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Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom / Anderson Anderson Architecture

Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom / Anderson Anderson Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

sOne in four students in Hawaii currently study in poor-quality portable classrooms. The states plans to replace 10,000 of these units over the next ten years.

This factory-built energy-positive portable classroom provides a high performance, healthy educational environment, while minimizing energy use through careful daylighting and natural ventilation, employing photovoltaic panels to generate substantially more power than consumed. The classroom also serves as an educational tool, with natural forces and systems highlighted, and building performance monitored and broadcast to students inside, as well as to the web. The life-cycle cost is projected lower than previous generation energy-consuming portables.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, October 3, 2:28 AM

Un autre exemple d'un projet tourné vers les enfants pour les préparer au monde de demain et les sensibiliser aux bons comportements à adopter dès aujourd'hui sur des enjeux critiques comme la maîtrise de la consommation d'énergie.

Reste à souhaiter qu'on initie les enfants avec autant de talent à l'intérieur du bâtiment à adopter de bonnes pratiques, qu''on a mis au service de la construction de leur école.

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Courtyards Connected by Refurbished Shipping Containers: An Innovative Melbourne Workplace

Courtyards Connected by Refurbished Shipping Containers: An Innovative Melbourne Workplace | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Australian practice Room 11 has completed the Melbourne headquarters of Royal Wolf – a specialist in the hire, sale and modification of new and refurbished shipping containers. 

Appropriately, the workplace is built entirely from the steel units, utilizing the fabrication and construction methods employed by the organization.

20ft and 40ft containers are positioned to create four courtyards, forming a complete rectangle. The ends of each unit are replaced with full height glazing, while ceilings are also left exposed, covered with rigid insulation and a membrane roof. Two are set vertically, placed on end to create a narrow void with a skylight naturally illuminating the building’s interior.

The scheme repurposes the enclosed volumes as a series of connected light-filled rooms interspersed with areas of plantation. Offices and reception areas articulated around a central courtyard, while the meeting room, kitchen and principal offices are linked to further external enclosures.

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Urban Think Tank Introduces the Empower Shack to the Slums of Western Cape

Urban Think Tank Introduces the Empower Shack to the Slums of Western Cape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

International studio Urban Think Tank are currently exhibiting the ‘empower shack‘ in zurich. The project is developed as an adapting response to urban informality, offering not only improved housing but a strategy that allows the citizens of self-built urban communities to dynamically structure their urban environment as an instant response to their needs.

An economical protoype two story metal-clad modular structure can be self-built. Each home is allotted a determined amount of space that allows the structure to expand as the inhabitants need it, still fitting within a more organized framework. Transsolar has also made it possible to incorporate solar energy on every rooftop.

The ongoing project is intended to alleviate the housing crisis in informal settlements during a time when the government has begun incrementally improving the housing situation.

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David Week's curator insight, August 12, 6:01 PM

Architects still don't get it. Poor people don't need their designs. They aren't poor because they don't have good housing. They don't have good housing because they are poor. And given access to funds, they will build houses that are twice as appropriate for half the cost (at most) of any architect-designed "intervention".

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Prefab House Mini Modern by MAPA

Prefab House Mini Modern by MAPA | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This beautiful prefab house called the Mini Mod by MAPA utilizes prefab construction, allowing for the home to be built in a controlled environment, creating less of an impact on the construction site. What you see here is just a version of what can be built, expanded and created using the modular system that MAPA has designed.

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Osku Penttinen's curator insight, January 21, 8:58 AM

The ultimate bachelor house. I would love one even just as a small cottage. Only thing is, you need to be far from neighbours and other people unless you want to know what a fish in an aquarium feels like.

Patrick O'Carrigan's curator insight, January 21, 9:57 PM

Lovely crisp execution of a well tracked idea

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Eco-Friendly Architecture: 13 Buildings Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

Eco-Friendly Architecture: 13 Buildings Made From Recycled Shipping Containers | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

All over the world, architects are repurposing old shipping containers and turning them into innovative, beautiful houses, hotels, libraries, workspaces, and even seaside observation decks. Shipping container buildings are designed to have a minimal impact on the environment, are cost-effective, and modular designs can easily be moved from place to place.

