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LEED Gold-certified Azurmendi crowned Worlds Most Sustainable Restaurant

Three-star Michelin restaurant Azurmendi has once again been crowned the “World’s Most Sustainable Restaurant” by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Noteworthy for its renewable energy systems that offset the building’s carbon footprint, the LEED Gold-certified restaurant has also distinguished itself as a leader of sustainable development with its proactive community role in encouraging knowledge-sharing and a circular economy. Located in Spain near the town of Bilbao, Azurmendi is also currently...
Tags: Design, Spain, World, Architecture, Restaurant, Michelin, Solar Panels, Sustainable Food, Compost, Geothermal Energy, Best Restaurants, Recycled Materials, Rainwater Collection, Leed Gold, Brae, Iberian Peninsula


Fuksas designs a zero-impact public square in the heart of Sofia

Italian design firm Studio Fuksas has recently revealed designs for the new Sveta Nedelya Square, a “zero-impact” public space in the heart of Sofia, Bulgaria. Located in front of the medieval Sveta Nedelya Church, the project will bridge the city’s ancient roots and modern urbanism with a contemporary design that shows off the city’s historic architecture. As a beacon for sustainability, the square will feature transparent solar panels atop a “hi-tech canopy” of pavement modules and a rainwater...
Tags: Design, Renewable Energy, Rome, Park, Urban Design, Bulgaria, Solar Panels, Public Space, Rainwater Collection, Rainwater Harvesting, Sofia, Public Square, Cardo, Fuksas, Pedestrian Friendly, Zero Impact


Flowing marine research center inspired by tsunami waves

In response to an international design competition for a marine research center in Bali, architects Alfonso Lopez and Duncan Pendlebury of Maine-based architectural studio Solus 4 developed an energy-efficient design with a sculptural form inspired by tsunami waves — the same subject of research for the proposed facility. The undulating shape of the organic building would also reflect site-specific conditions so as to optimize passive solar conditions and use of sustainable systems such as rainw...
Tags: Design, Bali, Indonesia, Architecture, Maine, Energy Efficiency, Passive Solar, Tsunami, Indian Ocean, Resilient Design, Natural Ventilation, Rainwater Collection, Kuta, Solus, Kuta Beach, Design Competition


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


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


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


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


Sydneys vibrant Green Square Library and Plaza collects and reuses rainwater

Former marshland in Sydney has been transformed into the new Green Square Library and Plaza, a striking project that’s not only revitalizing one of the city’s oldest industrial areas but is also a shining beacon for sustainability. Designed by Sydney-based architecture and urban design practice Stewart Hollenstein in association with Stewart Architecture, the Green Square project features a semi-submerged underground library with a plaza on top. Energy efficiency drove the design as well, from ...
Tags: Design, Library, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Energy Efficiency, Shenzhen, Carousel Showcase, Skylights, Rainwater Collection, Urban Revitalization, Rainwater Harvesting, Arup, Amphitheater, Sunken Garden, Plaza


Clyde Mews eco-village champions sustainable housing alternatives in Melbourne

Melbourne recently became home to Clyde Mews, an inspiring “eco-village” that champions sustainable, community-focused living in close proximity to the city center. Created as an alternative to resource-intensive, car-centric developments, Clyde Mews features attractive, pedestrian-friendly design and energy-efficient housing. Designed by local architecture firm Six Degrees Architects for property development company Excelon Group, the eco-friendly development includes eight contemporary townho...
Tags: Design, Australia, Led, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Moscow, Solar Energy, Melbourne, Passive Solar, Solar Panels, Zaha Hadid, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Rainwater Collection, Community Design


Gorgeous new Apple store is powered entirely by renewable energy in Paris

The latest Apple store designed by Foster + Partners has opened in a beautifully renovated 19th-century building on Paris’s Champs-Élysées. Powered with 100 percent renewable energy, Apple Champs-Élysées draws energy from the photovoltaic panels integrated into its kaleidoscopic roof light and collects rainwater for reuse in the bathrooms and irrigation systems. Described by Apple as the tech company’s “grandest Forum,” the retail location blends historic architecture with contemporary design i...
Tags: Apple, Design, Milan, France, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Forum, Paris, Apple Store, Restoration, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Daylight, Rainwater Collection


