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MVRDV proposes a glowing Times Square Taiwan with interactive media facades

Prolific Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has unveiled a bold proposal to transform Taipei’s Main Station into a “Times Square for Taiwan.” Designed as part of a consortium led by Nan Hai Development, the Taipei Twin Towers aim to reactivate the area with two high-rises clad in interactive media facades. The mixed-use project would offer new retail, office space, two cinemas and two hotels, in addition to the unification and redevelopment of the existing plazas. Located on the east side of the ci...
Tags: Design, Taiwan, Gallery, Taipei, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Urban Revitalization, MVRDV, Mixed-use Development, Terrace, Taipei Main Station, Winy Maas, Vertical Village, Stacked Architecture, Taipei Twin Towers, Times Square Taiwan

Historic apartment is rehabbed into a bright and modern home in Barcelona

In Barcelona, Spain, a historic apartment in a block of flats dating back to the 1900s has been transformed into a minimalist and modern home. Local design studio Alventosa Morell Arquitectes directed the renovation for clients who wanted a completely renewed space with greater access to daylight. Completed in 2017, the project, called the TS01 Interior Refurbishment, not only offers improved access to natural light and ventilation, but also uncovers original architectural details. Located in...
Tags: Design, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Born, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Minimalist Design, Historic Architecture, Natural Ventilation, Barcelona Spain, Galley Kitchen, Custom Furniture, Refurbishment

Solar screen brings beauty and heat relief to a Vietnam home

When a client approached Vietnamese architecture firm Duc Vien LE for the design of their house in Da Nang, Vietnam, the architects knew early on that the region’s intense summers would prove a major challenge. Rather than rely on energy-intensive air conditioning, the architects mitigated the region’s extreme solar radiation with the addition of a west-facing solar screen that not only brings in cooling breezes, but also adds visual interest to the front of the house. Named the Filtered Wall H...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Bricks, Da Nang, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Contemporary House, Skylight, Passive Solar Principles, Perforated Facade, Atrium, Da Nang Vietnam

Danish home champions wood over concrete for lower carbon emissions

Danish architecture firm Tegnestuen LOKAL recently completed TK-33, a modern and energy-efficient home that promotes building materials considered more sustainable than those typically used in Danish residential construction. To reduce the carbon footprint of the project, the architects designed the home with a timber structure rather than the more commonly used load-bearing concrete walls. Triple-glazed windows and a flexible floor plan also add to the home’s environmentally friendly cachet. ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Carbon Emissions, Denmark, Copenhagen, Brick, Carousel Showcase, Energy Efficient Architecture, Natural Ventilation, Open-plan, Energy Efficient, Wood Frame, Timber Frame, Danish Architecture, Triple Glazing

Bamboo community center empowers the local Brazilian community

The beautiful beach town of Camburi, Brazil, has gained a new community center that not only serves as a communal gathering space, but is also an inspiring social development project that was built for and by the local low-income community. Belgium and Brazil-based design practice CRU! architects provided the design as well as technical assistance and financial support, however, it was the community that decided all of the programming. The project started in 2004 and its first completed buildin...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Belgium, Brazil, Vietnam, Bamboo, Sao Paulo, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Rammed Earth, Cambria, Community Design, Bamboo Architecture, Classrooms, Ecofriendly Architecture

MVRDV completes massive, mountain-like vertical village for 5,000 residents in India

A mountain-like residential development has risen in Pune — India’s eighth largest city and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country — and brought with it 1,068 apartments to house approximately 5,000 people in a single building. Completed as MVRDV’s first project in India, the Future Towers bucks the local standard for cookie-cutter freestanding buildings in favor of a singular mountainous structure with peaks and valleys. The mixture of unit types is meant to encourage interaction amo...
Tags: Asia, Design, India, Architecture, Gallery, Apartments, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Courtyard, Pune, MVRDV, Jacob van Rijs, Vastu Shastra, Passageway, Social Spaces

Zaha Hadid Architects completes highly complex Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre

Zaha Hadid Architects completed the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre, a striking mixed-use facility that blends the firm’s iconic sinuous architecture with elements from traditional Chinese culture. Billed as China’s first completely top-down/ bottom-up tower construction, the entire center was constructed in just 34 months and is the largest glass-reinforced concrete development in the country. Sustainability is woven into the highly complex design from the optimization of natural v...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Hotel, Moscow, Zaha Hadid, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Mixed-use, Passive Design, Courtyard, Nanjing, Cultural Center, Glass Reinforced Concrete

