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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


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


Henning Larsen unveils plans for Copenhagens first all-timber community

A sustainable, nature-filled neighborhood unlike any other in Denmark could soon take root just beyond Copenhagen’s city center. Scandinavian architecture firm Henning Larsen has collaborated with biologists and environmental engineers from MOE to design the Fælledby community, a proposal for Copenhagen’s first all-timber neighborhood. Proposed for a former dumping ground site, the development promotes sustainable living, a reduced carbon footprint and a harmonious relationship with nature. Des...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Urban Design, Denmark, Biodiversity, Copenhagen, Carbon Footprint, Timber Architecture, Native, Moe, Billund, Sustainable Architecture, Nature Inspired Architecture, Henning Larsen, Sustainable Urbanism, Local Flora


Prefab alpine shelter boasts phenomenal views and a small footprint

On the border between Italy and France, a new alpine shelter with breathtaking views has been gently placed atop a remote landscape. Paolo Carradini and his family tapped Michele Versaci and Andrea Cassi to craft an all-black mountain hut to honor the memory of their son, Matteo, a passionate mountaineer. Named the Bivacco Matteo Corradini, the sculptural dwelling was prefabricated off-site in modules, transported by helicopter and reassembled on the construction site to minimize site impact. L...
Tags: Design, France, Architecture, Italy, Innovation, Prefab, Modular Architecture, Alpine Shelter, Alpine Architecture, Prefab Housing, Valle, Matteo, Nature Inspired Architecture, Prefabricated Architecture, Minimize Site Impact, Metal Cladding


A chic, nature-filled office building in Tokyo boldly brings the outdoors in

In Tokyo, a new office tower stands out from the concrete jungle with its embrace of nature. Designed by prolific Japanese design studio nendo in the centrally located Kojimachi neighborhood, the Kojimachi Terrace is an 11-story high-rise wrapped in a grid-like, timber-faced facade that’s complemented with a bright interior dressed in a warm palette of wood, raw stone and bronze-colored stainless steel. A “Sky Forest” — a three-story, open-air garden — punctuates the building’s top floors and p...
Tags: Japan, Design, Architecture, Nendo, Grid, Tokyo, Balcony, Plaster, Natural Ventilation, Timber, Office Building, Sky Garden, Terrace, Takumi Ota, Nature Inspired Architecture, Indoor Outdoor Living


A circular home in Germany produces biogas for self-sufficiency

When a German pioneer in the field of biogas technology commissioned Korbach-based Christoph Hesse Architects, he had an unusual request: a round house. Drawn to the shape of a circular room, the client also found that a round form had the optimal proportions for supporting biogas production, which he would use to power his home. Dubbed Villa F, the project was envisioned as the “first link of a local heat grid” powered by biogas to encourage widespread adoption and reduce dependence on fossil ...
Tags: Design, Germany, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Fossil Fuels, Energy Efficiency, Biogas, Biomass, Locally Sourced Materials, Nature Inspired Architecture, Round Home, Circular House, Circular Architecture, Biogas Production, Cylindrical House


Snhetta designs healing forest cabins for patients at Norways largest hospitals

Patients at two of Norway’s largest hospitals can now find respite in Snøhetta’s newly unveiled Outdoor Care Retreats. Designed for the Friluftssykehuset Foundation, the forest retreats offer a calm getaway where patients and their loved ones can benefit from the therapeutic qualities of nature. One of the retreats is located about 100 meters from the entrance of Norway’s largest hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, while its sister building is set near a woodland pond by Sørland...
Tags: Design, Hospital, Harvard, Architecture, Gallery, Norway, Cabins, Oslo, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Timber, OAK, Snohetta, Snøhetta, Ivar Kvaal, Patina


Solar-powered glass cafe overlooks a green lung in Jerusalem

Sacher Park, the largest public park in the center of Jerusalem, Israel, has recently gained a new cafe that embraces its green surroundings with walls of glass and an environmentally sensitive design. Israeli design studio Yaniv Pardo Architects created the Sacher Park Cafe, a coffee shop that’s powered entirely with solar energy. Completed in September 2018, the coffee shop is the first phase of a larger scheme to revitalize Sacher Park. Spanning an area of 250 square meters, the Sacher Par...
Tags: Design, Israel, Jerusalem, Park, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Solar, Solar Panels, Coffee Shop, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, JERUSALEM Israel, Wadi, Amphitheater, Pillars


