Virginia Tech University Invites Nature Inside with Wood Wall Paneling Design

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When Virginia Tech University constructed Lavery Hall, a giant stone‑and‑glass building that houses the campus’s world‑class dining facility, the project managers searched diligently for natural building materials that would help them achieve a LEED Silver green building certification. In Pursuit of Sustainable Wood Wall Paneling  David Chinn, Capital Project Manager at VT, decided on a … Continued

4 Extraordinary Ways to Use Trees in Architecture

4 Extraordinary Ways to Use Trees in Architecture
Though architecture inspired by nature is nothing new, modern architects constantly seek new and exciting iterations of biophilic design. Now more than ever, bridging the gap between the great outdoors and indoors includes regenerative, or even living, natural building materials. Striking feats of biophilic architecture connect people to nature through one of the Earth’s most enduring displays of life: … Continued

5 Reasons to Incorporate Natural Building Materials in Luxury Design

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Seamlessly blurring the line between inside and outside spaces has been a longstanding hallmark of luxury architecture. But it’s time to think beyond glass doors and floor‑to‑ceiling windows that invite the sunlight in. Even glass walls create boundaries between the house and nature, separating the two environments. Invoking a sense of nature need not require overwrought design. It … Continued

The Legacy of Bark Shingle Style Architecture

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If you’re ever looking to evoke the quiet, rich voice of the deep woods with your luxury architecture project, look no further than North Carolina. Nothing is more suited to the task than shingle style architecture, a unique aesthetic that celebrates the deep local natural and cultural heritage. The Basics of Bark Shingle Style Architecture … Continued

How to Create Instant History With Reclaimed Building Materials

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With our current age of technology, speed, and convenience, shiny and new is always the fast and cheap solution for building needs. But for the bespoke luxury home as conscious as it is refined, sustainable architecture poses a modern solution both for creating one‑of‑a‑kind, enduring designs and preserving our environment. One good way to boost the regenerative factor of … Continued

The Benefits of Wood Wall Finishes

The Benefits of Wood Wall Finishes
From visual and auditory aesthetics to its many, many green qualities, wood offers countless architecture and design benefits. Certainly, nothing beats the presence and force of nature’s beauty on the walls of a living or working space. Shall we count the ways? 1. A Color for Every Occasion Rich wood hues, whether in dark or … Continued

How to Evaluate the Green in Green Building Materials

How to Evaluate the Green in Green Building Materials
Each year, building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials, accounting for 40 percent of total global use of raw materials. Given dwindling nonrenewable resources throughout the world, it’s more important than ever for modern designers to make the jump from energy efficient to energy renewing with green building materials. After … Continued