and Beijing – for the AIM Legend of the Tent competition in China, which challenged architects to develop low-impact tent-themed hotels offering a closer connection with the outdoors.

Penda came up with a concept for a flexible bamboo structure that can be easily expanded horizontally and vertically. Find more details at the article.


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A. Perry Homes's curator insight, July 15, 2:38 PM

FInally, our Swiss Family Robinson dream has come true, and we can vacation in the trees! 

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Stefano Boeri's "vertical forest" nears completion in Milan

Stefano Boeri's "vertical forest" nears completion in Milan | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A pair of skyscrapers by Boeri Studio are nearing completion in Milan, featuring as many trees as could be planted in a hectare of forest.

The studio led by Italian architect Stefano Boeri came up with the concept of Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, as a way to combine high-density residential development with tree planting in city centres.

The first project born from this concept is now nearing completion in the Isola area of Milan's fast-developing Porta Nuova district. Two towers, measuring 80 and 112 metres, are set to open later this year and are already home to 900 trees.

"The project is set to create a new standard for sustainable housing," said engineering firm Arup, who is working alongside Boeri Studio to deliver the project...

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Stacking Green by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Stacking Green by Vo Trong Nghia Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

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The house is constructed on the plot 4m wide and 20m deep. The front and back facades are composed of layers of concrete planters cantilevered from two sidewalls. To water plants, the automatic irrigation pipes inside the planters were installed. Rainwater is collected in the tank and pumped up for this irrigation system.


The green facade and roof garden protect its inhabitants from direct sunlight, street noise and pollution. According to the post-occupancy measurement of the indoor environment, wind flows throughout in the house thanks to the porous façades and 2 skylights. This result was already proven by the behavior of the inhabitants; they scarcely use the air conditioner even in the tropical climate, their electricity fees are just 25USD per month, thanks to the wind flow and other passive design methods.

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this project accomplishes so much...architecture incorporating the plants so successfully, minimal interior and perfect furniture choices...stairs great....
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Efficient, Contextual and Connected to the Environment: the T House in Quebec, Canada

Efficient, Contextual and Connected to the Environment: the T House in Quebec, Canada | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Taking cues from its bucolic environment, this architecture is defined and modulated by the natural views, sunlight and the topography of the site.

T House was designed with state of the art technical specifications and a geothermal system for energy resources in a rural setting. Fenestration was applied as a function of climate and orientation to ensure the comfort of each space in winter and summer, and operable windows provide cross ventilation.

To the north, the house has few openings. To the south, the roof of the central space projects out over the patio just enough to protect the lobby from overheating in the summer while allowing winter rays to penetrate and bring solar gain. Concrete and natural stone flooring, cool in the summer; since they are exposed to direct sunlight and equipped with a hydronic heating system, they provide ideal comfort during the cold seasons as well...

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, December 16, 2013 4:58 PM

Dos volúmenes conectados por un espacio charnela de transiciión. En un paisaje canadiense y con materiales que complementan el entorno. 

The first volume, 2 –storey and roughly cubic in shape is clad with wood siding. The second, a single-storey 24m long rectangle, embedded in the ground at one end and cantilevered over the hill at the other end is wrapped in composite cement panels. The center of the composition is an empty space of transition between these two volumes: transparently opening onto a spectacular panorama of Appalachian mountain ridges with Mount Sutton peaking on the horizon.

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Downley House by BPR Architects

Downley House by BPR Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Downley House is a large new country house built in the South Downs. The client called for a tranquil yet playful place, full of natural texture, contrasts, and indigenous materials. BPR created an entrance sequence which commences in a circular stone entrance court, extends along a pergola into an inner court bounded by a ruined wall and through the house to a roof terrace where a stair bridges into the landscape.


Downley House is constructed of timber elements prefabricated in Swizerland and erected over a two month period. The family and guest wings are constructed of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and the barrel vault is made of a CLT timber shell and glue lam ribs. The low-embodied energy of the construction, the efficient envelope, ground source heat pump and heat recovery system create a highly sustainable and energy efficient building.

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Sustainability and Innovative Design: Green Homes at the Solar Decathlon

Sustainability and Innovative Design: Green Homes at the Solar Decathlon | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Orange County hosted the U.S. Department of Energy's biennial green building event the Solar Decathlon this year, constructing a village of 'solar homes' in Irvine's Great Park, open to the public two weekends in October.

