BIGs massive Lanescraper building may become Australias tallest tower

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Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled designs for the Lanescraper, a supertall building proposal that has been shortlisted for Melbourne’s Beulah Tower competition. Envisioned with a footprint of over 2.5 million square feet, The Lanescraper aims to serve as a bustling mixed-use destination housed in what could be the tallest tower in Australia. The $2 billion project would see a dramatic redevelopment of the post-industrial Southbank neighborhood, so-named after its location south of the Yarra River…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Snarkitectures mind-bending Fun House opens at the National Building Museum

In Washington D.C., a massive mind-bending Fun House has taken over the National Building Museum to offer an interactive experience that easily lives up to the exhibition’s name. Created by New York-based collaborative design practice Snarkitecture, Fun House is the latest installment in the Museum’s Summer Block Party series of temporary structures. The exhibition also commemorates Snarkitecture’s ten-year history and showcases 42 of the firm’s projects using the traditional American house… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beautiful bamboo arches breathe new life into a bland concrete building

Vietnamese architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia has unveiled their latest example of bamboo brilliance at Nocenco cafe, a renovated rooftop restaurant in the city center of Vinh in central Vietnam. The client asked the firm to insert a unique and eye-catching addition to the top of a seven-story concrete building using local materials. After studying several options, including brick and stone, the architects settled on bamboo to create an airy and lightweight space with dramatic vaulted ceilings.

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The Science Place becomes Australias first new LEED Gold-rated educational building

James Cook University’s The Science Place recently earned the distinction of becoming Australia’s first educational building to achieve a prestigious LEED Gold rating. Designed by HASSELL, the sustainable building with state-of-the-art facilities brings together the university’s chemistry, biochemistry and biology research cohorts under one roof. The Science Place also recovered and recycled 96% of all the previous building materials—a new record for a Townsville development of its size.

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Unique Fuzzy House offers locals a public shortcut through the building

When architecture studio Situation-based Operation (SO) was asked to create a home in Chiang Mai, the brief came with an unusual request: preserve the existing desire path. Since the plot had been left empty for many years, locals had created a desire path, or shortcut, through the land between two roads—and the owner wanted to keep that path functional for the community. As a result, the architects designed the Fuzzy House, a concrete home that blurs the line between public and private use.

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Perkins+Will designs LEED Gold-seeking academic building for York University

Perkins+Will has won a design competition for the Toronto’s York University School of Continuing Studies, an eye-catching building that will target impressive eco-credentials. The design, which beat out a shortlist of seven proposals, is expected to meet a minimum certification of LEED Gold with potential for net-zero energy and net-zero carbon. The $50.5 million School of Continuing Studies will break ground in 2019 on York University’s Keele campus.

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Solar-powered seaside cabin blends prefab design with traditional building techniques

This small solar-powered hideaway in British Columbia mirrors the natural incline of the cliff on which it sits. Architecture studio Battersby Howat worked together with Hinterland Design who assembled a small team of craftsmen to build the Valdes Island Shack as a cozy retreat that combines prefab design and traditional building techniques.

The 386-square-foot cabin sits on a bluff overlooking the Salish Sea and features solar power and a rainwater filtration system. A team of Hinterland Design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Historic Frank Lloyd Wright building to be destroyed in 5 days – unless it’s bought

For the first time in more than 40 years, we’re about to lose a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building. The beautiful Lockridge Medical Clinic building in Whitefish, Montana was designed by Wright in 1958 and is one of the last he designed before his death in 1958. The building was created as a medical clinic that was comfortable enough to feel like a home, complete with Wright’s iconic touches. Now, the owner wants to tear it down to make way for a three-story mixed-use development unless someone… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Hyundai is building a battery 50% larger than Tesla’s megabattery in South Australia

Tesla’s South Australia battery system won’t hold the title of world’s largest for long. Hyundai is building a 150 megawatt battery storage system – 50 percent larger than Tesla’s – in South Korea. And they say it should go live in just around three months.

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Crazy new building in China looks like a giant crab!

China may have decided to steer away from “weird buildings”, but new architectural “ducks” seem to continue to sprout throughout the country. China’s new Ecology Center in Kunshan that celebrates Chinese crab culture looks like a giant crab, complete with hairy claws and white pincers.

The building is located on Yangcheng Lake’s eastern shore and references the area’s famous crab-based delicacy. Dark stainless steel creates the outer shell of the main volume, with pincers and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building