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Abandoned house gets a gorgeous, energy-efficient refresh

Few homes undergo the trials and tribulations of Boston Villa – and fewer still receive a gorgeous renovation that also wins an architectural prize. But in the Fitzroy neighborhood of Melbourne, Australia, that’s exactly what happened. For years, Boston Villa stood abandoned, serving as a shelter for indigent wanderers. Even after Nest Architects‘ clients Dean and Lisa saw promise in the property, someone set it on fire halfway into the preliminary stages of the rebuilding process. The couple r...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, Sustainable, Home Renovation, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Green Architecture, Green Materials, Adaptive Reuse, Daylighting, Melbourne Australia, Lisa


A 19th century building is reborn as solar-powered temporary housing for families in need

No matter where you live or what you do for a living, there’s always a chance that fate will take a few bad turns, leaving you and your family in need of temporary housing. The Cambridge Health and Human Services Department (CHHSD) and Cambridge’s HMFH Architects recently joined forces to build such a shelter in a lovely 19th century building once thought doomed for demolition. In addition to providing safe, short-term housing, the project focuses on sustainability in its design. Once a grand...
Tags: Design, Housing, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Cambridge, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Sustainable Design, Social Responsibility, Green Renovation, Helping People, Human Relief Efforts, Adaptive Reuse


The Eye of the Storm dome home can withstand hurricanes and it's officially on the market

Beachfront homes on Sullivan’s Island off Charleston, South Carolina are among the most magnificent dwellings in the country. With vistas that seem to extend beyond infinity and backyards bordering Charleston Harbor, these upscale houses offer the ideal trio of magnificent ocean views, peace and tranquility – except, that is, during hurricane season. After Hurricane Hugo demolished his parents’ prized home on the island in 1989, George Paul, a builder and designer of dome structures, rebuilt th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Innovation, Island, South Carolina, Palm Springs, Eco Design, Natural Light, Dome Home, Charleston, Charleston South Carolina, Sullivan, Charleston Harbor, Sustainable Architecture, Geodesic Dome House


Award-winning Palm Springs home embraces the California climate in sustainable style

Los Angeles-based architecture firm Poon Design Inc. has crafted a luxury residence that eschews the mid-century modern style for a more minimalist and contemporary design fitted out with sustainable technologies. Dubbed ‘Museum Modern,’ the Linea Residence G serves as a production home that the architect and developer say can be completed for a “record low construction cost,” totaling one-fourth the cost per square foot of typical high-end residences in Southern California. The all-white house...
Tags: Design, California, Los Angeles, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Panels, Palm Springs, Taco Bell, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Locally Sourced Materials, American Institute of Architects, Passive Cooling, Mid Century Modern, Sustainable Architecture, Production House


The 1970s brick Upside-Down House gets an eco-friendly refresh

Melbourne-based Inbetween Architecture has breathed new life into a dark and tired 1970s double brick home in Kew, Australia. Nicknamed the Upside-Down House, the gut-renovation includes a dramatically transformed interior with a focus on natural daylight and energy efficiency. In addition to increased daylighting with skylights and adherence to passive solar principles, the remodeled home was fitted with energy-saving LED lighting, hydronic heating, improved insulation and solar-powered ventil...
Tags: Design, Australia, Led, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, LED lighting, Melbourne, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Concrete, Passive Solar Principles, Sustainable Architecture, Concrete Floors, Hydronic Heating


Net-zero Sawmill House is 100% self sufficient in California's high desert

Building a comfortable self-sufficient dwelling is no easy task, especially when in a harsh climate. But when Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig was tapped to design an off-grid home in the high desert in California, the architects rose to the challenge and delivered an elegant, net-zero dwelling known as the Sawmill House. Located in Tehachapi, California, the Sawmill House serves as a family retreat that weathers the harsh climate with durable materials and sustainable strategies. Completed in...
Tags: Design, Interviews, California, Washington, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Tehachapi, Seattle, Vacation Home, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Off-grid, Off Grid Home, Net Zero, Olson Kundig


