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Sustainability: The Latest Architecture and News

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano

The design for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center at the Faliron Delta area in Athens, Greece. The building is being designed by -in my opinion- the master of sustainable architecture: Renzo Piano.

The SNFCC is not an ordinary building, as it will house a very important program: the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera.

This 187,800 sqm project – a private-public endeavor – will have a cost of € $450m, financed entirely by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and once completed in 2015 it will be turned over the Greek State.

There´s only a few images available at the moment, but from the model and sections we can see how the building integrates into the slope of the park, and it´s connected to the sea through a canal parallel to the existing explanade. On this, Piano says: “The Cultural Center’s proximity to water, and the natural warm breezes and light of Athens were particularly inspiring during the design process.  It was immediately clear that we must take advantage of all these elements to ultimately design a zero emissions building that expresses movement and energy”.

The roof consists in a series of interconnected photovoltaic cell panels which will cover the structure’s needs, taking advantage of the pure “green” solar and wind energy, in a similar way to the California Academy of Science.

We´ll keep you posted on the future development of this project. More images -courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop- after the break.

I'm lost in Paris / R&Sie(n)

I'm lost in Paris / R&Sie(n) I'm lost in Paris / R&Sie(n) I'm lost in Paris / R&Sie(n) I'm lost in Paris / R&Sie(n) + 47

Paris, France
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project R&Sie(n)
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2008

Mona Vale House / Choi Ropiha

Mona Vale House / Choi Ropiha Mona Vale House / Choi Ropiha Mona Vale House / Choi Ropiha Mona Vale House / Choi Ropiha + 25

Houses  · 
Mona Vale, Australia
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Choi Ropiha

Hill House / Johnston Marklee

Hill House / Johnston Marklee Hill House / Johnston Marklee Hill House / Johnston Marklee Hill House / Johnston Marklee + 34

Houses  · 
Los Angeles, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Johnston Marklee & Associates
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2004

Klein Bottle house / McBride Charles Ryan

Klein Bottle house / McBride Charles Ryan Klein Bottle house / McBride Charles Ryan Klein Bottle house / McBride Charles Ryan Klein Bottle house / McBride Charles Ryan + 13

Free Sketchup plugins for download

Sketchup is, by far, the easiest tool for modeling. Google acquired this software in order to crowd-source the 3D modeling of the earth, since anyone can use it to model their house, school or favourite building. But being simple and fast doesn’t mean it lacks on features.

California Academy of Sciences / Renzo Piano Building Workshop + Stantec Architecture

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith + 47

University  · 
San Francisco, United States

Harmonia 57 / Triptyque

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon + 39

Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Triptyque
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2008

Eco Boulevard in Vallecas / Ecosistema Urbano

Eco Boulevard in Vallecas / Ecosistema Urbano Eco Boulevard in Vallecas / Ecosistema Urbano Eco Boulevard in Vallecas / Ecosistema Urbano Eco Boulevard in Vallecas / Ecosistema Urbano + 51

Madrid, Spain
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Ecosistema Urbano - blog - Belinda Tato, Jose Luis Vallejo, Diego García-Setién
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2007

GreenPix Documentary

¿Remember GreenPix, the 2,200 sqm LED media wall powered by solar panels we featured some months ago? Alexandra Lerman published a documentary about the GreenPix on which Simon Giostra, founder of Simone Giostra & Partners. Giostra explains the challenge to design and build this gigantic media wall, with the help of engineering experts ARUP.

Cap Gemini Campus / Cie

Cap Gemini Campus / Cie Cap Gemini Campus / Cie Cap Gemini Campus / Cie Cap Gemini Campus / Cie + 11

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Frits Van Dongen, de Architekten Cie / Ed Veenendaal, Veenendaal Bocanet & Partners
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2003

Zaha Hadid´s project rejected due to heat

I just read on Design Boom that Zaha Hadid´s extension proposal for the Middle East Centre in St Antony´s College in Oxford has been denied approval by the the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). The comission wrote in their report “it appears unfortunate to position the archive and reading room behind the large south facing window; we wonder whether full sunlight and overheating could potentially compromise the usability of this space”.

Too bad for Zaha, but thank god the CABE took a closer look at the project before its occupants had to go trough the heat. I wonder how many built projects that we occupy every day should have been revised by a comission that take this in count.

More pictures of the denied project below.

Countryside House / Benjamin Murua & Constanza Infante

Countryside House / Benjamin Murua & Constanza Infante Countryside House / Benjamin Murua & Constanza Infante Countryside House / Benjamin Murua & Constanza Infante Countryside House / Benjamin Murua & Constanza Infante + 30

Houses  · 
Curacaví, Chile
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Benjamín Murúa A. - Constanza Infante S.
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2006

Your Wall House

Undoubtly, Wall House was one of the most innovative house designs in the last few years. But after winning the AR Emergent Awards 2007, being selected as one of the Record Houses 2008 by Architectural Record and their clients response, FAR frohn&rojas architects decided to go one step ahead and now they present Your Wall House, a customizable kit to build your own Wall House.

The kit goes from squematic drawings to a full custom climate concept, which will result on a variaton of the original Wall House according to personal needs, interests, local building code and the local climate conditions.

Kits and prices:

Willis Headquarters at Lime Street / Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners just informed us that the new Willis headquarters at Lime Street in London is complete. As usual, the firm lead by Sir Norman Foster developed a urban piece that integrates with the city at street level and features environmental strategies to reduce its energy consumption and carbon footprint.

This two buildings are developed as a series of overlapping curved shells while its section is arranged in three steps. The roof terraces overlooking the plaza on the lower two steps are directly accessible from the office spaces. Both buildings have a central core to provide open floor plates and maximum flexibility in use.

The entire development is visually unified by its highly reflective façade. The pressed form of the panels and their mica finish give them depth and texture. A dynamic effect is established through the interplay of solid and glazed panels arranged in a saw-tooth pattern, the fins also increase insulation while reducing glare and solar gain.

Together with the highly efficient services equipment and systems in the building, the façade design is integral to the energy strategy, which is rated BREEAM Excellent. What surprised me is the parking capacity: 42 Cars, 88 motorcycles, 264 bicycles

According to Sir Norman Foster this building has come out of a very different design process, yet continues the practice’s commitment to developing humane, flexible and dynamic workplaces that are both informed by, and woven into, the urban fabric. Foster has some very interesting approaches when it comes to sustainable design and urban spaces. I recommend checking his presentation at DLD we posted last week.

CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia

CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia + 29

Houses  · 
Pszczyna County, Poland
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Peter Kuczia
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2007

OS House / NOLASTER

OS House / NOLASTER OS House / NOLASTER OS House / NOLASTER OS House / NOLASTER + 31

Houses  · 
Ribamontán al Mar, Spain
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project NOLASTER - Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares, Marcos González, Pablo Oriol, Fernando Rodríguez y Arturo Romero
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2005

GreenPix: Zero Energy Media Wall /

GreenPix: Zero Energy Media Wall / GreenPix: Zero Energy Media Wall / GreenPix: Zero Energy Media Wall / GreenPix: Zero Energy Media Wall / + 37

Installation  · 
Beijing, China
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2008