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Kew House: Old Meets New at an Experimental Build in London

Kew House: Old Meets New at an Experimental Build in London | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Set within the Kew Green Conservation Area of southwest London, the four bedroom family house is formed of two sculptural weathering steel volumes inserted behind a retained nineteenth century stable wall.


The house is formed of a simple plan to make the most of the constrained site, reduce the building’s mass in the streetscape and respond to the living patterns of the family. Consisting of two rectangles; one slightly smaller, set back and sunken 1m lower, the wings each have living spaces on the ground floor and bedrooms above. Connecting the wings is a glass encased circulation link which allows light to pour into the house whilst providing breathing space between internal spaces. 

Kew House was an experimental build, driven by the architect’s and client’s shared interest in a ‘kit-of-parts’ approach and the self-build possibilities emerging from digital fabrication.

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Crystal clear: the case for green building

Crystal clear: the case for green building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Part office, part exhibition space, a new London landmark aims to challenge our assumptions about green design.


A new building in east London’s Royal Victoria Docks aims to change public perceptions of green architecture – while trialling some new sustainable technologies and approaches at scale. There’s not a green roof or thick insulated wall in sight. In fact, the structure, which is called the Crystal, is everything we’ve come to believe a sustainable building shouldn’t be: lightweight, angular, glazed from top to bottom and with a roof made out of steel.

Part office space, part interactive exhibition about the future of cities, the building is intended as a living experiment in sustainability that business leaders, politicians and the general public alike can learn from. “The building is a great demonstration of the ‘art of the possible’”, says Martin Hunt, Head of Networks and Partnerships at Forum for the Future. “It’s refreshing to see an interactive exhibition that visualises what our cities could be like – based on high quality research and thoughtful benchmarking. It brings the big issues of urban living – such as water and energy consumption, public health and safety – to life in a way that engages people and inspires them.”

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Duane Craig's curator insight, January 7, 2013 10:13 AM

It's quite enlightening, as pointed out here, that a lot of glass used correctly can actually yield a zero energy building. But I agree that assessing the true sustainability of the building would have to factor in all the embodied fossil fuel and other energy used to make its components. And when you're talking about glass, that could be huge.

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Chun Qing Li's Sustainable Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival

Chun Qing Li's Sustainable Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
KREOD pavilion in Greenwich by local architect Chun Qing Li and featuring an intricate FSC Norwegian wood design opens up for London Design Festival 2012.

A new architectural landmark for East London was unveiled at this year's bustling London Design Festival. Located in a green-walled square at the Greenwich Peninsula, the KREOD pavilion consists of three interconnected pods made from Tensile fabric and an award-winning sustainable wood called Kebony. Inspired by nature and intricate in its design, this mobile, durable pavilion by Chun Qing Li, sets a new standard for sustainable thinking in the digital age.

Designed to resemble three giant seeds, each measuring 215 square feet, the indoor/outdoor sculptural shelter can be used for sheltering public exhibitions, office meeting areas and even bike sheds. The intricate wooden structure is made from FSC Kebony wood that went through a patented process (Kebonization) that makes the wood harder, more durable and resistant, by using a non-toxic liquid derived from agricultural bio waste.

Structural engineers Ramboll UK worked alongside geometry consultants Evolute to develop the eye-catching structure and the interiors, made from white durable TensileFabric. Designed for the public, the KREOD pavilion will be at the Greenwich Peninsula Square until mid October and will be seen at high-profile locations across the city of London. Weatherproof LEDs inside the structure give the pavilion a fantastic glowing effect during the night and making it shine exposing its cells to the low-energy lights changing colors...

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Sustainable Olympic stadium: a leader in the global green movement...

Sustainable Olympic stadium: a leader in the global green movement... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With its red running tracks surrounded by black and white seats and floodlights stretching above the roof, London’s elliptically shaped Olympic Stadium resembles many other sporting venues.

