By ModCell

Passive building by ModCell

sustainable building, renewables, climate change

Buildings made of straw bales and hemp construction, can have zero heat requirements, they are saving money and reduce CO2 emissions.

Passive building – ModCell is one of the first products to make large-scale, carbon-negative building a commercial reality.

The system utilizes the excellent thermal insulation qualities of straw bale and hemp construction to form prefabricated panels.

Passive buildings

The construction offers super-insulated, high-performance, low energy passive’ buildings to be built using renewable, locally sourced, carbon sequestering, sustainable building materials and can be used in offices, schools, housing and commercial buildings.

This innovative, offsite-manufactured wall and roof cladding system can be quickly and efficiently installed, creating buildings with thermal performance up to three times higher than the current building regulations require. Therefore the construction is certified as Passive House specification.

Ecological footprint

As a result, sustainable buildings of straw bale and hemp construction can have zero heat requirements, saving money and CO2 emissions.

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By Boris Zeisser

Inspired by nature

business park, climate change, CO2, cradle to cradle, eco, energy, energy neutral, footprint, Green building, renewables, sustainable

The chimney principle is copied from ants and termites, which ingeniously craft corridors that regulate the temperature without active ventilation

Inspired by nature!

Environmental Education Centre

This building has been inspired by a termite hill. Natrufied architecture designed a beautiful CO2 end energy neutral building. 

The Environmental Education Centre (picture) is housing offices, a restaurant, exhibition halls and a doctors practice. But for both of the buildings, the solar chimney is The Big Innovation!

Termite mount

In the solar chimney, air is drawn into the ground via pipes and discharged again via the tower. This principle is copied from ants and termites, which ingeniously craft corridors that regulate the temperature without active ventilation.

The buildings are designed with green roofs that isolate and will store all the rain and storm waters.

Markenhage, Inspired by nature

With new additions of wood and slate stone, together with the existing red bricks, a new earthy tone of materials will make a new composition of old and new in a ton-sur-ton strategy.

School renovation

For the new Campus Markenhage in Breda, the Netherlands, Natrufied designs a complex of buildings creating a base for 3 schools; Markenhage, Michael College and the Orion Lyceum. The 14.000 m2 building is partially new build, partially a renovation of an existing school building. Old and new are woven together into a new community, with respect to each schools own identity.

Inspired by nature

Working with ingredients from nature, the theme of Art d’eco has been developed as one of the main design philosophies of the office. With this the ambition is to support the environment as well as to create beauty: this makes the art of ecology.

All designs are inspired by Nature:

  • embedding the program into the surrounding environment
  • biomimicry design approach
  • use of natural materials
  • natural shapes or more abstract representation of natural patterns
  • parametric structures and biotic material approach

Integrating high tech and low tech sustainability into the designs is a natural part of their design work.


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By Lennart Graaff

FerrisWheel: the Future Windmill

circular architecture, WindWheel, green, circular building, Rotterdam

Dutch WindWheel has released an architecture design for the wind turbine of the future: the Wind Wheel.

Dutch WindWheel Corporation has released an architectural design for the wind turbine of the future: the FerrisWheel.

FerrisWheel design:

  • The windmill is 174 meters high
  • The hole in the middle ensures renewable energy with water drops
  • The building will generate solar power
  • In the building is enough space for apartments and hotels

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Green skyline icon

The energy and ambition of Dutch WindWheel Corporation is contagious. They are convinced: This wind power FerrisWheel, will be the green icon of the future. They think it will not be hard to find investors.

  • The panoramic wheel, equipped with moving cabins (including a underwater film experience), should be funded by an attraction operator
  • Estate developers will invest in the apartments and the hotel
WindWheel technology details

WindWheel is exploring the possibilities for sustainable materials and local energy generation with solar, biomass and waste heat.

Circular Architecture

First, Dutch WindWheel wants to think about the innovations that has to accommodate the building. Together with 10 partners, Dutch WindWheel want to explore the possibilities for sustainable materials and local energy generation with solar, biomass and waste heat. Circular Architecture of ‘Climate Architecture’ as it is mentioned by the owner Lennart Graaff.

