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A family recently moved into a prototype Active House, which uses natural lighting and ven...

We've seen plenty of impressive net zero houses in the past, from the motion-controlled CHIP House in California to the budget-priced Sosoljip in South Korea. But one issue that seems predominant in most energy-neutral homes is that they typically take on a design that doesn't suit many suburban areas. That may soon change though with the first Active House, which uses natural lighting and ventilation to reduce its energy consumption while still blending in with the architecture of the surrounding neighborhood.  Read More

Surrounding native plant landscaping, including the green roof, feature select grasses and...

Where most architects talk about sustainability they tend to see a zero-scaped entrance as the critical element, or a grey water toilet made from recycled Starbucks cups. Many make the statement but very few make the statement a living reality – Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Center is an exception.  Read More

Charles Wright Architects have created a unique visitor center in Cairns, Queensland which...

Australian firm Charles Wright Architects has created a unique visitor center in Cairns, Queensland which was inspired by the science-fiction film Predator. The center’s facade features a series of reflective glass panels which almost resemble some sort of armor, while at the same time reflecting the surrounding botanical garden landscape.  Read More

The DNA helix-inspired Agora Garden (Image: Vincent Callebaut Architecte)

Construction on this unusual twisting tower, named Agora Garden, in Taipei City recently began, according to its designer Vincent Callebaut Architecte. The trademark twist was inspired by the double helix of the DNA molecule.  Read More

The house is “floated” on 60 foot (roughly 18 meter) steel stilts, supported by concrete p...

Alongside the use of sustainable building materials, and innovative energy-saving techniques, another step in reducing a new home’s impact on the environment can be to build upon land once considered undesirable for human habitation. The “Like a Houseboat” property by Shipley Architects ticks all three boxes, with steel stilts enabling the single-family residence to be built upon poor-quality soil once home to a landfill.  Read More

2by4-architects' Summer House (Photo: 2by4-architects)

I don't know. You wait all year for a single-room house-shaped tube with wall-to-wall glass at each end to arrive, then two come along at once. First we had Bunkie, a sort of spare-room-in-your-yard with bunk beds craftily squirrelled away in the walls and roof. Now we have Bunkie's spiritual bigger brother, 2by4-architects' Summer House, with its unfolding, and even-more secretive walls.  Read More

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, by Morphosis Architects, won the Architecture Meri...

Earlier this month, the recipients of the 2013 AIA (American Institute of Architects) New York Design Awards were announced. From hundreds of submissions, 42 winning projects were selected for their high quality work. Each submission scored merit for its use of innovative ideas, design quality, response to community needs and technique. The awards were open to architects and designers practicing in New York, or to New York-based projects, and spread across the categories of Interiors, Architecture, Projects, and Urban Design.  Read More

First place: Derek Perozzi's Polar Umbrella. This mushroom-shaped skyscraper would provide...

eVolo Magazine has announced the winners of its 2013 speculative skyscraper design competition. Novelty, be it technical or aesthetic, is the order of the day, and while one shouldn't expect to see any of these designs crop up in their chosen city of residence at any point in the next 3,000 or so years, there is plenty of first rate eye-candy and a smattering of urban speculative to peruse. Prepare to suspend disbelief.  Read More

Battersea Power Station reimagined, with roller coaster (Image: Charles Wallon/Airstudio/A...

The architects of whimsy at Atelier Zündel Cristea have released what is the latest in a long line of proposals to redevelop Battersea Power Station as a museum of architecture. Oh yes, and it's one with a rollercoaster. Gizmag takes a moment to consider Battersea Power Station's heritage, and ponder a future befitting the iconic structure.  Read More

Team Henning Larsen Architects' design

The European Spallation Source (ESS), a new particle accelerator to be built in Lund, Sweden, has been in the works for years, but, following the result of a design competition, we now have a fairly good idea of how the thing will look.  Read More

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