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

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


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

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


Site-sensitive Woodhouse Hotel promotes agricultural tourism in Guizhou

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


A modern timber house in Indonesia celebrates mummified wood

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


LEED Platinum home generates net-positive energy in Oregon

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


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

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


OMA unveils designs for zigzagging residential towers in Brooklyn

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


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


Remote holiday home champions raw materials and minimal environmental impact

Built to embrace the outdoors and radiate a sense of warmth, the Aculco project is an idyllic holiday home set in a pristine and remote landscape in Aculco, Mexico. Mexico City-based architectural firm PPAA designed the dwelling for two outdoors-loving brothers who had discovered the site on a rock climbing trip. Given the property’s isolated location and natural beauty, the project challenged the architects to use locally sourced materials and to minimize the visual and physical impact of the ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, Getaway, Carousel Showcase, Minimalist Design, Raw Materials, Locally Sourced Materials, Holiday Home, Minimal Site Impact, Low-maintenance Design, Low Maintenance House, PPAA, Aculco Project, Aculco


Rammed earth ties a contemporary home to the rocky New Zealand landscape

Emerging out of the landscape like a series of boulders, the Kanuka Valley House set into a lush valley in Wanaka, New Zealand mimics the large schist rocks that punctuate the pristine landscape. Wellington-based architectural practice WireDog Architecture designed the angular home for a winemaker and his family, who wanted the house to respect the beauty of the natural landscape. To that end, the architects not only modeled the building off of local rock formations, but also used a natural mat...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, New Zealand, Energy Efficiency, Brazil, Passive House, Wellington, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Reclaimed Materials, Lake Wanaka, Rammed Earth, Triple Glazed Windows, Wanaka, Thermal Mass


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


Solar-powered Menai Science Park offers sweeping views of Wales

U.K. architectural practice FaulknerBrowns Architects has completed the Menai Science Park (M-SParc), the first dedicated science park in Wales with a focus on the sectors of low-carbon energy, ICT (information and communication technologies) and the environment. Located west of the Menai Straits on the island of Anglesey, North Wales, the £15.5 million (nearly $20 million USD) campus includes co-working spaces with offices, laboratories and workshops. Designed to encourage innovation, the sola...
Tags: Design, Wales, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Power, Bangor University, Carousel Showcase, ICT, Anglesey, Science Park, Co-working Spaces, Glazing, Low Carbon, Menai Science Park, Low Carbon Energy, Science Campus


Breezy caravan-inspired annex uses passive design for thermal comfort

In Melbourne, Australia, a 1960s family home has been updated with a new contemporary extension that draws inspiration from a traveling caravan. Flanked by lush greenery, the Bent Annexe is filled with natural light and designed to follow passive solar principles for energy efficiency. The modern addition was designed by Australian architectural practice BENT Architecture for an outdoor-loving family of four and their two active Dachshunds. The primary goal of the Bent Annexe was to open the re...
Tags: Extension, Design, Australia, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Melbourne, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Passive Solar Principles, Melbourne Australia, Annex, Passive Cooling, Passive Heating, Full-height Glazing, Northern Light


Net-zero Maine house is designed to blend into the forest with age

When the owner of a beautiful natural site in Falmouth, Maine tapped Portland-based architectural studio Kaplan Thompson Architects to design his house, it was clear from the beginning that the forested surroundings would play a major role in the design. Not only did the architects use a predominately timber palette to bring the woods indoors, but the two-story home was also engineered to produce all of its own energy to reduce impact on the environment. Dubbed the Blackwood House, the net-zero...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Maine, Portland, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Net-zero Energy, Net-zero Architecture, Low Maintenance, Triple Glazed Windows, Falmouth, Portland Maine, Patina, Full-height Glazing, Falmouth Maine


NYCs plant-filled Greenery Unlimited is worlds first Biophilic Design Store

An enormous green wall and a 12-foot ficus tree await visitors at Greenery Unlimited, a newly opened retail store that’s been billed by Greenery NYC owners Rebecca Bullene and Adam Besheer as the “world’s first Biophilic Design Store.” Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Greenery Unlimited is the first brick-and-mortar location for the botanic design and installation company, which has a thriving online presence and an impressive client list ranging from the likes of TED Talks and Google to The Ne...
Tags: Google, New York, Design, London, New York City, Netflix, Brooklyn, Gallery, New York Times, Carousel Showcase, Greenpoint, Green Wall, Biophilia, Cloud forest, Greenery NYC, Adam Besheer


Kengo Kuma suspends a cocoon-like timber dwelling for minimal site impact

Prolific Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates recently worked its magic in the tiny Swiss village of Montricher at the foot of the Jura Mountains. There, the architects designed a contemporary family home that’s partly suspended from an existing concrete canopy and wrapped with timber inside and out. Created for the Jan Michalski Foundation, the cocoon-like dwelling — named Suspended Forest — is meant to further the organization’s mission of fostering literary creation and the p...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Switzerland, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Plywood, Kengo Kuma, Contemporary House, Larch, Locally Sourced Materials, Kengo Kuma and Associates, Jura Mountains, Patina, Suspended Architecture, Writer's Retreat


BREEAM Excellent-certified office of the future frames Bucharests restored Oromolu Villa

Bucharest-based architecture firm DSBA (Dorin Stefan Birou de Arhitectura) recently completed the Oromolu Office, a futuristic counterpart to its historic neighbor, the recently restored Oromolu Villa. Created as part of the Aviatorilor 8 complex in the heart of Bucharest, the three-story new-build was conceived as the “office of the future” with an eye-catching curvaceous glass curtain wall that helped the project achieve BREEAM Excellent certification. In addition to the triple-laminated faca...
Tags: Design, Office, Architecture, Gallery, Electric Vehicles, Romania, Carousel Showcase, Adaptive Reuse, Bucharest, HVAC, Office Complex, BREEAM, BREEAM excellent, Historic Restoration, DSBA, Oromolu Office