Henning Larsen completes award-winning Wave apartments in Denmark

Copenhagen-based Henning Larsen Architects has completed The Wave, a striking wave-shaped apartment complex that has made splashes internationally long before the project was finished. Located in Vejle, Denmark, the award-winning building was designed as an extension of its surroundings, from the waterfront location to the rolling, forested hills that rise from Vejle Fjord. The Wave’s sculptural silhouette comprises five rounded towers that create a new visual landmark for the town and are visi...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Apartments, Denmark, Copenhagen, Pier, Carousel Showcase, Urban Revitalization, Abb, Waterfront, Vejle Denmark, Nature Inspired Architecture, The Wave, Henning Larsen, Henning Larsen Architects


MAD Architects curvaceous Himalayas Center nears completion in Nanjing

Beijing-based architecture firm, MAD Architects, is nearing completion on yet another of their massive mountain-inspired projects— the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center. Inspired by the Chinese traditional painting style of ‘shan shui’ (‘mountain water’), the mixed-use development was designed as the “spiritual and poetic retreat in the middle of the city” and features curvaceous forms that mimic Nanjing’s surrounding mountains and waterways. In addition to its impressive mountain-like appearance...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Beijing, Gallery, Venice, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Mad Architects, Nanjing, Mixed-use Development, Green Wall, Nature Inspired Architecture, Mountain-inspired Architecture, Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, Recycled Rainwater


Community hub built of recycled materials spotlights exploitation of nature in Vietnam

In their latest eco-friendly project, Vietnamese design studio H&P Architects completed an inspiring community hub built mainly from recycled waste materials. Located near a large and polluted industrial park in Dong Van town in Ha Nam province, the project aims to draw attention to the exploitation of natural resources in Vietnam — specifically illegal rock mining — while celebrating the beauty of the nation’s landscapes. Built with thick recycled stone walls, scaffolding and bamboo, the struc...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Community Center, Stone Walls, Nature Inspired Architecture, Ninh Binh, Community Architecture, Waste Materials, Dong Van, Polycarbonate Roof, Ha Nam


Nature-inspired housing mimics the curvature of the landscape in Chongqing

International design practice Safdie Architects recently completed the Eling Residences, a nature-inspired housing development built to look like an extension of the highest plateau of Eling Hill in Chongqing, China. Elevated high above the Yangtze River, the residences are nestled in a densely forested environment yet enjoy close proximity to the city. In addition to optimizing residents’ access to natural light, ventilation and greenery, each unit is also equipped with a private balcony for i...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Apartments, Carousel Showcase, Yangtze River, Terraced Architecture, Chongqing, Moshe Safdie, Chongqing China, Safdie Architects, Nature Inspired Architecture, Curved Architecture, Eling Residences, Yuzhong District


This chic Moganshan resort celebrates the local Chinese landscape

Blessed with serene mountain vistas and a rich history, Moganshan also boasts a wide array of beautiful resorts including Anadu, a new rural retreat designed by local architecture firm Studio 8. Located at the northern foot of the Mogan Mountain in Huzhou, about two hours from Shanghai, the luxury resort embraces its enticing surroundings comprised of lush bamboo forests, tea fields and ancient villas. Constructed with natural materials throughout, the hotel is undeniably connected to its rural...
Tags: Tea, Design, Hotels, China, Architecture, Gallery, Shanghai, Resort, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Heatherwick Studio, Moganshan, Luxury Resort, Huzhou, Nature Inspired Architecture, Chinese architecture


Anaheim's elegant new Performing Arts Center inspired by the city's former orange groves

Recently unveiled plans for the new Anaheim Performing Arts Center envision an 11-acre complex with a series of cylindrical buildings whose shapes were inspired by the city’s former orange groves. Designed by local firm, SPF Architects, the sprawling APAC campus will have a 2,000-seat concert hall, a 1,700-seat opera hall, and a 600-seat black box theater, all covered in a brilliant perforated copper cladding reminiscent of orange peels. The new complex will replace the existing Anaheim’s City ...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Natural Light, Anaheim, City National Grove, APAC, Nature Inspired Architecture, Copper Cladding, Copper Buildings, Zoltan E Pali FAIA, SPF Architects, Concert hall design, Anaheim Performing Arts Center, Porous Buildings


Anaheim's elegant new Performing Arts Center was inspired by the city's former orange groves