Sasaki to transform Shanghais Hongkou Stadium with a High Line-esque park

International disciplinary planning and design firm Sasaki has unveiled designs to transform China’s first professional soccer stadium into a sustainably minded mixed-use hub focused on health and wellness. Designed to stitch the Shanghai Hongkou Stadium back into the urban fabric, the proposal will reactivate the stadium as a destination even on non-game days while improving the expanded building’s energy efficiency. Key to the design intervention will be the addition of the Midline, an elevat...
Tags: Design, Minnesota, China, Architecture, Gallery, Shanghai, Energy Efficiency, Stadium, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Stadium Design, Solar Heat Gain, Rainwater Collection, Mixed-use, Rainwater Harvesting, Rooftop Garden


A recycled brick wall runs through this breezy home in Australia

Bright, breezy and surrounded by nature, the Cedar Lane House is a place of peaceful respite on the southern coast of Australia. Sydney-based architect and photographer Edward Birch designed the light-filled residence at the base of a mountain in Meroo Meadow. Spread out across 280 square meters, the linear home is anchored by a recycled brick wall that runs the length of the building and imbues the interior with warmth and softness. The Cedar Lane House is organized into three pavilion-like s...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Brick, Carousel Showcase, Rainwater Collection, Ac, OAK, Birch, Australia Sydney, Zinc, Full-height Glazing, Outdoor Terrace, Floor To Ceiling Windows, Recycled Brick


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 luxury townhouses boast energy-efficient, passive solar design

Melbourne Design Studios has dramatically transformed a row of townhouses in the historic, post-industrial neighborhood of Richmond, Melbourne. The six bespoke urban homes—named ‘No Two The Same’—are strikingly contemporary, with light-filled interiors, handsome facades and a bevy of sustainable features that have earned the project an average 7-Star NatHERS Rating across all townhouses. The sustainable development was recently awarded Building Design of the Year at the 2018 Building Designers ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Melbourne, Sustainable Development, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Rainwater Collection, Passive Solar Design, Double-glazed Windows, Townhouse, Cross-ventilation, Richmond Melbourne, Sustainable Renovation


This eco-friendly prefab home was built in just 28 days

São Paulo-based engineering and construction company SysHaus and Brazilian architecture firm Studio Arthur Casas have designed and installed the first-ever SysHaus, a modular family residence that features a wide array of eco-friendly features. Prefabricated from 100 percent recyclable materials, the São Paulo house was constructed in just 28 days using proprietary technology that the designers say “doesn’t generate excess materials or utilize water.” The energy-saving elements of the house inc...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Sao Paulo, Carousel Showcase, Green Architecture, Recyclable Materials, Green Roof, Rainwater Collection, Modular Architecture, Prefab Housing, Prefabricated Architecture, Solar Array, Eco Friendly Architecture


Photovoltaic glass clads a sustainably minded residential tower in Melbourne

Melbourne-based architecture firm C. Kairouz Architects recently completed The General, an eight-story building that’s said to be Australia’s first-ever large-scale residential structure to use photovoltaic glass on its facade. Located in the inner-suburb of Northcote in Melbourne, the building comprises 87 apartments as well as mixed-use commercial space on the first two floors. Thanks to photovoltaic glazing as well as a slew of other energy-efficient systems and resource-saving measures, The...
Tags: Design, General, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Green Building, Melbourne, Solar Power, Northcote, Carousel Showcase, Rainwater Collection, Mixed-use, Steven Holl, Photovoltaic Glass


Escape the stresses of city life with the off-grid Into the Wild cabin

Slovakian architecture studio Ark Shelter has recently unveiled the latest iteration of its beautiful Ark Shelter—a tiny, self-sufficient unit that can be placed almost anywhere you please. Dubbed the “Into the Wild” cabin, their newest off-grid shelter typology embraces the outdoors from all sides with large walls of glass. Developed from three years of research and development, the Into the Wild cabin offers modern comforts with minimal landscape impact. Prefabricated in a factory offsite, ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Panels, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Tiny House, Off-grid Architecture, Off-grid, Rainwater Collection, Prefab Architecture, Spruce, Tiny Housing, Self Sufficiency, Ark Shelter, Jakub Skokan


