We've featured Dwell Development a number of times for its forward-thinking, green homes. Now, however, it has upped the ante with the completion of a 42-home sustainable micro-community. The houses at New Rainier Vista all boast unique designs and have been built with the potential for net zero-energy living.
The recently-completed Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm is located on a large rural plot in Southeast Louisiana, USA. Created by Louisianan firm Holly & Smith Architects, the stunning home boasts an enviable blend of luxury and energy-efficient design in a bid to reach net zero energy consumption.
Construction recently began on some innovative new student digs for Canada's University of British Columbia. Designed by Acton Ostry Architects, the Tall Wood Building will be home to 404 students and rise to 18 floors, making it the tallest wooden residential tower in the world on completion in 2017.
The company contracted to build and operate the Istanbul New Airport, iGA, has launched an architectural competition to design an air traffic control tower. A total of six high-profile firms are shortlisted, including Zaha Hadid, with all but one inspired by symbols of Turkey.
Have you ever wanted to change the layout of your house? Well, a new concept from Universe Architecture will let you do so simply and with relative ease. Tetris House is a modular system of blocks that can slot together in a number of different arrangements. Residents can also attach accessories to its façade.
London, UK, has embarked on what is described as a "one in one-hundred-and-fifty-year project." The maneuvering of a crane into place at Blackfriars on the River Thames marks the start of major work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a "super sewer" that will drastically reduce sewage overflow into the river.
Fresh from imagining London skyscrapers that cast no shadow and an underground walkway that replaces trains, the folks at NBBJ have drawn up a festive concept for the River Thames in the UK's capital. The Frost Flowers project would create a number of natural ice rinks on the river and allow visitors to enjoy ice-skating, markets, and exhibitions during winter.
A new building is planned to join the cluster of famous skyscrapers in London's financial district, which is known as the City. 1 Undershaft will be the tallest building in the district, and the second-tallest in the UK. It will also house the UK's highest public viewing gallery and London's highest public restaurant.
Projects like the Blooming Bamboo and Bamboo Micro House prove that bamboo can be a very useful building material. The Diamond Island Community Center by Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects offers a reminder that in the right hands it can be beautiful, too.