Maximum sustainability in Harvard GSD and Snøhetta’s "HouseZero"

How can you transform a not particularly sustainable 1940s building into a leading example of pioneering environmental design? First, hire Snøhetta, and secondly, get the Harvard GSD team focused on green building techniques. The result? This press release from Harvard says it all: The Harvard Center for Green Buildings (CGBC) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, in collaboration with Snøhetta and Skanska Technology, are retrofitting CGBC’s headquarters in a pre-1940s timber-framed building to become one of the world’s most ambitious sustainable buildings. As a first-of-its-kind research project, HouseZero demonstrates how to transform a challenging building stock into a prototype for ultra-efficiency, rapidly reducing the level of reliance on energy-intensive technology while simultaneously creating comfortable indoor environments. HouseZero attempts to address the global environmental challenge of climate change by focusing on existing buildings, which account for en...

JIKKA / Issei Suma

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  • Architects: Issei Suma
  • Location: Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Issei Suma
  • Structural Engineer: Nawaken-jm
  • Area: 100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Takumi Ota
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From the architect. The site is located at the top of the mountain ridge, which the top has been cut off and flattened by the previous owner.

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The newly-built consits of 5 huts varying in size and height which recalls the former ridge top.

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Plan Plan
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It is a final abode for the clients – two ladies in their 60’s. A social worker and a cook – where they will give and serve the community until the end of their remaining lives.

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Spaces are unembellished as a primitive hut. Concrete walls, floors and table.

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Thier kitchen is open to the public, functioning as

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J Pavilion in Xiaogan / Total Architecture

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Background Project is located in Xiaogan, Hubei province. It is the first completed project constructed by Zhuo’er Group in PeachBlossom Town. Taking advantage of the rich natural resources of the Peach Blossom with an area of thousands hectors in Xiaogan, Zhuo’er Group aims to build a comprehensive idyllic town which includes rustic-style resorts and family-friendly leisure parks. The villa, an exhibition of the local cultural and pastoral life, is a tourist attraction to the citizens in Wuhan and its surrounding areas. 
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Planning

The J pavilion, as a modeling architecture of the whole scenic spot, is not only a window to display Peach Blossom Town, but also a reception place for a huge number of tourists. The villa is located in the north part

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Italy is giving away over 100 historic buildings to be restored into “slow tourism” spots

Italy is giving away more than 100 historic buildings - including castles, houses, and towers - in a bid to boost 'slow tourism' and tempt visitors away from the overcrowded city centres. The only catch is that those who take up the offer will have to commit to restoring and transforming the sites into tourist facilities, such as hotels, restaurants, or spas. Successful applicants will get an initial nine-year period to work on their project...



Italy is “giving away” over 100 ancient castles, homes, and towers for free to be restored into new tourist spots, in hopes to lure travelers away from already-crowded city centers. Successful applicants are given an initial nine-year contract to work on their project, and can potentially renew the contract for another nine years. Entrepreneurs with the most concrete proposals might be able to acquire a 50-year lease, The Local reports.

WeWork Tower 535 / NCDA

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  • Architects: NCDA
  • Location: 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  • Architect In Charge: Nelson Chow
  • Area: 60000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Dennis Lo Designs
  • Design Team: Julian Wong, Xavier Chow, Adi Ticho, Rafael Pardo, Nelson Koe, Michal Niedospial, William Odour, Tony Lai, Norman Ung, Peter Lampard, Phyllis Leung, Jonathan Ng, Maeve Larkin
  • Interior Design: NC Design & Architecture Ltd (NCDA), www.ncda.biz (NCDA worked in collaboration with WeWork)
  • Graphic Design: A107
  • Artwork: Cplusc,Kristpher Ho, Bao Ho, Alana Tsui, Fabrick Lab, Vivian Liu, Adrian Wong, Production Q, Karina Illovska
  • Writing: Catherine Shaw
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From the architect. The new model of communal workspaces with hot desking and flexible new ways of working paradoxically means the modern workplace plays an even more important role in social interaction and creative culture.

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Tasked with designing unique communal spaces for global brand

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REVEALED: David Adjaye’s Wall Street Tower, his first skyscraper in NYC

When it opens in 2019, the building is expected to be one of the tallest in the neighborhood. Views from the skyscraper include the Statue of Liberty, the Woolworth Building, City Hall Park and the East River. The condos will range from $630,000 studios to $4.7 million four-bedrooms.



Three years ago, starchitect David Adjaye completed his first project in NYC, an affordable housing complex in Harlem called the Sugar Hill Development. Now that he's garnered international fame for his National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC, Adjaye is coming back to the big apple to build his first skyscraper in the city-- a 61-story, 750-foot-tall condominium condo in the Financial District. Known as the Wall Street Tower, it appears as a gold prism against rigid rows of arched windows.