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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


1850s barn in Italy becomes a modern, sustainable family home

Located at the foot of UNESCO World Heritage site Alpe di Siusi in the Italian province of South Tyrol, Messner House represents adaptive reuse at its finest. The project was organized by Italian architecture firm noa* (Network of Architecture), who was adamant about respecting the surrounding area as well as the essence of the original structure that dated back to 1850. From the exterior of the structure, Messner House appears to mimic the outline of the original barn with a framework supporte...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Italy, Green Renovation, Unesco World Heritage, Sustainable Materials, Adaptive Reuse, Timber, Sustainable Architecture, Contemporary Design, The interior design, Alex Filz, South Tyrol Messner House, noa Network of Architecture, Messner House


Hydroelectric art gallery will generate enough wave power to be 100% self-sustaining

London-based architect Margot Krasojevic has just unveiled a futuristic art gallery that runs on hydroelectric power. Slated for the coastal Russian region of Sochi, the Hydroelectric Sculpture Gallery will harness enough wave energy to not only be 100% self-sufficient, but it will also be able to channel surplus energy back into the grid, powering around 200 nearby houses and businesses as a result. The art gallery will be located on Sochi’s coastline, where it will use the exceptionally stron...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Design, London, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Wind Power, Clean Energy, Sochi, Black Sea, Wave Power, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Architecture, Hydroelectric Power, Margot Krasojević, Krasojevic


First CLT Passive House project in Boston breaks ground

Move over steel and concrete — a pioneering cross-laminated timber (CLT) project that’s set to break ground in Boston could spearhead a greater adoption of mass timber across the country. Local startup Generate Architecture + Technologies has teamed up with progressive developer Placetailor to lead the project — the city’s first-ever CLT Cellular Passive House Demonstration Project — and provide live/work spaces in Lower Roxbury. Developed with the startup’s Model-C system for prefabricated kit-...
Tags: Design, Boston, Architecture, Innovation, Solar, Green Building, Passive House, Modular, Prefab, Cross Laminated Timber, Prefab Housing, Southern Hemisphere, CLT, Sustainable Architecture, Prefabrication, Mass Timber


Netherlands LocHal Library Wins World Building of the Year

The LocHal Public Library, located in Tilburg, Netherlands, had been open for about 11 months when it was awarded the prestigious World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in December. The building, a vast expanse of glass and steel from the apex of the industrial age, dates back to 1932 and its original function as locomotive storage for the Dutch National Railways. With its floor to ceiling glass and terrific steel girders, the original structure provided ...
Tags: Books, Uncategorized, Architecture, Netherlands, Renovation, Tilburg Netherlands, Public Library, Tilburg, Sustainable Architecture, Architectural Profile, Profiles and Research, Civic Architects, LocHal, LocHal library, LocHal Public Library, Dutch National Railways With


Century-old building is reborn as a LEED Platinum home in San Francisco

When architect Jonathan Feldman of Feldman Architecture began remodeling his home in San Francisco in the early 2010s, the growing green building movement in the city inspired him to turn his residence — dubbed ‘The Farm’ after its overgrown backyard — into a testing ground and laboratory for sustainable design. From installing renewable energy systems to sourcing sustainable materials, his pursuit of green, net-zero energy standards earned the project LEED Platinum certification. Purchased wi...
Tags: Design, San Francisco, Architecture, Heat Recovery Ventilation, Green Renovation, Net Zero Energy, Sustainable Materials, Leed Platinum, Rainwater Harvesting, LEED, Feldman, Matthew Millman, Water Recycling, The Farm, Sustainable Architecture, Feldman Architecture


Architectural designs that focus on humans and nature alike: Part 2

With climate change rearing its ugly head and sending major riptides throughout the Earth, architects and designers have realized the importance of integrating sustainability with their work. Hence, here are a few exciting designs aimed at creating greener and more sustainable spaces for us, and helping us reconnect with nature once more!The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort allows you to sleep and hang out in the exquisite jungle of Northern Thailand, while majestic elephants ca...
Tags: Home, Design, Earth, Architecture, Paris, Mexico City, Seattle, Northern Thailand, Adriatic Sea, MIA Design Studio, Sustainable Architecture, Saigon Vietnam, Rovinj Croatia, Patrick Blanc, Grand Park Hotel, Jacob Witzling


