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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

3GATTI hopes to land a 'green spaceship' in Madrid

3GATTI Architecture Studio has unveiled a spectacular design for a new public library in Madrid. The firm envisions an eye-catching “green spaceship” for the public space; it is a building almost entirely clad in lush Virginia creeper vines. As well as creating an attractive landmark for the community, the building’s expansive greenery will act as a passive feature that will help to insulate the structure in winter and cool the interior spaces in the hot summer months. The international firm h...
Tags: Design, Virginia, Library, Architecture, Gallery, Madrid, Shenzhen, Sustainable Design, Green Roof, Library Design, Green Walls, Urban Gardening, Madrid Architecture, Vertical Gardens, Green Roofs, Green Wall

An old office is transformed into the Netherlands' most sustainable renovated building

In Amsterdam South, a newly renovated office building with a shimmering silver roof has achieved BREEAM Outstanding, a green building rating that arguably makes the property the most sustainable adaptive reuse project in the Netherlands. Formerly a neglected office complex, the empty building was transformed in the hands of Dutch architectural firm Benthem Crouwel Architects and now serves as the energy-positive offices for Goede Doelen Loterijen (Dutch Charity Lotteries). A major goal of the ...
Tags: Design, Office, Architecture, Gallery, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Solar, Solar Power, The Netherlands, Sustainable Design, Green Renovation, Recyclable Materials, Adaptive Reuse, Green Roof, Rainwater Collection, Mixed-use

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

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

Architects design gorgeous forest-enveloped home with lounge space on its green roof

Brazilian firm, MF+ Arquitetos have unveiled a beautiful wooden home design with a massive open-air lounge on its sprawling green roof. Located in a lush green forest outside of Madrid, Casa Spain is a 6,400-square-foot family home built to be a refuge in the woods. Designed to seamlessly blend into its forestscape and natural topography, the home’s heart is located on its dual-level green roof, which comes complete with a lounge area and fire pit. Although the gorgeous family abode is tucked...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Argentina, Home Design, Green Roof, Passive Design, Country Homes, Forest Refuge, Spanish Architecture, Wooden Cabins, Brise Soleil, Home Designs, Casa Spain, Mf Arquitectos, Home Design With Green Roof

Atelier COLE completes eco-friendly bear sanctuary in Vietnam

Phnom Penh-based Atelier COLE recently completed an environmentally friendly bear sanctuary that not only promotes wildlife conservation but also champions affordable prefabricated design. Located in Cát Tiên National Park in the south of Vietnam, the inspiring project was in part influenced by the hard-to-reach location that made the delivery of supplies difficult and time-consuming. As a result, the architects turned to lightweight gabion wall construction that has the added benefit of reduci...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Conservation, Bear, Vietnam, Laos, Green Roof, Gabion Walls, Prefabricated, David Cole, Locally Sourced Materials, Cole, Fruit Trees, Cross-ventilation, Animal Sanctuary

LEED-seeking winery in Uruguay is built almost entirely of locally sourced materials

Nestled in the bucolic countryside of Garzón, Uruguay, the boutique winery Bodega Garzón produces estate-grown premium wines while keeping sustainability in mind. Designed by Argentina-based architecture firm Bórmida & Yanzón, the winery optimizes energy efficiency with insulating green roofs that total nearly an acre in size, rainwater harvesting and reuse, as well as a high-efficiency HVAC with heat recovery. Fitted with state-of-the-art technology, the 205,000-square-foot development is curr...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Argentina, Green Building, Uruguay, Forest Stewardship Council, FSC, British Columbia, Winery, Vineyard, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Natural Light, Green Roof

Solar-powered Dutch home brings the coastal woods indoors

Dutch design studio Natrufied Architecture has embedded a solar-powered home into the coastal woods in the old artist town of Bergen, the Netherlands. Dubbed Bosvilla, the 4,305-square-foot abode is built with a variety of timbers, inside and out, that combine with floor-to-ceiling triple glazing to create an environment that feels like an extension of the outdoors. For energy efficiency, the architects blanketed the building with a green roof, used highly insulated materials and installed 35 s...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Forest Stewardship Council, FSC, The Netherlands, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Bergen, Woodstock, Green Roof, Forest Stewardship Council FSC, Bike Storage

LEED Gold Gateway Arch Museum sports a 3-acre green roof in St. Louis

Praised for its use of sustainable materials and energy-saving features, the recently renovated Visitor Center and Museum at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis has just been awarded LEED Gold certification. Currently one of only eleven other LEED-certified National Park Service sites, the newly expanded development is the work of Cooper Robertson and James Carpenter Design Associates, in collaboration with Trivers Associates, and marks the centerpiece for the renewal of the 91-acre Gateway Arch Nati...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, National Parks, Recycling, North America, St. Louis, Carousel Showcase, National Park Service, Green Roof, Leed Gold, Locally Sourced Materials, LEED, Eero-saarinen, Gateway Arch, Visitor Center and Museum