An old warehouse is remade into a stylish hotel with a copper chevron crown

An 80-year-old warehouse has been elegantly remade into the chic Paramount House Hotel, a boutique property that champions sustainable practices in more ways than one. Designed by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture, the adaptive reuse project in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia houses 29 unique rooms as well as a sun-soaked lobby that weaves original architectural features together with contemporary elements. In addition to the sensitive renovation of the historic building, the architects also ...
Tags: Design, Australia, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Hotel, Melbourne, Warehouse, Chevron, Restoration, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Copper, Natural Ventilation

The Nogal House saves energy with smart site-specific design

Mexican architecture practice BGP Arquitectura recently completed the Nogal House, a contemporary dwelling in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico that’s shaped by its environment in more ways than one. Named Nogal after the existing type of walnut trees on site, the building features a curved and asymmetrical layout informed by the locations of the trees and site preservation goals. The residence also adopts passive solar principles to minimize its energy footprint and uses insulated double glazing ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Patio, Natural Ventilation, Contemporary Architecture, Double-height Space, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Terrace, Double-glazed Windows, Insulated Glass, Site-specific

This holiday home in Montauk produces all of its own electricity

East of the Hamptons sits a solar-powered, holiday home that celebrates indoor-outdoor living. Wrapped in exposed concrete and fire-resistant charred timber, the home — dubbed the Montauk House — is the work of Desai Chia Architects, a New York City-based design practice that created the two-story home (with a basement level) for a family with two children. The roof of the house also conceals a large photovoltaic array that harnesses enough energy to power the entire residence, while passive de...
Tags: Design, New York City, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Solar, Solar Panels, Long Island, Hamptons, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Exposed Concrete, Passive Design, Montauk, Open-plan, Terraces

A modern home in India stays naturally cool without AC

When Surat-based architect Ankit Parekh of Parekh Collaborative was asked to design a family home in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, one of the prerequisites was for a comfortably cool residence without air conditioning. In response, Parekh turned to ancient, low-tech methods for natural cooling, from decorative yet functional jali screens to stack ventilation. As a result, the house, named Rambaugh, maintains a temperature variation of 6 to 8 degrees year-round. Crafted with a con...
Tags: Design, India, Architecture, Gallery, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Rainwater Harvesting, Building Materials, Courtyard, Madhya Pradesh, Mughal, Surat, Open-plan, Natural Cooling, Jali, Parekh

Garden-facing timber home uses highly efficient SIPs to minimize waste

When asked by a long-time friend to build a garden-facing retirement home in Hobart, Australia, Brunswick-based architectural practice Archier created the Five Yards House, a timber-clad abode that takes its name from the numerous “yards,” or gardens, integrated into the design. To minimize onsite waste and to ensure rapid installation, the design firm turned to SIP (structural insulated panel) construction, a high-performing methodology that “provides structural, insulative and aesthetic solut...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, LEDs, Insulation, Hobart, Double Glazing, Sip, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Courtyard, Yards, Adam Gibson, Open-plan, Full-height Glazing

Solar-powered Technova College nearly hits net-zero energy in the Netherlands

Designed by Delft-based cepezed and cepezedinterior, the Technova College in Ede has recently opened its doors as the newest branch of the Regional Education Center ROC A12 with a strong focus on sustainability. Powered by energy from a biomass plant and on-site solar panels, the nearly energy-neutral building largely owes its eco-friendly design to an executive consortium (Team Technova) responsible for overseeing maintenance and the energy supply. The school’s highly transparent design fills ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Workshop, Netherlands, Schools, Solar Panels, The Netherlands, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Net Zero, Delft, Roc, Ede, Light-filled, Net Zero Energy, Energy Neutral

Hong Kongs greenest school champions environmental stewardship

Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled images of its recently completed French International School of Hong Kong – Tseung Kwan O, a colorful and energy-efficient development that the firm has declared as the city’s “greenest school.” Designed to promote sustainability, the new primary and secondary school serves as a green oasis in the city. Boasting significant water savings and sewage reduction, the school is designed to meet Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM) Pl...
Tags: Hong Kong, Design, Sustainability, Architecture, Gallery, Shanghai, Schools, Agora, Copenhagen, Wool, Bamboo, Natural Ventilation, School Architecture, Tseung Kwan, Hong Kongs, Building Environmental Assessment Method

This bold, sustainable home will age gracefully near an Indiana wetland

Compact, energy-efficient and built with locally sourced materials, this hillside home takes a low-impact approach to its wetland surroundings in the city of Valparaiso in northern Indiana. Local design firm Bamesberger Architecture completed the home for a client who wanted a relatively small dwelling overlooking a pristine 400,000-square-foot wetland site. Named The Box after its boxy appearance, the home boasts low-energy needs and does not rely on air conditioning, even in the summer Compl...
Tags: Design, Indiana, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Insulation, Wetlands, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Valparaiso, Locally Sourced Materials, Loft, Open-plan, Energy Efficient, Underfloor Heating, Birch-Plywood

