low impact architecture

The inconspicuous ‘Covert House’ in London stays true to its name

What if one has to build a substantially large family house inside the confines of a well known conservation area without bothering the neighbors? Well, according to London-based architecture firm DSDHA, the solution is to 'go covert' - as aptly demonstrated by their so-named Covert House. Situated in the middle of the conserved Clapham Old Town,…



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Heatherwick Studio’s Learning Hub exhibits ‘hive towers’ with open circulation

Organic yet modernistic - the new Learning Hub for the Nanjang Technological University designed by Thomas Heatherwick's studio (and fabricated by CPG consultants), makes its ceremonious debut after more than two years in construction phase. Envisaged as an incredible architectural component of the Singaporean university's campus redevelopment plan, the Learning Hub is all about catering…


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Vienna will boast of the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Steel reinforcements and glass are the primary components of any 'respectable' skyscraper. But architectural firm Rüdiger Lainer and Partner has put a timber spin to this conventional notion with their incredible 84 m (276 ft) high HoHo project - which is envisioned to be the tallest wooden skyscraper of its kind. To be constructed from…


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Nomadic Shelter: A temporary modular cabin designed for festival goers

In December last year, we talked about B-And-Bee - an accommodation setup for festival goers. Following on the heels of the same design scope, is the above pictured Nomadic Shelter, a modular habitation unit envisaged by Norwegian Salt Siida Workshop for the hardy festival-going folk. To that end, the entire installation boasts of a substantial…



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The Canadian Cliff House flaunts its delicate location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

Last year, Modscape unveiled their design concept that showcased a 'suspended' house precariously perched atop the edge of a cliff. Well, the Cliff House by Canadian-studio MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple architects seems to have achieved this delicate positioning in reality, and the result is quite impressive to see. Situated in the maritime province of Nova Scotia, the…



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Cairo’s Gate Residence: A grandiosely conceived ‘collective’ hub of green technology

Mixed-use complexes are nothing new in the field of contemporary architecture, with their combined usage patterns encompassing residential as well as commercial spaces. However, Cairo's Gate Residence, designed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures (VCA), is not only about its circulation and habitable ambit; the grand building will also boast of a flurry of green technologies fused…



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