Rafael Viñoly Walkie-Talkie Tower Gains Approval (S2)

Soon, London is going to welcome another interesting object to the city’s skyline.  If you’re familiar with 30 St Mary Axe, you know what I’m talking about.  Now, developer Land Securities will get the opportunity to construct a new, 37-story, Rafael Viñoly-designed building that commentators affectionately call the "Walkie-Talkie" Tower.  City councillors were split on whether to approve the scheme, but ultimately it received a 12-8 vote for approval.  Some councillors were worried about its location and the asymmetrical impact to London’s skyline.  Another councillor said the building design is "striking, remarkable and [an] exciting standalone building."  To be located at 20 Fenchurch Street, Land Securities thinks the building is necessary to meet the market’s demand for efficient large floor plates. 

Like most towers being designed these days, this one will also include sustainable design.  One notable green feature is the roof garden and park.  The sky garden will be open to the public on the weekends, making it the highest accessible park in London.  Also, there will be a cafe and restaurant on the park level.  Via BD Online. 


By |July 15th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Nature, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments

Capitol Hill Green Building, Ford's Plug-in Hybrid, SCU's Solar Home + Putting Buildings on an Energy Diet (WIR)

Congress celebrates first green building on Capitol Hill with one building being renovated to LEED Silver level certification and saving energy by about 48%.  Ford Motor Company and Southern California Edison join […]

By |July 14th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, LEED, News, Solar, Week in Review|Tags: |0 Comments

O2 Student Village, A Community of M-CHs (F2)

This is a pretty popular photo of the O2 student village at the Technical University of Munich.  In addition to being sponsored by O2 Germany, the community of seven micro-compact homes (posted […]

By |July 13th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Jetson Green Sustainability Bookstore

If you know me, you know I like to read.  You name it, I read it.  Books.  Magazines.  Newspapers.  Online.  Actually, I have a theory on book reading, which goes […]

By |July 13th, 2007|Categories: book, Conservation, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

mkLotus: West Coast Green Showhouse

One reason to attend West Coast Green is to see the unveiling of Michelle Kaufmann Design’s newest home, the mkLotus.  Built by ExtremeHomes, mkLotus will be a showhouse for West Coast Green in San Francisco from September 20-22, 2007.  I can’t wait to see this.


By |July 12th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |0 Comments

ELEMENT Hotel, Details of Starwood's Green Extended-Stay Hotel Brand

I’m pleased to share some information and renderings on ELEMENT, Starwood Hotels & Resorts new extended-stay hotel brand set to open in 2008.  The idea behind ELEMENT is to make smart choices intuitive and support the lifestyles of guests while they are away from home.  ELEMENT Hotels performed research on guest behavior, which revealed that socially conscious hotel guests are more likely to leave their good habits at home when traveling.  That’s because, depending on the hotel, it may be difficult to recycle, conserve water, or maintain a lower impact lifestyle.  ELEMENT Hotels aims to change that.  Key smart design features of this green hotel include the following:

Shampoo/conditioner dispensers will eliminate multiple mini-bottles; Low-flow sink faucets and dual flush toilets will lead to an estimated conservation of 4,358.6 gallons of water per room each year; Eco-friendly materials will be used throughout, including recycled content carpets; Low-VOC paints for improved indoor air quality for guests and staff; CFL light bulbs will be used throughout the building to reduce energy consumption; and Biophilic design that maximizes natural light and sightlines to the outdoors will help connect occupants to their natural surroundings. 

Feel free to click on over to this PDF brochure to read more about the ELEMENT Hotel and what it will look like.  The hotel design is pretty incredible, as you will see from the images below the fold. 


By |July 10th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Hotel, Materials, Modern architecture|Tags: , |0 Comments

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