Rotterdam

By 2025 the FerrisWheel should be operational. Preference is given to Rotterdam (EU city 2015), but Amsterdam will be another great opportunity.


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program: 61.000m2 public space, apartments, hotel, restaurant, touristic attraction
status: innovation and feasibility year 2016-17
location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
year realization: 2022-2025
initiative: Doepel Strijkers, Meysters and BLOC (Windwheel Corporation)

 

By Kazuyo Sejima

Green Grace Farms

Grace Farms Building

The walkways, courtyards, and glass-wrapped volumes that form beneath the roof are remarkably transparent and invite people to engage with the expansive natural surroundings

The Grace Farms Building is a green building example nr. #1

Grace Farms, as this project is called, is also known as ‘The River’.

Not amazing, is it?

This new (2015), nature center for communities is designed by the Japanese architecture firm Sanaa.

Grace

Sanaa was asked to design a multi functional complex including a nature center, gym, hub for social justice groups, community garden, a chapel and more.

The primary concept was for the building to melt into the landscape. But instead, Sanaa choose to lit it up. The result is beautiful.

Design

The main building, called the River, is a sinuous form that winds its way down a hill just a few hundred yards from the New York border, with five separate sections. Large glass walls provide views of forests and meadows; its covered roof twists and turns with the landscape. This is a perfect example of a circular, green building.

  • Trees that were cleared for construction, have been milled on site to construct the furniture for Grace Farms, including 18- foot-long community tables
  • Fifty-five 500-foot-deep geothermal wells have been drilled on the property for heating and cooling
  • Structurally, the building of glass, concrete, steel and wood is in essence a single long roof, which seems to float above the surface of the ground as it twists and turns across the landscape
  • The walkways, courtyards and glass-wrapped volumes that form beneath the roof are remarkably transparent and invite people to engage with the expansive natural surroundings
  • Seventy percent of mowed areas have been returned to natural meadows

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By Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

The Sea Ranch

Sea Ranch

Most of the houses at Sea Ranch are made of Redwood and they have gone to great lengths to make sure that the homes are spread out giving a reclusive and private feeling. While the homes are all on or very close to the coast this isn’t your Southern California surfing paradise. What I always really appreciated about Sea Ranch is that you can truly escape into the woods while still enjoying the comforts of being at home:

The Sea Ranch: one of the most inspiring places in the world

In 1964, Al Boeke, architect and Vice President for Community Planning, fell in love with the barren and grand Rancho Del Mar in California USA.

He wanted to develop a natural community and made a dream come true.

The Sea Ranch became one of the most inspiring places in the world full filling a regenerative country-life colony within a wildlife preserve.

Green building

The Sea Ranch is noted for its distinctive architecture, which consists of simple timber-frame structures clad in wooden siding or shingles. The buildings are designed to deal with prevailing weather and topography and could be considered as a hybrid of modern and vernacular architecture.

Halprin created the master plan for Sea Ranch, which grew to encompass 100 miles north of San Francisco.

The Sea Ranch links buildings and natural beauty into a perfect community with the aim of dynamic conservation or ‘living lightly on the land’. Each landscape element can be recognized because of it’s natural form and scale.

Circular architecture

The used building materials are pure, rough and simple.

  • Details such as exteriors of unpainted wood or muted stains, a lack of overhanging eaves, and baffles on exterior lighting subdue the appearance of the buildings in the landscape.
  • Lighting is also baffled to minimize nighttime light pollution; there are no street lights, and the night sky is dazzling.
  • The lack of roof overhangs is also intended to allow the near-constant strong breezes to pass over the buildings without the turbulence the overhangs would create.
  • A herd of sheep is used to keep grass cut low to the ground to reduce the threat of fire during the summer months.

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By Thomas Rau

Complete Circular building

Liander day lightened 'streets'

Inside the building is amazing. So much light and space

Not new: wow it’s a complete circular building

How do you give four dated bunched offices a second life without wasting material? Simple: build circular. Energy Company Liander did it. We have seen it. And it’s an amazing ‘new’ future proof and circular building.

Circular building

Architect Thomas Rau (Germany, 1961) does not talk about sustainability. He wants to re-use materials: he wants to create circular buildings.

The old offices (eighties) didn’t fit anymore. Rau has given the complex a complete facelift.

