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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


Modern farmhouse-inspired dwelling in Melbourne is largely self-sufficient

Desirous of a “low-tech, country life,” a couple reached out to Brunswick-based architectural firm MRTN Architects for the design of the Trentham Long House, a contemporary home inspired by the traditional farming structures that once inhabited the Australian countryside. Located north of Melbourne, the dwelling consists of an elongated structure topped with a gable roof. To meet the client’s brief for a largely self-sufficient home, the architects optimized the thermal performance of the build...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Melbourne, Natural Ventilation, Farmhouse, Thermal Efficiency, Rainwater Collection, Thermal Mass, Brunswick, Patina, Self Sufficiency, Gabled Roof, Concrete Slab


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


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


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


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


Adobe brick combines with wood in a low-carbon villa in Chiang Mai

Architectural practice Chiangmai Life Architects has completed a striking villa that blends elements of traditional Thai architecture together with environmentally savvy construction practices and modern amenities fit for 21st-century living. Located in the mountains of northern Thailand, the project, dubbed the ‘Earth & Wood Villa,’ was built primarily of locally sourced natural materials from the self-made adobe bricks to the exposed timber elements throughout. In addition to mountain vistas,...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Bamboo, Chiang Mai, Sustainable Materials, Thermal Insulation, Natural Ventilation, Earth Walls, Locally Sourced Materials, Natural Materials, Natural Stone, Chiangmai Life Architects, Thai Architecture, Adobe Architecture


Singapores new-build, first net-zero energy building opens its doors

Opened earlier this year, the newly completed NUS School of Design & Environment 4 (SDE4) is distinguished as Singapore’s first new-build, net-zero energy building school. Developed by the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore and designed by Serie + Multiply Architects with Surbana Jurong, the six-story multidisciplinary building is located on a hillock along Clementi Road near the southern coastline of Singapore where it joins a larger campus redevelopment. ...
Tags: Design, Singapore, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Net-zero Energy, National University Of Singapore, Natural Ventilation, Net Zero, Ac, Rooftop Solar, Eco Friendly School, Solar Photovoltaic Panels, School of Design and Environment, SDE4


Breezy brick home in India houses multiple generations under one roof

New Delhi architectural practice Vir.Mueller Architects recently completed the Singh Residence, an experimental house built primarily from brick. Located in Noida just outside New Delhi, the home serves as a prototype for stylish and comfortable multigenerational living that’s not only sensitive to Indian culture and aesthetics, but also makes use of energy-efficient passive cooling. The home was created as a model for adaptable and replicable residential development across India. Spanning an a...
Tags: Design, India, Architecture, Gallery, New Delhi, Brick, Teak, Carousel Showcase, Marble, Natural Ventilation, Concrete, Courtyard, Madhya Pradesh, Noida, Passive Cooling, Exposed Brick


A green veil of plants protects this home from Ho Chi Minh City's heat

In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s concrete jungle, a compact family home has been infused with greenery thanks to the work of Vietnamese architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Dubbed the Breathing House, the property is located in an extremely dense neighborhood on a plot measuring just 12.8 feet in width and 58.4 feet in length. To provide a connection to nature despite the constrained urban conditions, the architects wrapped three sides of the home in a “green veil” made of creeper pla...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Green space, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Natural Light, Green Architecture, Vertical Garden, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Roof Terrace, Vines, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Green Screen


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



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