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This beekeepers workshop uses sustainable design to minimize its footprint

In a bid to save northern Brazil’s rainforests from deforestation and land exploitation, São Paulo-based architecture firm Estudio Flume has recently completed Casa do Mel, a beekeepers workshop that serves as a self-sustainable business alternative to logging operations. Located in the Canaã dos Carajás in the Pará Estate of Brazil, the workshop serves a co-operative of beekeepers formed by 53 rural producers. To reduce site impact, the building follows passive solar principles and incorporate...
Tags: Architecture, Brazil, Gray Water, Natural Light, Deforestation, Sustainable Business, Rainwater Harvesting, Passive Solar, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Thermal Comfort, Beekeeping, Bio-digester, Organic Waste, Banana Trees, Casa Do Mel

RBURN upcycles North Face tents into one-of-a-kind bags

The North Face and British designer Christopher Raeburn of RÆBURN have recently collaborated to launch a new line of accessories handcrafted from recycled tents. Introduced late last month, the unique collection consists of three distinct items—a tote bag, drawstring bag, and Rae Bag—that all feature RÆBURN’s iconic “REMADE, REDUCED, RECYCLED, RÆBURN” tagline. The partnership marks the iconic outdoors brand’s first sustainable collaboration and is part of both brands’ commitment to reducing was...
Tags: Design, Disney, Architecture, Gallery, Bags, Tent, Reuse, Reduce Waste, Textile Waste, North Face, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Upcycling, The North Face, Eco Friendly Fashion, Recycled Textiles

This elevated prefab home in Chile takes in striking volcano views

In the Chilean city of Pucón, Santiago architect Alejandro Soffia has recently completed a prefab home that visually pops against its wooded surroundings. Fittingly named the Yellow House after its bright yellow facade, the modular residence is elevated off the ground for reduced site impact and to create a treehouse-like feel. The home’s modules were strategically connected with wooden joints and punctuated by full-height glazing to frame views of Lake Villarrica on one side and the Villarrica...
Tags: Design, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Chile, Modular, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Villarrica, Modular Architecture, Prefab House, Yellow House, Pucon, Open-plan, Full-height Glazing, Prefabricated Architecture

SOM unveils designs for first-ever human settlement on the moon

Just a few months ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) released designs for the first full-time human habitat on the lunar surface. Created in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the conceptual settlement — dubbed the “Moon Village” — outlines ways humans could live in an otherwise uninhabitable setting through self-sufficient means. Envisioned with a series of inflatable...
Tags: Space, Design, Mit, Esa, Gallery, Moon, European Space Agency, Solar Energy, Mars, Carousel Showcase, South Pole, Moon Landing, Modular Design, Som, European Space Agency ESA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT

Vincent Callebaut wins bid to sustainably revive Aix-les-Bains ancient thermal baths

The defunct National Baths of Aix-les-Bains will receive a vibrant and sustainably minded revival in the hands of the Paris-based practice Vincent Callebaut Architectures. Selected as the winner of a competition following the popular vote, the firm’s proposal — dubbed “The Foam of Waves” — will not only restore the ancient thermal baths, but also introduce a sustainable, energy-producing paradigm that follows the carbon-neutral guidelines as recommended by COP 21. The project will adopt a mixed...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Heritage, Paris, Luxembourg, Solar Energy, COP 21, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Green Roof, Vincent Callebaut, Mixed-use, Rainwater Harvesting, Biomass, Rainwater

LEED Platinum fire station is powered with solar energy in Seattle

The north end of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has recently become home to a new, contemporary fire station that’s also a beacon for sustainability. Certified LEED Platinum, Fire Station 22 was designed by local architectural practice Weinstein A+U to harvest solar power, as well as rainwater, which is used for all of the station’s non-potable water uses. The building also has an enhanced civic presence with a super-scaled and illuminated “22” on its facade and large walls of glass that i...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Levy, Solar Energy, Capitol Hill, Solar Power, Seattle, Carousel Showcase, Public Plaza, Leed Platinum, Rainwater Harvesting, Solar Gain, Weinstein, LEED, Fire Station

