Upgrading Building Performance at Museums Victoria



Thanks partly to green building certification systems such as Green Star, LEED, and BREEAM, increasing the sustainability of the built environment has become a prominent goal in the corporate, healthcare, and government spheres.


New structures account for the bulk of certifications, though retrofits also offer abundant opportunities for improving building performance.


Museums Victoria has begun a program, in accordance with the Labor Government’s Greener Government Buildings program, that aims to increase the performance of six sites through equipment retrofits. Melbourne Museum, the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, Scienceworks, the Immigration Museum, and the Simcock Avenue storage facilities are being retrofitted to improve their performance. These facilities are strikingly different structures and thus require unique approaches to optimise efficiency.


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by Steve Hansen | SOURCEABLE

This Incredible Skyscraper Is Actually A Vertical Forest



Nanjing Green Towers isn’t your average skyscraper, you see it’s actually Asia’s first vertical forest.


The idea behind a vertical forest is simple: You essentially turn a building into a giant living breathing air filter, helping to clear the air pollution that often comes hand in hand with city living.


It’s a truly astonishing piece of architecture, you see dotted along its facades are 600 tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees while a staggering 2,500 plants and shrubs then cover a 6,000sqm area.


Not only does this increase biodiversity in the local area but it will be able to absorb some 25 tonnes of CO2 every year while producing some 60kg of oxygen every day.


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by Huffington Post UK

Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into His Home

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When Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon a dilapidated cement factory in 1973, he immediately saw a world of possibilities. La fábrica was born, and almost 45 years later, the structure has been completely transformed into a spectacular and unique home.


The factory, located just outside of Barcelona, was a WWI-era pollution machine that had closed down, and came with many repairs to be done when Ricardo Bofill and his team purchased it. After years of partial deconstruction, the determined architect proceeded to lace the exterior of the property with vegetation, and furnish the interior as a modern living and work space.


La fábrica is a work in progress to this day, to which Bofill likens his own life, as his visions for the future continue to change shape. The industrial chimneys that once filled the air with smoke now overflow with lush greenery, a fine example of the beautiful transformations that result from creative thinking.


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by boredpanda

New World Trade Centre Could be Perth’s Biggest Building



Perth’s struggling economy could be given a long-term boost following the announcement that a proposal which would include the city’s tallest building has progressed beyond preliminary assessment stages.


In a joint announcement, State Premier Colin Barnett and World Trade Centre New York Association chairman Ghazi Abu Nahl said an unsolicited private sector bid to build a new World Trade Centre in Perth had progressed to the Stage Two detailed assessment phase under the government’s unsolicited bids policy and would now move forward into the detailed assessment phase.


Set to be located on 1.9 hectares of land between the Perth and McIvor train stations, the proposal will include two office towers of 75 metres and 36 metres in height with associated commercial, residential and recreational facilities which will include building above the train line.


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by Ahn Jae Wook | SOURCEABLE

Children’s Hospital Has A Fun Light-Emitting Wood Wall



Multimedia design studio ENESS, together with DesignInc and Cabrini Hospital, have created LUMIS, an interactive light-emitting wood wall system at the entrance of the new pediatric’s ward of the hospital.


Visitors trigger the animations of landscapes and animals that bring the wall to life, with the moving graphics capturing the imagination of the children.


The interactive wall has a 15 different themes that are broken up into day and night themes, like grass slowly growing when you walk past, or a moon with owls. The entire wall can be filled with a variety of shapes and colors, and when not in use, the wall simply looks like any other wall.


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by contemporist