Shopping can now be more eco-friendly especially if you are from Korea with the completion of the Galleria Centercity in the country. Built by UN Studio, This sustainable department store has the energy-efficient double skin and at the same time has the largest illuminated façade in the world. The mall has the translucent façade that allow sunlight to get in giving the inner part of the mall the right illumination without using so much electricity and not overheating the mall. With this structure, the guilt feeling of carbon footprint contributed to the environment while shopping can be in a way reduced.
Cargo containers are now gaining the attention of many architects, engineers, and designers as a useful architectural material. Debbie Glassberg joins with any other container lovers and had the Home Contained built. Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the Home Contained has the area of 2,600 square feet and is made of five metal containers. Aside from the cargo containers, the Home Contained has other earth-friendly features, which include green roof, geothermal heating, insulated walls and solar panels. With these features, occupants will be able to save on their energy usage and money as this will surely keep their electricity bill lower that it should be if they chose to use first hand materials, opt not to have solar panels and the like.
Square house made of wood or concrete materials is the normal thing we can see when it comes house designs. Round houses design is not common wherever in this world you maybe. If you find round homes unique, you surely will get amazed of the Towering Vertical Bamboo House by Saint Val Architect. The house’s design is obviously beyond the traditional square houses. What more, as the name suggests, the house is made of bamboo making it a sustainable housing solution for many of us who wants to help save the environment and to places that needs instant action for environment restoration.
When a group of architects or construction workers wrecks an old building, they normally discard those debris, broken windows, doors, and the like thus an addition to our landfills and this is not a favorable act to our environment. On the other hand, living in old structures and buildings can be scary most of the times. Good thing, the talented people from Zecc architects was able to repurpose a 1930 former water tower and renewed it into a modern nine-story home. The eco-friendly feature of this house does not end with being a recycled one. But also it has different eco-friendly features like the high window for the natural lighting to illuminate the home interior.
Eco architecture design can be expensive sometime especially if the designer or architect is into expensive sustainable tools like solar panels, windmills, and the like. However, I still believe that we can create a sustainable architectural design in an affordable way just like what the Farmhouse design in Bangalore by Keerti Designs has. Aside from the house being located in a farm, thus, occupants will have a close encounter with nature, it is also made of stones seen in the house surroundings. This only means that, the designer as well as the house owners spends less with the materials and the transportation of the materials, because obviously it is widely available within the area.
Source: Keerti Design
Shipping containers particularly the used ones are getting the attention of many when it comes to green architecture. The Dekalb Market is just another addition to the buildings made of shipping containers and this time around, it Downtown Brooklyn that the shipping containers will create and eco-friendly place or environment. The said Dekalb market will house stores of different businesses and local vendors. A few of those who had already signed to take a shop include Robicelli’s Cupcakes, Cuzin’s Duzin, a cookie and doughnut maker, and Maharlika, a Filipino food vendor. The opening of the Dekalb Market will surely be an exciting event, as it will not only be a unique and eye-catching market place but also an eco-friendly masterpiece.
Despite of the modern technologies that we are currently experiencing, Japan has never forget to keep the environment in mind in designing their buildings and the INCS Zero is just a few of the proofs that they truly care for the environment. The said modern production facility of Japan has green roof as one of its eco-friendly features. With this feature, I assume that the building occupants can now save some amount of money for the insulation expenses, as the green roof will surely serve as one. In addition to the earthy features, the building itself is located overlooking to the Nagano mountains, allowing the occupants to have a strong connection with nature.
Green architecture is now everywhere, which is a mere indication that saving the environment is getting the attention of the world. In the Philippines, one of the countries in South East Asia, Chad Oppenheim is selected to design the country’s first green building. Built under the country’s own green building rating system called BERDE or the Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence, the Net Lima is just one of the three towers that are under construction at the Net Metropolis. The building features a façade that serves as sunshade and glass curtain that minimizes solar heat gain. On the other hand, the façade also gives the building occupants to optimize natural light, thus minimizing the use of electricity during daytime.
Energy saving building structures are getting popular these days. It brings various benefits to its users or occupants as well as the environment, and of course, if you are recycling or repurposing an old structure, you also have given a new life to an old or abandoned structure. The Energy Portable Buildings by Elliott is designed with understanding on the current global implications in mind. The Eco-office buildings are just a few of the portable buildings that Elliott is constructing. Each of the building has different eco-friendly features and this include the fully insulated floor, ceiling, and walls. In addition, each of the eco-office building has double glazed windows, thus there will be no way for the heating or cooling system to escape. Other than the mentioned features, the eco-buildings also have T5 lighting with PIR sensors, heating with PIR and timers, and an energy performance rating of B. With these structures, business entities will get to able to save energy while help saving the environment as well.
Business entities are now starting to be engaged in green architecture. This will definitely allow them to not only help save the environment and create a big smile to those green advocate or environmentalists but also will allow them to save some amount of money in different aspects. The City Green Court by Richard Meier & Partners that is currently under construction in Prague, Czech Republic, features a glass façade, thus allowing the building to make use of the sunlight to illuminate the building during daytime. The large trees in the central atrium and the plants that covered the building’s wall at the ground level produce natural fresh air.
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