Barn-inspired home offers back-to-nature living with a crisp, contemporary twist

Reconnecting with rural roots has never looked better than at Silvernails, a beautiful hillside home fashioned as a rural barn in Rhinebeck, New York. Set on a picturesque 120-acre property near the east side of the Hudson River, the gabled holiday retreat is the first “ground-up” residential work of Manhattan-based Amalgam Studio. In addition to its modern good looks and spectacular outdoor views, Silvernails also boasts an energy-efficient design optimized for cross-ventilation and daylightin...
Tags: New York, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, LEDs, Manhattan, Michigan, Passive House, North America, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Daylighting, Skylight, Hudson River, Hudson Valley

This sculptural home takes cues from the sloping Hollywood Hills landscape

Tucked inside a quiet and wooded site of Nichols Canyon is the Hollywood Hills House, a sculptural home that boasts cutting-edge green technologies and materials. Los Angeles-based design practice Tighe Architecture crafted the home for a musician and took inspiration from the terrain to form the curvaceous, multi-story dwelling. Spanning an area of 5,200 square feet, the home is faced with an abundance of full-height glazing that creates a seamless connection between the indoors and out. Alth...
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Architecture, Gallery, Passive Solar, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Energy Efficient Architecture, Natural Ventilation, Hollywood Boulevard, Hailey, Hollywood Hills, Native Plants, Nichols Canyon, Richard Neutra, Photovoltaic Panels

Sculptural Sunset Houses mimic waves with rainwater-collecting roofs

Named after their spectacular sunset views, the Sunset Houses are two seaside homes set into a slope in the idyllic beach town of Tibau do Sul in northeastern Brazil. Architects Mariana Vilela and Daniel F. Florez of the local architecture firm Vilela Florez designed the sculptural pair of homes, which feature bright blue and grounded brown tones to reference the landscape. To reduce the buildings’ environmental footprint, the architects used locally sourced stone and bamboo and engineered the ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Brazil, Bamboo, Lagoon, Carousel Showcase, Swimming Pool, Natural Ventilation, Rainwater Collection, Locally Sourced Materials, Pergola, Volcanic Stones, Vilela Florez, Mariana Vilela, Local Stone

Award-winning glass cabin is nestled inside an Australian rainforest

Lifted into the canopy of a lush rainforest, this guest retreat offers spectacular views while paying homage to Australia’s architectural heritage. Retired journalists and homeowners Colleen Ryan and Stephen Wyatt tapped architect Harley Graham and his Byron Bay-based design practice to realize the Hidden Studio, a breezy one-bedroom addition that complements the property’s two existing buildings — the main home and writer’s cabin — both designed by the late “Sydney School” architect Vale Ian M...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Pacific Ocean, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Studio, Natural Ventilation, Open-plan, Sustainable Architecture, Corten steel, Outdoor Terrace, Colleen Ryan, Guesthouse, Bryon Bay

Ethical garment factory becomes the first Passive House building in South Asia

Passive House certification — one of the leading green standards for ultra-low energy architecture — has finally touched down in South Asia with the completion of the Star Innovation Center near Colombo, Sri Lanka. New York City-based Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture completed the solar-powered product development facility that saw the renovation of an obsolete building into only one of two certified Passive House factory buildings in the world. Thanks to an airtight envelope and rigorous en...
Tags: Energy, Design, Climate, Architecture, Brooklyn, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Passive House, Solar Power, Sri Lanka, South Asia, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Passivhaus, Natural Ventilation, Colombo

The Micropolis custom net-zero home generates all its own energy

When Cheryl and Ken Serdar saw one of the homes belonging to Micropolis®, a collection of sustainable and contemporary house plans designed by architect Arielle Condoret Schechter, they knew they wanted a custom home based on the original 950-square-foot “Happy Family” plan. Taking into account the couple’s needs for extra space, Schechter designed a 2,222-square-foot dwelling that also offered all of the sustainable and modern design features defined in her Micropolis® line. Located in the Pie...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Passive House, Solar Panels, North Carolina, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Natural Light, Energy Efficient Architecture, Lightbox, Net-zero Architecture, Natural Ventilation, Net Zero, Cheryl

Lush greenery grows in and around this breezy Indian home

When LIJO.RENY.architects was tapped to design a modern house for the town of Tirur in the southern Indian state of Kerala — the name of which literally translates to “land of coconut trees” — there was no doubt that the region’s lush greenery would play a large part in the design. To bring nature into the home as much as possible, the architects used a grid layout that accommodates an indoor courtyard and outdoor verandas. This layout gave rise to the building’s name, the Regimented House. Num...
Tags: Design, India, Architecture, Gallery, Kerala, Minimalist, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Contemporary Architecture, Courtyard, LIJO.RENY.architects, Tirur, Corten steel, Full-height Glazing, Indoor Outdoor Living, Vertical Green Wall