Portugal-based nonprofit refurbishes old buildings with natural insulation

With a background in social initiatives, nonprofit Critical Concrete aims to refurbish socially relevant spaces that are shared by low-income communities in Portugal. In addition to refurbishing homes for those in need, Critical Concrete is also focused on educating the local community on sustainable actions and earth-friendly practices by running several different educational programs and activities. The organization promotes green architecture and social action through a summer school program ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Portugal, Insulation, Green Renovation, Matosinhos, Bairro, Sustainable Architecture, Pescadores, Critical Concrete, Matosinhos Critical Concrete


Self-sufficient floating office building for GCA will take anchor in Rotterdam

Copenhagen- and Rotterdam-based studio Powerhouse Company has unveiled designs for a unique floating office building to be anchored in the historic Rotterdam port of Rijnhaven. Created as the new headquarters for the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), the contemporary structure will use a wide range of sustainability measures, such as heat exchangers and a green roof, to target energy-neutral, self-sufficient operations. The building, named Floating Office Rotterdam, will also be built entirely ...
Tags: Design, Microsoft, Architecture, Bill Gates, Un, Copenhagen, The Netherlands, Imf, Rotterdam, Floating Houses, Floating Architecture, Rijnhaven, Ban Ki, Kristalina Georgieva, Ahmed Aboutaleb, GCA


Award-winning Owl Woods Passive House playfully mimics birdhouses in Australia

Australian design studio Talina Edwards Architecture recently completed the Owl Woods Passive House — the first certified Passivhaus project designed by a woman architect in Australia. Located in the Victorian town of Trentham, the sustainable home not only follows Passivhaus standards for an extremely energy-efficient build, but it also adheres to biophilic principles with its pitched roofs in the shape of unique “bird beaks” for solar shading. The project also won the Sustainability Medal at t...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, House, Energy Efficiency, Passive House, Passive Solar, Passivhaus, Trentham, Rainwater Harvesting, Southern Hemisphere, Sustainable Architecture, Biophilic, Tatjana Plitt, Biophilic Architecture, Nathers


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


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


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


A nearly century-old Copenhagen school gets an eco-friendly makeover

Danish architectural practice JJW Architects has used recycled bricks and Cradle-to-Cradle certified mortar to renovate Copenhagen’s Grøndalsvængets School. Originally built in 1929, the building had long been hidden away from the surrounding neighborhood; this comprehensive transformation, completed in 2019, has now integrated the structure into the urban fabric. The school has also been expanded to support modern principles of learning and a larger educational program.  The Grøndalsvængets Sc...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Schools, Denmark, Circular Economy, Copenhagen, Cradle-to-Cradle, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, School Architecture, Refurbishment, Sustainable Architecture, Torben Eskerod, School Building, Recycled Bricks


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


ZHA gets the green light for worlds first all-timber soccer stadium in England

After years of delays, Zaha Hadid Architects has finally gained planning approval for Eco Park Stadium, the world’s first all-timber soccer stadium in Gloucestershire, England that will serve as the new home of the Forest Green Rovers football club. As a beacon of sustainability, the structure will aim to be carbon neutral or carbon negative and will include renewable energy systems as well as low-carbon construction methods and operational processes. Set in a meadow, the Eco Park Stadium minim...
Tags: England, Design, Renewable Energy, Qatar, Architecture, Zaha Hadid, Stadium, Wood, Gloucestershire, Sustainable Materials, Carbon-neutral, Timber, Sports Stadium, Gloucestershire England, Forest Green Rovers, Football Stadium


