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Sustainable architecture: Rhijnspoor Building earns highest BREEAM award for an educational building in the Netherlands

The Team RSG-designed Rhijnspoor Building in Amsterdam was recently awarded a BREEAM Excellent certification with 4 stars – the highest score ever given to an educational building in the Netherlands. The sustainable building was designed for the Amsterdam University building of Applied Sciences and features a solar aluminum facade, intelligent lighting and climate control, a […] Read more

Sustainable offices: Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

Although energy efficient design has come a long way over the years in terms of major buildings and residences, there is still a lot of room for improvement in the area of everyday rental properties. RMW Architecture & Interiors recently oversaw a major retrofit that turned one of Silicon Valley’s ubiquitous tilt-up offices into a […] Read more

Next life: new office space in building from year 1880 in Chicago

Architecture firm Olson Kundig Architects designed a new studio space for the Sarofsky Corporation by restoring a gorgeous 1880s building in Chicago. The company, which conceived the main titles for blockbusters such as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ bought the old building and worked with Olson Kundig to conceive a […] Read more

Conversions / sustainable architecture: offices built in 100-year-old warehouse

Toronto-based MSDS Studio was approached by online retail brand Shopify to redesign the interior of its offices in a 100-year-old warehouse. The studio divided the existing space into two volumes representing different areas of trade activity. “The design of the office is built on the metaphor of the mechanisms of contemporary commerce: the front office block and […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: Deloitte’s Amsterdam HQ by PLP Architecture

Deloitte’s new Amsterdam headquarters just achieved a landmark in the world of green building by scoring the highest BREEAM rating ever! The project’s 98.36 score beats out One Embankment Place in London, making it one of the world’s greenest office buildings. Dubbed The Edge, the new building was designed by London-based PLP Architecture and it […] Read more

Sustainable offices: zero-carbon office by Gensler in Shanghai

International architecture firm Gensler recently completed a new net-positive office in the heart of Shanghai that boasts a stunning array of energy-saving, low-carbon features. Designed as the flagship Asia HQ for the sustainable consulting engineering company Glumac, the nearly 6,000-square-foot office space features some incredible eco-friendly technologies—including air quality-improving printer exhaust vents—that help showcase the […] Read more

Conversions: car factory into education centre in Adelaide, Australia

The Sustainable Industries Education Centre (SIEC), which won the Sustainable Re-use category at Inside Festival this year, is a 45,0000 square-metre campus, which provides training for various trades in the construction industry. The centre occupies part of an abandoned car manufacturing plant in Adelaide, Australia, which was built by Chrysler in 1964 and later operated […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: MVRDV’s Pushed Slab hyper-efficient office opens in Paris

MVRDV’s most recent project, Pushed Slab, opens in Paris and is the beginning of Paris’ first Eco-Quarter of hyper-efficient buildings. The flexible office project bridges the architecture of two distinct districts while offering up outdoor space, views and connectivity. Designed for maximum energy efficiency, the building features a trove of sustainable strategies and is topped […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: primary school made from shipping containers in Malawi

Architecture for a Change recently completed the Legson Kayira Community Center & Primary School, an off-grid, prefab primary school made from shipping containers in Malawi. The building was manufactured offsite in a workshop in South Africa and then shipped to Malawi, where a local team assembled the school in eight weeks under the direction of […] Read more

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