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



LEED Gold home celebrates Utah’s brilliant light and beauty

Designed to “celebrate Utah’s brilliant light and raw beauty,” this LEED Gold-certified family home in Utah embraces indoor-outdoor living throughout. Salt Lake City-based Sparano + Mooney Architecture crafted the home for clients who sought the perfect mountain home in Park City, Utah. Working in step with interior designer Julie Chahine of J Squared interior design and the clients who had a clear idea of what they wanted, the architects pulled together a sustainable and contemporary dwelling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Modern LEED Gold home embraces outdoor entertaining in Aspen

Aspen’s historic West End neighborhood is best known for its ornate Victorian houses, but one residence in particular is turning heads for its modern award-winning design and LEED Gold certification. Local firm Rowland + Broughton Architecture & Interior Design designed the ground-up home—dubbed “Game On”—that splits a historic landmark lot with a neighboring late 19th-century home. The new residence incorporates environmentally friendly and energy-efficient features throughout, from… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LEED Platinum housing for the homeless takes over a formerly vacant L.A. lot

Los Angeles-based design practice Michael Maltzan Architecture transformed a vacant suburban lot into the Crest Apartments, a LEED Platinum-certified permanent supportive housing center assisting homeless individuals and veterans. Commissioned by the Skid Row Housing Trust, this striking light-filled property promotes healthy lifestyles with its inviting community-focused design. In addition to serving the homeless, the 45,000-square-foot development also offers major benefits to the local community… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The LEED Gold-seeking Edible Academy teaches urban farming in NYC

New York-based architecture firm Cooper Robertson recently completed the latest addition to the New York Botanical Garden `in the Bronx—the Edible Academy, a new LEED Gold-seeking facility that will teach the greater community about sustainable agriculture, healthy eating, and the environment. Created as an expansion of the New York Botanical Garden’s Children’s Gardening Program, founded in 1956, the $28 million state-of-the-art development covers three acres on the grounds of the existing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LEED Gold Cambie Fire Hall is a beacon of sustainability in Richmond, BC

Vancouver-based Assembly Architecture and Alberta-based S2 Architecture recently completed the Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and BC Ambulance Services Station, a LEED Gold-certified facility that shows how civic architecture can be beautiful, effective and sustainable. Built to serve the City of Richmond in British Columbia, the new building spans over 26,000 square feet in size and rises to three stories with room for fire rescue vehicles and up to six ambulance vehicles. The building is illuminated by… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LEED Platinum fire station boosts firefighter wellness in Seattle

Firefighting is consistently ranked one of the most stressful jobs in the U.S.—which is why improving the well-being of firefighters becomes all the more important in architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s design of Seattle Fire Station 32. Located in the heart of the West Seattle Alaska Junction neighborhood, the 18,000-square-foot fire station boasts a handsome and modern appearance that not only enhances firefighter well-being, but is also welcoming of the community. The fire station,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The Science Place becomes Australias first new LEED Gold-rated educational building

James Cook University’s The Science Place recently earned the distinction of becoming Australia’s first educational building to achieve a prestigious LEED Gold rating. Designed by HASSELL, the sustainable building with state-of-the-art facilities brings together the university’s chemistry, biochemistry and biology research cohorts under one roof. The Science Place also recovered and recycled 96% of all the previous building materials—a new record for a Townsville development of its size.

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Perkins+Will designs LEED Gold-seeking academic building for York University

Perkins+Will has won a design competition for the Toronto’s York University School of Continuing Studies, an eye-catching building that will target impressive eco-credentials. The design, which beat out a shortlist of seven proposals, is expected to meet a minimum certification of LEED Gold with potential for net-zero energy and net-zero carbon. The $50.5 million School of Continuing Studies will break ground in 2019 on York University’s Keele campus.

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LEED Gold Hankook Tire R+D Centre harvests rainwater for cooling in Asias Silicon Valley

Developed to attract the industry’s top talent, the 96,328-square-meter research and development center aspires to be an inspirational place to work and one that encourages collaboration and social interaction. The contemporary glazed building is housed beneath a floating silver roof with long overhangs that shield the interior from unwanted solar gain and gives the structure a mysterious quality. The interior is organized along a top-lit central spine flanked by research spaces and bookended by… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building