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William McDonough + Partners new office building in the Netherlands features a four-story green wall...

William McDonough + Partners new office building in the Netherlands features a four-story green wall... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

William McDonough + Partners, together with D/DOCK, designed a new office building for Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte (B/S/H/) in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.

This flexible, innovative workplace includes many sustainable features, such as a full-height, four-story atrium with an indoor/outdoor Living Green Wall and Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) roof that maximizes energy and day lighting.

A unique work environment is a welcoming place that radiates a sense of calm, open for everyone, everywhere and at any time. Optimal lighting, tactile materials, soft colors and flexible design elements throughout maximize the experience and well-being of the people and emphasize the open structure and the vision of B/S/H/ as a company...

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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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Space-Savvy Sustainable Design for a Live-Work Studio...

Space-Savvy Sustainable Design for a Live-Work Studio... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Michael Fifield, AIA, principal of Fifield Architecture + Urban Design in Eugene, Ore., believes true sustainable design must address the problem of land consumption.

“Higher densities are really needed in the future,” he says. “One way of doing that is for people to have smaller living units. You can take a small building and effectively make it feel much larger.”
Hanna Yoshimura, an artist who lives primarily in Japan, knew of Fifield's interest in compact design. She asked him to design a live/work studio behind it where she could spend two to three months per year. Fifield obliged with a trim, 269-square-foot structure. Its windows borrow views of neighboring gardens, and its south-facing glass wall opens to a deck that extends the living room outside. The two upstairs lofts' ladders, half walls, and exposed rafters are designed to take up as little physical and visual space as possible. On the main level, a radiant heat concrete floor eliminates the need for bulky radiators. The floor's control joints match a good-luck tatami mat layout, in a subtle nod to the client's Japanese heritage...

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Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes

Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Reclaimed shipping containers are ideal nesting spots for the residents of these five homes.

 

Whether lured by the relatively inexpensive costs, ready supply, or aesthetic charm of containers, the residents applied their own perspective on how to reclaim and adapt these industrial castoffs. Click though the slideshow at the link to see more...

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Oloron Saint Marie Multimedia Center & Urban Regeneration

Oloron Saint Marie Multimedia Center & Urban Regeneration | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Part of an ambitious urban regeneration project on land that used to be defined by hydroelectric-powered textile industries, the new Oloron Saint Marie Multimedia Center displays its bold architecture in the town of Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France.

French architectural firm Pascale Guédot, in collaboration with Michel Corajoud, took this first step in re-imagining this abandoned beret factory into a wonderful media center built on the existing stone foundation.

The design had to capture the natural beauty in the architecture, so the architects designed the 2,700 square meter building as a main wood latticed volume floating on top of a glass level below. This beautifully modern multimedia center was linked to the opposite banks via two walkways uniting in a 1,255 square meter public concourse and creating a necessary connection between river banks. A 44 car parking space ensures visitors are carefree when walking through the Oloron Saint Marie Multimedia Center’s glass entrance...

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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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Sustainable Modern Architecture Overlooking the Mediterranean...

Sustainable Modern Architecture Overlooking the Mediterranean... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This contemporary home located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, on the southern slope of Mount Carmel in Israel, was designed by Heidi Arad.

With a total living area of 250 square meters, the residence showcases an elegant exterior, and interior that opens towards the sea, with the help of glass sliding doors. The principles of sustainable architecture were cleverly adapted to the overall design: ventilation is ensured in a natural way through panoramic windows, rainwater is collected in a special tank and used for household purposes, and natural materials are used throughout...

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The BMW Olympic Park Pavilion: a symbol of innovation in design & sustainability

The BMW Olympic Park Pavilion: a symbol of innovation in design & sustainability | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

BMW Pavilion represents a significant architectural addition to the Olympic Park, showing a range of the company’s latest vehicles against the backdrop of the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.

 

Tim Abbott, Managing Director, BMW Group UK comments: “The role of the Pavilion is two-fold – to explain the support we’re providing as the Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also to provide a powerful visual symbol of our commitment to the highest standards of innovation in design and sustainability. We look forward to welcoming visitors and guests to the BMW Group Pavilion throughout the Games.”

Water plays a central role in the Pavilion’s design. The Waterworks River provides the water, which is filtered and used to cool the building as it flows down the walls, before being returned to the river. The upper floor is surrounded by water, reflecting views of the Olympic Park and each of the rooftop pavilions has a distinctive, light roof and slender, straight columns, designed to complement other Olympic Park structures including the Velodrome.

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23 Diverse Deployments of Cargo Containers

23 Diverse Deployments of Cargo Containers | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Shipping containers are low-cost, stackable building blocks ideal for incorporating into all kinds of architecture including homes, stores and restaurants.