Rammed earth Kopila Valley School is the greenest school in Nepal

In Nepal, access to education doesn’t just improve job prospects — schools can save lives, whether it’s rescuing children from malnourishment or delaying the age of marriage to reduce rates of HIV, maternal death and suicide. That’s why American nonprofit BlinkNow has dedicated itself to building community infrastructure in Surkhet, Nepal, including the Kopila Valley School. Powered entirely by solar energy and built of rammed earth walls, the campus is billed by the founders as the “greenest s...
Tags: School, UK, Design, Ppc, Architecture, Gallery, Nepal, Schools, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Biogas, Solar Powered School, Rammed Earth, Rainwater Harvesting, Locally Sourced Materials, Wastewater Treatment

BIG unveils a sustainable floating city in response to rising sea levels

BIG and a coalition of partners have unveiled Oceanix City, a visionary proposal for the world’s first resilient and sustainable floating community for 10,000 people. Presented at the first UN high-level roundtable on Sustainable Floating Cities, the conceptual design was created as a potential solution to the perceived threat of climate change and rising sea levels. Conceived as a “modular maritime metropolis,” Oceanix City is engineered for self-sufficiency with features from net-zero energy ...
Tags: Design, Climate Change, Architecture, Gallery, United Nations, Un, Bjarke Ingels, Big, Carousel Showcase, Net-zero Energy, Floating Cities, Mixed-use, Rising Sea Levels, Modular Design, Bjarke Ingels Group, UN Habitat

Contemporary A-frame home soaks up lakeside views in Mexico

On the edge of Lake Avándaro in the Mexican town of Valle de Bravo is House A, a beautiful, contemporary home that’s designed by Mexico City-based architectural firm Metodo in collaboration with Ingeniería Orca to embrace views of the lake. Named after its sharply pitched A-frame construction, the three-story home is built with walls of glass and folding glazed doors to create a seamless connection with the outdoors. A palette of natural materials complement steel and glass elements to create a...
Tags: Design, Sweden, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, House, Mexico City, Carousel Showcase, Valle De Bravo, Lake Avándaro, Open-plan, Full-height Glazing, Local Materials, Steel Frame, Natural Materials, Solar Radiation

Black charred-timber home embraces forest views in Zrich

In the midst of a centuries-old forest sits the Two Family House, an aptly named project that houses a pair of maisonette apartments for two families at the edge of Zürich, Switzerland. Local architecture firm Hajnoczky.Zanchetta Architekten collaborated with architect Angela Waibel on the design, which takes advantage of its wooded location with full-height windows that capture views of the changing landscape. Due to regulations that enforce minimal disturbance to the landscape, the building...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Switzerland, Apartments, Zurich, Carousel Showcase, Timber Construction, Zurich Switzerland, Cantilever, Zrich, Timber Clad, Black Timber, Rooftop Terraces, Triangular Architecture, Two Family House

Rammed earth addition brings light and energy savings to a Melbourne home

When a growing family needed extra living space, they turned to Australian design studio Steffen Welsch Architects to create an eco-friendly extension for their California Bungalow home. For the main construction material, the architects used rammed earth — a material with low embodied energy and high thermal mass — and created an arced extension that curves to capture warmth and light from the sun. Passive solar principles also largely dictated all parts of the design process, from the zoning ...
Tags: Extension, Design, California, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Melbourne, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Rammed Earth, Passive Solar Principles, Sustainable Architecture, California Bungalow, Insulated Glass

An old Brooklyn sugar refinery becomes creative office spaces

A historic waterfront factory has been given a new lease on life thanks to New York-based architecture firm ODA and Triangle Assets. Located at 10 Jay Street in DUMBO, New York City, the project explores both adaptive reuse and historic preservation in its transformation of the former Arbuckle Brothers sugar refinery into creative office spaces. The sensitive renovation updates the building to modern standards while carefully preserving its history, from the restrained industrial-inspired mater...
Tags: New York, Design, New York City, Architecture, Brooklyn, Gallery, Manhattan, Warehouse, Historic Preservation, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Williamsburg, Office Space, ODA, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Local, natural materials make up this eco-friendly jungle refuge in Tulum

