Apple now operating on 100 per cent renewable energy

Renewable energy is now used to power all of Apple’s retail stores, offices and data centres in 43 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India. Although not all of its facilities are connected to clean energy directly in some cases, the company is placing renewables back into the grid to offset

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Tree-like forms define COBE’s electric car charging stations

Danish architecture firm COBE has designed a concept for a modular electric car charging station, which is set to be built across Scandinavia. Designed in collaboration with Clever, a Danish company that specialises in charging solutions, the first of the stations will open in the Fredericia municipality of Denmark this summer. The stations will then

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Steven Holl unveils winning design for Doctors Without Borders operation centre in Geneva

Steven Holl Architects is teaming up with Rüssli Architekten to create a new headquarters for a major humanitarian organisation in Geneva, which will feature walls of tinted photovoltaic glazing. US firm Steven Holl Architects and Swiss studio Rüssli Architekten won a competition to design the new workspace for Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders – an organisation set

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Shigeru Ban’s La Seine Musicale incorporates a wall of moving solar panels

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has completed a music complex near Paris, featuring an egg-shaped auditorium and a wall of solar panels that move to follow the path of the sun. The Japanese architect’s Paris-based office won an international competition held in 2013 to design La Seine Musicale – a musical facility comprising a large

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CF Møller covers Copenhagen school in 12,000 solar panels

Scandinavian firm CF Møller has designed a school on Copenhagen’s waterfront, which is almost completely covered in blue-tinged solar panels that shimmer like sequins in the sunlight.  CF Møller designed the Copenhagen International School for Nordhavn – a harbour currently under renovation in the Danish city. Thousands of solar panels enveloping the stacked-block formation of the school are tilted in opposing directions

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Trump touts solar-panelled Mexico border wall as cost-saving solution

US President Donald Trump has suggested that his controversial wall proposed for the country’s border with Mexico could be covered with solar panels, to provide cheap energy and help foot the bill. Trump told supporters at a rally in Iowa last Wednesday that he was the one who came up with the plan. “Pretty good

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Foster + Partners completes Dubai Apple Store with carbon-fibre “solar wings”

Filigreed carbon-fibre shutters fold around the oriel window of Foster + Partners’ Apple Store in Dubai, shading the shop floor during the day but opening at night to views of the Burj Khalifa. London firm Foster + Partners based its design of the Apple Dubai Mall on the traditional Arabic mashrabiya, a projecting bay window enclosed by decorative wooden

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Jenny Sabin to create robotically knitted canopy for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2017

New York-based architectural design practice Jenny Sabin Studio has won MoMA PS1’s Young Architecture Program competition with plans for a shelter made of robotically knitted textile solar panels. The project named Lumen will be installed in the courtyard of New York gallery MoMA PS1 at the end of June and remain in place throughout the summer to host the

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National University of Singapore starts building zero-energy design school

Construction started today on a Singapore design school that will produce all of its own energy and more. Designed as a collaboration between international office Serie Architects and Singapore studio Multiply Architects, the new School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore is intended to be a net-zero energy building. The structure will generate its electrical energy

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John Hix designs off-grid concrete guesthouse for Caribbean island

Six apartments stacked in pairs of rectangular concrete blocks make up this Caribbean guesthouse, designed by architect John Hix to be completely self sufficient. Casa Solaris is one of five guesthouses at the Hix Island House retreat on the Vieques Island, which is located off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico – an unincorporated US territory.

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Rugged flint walls contrast dark cedar gables of House 19 by Jestico and Whiles

Dark-stained cedar gables contrast with knapped flint walls at this English countryside house, designed by London-based Jestico and Whiles for one of the firm’s directors (+ slideshow). House 19 is located in the Chiltern Hills – a picturesque countryside district 30 miles northwest of London. Flint occurs naturally in the Chilterns’ chalk-based soil. The hard material is traditionally used in tool and weapon making, but has More

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ZGF wraps Stanford University power plant in metal screens

Oregon-based ZGF Architects has used a variety of design elements to help minimise the visual impact of a new energy facility on Stanford University’s scenic campus (+ slideshow). Called the Central Energy Facility, the building encompasses 125,600 square feet (11,700 square metres). It is located on the west side of Stanford University’s main campus in More

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Bureau SLA’s environmental learning centre demonstrates sustainable building methods

Tessellating timber panels create graphic patterns on the exterior of this environmental education facility in Amsterdam by Bureau SLA, which also features a roof covered in solar panels (slideshow). The Nature & Environment Learning Centre (NME) is part of a programme aimed at educating children in the Netherlands about the environment and sustainability. Dutch studio Bureau SLA was asked More

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SOM designs first net-zero energy school in New York City on Staten Island

Architecture firm SOM has completed the first public school in New York City that generates as much energy on site as it consumes (+ slideshow). Called the Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability, the 444 seat, 68,000-square-foot (6,317-square-metres) primary school is located on Staten Island, the least populated of New York City’s five boroughs. Set More

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Solar-powered housing by Louise Braverman accommodates medical staff in an African village

Solar panels provide all the energy needed to power this colourful brick dormitory designed by architect Louise Braverman to house medical staff at a rural village in Burundi, Africa (+ slideshow). The Village Health Works Staff Housing accommodates an 18-bed dormitory for the healthcare workers of a medical centre in the 16-hectare village of Kigutu. It was designed by New York-based Louise Braverman as […]
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