Timber-clad Polish kindergarten encourages kids to play on the green roof

A recently completed kindergarten in Poland is giving children a new way to reconnect with the outdoors and stellar views of the neighborhood. Designed by Polish architecture firm Biuro Toprojekt, the kindergarten in Żory boasts an accessible roof terrace planted with ornamental grasses with plenty of space to play and gather. In addition to encouraging play and appreciation of nature, the inspiring design of the building has also earned it a nomination for the European Union Prize for Contempo...
Tags: School, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Schools, Poland, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Timber, Kindergarten, Mies van der Rohe, Rooftop Terrace, Mineral Wool, Polish Architecture, Biuro Toprojekt, EU Mies award

MVRDV unveils a three-dimensional city skyscraper for Shenzhen

MVRDV is shaking up skyscraper design in its competition-winning proposal for Chinese real estate developer Vanke’s new headquarters building in Shenzhen. Envisioned as a “three-dimensional city,” the striking 250-meter-tall Vanke Headquarter Tower — dubbed the Vanke 3D City by MVRDV — will consist of eight mixed-use blocks stacked together in a sculptural arrangement optimized for views. Accessible green roofs top the staggered volumes to create a lush, park-like environment integrated with wa...
Tags: Design, China, India, Architecture, Gallery, Skyscraper, Shenzhen, Green Roof, Mixed-use, MVRDV, Stormwater Management, Mixed-use Development, Green Roofs, Water Recycling, Headquarters, Vertical City

Foster + Partners designs solar-powered Tulip observation tower for London

London’s iconic Gherkin landmark could be getting a striking and futuristic new neighbor — if plans for Foster + Partners’ The Tulip are approved. Proposed for a site next to The Gherkin — the Stirling Prize-winning 30 St Mary Axe building also designed by Foster + Partners — the conceptual observation tower would serve as a new cultural attraction and educational facility with unparalleled 360-degree views of London. The nature-inspired building would target a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and wou...
Tags: Design, London, Architecture, Gallery, Gherkin, Norman Foster, Carousel Showcase, Classroom, Tulip, Green Roof, Green Walls, Observation Tower, Foster Partners, Pocket Park, Panoramic Views, Gondola

Stunning carbon-neutral home uses traditional materials to create a synergy with its natural setting

London-based practice Foster Lomas, has unveiled a stunning carbon-neutral home on the Island of Man. The Sartfell Retreat is a private home built by local craftsman using locally-sourced drystone walls. The home boasts plenty of sustainable features, including an off-grid water system for fresh water and a plush green roof, covered in carbon-capturing hay and native wildflowers, further creating a strong connection with the home’s breathtaking natural setting. Located near Sartfell Mountain, ...
Tags: Design, London, Architecture, Gallery, Green Design, Home Design, Sustainable Materials, Green Roof, Lomas, Green Roofs, Sustainable Home Design, Ribbon Windows, Modern Home Design, Stone Homes, Concrete Interiors, Modern Retreat

This staggered, residential tower is draped with greenery in Quito

Acclaimed architecture firm Safdie Architects has been tapped to design a new residential tower that’s expected to be one of the tallest in Quito, Ecuador. Rising to 24 stories, the eye-catching project — dubbed Qorner — features a staggered tower with large garden terraces on every floor. Created in collaboration with local construction firm Uribe & Schwarzkopf, the striking high-rise will also feature operable glass walls for residents to embrace indoor-outdoor living and take advantage of Qu...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Ecuador, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Quito, Green Roof, Chongqing, Native Plants, Moshe Safdie, Quito Ecuador, Terrace, Safdie Architects, Green Wall, Infinity Pool

The Clifftop House is dramatically perched atop a challenging cliff edge

When Brisbane design studio was asked to redevelop a “poorly constructed ‘character house’” in Teneriffe into a modern abode for a family of seven, the team faced several challenges. One was the existing property, which could not be raised or lifted, meaning that the only buildable land left was a small sliver that lay between the existing home and clifftop. Fortunately, the clients were amenable to the idea of building a three-story cliff-edge extension on the challenging site, which led to ...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Brisbane, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Green Roof, Brutalist Architecture, Concrete, 3d Modeling, Thermal Mass, Louvers, Cliff House, Concrete House

