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Sustainability & Education at Shanghai's Largest Organic Farm

Sustainability & Education at Shanghai's Largest Organic Farm | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Tony’s Farm is the biggest organic food farm in Shanghai, which produces certified vegetables and fruits. But it's more than just a place for vegetable production. The vision is to integrate the consumer and therefore promote a natural lifestyle.


To link the activities of the working people with the visitors of the farm, playze developed a building complex, which combines the main reception, a lobby, (working also for the future hotel rooms) and a vip area, with the new offices and an existing warehouse, where the fruits and vegetables are being packed. The building provides transparency within the manufacturing process. Thus it supports the vision of integrating the visitor and helps to reinforce the consumer confidence in the products of the farm. At the same time the building design is driven by the concept of sustainability, combined with it's iconic qualities, it communicates and promotes the core concept of the Farm...

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An interesting project that incorporates relevant social issues and educational opportunities within the context of a working farm...

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Eight Green Roofs in one Project in Sweden: Arlevagen

Eight Green Roofs in one Project in Sweden: Arlevagen | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architecture company Helhetshus developed a project entitled Arlevagen in Gothenburg, Sweden, consisting of eight similar houses. The landscape surrounding the buildings is defined by giant oak trees and the beautiful lake Sävelången, which partially determined the orientation of each dwelling: “By using the existing conditions of the site and placing the houses halfway over the edge of the hillside; each house got a nice view towards the lake and at the same time it created more space on the sunny side of the plot towards southwest. The boomerang-shaped building leaves an open space towards the street and a more secluded garden space south of the building witch is maximised by placing the buildings as far north as possible on each plot”. Half of each building’s weight is supported by pillars, leaving the ground beneath almost untouched. Green roofs ensure insulation, while adding a great aesthetic factor...

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Oficina Vidre Negre

Oficina Vidre Negre | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Oficina Vidre Negre was born as a contemporary sculpture, a symbol of a dynamic and continuous development...

In a context of peripheral node of the motorway, the building is set within a park, planted with native species, in which a sort of town square accompanied to the entrance.
The dynamism of the client is shown in architecture, volume changing, a prism completely covered in black glass faceted and integrated photovoltaic panels...

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Codina House

Codina House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The house is situated on a flat land of 1500 square meters in a residential area within the city of Mendoza, Argentina.

A typical continental climatic zone, with large weather amplitudes between stations where natural breeze comes mostly from the South.

The project is an opportunity to rethink the suburban houses facilities in emerging environments in contemporary Latin American urban spaces, trying to understand the space as a stimulator, suggesting sensitive geometries that optimize weather conditions and operate from green conscience...

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Minimum House / Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten

Minimum House / Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The minimumhouse at Mellensee, situated to the south of Berlin, is a prototype for a serial holiday and residentialhouse. Under the label minimumhouse it is offered including all furniture and fittings. The concept was developed by the ideal of a house with maximum outdoor impressions and also by making full use of the solar yields for the building.

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A Smart Hillside Home Incorporates Solar Orientation & Passive Ventilation

A Smart Hillside Home Incorporates Solar Orientation & Passive Ventilation | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Capturing distant views of Mt. Diablo and East Bay, this 4,400 square feet modern home is perched on a steep slope in the Californian Sonoma hills.

Vista Del Valle accentuates its location with its slightly sloping roof, under which modern interior spaces define the inhabitant’s lifestyle.  

Inside, warm spaces reconstruct the feeling of being outside, but keep the atmosphere unburdened by swift weather changes. Overhangs protect the light-flooded kitchen, dining and living spaces from overheating, while windows and glass doors welcome the cooling breeze. Clerestory windows, solar hot water heating, radiant floor heating, alongside the orientation and passive ventilation create a comfortable atmosphere without charging the bills.

Imagined as a modern oasis of comfort within natural surroundings, the residence was designed by Zimmerman and Associates, who dressed the whole house in a carefully constructed skin – horizontal cedar siding and stucco intertwine to compose a suite of volumetric spaces adapted to the existing site conditions, natural lighting and needs of a modern lifestyle.

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Wellness Villa Sealand

Wellness Villa Sealand | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Luxury, sustainability, space and comfort, this wellness Villa in Sealand, the Netherlands, has it all. The clients live in Rotterdam and wished a weekend house to relax and receive guests.

 

The villa is located half a mile away from the North Sea coast, hidden in a tree filled area along the edges of the dunes. The orientation on the plot and the way the facades are treated, generate maximum privacy. Large glass facades and roof lights provide both daylight and view into the green surroundings.

A 100m2 spacious living room has attached rooms for owners and guests, which creates a blend of loft, holiday house and hotel.
An open gallery on the upper floor gives access to a room that connects to the living room through a glass wall, but can be transformed into a fully equipped and blinded cinema room.

The wellness area in the basement consists of a 12m pool and 3 saunas. The wellness area is directly connected to both the living area and the garden...

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Sustainable Design | Greenhalgh House by CCS Architecture

Sustainable Design | Greenhalgh House by CCS Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Greenhalgh House is a sustainable home designed by CCS Architecture , located in the Alpine Meadows area near Lake Tahoe, California. This is a second home for the owner, who wanted efficiency in performance, regarding the needs of a retreat home.

This eco construction adopted rustic modern design using cedar materials. The house is grid connected, but it is also grid independent. To provide maximum view of Sierra Nevada mountains, all of the main rooms are faced to the south, with cross ventilation provided by the operable windows and sliding glass doors on both sides of the home. Concrete materials used partially at the first floor act as thermal mass storage to maintain the room temperature.

This green architecture building is completed by 600 sq ft of photovoltaic panels provided at the roof, facing south. During the days when the house is not in use, electricity is produced and stored to be used on peak days when in use. There is also thermal hot water system located at the roof. Radiant floor heating is powered by the hot water provided by hot water heater powered by the PV. The hot/cool air trapped between the roof and and panels can be used also as additional heating/cooling...

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Spiral House by Joeb Moore + Partners Architects

Spiral House by Joeb Moore + Partners Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Situated along the Connecticut shoreline of Long Island Sound, this single-family house is conceived of as an extension of both its natural and social contexts. The crux of the project lies in the juxtaposition of two systems of geometry—projective and radial—defining the project’s response to these environmental and social conditions in both formal and conceptual ways. Projective geometries render the site as pure landscape; that is, as an expanse of scenery that can be viewed from a single point. The radial geometry at work in the house, tied to notions of water, waves, and sea, creates the spiraling form that relates social spaces to private spaces and seamlessly adjoins interior with exterior.

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