Portable, durable, stackable and readily available all over the world, shipping containers are the ideal building blocks for smart structures of practically every variety. Some require just a little bit of renovation to transform into tiny houses or mobile offices, and others are barely recognizable. Often left with their exteriors as-is to pay tribute to their industrial origins, shipping containers can be used to form exterior walls and integrated into other types of building materials. Here are 23 examples of shipping container architecture in the form of homes, schools, offices, retail stores, hotels and restaurants...

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Lucknow Headquarters: A Sustainable Building with Passive Systems

Lucknow Headquarters: A Sustainable Building with Passive Systems | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The corporate headquarters, designed by Annkit kummar of the Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA), uses the principles of integrating nature and architecture. The proposed Headquarters of LIDA assimilates greenery into the building by providing terrace gardens and recreational space to the employees.

The central courtyard together, with its vertical voids, aids in the wind flow throughout the building, keeping the entire mass cooler during the summer. The 2 voids on the façade and the central courtyard provide a prevalent cross breeze throughout the central atrium, keeping the temperature inside lower, compared to the heat outside. The wind flow through the front and side vertical voids creates a cross breeze and establishes the micro-climate at the interior.
The entire mass of the proposed headquarters is covered with horizontal louvers, as the prevalent heat conditions in Lucknow require intelligent façade features to keep the building cooler. The glazing used through-out the façade would be solar glass which would prevent heat from going in thereby keeping the balance of temperature...

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Frank Gehry and His First LEED Platinum “Make It Right" Design...

Frank Gehry and His First LEED Platinum “Make It Right" Design... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Make It Right's core mission is to construct eco-friendly and LEED Certified Platinum residences for communities in need and Gehry's residence is the first in Louisiana and only one of 22 Gehry homes in the United States.

Renowned architect Frank Gehry has joined forces with Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation to design a home for New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, the area most devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Make It Right’s core mission is to construct eco-friendly and LEED Certified Platinum residences for communities in need and Gehry’s residence is the first in Louisiana and only one of 22 Gehry homes in the United States.

The sustainable features in this 1,780 square foot duplex home include solar modules on the roof, cement board siding set to last for 50 years, ECOBLU framing wood, Benjamin Moore’s Natura and Aura paints with zero VOCs, carpets that can be again recycled into new carpet at the end of its lifetime, countertops made of 75 percent recycled raw materials, an energy efficient tankless waterheater, and floors constructed from post-industrial recycled content and which uses about 50 percent less newly harvested wood than conventional alternatives...

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North Fork Residence by Thielsen Architects

North Fork Residence by Thielsen Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Perched on the edge of a wooded cliff overlooking Tate Creek, the North Fork Residence occupies a small shelf of land on the east face of a mountainous site. In response to the harsh environment, portions of the house are sheathed in metal, which will patina with the passage of time and exposure to the elements. The interior is organized along a central circulation spine with spaces transitioning from public to private along its length.

A crucial component of the project was the owners’ desire to restore the portion of Tate Creek which flows through their property. After years of abuse and neglect the channelized creek banks were choked with blackberries and other invasive plants. The channel berms were removed and the stream banks cleared of invasive species and restored with native trees, shrubs and perennials. A large meadow east of the creek now provides natural habitat and flood storage capacity relieving pressure on downstream areas...

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Pre-Fabricated: 2 | SPG Architects

Pre-Fabricated: 2 | SPG Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This four-bedroom vacation home is a study in spatial efficiency, coming in under 2,000 SF of living area including 1,700 SF of modular construction and 240 SF of site-built construction.

The design can be adapted to any site of the owners choosing. The two-story factory-built modular house has a reverse living plan to maximize available terraces and views for the primary family kitchen, dining and living areas, while tucking three bedrooms and a master suite into the lower level.

Conceived specifically to touch lightly on the landscape both during and after construction, this home is ideal for flood-prone areas. This home is comprised of two living volumes that are joined by a prefabricated, site assembled entrance staircase that provides an immediate visual and physical connection to the upper level.

Each volume is made of two stacked modular units, that when raised on piloti, allow the landscape to move through and under the house that provides an environmentally sensitive and visually dramatic design solution...

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A Florida House Set for Two Comfort Zones

A Florida House Set for Two Comfort Zones | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
In a minimalist house that still manages to be warm and welcoming, a couple eases the eternal argument over the thermostat.

 

In 2005, Max Strang's father was hoping to build the kind of eco-friendly house he had always dreamed of, he said. But he also “wanted his wife to have a comfortable place.”

To her, that meant a modern single-story home that was big enough for plenty of family and friends. In other words, it had to have at least four bedrooms and a 1,000-square-foot kitchen.

With Max as their architect, the couple split the responsibilities for the project according to what they cared about most. “Sheryll was in charge of the aesthetic,” the older Mr. Strang said. “And I was in charge of the systems.”

Together, the three created a 4,200-square-foot home in Winter Haven that is as sleek as it is green. (But not cheap: completed earlier this year, it cost $1.6 million.)