A net-zero modern farmhouse kicks off a sustainable community in Texas

When a pair of retired ordained ministers set their sights on creating a sustainable community for “spiritual renewal,” the couple turned to Austin-based design practice Miró Rivera Architects to bring their vision to life. Located on a 47-acre meadow property in Texas, the recently completed Hill Country House serves as the community’s first housing prototype and as a private residence for the clients. Affectionately dubbed “The Sanctuary” by its owners, the spacious farmhouse-style abode comb...
Tags: Texas, Design, Austin, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Solar, Green Building, Geothermal Energy, Carousel Showcase, Off-grid, Farmhouse, Rainwater Collection, Locally Sourced Materials, Sustainable Community, Modern Farmhouse


Solar-powered mountain home is a sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Like in many places across the U.S., the real estate market is booming in Aspen, Colorado. And, as companies move in to replenish the dwindling housing inventory, one real estate developer hopes to provide a more sustainable alternative to the inevitable onslaught of cookie-cutter homes. Working in collaboration with San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design, the developer has completed a solar-powered dwelling that serves as a new energy-efficient prototype for speculative real estate in Aspen...
Tags: Design, Colorado, San Francisco, Architecture, Gallery, Passive Solar, Solar Power, Aspen, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Natural Ventilation, Rainwater Collection, Aspen Colorado, Aspen Located, Limestone, Local Materials


Curvaceous algae-covered towers proposed for Hangzhou

Paris-based studio XTU Architects recently unveiled designs for a futuristic high-rise in Hangzhou that blends sustainable technologies into an organic, sculptural design. Cloaked in a “bio facade” of micro algae-covered panels, the curvaceous towers can produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Dubbed French Dream Towers, the mixed-use complex would also incorporate rainwater harvesting, a greenhouse, and an aquaponics system. Currently under review, French Dream Towers comprises four buil...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Paris, Algae, Hangzhou, Aquaponics, Carousel Showcase, Greenhouse, Thermal Insulation, Rainwater Collection, Mixed-use, Micro Algae, Xtu Architects, Symbiosis


The Fire Prevention Skyscraper brings sustainable housing to areas affected by forest fires

This futuristic skyscraper aims to provide sustainable housing while restoring the biodiversity lost during large forest fires that swept through south-central Chile in the last couple of years. Architect Claudio C. Araya Arias designed Waria Lemuy — the Fire Prevention Skyscraper — using a modular system that can grow incrementally and lessen the impact of future catastrophes. The project won third place in this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition, which calls for innovative proposals that pu...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Chile, Green Building, Sustainable housing, Forest Fires, Rainwater Collection, Green Tower, Cross-ventilation, Evolo, Evolo Skyscraper Competition, Modular Skyscraper, Waria Lemuy Fire Prevention Skyscraper, Claudio C Araya Arias


Stunning ash staircase ties together an eco-conscious home in Mexico City

Located on a brownfield, the Cuernavaca House has an impressive eye for both sustainability and beauty—so much so that the project was long-listed earlier this year for the 2018 RIBA International Prize. Architectural practice Tapia McMahon designed the light-filled residence that fills out the entire plot, making room for light wells, greenery, and spacious rooms within. Repurposed materials and energy-saving solutions are present throughout the family home that’s beautifully tied together by ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Mexico City, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Natural Light, Rainwater Collection, Concrete, Brownfield, Thermal Mass, Open-plan, Floor, Cross Breezes, RIBA International Prize, Cuernavaca House


LEED Gold UBC Aquatic Center boasts innovative water recycling

A striking aquatics center on the University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus melds elite-level swimming facilities with impressive eco-credentials. Designed by Canadian architecture firm MJMA, in collaboration with Acton Ostry Architects, to achieve LEED Gold certification, the UBC Aquatic Center is awash in high water demands with its three pools, hot tub, steam and sauna, drinking fountains, and 34 showers. To meet water efficiency regulations set out by UBC and LEED Gold, the architects...
Tags: Design, Washington, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, British Columbia, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Swimming Pool, Rainwater Collection, Leed Gold, Skylight, University of British Columbia, UBC, LEED, Rainwater


LEED Gold UBC Aquatic Center takes an innovative approach to water recycling

A striking aquatics center at the University of British Columbia Vancouver melds elite-level swimming facilities with impressive eco-credentials. Canadian architecture firm MJMA worked with Acton Ostry Architects to design the UBC Aquatic Center to LEED Gold specifications. The center is awash in high water demands with its three pools, hot tub, steam and sauna, drinking fountains, and 34 showers. To meet water efficiency regulations set out by UBC and LEED, the architects employed an innovativ...
Tags: Design, Washington, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, British Columbia, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Swimming Pool, Rainwater Collection, Leed Gold, Skylight, University of British Columbia, UBC, LEED, Rainwater


