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Friday, June 5, 2009

10 Droolworthy Eco Structures

NYC's Dragonfly Vertical Farm
The Dragonfly is a 128-floor vertical farm concept that will definitely get locavores drooling. Conceived by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, the building supports housing, offices, laboratories and and twenty-eight different agricultural fields. It completely sustains itself using solar-power, wind-power, and captured rain water.

This stackable skyscraper concept designed by Jorge Hernandez de la Garza is eco-Tetris for the ever-growing Mexico City. The Vertical Park has sky gardens, space for both public and private use, and it recycles all of its own water.
Photo by Arch Daily

modularean eco dollhouse
Barbie can stop shaving her legs and run her pink corvette on biodiesel once she moves into the Modularean Eco House. It's a sturdy, sustainable, and meant to be used dollhouse. Designed by David Baker and built by woodworker Julianna Sassaman, the toy house is made from ecologically farmed bamboo and finished with a low-VOC soy resin. Bonus points: It was auctioned off for neighborhood restoration in San Francisco's Tenderloin district.

Dystopian Farm NYC
Designed for the Hudson Yard area of Manhattan, the Dystopian Farm takes aim at both food and culture. Not only is the plant-cell inspired building a sustainable farm but it is intended to strengthen the relationships between producers and consumers too. The concept was conceived by Eric Vergne for eVolo's 2009 Skyscraper Competition.
Photo by Inhabitat

If we do someday face Waterworld or even worse, another movie starring Kevin Costner, Vincent Callebaut Architectures suggest we all migrate to the Lilypad. The concept is a floating "Ecopolis" that can accommodate up to 50,000 climate refugees.

Helix Hotel
The Helix Hotel, designed by Leeser Architecture, is a five-star hotel that partially floats on water. With 208 guest rooms and suites, the Helix layered with a material called "Grow" that has both solar and wind harnessing capabilities. Indoor waterfalls not only add to the atmosphere but also maintain the temperature.
Photo by EcoFriend

Eco Villa

This Eco-Villa not only tucks away those fugly solar panels but it has an adjustable louver-wall system for capturing heat during the day and retaining warmth at night.

Photo by EcoFriend

Cathedral of Christ the Light
The Cathedral of Christ the Light was designed by architect Craig Hartman and opened in Oakland, California back in September. The structure's concrete was made with slag and fly ash while louvers from sustainably harvested wood help regulate the light.

Pyramid Farm
This Luxor-esque Pyramid Farm uses a heating and pressurization system to separate sewage into water and carbon which will fuel both the machinery and lighting. It would use only 10-percent of the water and 5-percent of the land needed by conventional farms.
project frog
Project Frog brings the cool back to school. Bothered by how schools often look like prisons, the designers at Project Frog have designed zero-energy buildings that have No-VOC interiors which might make kids cut class just a little bit less.