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LEED Gold-targeted Ottawa library will honor local history

After nearly a year of public input by Canadians from coast to coast, Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects has finally revealed renderings for the new Ottawa library and archives. Designed in collaboration with KWC Architects, the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility will be an innovative landmark representative of all Canadians. The building will target, at minimum, LEED Gold certification and will reflect the region’s rich history and natural beauty with its...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Library, Architecture, Canada, Gallery, Archives, Quebec, Cafe, Ottawa, Carousel Showcase, Ottawa River, Leed Gold, Community Design, LEED, Nature Inspired Architecture


LEED-Platinum learning lab is a beacon of sustainability

In a bold move to embrace environmental education, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine recently welcomed the Roux Center for the Environment, a new three-story academic building that’s also been certified LEED Platinum. Designed by Cambridge-based architectural firm CambridgeSeven Associates, Inc., the 29,000-square-foot interdisciplinary building brings together faculty and students from across campus into a collaborative setting focused on finding solutions to the world’s environmental challen...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Maine, Cambridge, Solar, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, LEED, CLT, Bowdoin College, Brunswick Maine, Academic building, Teaching Lab


Climate-adaptive park in Copenhagen wins Arne of the Year Award

One of Copenhagen’s newest green parks, the Sankt Kjelds Square and Bryggervangen, has just received Copenhagen’s most prestigious architecture prize — the Arne of the Year Award. Designed by Danish design studio SLA, the nearly 35,000-square-meter urban park is most notable for its effective solutions to cloudbursts, a term describing sudden heavy rainfall that can trigger violent flash floods. Using blue-green space as a sponge for rainwater, the cloudburst adaptation project not only mitigate...
Tags: Garden, Design, Park, Gallery, Urban Design, Denmark, Copenhagen, Sla, Carousel Showcase, Parks / Wildlife, Arne, Urban Park, Stormwater Management, Urban Heat Island Effect, Stormwater Runoff, Cloudburst


Calamus unveils worlds safest e-bike at CES 2020

India-based startup Calamus recently unveiled the Calamus One Ultrabike, an electric bicycle that they claim is “the world’s safest and most advanced” of its kind. Integrated with elements typically only seen on motor vehicles, the innovative e-bicycle combines safety features and high-end tech into a sleek and beautifully designed package. The Ultrabike was exhibited at the CES 2020 show and is available on Indiegogo for pre-order. Crafted to evoke continuity, the Ultrabike uses 6000 series ai...
Tags: Design, India, Ces, Sensors, Bicycles, Gallery, Bicycle, LEDs, Aluminum, Bike, Electric Bike, Biometric, Carousel Showcase, Green Transportation, Bicycle Safety, e-Bike


Buhais Geology Park opens in UAE's Sharjah Desert

British architectural firm Hopkins Architects has completed the Buhais Geology Park Interpretative Centre, a new research and education facility highlighting the “prehistoric and geological significance” of the former seabed known as al-Madam Plain. Located southeast of the UAE city of Sharjah, the Geology Park was created as part of a series of learning and conservation centers operated by Sharjah’s Environmental Protected Areas Authority. The design of the site-sensitive complex comprises five...
Tags: Design, Earth, Architecture, Gallery, Geology, United Arab Emirates, Sea Urchin, Fossils, Uae, Sharjah, Carousel Showcase, Jebel, Hopkins Architects, Nature Inspired Architecture, Education Center, Interpretive Center


Transformed midcentury modern home focuses on sustainability

Originally designed in 1956, this mid-century property in Indianapolis has been remodeled to reflect the new owner’s modern style. The design plan included methods to turn the 60-year-old house with outdated fixtures and overgrown landscaping into an organized, harmonious, private living space. By prioritizing the preservation of the original architecture as much as possible while maintaining privacy for the occupants, the designers were able to create a “Midcentury Modern” home with sustainabil...
Tags: Design, Indianapolis, Architecture, Gallery, Modern, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Interior, Sustainable Architeture, Sustainable Remodel


