Amazon’s bio-domes bring a touch of science fiction to Seattle

A plan to create a futuristic trio of spherical bio-domes, designed by architecture firm NBBJ, has been given the go-ahead in downtown Seattle.

The shape of the structure resembles a cluster of rounded bubbles, with the largest in the centre and (more…)

Austrian students create Solar Decathlon’s winning house

A team of students from Vienna have taken the top award in this year’s Solar Decathlon competition, which is organised by the US Department of Energy.

The group’s remarkable solar-powered building was judged to be the most efficient of all the entries in terms of (more…)

Building of the Year inspired by New Zealand wildlife

An unusual art gallery extension in Auckland, which was inspired by the trees of New Zealand, has won its creators the prestigious World Building of the Year award.

The gallery, known as Toi o Tamaki, was refurbished after a partnership was formed between architectural firms (more…)

A history of architecture from the Roman era and its influence

While the concept of architecture is considered by many to be academic, it has always addressed the most basic of human needs – the requirement for a sheltered dwelling (more…)

Architectural interests in Chester

If a visitor to England was looking for examples of how old and new structures can coexist within a thriving modern city, Chester would have to come high up (more…)

Futuristic green space features in Sydney building project

Excitement is building in Sydney as work on a particularly unusual new building nears completion.

One Central Park, which has been designed by Jean Nouvel, is unique in that it will have the tallest garden in the world. This vertical green space, created by the botanist Patrick Blanc, will grow all of the way up the façade, reaching a height of 166 metres.

The living wall will consist of vines and plants, including 190 species native to Australia. Around half of the building’s exterior will be covered in greenery and the plants will extend to reach those growing in a park nearby.

One Central Park has two towers, the tallest of which will have a large cantilever containing apartments, with motorised mirrors on its underside. The mirrors are needed to reflect light onto the gardens below.

The incorporation of plants into architectural designs is becoming more popular around the world. The Pasona recruitment firm in Tokyo, for example, has living walls on the exterior of its headquarters and an urban farm inside. The project, which began in 2010, is now achieving its long-term sustainability goals.

Food produced at the Pasona farm is harvested and used to make the meals that are served in cafes inside the building, and employees are encouraged to learn about farming.

Greenery can be introduced into architecture in many ways, including roof gardens and living walls. A North Wales Architect with experience in sustainable design should be able to come up with ideas for those who would like to include plants in their own building projects.

Revamped castle wins the RIBA Stirling Prize

An unusual restoration project which has involved workers sensitively and imaginatively retaining parts of a historic building has taken the UK’s foremost award for (more…)