 

The roof, for example, is green in three ways: it is insulated with Icynene, a spray foam more efficient than fiberglass batting; it is covered with thermoplastic polyolefin, a membrane that reduces heat absorption; and it contains two solar systems, one that feeds directly into the electric grid to offset the energy consumed by the home and another that heats the water in the pool.

Inside, green amenities include a geothermal system that makes air-conditioning more efficient; floors that are eco-friendly concrete; and an on-demand system heats water only when needed.

The house is minimalist, but warm and welcoming...

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Ice House by Minarc | Architeria.com

Ice House by Minarc | Architeria.com | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The sustainable Ice House have a simple eco-consious design focuses on functionality.

Located in the beautiful a rural town of Iceland, a low-developed region committed to the preservation of its beautiful natural scenery and resources. Design elements were chosen carefully to maximize passive solar power and cross ventilation, minimizing electricity costs. Conscious effort made to use materials in their most organic form. To improve indoor air quality, no carpet or forced air systems (AC/HV) utilized.

The project reduces its impact on the natural ground by raising the structure with elevated decks and floors. Native wood siding materials are locally sourced, which allows for the project to blend in with the surrounding regional landscape. Large and expansive windows and openings are used in living area and bedrooms to provide abundant natural light, frame the beautiful landscape and enable a seamless connection with nature. Master bathroom features a pebble rock wall referencing the surrounding landscape. Exterior spaces designed for maximum indoor-outdoor living. Outdoor shower encourages a closer connection to nature and the elements. An edible garden is incorporated into the exterior design to foster sustainable living...

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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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Going Green in the US: Three Groundbreaking Eco-Friendly Buildings

Going Green in the US: Three Groundbreaking Eco-Friendly Buildings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Going Green in the US: Three Groundbreaking Eco-Friendly BuildingsGreen Building ElementsAs people become more concerned about the state of the environment, all industries are making efforts to go green.

As people become more concerned about the state of the environment, all industries are making efforts to go green. Though progress has been made across the board, architecture is an industry that has enjoyed significant success. All over the world, cities are building eco-friendly structures and renovating their existing buildings in order to lessen the strain on the environment. To design a green structure, architects rely on the rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council, which is known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Read the complete article for three of the greenest buildings in the United States, as determined by the LEED rating system...

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HOUS.E+ sustainable house by Polifactory

HOUS.E+ sustainable house by Polifactory | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

'Hous.E+ is designed to combine new and old techniques in order to create a not only a resourceful building regarding energy efficiency and sustainability but also well equipped to actively respond to future demands of smart grid systems where energy surplus is distributed and agriculture within the city is a reality.'

 

Sustainable rammed earth house by Polifactory that generates energy from a rooftop lake. Designed for a rural site in Vancouver, the self-sustaining HOUS.E+ would use turbines embedded in the walls to produce electricity from water being pumped through a system of pipes.

Additional electricity would come from photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of five blocks that rise above the water and any excess power could be fed back into the national grid.

Rooms would be set 2.5 metres below ground level, where they would be heated in winter and cooled in summer from an underground pump that uses the surrounding earth as a heat source or sink, and inhabitants would also be able to harvest their own food by cultivating an ecosystem of fish, seafood and plants beneath the surface of the water...

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Spanish Pavilion at Floriade 2012 by Pulgon Diseño

Spanish Pavilion at Floriade 2012 by Pulgon Diseño | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Pulgon Diseño have designed the Spanish Pavilion at Floriade 2012 in Venlo, The Netherlands.

The construction criterion arose from the conceptual approaches that have resulted in the slogan “naturally diverse”, highlighting the importance of diversity and natural richness. Likewise, the idea Cradle to Cradle is also present in the exhibition, and the designed spaces will allude to cycles and continuity as added and essential values, in a modern concept of sustainability and of the use of natural resources.

Some of the materials, serving both as support and as coating and paving, have had different previous uses: wood from fruit boxes, planks and wood from building works, demolition beams, sleepers. Others come from remainders of agriculture products such as nut shells or trunks from burnt forests. This way, the C2C remains unchanged, in terms of conceptuality and formality...

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Farmhouse: a Collaboration of Rustic and Modern

Farmhouse: a Collaboration of Rustic and Modern | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Building over an original rustic farmhouse surrounded by a serene rural landscape and adding a modern touch to this residential building caught in between eras, the creative team of Invisible Studio re-imagined the details of the 2,368 square feet Starfall Farm.

Located in Bath and North East Somerset, UK, this interesting residence took shape from the remains of an old farmhouse altered to be suited for a contemporary lifestyle, but keeping its charming country side intact. The challenges defined this project, guiding the team towards transforming the “hideously extended, but originally very pretty farmhouse in St Catherine’s valley” into a welcoming mixture of rustic and modern styles. An extension made mostly of materials from the demolished barns allows owners Xa Sturgis and Anna Benn to enjoy more of the landscape than they would have before this extensive renovation...

