Built with algae
French architects have chosen China as the location for the world’s greenest building. A significant role will be played by algae, which seems to make almost any dream come true. No wonder the project is named French Dream Towers.
The plans just unveiled for the new, 180-metre-high timber tower designed for the Sydney-based software giant Atlassian represent a milestone in environmentally friendly construction using this renewable raw material.
Its heyday as a traditional mass building material is long gone. But sustainability has made loam interesting again. One recent example is the new Alnatura Campus in Darmstadt. Here, the architects have given loam construction an exciting comeback.
Architect Gianluca Santosuosso asked himself, “How would nature respond to this brief?” – and turned to a beehive as a model for residential housing. His “HIVE Project” tackles current challenges with a completely new approach that benefits humans, animals and plants collectively.
Without a trace
The architecture bureau cepezed has designed a “Building D(emountable)” for the Dutch city of Delft. The building is entirely removable.