Mexican architectural firm Jaquestudio recently completed a new boutique hotel nestled in a leafy paradise within Tulum, Mexico. Carefully sited to preserve nearly three-quarters of the existing jungle vegetation, the Jungle Keva is an environmentally friendly retreat that minimizes site impact and the use of plastics. Moreover, the hotel is built of locally sourced, natural materials that tie the building to the landscape. Designed to mirror the Tulum environment, Jungle Keva features five be...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Jungle, Carousel Showcase, Boutique Hotel, Natural Ventilation, Tulum, Locally Sourced Materials, Tulum Mexico, Peggy Guggenheim, Keva, Lodge, Minimal Site Impact, Natural Materials, Stucco

Boutique Ibiza hotel sports a checkerboard facade to take in cooling breezes

Barcelona-based studio Ribas & Ribas Architects has transformed an old apartment building into Hotel Sir Joan Ibiza, a contemporary and chic boutique hotel designed with sustainability in mind. Located in the heart of the Spanish island of Ibiza, the building has been restyled to include 38 rooms and suites dressed to reflect the island’s nautical elements, from stripped wood yacht floors to porthole-inspired vanity mirrors. Its eye-catching, checkerboard-like facade features openings that take...
Tags: Design, Tel Aviv, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Ibiza, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Old Town, Boutique Hotel, Adaptive Reuse, Natural Ventilation, Stainless Steel, Carrara Marble

Zaha Hadid Architects break ground on an eco-sensitive multimodal bridge in Taiwan

The world’s longest single-mast, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge has broken ground in northern Taiwan. Not only engineered for minimal visual impact, the bridge is also designed to host a wide range of transit options. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the world record-breaking Danjiang Bridge will span approximately 3,000 feet across the mouth of the Tamsui River. The structure’s single-mast design is also meant to minimize site impact to the riverbed as part of an effort to protect the estuar...
Tags: Design, Bali, Taiwan, Architecture, Gallery, Va, Bridge, Taipei, Carousel Showcase, Nanjing, Taiwan Strait, Danjiang Bridge, Tamsui River, New Taipei City, Taoyuan International Airport, Tamsui

A solar-powered luxury home blends into a Pacific Northwest landscape

When a client commissioned Seattle-based architectural practice Hoedemaker Pfeiffer to design their new solar-powered home, they asked that the design take inspiration from a stone-and-wood retreat that they had lost to a fire decades ago in the hills of Appalachia. As a result, the new build takes cues from the client’s former property as well as its location on a remote forested plateau atop a steep hillside in the San Juan Islands. The dwelling, named Hillside Sanctuary, is built of stone an...
Tags: Design, Washington, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Panels, Seattle, Carousel Showcase, Timber House, Puget Sound, Guest House, APPALACHIA, San Juan Islands, Stone Walls, Clerestory Windows, Full-height Glazing, Cantilevered

Stanfords sustainable scholars building embraces the California landscape

A former parking lot has been converted into the Denning House, the new home for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University. The University and the Denning Family tapped New York City-based architectural firm Ennead Architects to design the building as a gathering place for graduate scholars hailing from international backgrounds and diverse disciplines. Wrapped in timber and surrounded by California oaks, the Denning House has a treehouse-like atmosphere and sustainably embrac...
Tags: Design, California, New York City, Architecture, Gallery, Cypress, Stanford University, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Natural Ventilation, Ennead Architects, Heroic Food Farm, Native Plants, Douglas Fir, California Oaks, Academic building

Ennead designs a striking nature preserve to protect Chinas most important river

Ennead Architects and Andropogon Landscape Architects have won an international competition for the Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve. The proposed design takes the shape of an undulating sculpture mimicking the curves of Asia’s longest river while referencing “biomorphic anatomy.” The building will be clad in translucent PTFE panels and engineered with sustainable, energy-efficient technologies such as geothermal heating and cooling loops. The purpose of the Shan...
Tags: Asia, Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Shanghai, Wetlands, Carousel Showcase, Yangtze River, Landscape Design, Cross Laminated Timber, Ennead Architects, Native Plants, Carbon Sequestration, Constructed Wetlands, Andropogon Landscape Architects