Old offices are not discarded, but covered by an undulating roof

Therefore, the office complex is experiencing a miraculous rebirth. Not sustainability but the concept of circular building is celebrated in almost a religious manner; 80% of the old building has been recycled.

Nothing-is-New Principle

Circular building is more than reusing the existing structure. All added materials, such as the concrete tiles, furniture and the insulation material, are recycled products and materials.

  • The brown toilets are vintage (from 1985)
  • The discarded clothing from the mechanics has been recycled into insulation materials
  • The old outside office walls have been covered with strips of wood waste incinerators that have been rescued and with vertical green gardens

Glas Roof

Thanks to an undulating glas roof over the existing buildings, Liander now enjoys it’s a great new atrium that gives an identity to the building.

  • As a result, there complex features day lighted streets and squares around the old offices
  • That timber and the greenery creates a warm atmosphere
  • And the building is energy plus which means it’s producing more energy than is needed
  • Rau created with its 6500 square meter roof new and comfortable interior for Liander. The atrium is primarily a meeting space.

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By Owen Zachariasse

C2C Business Park

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The American architect William McDonough + Partners, founder of the cradle-to-cradle concept, developed a new full service business park with 13 offices, greenhouses, sport facilities and more

First Cradle-To-Cradle Business Park In The Netherlands

Let us introduce to you Park 20 | 20, the Netherlands. This business park is completely developed, using the principles of cradle-to-cradle or green, circular architecture.

This new business park involves: circular buildings, with extra attention for human dimensions. The developing process is much more complicated, but very successful. 

Our system functions as an economic weapon because we show that we can make money out of buildings, with a new system for a sustainable future.

The whole project is 92.000 m buildings plus a hotel of 18.000 m: An investment of 350 million euros. The construction started in 2010 and will be completed in 2020.

Opportunity

Developer Zachariasse thought of the crisis as an opportunity.

“Actually, the crisis is a blessing in an industry where all margins disappear and everyone is under pressure to survive. We noticed that people started thinking: … Maybe we should work different. This new thinking helped us tremendously. As a developer, Zachariasse only wants durability and quality. For the buildings, and for the people who are working in it.

Slow food

Part of the project is that the buildings are constructed, taking care of the entire supply chain. Food is one of that supplies. That’s why Zacharisse has built a number of greenhouses. He contracted a farmer who cultivates the food in the greenhouses, which is then delivered to, and served at the restaurant.
The greenhouses are heated with gas from the waste water purification system. So he has organized a cycle that benefits human and the environment.

Cradle-To-Cradle revolution

Zachariasse built the whole park with the idea that all materials should be cradle-to-cradle, because this concept eliminates waste. Closing cycles for materials, energy and water.

It is not a matter of less consuming. It is a revolution. During the designing period you have to reconsider that all materials can be reused.

All buildings are designed so that they can be taken apart again.

  • The furniture is refurbished and reused. Instead of furniture that disappears at the dump, it is given a second life.
  • The wood is treated with vinegar (no chemical coating), so the wood can be returned to nature safely.
  • 75% of the used concrete and steel are recycled material. Also, 30% of material is saved by using hollow floorings.
  • To much light was a problem in the Atrium. This problem is solved using solar cells which are integrated in the glass. The solar cells are providing enough shadow and renewable energy as well. By combining the budget of the glass with the budget of the solar panels, this solution was quite profitable.
  • All materials represent value. Therefore arrangements have been made with the manufacturers and suppliers of the materials. They remain owner of the materials and take them back at the end of the term.
  • The business park is developed with a central, integrated energy system, using solar and wind power.
  • Waste water treatment: a grey water system for rainwater is providing water for toilets and irrigation and energy is collected from the waste water.

The materials are the databases of the future. That means that you:

  • have to design considering that all materials can be taken apart
  • you need to create a database, knowing what material is where in the building

Scarcety of raw materials

If you follow this process, you have something very valuable. Demolition costs are on average of $ 50 per m2. These buildings gain more than $ 80 per m2, based on the materials and components that will be taken apart again. When you consider that material prices will rise, becoming scarcer and that the worlds population is growing daily with 250,000 people, it’s not rocket science to realize that the costs of materials will rise in the future. The next years, a materials database is a very good economic model.