We hope you'll be as inspired as we are by these 13 buildings made out of shipping containers.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, January 8, 2:00 PM

Shipping containers aren't just rectangular boxes - at least not in creative hands.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, January 8, 5:39 PM

One of the architectural trends we hope to see more of in 2014 is eco-friendly architecture, and these buildings are excellent examples of that. All over the world, architects are repurposing old shipping containers and turning them into innovative, beautiful houses, hotels, libraries, workspaces, and even seaside observation decks. Shipping container buildings are designed to have a minimal impact on the environment, are cost-effective, and modular designs can easily be moved from place to place. We hope you'll be as inspired as we are by these 13 buildings made out of shipping containers.

Betty Fitzgerald's curator insight, January 9, 6:01 PM

It's nice to see shipping containers beautified. Not just an ugly extra garage for the old buick.:D

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A Passive 'House under the Oaks' by Juri Troy Architects

A Passive 'House under the Oaks' by Juri Troy Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The house under the oaks is a low budget passive house concept developed for an Austrian family. With a minimum footprint and a wide outstretching wooden box on six columns it offers a living area of about 100 m2.

The whole structure was done in prefabricated timber with all ecological wood wool insulation of up to 60 cm. The interior is done all in local wood as well with a simple white pigmented oil cover. A heat pump with ground collector, a controlled ventilation system with heat exchange and photovoltaic panels on the roof offer a perfect energy concept with a minimum of required external energy – which is provided by eco electricity. It is a new prototype for affordable living on minimal energy standard in Austria.

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Blooming Bamboo Home: A Modular Solution for Emergency Housing

Blooming Bamboo Home: A Modular Solution for Emergency Housing | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

H&P Architects from Vietnam provide an effective solution to emergency housing with this simple self-assembly home that can be mass produced at a minimal cost in a span of 25 days. BB (Blooming Bamboo) home is one solution to housing for millions of people in calamity-hit locations.

The prototype has just been completed last month in Cau Dien Town, Tu Liem District, Ha Noi, Vietnam. From a bamboo module, each house is simply assembled with bolting, binding, hanging, placing. The structure is strong enough to withstand 1.5m-high floods.
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jardinelviejito's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:52 AM

Con el uso de materia prima renovable se pueden lograr cosas asombrosas en cualquier lugar del mundo. La diferencia la hace la buena voluntad de las Instituciones y de la gente que maneja estas ideas, logrando así resultados que a todos nos parecen asombrosos, pero que en realidad lo que tienen de bueno es que se llevaron a cabo. 

¿Cuál puede ser tu aporte, tu granito de arena en este mar de ideas global?

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Baku Crystal Hall stadium in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten

Baku Crystal Hall stadium in Azerbaijan by GMP Architekten | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The Baku Crystal Hall stadium in Azerbaijan was completed in just eight months by GMP Architekten in time to host the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

The faceted modular structure, located on a peninsula outside the centre of Baku, was designed and completed in just eight months. Conceived as both a concert hall and a sports stadium, the 25,000-seat stadium comprises a lightweight steel structure with a faceted membrane facade intended to resemble cut crystal. Its facade is covered with 9500 LED lights, which bring the structure to life after dark.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, October 19, 2013 5:09 AM

Impresionante por fuera pero más atractivo casi en el interior.

EA Euroasia Buildingtrading HK's curator insight, October 23, 2013 2:38 AM

Amazing how quickly countries can becoming icons with open minded thinking  people at the helm. Fantastic 

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A Modular, Pre-fabricated Hospital in Puyo, Ecuador Surrounded by Gardens

A Modular, Pre-fabricated Hospital in Puyo, Ecuador Surrounded by Gardens | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The 'Hospital in Puyo' is composed of eight volumes, lined-up next to one another that are separated by lush green gardens.

The county of Puyo in Ecuador has received a new healthcare facility, composed of three rows of eight staggered volumes that are each shaped with the silhouette of a house. The long pavilions are arranged next to one another, and at certain points are physically connected by pitched roof structures from the exterior, with linking hallways along the interior below. Glazing runs along the inner and outer lengths of the walls, offering visitors, patients and staff of the hospital, views of lush green landscaping planted between openings throughout the site. The challenge posed when building the complex was that it needed to be constructed in record time– less than one year– while still emerging as a first-class leading facility for the area. To finish within the time frame, the architects developed a modular architecture, with a high degree of fabrication as seen by the identical nature of the building components.

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António Sousa Correia's curator insight, October 4, 2013 8:17 AM

Great idea for a quality healthcare facility in developing countries.

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Absolutely Prefabulous: 10 Modular Homes

Absolutely Prefabulous: 10 Modular Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The benefits of using prefabrication are many, and can result in beautiful homes that function just as well or better than custom ones built on site.

