Ricola’s Headquarters Now Made of Mud


It’s always nice to see large companies acting responsibly and it is even nicer to see them building their business headquarters sustainably. Ricola, the makers of herbal cough drops from Switzerland, have recently unveiled a new herb processing center that is build out of mud. The work was carried out by Herzog & de Meuron, and the walls of the center were made out of rammed earth under the watchful eye of Martin Rauch of Lehm Ton Erde (Loam Clay Earth). The building will be used for the drying, cutting, blending and storing the herbs as part of the production of the cough drops.

By |August 6th, 2014|Green Building|2 Comments

A Possible Skyscraper of the Future


The world is becoming overcrowded, and it is estimated that by 2040 the population of NYC will grow by another million. This is definitely a problem that needs solving, which is why Metropolis Mag launched the ‘Living Cities’ design competition. The aim of the competition was for designers and architects to propose plans for a residential tower of 30 to 40 stories. The designs also required the use of an innovative structural steel system. Sustainability, multi-use strategies, lifestyle amenities, and multi-generational design were also required to be a part of the proposal.

By |July 19th, 2014|Modern design|0 Comments

Innovative Ways of Using Solar Panels

Photo: Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte

The photovoltaic technology is frequently used to obtain energy these days. Since it was discovered in the 19th century that it is possible to get energy from sunlight, the ways of harnessing solar energy went through many different stages. The first prototype of solar cells was, for example, used to provide the satellite Vanguard I with energy in 1958 and the technology has been used in this area ever since.

By |July 7th, 2014|Solar|1 Comment

Philips Introduces OneSpace Ceiling Lighting


Philips has recently introduced OneSpace, which is basically a luminous ceiling that can be used to replace other lighting fixtures. According to the company, one of the main aims of designing OneSpace was to create a lighting fixture that could become a design element for architects to work with. In other words, using OneSpace lights need no longer be add ons, but an actual part of the house.

By |July 1st, 2014|Green Tech|1 Comment

Innovative Woven Shelter Made From Sun Absorbent Fabric


Canadian/Jordanian designer Abeer Seikaly came up with an innovative design for disaster relief housing which was inspired by temporary huts of nomadic desert tribes. The shelters Seikaly proposes would be woven into existence, a process based on ancient traditions of the desert peoples. These shelters would also be able to draw all the power needed from the sun.

By |June 30th, 2014|Modern design|0 Comments

Sustainable Low-Income Housing Built in Tennessee


Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects have completed a project in Chattanooga, Tennessee called the Fairmont Avenue Townhomes. The townhouses were designed to provide sustainable, low-income homes for the Chattanooga housing authority. The project was funded by HUD following a nationwide competition between housing authorities. The Fairmont Avenue Townhomes project was also designed to comply with Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and is applying for LEED Platinum for Homes certification.

By |June 28th, 2014|LEED|2 Comments