The Many Faces Of GreenStone

The Many Faces Of GreenStone

Realm of Design is a company based in Nevada that has taken recycling and created a unique and versatile building material from it. Using recycled glass from beverage bottles, which are abundant in their location, they crush up the old containers and turn them into, well, just about anything they want. Their product, called GreenStone, can be made into endless items including flooring, columns, counters, fountains, staircases, gazebos and many other architectural creations. It can be formed to resemble many materials like metals, concrete and wood. Designs can even be done in specific colors using colored crushed glass. It can… read more

9 Storey Building Made From Plastic Bottles

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In mid 2011 in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, there was an unusual building built. The EcoArk Pavilion was built out of 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles. The nine storey tall structure was built from Polli-bricks. Polli-bricks are a revolutionary building material made from 100% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Polymer. It is translucent, naturally insulated, and durable. The bricks are a 3-D honeycomb of interlocking bottles composed from recycled plastic bottles.  The Polli-brick panel can sustain lateral force up to 1.5 times the worst hurricane recorded without any damage. Polli-brick can be integrated with solar powered LED lights. These embedded solar powered… read more

Bridge Designs That Emphasize Natural Surroundings

Bridge Designs That Emphasize Natural Surroundings

Seeking to update the way bridges can be used, these interesting ideas may be worlds apart in their designs but they have one thing in common – creativity. The Cloudbridge is a concept design by Arturo Tedeschi and Maurizio Arturo Degni. This project aims to create a structure that fits into its surroundings without complete disruption of the landscape. The Cloudbridge’s linking system connects the ends to natural structures, like mountains, by way of a non-linear path and lattice network which aids the stability. This notion would make the bridge seem like it was floating between its adjacent landmarks. This… read more

Architecture That Rises To The Occasion

Architecture That Rises To The Occasion

Addressing rising sea levels and how they effect coastal communities is a current concern in the field of architecture. As the environment changes, engineers and architects must also facilitate inventive ways to respond to structural needs. There is an increased interest in specific construction strategies, such as responsive designs. Some innovative building ideas come from a student project from Harvard University Graduate School of Design students in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The goal was to design a concept for a city that may exist in the future that would respond to increasing threats to coastal communities at risk of rising sea levels. The… read more

The World’s First Awesome Trash Incinerator

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Denmark. Home of beautiful landscapes, freezing temperatures, awesome people, and now the world’s most awesome trash incinerator. Going way above and beyond the call of duty, they’re creating an incinerator complete with an epic light show, a ski slope, futuristic-aesthetics, and lasers that will project a pie chart of the plant’s fossil-fuel quota into the night sky. Architecture firms of the world, take note–this is how you build things.  In a design that makes certain that no square footage will go to waste while simultaneously making the world of ecology fun and hip again, this is likely to take the… read more

Towering Treehouse Designs

Towering Treehouse Designs

Horace Burgess had a divine idea to build a massive treehouse home in Crossville, Tennessee. This enormous creation stands at least 100 feet tall. Burgess made the structure completely from reclaimed wood and other reused materials. It has 10 levels and some consider it the unofficial largest treehouse in the world. An 80 foot tall white oak tree is a main support beam, and Burgess, a minister who also has experience as a landscape architect has also repurposed other items like license plates and leftover roofing supplies to assemble it. The building started in 1993, and the architect stated that he has… read more

Couple Builds Dream Cabin from Refurbished Windows

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Nick Olsen and Lilah Horwitz met at an artists’ residency in Pennsylvania. Both are artists of various mediums, though Olsen is primarily a photographer, while Horwitz designs on-site clothing lines with pieces that pertain to the city in which they were created. Shortly after meeting, perhaps even ‘on their first date’ Horwitz claims, Olsen took Horwitz to his family’s property in the mountains of West Virginia. This would also be the setting where, inspired by the spectacle of the slowly setting sun, the couple first imagined plans for a house wherein one was enshrouded with natural light – whether the… read more

Hundertwasser’s Inspiring Architecture

Hundertwasser’s Inspiring Architecture

Artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser is often referred to as the father of green roof designs. Born in 1928, his given name was Friedrich Stowasser, which he later changed. His architecture is widely celebrated for its unexpected appearance and original designs. He was drawn to the sea and nature, and this is reflected in his paintings and buildings. The unusual use of lines in his architectural works does not conform to rigid styles or rules. Taking notes from the perfect irregularities found in natural landscapes, he created visually marvelous spaces that are full of color and character. This snippet from… read more

World’s Largest Bio-Wall Created In London

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To combat flooding, and to attract even more tourism, designers in London created a “living wall” on the side of a luxury hotel. Over 10,000 plants have been added to the tapestry–16 tons worth in total. One of the lessons in this tapestry is that it shows how nature is both functional and artistic. www.fastcodesign.com The total mass of the tapestry covers 3,770 square-feet. You can check out a quick video below showing you more angles of the tapestry than we have pictures of. To learn how to make your own “living wall”, visit Plants On Walls.

A Tower Full Of Gardens

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Hong Kong is on a mission to create an eco-city the likes of which has never been attempted before. As such, we’ve seen quite a few beautiful and innovative designs come from conceptual architects. The images below are from ‘The Canopy’ project, also known as “The Only 100% Duplex Apartment Tower With Individual Gardens”. The title is rather self-explanatory, so I’ll just leave these pictures here: Design schematics for the outer view of the building. Design schematics for the 360-degree field of view from the building’s top. 3-D model of the actual concept. Another 3-D concept of the actual building… read more