Photovoltaic glass clads a sustainably minded residential tower in Melbourne

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Melbourne based architecture firm C. Kairouz Architects recently completed The General, an eight-story building that’s said to be Australia’s first-ever large-scale residential structure to use photovoltaic glass on its facade. Located in the inner-suburb of Northcote in Melbourne, the building comprises 87 apartments as well as mixed-use commercial space on the first two floors. Thanks to photovoltaic glazing as well as a slew of other energy-efficient systems and resource-saving measures, The… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Gleaming, recyclable facade clads a solar-powered Dutch house

Move over brick and mortar—a new house in Amsterdam is eschewing the traditional facade for a striking alternative that gleams golden in the sun. Local architecture practice MOPET architecten designed the contemporary home—named the Brass House Amsterdam—for a family who sought sustainable features. In addition to its fully recyclable facade, the house is equipped with solar panels, LEDs, and triple-insulated glazing.

Sandwiched between two brick buildings in the city’s IJburg… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Amber-tinted glass clads Gienckes extraordinary concert hall in Latvia

Liepaja, Latvia is making great strides in its efforts to construct a central cultural district for its residents. The centerpiece for this area is the stunning Great Amber Concert Hall, designed by Volker Giencke, whose walls are made of sparkling amber-colored glass. The cylindrical design of the hall is just as striking and inspirational as the events which occur inside.

At the heart of the building lies the Great Hall, a venue which can hold up to 1000 guests for performances by the resident… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building