Vietnam’s "Forest in the Sky" apartment building is topped with 50,000 trees

April 27, 2017 by  
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This lush residential complex in Hanoi takes green living to the extreme. More than 50,000 trees, shrubs and colorful flowering vines were used to cover the Forest in the Sky building, virtually camouflaging it into the surrounding forest. Along with the ample greenery, the building is equipped with various advanced green technologies and uses 20 percent less energy, and water than a traditionally-constructed building. The green “jungle” building is a prime example of green living and will set a new sustainability standard for Vietnam building practices. Besides its green exterior, which helps insulate the building, the tower is equipped with numerous sustainable features. Under the lush greenery, the interior and exterior walls are made of eco-friendly cellular lightweight concrete blocks that offer optimal insulation from extreme heat and cold as well as sound. Related: Posh new Vietnamese hotel with a lush green facade brings guests closer to nature The building also uses high-efficiency hot water boilers, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and energy-efficient lighting to reduce energy usage. Future residents will not only be able to enjoy the amazing greenery and stunning views of the location, but will also enjoy the benefits of green living such as low utility bills. The Forest in the Sky project has recently been awarded the preliminary EDGE certificate from SGS Vietnam , which is awarded to buildings that achieve a minimum standard of 20 percent less energy, water and embodied energy than traditional buildings. + Coteccons

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Couple builds dream solar-powered home on an awkward lot in Rotterdam

February 23, 2017 by  
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When it came time for Dutch architects Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman to build their dream home, they chose an extremely narrow plot of land in the city of Rotterdam. The plot presented a few challenges, which the pair overcame with a minimalist 12-foot-wide design that comes with its own rooftop garden and indoor hammock. If you need some inspiration, take a closer look at their SkinnySCAR house after the jump. The plot of land had been vacant for decades due to its small size. However, the couple was determined to efficiently convert the skinny space into a fully livable home. They clad the three-story strucure in a sophisticated black brick with two extra large windows, adding a strong character to the previously empty lot. Related: Super skinny 4-meter-wide home is squeezed between buildings in Tokyo https://vimeo.com/203146648 Of course, working with such a narrow space created a number of challenges on the interior. To create a sense of openness, the architects took advantage of the tall, skinny space by building three stories, all with incredibly high ceilings. Multiple large windows offer optimal natural light , and exposed concrete and white walls enhance the minimalist interior design. The entranceway to the 1,506-square-foot space opens up into the kitchen and dining area in the back of the home, which leads out into a shared garden space. The second floor houses a small library and reading lounge that includes a reading hammock that looks out over the interior garden space. Two small bedrooms and a unique bathroom with an open shower and aquatic green accents are housed on the third floor. For private outdoor space, the architects put a quaint little herb garden on their rooftop, which shares space with the home’s solar array . + SkinnySCAR House + JagerJanssen Via New Atlas Images via SkinnySCAR House

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Organic rooftop farm grows atop an elementary school in China

August 17, 2015 by  
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Kengo Kuma’s twisting green-roofed Rolex Building breaks ground in Texas

August 13, 2015 by  
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Starchitect Kengo Kuma is entering new territory with the twisting Rolex Building that just broke ground in Dallas, Texas. Expected to open in late 2016, the nine-storey structure features stacked and staggered floor plates with planted terraces, along with a large rooftop garden , pools and cascading waterfalls designed by landscape architect Sadafumi Uchiyama . Read the rest of Kengo Kuma’s twisting green-roofed Rolex Building breaks ground in Texas

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3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

June 7, 2015 by  
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Teen makes grad dress out of math homework to raise money for the Malala Fund

June 7, 2015 by  
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A Canadian teen is bringing global attention to women rights through an unlikely medium: recycled math homework. 18-year-old Erinne Paisley upcycled her old high school math assignments into a grad dress that she’s now auctioning off to raise money for the Malala Fund , a nonprofit organization that supports girls’ rights to have an education. Paisley was inspired after seeing Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai speak at the 2014 We Day in the U.K. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Erin Paisley , grad dress Erinne Paisley , Malala Yousafzai , math homework , math homework dress , recycled math homework , women rights

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Foster + Partner’s garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at Canary Wharf

April 30, 2015 by  
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MVRDV, Snohetta, and BIG reveal their visions for a new business quarter in Oslo, Norway

April 16, 2015 by  
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IROJE KHM’s green-roofed house in Seoul blooms like a flower

April 16, 2015 by  
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Selcuk Ecza Headquarters looks like a small country village in Istanbul

March 20, 2015 by  
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