White, latticed exoskeleton wraps a LEED Platinum office in Madrid

December 23, 2019 by  
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On the side of a large roundabout in Madrid, Spanish architecture firm Rafael de La-Hoz has realized the eye-catching Oxxeo project, a five-story office building with a LEED Platinum Core & Shell certification . The energy-efficient building makes the most of its wedge-shaped plot with an asymmetrical, three-sided design, of which the geometry is emphasized with the building’s three large-scale, lattice facades with a white, rhomboidal pattern. In addition to creating greater visual interest for Oxxeo, the sculptural facade also helps mitigate unwanted solar gain. Spanning an area of 14,299 square meters, the Oxxeo office building was created with efficiency in mind, from the efficient use of energy to the smart use of space. The building’s double facade includes a glass curtain wall that floods the interior with natural light and reduces reliance on artificial lighting, while the latticed exoskeleton provides solar shading . For flexibility in the floor plan, the architects located supporting pillars inside the vertical core and in the chamfered corners to maximize the seemingly pillar-free office space. Related: This is one of the only LEED Gold-certified hotels in Spain “This building has no other concept idea than the one shown in its own construction,” Rafael de La-Hoz explained in a project statement. “This way, it is the structure, or rather the construction of its structure, or the details of the facade, or the knots and joints which generate its architectural form, or the concept.” The intersecting points for the rhomboidal lattice are spaced out at every 8.1 meters and serve as the supporting elements for the perimeters of the slabs. The corners of each rhomboid are curved to soften the facade’s appearance. The minimalist exterior is matched by a clean interior design. The building is also topped with a green roof . + Rafael de La-Hoz arquitectos Photography by Alfonso Quiroga and David Frutos via Rafael de La-Hoz arquitectos

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To achieve a clean, inclusive economy, we must center the most marginalized

October 29, 2019 by  
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Intentional planning is the only way to create a clean and inclusive economy.

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Earth Day: 10 More Environmental Quotes To Inspire

April 19, 2019 by  
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We think before we act, but we often act only … The post Earth Day: 10 More Environmental Quotes To Inspire appeared first on Earth911.com.

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10 Greenest Dishwashers

March 8, 2019 by  
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Dishwashers have improved a lot in recent decades. Not only … The post 10 Greenest Dishwashers appeared first on Earth911.com.

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The evolution of big auto and Silicon Valley

February 4, 2019 by  
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With legacy automakers expanding their R&D programs, Tesla isn’t the only car startup in the Valley.

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The next-gen cleantech entrepreneurs

February 4, 2019 by  
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And six innovative startups to watch from LACI’s CTO Global Forum.

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How China’s big overseas initiative threatens global climate progress

February 4, 2019 by  
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China’s new infrastructure plan, the Belt and Road Initiative, could transform economies — but its focus on coal-fired power plants is reckless.

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5 Products You Should Be Recycling and (Probably) Aren’t

September 4, 2017 by  
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For many people, recycling participation begins and ends with what goes in the curbside bin. Although food packaging items represent our most frequent forms of waste, they aren’t the only items you can recycle. With a little extra effort,…

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11 Ways to Use Solar Energy Besides the Home

June 21, 2017 by  
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Solar panels can be installed on your home and save you thousands a year in energy. However, your house is not the only place they can be applied. You can save money and help preserve the environment by using solar panels in a number of…

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: Make Your Own Recycled Piñata

May 5, 2017 by  
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Cinco de Mayo is here, and I’m going to help you get in the spirit of the day by showing you how to reuse materials you have around the house to make your own simple recycled piñata. I can’t be the only one who has a closet full of reusable…

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