This sculptural home takes cues from the sloping Hollywood Hills landscape

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Tucked inside a quiet and wooded site of Nichols Canyon is the Hollywood Hills House, a sculptural home that boasts cutting-edge green technologies and materials. Los Angeles-based design practice Tighe Architecture crafted the home for a musician and took inspiration from the terrain to form the curvaceous, multi-story dwelling. Spanning an area of 5,200 square feet, the home is faced with an abundance of full-height glazing that create a seamless connection between the indoors and out.

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Zaha Hadid Architects weaves energy-saving tech into an otherworldly UAE landscape

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed designs for the Central Hub, a new leisure and entertainment destination for the United Arab Emirates that looks positively out of this world. Marked by swirling pathways and pod-like buildings, the futuristic Central Hub will serve as the focal point for the US $6.5 billion Ajada development in Sharjah, the UAE’s third most populous city. Spanning an area greater than 25 football fields, the 1.9 million-square-feet Central Hub will be entirely car free and integrate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MAD brings a surreal sports campus that mimics a green, martian landscape to China

Architect Ma Yansong and his Beijing-based firm MAD Architects’ surreal designs often look as though they come from outer space—and his new masterplan for the Quzhou Sports Campus in China is no different. The massive development just broke ground in the historic Chinese city in Zhejiang province and will bring with it an undulating green landscape with mixed programming. Inspired by the traditional Chinese painting style called ‘shan shui,’ MAD Architects conceived a park-like setting with… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A green-roofed ski cabin blends into the lush Canadian landscape

Wrapped in cedar planks dyed black and topped with a lush green roof, the Cottage in Sutton appears to meld into the landscape from afar. Montreal-based architecture firm Paul Bernier Architecte designed the 2,400-square-foot residence as a weekend retreat for a family of four avid skiers. Modern yet minimalist, the home prioritizes views of the outdoors, in particular the vistas towards Mount Sutton in the south.

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A prefab chapels sculptural form amplifies the Spanish landscape

Perched on a hilltop in a bucolic rural landscape in southern Spain, the Sacromonte Chapel is a prefabricated, minimalist structure designed to coexist with nature in harmony. Designed by Uruguay and Brazil-based architecture firm MAPA, this sculptural place of worship is set on one of the highest peaks in the traditional Andalusian neighborhood of Sacromonte and overlooks unobstructed, panoramic views of its surroundings. The building was mainly constructed from cross-laminated timber panels and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This chic Moganshan resort celebrates the local Chinese landscape

Blessed with serene mountain vistas and rich in history, Moganshan also boasts a wide array of beautiful resorts including Anadu, a new rural retreat designed by local architecture firm Studio 8. Located at the northern foot of the Mogan Mountain in Huzhou about two hours from Shanghai, the luxury resort embraces its enticing surroundings comprising lush bamboo forests, tea fields and ancient villas. Constructed with natural materials throughout, the hotel is undeniably connected to its rural setting… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sculptural open-air pavilion blends into a rocky Norwegian landscape

When Oslo-based design studio MORFEUS arkitekter first laid eyes on Bukkekjerka, a rock formation framed by the rugged mountains on the east and the open sea to the west, its natural beauty stunned them. So, when they were tasked with designing an open-air pavilion on the site along the Norwegian Scenic Route Andøya, they understandably wanted to take a sensitive approach so as not to detract from the landscape. The resulting design is a contemporary structure built from folded concrete to mimic… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered cube home in Australia hovers over the landscape

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Find your zen in this tiny cabin tucked into New Zealand’s idyllic landscape

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St. Louis to transform abandoned landscape into a vibrant new greenway

Stoss Landscape Urbanism has won a design competition for the Chouteau greenway that will soon transform an uninhabited stretch of land into a thriving nature-filled space connecting St. Louis’ Forest Park and the Gateway Arch. The winning proposal envisions an “east-west Loop” that traverses the downtown and also connects to a “north-south Stitch” uniting Fairgrounds Park and Tower Grove Park. The greenway will be part of an overall network of greenways commissioned by the non-profit Great… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building