Recently unveiled plans for the new Anaheim Performing Arts Center envision an 11-acre complex with a series of cylindrical buildings whose shapes were inspired by the city’s former orange groves. Designed by local firm, SPF Architects, the sprawling APAC campus will have a 2,000-seat concert hall, a 1,700-seat opera hall, and a 600-seat black box theater, all covered in a brilliant perforated copper cladding reminiscent of orange peels. The new complex will replace the existing Anaheim’s City ...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Natural Light, Anaheim, City National Grove, APAC, Nature Inspired Architecture, Copper Cladding, Copper Buildings, Zoltan E Pali FAIA, SPF Architects, Concert hall design, Anaheim Performing Arts Center, Porous Buildings


MADs mountain-like towers reach completion and LEED Gold in Beijing

Many of Asia’s high-rises may seem indistinguishable from those in the West, but MAD Architects’ recently completed Chaoyang Park Plaza puts a unique Chinese spin on skyscraper design. Located in Beijing’s central business district, the mixed-use development takes inspiration from the ‘shan shui’ style of traditional Chinese landscape painting that emphasizes balance and flowing lines. The mountain-like buildings, lush vegetation, and water features evoke an oasis of nature in a dense concrete j...
Tags: Asia, Design, Architecture, Beijing, West, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Mad Architects, Leed Gold, LEED, Nature Inspired Architecture, Mountain-shaped Architecture, Chinese architecture, Mountain-like Architecture, Vertical Fins, Ma Yansong


Antony Gibbons modern Trine treehouse is a tranquil nature retreat

Designer Antony Gibbon merges natural materials with modern design in his latest tree house design—the Trine house. Completed as part of his Roost treehouse series, this freestanding cluster of bulbous buildings forms a triangular formation elevated into the forest canopy. Slatted timber surrounds the living spaces to allow for light and views, creating an immersive experience in nature. The proposed Trine house comprises four elevated pod-like spaces that bear resemblance to budding flowers w...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Treehouses, Carousel Showcase, Treehouse, Timber, Gibbon, Trine, Tree House, Modern Design, Nature Inspired Architecture, Natural Materials, Slatted Timber, Antony Gibbon, Antony Gibbons


Architect Jim Olson spent 55 years renovating this breathtaking Puget Sound cabin

It would be safe to say that architect Jim Olson from Olson Kundig Architects is an incredibly patient man. In a world where architects strive to build skyscapers at record-breaking speed, the award-winning architect took his time with the construction of his own lake house, as in 55 years. Olson began to build the cabin, located in Longbranch, Washington, in 1959. What began as a mere 14-square-foot bunk house has been patiently and lovingly transformed over the years into a breathtaking lake-...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Green Design, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Cabin Design, Olson, Cabin Architecture, Jim Olson, Log Cabin, Nature Inspired Architecture, Olson Kundig Architects, Washington Architecture, Ok Cabin, Longbranch Cabin


This stunning hotel in the Dolomites brings nature inside

Design studio noa* transformed an early 20th century hotel into a beautiful mountain-inspired building that brings nature indoors. Surrounded by the snow-capped Dolomites, the Tofana Hotel ‘Explorer’s Home’ enjoys a quiet location near the woods and a ski lift. The building’s asymmetrical shape draws inspiration from the Dolomite landscape, featuring zigzagging balconies with densely planted coniferous trees that give the building depth and a mountain-like appearance. Located in Italy’s Badia ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Italy, Dolomites, Carousel Showcase, Larch, Alpine Architecture, Gunther, Dolomite, Noa, Nature Inspired Architecture, Mountain-inspired Architecture, Natural Stone, Lukas Rungger, Network Of Architecture


Seismically-safe cave home in Spain replaces informal shelter for shepherds

Living in caves is becoming increasingly trendy. The 104-meter-square Cuevas del Pino estate designed by UMMO Estudio was carefully built into calcarenite stone caves near Córdoba, Spain. The hollow geological formations found in the area were traditionally used as small shelters by wandering shepherds, but this one has been converted into a stunning modern home. Located in the Sierra Morena foothills just outside of Córdoba, some of the unique rock formations that have stood for centuries ar...
Tags: Design, Spain, Architecture, Gallery, Cordoba, Green Design, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Rural Housing, Natural Building Materials, Pino, Cordoba Spain, Sierra Morena, Nature Inspired Architecture




Breathtaking fairytale-like nature home is worthy of a Hogwarts wizard

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Tags: Architecture, Gallery, Geothermal Energy, Carousel Showcase, Hogwarts, Geothermal Cooling, Manzanita trees, Shining Hand Ranch, Solar Heating, Nature Inspired Architecture, Geothermal Heating