A Victorian cottage transforms into a light-filled passive solar abode

Australian modular design and build firm Habitech Systems has breathed new life and improved sustainable standards into an original Victorian cottage in Hawthorn, Australia. In addition to the renovation of the existing home, the designers replaced the existing rear addition with a modern extension that boasts a strengthened connection with the rear garden. The energy efficiency of the new home—named Lawes St Extension – Hawthorn—was vastly increased through improved insulation, energy-saving h...
Tags: Extension, Design, Australia, Architecture, United States, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Cypress, Double Glazing, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Lawes, Sustainable Architecture, Sips, Hawthorn Australia


This futuristic energy-positive hotel will harness power from the tides

Margot Krasojević Architects has unveiled their latest fantastical design — a luxury hotel that draws on tidal energy to produce more energy than it needs. Envisioned for Hainan’s Yalong Bay, the Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel aims to rework the traditional hotel typology from wastefulness to self-sufficiency and sustainability. Despite its impossibly futuristic appearance, the project has an expected completion date of 2020, which could potentially make it the world’s first energy-positive hotel...
Tags: Design, Hotels, China, Architecture, Gallery, Hotel, Arctic Circle, Carousel Showcase, Eco Travel, Hainan, Snøhetta, Sustainable Architecture, Margot Krasojević Architects, Margot Krasojević, Tidal Energy, Energy Positive


INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Architect Tom Kundig

Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects is one of our favorite architectural firms, championing the fight for sustainable design. Founded in the late 1960s, the firm has created a collection of structures that rise from the ground as natural extensions of their sites, acting as bridges between nature, culture, and people. We sat down with principal architect Tom Kundig who shares his thoughts on his design process, what it’s like to be a Seattle-based firm, where he finds his inspiration and more....
Tags: Design, Interviews, Architecture, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Sustainable Design, Tom, Olson Kundig, Sustainable Architecture, Seattle Architecture, Tom Kundig, Site Sensitive Design, Inhabitat Interview, Olson Kundig Architects, Pacific Northwest Architecture, Tom Kundig Interview


A massive pollution-fighting green wall engulfs this Dutch city hall

When the Dutch city of Venlo decided to become the world’s first region to fully adopt Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principles, it seemed only fitting that their city hall be a beacon for sustainability. Designed by Kraaijvanger Architects, Venlo’s City Hall features a striking transparent facade engulfed by a massive green wall. Made with more than 100 different plants, the 21,500-square-foot living wall is among the largest in the world and it absorbs 30 percent of airborne sulfur and nitrogen oxid...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Netherlands, Cradle-to-Cradle, Carousel Showcase, City Hall, Green Architecture, Green Facade, Venlo, William McDonough, Sustainable Architecture, Gray Water, Living Wall, C2c, Venlo City hall


Winners of the 2018 Architecture at Zero competition announced

Boston-based architecture firm Arrowstreet has been named as the winner of the 2018 Architecture at Zero design competition. The winning design, Bay Area Transect, envisions a four-tiered complex embedded into the surrounding landscape in order to minimize its impact and provide educational experiences for the building’s visitors. The project also has multiple sustainable features, including passive ventilation, green roofs, on-site solar power, and a water counterbalancing funicular. Every yea...
Tags: Design, Boston, Environment, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Energy Efficiency, Solar Power, Green Design, Green Architecture, Energy Efficient Architecture, Green Design Competitions, Net-zero Architecture, Resilient Architecture, Landscape Architecture, San Francisco State University


Green-roofed house blends beautifully into a Mediterranean landscape

Giuseppe Gurrieri Studio completed a beautiful new home for artists in Sicily complements its Mediterranean environment using natural materials and landscaping. The home, called Casa ECS, was also created with a major focus on sustainability. Powered by renewable energy, the building is topped with a green roof and built with thick earthen walls that ensure effective insulation. . Located in the town of Scicli, the 230-square-meter Casa ECS is set atop a series of terraces that gently cascade...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Mediterranean, Sicily, Tuscany, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Daylighting, Scicli, Retaining Wall, Courtyard, Sustainable Architecture, Terraces, Natural Materials, Solar Studies


