A green-roofed underground extension breaks the mold for school architecture

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When Singaporean architecture firm Park + Associates was tapped to design an extension for Nanyang Girls’ High School in the heart of the city, they knew that they’d have to think creatively. The brief called for two large four-story blocks that would house a variety of programs, including classrooms, a large performing arts center and a multipurpose indoors sports hall. To meet these requirements without overshadowing the school’s existing architecture, the firm built the spaces below ground—an… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



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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Green-roofed vacation home embraces old-growth trees in the San Juan Islands

When Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects was asked to design a holiday getaway on the San Juan Islands of Washington state, the Seattle-based design firm didn’t take the easy way out. The site, which overlooks stunning views of Griffin Bay, includes three beautiful old-growth trees that Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects wanted to preserve—a different approach to that of the client’s previous architect, who suggested chopping down the trees. With the existing trees kept intact, the North… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Intuits new green-roofed campus is an indoor/outdoor dream office

Intuit’s new Marine Way Building (MWB) in Mountain View, California, aims to become an antidote to the trend of building insular campuses across Silicon Valley. WRNS and Clive Wilkinson Architects joined forces to design a human-centered, urban-minded workplace that connects to both nature and the public realm.

The development comprises two new office buildings and two new parking structures as major additions to Intuit’s existing campus, originally developed in the 1980’s as a suburban… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Riken Yamamoto unveils green-roofed designs for Taiwans Taoyuan Museum of Art

Taiwan’s Taoyuan City is often passed over for its glitzier neighbor Taipei, but a new proposed art museum could give the city an extra boost in attracting new talent and tourists. Kanazawa-Based Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop unveiled competition-winning designs for the Taoyuan Museum of Art that comprises a pair of dramatically sloped green-roofed buildings. Dubbed “The Hill,” the multipurpose art museum will be located in the heart of the city and serve as a new community hub.

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Green-roofed Czech Forestry Headquarters seeks symbiosis with the forest

Imagine if your office was set in the middle of a forest—that’s the image Chybik + Kristof aims for in their competition-winning designs for the new Czech Forestry Headquarters. Located in Hradec Králové, the office building draws direct inspiration from the surrounding forest with its liberal use of timber, a facade evocative of tree trunks, and canopy-like green roofs that encourage bird nesting. The interiors continue the vision of the forest as a workplace with a calming environment full… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Google and BIG unveil plans for green-roofed tech campus in Sunnyvale

Google and BIG have teamed up for yet another massive and spectacular Google campus—this time in Sunnyvle’s Moffet Park. Google recently unveiled plans for a new BIG-designed campus last month, following the acclaimed architecture firm’s work on Google’s Mountain View and London campuses. Located on Caribbean Drive, the 1.04-million-square-foot project could accommodate 4,500 employees and feature eye-catching terraced buildings topped with accessible green roofs.

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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

Undulating green-roofed resort gets green light for coastal Turkey town

A new health and wellness resort planned for a Turkish coastal town appears to lift out of the ground into a series of rolling hills. Designed by architecture firm ENOTA, the sprawling green-roofed Tetusa Oasis Thermal Resort just received the green light for construction in Cesme, Turkey. Designed to mimic the surrounding hilly terrain, this lush resort taps into the landscape’s thermal waters to offer a spa, waterpark, hotel, medical prevention center, elderly care facility, and other health… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A green-roofed Hobbit home anyone can build in just 3 days

The Green Magic Homes are composed of prefab vaulted panels manufactured with composite laminate materials, confined by walls in reinforced soil. The structure are easy to assemble and features perforated flaps in order to screw and seal the components together.

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Because of this efficient technology, the designs can be adapted to any type of topography and customized to fit individual needs. The good thing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building