More and more architecture firms are taking into consideration sustainable design when planning their projects. And today we’re showing you 9 eco-friendly contemporary architecture projects that prove that green living is a trend that has come to stay.
One Angel Square (Manchester, England)
One Angel Square is an office building that uses several techniques to create natural heating, cooling, and lighting. Built by 3DReid, the building features an open central atrium, which floods the building’s interior with sun, which is then reflected throughout the space by the exposed concrete floors.
Bank of America Tower
Conceptualized by the American architect Rick Cook, the Bank of America Tower in New York City is at the forefront of sustainable building with features as floor-to-ceiling window glazing, which traps heat and maximizes natural light. Not only that, but it also makes it possible to capture rain water to reuse it throughout the building.
The world’s second tallest skyscraper implements such advancements as a “transparent second skin,” which consists of a double glass façade that significantly reduces the building’s carbon footprint. A LEED Gold certified building, Shanghai Tower’s exterior lighting is powered by wind-driven generators.
Bahrain World Trade Center
The Bahrain World Trade Center features three sky bridges holding wind turbines that generate power from strong breezes coming from the nearby Persian Gulf.
Located in Melbourne, Australia, the Pixel Building was designed by the Australian-based firm Studio505. The structure uses an intricate assembly of recycled colored panels to provide its occupants with maximized light control.
Nanyang Technological University
“The “Learning Hub” at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore was designed by the renowned London-based architect Thomas Heatherwick. It implements a unique ventilation system in which no fans are needed to distribute air throughout the building.”
The building that needs to introduction uses low-flow water fixtures that effectively reduce water usage by at least 30 percent compared to average building consumption and save roughly 7.4 million gallons of water each year.
One Central Park
“The structure is covered in 35 different species of plants, effectively trapping carbon dioxide, emitting oxygen, and providing energy-saving shade.“
This stunning hotel in Singapore was completed in 2016. “The verdant building utilizes its many gaps and porous exterior to allow natural air to funnel in and around the interiors, thus saving on energy.”
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