But the building’s principal designer, Philip Johnson, believes it will lead a global movement towards sustainable architecture.

Mostly lightweight steel was used in the construction, the roof is made of PVC and the stadium boasts a fabric curtain, designed to minimize crosswinds. Moreover, the water collected from the roof is used to flush the toilets, while the earth embankments that surround the stadium protect the biodiversity of the site by encouraging plants to grow.

“We want to use as little material as possible,” said Johnson, of the architectural consultancy, Populous, which is headquartered in the US city of Kansas, but has offices around the world, including one in the British capital...

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The Top 6 Green Buildings at the 2012 London Olympics

The Top 6 Green Buildings at the 2012 London Olympics | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The 2012 London Olympics could very well be the most sustainable Summer Games on record...

No Olympic organizers have worked harder to make this massive event more environmentally responsible than London 2012. That commitment has carried over to many of the Games’ buildings, including the main Olympic Stadium, the lightest ever built. The 80,000 seat stadium boasts a bevy of sustainable construction features, including rainwater harvesting, a fabric roof and interesting choices in recycled materials. With no disrespect to the Game’s focal point, we here at Inhabitat have come up with what we believe are the six greenest buildings built for the 2012 London Olympics.

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The Velodrome may be London 2012’s most sustainable venue

The Velodrome may be London 2012’s most sustainable venue | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The London 2012 Velodrome was designed with affordable materials and simple engineering to make it perhaps the most eco-friendly addition to the Londo (The Velodrome may be #London 2012’s most sustainable venue

In just eight short months, London will kick off the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Like every city on the eve of hosting a major world event, London has been unveiling building after new building from stadiums to restaurants. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic park is almost finished, which almost all of the main buildings on time, including Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Center...

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London’s Olympic Stadium Scores High-Tech Wrap from Dow

London’s Olympic Stadium Scores High-Tech Wrap from Dow | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Dow Chemical’s new Performance Plastics Division has stepped in with funding for the 2012 London Olympic's stadium wrap. But is it really sustainable?
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KieranTimberlake’s U.S. Embassy in London celebrates groundbreaking

KieranTimberlake’s U.S. Embassy in London celebrates groundbreaking | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations announced the groundbreaking of the KieranTimberlake-designed U.S. Embassy in London on Nov. 13.

The design places the Embassy building at the center of the Nine Elms site and develops the surrounding area into an urban park that honors the English tradition of urban parks and gardens as the context for civic buildings. The paving about and within the Embassy site utilizes the familiar limestone in many London walks and parks. London Plane trees provide shade and form at the perimeter and along Nine Elms Lane, as well as the walk to the south that connects the site to Vauxhall Station, the nearest Tube stop."

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:32 AM

Ya han salido del hoyo! La nueva embajada de EEUU en Londres empieza a emerger.

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The Crystal: London's new sustainable development hub & one of Britain's greenest buildings

The Crystal: London's new sustainable development hub & one of Britain's greenest buildings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Electronics giant Siemens recently unveiled the Crystal, a £30m project in east London that aims to promote sustainable urban development in the capital.
The structure, which stands on the waterfront at the Royal Victoria Docks, covers more than 6,300 square metres and takes its place as one of Britain’s greenest buildings, having been built to achieve top scores in both the BREEAM and LEED rankings for energy efficient complexes.
Inside is Siemens’ Centre of Competence Cities, a team made up of urban sustainability experts, as well as an exhibition on the future of cities across the world.
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was there to officially launch the building, and said, “The futuristic Crystal is a fantastic new landmark for London which has breathed new life into the historic Royal Docks.” and noted that “Siemens’ investment is a great boost to our ambitious plans to redevelop swathes of former industrial land in order to bring jobs to the capital.”

The hub of this summer’s Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, is only five miles down the road from the Crystal, and the London mayor made reference to the successful games, saying that the new development is another step forward in east London’s “rebirth”...

