Posts Tagged 'residential housing'



Solarsiedlung Freiburg | Rolf Disch

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Freiburg am Breisgau is an eco-city in Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany, and it carries a reputation every city longs to have. It’s also believed to be the warmest city in Germany and it takes full advantage of the solar power it receives. Their public transport is amazing and they’re known for haveing a big pedestrian zone in the city centre where no cars are allowed. Because of that, the city has a cool vibe to it and what is more – the trams are really quiet – very important. Many quarters of Freiburg were built by the standards of sustainability and for that we salute them.

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Achtung Kinder – Bauhaus Is Back

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Der Spiegel is reporting today about the new Social Houseing Award sponsored by The Bauhaus-Dessau Foundation. All young architects are encouraged to think about poverty and ”…build attractive homes for the poor”. The competition is called “Housing shortages: The minimum subsistence level housing of today.” Provocative? Yes.

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(via: TreeHugger via: Der Spiegel)

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Sweden Heals Old Apartment Buildings

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About 400,000 apartments need help in Sweden due to bad energy efficiancy. About a gazillion other homes around the world do too, but not all coutries act upon such matters. Their aim is to upgrade appartment buildings from the 70’s so that they would meet the standards of a passive house. To do that they will thickly insulate them, install better and more energy-efficient windows and doors, equip them with more efficient appliances and lighting and install heat exchangers. All of the rooftops facing south will also receive solar panels to provide districts with warm water. Their aim is to cut the use of energy from 216 kWh/m2 to about 92 kWh/m2.

I bow to you, queen Sweden.

(via: TreeHugger)

Hokkaido Residential Care Unit | Sou Fujimoto Architects

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I have to admit I’ve never heard of this project before but it’s absolutely beautiful. Designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2003, the dormitory is located on a hillside overlooking Hokkaido.

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(via: CoolBoom)

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