BREEAM-certified renovation for 70s modernist icon in Amsterdam

MVSA Architects has dramatically breathed new life into Amsterdam’s iconic Rivierstaete — a monolithic 1973 modernist office building on the Amstel — with a sustainable and architecturally sensitive makeover that connects the building to the riverfront and surrounding community in a way unlike ever before. Completed last year, the renovation has earned a BREEAM Very Good distinction for its future-proof design that emphasizes flexibility as well as energy-saving technologies. The addition of gre...
Tags: Europe, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Amsterdam, Energy Efficiency, The Netherlands, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Modernist, Climate Control, Plas, Green Roofs, Roof garden, BREEAM


Tencent gets proposal from MVRDV for green smart city

After two years of development, MVRDV has unveiled its competition entry for Chinese tech giant Tencent’s next campus — a green and futuristic smart city shaped like a continuous undulating mountain range. Located on a 133-hectare site in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Bay, the nature-inspired development combines references to the lush, mountainous surroundings with Tencent’s cutting-edge technology. The massive urban district is expected to include enough office space for 80,000 to 100,000 employees, publ...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Tencent, Toyota, Solar Panels, Shenzhen, Carousel Showcase, Green City, Conference Center, MVRDV, Sustainable City


Stunning House on the Rocks uses geothermal power

On Finland’s windswept Turku archipelago, Helsinki-based design practice and log house kit purveyor Pluspuu has completed yet another ecological wood house — fittingly named the House on the Rocks. Designed to embrace landscape views in multiple directions, the three-bedroom, two-bath residence is a custom design based on Pluspuu’s pre-designed house models Isokari and Kustavi. As with all Pluspuu projects, the geothermal-powered log house is built primarily from timber and boasts a relatively s...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Finland, Carbon Footprint, Geothermal Energy, Helsinki, Carousel Showcase, Timber Architecture, Turku, Terrace, Sustainable Architecture, Eco-friendly House, Laminated Timber, Wood Fiber Insulation


The Union Flats is a LEED Platinum-certified housing community

Prefab architecture and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand at The Union Flats, one of the largest completed modular housing developments in Northern California. Located in Union City directly across from a new public plaza and the local BART station, the transit-oriented community celebrates walkability and the outdoors with its amenities and proximity to green space. Completed in August 2018 by David Baker Architects, the solar-powered project has earned LEED Platinum certification and includes ...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Panels, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Bart, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, Modular Architecture, Prefab Architecture, Prefab Housing, Courtyard, BOISE Idaho, Union City


"Embroidered filtering skin helps library regulate light

French design practice Serero Architectes Urbanistes has recently completed the new Bayeux Media Library, a light-filled cultural institution that connects the northwestern French commune’s historical roots to its future development zones. Inspired by the famous Bayeux Tapestry, the building includes an “embroidered filtering skin” along its north facade comprising a series of multicolored tubes hanging behind the glazed facade to help filter views and light while mitigating unwanted solar gain....
Tags: England, Design, France, Library, Architecture, Gallery, Normandy, Passive Solar, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Green Roof, Skylight, Passive Solar Principles, Solar Gain, Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux


Architect makes playful puzzle pavilion for Design Week Mexico

At the 11th annual Design Week Mexico, Mexican architect Gerardo Broissin created the Egaligilo Pavilion, an eye-catching structure made with large jigsaw puzzle-shaped concrete pieces. Installed on the grounds of Mexico City’s contemporary art museum Museo Tamayo, the boxy pavilion draws the eye with its puzzle-inspired form and bubble-like protrusions designed to deliberately obscure views of the interior. Inside is a lush garden that remains exposed to the outdoor elements thanks to small sli...
Tags: Garden, Design, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, Mexico City, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Michel Foucault, Parametric Architecture, Design Week Mexico, Experimental Architecture, Museo Tamayo, Gerardo Broissin, Broissin, Egaligilo