This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water

Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but it usually pays off in the long run thanks to increased efficiency and lower energy bills. Sydney residents Geoff Carroll and Julie Young did just that by hiring CplusC Architectural Workshop to renovate their 1980s terrace house into an environmentally friendly home that allows them to grow their own produce and track daily energy consumption. Carroll and Young, who work at a company that helps clients confront the ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Green Building, Solar Power, Aquaponics, Urban Farming, Young, Sustainable Design, Green Renovation, Carroll, Green Architecture, Rainwater Collection, Permaculture, Courtyard


Henning Larsen to revitalize Brussels region with rooftop farming and co-housing

A post-industrial region in Brussels will find a new lease on life thanks to the vision of Henning Larsen Architects. The Dutch architecture firm, in collaboration with Architects A2RC, recently won a design competition to redevelop Brussels’ Key West development with a strong focus on livability. The masterplan will introduce new housing, community facilities, and stronger ties to the waterfront and urban farming. As part of a plan to redevelop its old industrial areas, the Government of Br...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Frankfurt, Gallery, Anderlecht, Belgium, Brussels, Urban Farming, Carousel Showcase, Key West, Masterplan, Rainwater Collection, Mixed-use, Waterfront, Henning Larsen, Henning Larsen Architects


Off-grid Fossil Discovery Exhibit camouflages into the Texan desert

Big Bend National Park isn’t just a place of stunning landscape beauty—the Texan park is also paleontological paradise. To tell the story of the area’s rich fossil history, Texan architecture studio Lake | Flato designed the Fossil Discovery Exhibit, a series of interpretive pavilions that draws inspiration from the surrounding topography. The unstaffed, low-maintenance building operates off grid and draws energy and water from solar panels and a rainwater catchment system. Created as a seri...
Tags: Texas, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Dinosaurs, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Giants, Fossils, Carousel Showcase, Off-grid, Rainwater Collection, Low Maintenance, Interior, CNC, Big Bend National Park


LifeEditeds newest home brings off-grid luxury to Maui

If you loved LifeEdited’s shape-shifting Manhattan apartment from a few years ago, prepare to be stunned by the design consultancy’s latest project—an off-grid luxury Maui home that produces more energy than it needs. While LifeEdited:Maui is more than double the size of the transforming Manhattan project, the Hawaii home was likewise built to push the envelope in sustainable luxury design. The home, built for LifeEdited founder Graham Hill, boasts the top of the line in eco-friendly and space-...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Hawaii, Manhattan, Green Building, Solar Panels, Haiku, Carousel Showcase, Transforming Furniture, Maui, Off-grid, Rainwater Collection, Space-saving, Blue Ion, Graham Hill


Zero-energy tiny home has a near-invisible footprint

COULSON architects designed Disappear Retreat, a tiny, mirrored house that not only appears to disappear into the landscape but also boasts a near-invisible footprint. Created for “triple-zero living,” this prefabricated structure is an off-grid dwelling that’s zero energy, zero waste, and zero water. Built to the Passive House Standard, the 83-square-foot home needs no active heating or cooling systems even in extreme weather climates. Disappear Retreat’s minimal boxy form and design open t...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Insulation, Passive House, Composting, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Tiny House, Off-grid, Rainwater Collection, Sauna, Coulson, Prefabricated Architecture, Mirrored Architecture


Gorgeous roof garden feeds owners in the off-grid Yin & Yang House

Architecture studio Penda unveiled designs for an off-grid home Kassel, Germany with a stunning rooftop garden. Commissioned by a young family who wants to produce most of their own food, the Yin & Yang house features a minimal timber structure with a terraced roof curved in a shape evocative of the yin yang symbol. As shown in the startlingly realistic renderings, Yin & Yang House occupies a small corner lot. With very little ground space for a garden, Penda turned the roof into two terrace...
Tags: Design, Germany, Toronto, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Off-grid, Rainwater Collection, Penda, Timber Architecture, Kassel Germany, Kassel, Yin Yang, Rooftop Garden, Rainwater