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The House of Music was designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au (Photo: Martin Schubert)

Following four years of construction, Denmark's Aalborg-based school and concert hall, the House of Music, was officially opened last month by the country's monarch, Queen Margrethe II. The striking building was designed by Viennese architectural studio Coop Himmelb(l)au, and features both an efficient design and green technology in a bid to reduce its daily energy needs.  Read More

Park Passive House is Seattle's first certified Passive House (Photo: Aaron Leitz)

Well, it could theoretically be heated by a hairdryer, at least. While that attention-grabbing headline needn't be taken too literally (it appears to refer to the equivalent energy required for heating), in Park Passive House, NK Architects has produced an energy-efficient and attractive modern family home. It also happens to be Seattle's first certified Passive House, and so will hopefully provide inspiration for more similarly efficient homes to be built in its wake.  Read More

The Flavours concept is made up of three types of villa design within the settlement: the ...

Architect Vincent Callebaut has unveiled ambitious plans to create an energy-producing community comprising 45 futuristic villas in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming. Though likely to remain on the drawing board for the foreseeable future, the Flavours Orchard concept offers plenty of food for thought and some interesting renders to pore over.  Read More

The unit will fit inside a shipping container, and could be towed around the port on a bar...

Shipping ports are major sources of air and water pollution, due in part to anchored or docked ships using diesel generators to keep their onboard systems powered up. A year from now, however, the Port of Honolulu will be trying out a mobile hydrogen fuel cell unit, as a more eco-friendly and fuel-saving alternative.  Read More

A bottle of beer is cooled using the new magnetic refrigeration system developed by GE

The fridge is the most common of common household appliances. Despite improvements in efficiency over the years, they remain one of the biggest users of electricity in the home, relying on chemical refrigerant and a compressor to transfer heat from the inside to the outside of the fridge. GE researchers have now developed a new type of refrigeration technology using magnets that is more environmentally friendly and is predicted to be 20 to 30 percent more efficient that current technology ... and it could be in household fridges by the end of the decade.  Read More

Studio Apxe has completed a new house that generates more energy than it uses (Photo: Miss...

Architecture firm Studio Apxe has completed a new house that generates more energy than it uses. As well as high energy efficiency, the house in Kladnica, Bulgaria, features biomass heating and solar panels on its roof to generate electricity.  Read More

The Shanghai-based Glass Office, by AIM Architecture (Photo: Jerry Yin)

The ubiquitous office cubicle has redefined how much privacy pencil-pushers can expect during their daily grind, but a new office block in downtown Shanghai by AIM Architecture goes much further than this. The futuristic-looking workplace sports glass walls and mirrored ceilings throughout to stunning effect.  Read More

LEAPrus 3912 was constructed for the North Caucasus Mountain Club, and opened for business...

Italian architectural firm LEAPfactory has constructed a new energy-efficient hotel on the southern glacier of Mount Elbrus, in Russia's Caucasus mountain range. Generally considered the highest peak in Europe, Mount Elbrus has a summit of 5,642 m (18,510 ft). The hotel in question is located 3,912 m (12,834 ft) above sea level, hence its name: LEAPrus 3912.  Read More

A rendering of NliteN’s disk-shaped 2D-Lite

Not long ago, we took a look at Cree’s new LED light bulbs. At US$12.97 a pop, the 60-watt-equivalent model sounded like a pretty good deal. If NliteN’s disk-shaped 2D-Lite reaches production, however, it could make the Cree product look downright expensive. Initially slated to sell for $10, the dimmable 60-watt-equivalent "800 lumen-class" bulb is planned to drop to $6 by 2015, and to $3 by 2017.  Read More

The T 8881 S EcoComfort is billed as the 'world's only' solar-powered dryer (Photo: Miele)

German domestic appliances manufacturer Miele has taken to IFA's stage and unveiled what the company cites as the "world's only" solar-powered tumble dryer, the T 8881 S EcoComfort.  Read More

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