LEED Silver museum’s shimmering, iridescent facade evokes flames in Kansas

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When Boston-based architecture practice Verner Johnson was tapped to design the $17.3 million Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas, they saw an opportunity to push back against the area’s new suburban sprawl with a site-specific project. Drawing from the region’s landscape history and their experience with museum design, the architects crafted a building that brings the prairie fires of the American Great Plains to life with a striking flame-inspired facade made with dichroic glass…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Stefano Boeri Architettis iridescent tower breaks ground in Tirana

Stefano Boeri Architetti, the Italian architecture firm behind the vertical forest towers, has unveiled designs for the Blloku Cube, a mixed-use high-rise marked by its distinctive energy-efficient cladding. Located in the heart of Albania’s capital of Tirana, the Blloku Cube is a multifunctional center instrumental in the Tirana 2030 master plan—also designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti—that aims to breathe new life into one of the most prestigious districts in the city. Construction on the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The iridescent facade of this library reflects the innovative thinking going on inside

The Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library by ZAS Architects is dedicated to learning using digital tools and 21st-century technology. Wrapped in a sleek, translucent facade, the library acts as a “transformative community centerpiece that aims to empower local residents of all ages and demographics.”

The new building reconciles the different scale of Vaughan’s City Hall’s Clock tower and historic Sarah Noble/Beaverbrook House. Its reflective, ever-changing facade references overlapping ideas… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building