This staggered, residential tower is draped with greenery in Quito

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Acclaimed architecture firm Safdie Architects has been tapped to design a new residential tower that’s expected to be one of the tallest in Quito, Ecuador. Rising to 24 stories, the eye-catching building—dubbed Qorner—features a staggered with large garden terraces on every floor. Created in collaboration with local construction firm Uribe & Schwarzkopf, the striking high-rise will also feature operable glass walls to embrace indoor and outdoor living and to take advantage of Quito’s… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



New images show greenery engulfing Singapores tropical skyscraper

When we last saw local design practice WOHA Architects’ 30-story Oasia Hotel Downtown, the tropical skyscraper had only begun to sprout the lush landscaping that would later overtake the building’s facade. Now, a little over a year-and-a-half later, we’ve been treated to new images of high-rise that’s become increasingly enveloped in creeping vines. This combination of nature and architecture is continued into the building’s embrace of indoor-outdoor spaces, particularly in the sky gardens,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Colorful raised gardens bring greenery and shelter to the Thames riverfront

Cities across the world are reclaiming their waterfronts, including London where a series of verdant gardens are sprouting to reconnect the populace with the Thames River. As part of the Nine Elms Riverside Strategy to revitalize the waterfront in South West London, local architecture practice Studio Weave was tapped to design a landscaped pavilion that draws inspiration from the bygone industrial era. Raised on timber-clad steel columns, the pavilion—called the ‘Nine Elms Thames Walk Pavilion’—combines… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

INFOGRAPHIC: How greenery contributes to your health and wellbeing

The benefits of a little greenery are endless and include amongst other things, improved health, happiness, and intellect. If you’re fortunate enough to have a backyard garden or live in close proximity to a park, now is the time to start spending more of your days outside. Even a small rooftop garden or balcony planter can work wonders for relieving stress and even improving intellect! And if you happen to live in a drought-prone area, don’t forget you still have plenty of options for plant life,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building