Stunning, sustainable lodge blends into beautiful landscape

Romanian architecture firm BLIPSZ has created a near-autonomous holiday home that combines the charms of rural Transylvanian architecture with a sustainable and contemporary design aesthetic. Surrounded by gently rolling hills and valley views, the Lodge in a Glade comprises two barn-inspired structures with green-roofed surfaces that appear to emerge from the earth. South-facing solar panels generate about 90% of the building’s energy needs, which are kept to a minimum thanks to its passive sol...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Passive Solar, Solar Power, Geothermal Energy, Carousel Showcase, Off-grid, Green Roof, Lodge, Rainwater, Glade, Sustainable Architecture, Natural Materials, BLIPSZ


Passive solar community in Brazil combines social justice and sustainability

To empower a marginalized community in Brazil’s Maranhão state, São Paulo-based architecture firm Estudio Flume has completed Castanha de Caju, a new headquarters for a women’s agricultural cooperative that doubles as a welcoming community hub. Constructed on a limited budget and a tight timeline, the inspiring project included the refurbishment and extension of a small house as well as the inclusion of traditional construction techniques and materials to reduce costs. Low-cost passive thermal c...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Brazil, Social Justice, Sao Paulo, Carousel Showcase, Humanitarian Design, Natural Ventilation, Permaculture, Rainwater Harvesting, Bom Jesus, Pará, Cross-ventilation, Maranhao, Agricultural


Rolls-Royce unveils prototype for world's fastest electric plane

Innovation is the name of the game for luxury industry leaders like Rolls-Royce, so it’s no surprise they have a variety of sustainable travel projects in the works. Last month, Rolls-Royce released its newest project — an all-electric plane set to take flight later this spring. Dubbed ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight), the initiative is aimed at not only using electrification, but setting records in the industry, including a top speed of over 300 miles per hour. The current r...
Tags: UK, Design, London, Gallery, United Kingdom, Paris, Innovation, Aeromobil, Aviation, Carbon Footprint, Accel, Product Design, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Travel, Royce, Rob Watson


Couple turns old van into home-on-wheels for just $1K

IKEA offers an almost infinite amount of space solutions for any type of abode — for one couple looking to convert an old van into a home on wheels, IKEA products were their saving grace. Ambitious couple Grace Aquino and her husband Marlon were on an extremely tight budget when they decided to turn their old van into a full-time home so that they could travel the world. As impressive as it is shocking, the couple managed to create their beloved Flippie van for just $1,000 using IKEA products an...
Tags: Design, Diy, Walmart, Architecture, Gallery, Ikea, Carousel Showcase, Tiny House, Tiny Home On Wheels, Van Life, Aquino, Marlon, Tiny Home Living, Post-format-gallery, Van Conversions, Converted Van


This dynamic parking garage doubles as a public sculpture

In Denmark’s fourth-largest city of Aalborg, Copenhagen-based architecture firm Sangberg has designed a deceptively simple parking garage that offers much more than parking spaces. Dubbed the Parking House G2, the monolithic building features a dynamic and lightweight facade of extruded aluminum slats that “animates itself” in different ways depending on how and from where it’s viewed. The aluminum slats of the playful graphic facade were also engineered with reusability in mind and to encourage...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Aluminum, Denmark, Green Building, Reuse, Green Design, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Aalborg, Public Sculpture, Aalborg Copenhagen, Sangberg, Nyhavnsgade, Aalborg Municipality


Passive House principles inspire this sustainable home

Australian architecture firm POLYstudio has recently completed A House for All Seasons, a contemporary family home with an emphasis on energy efficiency. Designed for a young family, the sustainable new dwelling has a flexible layout to accommodate the clients’ evolving needs within a relatively compact footprint. The project’s adherence to the principles of the Passive House standard along with native, drought-tolerant landscaping helps reduce the home’s carbon footprint. Located in an inner-c...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, House, Green Building, Melbourne, Passive House, Passive Solar, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Contemporary Architecture, Passive Design, Daniel Wolkenberg


