The recently completed Beijing Greenland Center, built by Chicagoâ€™s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) may not look like a very energy efficient building at first glance, given itâ€™s glazed faÃ§ade. However, the trapezoidal shape of the windows is said to actually improve the buildingâ€™s energy performance. The Beijing Greenland Center is 853 ft (260 m) high and has 55 floors. Itâ€™s located in the cityâ€™s Dawangjing business district and contains offices and 178 of apartments. There is also a multi-story retail zone attached to it. […]
Architects Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley have taken the idea of living with nature a whole step further with their newest creation. ReActor, as their project is called, is not just a house, but could also be considered a work of art. The home rests atop a 15 ft (4.5 m)-tall concrete column and can be rotated a full 360 degrees. This rotation is either the result of wind or the occupants moving from one part of the home to another. […]
Jim Guild and Nunzie Gould don’t just want to build places to live. They want to create homes that live forever.
They approach every project with a commitment not only to their clients, but to community, and the environment.Â They think deeply not only about the layout of the house, but how what they are […]
Historyâ€™s timeline of structural innovations â€“ from ancient Roman aqueducts to cathedrals with soaring rooflines, castles to neighborhoods of mass-manufactured buildings â€“ reads like a primer of Buildings 101. Each has helped us refine our construction methods and building efficiencies, but over time that progress has cost our planet precious resources.
Typical structural building components like […]
There is a housing shortage in many cities worldwide, which has in recent years led to the emergence of â€œmicro apartmentâ€ complexes. These offer small homes, which are just as functional as larger ones, but cost much less. Ivy Lofts is one such â€œmicro apartmentâ€ complex. It was developed by Novel Creative Development and it will be located in the East Downtown, or EaDo, neighborhood of Houston, which is very close to the cultural and business center of the city. […]
I always like seeing old buildings renovated in a way that doesnâ€™t diminish their historic charm, yet still gets them ready for the new millennium. Thatâ€™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. […]