Using modular techniques for construction allows for stronger purchasing power. The process of building on site is also much quicker—and cheaper. Prefabrication is also greener since it uses computer technology to manufacture the modules, which creates 50% to 75% less material waste. The one limitation of prefabrication is that the pieces of the home need to be able to be shipped from the factory to the site of assembly.

But the benefits of prefabrication are many, and can result in beautiful homes that function just as well or better than custom ones built on site.


Check out these 10 examples of prefab architecture at the link.

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ParadigmGallery's comment, September 1, 2013 1:11 PM
That was a wonderful prefab 101 for a novice like me! Thanks so much,,,
Jorge Forero's curator insight, September 4, 2013 1:45 PM

10 ejemplos de arquitectura modular, los invitamos a visitar http://inatechservices.com para conocer un poco más de arquitectura modular.

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The Solar Decathlon's Net-Zero Solar-Powered Start.Home Aims to Transform Green Home Building

The Solar Decathlon's Net-Zero Solar-Powered Start.Home Aims to Transform Green Home Building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Start.Home is the Stanford University entry in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.


Integrating technology into a home that can grow as needs change, the Start.Home design allows for customization and additions that are based on a pre-engineered, pre-fabricated start.core that can meet net-zero energy efficiency standards.

The Stanford design team aims to provide “efficiency without sacrificing creativity” such that each house can be an expression of its owner. The 12’x15’x10’ start.core features natural lighting, open spaces, a high roof that permits passive ventilation, and an emphasis on connecting the interior to the outdoors. The basic unit provides for a bathroom, kitchen, mechanical component access, and living areas. The start.core can be shipped on a standard truck trailer and installed on a lot for construction and customization.

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CAEXI BEST's curator insight, June 10, 2013 9:45 PM
Net-Zero Start.Home à énergie solaire du Solar Decathlon vise à transformer Green Building d'accueil
GeoMeek's comment, June 13, 2013 8:08 AM
Is habitat building any of these homes?
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Net Zero Prefab Prototype in Emeryville by Simpatico Homes

Net Zero Prefab Prototype in Emeryville by Simpatico Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

California builder Simpatico Homes specializes in modern modular homes, and recently completed a prototype located in Emeryville, in Alameda County, California.

 

From Swatt | Miers Architects:

“The partnership with Simpatico Homes represents an opportunity for our firm to bring custom-quality architecture to a broader audience through the cost advantages of prefabrication.

The Krubiner Residence, the Simpatico Prototype, is located in Emeryville just a few blocks from our office.

The Simpatico Homes represent a unique opportunity to transform housing, by combining modern design with off-site prefabrication and LEED-certified sustainability.”

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Scott Stroud's curator insight, July 25, 8:29 AM

This is not your father's modular home...

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'Tind' Prefab Houses by Stockholm-based Design Studio Claesson Koivisto Rune

'Tind' Prefab Houses by Stockholm-based Design Studio Claesson Koivisto Rune | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Stockholm-based studio claesson koivisto rune have has created 3 sleek typologies for prefabricated homes that draw from the distinctly scandinavian landscape and approach to efficient living.


The 'Tind' residences draw their name from the norwegian word for 'mountain peak', a concept informed by the remarkable lack of sharp pointed peaks in scandinavian mountain systems. The softened edges of the range lend the landscape a particular beauty that finds its way into the architecture in the form of a truncated, single pitch roof. Floor-grazing windows are relegated to major walls and all apertures lie flush with light-drenched interiors. Rather than a perforated volume, the home is a rhythmic composition of built material and void, and despite the various models of kit houses, every interior is organized by a central entrance way or staircase and seeks to blur notions of interior and exterior.

While prefabricated homes have many historical iterations, the architectural integrity of the 'Tind' series is preserved through culturally relevant approaches to living...

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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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22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World

22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With a little bit of imagination (and a lot work), some talented architects have succeeded in designing dwellings made of shipping containers, ranging from off-the-grid guest homes to full time single family homes.


Shipping Container homes have their pros and cons: they are durable and eco-friendly, usually more cost-effective to build than conventional construction, and pre-fab modules can be easily transported by truck. But they also must be well insulated and sealed, as the steel conducts heat and can easily rust.


Here are 22 of the best modern shipping container houses built around the world to consider...

