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Massive green-roofed home in Brazil features a series of ramps

Sao Paolo-based Una Arquitetos has completed a massive home in the municipality of Cotia that unites its various volumes beneath a lushly planted green roof. Named the House in Cotia, the modern home is set on a 2,600-square-meter property near the woods and takes advantage of its private setting with glass curtain walls throughout. The home is built predominately of concrete, metal and glass, yet the interiors are fitted with natural materials for a sense of warmth.

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Geothermal-powered Forest House showcases sustainable features in Maryland

Set on the edge of a forest conservation area in central Maryland, the Forest House is a contemporary home integrated with a wide variety of energy-efficient features. Local design firm Gardner Architects LLC designed the spacious home that responds to passive solar principles and rises to the height of the tree canopy to capture surrounding views. The sustainable technologies include geothermal energy, rooftop solar panels, rain gardens, as well as low-tech solutions like stack ventilation.

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An innovative forever house renovation features a pocket park for the community

Mention the word ‘renovation’, and thoughts of expansion immediately spring to mind—especially in the expensive Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. So when the owners of a two-story terrace house in Fitzroy decided against creating a large home and instead sought to turn part of their unused site into a “pocket park”, they smartly tapped Austin Maynard Architects to lead their project. The local Australian architecture firm—known for their creative and anti-McMansion designs—created the King… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory

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This sustainable district in Sweden features carbon-positive towers

Stockholm-based Kjellander+Sjöberg Architects has won a competition for Nacka Port, a new urban district between Nacka and Stockholm. Envisioned as a sustainable destination, the urban block would consist of a rich mix of programmatic functions including residential, retail and public spaces accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In addition to new green space, the architects plan to insert “carbon positive” architecture constructed from renewable materials that promote a healthy microclimate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Japanese home features a bookshelf wall designed to withstand earthquakes

In earthquake-prone Japan, a wall full of books might seem like a disaster waiting to happen. Rather than capitulate to Mother Nature however, the owners of this Yokohama home found a way to safely put their massive library of books on full display without fear of collapse. Shinsuke Fujii Architects designed the Bookshelf House that features angled earthquake-resistant bookshelves easily accessible by children and the elderly without a ladder.

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Futuristic Dutch community features 50 out-of-this world spherical homes

Although it might look like the set of a science fiction film, this neighborhood in the Netherlands was built by humans for humans. Dutch artist and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp designed this unusual apartment community, dubbed the Bolwoningen (“ball” or “bulb”). Built in 1984, the residential development is comprised of 50 of these futuristic spherical structures grouped together amid walkways and trees, alongside a scenic canal.

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Solar-powered Ex of In House in New York features all 3D-printed fixtures inside

The 918-square-foot house sits on a twenty-eight-acre forested site in Rhinebeck, New York, named “T2 reserve”-an experimental landscape slated to be subdivided into five different house plots. By intersecting spheres and tesseract trapezoids, the architects came up with a design that features dynamic spatial relationships. This is first felt at the entry porch where an orb of wood carved out of the main volume of the house welcomes the entrant.

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