BIG and CRA break ground on greenery-infused Singapore skyscraper

Bjarke Ingels Group and Carlo Ratti Associati have broken ground on a new nature-infused skyscraper that’s bringing Singapore a step closer to its ‘City in a Garden’ vision. Located in the heart of the financial district, the 280-meter-tall Singapore Tower will be one of the city’s tallest and offer a mixed-use program including an “office of the future,” residences, and retail. Greenery is integrated into the multiple parts of the building from a public rainforest plaza and park on the ground f...
Tags: Design, Singapore, Architecture, Gallery, Bjarke Ingels, Skyscraper, Big, Carousel Showcase, Tropical, Mixed-use, Bjarke Ingels Group, CRA, Singapore River, Tower, CapitaLand, Sustainable Architecture


Snhetta unveils designs for worlds first energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle

Snøhetta has revealed designs for the world’s first energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle—an incredible proposal given the region’s below-freezing temperatures. Located at the foot of Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier, the circular Svart hotel will offer panoramic 360-degree views of the fjord and use solar panels to produce more energy than it needs. The sustainable building is being developed in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska. Set partly...
Tags: Design, Sweden, Architecture, Gallery, Hotel, Solar Energy, Norway, Solar Panels, Arctic Circle, Glacier, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Building, Net Zero, Snohetta, Snøhetta, Skanska


Snhetta unveils plans for worlds first energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle

Snøhetta just revealed designs for the world’s first energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle—an incredible proposal given the region’s below-freezing temperatures. Located at the foot of Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier, the circular Svart hotel will offer panoramic 360-degree views of the fjord and use solar panels to produce more energy than it needs. The sustainable building is being developed in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska. Set partl...
Tags: Design, Sweden, Architecture, Gallery, Hotel, Solar Energy, Norway, Solar Panels, Arctic Circle, Glacier, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Building, Net Zero, Snohetta, Skanska, Sustainable Architecture


Nations largest timber office building unveiled for Newark

A 500,000-square-foot office building is set to rise in Newark, NJ—and once complete will be the largest mass timber office structure in the U.S. Designed by Vancouver firm Michael Green Architecture (MGA), the project is part of Riverfront Square, an 11.8-acre mixed-use development headed by New York-based Lotus Equity Group. The proposed Newark office will consist of three interconnected volumes and will be more than double the size of the nation’s currently largest mass-timber building, the T...
Tags: New York, Design, Minneapolis, America, Architecture, Gallery, New Jersey, Vancouver, Newark, Carousel Showcase, Timber Architecture, Timber Tower, MGA, Newark NJ, Office Building, Michael Green


The nations largest timber office building is coming to Newark

A 500,000-square-foot office building is set to rise in Newark, NJ — and once complete, it will be the largest mass timber office structure in the U.S. Designed by Vancouver firm Michael Green Architecture (MGA), the project is part of Riverfront Square, an 11.8-acre mixed-use development headed by New York-based Lotus Equity Group. The proposed Newark office will consist of three interconnected volumes and it will be more than double the size of the nation’s current largest mass-timber building...
Tags: New York, Design, America, Architecture, Gallery, New Jersey, Vancouver, Newark, Carousel Showcase, Timber Architecture, Timber Tower, MGA, Newark NJ, Office Building, Michael Green, Rooftop Garden


Greenery fills this sustainable glass-and-timber tower planned for Oslo

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS and C.F Møller Arkitekter have won a design competition for a stunning new cultural hub set to rise in Oslo. The project, called Nordic Light, comprises a master plan for the area and a modular glass-enclosed timber tower that will further develop the Oslo Central Station area into Norway’s largest mixed-use hub. The renderings show Nordic Light with greenery growing inside and out of the building on multiple levels as part of the architects’ sustainable vision for t...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Norway, Oslo, Northern Europe, Carousel Showcase, Mixed-use, Timber Architecture, Modular Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, BREEAM, BREEAM excellent, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS, C.F Møller Arkitekter


