Considering the disastrous consequences of climate, it is in our best interest to look for sustainable options in all aspects of life. Today, the World’s best buildings are not only measured by their design, construction, or security but also by how sustainable they are. Eco-friendly living and office spaces are trends that are here to stay. Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing sustainable architecture around the World.
1. Bahrain WTC Towers – Manama, Bahrain
Designed in 2008, the Bahrain World Trade Center is a unique building. Designed with bridges connecting the two iconic towers, this building has various eco-friendly features to minimize the carbon footprint. The amazing design of the Bahrain WTC incorporates 3 sky bridges that hold wind turbines, generating power from strong winds!
2. Museum of Tomorrow – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Designed by a Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, the Museum of Tomorrow is a sustainable building that is also intended to create awareness about climate change. According to the designer, the museum utilizes 40% less energy than conventional buildings. It has set a new standard of sustainability in society.
3. Vancouver Convention Center West Building – Vancouver, Canada
Located in the heart of downtown, Vancouver Convention Center West Building is truly a wonder. It is a huge building consisting of around 20,490m sq. of convention space and 8,400m sq. of retail space. However, the real reason for the popularity of the Vancouver Convention Center is its sustainable architecture. It received a “Go Green” certificate by the Building Owners and Managers Association for following the best eco-friendly practices.
4. Bosco Verticale – Milan, Italy
A single glimpse is enough to tell that Bosco Verticale is an advocate of sustainability. It is a pair of residential buildings. What sets these towers apart from other buildings in the World is that it contains more than 900 trees on the terraces. Hence the name Bosco Verticale, which translates to Vertical Forest in English. Boeri Studio designed the building, but not without the help of numerous botanists and horticulturists.
5. ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall – Fukuoka, Japan
ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall is a 14-story sustainable building situated in the center of Fukuoka City. It is a hub of international cultural and information exchange, designed to solve a common urban problem – the lack of green spaces in the city. The building uses vegetation to cover the rooftops and façade, building an eco-friendly space for everyone in the city. It features a series of terraced gardens that are perfect for spending time in nature!
6. Parkroyal Collection Pickering – Singapore
PARKROYAL is a beautiful hotel designed by WOHA, a Singaporean firm that is famous for incorporating extensive greenery and vegetation into their designs. The sky gardens of the hotel are self-sustaining, which means they consume a minimum amount of energy. They mainly rely on solar cells, rainwater, motion sensors, and reclaimed water. The hotel also features green walls and sustainable water features.
7. Bank of America Tower – NYC
The Bank of America Tower may not have vegetation on the roof, yet it is one of the most sustainable architectures around the World. Features like floor-to-ceiling window glazing make the building highly energy-efficient. Plus, it also collects rainwater and uses it through the structure for various purposes!
These are some of the most sustainable buildings in the World. Keep in mind that we are all together in this battle against global warming and climate change. So, most of us may not be able to design sustainable architecture, but we can still play our part in one way or another to keep our planet clean, green, and healthy!