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A disused factory becomes an office with a landscaped bamboo roof terrace

Located in Shenzhen, China, the If Factory utilizes a sustainable design that transforms an old and disused factory into a creative mix of office spaces. While the heart of the building contains a public stairway with an inclusive view of the inside, the landscaped bamboo roof terrace is an even more impressive token of the project’s combination of sustainability and community. Rather than demolish the original factory before rebuilding the office space, a project that would require extensive r...
Tags: Design, Brooklyn, Businesses, Bamboo, Green Renovation, Community Space, Green Roof, Staircase, Shenzhen China, MVRDV


Worlds largest Passive House building to open in Kansas City

The largest Passive House building in the world is set to welcome its first tenants this October in the historic River Market of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The luxury apartment community — dubbed Second + Delaware — will offer high-end amenities alongside energy-efficient advantages with 80% to 90% energy savings compared to conventional buildings. Jointly developed by Arnold Development Group and Yarco Development, the apartment complex will offer 276 apartment residences including studios...
Tags: Design, Missouri, Homes, New Zealand, Apartments, Energy Efficiency, Passive House, Kansas City, Green Roof, Triple Glazed Windows, Courtyard, Rooftop Garden, Jonathan Arnold, Airtight, River Market, Passivehouse


Green design at Te Mirumiru center honors Maori history

Architecture encompasses a lot of things. It’s art. It’s function. It’s culture. The Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre is an example of all three, with the added achievement of a low environmental impact.  The setting is Kawakawa, New Zealand, and the client is a Maori tribe looking for a school that represents the history of the land and its people. In coordination with Collingridge and Smith Architects (CASA), the project adopted many symbols from the beliefs of the Maori people. T...
Tags: Design, Bali, Architecture, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Green Building, Australasia, Green Design, Green Roof, Passive Design, Green School, Collingridge, Sustainable Architecture, Greenstar, World Green Building Council, Te Mirumiru


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


Charming hobbit home in Slovenian 'Shire' is built of local, natural materials

While it may not be located in the Shire, this hobbit home in Slovenia is just as magical as a Middle Earth abode. Located in an ancient Chalcolithic settlement that dates back more than 5,000 years, the quaint hobbit home was reconstructed using the building principles of the era, including natural materials such as wood, loam, straw and a lush layer of native grass that completely covers the handmade structure. Years ago, archaeologists discovered the ruins of a settlement from the Chalcolith...
Tags: Design, Washington, Architecture, Slovenia, Shire, Middle Earth, Hobbit Home, Tiny House, Green Roof, Natural Building Materials, Zizek, Hobbit House, Chalcolithic, Hobbit House in Slovenia, Slovenian Shire, Razkrižje


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


Hanging Gardens’ Green Roofs

Milwaukee-based Hanging Gardens is a beautifying force in Brew City and the greater Midwest too. The company’s growing portfolio of green roofs constitutes a grand gallery of projects that look lovely and function exceedingly well. Example A is in Nearby Madison’s Children’s Museum. This play area absolutely looks like it’s set at grade—it includes granite pathways, trees, shrubs, perennials, sod, waterfalls, even a chicken coop and beehive. And it emphasizes the use of photovoltaic pa...
Tags: Books, Milwaukee, Green, Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, Midwest, Green Roof, Rooftop Garden, Hanging Gardens, Stormwater Systems, Wise Land Use, Hanging Gardens ' Green Roofs, Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, St Louis ' Food Roof Farm, St Louis Hanging Gardens


"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


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


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


Award-winning Australian winery adds new, sustainable building

Victoria’s Yarra Valley is an idyllic region known for its award-winning vineyards. Now, guests to the Medhurst Winery have a new, sustainable tasting area to enjoy the label’s delicious wine selection. The family-run winery has just added the Cellar Door — a contemporary extension that was built with resilient and sustainable features. Designed by Folk Architects, the new contemporary space allows visitors to view the entire wine-making process, from the vineyards and production area to the gor...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Green Building, Victoria, Sustainable Design, Resilient Design, Green Roof, Yarra Valley, Passive Design, Medhurst, Green Roofs, Water Collection System, Folk Architects, Medhurst Winery, Linear Buildings


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


Solar-powered Dutch home produces all of its own energy with surplus to spare

When Marjo Dashorst and Han Roebers set their sights on designing a sustainable home in Zutphen, a municipality on the east side of the Netherlands, the couple turned to Amsterdam-based practice Attika Architekten to realize their dream. The goal was to develop an energy-efficient home that would not only meet all of its own energy needs through renewable systems but also be capable of producing enough surplus energy to charge an electric car. The resulting project, aptly titled the Energy Plant...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Solar Panels, Solar Power, The Netherlands, Recycled Materials, Reclaimed Materials, Skylights, Green Roof, Net Zero, Snøhetta, Zutphen, Sustainable Architecture, Energy Plus


A lush public park grows on the roof of a luxury Wuhan mall

When Los Angeles-based design studio 5+design was tapped to create a high-end mall in Wuhan, China, the firm was also given the opportunity to create a publicly accessible green space — an amenity in decline in the city due to rapid development. As a result, the 164,000-square-meter Wuhan North Pavilion supports a lush public rooftop park that’s accessible from the ground level and provides active and passive spaces for children and adults alike. Designed to foster community and an added sense o...
Tags: Design, China, Los Angeles, Park, Architecture, Urban Design, Water Conservation, Green space, Wuhan, Mall, Parks / Wildlife, Public Space, Greenery, Green Roof, Energy Saving, Hubei