Europes first underwater restaurant opens its doors in Norway

Europe’s first underwater restaurant, “Under,” has just welcomed its first guests to an extraordinary Snøhetta-designed environment that embraces stunning seabed views. Located at the southernmost point of the coastline in Lindesnes, Norway, Under is a partly submerged building that rests directly on the seabed 16.4 feet below water. The monolithic building also serves as a research center for marine life, and its rough concrete envelope will, over time, become a habitat for an artificial reef....
Tags: Europe, Design, Led, Architecture, Restaurant, Gallery, Norway, Sustainable Food, Periscope, Carousel Showcase, Eat & Drink, Concrete, Locally Sourced Materials, Snohetta, Snøhetta, Ivar Kvaal

A climate-sensitive concrete home is carefully embedded into hilly terrain

When Medellín-based architecture studio Juan Manuel Peláez Arquitectos (JUMP Arquitectos) visited its client’s property in nearby Colombian town of La Ceja, the team was so impressed with the landscape that they resolved to minimize alterations to the site. To that end, they adapted the built forms to the uneven terrain by splitting the residence — dubbed the C47 House — into three gabled volumes united by two glazed bridges. Built of concrete, the homes take advantage of the material’s thermal...
Tags: Design, Colombia, Architecture, Gallery, House, New Zealand, Bridge, Carousel Showcase, Concrete, Thermal Mass, Gabled Architecture, Gabled Roof, Minimal Site Impact, Concrete Architecture, Fragmented Architecture, C47 House

MVRDV-designed market in Taiwan will grow food on a massive green roof

Hot on the heels of its bold “Times Square” proposal for Taiwan’s capital, MVRDV has broken ground on another project — this time for the island’s southern city of Tainan. Created in collaboration with local architectural firm LLJ Architects, the Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market is a wholesale, open-air market that will not only serve as an important hub for the city’s food supply chain, but will also serve as a new public destination. The landmark building will be topped with an undula...
Tags: Design, Taiwan, Architecture, Gallery, Amsterdam, Urban Farming, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Times Square, Tainan, MVRDV, Food Supply, Food Market, Urban Farm, Undulating Architecture, Winy Maas

The FLEXSE tiny house module is built from 100% recyclable materials

A tiny and deliciously cozy prefab home has popped up in St. Petersburg, courtesy of local architectural practice Smart Architecture Laboratory (SA lab). The charming compact building—dubbed FLEXSE—is the firm’s first prototype for tiny modular housing and is modeled after a traditional Scandinavian BBQ house. Designed with flexibility in mind, the FLEXSE prototype was prefabricated in a factory, assembled on-site and built entirely of recyclable materials. Defined by its organic elliptical f...
Tags: Design, Russia, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, St. Petersburg, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Tiny House, Recyclable Materials, Modular Architecture, Grill, Adaptable Architecture, Grill House, FLEXSE, Architecture Prototype

Site-sensitive Woodhouse Hotel promotes agricultural tourism in Guizhou

In China’s southwest province of Guizhou, Shanghai-based architectural practice ZJJZ has completed the Woodhouse Hotel, a government-backed agricultural tourism project that consists of 10 single-story timber cabins embedded into the hillside in the remote village of Tuanjie. As one of the first projects carried out under the government’s policy to help alleviate rural poverty through environmentally sensitive tourism, the Woodhouse Hotel was designed and constructed with as little site impact ...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Cabins, Carousel Showcase, Eco Tourism, Rural Poverty, Cabin Architecture, Guizhou, Chinese architecture, Charred Timber, Rural Architecture, Minimize Site Impact, Laurian Ghinitoiu, Agricultural Tourism

Green-roofed timber dwelling in Austria is built with recycled materials

In the historic Austrian village of Purkersdorf, Vienna-based architectural practice Juri Troy Architects has completed the L House, a timber home named after its L-shaped form integrated with sustainable design elements. Built with numerous recycled materials, the house forms a strong connection with nature from its green roof to its large windows that sweep views of the bucolic outdoors in. Nestled into a southern slope above the village of Purkersdorf, the 3,450-square-foot L House boasts ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Austria, Vienna, Gallery, House, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Natural Light, Green Roof, Natural Ventilation, Open-plan, Natural Pool, Terrace, Cantilevered, Floor To Ceiling Glazing