Breezy Ecuadorian brick home on stilts embraces cool tropical winds

Ecuadorian architecture firm Natura Futura Arquitectura has completed the Stilts House, an elevated brick home that opens up to the outdoors with a perforated facade. Located in General Villamil, a coastal canton of the province of Guayas, the Stilts House celebrates the UNESCO-recognized region’s superb climate and culture of great craftsmanship through its site-specific design. Built of local natural materials and concrete, the home spans 1,722 square feet across two floors. Named after its...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Unesco, Gallery, House, Ecuador, Bricks, Teak, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Concrete, Perforated Facade, Locally Sourced Materials, Pillars, Villamil

Breezy, prefab cafe blends contemporary and traditional styles in Thailand

BodinChapa Architects designed Pasang, a contemporary, prefab cafe built with modular elements near the verdant city of Chiang Rai, Thailand. Envisioned as a community space where visitors and locals can interact and learn about the region’s relationship with pineapple farming, the cafe references the landscape with its natural material palette. Fitted with operable wood and glass louvers, the building can also be opened up to cross breezes for natural ventilation. Located in a “sufficient ec...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Cafe, Modular, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Chiang Mai, Natural Ventilation, Timber, Chiang Rai, Contemporary Architecture, Modular Architecture, Chiang Rai Thailand, Pasang

Eco-friendly Community Rowing Boathouse boasts a stunning kinetic facade

Cambridge-based Anmahian Winton Architects has designed a new eco-friendly home for the largest public rowing organization in the United States—the Community Rowing Boathouse in Boston, Massachusetts. Created to offer rowing opportunities at all skill levels, the modern community landmark comprises two buildings that cater to underserved populations, such as Boston public middle school students, the physically disabled and veterans. To lower energy demands and reduce the rowing boathouse’s envi...
Tags: Design, Boston, Massachusetts, Architecture, United States, Gallery, Boats, Brighton, Cambridge, Geothermal Energy, New England, Rowing, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Rainwater Harvesting, Boathouse

Old fishermans shack is reimagined as a dreamy eco retreat

Eco-conscious couple Jamie and Ingrid Kwong have breathed new life into an old fisherman’s shack by transforming the dilapidated structure into a cozy, environmentally-friendly getaway. Located on Pittwater’s Mackerel Beach in New South Wales, Australia, The Little Black Shack is a restorative retreat that offers complete immersion in nature with minimal site impact. The house was reconstructed by hand with recycled materials and lovingly furnished with secondhand items. Local fishermen origi...
Tags: Design, Australia, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, New South Wales, Airbnb, Desalination, Getaway, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Jamie, Repurposed Materials, Natural Ventilation, Rainwater Harvesting, Shack

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

Magical new classroom reconnects children with nature in the UK

Dramatic swooping roofs top this new timber-clad building designed by Studio Weave for Belvue School, a secondary school for children aged between 11 and 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties. Appropriately dubbed The Wooden Classroom, the building was created to help reconnect students with nature and opens up to the adjacent woodland recently acquired by the school to serve as an educational nature reserve. Constructed from a low budget originally allocated for a cargotecture sc...
Tags: School, UK, Design, Architecture, Gallery, United Kingdom, Forest, Narnia, Bordeaux, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Timber, GateHouse, Clerestory Windows, Forest Management

This pinecone-inspired gazebo is a playground for kids and adults alike

This nature-inspired mobile gazebo is a place where both kids and adults can play. Czech designers Atelier SAD designed the structure, named “Altán Šiška,” as a small building with pinecone-like scales that facilitate natural ventilation and double as drawing boards for kids to express their artistic sides. The building was crafted from 109 waterproof scales made of plywood. The boards are coated with a glaze to make them more durable. They are joined by galvanized joints, creating a structur...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Poland, Green Building, Waterproof, Green Architecture, Plywood, Natural Ventilation, Gazebo, Self-supporting Structure, Meditation Space, Atelier SAD, Altán Šiška, Altán Šiška David Karásek

This plant-covered house in Indonesia has a "second skin" that helps keep the interior cool

Nestled in a densely populated residential area of West Jakarta, Indonesia, the Pedongkelan-YN house provides a quiet tropical oasis in the midst of the surrounding city. In order to shelter the occupants from strong direct sunlight, architecture firm HYJA designed the house with a protective layer covering its glass surfaces. This layer works in tandem with the building’s swimming pool to keep the interior shaded and cool. Because the house occupies a west-facing corner lot, it receives copio...
Tags: Design, Indonesia, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, Vietnam, Green Architecture, Green Interior, Swimming Pool, Natural Ventilation, Low Maintenance, Shading, YN House, HYJA, Wood Grille, West Jakarta Indonesia

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