Former concrete factory is reborn as a unique music-inspired high school in Denmark

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV and Denmark-based COBE Architects have just finished construction on the Roskilde Festival Folk High School, an unconventional school built inside a former concrete factory in Roskilde’s Musicon creative district just outside Copenhagen. Created to further the “lifelong learning” values of the world-famous Roskilde Music Festival that takes place every year in the small town, the high school follows an immersive and “non-formal adult education” championed by the Da...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, High School, Denmark, Copenhagen, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Roskilde, Adaptive Reuse, Shipping Containers, Cargotecture, Modular Architecture, Roskilde Festival, Orange Stage, MVRDV


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


A modular classroom for environmental education pops up in a Barcelona park

Flexible, transportable and cost-efficient, the modular classrooms created by local design studio Baena Casamor Arquitectes BCQ offer a sustainable new way to activate Barcelona’s public parks. Inspired by timber cabins, the prefabricated pop-up classroom is a multipurpose space sheathed in wood and crafted with a focus on environmental education for school groups and families. The architects recently installed a classroom prototype, AULA K, in the Parc de Can Zam with a built area of nearly 1,...
Tags: Design, Spain, Barcelona, Environmental Education, Architecture, Gallery, Schools, Solar Panels, Modular, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Classroom, Rainwater Collection, Modular Architecture, Prefabricated Architecture


Sculptural wood cabin is an alpine retreat with magnificent views

Perched high on weather-beaten mountain is the Hooded Cabin, a sculptural wood cabin with a rugged exterior and a sleek interior. The contemporary building is the work of Arkitektværelset, a Norwegian architectural practice that embraced the many environmental and building challenges that the project posed. From the high altitude mountain conditions of Imingfjell, Norway to the strict building regulations, the limitations not only shaped the iconic form of the retreat but also encouraged “playf...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Norway, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Alpine Cabin, Alpine Architecture, OAK, Timber Cabin, Wood Cabin, Arkitektværelset, Hooded Cabin, Imingfjell, Grethe Løland, Avalanche Zone


An auditorium uses translucent ETFE panels for a surreal look

Spanish design firm SelgasCano has completed the surreal Plasencia conference center and auditorium in Spain. Shaped like a giant boulder, the multifaceted building is wrapped in a translucent skin of ETFE panels that floods the interior with natural light during the day and glows like a lantern when illuminated from within at night. In contrast to its pale exterior, the interior is dominated with vibrant colors — from a bright orange entry hall to a deep red auditorium — that heighten the stru...
Tags: Design, Spain, Architecture, Gallery, Hall, Carousel Showcase, ETFE, Conference Center, SelgasCano, Iwan Baan, Translucent Facade, Cantilever, Minimal Site Impact, Plasencia, Auditorium, Glowing Architecture


MVRDV to dramatically revitalize Frances historic Palais du Commerce

Dutch design firm MVRDV has won a competition to renovate and expand the historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes, France. The impressive 19th century palace had once served multiple public functions but now suffers from disconnect with current civic life. Working in collaboration with co-architects Bernard Desmoulin for developers Frey and Engie Avenue, MVRDV plans to reactivate the former public building and transform it into an inviting mixed-use destination that will serve as the centerpiece o...
Tags: Transparency, Design, France, Germany, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Commerce, Expansion, Palace, Historic Preservation, Rennes, Place De La République, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse


Triangular treetop cabins offer an unforgettable stay in the Norwegian woods

Elevated on angled steel legs and clad in sleek black metal, the PAN Treetop Cabins tucked away in a forest two hours from Oslo are unlike your typical forest retreat. Located in the woods of Finnskogen (the Finnish Forest) in east Norway, the two cabins were designed by Oslo-based architect Espen Surnevik for Kristian Rostad and Christine Mowinckel, a couple who wanted to create an eco-friendly and sustainable tourism destination. Opened for bookings in late 2018, the pair of cabins offers all...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Norway, Oslo, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Tourism, Taiga, Radiant Floor Heating, Espen Surnevik, Treetop Architecture, Eco Friendly Tourism, Finnskogen


Locally crafted childrens learning center doubles as an emergency shelter in the Philippines

Scandinavian design studio Native Narrative is raising the bar for after-school facilities in the rural Philippines with their recent completion of the Children’s Learning Center in the Island of Leyte’s Village Mas-in. The facility primarily serves as a child-friendly after-school space during weekdays and weekends, however, it has also been engineered to double as an emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster. Created in close collaboration with local NGOs and the local government, ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Philippines, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Manila, Plywood, Leyte, Locally Sourced Materials, Pandan, Emergency Shelter, Children Architecture, Local Labor, Native Narrative, Child Car, Child Friendly Space


A prefab home in Sydney celebrates indoor-outdoor living

Constructed in a Melbourne factory in just 12 weeks, this elegant, prefab home in Sydney offers indoor-outdoor living without compromising thermal comfort. First designed by Sydney-based architectural practice Fox Johnston, the home’s concept was later refined by Australian design/build firm Modscape while honoring the architect’s design intent and the client’s demands. The prefabricated, two-story family home taps into solar design principles to prevent solar heat gain and to ensure comfortabl...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Melbourne, Modular, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Skylights, Solar Heat Gain, Modular Architecture, Prefab Housing, Passive Design, OAK, John Madden