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Green building: LEED platinum-seeking office building in Silicon Valley

The tech giants of Silicon Valley are no strangers to sustainable design, and brick‘s recently completed office building bears no exception. Designed as the future home of Nuance Communications, the 70,000 square foot (6,503 square meters) building sports a variety of eco-friendly features including a lush rooftop garden with water-efficient landscaping and solar panels. Set […] Read more

A building that anticipates the movements of its users

The St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion is an iconic multi-purpose structure that brings fresh produce and locally made crafts to the community around historic Washington DC, USA. The 24 foot high pavilion designed by Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners deploys sustainable mechanisms, including rainwater harvesting, and uses roof plantings to reduce the heat island […] Read more

New Zealand church from paper tubes and shipping containers

The deadly earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, in February 2011 also destroyed the city’s most recognizable architectural landmark: a 19th-century Gothic Revival stone cathedral. Desperate for worship space, the church leaders at Christchurch Cathedral contacted Shigeru Ban Architects at the suggestion of a congregant familiar with a paper-tube church that Ban, Hon. FAIA, designed […] Read more

Green building: This innovative concert hall doubles as an instrument

Herault Arnod Architectes have reached a new architectural highnote with their Metaphase Concert Hall. In fact, the exceptional building, which showcases music performances on the inside, is actually an interactive instrument in its own right. Located in Oignies, France, the music hall is an intelligent construction that uses unique materials chosen for their acoustic properties […] Read more

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