Quality first

Zachariasse uses a very different way to involve its suppliers and manufacturers during the construction process:

  • They are not providing their products and then move on. He makes them jointly responsible
  • The suppliers are involved during the design phase
  • And instead of asking: “This is what we want, give your lowest price.” They are told: “This is your budget, give your highest quality! And tell us what your product can do for the overall quality of the building.”

This approach led to teams and mobilized knowledge.

Of course, this approach requires leadership and confidence but the result is that we realized a lot of innovations during the processes. There is more. The costs of failure during construction have been much lower because the industry was involved. They could tune their production to the delivery, avoiding a delay. And all suppliers earned a good living.


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By Waterstudio

Floating city is getting real

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Sustainable infrastructure of the future: Floating cities?

The first floating city may be established by 2020Climate change and rising river/coast levels: forget houseboats, try floating communities. The newest trend in real estate: building a home on top the water.

New nations

This Floating City Project combines principles of both seasteading and startup cities, by seeking to locate a floating city within the territorial waters of an existing nation. Historically, The Seasteading Institute has looked to international waters for the freedom to establish new nations and spur competitive governance from the outside.

This project offered an opportunity to develop a new urban nucleus of world-class residential, commercial and cultural facilities, as well as to promote a zero-carbon, energy-efficient and self-sufficient city. The proposal is now being reviewed by one of China’s largest property investors, China Transport Investment Co, for a project that could be built off of Hong Kong.

Floating architecture

This incredible ‘Floating City’, which spans four square miles, comes with its own dock, roadways and farms to make it completely self-sufficient. It would also feature vertical gardens, a hotel, entertainment complex and a huge floating arena which could host gigs and sports matches.

  • The building is made from hexagonal and triangular modules which connect together above and below the water using a series of walkways and tunnels.
  • The water world is dreamed up by British and Asian-based design firm AT Design Office and commissioned by Chinese construction firm CCCC
  • A series of canals connect the settlement together, meaning eco-friendly boats and submarines can provide most of the transportation.

Seastaeading investigated the DeltaSync design, and determined that DeltaSync’s concept is better adapted for the strategy of the Floating City Project, which encourages early seasteads to form within protected waters. In the future it will be important to do additional research on various components of DeltaSync’s design.


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By ModCell

ModCell builds carbon-negative

Modcell builts carbon-negative

Modcell – building carbon-negative is a reallity

ModCell is one of the first products to make large-scale, carbon-negative building a commercial reality. The system utiliises the excellent thermal insulation qualities of straw bale and hemp construction to form prefabricated panels.

The construction offers super-insulated, high-performance, low energy ‘passive’ buildings to be built using renewable, locally sourced, carbon sequestering, sustainable building materials and can be used in offices, schools, housing and commercial buildings.

ModCell wall

This innovative, offsite-manufactured wall and roof cladding system can be quickly and efficiently installed, creating buildings with thermal performance up to three times higher than the current building regulations require. Therefore the construction is certified as Passive House specification.

As a result, sustainable buildings made of straw bales and hemp construction, can have zero heat requirements, they are saving money and reduce CO2 emissions.


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By Waterstudio

Could you live in a floating neighbourhood?

Dutch Docklands floating communities

forget houseboats, try floating communities

Koen Olthuis is the founder of the Dutch architectural firm Dutch Docklands, that specializes in floating structures to counter concerns and impact of floods due to climate change and rising sea levels.

Climate change and rising river/coast levels: forget houseboats, try floating communities. The newest trend in real estate: building a home on top the water.

 

Floating communities

During his UP presentation — A Sustainable Future on the Waterfront — Koen shared his vision for literally building entire communities — and cities — that float! He studied architecture and industrial design at the Delft University of Technology, and has a patent on the methodology for producing a “floating base.”

Olthuis

In 2007, Koen was listed as one of “the most influential people in the world” in a readers’ poll by TIME magazine due to the worldwide interest in water developments. The French magazine Terra Eco chose him as one of the “100 green persons that will change the world” in 2011.

Do you want more information or get inspired from different floating city concepts, check the sidebar on the right.


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