One World Trade Center Awarded LEED Gold


One World Trade Center, built by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has recently been awarded the LEED Gold certification due to its sustainable design. Given its height, and its completely glazed façade, that’s quite impressive.

One World Trade Center was completed in 2016, and measures exactly 1,776 ft (541 m) in height. This number is symbolic and represents the year 1776, which is when the US declared its independence. It was built on the spot where the North Tower once stood. As already mentioned, the façade is glazed and features a glass curtain wall, which surrounds the building from the 20th floor all the way up to the observation deck. The glass is coated so that glare, ultra-violet and infrared light is reduced, while it allows natural light through, so that it reaches over 90 percent of the total office area in the building. This greatly offsets the need for artificial lighting. (more…)

By |October 11th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Couple Build a Tiny Home Together


It’s great when two people whose outlook on life come together, and such is certainly the case with Carissa and Noel, a Californian couple who recently finished constructing their tiny home. Carissa is an interior designer and Noel comes from a construction background so they were perfectly matched in this area too. (more…)

By |October 10th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Student Housing Made of Shipping Containers


Shipping container architecture seems to be once again becoming quite popular. The well-known Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group has recently completed a sustainable floating housing prototype for students living in Copenhagen. The project was commissioned by Urban Rigger, a local student housing startup. This student housing is made from repurposed shipping containers, and designed in a way that makes it possible to easily and quickly replicate the design just about anywhere.


This so-called Copenhagen Urban Rigger housing is made of nine recycled shipping containers, which rest top a floating base in the harbor in Copenhagen. The entire structure has a total floorspace of 7,319 sq ft (680 sq m), which is divided up between the actual housing units, as well as a common garden/courtyard area, a bathing platform, a BBQ area, a kayak landing point, and a sitting area. The structure also features a communal roof terrace and a basement level, which has 12 storage rooms, a laundry room, and a technical room. (more…)

By |September 26th, 2016|Container Design|0 Comments

Couple Build a Fun Tiny Home


Samantha and Robert, a couple hailing from Yakima, Washington, recently built their first home together. They both enjoy an adventurous lifestyle, from backpacking through Europe and South America, to road tripping across the US, so moving into a tiny home will be just another adventure for them. Samantha is a nurse, and Robert is an architectural designer. They both work full time, and it took them about 14 months to complete the home in their free time. (more…)

By |September 1st, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Old Barn Given New Life


I always like seeing old buildings renovated in a way that doesn’t diminish their historic charm, yet still gets them ready for the new millennium. That’s exactly what the firm Studio Farris Architects from Belgium did when they turned an old West Flanders barn into a large and light-filled office. The innovative stairs and mezzanine level only add to the charm, and frankly I want something just like that in my office. (more…)

By |August 31st, 2016|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Pavilion Made of Stacked Shipping Containers


It seems like the shipping container architecture trend has been dying down, but there are still interesting projects popping up. Such as this cantilevered pavilion constructed by the People’s Architecture Office in China. The entire structure is made of recycled shipping containers, and they used these building blocks primarily so that the structure would be easy to move if needed. (more…)

By |August 30th, 2016|Container Design|0 Comments