Old Swedish farm is reborn as a cozy woodland cabin holiday home

Swedish architectural practice Wingårdh Arkitektkontor converted a large old farm in the south of Sweden into a holiday home with a cozy woodland cabin atmosphere. Commissioned by a family who reside in the nearby city of Malmö, the countryside retreat was fashioned as a luxurious escape into nature built predominately with timber and designed to embrace views of the lush forest through floor-to-ceiling glazing. The adaptive reuse project—dubbed Kvarnhuset (The Mill House)—has respected the far...
Tags: Japan, Design, Sweden, Architecture, Gallery, House, Malmo, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Farmhouse, Barn, OAK, Limestone, CLT, Detailing

Solar-powered home takes advantage of cooling ocean breezes in Los Angeles

Crafted to embrace spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Ziering Residence is defined by its dramatically curved architecture and walls of glass. Local practice SPF: architects designed the contemporary house that’s perched high in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles and engineered to take advantage of passive systems, including cooling ocean breezes and the thermal mass of concrete floors. The home also reduces its energy footprint with rooftop solar panels and solar hot wa...
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Architecture, Gallery, Long Beach, Pacific Ocean, Carousel Showcase, Contemporary Architecture, Passive Solar Principles, Ac, Santa Monica Mountains, Pacific Palisades, Rooftop Solar Panels, Floor To Ceiling Glazing, SPF Architects, Rainscreen

A modern timber house in Indonesia celebrates mummified wood

When Bandung-based architectural studio Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture was asked to renovate an old house in the West Java neighborhood of Kiaracondong in Indonesia, they made a surprising discovery. During the demolition process, the architects found that the wooden roof truss structure was in very good condition, despite its age, thanks to a culturally significant type of timber, a kind of Albizzia wood that’s been mummified to improve strength and durability. Described by the architects as...
Tags: Design, Indonesia, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Timber Cladding, Bandung, West Java, Atrium, House Renovation, Albizzia House, Albizzia wood

LEED Platinum home generates net-positive energy in Oregon

Built for clients who wanted a home with minimal site impact, the Live Edge residence is an environmentally friendly beacon that boasts not only LEED Platinum certification, but also generates  net-positive energy, as it produces more energy than it consumes on an annual basis. Nestled into a bluff among rock outcroppings and juniper trees in Oregon’s Deschutes County, the luxury dwelling is the work of Salem-based firm Nathan Good Architects. Drawing inspiration from the rugged landscape, the ...
Tags: Design, Oregon, San Francisco, Tesla, Architecture, Gallery, Salem, Solar, Solar Panels, Carousel Showcase, Greenhouse, Leed Platinum, LEED, Deschutes County, Open-plan, Universal design

Solar-powered home puts an eco-friendly twist on the farmhouse vernacular

When architect Paul O’Reilly of the Australian architectural practice archterra was asked by his mother to design a modern farmhouse, he delivered a handsome dwelling that not only takes inspiration from traditional barn architecture, but also deftly addresses the region’s climatic extremes with its site-specific, energy-efficient build. Aptly named the Farm House, the roughly 2,000-square-foot abode features a gabled roofline, a veranda and timber cladding to mimic traditional barns, while th...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, House, Solar Energy, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Farmhouse, Rainwater Collection, Rammed Earth, Bush, Margaret River, Farm House, Energy Efficient

OMA unveils designs for zigzagging residential towers in Brooklyn

OMA’s New York office has unveiled striking designs for the Greenpoint Landing mixed-use towers—two dramatically stepped buildings that appear to be two jagged halves of a whole. Designed to frame views of Greenpoint and vistas of Manhattan beyond, the project is “a ziggurat and its inverse…carefully calibrated to one another,” says OMA Partner Jason Long. Greenpoint Landing, which is expected to break ground in August of this year, is located in the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood of Greenpoi...
Tags: New York, Design, NYC, New York City, Architecture, Brooklyn, Gallery, Amsterdam, Manhattan, Green space, Carousel Showcase, Mixed-use, Williamsburg, Oma, Greenpoint, Waterfront

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