From a net-zero energy historic courthouse in Colorado to a homeless center in Oregon filled with green space, these days, the best sustainable architecture goes far beyond a few rooftop solar panels.
These houses, which can be plopped down nearly anywhere—on roofs, in deserts, on riverbanks—offer stylish alternatives to mobile homes for the contemporary nomad. Some can be built up in the course of a day, then broken down again, like giant Legos. And, as we all know by now, such homes are far more eco-friendly than resource-guzzling McMansions.
How’s this for being prepared? If water levels rise too much, this waterproof building design could actually float in the ocean.
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With balconies budding like leaves, no one could complain for lack of outdoor space in this building in France.
Inside, this treehouse has all the amenities of a suite at the Hilton. On the outside, all you’ll see is nature all around.
With their sticky floors and seats sprinkled with popcorn crumbs, today’s movie theaters are often not much to look at. But rewind a few decades to the golden age of cinema, and you’ll find theaters as glamorous as the Hollywood films they showcased.
"Somehow SHoP has managed to please both architecture critics and real estate developers—perhaps its most impressive trick of all."
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SHoP Architects, a young New York firm, has grand designs. The firm’s seven partners say they won’t be content to merely leave a mark on America’s most important skyline; they also want to transform the business of creating buildings. “Sometimes we joke,” says one partner, Vishaan Chakrabarti, “that the nearest precedent is McKim, Mead & White.”
It’s a nervy comparison for a New York architect to make, even in jest—a little like a pop group invoking Mozart—but SHoP has begun to back its ambitions with big commissions. Over the past few years, the firm has become the city’s go-to designer for complex, civically important projects. In November, when the owner of a controversial Manhattan waterfront scheme unveiled plans for a 50-story hotel and marina, SHoP was his architect. When Michael Bloomberg, the city’s previous mayor, announced a $1.1 billion mixed-income housing development, SHoP partners were at his side. There’s also an ultra-luxury midtown condo tower, 100 feet taller than the Empire State Building; a dockyard redevelopment around an old Brooklyn sugar factory; and even an outlet mall in blue-collar Staten Island, to be adjoined by the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.
Condoms that actually feel good. Cardboard furniture. Micro apartments. No wait—pico apartments. Here is the best we saw in design for social good this year.
Surrounded by lava fields, with views of the Northern Lights and Iceland’s largest natural lake? Yes, please.
Louise Bethune, the first woman to work as a professional architect in the U.S., is being honored this week with a memorial grave marker.