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Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos

Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Catch the Views House by LAND Arquitectos:

“Catch the Views House is originated from an intention of capturing and framing the different existing views at the inside spaces toward the sea and surrounding landscape. To achieve this initial objective, plus considering the strong slope of the site, we arrange and stacked one above the other a set of volumes directed to the selected views from a previous view-shed study. Arranging the interior and exterior program in relation with sunlight and wind exposure, and interconnectedness of the spaces.

The volumes are stacked one above the other, remembering how randomly shoreline rocks are stacked in this coastal landscape. We use a similar color from the rocks too, a dark grey, for the exterior facades of the house.

For the house structure, we use a system of prefabricated concrete panels, with a high isolation performance, which also reduces construction time. Material selection criteria were based on the performance, durability and maintenance of the materials in harsh coastal environments.”

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JandLInteriors, LLC's curator insight, October 30, 2014 3:23 PM

Beautiful modern floor plan in Chile.

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Massive Green-Roofed StreetDome Skate Park Pops Up in Denmark

Massive Green-Roofed StreetDome Skate Park Pops Up in Denmark | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Danish architecture firm CEBRA teamed up with Glifberg+Lykke to design a multi-use park that boasts a 4,500-square-meter area for skating, parkour, boulder climbing, canoe polo and other recreational activities.

The project is part of an initiative to create a new urban space for recreation. The 1,500-square-meter dome is based on CEBRA’s igloo hall concept. Spanning over 40 meters, the design uses similar technology of previous projects, including low-cost and lightweight sports halls. It uses cheaper, off-the-shelf components often used in industrial buildings and warehouses.

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Jean Nouvel's Sydney towers boast vertical gardens and a huge sunlight reflector

Jean Nouvel's Sydney towers boast vertical gardens and a huge sunlight reflector | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

French architect Jean Nouvel teamed up with botanist Patrick Blanc to create this pair of plant-covered Sydney towers that reflect light into their lower levels with a huge cantilevered panel of mirrors. Named One Central Park, the complex is the centrepiece of a AUS$2 billion masterplan in downtown Sydney.

The building's facade features one of the tallest green walls in the world- spanning over 1,000 square-metres, the 21 plant-covered panels are made up of 35 different species.

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Aroeira House III in Portugal: Designed with the Elements in Mind

Aroeira House III in Portugal: Designed with the Elements in Mind | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

ColectivArquitectura designed the U-shaped Aroeira III House in Herdade da Aroeira – Alamada, Portugal to work with the elements of the land it’s built on, maximizing sun exposure. With a natural slope and nearby homes, they went with a horizontal design that was split into two levels, one being partially buried underground.

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Borrowing From The Rich Personality of Its Surroundings: Pobble House in England

Borrowing From The Rich Personality of Its Surroundings: Pobble House in England | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Pobble House is an original looking timber frame residence paying tribute to the qualities and architectural history of its special location in Ashford, Kent, England: “Owing to the site’s significance, local planning policy dictates that any new building must replace an existing one and is to be of similar scale and proportion to that of the original. To this end a material palette was chosen that would enhance with age. Whilst being designed to a tight budget, the building has a very high quality and robust nature to withstand the harsh climate”, explained the team at Guy Hollaway Architects.

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Concrete + Context: Winery Pavilion at Leura Park by Centrum Architects

Concrete + Context: Winery Pavilion at Leura Park by Centrum Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This winery pavilion near the southern tip of Australia was conceived by Melbourne's Centrum Architects as a massive lantern to draw curious visitors.

A unique form was a priority from the beginning. For inspiration, the architects turned to the estate’s name – “leura” is derived from the Aboriginal word for lava – and from the unusual wrinkled rock formations found in pahoehoe lava flows. In their interpretation, the design team imagined the roof and western wall as a shell composed from four sections of curving high-performance concrete that rise from the ground before folding over, propped up with angled steel columns. Although initially conceived for off-site prefabrication, it ultimately proved faster and more economical to cast the sections in situ.

Inside, the thickness of the exposed concrete walls provides excellent thermal massing, which allowed Centrum to rely on passive cooling and ventilation, forgoing the need for mechanical and water systems.

