A solar-powered home hides behind a colossal, sloped green roof

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This charming, solar-powered tiny home is handcrafted from reclaimed wood

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Mecanoo unveils winning designs for a solar-powered velodrome in Luxembourg

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo and Luxembourg-based design practice Metaform Architects have placed first in an international design competition for the Mondorf-les-Bains Velodrome and Sports Complex in southeastern Luxembourg. The winning design was created to look like a natural extension of the landscape thanks to its engineered timber structure and sprawling sloped green roof onto which a rounded velodrome is placed. Sustainable and passive solar principles also guided the design of the 24,500-square-meter… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A stunning solar-powered pavilion is planned for pasta company Barilla

London-based firm, Open Architecture Systems, has just unveiled a gorgeous, solar-powered pavilion for Italian food company, Barilla. The pavilion will be a new addition to their headquarters in Parma, Italy.

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The pavilions are actually indipendent organic elements underneath the landscape canopy cover by photovoltaic panels that provide part of the energy requirement of the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This sustainable dog house has a green roof and solar-powered fan to keep cool

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Solar-powered POP-UP Park takes over underused Budapest square

Hungarian design studio Hello Wood has teamed up with the Municipality of Budapest City yet again to revive a forgotten public space with a dazzling summer haven that’s free and open to all 24 hours a day. Located beside City Hall Park, the temporary park is Hello Wood’s latest POP-UP Park, a short-term urban intervention with eye-catching street furniture. This year’s version is inspired by the Mediterranean with its use of olive trees and wave-shaped seating.

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Solar-powered home cuts a bold and sculptural silhouette in Melbourne

When Melbourne and Paris-based architecture firm Ola Studio was tapped to create a suburban single-family home in Melbourne, they based their design around the clients’ love for art as well as the industrial loft-like spaces of converted warehouses they were accustomed to. The end result is a partly gabled home that pays homage to its surrounding local and historic context while exuding an undeniably contemporary appearance. The house, named Ross, is powered using a solar photovoltaic array and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Ancient rural hamlet reinterpreted as a solar-powered modern home

Rimini-based GGA Gardini Gibertini Architects renovated a cluster of historic buildings into a modernist dwelling set in the lush Italian countryside. Named the AP House, the project comprises three structures with a more streamlined farmhouse aesthetic on the exterior and a light-filled contemporary interior. The striking renovation is located on one of the highest hills in Urbino atop ancient remains that date back to the Medieval Communes.

Clad in rustic stonework, AP House consists… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Confluence Park’s new solar-powered pavilions collect rainwater and provide shade from the summer sun

San Antonio’s idyllic Confluence Park just became a little greener and more scenic, thanks to the teamwork between American firms Lake Flato and Matysys with the support of landscape architect Rialto Studio. The riverfront park now boasts sweeping sculptural pavilions that provide shade from the fierce Texas sun as well as an elegant method for collecting rainwater.

 

Confluence Park is located at the spot where the San Antonia River merges with San Pedro Creek. Covering just over 3… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gleaming, recyclable facade clads a solar-powered Dutch house

Move over brick and mortar—a new house in Amsterdam is eschewing the traditional facade for a striking alternative that gleams golden in the sun. Local architecture practice MOPET architecten designed the contemporary home—named the Brass House Amsterdam—for a family who sought sustainable features. In addition to its fully recyclable facade, the house is equipped with solar panels, LEDs, and triple-insulated glazing.

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