Sustainability: USGBC releases international rankings of Top 10 countries for LEED Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its international rankings of the Top 10 Countries for LEED. The list highlights countries outside of the U.S. that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. “International demand has grown steadily for tools supporting sustainable economic growth, and it has become increasingly clear […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: caravan turned into micro office

Do you ever catch yourself staring out the office window, wishing you could work in a lush, outdoor location and still be productive? Then the folks at Kantoor Karavaan have answered your prayers with their mobile micro-offices. Located at a campsite outside of Amsterdam, these micro offices help busy bees quit their buzzing hive for […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: office space made from 7 shipping containers

Tel Aviv studio Potash Architects repurposed seven shipping containers and transformed them into a modern office located near Israel’s capital. The stacked red boxes accommodate office spaces, event areas and tech rooms, with one of the containers positioned at a 30-degree angle, housing a scissor stair. The building is located at the Port of Ashdod […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: Portable, low-energy shipping container office

Architecture firm Arcgency transformed used shipping containers into Unionkul, an energy-efficient office “made to be moved.” Located in the Nordhavnen area in Copenhagen, the contemporary cargotecture project minimizes energy usage and is built to withstand the Scandinavian climate’s harsh extremes. The architects describe the cost-effective project as “an experiment in prefab architecture that challenges universal […] Read more

Conversions: car park transformed into Make Architects’s subterranean studio

May 2015 saw Make Architects open the doors to its new, London studio, a 1,300sqm renovated NCP car park located on the basement floor of Middlesex House, Cleveland Street in Fitzrovia. Pre-let by Derwent London Plc under a 15 year lease, the subterranean space showcases an innovative, bespoke, and sustainable design, reflective of Make’s ambition […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: old pallets used to create an office in Tokyo

Over 100 wooden transport pallets were broken down to create floorboards, wall coverings and furniture for a temporary office space in Tokyo. Local design studio Hiroki Tominaga Atelier was asked to convert a 50-square-metre space on the ground floor of a three-storey building into a meeting room. As the building is rented by the client – a video production […] Read more

Cool and sustainable offices: STGM Architect’s head office in Quebec, Canada

This minimalist office building in Quebec, Canada, integrates innovative sustainable technologies into its large wood- and concrete-clad volume. STGM Architects designed the building as their own headquarters and made sure to create spacious and comfortable work spaces without compromising on their green features. With a low ecological impact, reclaimed furniture and wide spans, the building […] Read more

The Economical Chair: a chair designed to minimise waste

South Korean young design Seungji Mun created a simple shaped chair that is designed to minimise industrial waste: the Economical Chair.   The Economical Chair’s design is such that during production of four chairs per 4′ x 8′ international standard plywood sheet there is absolutely zero waste. Once the design is cut, the shapes are achieved through a […] Read more

INFOGRAPHIC: pros and cons of re-using shipping container in architecture

Inside Portable Accommodation, a company that specializes in portable buildings, has caught on to the booming shipping container revolution in architecture. In celebration of cargotecture, the Gloucestershire company put together an infographic comprising facts about shipping container architecture, great cargotecture examples from around the world, as well as tips from experts on building with shipping […] Read more

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

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