Melbourne architects turn an old terrace house into a gorgeous light-filled home

Melbourne-based Ben Callery Architects converted a compact terrace house with limited square footage into a contemporary, light-filled home by going upwards and outwards. The renovation introduced a large rooftop deck, and natural light floods the interior, providing a strong connection with the outdoors. The Beyond House also takes advantage of a number of sustainable features including passive heating and cooling, solar power, water harvesting, and repurposed materials. The old row home was p...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Melbourne, Solar Power, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Sustainable Architecture, Water Harvesting, Peter Bennetts, Green Home Design, Passive Heating And Cooling, Abbotsford Eco House, Sustainable Home Renovation


Architects create exquisite home addition out of reclaimed barn wood and local stone

Montana-based JLF Architects recently updated a gorgeous home in Jackson Hole with a spacious addition built out of reclaimed barn wood and local stone. The home design is straight out of a fairy tale, with rustic wood paneling and a glass-enclosed interior walkway leading from one end of the existing structure to its new extension. The home is located deep in the Teton Pines community, surrounded by thick forest. The homeowners were looking to add space to host visiting family during the summe...
Tags: Design, Montana, Architecture, Gallery, Wyoming, Green Renovation, Green Architecture, Home Design, Reclaimed Wood, Sustainable Architecture, Home Architecture, Repurposed Building Materials, Home Additions, JLF Architects, Big D Signature, Beautiful Home Additions


Renovated forever home strives to minimize its carbon footprint

Sustainable architecture doesn’t have to come at the cost of beauty. Take, for example, this lovely refurbished home in Melbourne with its elegantly exposed timber frame, modern decor, and eco-certified building materials. Foomann Architects led the redesign, titled Ballantyne Street, to meet the client’s brief for a sustainable home where they intend to live in forever. Foomann Architects preserved much of the single-story dwelling’s original structure, including the front, but replaced the 1...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Melbourne, Carbon Footprint, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Refurb, Aging in Place, Refurbishment, Sustainable Architecture, LVL, Forever Home, Foomann Architects


Cannabis walls add warmth to this eco-friendly home in Israel

Cannabis is good for more than just medicine—industrial hemp has its uses in eco-friendly architecture too. Haifa-based studio Tav Group built Ein Hod, an eco-minded home for artists, using hempcrete, a bio-composite made from hemp hurds, hydrated lime, and water with desirable thermal properties. Located on a hillside in a rural Israeli artist’s village, the beautiful terraced home is optimized for passive solar and ventilation to further minimize energy demands. The use of natural materials...
Tags: Design, Israel, Cannabis, Architecture, Gallery, Belgium, Green Building, Hemp, Carousel Showcase, Green Architecture, Plaster, Eco Home, Concrete, Haifa, Locally Sourced Materials, Sustainable Architecture


INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku founder Elora Hardy on creating incredible buildings with bamboo

We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo buildings take the cake. The Bali-based bamboo building team already has luxury villas, houses, schools and infrastructure buildings in their portfolio, and is renowned for their dedication to using traditional Indonesian building techniques. We spoke with the firm’s founder and CEO, designer Elora Hardy...
Tags: Asia, Design, Bali, Indonesia, Interviews, Earth, Architecture, Green Building, John, Bamboo, Ubud, Carousel Showcase, Green School, Cynthia Hardy, Elora, Elora Hardy


Melbourne architects upcycle 1960s warehouse into stunning energy-efficient home

Melbourne-based Zen Architects converted a rundown 1960s warehouse into a gorgeous, energy-efficient home. The green-centric architects focused the ethos of the project on retaining and reusing as much of the warehouse’s original materials as possible while simultaneously creating an ultra-efficient, light-filled family home. The architects focused the project on using whatever they could from the almost 60-year-old space to create a contemporary home. The original frame and open layout of the ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Melbourne, Solar Power, Green Renovation, Home Design, Sustainable Homes, Sustainable Architecture, Perkins Will, Green Home Design, Zen Architects, Repurposed Warehouse, Warehouse Home, Warehouse-design


Foster + Partners Bloomberg HQ opens in London as worlds most sustainable office building

