The team at Diseño Earle was kind enough to pass along some info and images of their stunning design of The Eco Home — a knockout that’s aiming to be the first ‘zero carbon’ footprint home in Andalucia, or even Southern Spain for that matter! D Earle designed the home with two objectives in mind: (1) zero carbon footprint, and (2) reduce operating costs to almost a self-sufficiency level. The 6995 sf home, which is absolutely enormous, will be built with 75% less waste than a traditional design and operate 80% more efficiently than a similar sized home. And although the home design was constrained by the narrow, non-flat site, you can tell there was no restraint in creating the ultimate, luxury, green pad.
Construction just finished on this 24-story building designed by Foster + Partners for Vivaldi Park area in Amsterdam. It’s quite the efficient structure — exceeding Dutch environmental regulations by 10%, and features flexible floor plates that are perfect for big name tenants such as Ernst & Young. The design calls for an ecological pond, fully glazed windows on sun-exposed facades, and the retention of 65% of rainwater. In addition to its energy efficient elements, probably one of the more interesting aspects of the structure, and one that has grown on me, is Foster + Partners’ signature use of the aluminum-clad, steel diagrid structure. Any thoughts relating to the diagrid pattern on the building exterior?
Zabeel Properties just announced details of a new landmark hotel and leisure development for Dubai. Although no renderings or designs are yet available, Dubai-based Zabeel Properties also confirmed the appointment of LA-based architecture firm, GRAFT, whose team of design consultants for the project will include the Hollywood actor, Brad Pitt. Pitt’s involvement in the design for the resort demonstrates his interest in green development and architecture. Says Brad: "Whilst acting is my career, architecture is my passion. Selecting this development as my first major construction project has been a simple decision. It will underpin not only my values for environmentally-friendly architecture, but also embrace my career in entertainment."
Sorry for the celebrity gossip bit, but I just couldn’t hold back! I’m definitely interested in seeing the sustainable design for this new hotel, so we’ll have more details when they’re released.
I was blown away by Alberto Mozó‘s simple and clean design for the Edificio BIP Computers building in Santiago de Chile. It’s an unassuming three-story structure built on a lot that’s zoned to allow a larger structure of up to twelve stories in height. Knowing that the building may not last very long (due to the favorable location and zoning), the design makes use of standard-sized, laminated timber beams that can be dismounted and used to reconstruct the entire building somewhere else. Mozo calls the idea "transitivity" — designing structures that can be easily broken down and reconstructed elsewhere.
Buro North, a design firm located in Melbourne, Australia, has partnered with Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) to develop this interesting solar-collecting sun shade called the "Solar Shade" for Australian elementary schools. The Solar Shade concept is part educational and part functional. Of course, when used in clusters, Solar Shades provide a shaded gathering place that generates energy for the school. But in addition, the device demonstrates and educates students on the dynamics of harvesting solar energy. The foundation of the Solar Shade includes LED lights that provide feedback as to whether the orientation is/is not optimal. When the LEDs turn red, students can grab the handle and rotate the device to absorb more of the sun’s rays. Although still a concept, it’s kind of a cool idea — maybe enthusiasm for the project will push it into production?