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Factory-Built Micro-Homes in San Francisco

Factory-Built Micro-Homes in San Francisco | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new form of sustainable development that will manifest itself in San Francisco in an infill project called SmartSpace SoMa. SmartSpace will have 23 micro-dwellings each with ~300 square feet of living area, 300 cubic feet of storage along a wall, and nine-foot ceilings. The project, which will be built with off-site fabricated modules from ZETA Communities, will also aim for LEED Platinum certification and near net-zero energy.

In other words, SmartSpace SoMa is a dense, tiny-house community in a walkable neighborhood with a Walk Score of 98/100. The project will be built with the cutting-edge of construction methodologies. Modules should be completed this month in a factory after two weeks of work, and the ribbon cutting is set for October 2012. That’s quite the turnaround time for a four-level building.

Planned green elements include LED and CFL lights, EcoBatt insulation, low-VOC finishes, Energy Star appliances, formaldehyde-free cabinetry, low-flow fixtures, a cool roof, rainwater collection, solar-thermal water heating, and FSC-certified lumber. Residents will also have secure on-site bike storage and access to various modes of transportation, including the local carshare...

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A Better Vision for Apple's Cupertino Campus

A Better Vision for Apple's Cupertino Campus | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The company is missing a key opportunity to develop a walkable neighborhood.

Apple is already a world leader in consumer technology; this was its chance to be a world leader also for community-oriented sustainability.

The corporation has shown a commendable ability to support transit and walkability in certain neighborhoods where it has retail outlets. Another high-tech giant with a need for security, Amazon, is showing how to revive an older neighborhood for its new, highly walkable headquarters in Seattle. Google has signaled its strong desire to position its future headquarters amid a mixed-use, housing- and transit-rich environment. So the potential was there.

Instead, Apple chose to design its new headquarters as if it were a new consumer product, an “iBuilding” of sorts with a clean, high-concept design that reinforces the company’s futuristic corporate brand. In that sense, it probably succeeded: the building is cool-looking in an abstract sort of way, the kind of structure that will make people go “wow.”

But it does nothing to make Silicon Valley a better environment for people, and might even make it harder to improve the walkability of Cupertino by sealing off potential walking routes...

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Green Cast Facade by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Green Cast Facade by Kengo Kuma and Associates | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Kengo Kuma and Associates made this wonderful detailed green facade on mixed-use building in Odawara, Japan. The green building, built in 2011, has 5 floors with parking in the basement and ground floor. Other floors are occupied by the school, offices and residence with the rooftop terrace.

"The façade of the building is covered with planters made of aluminum die-cast panels, which provides space for facilities. The 3 (up to 6) aluminum panels, which also form planters, are made in monoblock casting. Each panel is slanted, and its surface appears to be organic, of which cast comes from decayed styrene foam. Equipment such as watering hose, air reservoir for ventilation and downpipes are installed behind the panels so that the façade can accommodate a comprehensive system for the building."

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Self-sufficient house for all seasons by architect John Lin

Self-sufficient house for all seasons by architect John Lin | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Self-sufficient house adapted from traditional Chinese rural architecture by John Lin, winner of the AR House award 2012.

Lin, who is an architecture professor at the University of Hong Kong, designed the house in Shijia Village, north-eastern China, as a model that would encourage village residents to be less dependent on outside goods and services.

The Architectural Review has presented its 2012 House Award to John Lin, a Hong Kong-based architect whose innovative work takes him into the interstices of the extraordinary transformation underway in China’s cities, towns and rural areas.

Lin’s winning project is an updated version of the vernacular mud brick courtyard house that populates China’s vast rural areas. His design for a modern prototype of this traditional locus of rural life, increasingly at risk, brings together both old and new, incorporating concrete technology with original mud brick construction...

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A Dream Beach House for the Eco-Minded...

A Dream Beach House for the Eco-Minded... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
It’s a testament to the ebbing tide of starchitecture that some of the most admired new buildings of recent memory are the ones you hardly notice at all.

The design brief called for a very low-impact, easy to maintain summer home that provides necessary programmatic functions with minimum distractions from the land and the view. The design response situates the structure among mature fir trees located directly between the beach and an upland meadow, with walls of glass opening out to both. Steel columns minimize visible structure from the interior, while metal-clad wall elements provide a bold form when seen from the exterior. The roof is vegetated, which filters rainwater that in turn is collected and stored for use in irrigation. Potable hot water and hydronic heating are aided by solar collectors on the roof, and PV panel s above the vegetable garden provide supplemental electricity. The home is intended for occupancy from May through October, and systems have been designed to zero out electricity use over the course of a full year.

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