Bloomberg’s new European headquarters—billed the “world’s most sustainable office building”—opened yesterday in London. Designed by Foster + Partners, the 3.2-acre Bloomberg HQ achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating with a 98.5% score that the architects say is the “highest design-stage score ever achieved by any major office development.” The nine-story headquarters is estimated to save 73 percent in water consumption and 35 percent in energy consumption when compared to typical office buildings....
Tags: Design, London, Bloomberg, Bank Of England, Architecture, Gallery, Bronze, Carousel Showcase, St Paul, Olafur Eliasson, Mike Bloomberg, Foster Partners, Site-specific Art, Sustainable Architecture, Cristina Iglesias, BREEAM


Budapests tallest tower to follow the highest standards of sustainability

Foster + Partners designed a tower for Budapest that will not only be the city’s tallest—it’ll also be a beacon for sustainability. Designed as the new headquarters for the oil and gas company MOL Group, the mixed-use building named MOL Campus is wrapped in glazing to maximize natural daylight, views, and connection with the outdoors and urban fabric. MOL Campus will be powered by low and zero-carbon energy sources, such as photovoltaics, and saves on energy costs with cutting-edge technology th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Budapest, Hungary, Gallery, Green Building, Photovoltaics, Carousel Showcase, Green Architecture, Mixed-use, Foster + Partners, Sustainable Architecture, Zero Carbon, Energy Efficient, Podium, MOL Group


Visionary eco-resort design for the Philippines features rotating seashell towers

Visionary eco-architect Vincent Callebaut has just unveiled images of his latest ecological masterpiece and it’s jaw-droppingly stunning. Nautilus is a futuristic 27,000-square-meter eco-resort designed for Palawan, Philippines. The beautiful self-sustaining complex, which would include various research centers, shell-shaped hotels and rotating apartment towers, is designed to be a shining example of how resilient tourism can allow travelers to discover the world without destroying it. Callebau...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Architecture, Philippines, Gallery, Zero Waste, Biomimicry, Green travel, Green Design, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Eco-travel, Vincent Callebaut, Eco Tourism, Cross Laminated Timber, Eco Resort


Compact floating cabin pops up on water in extreme remote locations

Russian firm BIO-architects recently unveiled their latest modern modular cabin—and this one floats on water. Prefabricated offsite, the DD16 house was dropped on a lake near Moscow and is lightweight and durable enough to float and withstand harsh winter extremes. Designed for remote locations, the off-grid cabin uses solar energy for electricity, draws fresh water from the lake, and uses a composting toilet for waste. The 16-square-meter DD16 cabin is a prototype that is being tested throug...
Tags: Design, Russia, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Moscow, Solar Energy, Green Building, Bio, Cabin, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Transforming Furniture, Off-grid, Floating Architecture, Composting Toilet


Compact floating cabin pops up in extreme remote locations

Russian firm BIO-architects recently unveiled their latest modern modular cabin — and it floats on water. The DD16 house was prefabricated off-site and then dropped on a lake near Moscow. Designed for remote locations, the off-grid cabin is lightweight enough to float and durable enough to withstand harsh winter extremes It also harvests solar energy for electricity, draws fresh water from the lake, and uses a composting toilet for waste. The 16-square-meter DD16 cabin is a prototype that is ...
Tags: Design, Russia, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Moscow, Solar Energy, Green Building, Bio, Cabin, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Transforming Furniture, Off-grid, Floating Architecture, Composting Toilet


Breathtaking bamboo building withstands earthquakes and boasts a zero-carbon footprint

Thailand’s eco-friendly Panyaden International School has added a stunning new sports hall to its campus that’s built entirely of bamboo and stays naturally cool year-round in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Designed by Chiangmai Life Construction, the Bamboo Sports Hall features a modern organic design that draws inspiration from the lotus flower. The large multipurpose facility was built to withstand local natural forces including high-speed winds and earthquakes, and boasts a zero-carbon footprint. Co...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Green School, Chiang Mai Thailand, Sports Hall, Bamboo Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Prefabrication, Organic Design, Chiangmai Life Construction