BIGs LEED Gold-seeking school in Arlington features a cascade of green terraces

After five years in the making, BIG has completed The Heights, a new public school building in Arlington, Virginia that not only offers a unique and energy-efficient take on school architecture, but also helps maximize density and open space. Located along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, The Heights combines two existing secondary schools into a new 180,000-square-foot building that opens like a fan with a cascade of green-roofed terraces to provide an indoor-outdoor learning landscape. An emphas...
Tags: School, Design, Virginia, Architecture, Urban Design, Nepal, Schools, Big, Brick, Natural Light, Green Roof, Leed Gold, School Architecture, Bjarke Ingels Group, Arlington, Atrium


Green-roofed CLT classrooms immerse children in nature

After transforming a historic castle into a secondary school for the Groenendaal College, Antwerp architectural firm HUB was approached once again by the same client to tackle another inspiring school project — an energy-efficient primary school addition in the middle of leafy Groenendaal Park. Fittingly titled the Park Classrooms, the recently completed project provides four classrooms and a large central gathering space for up to 90 Groenendaal Primary School children aged between 6 to 7 years...
Tags: UK, Design, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Belgium, Sustainable Design, Pavilion, Natural Light, Skylights, Green Roof, Cross Laminated Timber, Hub, Antwerp, CLT, Classrooms, Natural Materials


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


LEED Platinum Sitka captures the Pacific Northwest spirit with a lush, fog-enabled courtyard

Local architectural practice Runberg Architecture Group has raised the bar for sustainable design in Seattle with the completion of Sitka, a LEED Platinum-certified multifamily development on target to achieve Seattle’s 2030 Challenge for Planning goals of reducing water and energy use. Built to use nearly a third less energy than the typical baseline design, the 384-unit development features numerous energy-saving systems — Sitka is the nation’s first multifamily project to use a Wastewater Hea...
Tags: Design, Washington, Led, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Recycled Materials, Treehouse, Energy Efficient Architecture, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, Courtyard, San Juan Islands, Sitka, LEED


LEED Gold-seeking wildlife center emphasizes energy conservation in Quebec

The Canadian city of Laval in southwestern Quebec has recently gained a new wildlife interpretation center with an impressive, energy-efficient design. It’s the first of its kind in the city and is targeting LEED NC v3 Gold certification. Designed by Montreal-based architecture firm Cardin Julien, the $11.5 million project provides a new community and educational resource for visitors to Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, an urban wildlife sanctuary that spans 26 hectares rich with recreational ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Montreal, Water Conservation, Quebec, Parks / Wildlife, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Green Roof, Leed Gold, Laval, Rainwater Recycling, DAVID BOYER, Full-height Glazing, Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Cardin Julien


RRA unveils mountain-inspired ski resort that emphasizes nature and community

Oslo-based architectural firm Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA) has won first place in Alpinco Gondoltoppen AS’ competition for the design of a new master plan for a mixed-use resort in Hafjell, an alpine village famous for its skiing and impressive mountain vistas. The project, called Mosetertoppen, will cover an area that’s slightly over 538,000 square feet and is expected to house approximately 1,000 people. Early design renderings show the buildings built primarily from wood, topped with gree...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Planning, Urban Development, Norway, Oslo, Green Roof, Mixed-use, Timber Architecture, RRA, Green Roofs, Residential Development, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Gabled Roof, Pedestrian Friendly


Green-roofed infill rental fills a gap in Vancouvers housing crisis

In light of Vancouver’s housing crisis, local architectural firm Haeccity Studio Architecture has transformed a 1950s bungalow in the city’s West End neighborhood into Comox Infill, a contemporary multi-family development with six dedicated rental units. Described by the firm as the “missing” piece from Vancouver’s urban fabric, this small-scale multi-family project is a case study for much-needed densification that doesn’t compromise on livability. Sandwiched between two heritage properties, t...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Canada, Gallery, Urban Design, Sydney, Community, Urban Planning, Vancouver, Housing Crisis, West End, Rental, Green Roof, Courtyard, Infill Architecture, Aging in Place


Vincent Callebaut wins bid to sustainably revive Aix-les-Bains ancient thermal baths

The defunct National Baths of Aix-les-Bains will receive a vibrant and sustainably minded revival in the hands of the Paris-based practice Vincent Callebaut Architectures. Selected as the winner of a competition following the popular vote, the firm’s proposal — dubbed “The Foam of Waves” — will not only restore the ancient thermal baths, but also introduce a sustainable, energy-producing paradigm that follows the carbon-neutral guidelines as recommended by COP 21. The project will adopt a mixed...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Heritage, Paris, Luxembourg, Solar Energy, COP 21, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Green Roof, Vincent Callebaut, Mixed-use, Rainwater Harvesting, Biomass, Rainwater


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Atelier COLE completes eco-friendly bear sanctuary in Vietnam

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


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

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


Solar-powered Dutch home brings the coastal woods indoors

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