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alexandrine champiot's curator insight, December 2, 2014 9:25 AM

Le long du front de mer « Royal Victoria Docks » dans l’est de Londres l’entreprise Siemens a inauguré un centre d’exposition. Une inauguration faite par le maire de Londres ainsi que par le secrétaire d'État pour les communautés et le gouvernement local. Ce centre d’exposition abrite une exposition sur l’avenir des villes à travers le monde. Pour tous, ce bâtiment est une infrastructure fantastique qui insuffle une nouvelle image aux docks de Londres.
Après les Jeux Olympiques, ce centre d’exposition dénommé Crystal va participer au renouveau de l’est de Londres. Une construction qui est inscrite dans les préoccupations pour l’environnement et pour une ville durable. Ainsi, l’intégration dans la planification urbaine du concept de durabilité et une moindre consommation en carbone sont d’une importance cruciale. C’est dans cette perspective que le Crystal accueille la conférence pour la planification de l’habitat urbain des Nations Unies.



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In London, A Big Win For Green Building

In London, A Big Win For Green Building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
In the London borough of Newham, where much of the Olympic Park is located, one of the greenest buildings in the world is on the rise at the Royal Docks.

The Crystal, as its known, was developed by Siemens — that global powerhouse in renewable energy tech, among other things — for the center of London’s new Green Enterprise District.

Conceived of as an ‘intelligent all electric’ building, it will serve as a showcase for innovative tech- from solar arrays (which cover the roof of the building) to heat pumps tied to geothermal wells (buried beneath the building site). The Crystal was designed to take top marks in both LEED and BREEAM certifications; no fossil fuels will be used to power the building.

The Crystal — developed by Siemens at a cost of £30 million – was designed to serve as a focal point for London’s new Green Enterprise District, which the city’s mayor, Boris Johnson, envisions as “a vibrant, international hub incubating dozens of low carbon businesses.” The District is expected to generate up to 6,000 new jobs and develop “new low carbon skills.”

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London's Passion For Shipping Container Architecture Continues...

London's Passion For Shipping Container Architecture Continues... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Europe’s passion for shipping container architecture is well-noted. All across the continent, developments are springing up that showcase the best of this modern, versatile and sustainable building practice.

The UK alone has been host to a barrage of shipping container developments, perhaps most notably in the shipping container pop-up shopping district. ,Located on London’s Shoreditch High Street, the ‘Boxpark’ has been heralded as the first of its kind. This environmentally friendly shopping zone was constructed from 60 standard-sized recycled shipping containers stacked in rows of five, with each standing two storeys high.
Following the success of the Boxpark comes the equally temporary Wahaca Southbank Experiment, located on the outdoor terrace of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London...

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Greening the Games: Architecture of the 2012 London Olympics

Greening the Games: Architecture of the 2012 London Olympics | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Hosting the Olympics very well may be one of the greatest drivers of new construction for a city... 

However, the majority of the architecture of the 2012 Olympics is of a somewhat different nature than previous years, with an underlying sense of pragmatism, reflective of the current economy and state of global consciousness.

Innovation, flexibility and sustainability are core concepts for the actual events, as well as the structures in which they are held. Temporary pavilions and structures, pedestrian-oriented site design, and upgrades to the existing infrastructure and transportation systems are just a few means by which the Olympic Delivery Authority has met the heightened environmental standards for both short and long-term development...

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The Shard: Renzo Piano's view - Telegraph

The Shard: Renzo Piano's view - Telegraph | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
As it nears completion, the Shard is already one of London's most recognisable
landmarks.

In construction, which began in 2009, the Shard recycled most of the rubble generated by the demolition of the unloved 1970s Southwark Towers office building that stood on the site. Renzo Piano and his team set out to create a structure that is as energy efficient as possible. There is a skin of triple-glazing with integrated sun screens that can automatically shade sections of the tower if it begins to get too warm, cutting down on the need for air conditioning, but also taking advantage of the sun's warmth to reduce heating bills.

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