The twenty student-built projects compete in ten contests with specific criteria, ranging from architecture and engineering to communications and energy balance. The individual contest scores are totaled at the end of the competition to determine overall livability, efficiency and affordability, awarding the team with the highest overall score first place.

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J. Francisco Muzard's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:19 AM

J'approuve ce genre de construction qui, non seulement sont agréables à l'oeil mais qui sont aussi écologiques. Des maisons idéales pour les pays du sud comme au Chili, par exemple...

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Taiwan Skyscraper's Facade Covered in Thousands of Wind Turbines

Taiwan Skyscraper's Facade Covered in Thousands of Wind Turbines | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office has designed a 1,150 foot (350m) skyscraper located in Taichung City, Taiwan, to house the city’s Department of Urban Development, commercial concerns, museums, retail areas and exhibitions spaces. 


The building’s design was inspired by the plum blossom, the national flower of China and Taiwan. The building’s twisting and turning structure is intended to evoke the experience of plum blossoms bursting into bloom.

To do so, the facade has thousands of small diamond shaped wind turbines, which produce enough energy to power the building. These wind generators are set into the facade grid, oscillating as wind skirts the building.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, October 13, 2013 2:25 PM

Qué os parece una fachada compuesta por miles de pequeñas turbinas que generan  energía para el consumo del edificio?

Un propuesta de belleza orgánica y filosofía sostenible para esta torre de Taichung City, en Taiwan,

JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:42 AM

new and innovative way to produce power for an entire building. The source of energy is embedded in the architecture. - Madi Chaput

JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:17 AM

Yet again another environmentally friendly design. This building has been designed to generate its own energy and power LED lighting throughout the building. This is done through the power of wind turbines which the building is completely surrounded by. It is becoming the newest trend in design to create buildings and structures that are helpful to the environment.

-Heather Leigh Arends

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A Lush Living Wall Skirts Aedas' New Composite Building in Hong Kong

A Lush Living Wall Skirts Aedas' New Composite Building in Hong Kong | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Aedas decided to create an apartment building that reinterprets Hong-Kong's traditional architecture.

Located in the Mongkok District, with a population density of 130,000 people per square kilometer, the new tower features a lush living wall that enhances quality of life in the neighborhood.

The architects decided to add greenery at the pedestrian level with a green wall that will seemingly protrude from the solid façade of the podium and link the building to the historical cityscape...

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Energy Box by Pierluigi Bonomo

Energy Box by Pierluigi Bonomo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Using nearly zero energy, this house designed by Italian architect Pierluigi Bonomo was built in replacement of a heavily damaged building from the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, the region of Abruzzo in central italy.

Conceived as a volumetric insertion, the ‘Energy Box’ is defined by its new solid box perimeter. The conservation of the original building is visible with stone traces in the walls on the first level. The new structure emerges from the ground with the reminiscent pieces gradually disappearing, making way for a new physical and symbolic meaning between the heavy memories of the site’s past and the hope for a stable and better future. Acting as a mediation between the two elements, the technologically advanced new house is contained within a compact box volume.

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Paolo Venturella + Angelo Balducci's 'Twilt Tower' Captures the Sun

Paolo Venturella + Angelo Balducci's 'Twilt Tower' Captures the Sun | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Disagreeing with the 'Eurosky Tower' by Franco Purini, located in a modern area on the outskirts of rome, italian architects Paolo Venturella + Angelo Balducci have delivered an alternative concept. 


Examining the idea of 'integration' between architecture and renewable energy, the architects offer a radically different shape for the same building. Called 'the Twilt Tower' the name is based on a combination of the words 'twisted' and 'twilted'. The tower integrates photovoltaic panels not just on the roof but evenly across the volume, dictating its form. the tilting and rotating of the panels towards the sun's rays, allows for direct sun radiation throughout the whole day.

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The Best of Prefab: 7 Green Homes

The Best of Prefab: 7 Green Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The locations may be far flung—from rural Missouri to Eglisau, Switzerland—the residents might be architects, families, or weekend warriors, but the constant is prefabrication in our roundup of seven of the best prefab homes featured in Dwell.

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Ing. Bruno De Berardis's comment, August 12, 2013 6:58 AM
molto bella
Sumaiya Banu's comment, August 16, 2013 4:37 AM
nice
sams boston's comment, August 16, 2013 6:08 AM
Thank q