There are several components that contribute to green architecture. Architects, building contractors, interior designers, and other professionals should collaborate and embrace green practices in their respective lines of work.
There are endless innovative solutions to decrease a building’s carbon footprint in its architecture, installations, and layout. This section will cover the best ways to make commercial buildings greener in every step of the design process from access control to passive design.
Gardens by the Bay, courtesy Grant Associates (cover image). Murray Fredericks
According to the general definition, the term sustainable architecture refers to a high-tech, ecologically-oriented approach to architecture. To put it simply, its core goal is to design ecologically-conscious buildings that minimize humanity’s impact on the environment.
Gábor Molnár (cover image), Victor Garcia
Hugging House is based on a project that is mainly capable of fully respecting nature and establishing a connection with the building's environment (not to mention energy, sustainability, and ecology), and that through its impact and experience could generate in the visitor the same respect for the natural world.
SketchUp, Lumion, Adobe Photoshop
Jorge Luis Veliz Quintana
Residential › House
Sustainability is a commitment. Ingenhoven Architects celebrate important milestone in their Düsseldorf project.
Kö-Bogen II (KII)
Ingenhoven Architects / HGEsch
Ingenhoven Architects and Prof. Dr. Strauch, Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin
Zumtobel Lighting Gmbh
Concrete and Hornbeam
Habitat Horticulture proposes Confluence Rising, an iconic living tower that celebrates the confluence of nature, art and innovation. Visitors enjoy an entry plaza/café and experience panoramic views framed by lush plantings from balconies at every level culminating in a roof-top greenhouse and observation deck.
Guadalupe Park, San Jose, California
Autodesk 3ds Max
Mickey Mangan, Lucia Lamm, Mateo Aguilar, Ben Donelan, Donna Shibata
Amazon unveils a proposed design for the second phase of its Arlington, Virginia headquarters, designed by NBBJ. It seems to be inspired by Samarra Malwiya tower in Iraq or the Tower of Babel.
Arlington, Virginia, United States
2.8 million ft²
Commercial › Office
Creating an eco-friendly environment is an ongoing process. Rather than getting frustrated and giving up on this mission, you need to stay the course. Below are some things you can do to reduce the strain you and your family put on the environment.
Cover image: Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy Perera