This staggered, residential tower is draped with greenery in Quito

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Acclaimed architecture firm Safdie Architects has been tapped to design a new residential tower that’s expected to be one of the tallest in Quito, Ecuador. Rising to 24 stories, the eye-catching building—dubbed Qorner—features a staggered with large garden terraces on every floor. Created in collaboration with local construction firm Uribe & Schwarzkopf, the striking high-rise will also feature operable glass walls to embrace indoor and outdoor living and to take advantage of Quito’s… 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

Photovoltaic glass clads a sustainably minded residential tower in Melbourne

Melbourne based architecture firm C. Kairouz Architects recently completed The General, an eight-story building that’s said to be Australia’s first-ever large-scale residential structure to use photovoltaic glass on its facade. Located in the inner-suburb of Northcote in Melbourne, the building comprises 87 apartments as well as mixed-use commercial space on the first two floors. Thanks to photovoltaic glazing as well as a slew of other energy-efficient systems and resource-saving measures, The… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Trump Tower river violations incur a swift lawsuit by Illinois attorney general

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has pledged to combat the infractions made by the Trump International Hotel & Tower to the Chicago River. The lawsuit was filed in the Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois this Tuesday against the construction conglomerate. The Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Chicago River groups have also joined the counteraction n working with the attorney general’s office. The suit cites infringements made to the Chicago River under the EPA’s U.S. Clean… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BIGs massive Lanescraper building may become Australias tallest tower

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled designs for the Lanescraper, a supertall building proposal that has been shortlisted for Melbourne’s Beulah Tower competition. Envisioned with a footprint of over 2.5 million square feet, The Lanescraper aims to serve as a bustling mixed-use destination housed in what could be the tallest tower in Australia. The $2 billion project would see a dramatic redevelopment of the post-industrial Southbank neighborhood, so-named after its location south of the Yarra River…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Studio Gang to sustainably grow Toronto with this energy-efficient tower

American architecture practice Studio Gang has unveiled designs for One Delisle, a new residential tower that marks the firm’s first foray in Canada. Located in downtown Toronto on the corner of Yonge and Delisle, the project is envisioned as a standout architectural icon that combines a striking hive-like design with energy-efficient performance. The proposed building intends to achieve Tier 2 of the Toronto Green Standard.

Inspired by plant growth, the sculptural, 16-sided One… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Foster + Partners turn an office tower into Hong Kongs newest luxury hotel

Foster + Partners transformed a former government headquarters tower into a luxury hotel in Hong Kong that has just opened its doors to the public. Located on the southern edge of Central with sweeping views of The Peak, the 336-room hotel—named The Murray—not only includes a striking interior overhaul, but also features a new street frontage and green space to reconnect the 25-storey tower with the urban fabric. The adaptive reuse project preserved the existing self-shading facade to maximize… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The secret behind the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s resilience is revealed

Engineers from Roma Tre University has solved the mystery of how the seemingly unstable Leaning Tower of Pisa has managed to stand strong over six hundred years in a seismically active region. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

SOM unveils images of new undulating mixed-use tower in China

The form of SOM’s new mixed-use tower in China is the result of the structural, programmatic and environmental strategy. The first images of the structure show a distinctive silhouette of the Hangzhou Wangchao Center with an undulating glass façade and 8 mega-columns that slope outward at the corners which aim to minimize wind loads and create flexible floor plates.

The Center will be built at the heart of Hangzhou, near one of the city’s new subway station, the tower will combine office spaces,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

3 stacked shipping containers create a diving tower in Denmark

In Denmark, Sweco Architects has transformed an old ferry port into a water recreation spot. Their Water Sports Center Halsskov is an architectural invention, in their words, that will give people access to the water. They said in a statement on the project that it “recycles as many materials as possible from the former port, either directly or through upcycling.” Perhaps the most distinctive element of the sports center is a jumping tower comprised of three stacked, bright yellow shipping conta… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building