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Adobe brick combines with wood in a low-carbon villa in Chiang Mai

Architectural practice Chiangmai Life Architects has completed a striking villa that blends elements of traditional Thai architecture together with environmentally savvy construction practices and modern amenities fit for 21st-century living. Located in the mountains of northern Thailand, the project, dubbed the ‘Earth & Wood Villa,’ was built primarily of locally sourced natural materials from the self-made adobe bricks to the exposed timber elements throughout. In addition to mountain vistas,...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Bamboo, Chiang Mai, Sustainable Materials, Thermal Insulation, Natural Ventilation, Earth Walls, Locally Sourced Materials, Natural Materials, Natural Stone, Chiangmai Life Architects, Thai Architecture, Adobe Architecture


A 1920 Swiss barn is reborn as a modern home for a family of five

Swiss design studio Ralph Germann architectes has overhauled an old drafty barn into a beautiful contemporary home with a new timber annex. Located in the rural village of Orsières in southeast Switzerland, the barn renovation and expansion project was commissioned by a family of five who sought a modern and light-filled abode. The adaptive reuse project—named the House EKC—was built with locally sourced materials and is equipped with an air-water heat pump, solar thermal panels, and dimmable L...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Switzerland, LEDs, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Thermal Insulation, Adaptive Reuse, Timber, Barn, Locally Sourced Materials, Barn Renovation, Val Ferret, Orsieres


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


Naturally-ventilated glass building looks like a shimmering urban mirage

This office building in Geneva features a complex glass facade that makes it look like a shimmering urban mirage. The new Headquarters of the Swiss Société Privée de Gérance (SPG), designed by Italian firm Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti, appears almost as an immaterial object that glimmers and vibrates in dialogue with the urban landscape around it. The building sits on Route de Chêne, at the gates of the historical center of Geneva. The existing building was converted and extended, starting wi...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Geneva, Green Building, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Green Architecture, Led Lights, Thermal Insulation, Glass Facade, Natural Ventilation, Office Building, Brise Soleil, Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti, SPG Headquarters


Black mountain cabin lights up like a lantern at night

Architect Tomislav Soldo designed a handsome mountain cabin that owes its existence to a fortuitously placed walnut tree. Set on a sloped site in the Croatian mountains, the 100-square-meter home was designed and built as an afterthought following the completion of a terrace beneath the shade of a walnut tree. Clad in Siberian larch painted black, the modern building features a ventilated facade and large windows that allow it to glow like a lantern at night. Located in Ogulin, the two-story c...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Croatia, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Thermal Insulation, Larch, Siberian Larch, Ventilated Facade, Black Tar, Aerated Concrete, Ogulin, PRO-S, Black Wood Tar, Tomislav Soldo


Screens made out of raw concrete pipes provide privacy for this chic modern home

Cyprus-based architects Varda Studio are proving that industrial chic can be sustainable. The designers have just unveiled an amazing home complete with an exterior made out of hundreds of stacked concrete tube pipes. The AB Residence uses the massive concrete wall to provide privacy as well as diffuse natural light and ventilation to the elongated home, which also features a wraparound veranda and water corridor. The 190-square-meter home is comprised of a load-bearing metal structure, topp...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Cyprus, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Interior Design, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Home Design, Thermal Insulation, Natural Ventilation, Passive Design


Austrian residential building relies entirely on nature for heating, cooling, and ventilation

Good design really does make all the difference when it comes to energy conservation. This residential building in Lustenau, Austria, has no active, energy-intensive heating, ventilation, or cooling systems. Instead, baumschlager eberle architects opted for passive design features that allow users to regulate indoor temperatures and ventilation themselves. The building relies on natural principles to provide optimal environmental conditions within its well-insulated stone envelope. The inner ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Austria, Gallery, Passive House, Green Architecture, Thermal Insulation, Natural Ventilation, Passive Design, Passive Cooling