Green building

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Project • By FXCollaborativeMuseums

The Statue of Liberty Museum

Enhancing the Visitor Experience on Liberty Island FXCollaborative set two goals for the design of the Statue of Liberty Museum: 1) To create a building that uplifts the experience of the island for all visitors, and 2) To extend and add to the island’s open space, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a beloved international monument.   Symbolizing Liberty The Statue of Liberty Museum is a garden pavilion that is designed to welcome all visitors of all ages, nationalities, and ethnicities. It is located at the north end of the formal pedestrian mall on Liberty Island, facing the Statue of Liberty and slightly rotated away from it. The museum anchors the main axis that connects the Museum to the Statue, and extends... More

NewsNews • 15 Sep 2020

Gardenhouse – a ‘hillside village’ in the heart of Beverly Hills is complete

Beijing-based and globally expansive MAD Architects has completed ‘Gardenhouse’, its first realized project in the USA.  The mixed-use residential primary scheme is located on iconic Wilshire Boulevard in California’s luxurious Beverly Hills neighbourhood.  Credit: Nic Lehoux MAD Founder and Principal Ma Yansong’s design philosophy is anchored in the ‘Shanshui City’ approach which seeks to choreograph design of the built environment in concert with that of the natural environment and create structures which fulfill the spiritual and emotional needs of their inhabitants, and Gardenhouse stands as an embodiment of this philosophy. Credit: Nic Lehoux Consisting primarily of residential... More

Project • By LOWDO - Low Design OfficePrivate Houses

Platform House

This house weaves green building and contemporary design into the context of its Austin, Texas neighborhood -- on a budget. It was conceived as a framing system for the lives of those within, using a variety of implicit framing devices at different scales to create subtly distinct moments that can be experienced separately or simultaneously.   The house holds and displays records of the lives within it through a continuous shelving system which simultaneously shapes larger spaces into zones for living. In this way the house serves as an archive, enriching one’s experience of everyday life and its intimate moments with personalized framed settings.   Because one is always moving through these not-completely defined spaces... More

Project • By M+N ArchitectureOffices

Khidmah New Headquarters

Khidmah New Headquarters - Yas MallAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates FIRM: M+N ArchitectureTYPE: Commercial › Office Shopping Mall STATUS: BuiltYEAR: 2019SIZE: 25,000 sqft - 100,000 sqftBUDGET: $1M - 5M The project consists of the full interior design of the new Khidmah / Provis Headquarters located on the 1st floor of Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi. The unit extends on three levels, with the main entrance at 1st floor (shop front), the main space at 2nd floor (reachable by internal escalators and elevator), and the board meeting room on the mezzanine level.The new Headquarters accommodate more than 200 employees over around 2,800 sqm of Platinum LEED certified offices.The design makes full use of the exceptional internal height of 5,35m a... More

Project • By MONO ArchitectsExhibition Centres


Chasopys.UNIT, is a recently opened coworking and event space in Kiev, Ukraine that helps entrepreneurs go from ideas to successful businesses through the supportive community. The campus was built and designed by architecture and interior design firm MONO Architects.   “New business campus is fully eco-friendly, created with vibrant facade and flexible planning. It was built according to the “green building” standard of the American LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) system. All internal infrastructure is aimed at preserving energy, water resources, reducing CO2 emissions, improving the quality of internal air, etc. Our team created a space made in a laconic minimalist style, it is refrained from... More

Project • By LIKO-SCommercial Landscape


LIKO-S, the leading production and construction family company from the Czech Republic, inaugurated the world's first living hall - LIKO-Vo on June 18, 2019. The grand opening ocurred under the auspices of the Minister of the Environment and was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček. Compared to other industrial buildings, which warms the surrounding air to up to 80 ° C, LIKO-Vo limits the amount of heat radiation and as a result its surroundings are up to 10 ° C cooler. “Conventional halls covered with standard materials generate huge amounts of heat and act as radiators. In fact, the construction industry in the Czech Republic daily devours 10 hectares of vegetated land, which then cease to retain water... More

Project • By Flansburgh ArchitectsLaboratories

Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy | Energy Lab

Designed to meet Hawai'i Preparatory Academy’s goal to create a high school science building focused on the study of alternative energy, the 6,100-sf Energy Lab inspires students to experiment with renewable energy technologies. The award-winning building employs photovoltaics and wind turbines to meet its energy needs (using no more energy than it generates over the course of a year), harvests rainwater to meet its potable water needs, uses natural ventilation, and has views outdoors from 100% of its occupied spaces. To promote environmental literacy, students can monitor the building’s energy use in real time. The design supports project-based learning, a key component in 21st-century learning pedagogies, and encourages scie... More

Project • By Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC USPrivate Houses