3XN unveils new, sustainable building for UNSW Sydney

Following a rigorous international competition, Danish architectural firm 3XN has won the bid to design the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) new Multipurpose Building — a project that the architects say will have a “focus on resilience and environmental sustainability.” Proposed for the northeast gate (Gate 9) of the UNSW main Kensington campus in Sydney, the Multipurpose Building will serve as a vibrant campus gateway close to a soon-to-open light rail station. The building will emphasize ...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Green Building, Copenhagen, Kensington, Big, Green Design, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Natural Ventilation, Daylighting, School Architecture, Passive Design


California winery innovates with sustainable recycling creation

In the California city of West Paso Robles, architecture firm Clayton & Little has given old oil field drill stem pipes unexpected new life — as an equipment barn that offsets over 100% of the energy needs for a sustainably-minded winery. Covered with a photovoltaic roof, the Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn is not only self-sufficient, but also champions environmentally friendly design principles that include material reuse, rainwater collection and responsible stormwater management practices. The...
Tags: Design, California, France, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Salvaged Materials, Green Roof, West Paso Robles, Clayton Little, Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn, Templeton Gap, James Berry Vineyard


White, latticed exoskeleton wraps a LEED Platinum office in Madrid

On the side of a large roundabout in Madrid, Spanish architecture firm Rafael de La-Hoz has realized the eye-catching Oxxeo project, a five-story office building with a LEED Platinum Core & Shell certification. The energy-efficient building makes the most of its wedge-shaped plot with an asymmetrical, three-sided design, of which the geometry is emphasized with the building’s three large-scale, lattice facades with a white, rhomboidal pattern. In addition to creating greater visual interest for ...
Tags: Design, Office, Spain, Architecture, Gallery, Madrid, Carousel Showcase, Energy Efficient Architecture, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, LEED, Lattice, Double Facade, Double Skin Facade, Office Architecture, David Frutos


Low-impact Thai home uses modular design to harmonize with nature

Thai architectural firm TA-CHA Design has recently completed the Binary Wood House, a second home for a Bangkokian family of five that emphasizes environmentally friendly design. Located on a hill in Pak Chong in northeastern Thailand, the home was carefully sited to preserve existing Siamese Rosewood trees and is elevated to reduce site impact. To create a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience, the architects employed a modular design, designating each 3.4-meter module as either a “0 (unocc...
Tags: Design, Bali, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Modular, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Solar Gain, Korat, Natural Cooling, Pak Chong, Environmental Footprint, Site Impact, TA CHA Design, Korat architecture


CLB Architects thoughtfully inserts a modernist jewel in Jackson Hole

After over twenty years of working with a family on their 180-acre Jackson Hole property, Montana architectural firm CLB Architects has capped their fruitful relationship with the Queens Lane Pavilion, a modernist two-bedroom retreat with spectacular landscape views. Topped with a flat roof and surrounded by walls of glass, the minimalist pavilion was crafted as“art piece” that seamlessly blends into the landscape and the fifth project completed in the wildlife-rich riverine ecosystem. Archite...
Tags: Design, Montana, Architecture, Gallery, Wyoming, Jackson Hole, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, CLB, Lodge, Teton County, Modernist Architecture, Silo, Perforated Metal, Weathered Steel, Carney Logan Burke


Sculptural, solar-powered home generates more energy than it uses

In the Texan suburb of Addison just north of Dallas, 5G Studio Collaborative has completed the Winnwood Residence, a contemporary home that blurs the line between the indoors and out. Certified LEED Platinum, the single-family home offsets all its energy use with a 10 kW rooftop solar array and geothermal wells drilled beneath the driveway. Walls of glass, large skylights and outdoor living spaces immerse the residents in the landscape and help bring in natural light and ventilation to reduce th...
Tags: Texas, Design, Austin, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Dallas, Solar, Carousel Showcase, Leed Platinum, Addison, U S Department of the Interior, Texas Parks Wildlife Department, LEED, Solar-powered, Boston Ivy


Controversial climate change-inspired skyscraper could become Czech Republics tallest building

