Architecture

Billionaire Ellison to Create Green Paradise in Hawaiian Island of Lanai

October 16, 2012 / No Comments

Wonder what’s on at the Hawaiian island of Lanai? Billionaire Larry Ellison, the Oracle CEO, has finally decided to give us a sneak peek on his plans for the island. Ellison had bought 98% of the 141 square-mile Hawaiian island of Lanai for $500 million. Though there wasn’t any news on that front for quite a while, we now hear that ...

Eco-friendly building: a guide to your options

October 3, 2012 / No Comments

Sustainability and the environmental impact of construction are two topics that have become increasingly important in recent years and there's no reason why self-builders can't do their bit to help. If you are in the early stages of designing and planning your own property, take a look at these eco-friendly building materials and techniques that will help ensure your finished home ...

Bardessono is California’s First and Only LEED Platinum Hotel

September 20, 2012 / No Comments

Bardessono,California’s exotic luxury hotel, has received a laurel in the form of LEED Platinum cerification for its efforts at nature conservation. The hotel has been accorded the prestigious certification for 2010 by the US Green Building Council. The hotel focuses on sustainability to save energy along with providing a luxurious guest experience. They have initiated the environmental activities in a more ...

Floating Airport Proposed for London

September 11, 2012 / No Comments

We are familiar with the earlier futuristic airport proposals for London and here we have a new proposal for a floating airport in the middle of the Thames Estuary. Conceived by architecture firm Gensler, the proposed London Britannia Airport will include four five-kilometer floating runways. In order to reduce the environmental damage, the runways are constructed in such a way that ...

Wind and Water Bar in Vietnam is an Eco-friendly Bamboo Structure

September 5, 2012 / 1 Comment

Ever wanted to relax under a bamboo thatched dome? All you need to do is pack your bags and visit Vietnam and take a look at the beautiful dome close to the Wind and Water Café located on an artificial lake near Hanoi. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants, and this could be the main reason for choosing the ...

Tiny Leaf House in Youkon is Energy Efficient

August 30, 2012 / No Comments

Considering the biting cold that strikes Youkon year after year, architect Laid Herbert has built a house with energy efficiency and conservation in mind. Built on 215 sq ft space, the house provides a variety of amenities. It includes a sleeping loft, bathroom with a bathtub/shower, kitchen complete with half sized stainless steel fridge, composting toilet, propane range and shelving, LED ...

Facebook Campus Expansion Banks on Green Plan

August 27, 2012 / No Comments

Facebook is adopting eco-friendly measures in the expansion of its new Menlo Park campus. The extension is designed by Prizker-Prize winning architect Frank Gehry, who is famous for his shiny, titanium-clad icons of blobitecture.  The planned design will include a massive park-like, tree-and-grass-lined green roof featuring park benches and a walking trail. Facebook has also moved a proposal to the authorities ...

Dartmoor Treehouse Inspired By Weaver Birds

August 23, 2012 / No Comments

Even the birds can inspire you while making a perfect tree house.  If you are not convinced, take a look at the Dartmoor Treehouse. Jerry Tate Architects, who believe in creating sustainable low-energy architectural solutions, worked alongside a group of students to create this beautiful piece in just 5 days. Locally sourced wood and some inspiration was all that Jerry Tate ...

Emirates Green Building to House DEWA Base

August 22, 2012 / No Comments

Emirates’ first sustainable building will soon serve as a base for the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. The construction of this building dedicated to the water and civil division of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) is scheduled to be complete in a few months time. The project coming up at Shaikh Zayed Road in Al Quoz is nothing short ...

Casa em Movimento is a Self-Sustaining ModularHome

August 8, 2012 / No Comments

Portugal is holding the Solar Decathlon 2012 and students from across the Europe and Egypt are giving final touches to their projects. However, the central piece of attraction of the Solar Decathlon is Casa em Movimento. Known as CEM in short, it is a modular home covered with photovoltaic panels. The uniqueness of this solar suite is that it has the ...