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Sustainable architecture: first LEED Gold certified building in south China

JAHN Architects’ Leatop Plaza tower just earned LEED Gold certification–making it the first LEED Gold building in south China! Completed in 2012 in Guangzhou, the 885-foot-tall tower is situated at a prominent gateway location for the Zhujiang New Town development. Built with energy efficiency in mind, Leatop Plaza is clad in a layered glass facade […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: office building completely constructed from wood

Heri & Salli designed this office building completely constructed from wood for cladding company Face of Buildings in the Austria. The company asked for a building with a simple character and leisure space, so Heri & Salli extended the frame outside to create a grid that employees can climb on and customise. “The grid represents the possibility of space – the […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: Korea East-West Power HQ

Following their winning proposal in a design competition in 2011, Samoo Architects & Engineers have completed the headquarters for Korea East-West Power company, located in near the city of Ulsan. The scheme is centered around the theme ‘synergy plant,’ and seeks to provide a dynamic, efficient, and sustainable workplace for the firm, which specializes in […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: bamboo childhood center in Colombia

As part of the national integral youth attention strategy ‘De Cero a Siempre‘, Daniel Feldman and Ivan Quinones have created an environmental friendly early childhood center called ‘El Guadual’ to transform the city center of Villa Rica, Colombia. The project is an example of low-tech, environmentally friendly construction as it is responsible with the durable materials […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: Israel’s first LEED Platinum building opens in Tel Aviv

Israel just cut the ribbon on the nation’s first LEED Platinum certified building — the Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) Building at Tel Aviv University! The building was designed by a collaborative group of Israeli architectural firms including Geotectura, Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects. The Porter School’s director, Dr. Arie Nesher, says students and visitors will […] Read more

Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s new headquarters is located in the heart of San Juan in the historic district of Santurce. The building was formerly a girl’s school founded by the sister of corn flake magnate W.K. Kellogg, built in 1904. Though the company’s new office integrates many energy and water conserving features and avoids the use of […] Read more

Sustainable Building Research Centre in Wollongong, Australia

The University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, has won the National Environment and Energy Efficiency Commercial Building Award in the prestigious Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards in 2013. The Award recognises the Centre’s innovative and sustainable design and its construction by building contractor, Baulderstone (now Lend Lease).  According to the […] Read more

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2014 announced

Every year the British UK RIBA Stirling Prize is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year. Here are this year’s nominees: Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo Architekten London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins London […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: invisible studio in the trees

Located in a forested area near Bath, UK, architecture practice Invisible Studio have built a timber structure to serve as a workshop and office space. The design team followed the project through construction, and also enrolled neighbors and friends (all paid at an equal rate) to help. The building’s frame is composed of untreated and […] Read more

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