Inspired by the apocalyptic imagery from climate change projections, sculptor David Černý and architect Tomáš Císař from the studio Black n´ Arch have proposed a visually striking skyscraper that’s sparked controversy with its inclusion of an enormous shipwreck-like structure. Dubbed the TOP TOWER, the project proposed for Prague rises to a height of 450 feet, which means that if built, the tower would be the tallest building in the Czech Republic. The project is led by developer Trigema who aim...
Tags: Design, Climate Change, Architecture, Czech Republic, Prague, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Energy Efficient Architecture, Shipwreck, Leed Gold, Observation Tower, LEED, David Cerny, Mixed-use Development, Panoramic Views, Post-Apocalyptic


A striking new gateway to Copenhagen celebrates green transit and Danish design

Earlier this summer, Copenhagen officially opened Køge Nord Station, a stunning new transportation landmark that raises the bar for beautiful urban infrastructure. Designed by COBE and DISSING+WEITLING architecture, the transit hub features a futuristic 225-meter-long covered footbridge that connects the new double-track high-speed rail line between Copenhagen and the city of Ringsted with the existing commuter urban-suburban S-train line. The 9-meter-wide footbridge spans the width of the Køge ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Train, Gallery, Denmark, Bridge, Copenhagen, Carousel Showcase, Green Transportation, Timber, High Speed Rail, Henriksen, COBE, Anodized Aluminum, Footbridge, Rasmus Hjortshøj


Rammed-earth walls make up a beautiful retreat hidden in the Zhejiang mountains

Hidden in the misty mountains of Zhejiang, a new eco-sensitive resort made from local materials entices visitors with spectacular views and laid-back charms. International architecture firm kooo architects designed the Retreat Village, which comprises a cluster of luxury suites, for their client Hangzhou Origin Villa Hotel & Resort in the Dashan Village in Zhejiang, China. Taking inspiration from the local vernacular, the architects used local materials and techniques, such as rammed-earth const...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Resort, Hangzhou, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Rammed Earth, Zhejiang, Locally Sourced Materials, Zhejiang China, Natural Materials, Indoor Outdoor Living, Rammed Earth Architecture


Ski atop the worlds cleanest waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen

Six years after breaking ground, CopenHill — a waste-to-energy plant topped with a year-round ski slope — is officially open, marking a major milestone in Copenhagen’s journey to becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Bjarke Ingels Group, SLA, AKT, Lüchinger+Meyer, MOE and Rambøll designed the new architectural landmark that they describe as the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world. The building includes an environmental education hub as well as a landscaped roof for urba...
Tags: Design, Hiking, Environment, Environmental Education, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Bjarke Ingels, Biodiversity, Copenhagen, Big, Sla, Carousel Showcase, Waste Disposal, Carbon-neutral, Green Roof


Nearly 300 trees transform a football stadium into Austrias largest public art installation

An extraordinary forest has taken root in an unexpected place—the Wörthersee football Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria. Designed by Swiss artist Klaus Littmann in collaboration by Enea Landscape Architecture, the temporary art intervention — titled FOR FOREST — The Unending Attraction of Nature — consists of nearly 300 native Central European trees, with some weighing up to six tons each. Free to visit, the monumental art installation is Austria’s largest public art installation to date and was cr...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Austria, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Klagenfurt Austria, Worthersee Stadium, Wörthersee football Stadium, Klaus Littmann, Max Peintner, Gerhard Maurer


Travertine and teak sustainably ground a modern home into a harsh coastal climate

Built to look like an extension of the landscape, the Point Nepean Residence in the town of Portsea, Australia is a sustainably crafted home designed to withstand extreme coastal weather. Melbourne-based design practice B.E Architecture created the home for a retired couple who wanted a beachside abode that would highlight the site’s natural beauty. In addition to a natural material palette that complements the coastal aesthetic, the home also uses site-specific, passive solar design principles ...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Melbourne, Passive Solar, Teak, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Modern Architecture, Courtyard, Portsea, Port Phillip Bay, Travertine