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Stunning, sustainable design at an Italian hydroelectric plant...

Stunning, sustainable design at an Italian hydroelectric plant... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

In the South Tyrol province of Italy, Monovolume Architecture has completed a hydro-electric power plant that is elegantly buried into the hills.

Functional, contextual, and designed with the environment in mind, it 'converts natural forces into useful energy while maintaining an artfully low profile in the alpine environment. A rather simple solution was found for a space full of loud, bulky machinery while visually making an inconsequential impact of the site. A free-flowing concrete structure peels out of the hills, opening a fissure in the hillside supporting a green roof that camouflages the otherwise industrial building. Thin wood planks of varying sizes are revealed in this split in the ground plane to form a lamellar wall, where the warm light from the interior glows in the pitch-dark surroundings.'

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Facebook's Swedish Data Center Will Run on Hydropower

Facebook's Swedish Data Center Will Run on Hydropower | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Facebook is building a new 300,000-square-foot data center in Lulea, Sweden to achieve LEED Gold certification.

In a joint venture with Fortis Construction, Portland, Ore., and NCC Construction Sweden, Stockholm, DPR Construction was awarded a $121-million contract to construct the data-center complex.

This project will be the Redwood City, Calif., general contractor’s first foray outside North America.

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