Toyota’s mobility-minded city of the future to break ground next year

At CES 2020, the carmaker announced plans to break ground on its city of the future next year under the peak of Mount Fuji. Toyota's Woven City will become the mobility-minded city of the future.
Tags: Japan, Lifestyle, Radio, Toyota, Solar Power, Smart Homes, Consumer Electronics Show, Green Cities, News Brief, Real Estate Technology, Sustainable Architecture, CES 2020, Woven City


BIG presents a sustainable living laboratory town in Japan for Toyota at CES

As part of CES 2020, Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled exciting designs for its first project in Japan — the Toyota Woven City, a sustainable “living laboratory” at the foothills of Mt. Fuji. Created in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, the project will be the world’s first urban incubator dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of mobility with a focus on sustainability, from renewable energies to shared mobility. The futuristic prototype town will also be notable for its inclusio...
Tags: Smart City, Japan, Design, Ces, Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Bjarke Ingels, Toyota, Solar Panels, Big, Carbon-neutral, Bjarke Ingels Group, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Toyota Motor Corporation, Mt Fuji


Lush Sky Green towers are the first of their kind in Taichung

Taichung, Taiwan has taken yet another step toward becoming a greener, more livable city with the recent completion of Sky Green, a sustainably minded, mixed-use development. Designed by Singaporean architecture firm WOHA, the high-rise is named after its inclusion of sky gardens and terraces that are filled with lush, subtropical greenery. The project’s integration of green spaces is expected to raise the city’s standards for “skyrise greenery” in future sustainable developments. As an expert ...
Tags: Smart City, Design, Singapore, Taiwan, Architecture, Urban Design, Green Building, High-rise, Mixed-use, Courtyard, Taichung, Mixed-use Development, Sky Garden, Taichung Taiwan, Sustainable City, Residential Tower


These upcycled shipping containers make eco-friendly offices

Sustainable architecture focuses on low impact construction and natural or recycled materials. The new marketing suite for Goldman Westlink is just such a building.  Designed by A Work of Substance, the office space currently resides in Hong Kong’s Tuen Mun district, and was constructed from four shipping containers. The selection of shipping containers as the structure for the office was multi-faceted. They work as the perfect symbol for the client Goldman Westlink, which is a logistics compan...
Tags: Hong Kong, Design, Milan, Architecture, Sustainable Design, Tuen Mun, Sustainable Architecture, Goldman Westlink, Work of Substance


Sea turtle rescue center mimics the natural ecosystems in Turkey

Located on Iztuzu Beach in Southern Turkey, the Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for Sea Turtles will raise awareness for the wildlife that calls the unique ecosystem home. In true environmentally conscious architectural form, the design was inspired by the natural curves and traces of the beach tides and the surrounding native pine trees and reeds, all of which help to form the ecosystem. KÂAT Architects won the honor of designing the wildlife center in a national competition organize...
Tags: Design, Georgia, Turkey, Architecture, Wildlife, Parks / Wildlife, Mediterranean Sea, Anatolia, Wildlife Center, Southern Turkey, Sustainable Architecture, İztuzu Beach


Tall and Sustainable Is Not an Easy Fix

Originally posted 2016-10-26 11:35:05. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Way back in 2009, I discussed the interaction between taller and taller buildings and sustainable (“green”) building.  Back then, the reference was to the construction of skyscrapers in the Middle East and Europe.  The initially referenced ENR article was written in the context of an urban retrofit of some of Chicago’s taller buildings to make them more sustainable. Just this week, ENR published another article relating to s...
Tags: Europe, Law, Sustainability, Chicago, Middle East, Shanghai, Green Building, Construction, Skyscraper, Richmond VA, Brian Hill, Virginia Construction Attorney, Business of Construction, Sustainable Architecture, ENR, AEC Forensics