A green-roofed ski cabin blends into the lush Canadian landscape

Wrapped in black-dyed cedar planks and topped with a lush green roof, the Cottage in Sutton appears to meld into the landscape from afar. Montreal-based architecture firm Paul Bernier Architecte designed the 2,400-square-foot residence as a weekend retreat for a family of four avid skiers. Modern yet minimalist, the home prioritizes views of the outdoors, in particular the vistas toward Mount Sutton in the south. Set on a north-south axis, the rectangular home appears to emerge from the slope...
Tags: Design, Washington, Architecture, Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Contemporary Architecture, Concrete, Sutton, Cedar, Paul Bernier Architecte, Cedar Cladding, Terrace

Charming home uses local, natural materials to pay homage to a chestnut tree

Young Czech architecture firm Valarch Studio has completed a modest yet elegant family house built largely of timber to reference the property’s old chestnut tree in the garden. Named the Chestnut House, the home spans a compact footprint of just 840 square feet and comprises two sections: a larger living area and a smaller, green-roofed technical area united via a multifunctional vestibule. All building materials were locally sourced whenever possible with an emphasis on natural materials. W...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Slovenia, Carousel Showcase, Timber Facade, Green Roof, Contemporary Architecture, Loft Bedroom, Locally Sourced Materials, Loft, Double Height Room, Charred Timber, Outdoor Terrace, Jakub Skokan, Chestnut Tree

A sustainable tiny cabin powers this holographic lighthouse of the future

Lighthouses are beloved around the world for their architectural beauty and historical significance. But in recent times, the number of operational lighthouses has sharply declined due to the advancement of electronic navigation technology. In a bid to raise awareness of these romantic maritime towers and promote preservation, French designer Nicolas Abdelkader of Paris-based Studio NAB has proposed Hololightkeeper, an experimental and sustainable project that combines traditional maritime desi...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Paris, Wind Power, Denmark, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Desalination, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Tiny House, Lighthouse, Green Roof, Wind Turbines, Hologram

Energy-savvy art museum is anchored atop a historic Dutch dike

Rising out of a historic dike, the new Lisser Art Museum pays homage to the landscape’s context while offering a new contemporary cultural destination in Lisse, The Netherlands. Dutch architecture firm KVDK architecten headed the recently completed project and embraced smart, sustainable solutions from the optimization of natural daylighting to gray water collection systems. Wrapped in earth-colored Petersen bricks, the modest, light-filled building feels like an extension of the forest, and am...
Tags: Design, Museum, Architecture, Gallery, Netherlands, The Netherlands, Daan Roosegaarde, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Green Roof, Museum Design, Country Estate, Petersen, Keukenhof, Cultural Heritage Agency, Lisse The Netherlands

A Seattle midcentury home is restored to its original brilliance with a modern twist

When a young family reached out to Seattle-based design studio SHED Architecture & Design and interior designer Jennie Gruss for a redesign of their 1957 midcentury home in the city, the designers responded with a restoration that also integrated new, modern details. Named the Hillside Midcentury, the home saw an interior remodel that leaned heavily on a mix of natural timber and brick to create a homey atmosphere. Contemporary furnishings, clean lines and an abundance of glazing help give the ...
Tags: Design, Washington, Architecture, Gallery, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Brick, Restoration, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Swimming Pool, Green Roof, Midcentury, Midcentury Modern, Full-height Glazing, Shed Architecture & Design

Natural stone and an expansive green roof blend the stunning Gozu House into the Andes Mountains

When it comes to creating a serene living space, Medellín-based firm Opus Studio put nature first in their design for the gorgeous Gozu House. Located in the small Colombian province of Antioquia, which sits in the Andes mountains, the home blends into its stunning natural environment with help from its natural stone cladding and expansive green roofs. Sitting at an altitude of 7,200 feet, the 5,000-square-foot family home sits nested into a lush, green valley within the Andes Mountain range. ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, West, Gallery, Interior Design, Green Design, Natural Light, Home Design, Green Roof, Solar Light, Passive Design, Andes Mountains, Andes, Green Roofs, Antioquia, Sustainable Home Design

Massive green-roofed home in Brazil features a series of ramps

São Paulo-based Una Arquitetos has completed a massive home in the municipality of Cotia that unites its various volumes beneath a lushly planted green roof. Named the House in Cotia, the modern home is set on a 2,600-square-meter property near the woods and takes advantage of its private setting with glass curtain walls throughout. The home is built predominately of concrete, metal and glass, yet the interiors are fitted with natural materials for a sense of warmth. Set on a challenging slop...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Brazil, Sao Paulo, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Modern Architecture, Concrete, Sao Paolo, Ramps, Fire Pit, Sliding Glass Doors, Cotia, Indoor Outdoor Living