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The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China

The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Growing from the artificial lake at the center of Wujin, China is a fantastic new structure – “The Lotus Building” from Australian architecture firm Studio 505Considering its natural form, it’s only appropriate that The Lotus Building is designed with the importance of the environment in mind.

Studio 505 explains:

“The project has been designed to minimise energy usage- with over 2500 geothermal piles driven through the base of the artificial lake, The entire lake water mass and ground beneath is utilised to pre-cool (summer) and pre-warm (winter) the air conditioning systems for both the lotus and the two storey building beneath the lake. The project is also mixed mode and naturally ventilated and utilises evaporative cooling from the lake surface to drive a thermal chimney within the main flower pod.”

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 23, 2014 4:26 PM

As China becomes richer as a country we get to see some more innovative icon type designs even if they are imported into China.  I love the energy conservation integrated into the design.

Asian ProSource's curator insight, October 15, 2014 12:35 PM

The Lotus Building combines design with energy conservation. 

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A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam

A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Vietnam-based architect firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed an environmentally-friendly structure for FPT University that is located about 34 km away from Hanoi.
The façade of the seven-story building is designed to look like a checkerboard, with huge floor trees placed in the openings. The openings also let in lots of natural sunlight, saving on energy.
Measuring at 11,065-square-meters, the structure will also feature a green roof to protect the whole building from too much sunlight.
According to the architects, “the structure is intended to promote sustainable development in Vietnam,” and “instill sustainable practices in the future generations”.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, August 16, 2014 4:32 AM

University sustainable design in Vietnam:

Norm Miller's curator insight, August 18, 2014 2:14 PM

Again Asia is really showing a lot of innovation.

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Community + Contemporary Architecture: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada

Community + Contemporary Architecture: Cree Cultural Institute in Canada | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Rubin&Rotman Architects completed Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in the Canadian village of Oujé-Bougoumou, paying tribute to local architecture.

The Institute includes an exhibition hall, making it both a museum and meeting place, with community activities such as dance and music shows taking place, along with more intimate gatherings featuring storytellers and elders. On the lower floor are the offices of associations involved in preserving the Cree language, hunting methods and arts and handicrafts, as well as in promoting tourism. Wood is used extensively, evoking the fundamental importance of the forest to the Cree people. Special attention was paid to transposing symbolic elements reflecting traditional Cree habitat to this contemporary building. The open plan and transparency of the ground floor make the Institute the heart of the community.

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, July 27, 2014 3:45 PM

We admire the way the Cree culture and aesthetic is blended into the modern structure. It pays homage to their origins but offers the community a beautiful facility.

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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, 2014 2:38 PM

FInally, our Swiss Family Robinson dream has come true, and we can vacation in the trees! 

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Villa F in Rhodes, Greece by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

Villa F in Rhodes, Greece by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Set above and within a natural stone wall which runs along this length of the Greek Rhodes coastline, Villa F is a design by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture for a holiday retreat. There’s a strong emphasis on comfort and minimalism throughout the dwelling with markedly few distinct rooms and a lack of internal walls.

Hornung and Jacobi Architecture opted for a lightweight plaster coated timber framework for its superstructure, as opposed to the typical tendency towards brute force and concrete cantilevers in modern architecture. A key aspect in the design brief was that it should be possible to cool and heat the building relatively quickly in order to reach a comfortable temperature as soon as possible. This was achieved through the use of lightweight components in its construction, and the incorporation of a mechanical roof vent to encourage convectional ventilation to occur throughout Villa F.


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mickelin burnes-browne's curator insight, July 10, 2014 5:24 PM

This is totally cool and confirms to what I see in good design--minimalism, clean lines and emphasis on simplicity.

 

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Heatherwick Studio To Build “Learning Hub” in Singapore

Heatherwick Studio To Build “Learning Hub” in Singapore | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

London based Heatherwick Studio have won a competition to design a Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore. The construction of the Hub, part of a £360 million scheme, will be the first redevelopment of its campus in twenty years. Having already won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for Sustainability from the Singaporean Government, the design seeks to redefine the aspiration of a university building. Within this new context the purpose of the university is to “foster togetherness and sociability” so that students can meet and learn in a space that encourages collaboration.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 1, 2014 11:47 AM

Cool University Building

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Sonoma Spa Retreat, Sonoma, Calif.

