Snhetta designs an energy-positive data center to fight climate change

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Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and real estate developer MIRIS have unveiled designs for ‘The Spark,’ an urban data center that reuses excess heat to power cities. Framed as a “solution to the global climate crisis,” the prototype is designed to power cities with up to 18,000 people. The city of Os, located south of Norway’s second largest city, Bergen, will be the first municipality to test the concept as part of a plan to become the world’s first-ever energy positive city.

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Iceberg-inspired cultural center celebrates Inuit traditions

When Montreal-based Blouin Orzes architectes was tapped to design a new Inuit cultural center for the arctic region of Nunavik, they knew that the project would be no easy task. Nunavik, which occupies the northern third of the province of Quebec, not only has a harsh climate, but also faces incredibly high construction costs due to its remote location and lack of materials, which can only be shipped during the brief summer season. Despite these challenges, Blouin Orzes architectes have the advantage… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sleek fiberglass visitor center is a beacon for wind energy in Denmark

The wind turbines at Thisted, Denmark don’t just generate renewable energy—these massive structures are among the world’s largest offshore wind turbines and have become a big draw for tourism too. In light of the site’s popularity, Cubo Arkitekter was tapped to design the Østerild Visitors and Operation Center that offers insight on wind energy and other sustainable technologies.

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Nature takes center stage at this renovated Soviet resort in Georgia

An old Soviet resort received a modern makeover that transformed it into a stunning mountain retreat facing the dramatic Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. Tbilisi-based duo Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia restored the brutalist building as the new home of the Rooms Hotels Kazbegi, named after a 19th-century Georgian poet.

The building combines rustic and industrial aesthetics as a way of reconciling its architectural legacy with the appreciation of its alpine surroundings. It features 155… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Local residents help build pre-fab bamboo social center that can be constructed in a week

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Green-roofed 2022 Winter Olympic center echoes the surrounding ski slopes

The new Four Season Town Reception Center in Beijing mimics the surrounding slopes and ski tracks which will become the center point for the activities during the 2022 Winter Olympics. Group GSA designed the building as two interlocking green-roofed volumes that represent an extension of the surrounding landscape.

Located at the main entrance of the Four Seasons Resort – the closest resort to the 2022 Winter Olympics host town, Chongli, the center will be used as an information hub for the activities… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Light-filled cancer center harnesses the healing power of nature

The healing powers of nature have been put to good use in the recently completed Maggie’s Oldham. London-based architecture studio dRMM completed this cross-laminated timber building, one of the United Kingdom’s many Maggie’s Centers that provide free practical, emotional, and social support for people with cancer. Nature surrounds the light-filled building both inside and out, from the garden that the center floats above to the tree that grows through the building.

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The Obamas just revealed a first look at the new Presidential Center in Chicago

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama just revealed plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. The park-like campus will feature three buildings including a museum, a forum and a library. The highlight of the design is the museum, which is clad in light-colored stone and stands as a sort of “lantern” for the campus. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The brickwork inside this beautiful Tehran community center will blow your mind

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Architect tops Japanese community center with a series of striking wooden roofs

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“The large roof of the hall is a traditional hipped shape that is often seen in the villages of Naoshima,” said Sambuichi.

“This shape is a visualization of the flow of moving materials in Naoshima, and simultaneously produces a pressure differential that causes air to circulate in the hall.”

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