This eco-friendly prefab home was built in just 28 days

São Paulo-based engineering and construction company SysHaus and Brazilian architecture firm Studio Arthur Casas have designed and installed the first-ever SysHaus, a modular family residence that features a wide array of eco-friendly features. Prefabricated from 100 percent recyclable materials, the São Paulo house was constructed in just 28 days using proprietary technology that the designers say “doesn’t generate excess materials or utilize water.” The energy-saving elements of the house inc...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Sao Paulo, Carousel Showcase, Green Architecture, Recyclable Materials, Green Roof, Rainwater Collection, Modular Architecture, Prefab Housing, Prefabricated Architecture, Solar Array, Eco Friendly Architecture

Spectacular town hall doubles as a bridge in Denmarks Faroe Islands

When Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects was tapped to design the Town Hall in Eysturkommuna, the firm knew that there would be no point in trying to compete with the sublime Faroe Islands setting. Sculpted by wind and volcanic forces, the lush Nordic landscape instead provided inspiration for the building, which doubles as a bridge over a river and appears as a green-roofed extension of its surroundings. Blurring the line between nature and building, the Town Hall pays homage to traditi...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Faroe Islands, Bridge, Copenhagen, Carousel Showcase, City Hall, Green Roof, Town Hall, Terrace, Henning Larsen, Henning Larsen Architects, Viborg, Norðragøta, City Council Building

BIG weaves green roofs into a mixed-use development on stilts in Miami

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled designs for a massive mixed-use development that is elevated into the air on thin stilts. Located in the central Miami neighborhood of Allapattah, an industrial, working-class district mainly comprised of produce suppliers, the major complex will serve as a new landmark destination in the city. Dubbed Miami Produce, the project will activate the site with urban farming, restaurants, storefronts, co-working offices, co-living apartments and educational programmin...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Miami, Green Building, Big, Urban Farming, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Mixed-use, Bjarke Ingels Group, Foster Partners, Coworking, Elevated Architecture, Industrial architecture, Allapattah

This solar-powered, off-grid California guesthouse is 100% self-sustaining

Set in one of the last remaining undeveloped coastal areas in California, the Off-Grid Guest House, designed by architect Dan Weber of Anacapa and designer Steven Willson of Willson Design, is a stunning showcase of sustainable and low-impact design. The contemporary home is nestled into a steep hillside in a wildlife preserve and perfectly perched to offer breathtaking, nearly 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding landscape of rolling hills and rocky outcroppings. Due to it...
Tags: Texas, Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Pacific Ocean, Carousel Showcase, Off-grid, Green Roof, Guest House, Modern Architecture, Off Grid House, Anacapa, Jessica Helgerson, Self-sufficient Architecture, Dan Weber

A striking timber home with a green roof disappears into a Mexican forest

Barcelona- and Mexico City-based firm Cadaval Sola-Morales has just unveiled Casa de la Roca, a beautiful, dark timber home topped with a green roof and located in a remote forest in Mexico. The single-story structure features a jet-black facade crafted from felled trees and finished with a living roof to help camouflage the home into the peaceful, secluded forestscape. When designing Casa de la Roca, the architects were focused on one objective: to create a home that would easily blend into ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Mexico City, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Natural Light, Green Roof, Reclaimed Wood, Timber Cladding, Green Roofs, Forest Homes, Timber Homes, Nature-based Design

Casas Melhoradas explores sustainable and affordable housing in Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world—and its capital, Maputo, suffers from infrastructural challenges and urban sprawl. In hopes of initiating sustainable urban development in the city’s informal settlements, Johan Mottelson and Jørgen Eskemose of the Institute of Architecture, Urbanism & Landscape at KADK, the Mozambican NGO Estamos, and Architects without Borders – Denmark have teamed up to develop Casas Melhoradas, an affordable housing research project. Designed with urba...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Denmark, Mozambique, Sustainable housing, Carousel Showcase, Affordable Housing, Green Roof, Maputo, Maputo Mozambique, Urban Sprawl, Outdoor Kitchen, KADK, Micro-climate, Casas Melhoradas

Solar-powered mountain home is a sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Like in many places across the U.S., the real estate market is booming in Aspen, Colorado. And, as companies move in to replenish the dwindling housing inventory, one real estate developer hopes to provide a more sustainable alternative to the inevitable onslaught of cookie-cutter homes. Working in collaboration with San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design, the developer has completed a solar-powered dwelling that serves as a new energy-efficient prototype for speculative real estate in Aspen...
Tags: Design, Colorado, San Francisco, Architecture, Gallery, Passive Solar, Solar Power, Aspen, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Natural Ventilation, Rainwater Collection, Aspen Colorado, Aspen Located, Limestone, Local Materials

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