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Michelle Poulter's comment, April 18, 6:10 AM
This is a great idea for technologies curriculum Ellie. I think it definitely demonstrate how technology, architecture and sustainability mixes in todays society. A great scoop. Regards Michelle
François Lanthier's curator insight, April 30, 10:42 AM

Really cool reuse of shipping containers... they are now a permanent part of our landscape!

Chantell Saddler.'s comment, June 5, 8:52 PM
I love your Scoop.it collection Ellie. This one is excellent!
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Prefabricated modular home delivered into the Brazilian countryside

Prefabricated modular home delivered into the Brazilian countryside | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

MAPA of Brazil and Uruguay has built a prefabricated modular home and transported it by lorry to a picturesque spot in the countryside outside Porto Alegre.

MAPA built the mobile residence as the prototype for Minimod, a business creating bespoke modular structures; the residential retreat comprises four modules, creating separate areas for sleeping, lounging, dining and bathing within a simple steel-framed structure.

The base of the building is raised off the ground to protect it from rising damp and the roof is covered with plants that integrate a natural system of rainwater harvesting and filtration. The structure was entirely prefabricated before being delivered to its rural location, but MAPA says the buildings can also be transported in pieces and assembled onsite.

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An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles

An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.

In 2011, Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles (RNLA), a nonprofit that invests in housing, sent out a request for affordable, sustainable designs for lots in the city’s South Central area. “We very much want to introduce new design ideas and new technologies to low- and moderate-income districts,” explains John Perfitt, executive director. “Good design and new construction methods can, over time, have a very positive influence in restoring neighborhoods.”

After whittling down the field from nine proposals, they selected a net-zero prefab design submitted by Habitat for Humanity and Minarc, a Santa Monica–based architecture firm known for its innovative, energy-efficient kit houses. Thanks to a streamlined, waste-free construction method and affordable materials, like cement board cladding and Cradle to Cradle–certified panels, the firm’s three 1,200-square-foot homes came in at the requisite $150 per square foot—including foundation, trans- portation of the modular components, and rooftop solar panels that offset 95 percent of the structures’ energy demands...

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An Economical Modular Prefab in Oregon

An Economical Modular Prefab in Oregon | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The brief was basic: a simple guesthouse for a familyto live while Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed their main residence. The architect's design for the is instantly legible with a repetition of trusses, windows, and lumber creating a strong linear profile.

A standard, repeatable, four-foot-wide bay makes use of economical, available materials, such as open-web steel trusses, plywood, laminated veneer lumber, and an insulated aluminum window system. The resulting residence is linear, with an open-plan kitchen and living space, 3 bedrooms, and an office with views over the Cascade Range.

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'Coodo' Mobile Living: A Modular Structure That Adapts To Its Natural Surroundings

'Coodo' Mobile Living: A Modular Structure That Adapts To Its Natural Surroundings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The coodo opens a whole new way into nature, called Mobile Living. Smaller and less costly than a traditional house, the structure consists of less material, requires less land and can be situated in places that normally would not be buildable.


A coodo's fundament consists of a standardized frame construction upon which individual surfaces, colors, appliances, furniture and decoration can be applied. These personal design choices can be changed by the next owner because the coodo is designed as a modular system.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, November 22, 2013 2:05 AM
The coodo opens a whole new way into nature. We call it Mobile Living.
First off, the coodo is smaller than a house and hence cheaper because it consists of less material, needs less land and can be situated in places that normally would not be buildable property.
Sílvia Dias's curator insight, November 22, 2013 9:40 AM

cool!

Susan Schuler Blake's curator insight, November 22, 2013 4:27 PM

Pra toró de miolo...

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Modular Prototypes for Flexible and Efficient Prefab Structures

Modular Prototypes for Flexible and Efficient Prefab Structures | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The prototypes designed for DST Company for the CONCRETA 2003 Exhibition, intend to provide a multiplicity of solutions regarding its purpose. The development of a modular typology that could respond to specific ends such as of temporary housing, environmental observatory, fire outpost, bar, Kiosk, “virtual square” or to a minimum element that could gather the necessary conditions to communicate through IT systems was a priority.

The plan was to produce a module that could be repeated and associated almost endlessly, being at the same time functionally mutable and capable of providing urban conditions through associative forms of its base element. 

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Claire Cardwell's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:46 AM

This looks like a more sustainable source of low income housing.  Pity the governement is still putting up shacks....

De Lille Robert's curator insight, October 21, 2013 1:55 PM

Une solution aux problème de logement?

JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 23, 2013 9:34 AM

The concept of Prefabs is no new idea, however these modern prototypes change the way one looks at prefabs. Prefabs are generally associated with being made out of some sort of iron material and are built for practicality rather than comfort. These prototypes are designed to manage energy and to work in favour of the land. Not only are they nice looking but they are also complimentary to the land.

-Heather Leigh Arends 

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Modular, Green Tree House Design in Portugal

Modular, Green Tree House Design in Portugal | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Portuguese architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade have realized a modular tree house for the Pedras Salgadas Park.

The innovative project challenges pre-established concepts associated with modular construction, making use of new technology and lightweight, flexible construction.

The materials gives a sense of connection with nature and establishes the symbiosis between house and Park. Native slate and wood promote integration within the site, as sustainability and ecology were significant concerns during the project development. Reinforced insulation, heating systems, water reuse, water solar panels, low consumption lighting (using LED technology) were among the strategies used...

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GREEN ZERO by Studio di Architettura Daniele Menichini

GREEN ZERO by Studio di Architettura Daniele Menichini | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

GREEN ZERO by Studio di Architettura Daniele Menichini is a new interpretation of the modular housing suite that can be placed just about anywhere: from the woods to the beach to your own backyard. It’s small, a private retreat that acts as a sanctuary from the everyday for you or for guests that goes beyond the backyard shed: this one has a deck/patio area and a bathroom. Essentially, it’s a modular hotel room.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, September 20, 2013 9:25 AM

Been helping a buddy build his "mother-in-law" bungalow house for well over a year now, and can see that it would've been a whole lot less hassle to do one of these "Green Zero" designs, very elegant and simple  idea.

Barbara Dufrene Trapp's curator insight, September 20, 2013 2:28 PM

Great idea!

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Garoza House: A Modern, Modular Prefab Housing Prototype

Garoza House: A Modern, Modular Prefab Housing Prototype | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

An industrialized modular housing prototype that allows growth and changes over time, with all systems installed without complex construction procedures.


Manufactured in specialized factories composing single complete units, including all the interior finishes, modules are the maximum size supported by conventional transport.

Interior partitions, storage and fixed furniture are incorporated to the vertical walls, which house highly qualified technical facilities, automation and electronic systems, tailored to the program for each configuration. The resulting collection provides quality, increased control with regard to construction scheduling, maintenance plans and offers flexibility for future growth. 


The principles of sustainable economy and the spirit of recycling guide and support all the project decisions.

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Jenny Morris's comment, July 16, 2013 11:23 PM
This reminds me of the Smart Home exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago...very cool!
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An Adaptable Shipping Container That Transforms For Different Uses Seamlessly

An Adaptable Shipping Container That Transforms For Different Uses Seamlessly | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Creatives from China’s Jikerzhicheng Product Design has transformed a shipping container to be a beautiful, modular, flexible space. 

The designers used as little material as possible and incorporated circular cutouts at the tops and sides in order to allow natural light to enter, and cutouts at the bottom allow for movement in and out of the container. 

The ability and flow of the space was to be seamlessly integrated to nature. The mobile container also has the potential for constant evolution and multiple uses, such as transforming from a stage set to sleeping quarters and even a tea house, if you desire.

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IE Paper Pavilion by Shigeru Ban

IE Paper Pavilion by Shigeru Ban | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has completed a temporary pavilion made from cardboard tubes at the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid. 

The Paper Pavilion, which was recently inaugurated, is constructed in the university's Serrano garden and will serve as a multi-purpose space for events, meetings, talks and exhibitions.

The project had a restricted budget, so Shigeru Ban designed a system of cardboard roof trusses and columns which were cheap to install and can be easily recycled when the building is eventually dismantled. The tubes were manufactured and waterproofed locally in Spain and were assembled by members of the surrounding community.

The IE School commissioned the pavilion, supported by the Japan Foundation. The opening event was a lecture by Ban entitled "Appropriate Architecture"...

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Natalie Curtis's curator insight, March 27, 2013 9:33 AM

Who said cardboard isn't sustainable... never met Sigeru Ban. All he wanted was a quick place to set up and give a lecture. This common ground for architects, students and enthusiasts is cheap, sustainable for what it is, easily recycled and already recycled and has a low impact on the environment because of this... and a low impact on budget. It's a really clever way to set up shop really quick and even looks nice for it's temporary span.