Innovative sustainable architecture projects | Livingetc

From the food we buy to the way we heat our homes, we are all more interested in choosing options that are more sustainable. And that want and, let’s be honest, need to be kinder to our planet has seeped into the world of architecture too, with sustainable architecture projects becoming more and more common. There are so many preconceptions about what it means to build an eco-friendly home, but as all these innovative projects prove, sustainable architecture can both look good and do good.

So if you want to take sustainable living to the next level, and be more eco-conscious in your projects (or just want to peruse some beautiful inspiring projects) we’ve rounded up a cross-section of residential, hospitality, and civic architecture projects that offer unique and interesting insights into recent sustainable architecture world.

1. The Circular House by A-Zero Architects

Sustainable home designed by A Zero Architecture

(Image credit: Photography: Agnese Sanvito Architect: A Zero Architecture)

A residential extension project with a difference, A-Zero Architects worked with client Lulu Cox to transform this pre-existing terraced house into a space that captures a core use of repurposed sustainable materials with a sleek level of finesse. This is reused at its best. 

‘The clients for this project wanted to prioritize reused materials throughout, and they actively chose materials which have a story to tell. The existing property, though extremely dilapidated, was essentially solid enough, so we decided to focus our attention on extending the property using recycled materials where possible’, say A-Zero Architects.

Sustainable home designed by A Zero Architecture

(Image credit: Photographer: Agnese Sanvito Architect: A-Zero Architecture )

However, this significant approach to sustainable architecture, and by approach, we refer to the practice of reuse and repurposing, has been curated with such attention to detail and honest sleekness that it prevails as one of the best examples we have seen to date.

You needn’t necessarily see the recycled elements. For example, scaffolding boards have been repurposed in a ground floor kitchen extension to the rear of the property creating an open plan kitchen-dining room which, thanks to glazing, gives an open outlook onto the rear garden space. The boards, which are neatly and methodically spaced to create the ceiling structure, have an additional skylight window spaced in-between them in the roof, creating a lightwell for the kitchen diner below.

Sustainable home designed by A Zero Architecture

(Image credit: Photography: Agnese Sanvito Architect: A Zero Architecture)

Owner of Circular House Lulu Cox says, ‘Our approach was to be as resourceful as possible when renovating our house. We wanted to live in a building where every item or feature has a story behind it. For example, our Iroko kitchen countertops came from a school science lab: graffiti and Bunsen burner marks remain, showing its history.’

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