Dahlgren Home

Edgewood, Georgia, a neighborhood on the east side of downtown Atlanta, is home to many craftsman-style bungalows. Originally developed for blue-collar workers in the early 1900s, today’s contractors and developers are finding new life for these homes, modernizing them while still keeping their original charm. That’s what local builder Joe Thomas decided to do when he came across a home with potential on Dahlgren Street. “The home was built in 1925. I wanted to take the existing structure and do a high-quality renovation to a green building standard,” explained Thomas, owner, Elemental Green Homes. With plans to achieve certification from EarthCraft, a green building program, Thomas wanted to take energy... More

Project • By LWK + PARTNERSStreets

Hunan OCT Caoqiao Cultural Commercial Street

Masterplan concepts and major architectural highlights for Hunan OCT Caoqiao Cultural Commercial Street in China have been revealed by architectural practice LWK + PARTNERS. It is as one of the two new leisure-cultural projects collaborated with Overseas Chinese Town, the other being a site in the city of Xiangyang, following the earlier Zhongshan OCT Harbour. These projects continue to show their shared commitment to embrace natural ecology in quality urban communities.    Hunan OCT Caoqiao Cultural Commercial Street is part of Laiyan New Town in Hengyang and shares its vision to create a multifunctional urban space with a mix of recreational tourism and city living. It will be developed in three phases: the first focuses on we... More

Project • By Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC USPrivate Houses

The New American Home 2020

Each year, The New American Home (TNAH), sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders, debuts at the annual International Builders’ Show and showcases the latest innovations and efficiency advancements in homebuilding. Systems and materials are specified with the intent of achieving green building certifications. TNAH 2020 is a 6,428-square-foot high-performance luxury home overlooking the Las Vegas strip from the nearby Ascaya community in Henderson, Nevada.A hybrid ducted and ductless Zoned Comfort Solutions® system from Mitsubishi Electric efficiently conditions 10 comfort zones within the home. Zoning allows units to be turned off or set to energy saving levels in rooms infrequently used. This operation ensures the u... More

Project • By Álvarez-Díaz & VillalónOffices

AD&V® Headquarters

RETROFITTING A DREAMSetting a 21st century standard for design sustainability while preserving all the charm and character of a handsome, century-old structure was the dual objective proposed by the firm’s founders.   Every space along the second level of this former girls’ school was thoughtfully re-imagined and repurposed with contemporary sustainable practices in mind. Solatube tubular daylight devices (TDDs) allow for ‘daylight harvesting’: permitting the transferral of sunlight from the outside in—bathing the entire office (even the windowless interiors) with natural light. Inverter air conditioners provide 20 SEER high-efficiency, low-noise, environmentally-friendly cooling. Advanced Lutron technol... More

Project • By HUNI ArchitectesPrivate Houses

Hoa Phong House

Hoa Phong Farmhouse is uniquely based on four NO design rules: No aluminum and glass windows-just the bamboo folding shutter system instead; providing natural light and airflow. Although the design is open the shutter system retains privacy and security for the house. No air conditioning - the house "breathes", taking natural wind through the open spaces with well-arranged doorways. No baked bricks - walls are made entirely of bamboo and rough cement. The rough concrete block below is designed as a support platform for the main structure of bamboo above, creating a unique contrast. No tiles - only materials from natural stone, wood and bamboo creating a sense of closeness, roughness, and harmonize within the interior of the house.... More

Project • By Daffonchio & Associates ArchitectsPrivate Houses

38 on Morsim

38 on Morsim is a development of 12 luxury stand-alone houses on a desirable road in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, South Africa.   An important aspect of the design was to retain as many of the existing mature trees on the site as possible. Several units have been positioned and designed around these trees, resulting in most of the units being unique, and the trees providing shade, privacy, and beauty throughout the development. All units have a private garden, many with pools.   The use of passive solar design through the orientation of the units as well as pergolas ensures year-round comfort and energy efficiency. This is further aided by double glazing, evaporative cooling, closed woodburning fireplaces, and solar supplemented e... More

Project • By Tanya Karim NR Khan & AssociatesCultural Centres

Bangla Academy Complex

Bangla Academy Complex (National competition, 1st prize winner, IAB)   In today's day and age, when there seems to be an inclination to use technology and complex design strategies to achieve a "green" solution in building design. One must not forget that one of the most sensible ways to create an "environment friendly" architecture is to use the "environment" itself. The site, the surrounding and the climate should become primary forces and a successful "green" architecture can be achieved through "passive" means.   The Bangla Academy project approaches sustainability in many levels and does not just claim to be "environment friendly". In the first measure of sustainability the project addresses is that of "site". The project... More

Project • By Progetto CMROffices

Lugaro 15

The attentive enhancement of a building of 35,000 m²: a full-fledged urban regeneration intervention for this building built as car park, then become bank computing centre and, today, office block. The project has included both internal and external requalification and given life to a green building, with extremely reduced energy consumption, characterised by a fresh and totally renewed image thanks to the realisation of a façade in “high performance” glass personalised by blue“brise-soleil” geometry. The two large internal courtyards, like the terrace on the last floor, are the ideal place to guarantee precious moments of relaxation to employees, offering a more gradual view on the operational areas. More