Sonoma Spa Retreat, Sonoma, Calif. | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

San Francisco–based Aidlin Darling Design crafted the program of this private spa retreat, located in the mountains of Sonoma, Calif., to serve as a place of respite, with the structure sited within a grove of oak, manzanita and madrone trees, close enough to the main house so as to be convenient, but far enough to ensure privacy on the 10-acre site.

The entry is situated behind two curving earthen walls that make the approach somewhat like moving through a concrete Richard Serra sculpture. Inside, the 1,802-square-foot structure includes a yoga and meditation studio, a steam room, changing rooms, and a refreshment bar. The spaces are organized on a wood deck surface that projects out over the landscape to the northeast and southeast to provide a private sundeck, which is shaded by a slatted canopy. Retractable glass walls open the interior spaces to the outdoors.

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'Low Rise Waves': Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito

'Low Rise Waves':  Science Hills Komatsu by Mari Ito | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

On the former site of the Komatsu construction and mining equipment factory in Komatsu city, Ishikawa, Japan, Mari Ito / UAO has created the Science Hills science museum and communication center, a complex of four “low-rise waves”.

“The complex itself is constructed of four low-rise waves blending into the surrounding relatively low-rise buildings, and also into the backdrop of faraway grand peaks.” say the architects. “The Science Museum is located under the waves and consists of a 3D dome theater, a science experience learning center, a local industrial promotion center, and an incubation center.”

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Zinc-clad chapel by René van Zuuk to be built over Almere's city lake in the Netherlands

Zinc-clad chapel by René van Zuuk to be built over Almere's city lake in the Netherlands | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The city of Almere in the Netherlands has selected a small curvy chapel designed by René van Zuuk to be constructed over the surface of the Weerwater lake.

A petal-shaped window will form the front facade and a narrow strip of glazing will extend across the roof.

"It should be an eco-friendly sustainable architectural object that fits in the city centre and strong enough to be able to create its own position in the ensemble," added Van Zuuk.

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Rebel Architecture: Working on Water

Rebel Architecture: Working on Water | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi is no stranger to global starchitecture, having joined OMA in 2001. In 2010, he took off to establish his own office, NLÉ – which means ‘at home’ in Yoruba, the language of Africa’s first truly urbanized population. ‘I am constantly inspired by solutions we discover in everyday life in the world’s developing cities,’ he says. The documentary focuses on his efforts in the slums of Port Haricourt.

Although Makoko was founded as a fishing village in the 18th century, it now has a population of over 85,000. Rising sea level and stronger torrential rains mean that the settlement is under constant threat, whereas Port Harcourt waterfront is being eyed by real-estate developers.

Working against forced clearance and displacement of the slum’s residents, the architects at NLÉ have instead proposed to replace the urban tissue with floating structures. The first prototype, the Makoko Floating School, uses a series of barrels and an A-frame timber structure to create an educational space for 100 local children, and made worldwide headlines when it was photographed by Iwan Baan in 2013.

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A New Culture Hub in the Netherlands Exemplifies Dutch Architecture

A New Culture Hub in the Netherlands Exemplifies Dutch Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Crowned with three cantilevered structures, this hub unites the city library, regional archives, and arts spaces in a stellar example of Dutch architecture.

The Eemhuis, designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects of Rotterdam, never quite sits still. There is a movement of people, a play of lines and an interweaving of functions. This lively energy, combined with a strong urban presence, befits the building’s role as the new cultural heart of Amersfoort.

The layered exterior reveals the 16,000-square-metre centre’s stacked program, organized organically by purpose. The library resides on the open lower floors, while the arts school is perched on top, with each department – theatre and dance, visual arts and music – housed in one of the cantilevered metal structures. Anchoring the new community hub are the archives at the building’s core.

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7 Creative Upcycled Shipping Container Homes

7 Creative Upcycled Shipping Container Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A gallery of homes that repurpose or reuse shipping containers in a broad range of innovative ways, on various scales and styles...