Stunning new prefab kit home centers on sustainability

Michigan-based Hygge Supply is known as a leader in the world of sustainable home design thanks to its customizable kit homes. Now, the company has unveiled the Birch Le Collaboration House — an incredible house that highlights how the company’s innovative, prefab designs can marry sustainability and high-end luxury. Founded by entrepreneur Kelly Sean Karcher, Hygge Supply creates what it calls “kit homes,” — sustainable, high-end prefab home designs that are customizable to virtually any tast...
Tags: Design, Architecture, United States, Michigan, Zero Waste, Will Johnson, Green Design, Prefab, Prefabricated, Prefab Housing, Karcher, Sustainable Architecture, Structural Insulated Panels, Low Impact Home Design, Kit Homes, Hygge Supply


This prefab weekend retreat made from shipping containers can be ordered online

Mexican architects Rodrigo Alegre and Carlos Acosta of the Mexico City-based firm STUDIOROCA have recently launched VMD (Vivienda Minima de Descanso), a new prefabricated housing system for delivering luxurious weekend retreats with reduced ecological footprints. Available to order and customize online, VMD can be fully set up and habitable in just 99 days. Each unit, which can be built as a one- or two-bedroom home, is constructed in a factory using shipping containers and outfitted with ecolog...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Customers, Architecture, Mexico City, Prefab, Recycled Materials, Weekend Getaway, Weekend Retreat, Low Maintenance, Carlos Acosta, Prefab Housing, Sustainable Architecture, Bolon, Prefabricated Architecture, Prefabricated Housing


Just When You Thought the Green Building Risk Discussion Was Over. . .

Originally posted 2012-09-10 09:00:00. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Kansas City Science and Technology Center, (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As a reader of Construction Law Musings, you no doubt realize that I am a big proponent of “green” or sustainable building.  I have also been known to sound a bit like Eeyore when discussing the charge into the breach of green building without considering the potential risks.  Thankfully, and despite some of the risk predictions made here (a...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Green Building, Contracts, Eeyore, Richmond VA, United States Environmental Protection Agency, LEED, Building Types, Construction and Maintenance, Construction Law, Business of Construction, International Green Construction Code, Sustainable Architecture, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, ENR Magazine


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


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


Luca Curci Architects proposes a self-sustainable Vertical City of the future

Italian architecture firm Luca Curci Architects has unveiled the Vertical City, a futuristic proposal for urban development comprising a series of modular, zero-energy skyscrapers anchored into the ocean floor. Envisioned as a completely self-sufficient settlement, the utopian city promises “healthier lifestyles” for the vertical city-building’s residents. The thought experiment was recently presented for the first time at the Knowledge Summit 2019 in Dubai last month. The Vertical City proposa...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Urban Design, Dubai, Skyscraper, Mixed-use, Modular Architecture, Prefab Architecture, Vertical City, Sustainable Architecture, Zero energy, WOHA, Futuristic Architecture, Luca Curci, Self-sustainable, Singapore Pavilion


Known Colloquially as “Solar Carve,” the 1...

Known Colloquially as “Solar Carve,” the 145,500 sq. ft. structure at 40 Tenth Ave. in Chelsea not only provides a visually stunning and architecturally innovative new icon near the High Line, but also re-defines how we think about our structures’ relationships with the sun. On the heels of new findings (and intuitive certainty) that tall buildings can make cities into a cavernous and darkened drear—especially during winter—Studio Gang’s Solar Carve demonstrates how we can have our high...
Tags: Books, Uncategorized, Architecture, Chelsea, Hudson River, Sustainable Architecture, Studio Gang, Solar Carve, Architectural Profile, Profiles and Research, 40 Tenth Ave, New York architecture, Solar Carve building


MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple designs holiday retreats for an island community

Renowned for beautiful views, indigenous history and a famous golf resort, Ontario’s Bigwin Island will also soon be home to a new planned community spearheaded by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, a Halifax-based studio that won the bid for the project with their contemporary and eco-friendly proposal. The first three cabins of the 40-unit community have recently been completed and feature a locally sourced natural materials palette, an oversized roof reminiscent of Muskoka’s historic cottage...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Architecture, Canada, Energy Efficiency, Halifax, Cabins, Ontario, Locally Sourced Materials, Muskoka, Lake of Bays, Bigwin Island, Sustainable Architecture, Geothermal Heating, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Natural Materials