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A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong

A Concept Twin-Tower Skyscraper In Hong Kong | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Mexican design firm Studio Cachoua Torres Camilletti has designed and developed an ambitious concept that reimagines skyscrapers. 
The concept is 92-stories-high and consists of two parts—for housing and for commerce, linked by bridges. The architects also have an unusual plan to install rice paddies on the roof. 
One of the architects, Adrian Cachoua Oropeza explained that “the farming on the top of the building is an important symbolic gesture as well as an environmental one,” as rice is a staple in Asian countries.
This idea was submitted for the 2014 World Architecture Festival

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 27, 2014 4:15 PM

It's another integration of nature with design but the building looks  a little more like King Kong than Hong Kong

thierry Grey's curator insight, August 30, 2014 9:59 AM

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Fish-inspired skyscraper by RMJM for Doumen, China

Fish-inspired skyscraper by RMJM for Doumen, China | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architecture firm RMJM has won a competition to design a landmark tower for Doumen, China, with plans for a 93-metre-high structure covered in scales.

Proposed at the intersection of two rivers in Zhuhai, the Doumen Observation Tower was designed to mimic the movement of water and aquatic life in the coastal city, sometimes known as the Chinese Riviera. The tower's curving form will be clad with 1,400 bent panels, made from perforated aluminium. These will give the structure its scaly appearance, whilst shading the interior from direct sunlight...

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 18, 2014 2:13 PM

Design innovations seem to be increasing each year especially from China.

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Fertile Market by X-TU: An Innovative French Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo

Fertile Market by X-TU: An Innovative French Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The French studio “X-TU” Architects perceived the competition-winning French pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo design proposta that responds implicitly to theexpo thème “Feeding the Planet. Energy for life”. They introduce a unique construction established around a vision of the market hall as a “le centre” for agricultural produzione.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 1, 2014 11:44 AM

Interesting design

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Building 347 Parking Garage: Bamboo + Innovation by Vittorio Lampugnani

Building 347 Parking Garage: Bamboo + Innovation by Vittorio Lampugnani | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Bamboo poles are not uncommon in construction, though they typically conjure thoughts of tropical huts and tiki torches rather than large-scale utilitarian structures. Architect Vittorio Lampugnani envisioned something quite different, however, seeing incredible promise in the sturdy, inexpensive material to bring warmth to an often overlooked, and more often unattractive, building type. When asked by Novartis to design a parking garage for its East Hanover, New Jersey, campus—his first—he came up with another first: he sheathed the six-story, 633,000-square-foot structure with precisely aligned rows of the woody stalks.

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Unique Solar Protection + A Dynamic Facade in Australia

Unique Solar Protection + A Dynamic Facade in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

 In Bunbury, down the coast from Perth in Australia, the architects at Gresley Abas seized the mission of modernizing a homeless shelter as an opportunity to clad the original building in a colourful and dynamic facade – using metal screens. On completion of the building work, Yanget House now houses 37 apartments as well as stores and offices on the first and second floors which generate rental income that goes toward financing the project.
Colt perforated panels provide solar protection on the east side.


Artist Rick Verney specially designed a 3D relief of projecting, angular elements that seem both transparent and sculptural thanks to the characteristic perforation pattern. The “shadow metal” consists of powder-coated anodized aluminum – the perforation pattern on the screens is not just a key design element, but also ensures light transmission and the passage of energy. The customized design thus spawned both sun shading and an unusually textured dynamic façade that is as good as unmistakable.

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UIWGroup's curator insight, July 11, 2014 8:47 AM

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3D Solar shading 

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Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland

Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A place where luxury and design meet sustainability and adventure, all surrounded by lava fields and glacial lakes.

Iceland is often dubbed "the land of fire and ice"— about the size of Kentucky, Iceland boasts some of the most starkly juxtaposed landscapes in the world. From black sand beaches to glacier fields to jagged peaks, the lava fields of otherworldly green moss to the countless active geysers, Iceland's landscape is stunning—and that's only the beginning. There's no better place to experience these extremes than the ION Hotel.

Consistently awarded for both its design and sustainability, the ION's (slightly) remote location an hour east of Reykjavik makes it the ideal getaway to both relax and explore the country's extremes...

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Amazing !!
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"House for trees" built in Ho Chi Minh City

"House for trees" built in Ho Chi Minh City | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This is the fourth amazing project by Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia that we have shown on TreeHugger. Each of them show a talent for working with climate, for breaking down the divide between inside and out. This is a single family house on a built on a piece of land in the middle of a block, accessible only by a lane.

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