The lifestyle website Opumo presented an overview article on how architects make the buildings they design as green and sustainable as possible. Literally then. With lots of grass, plants and trees, on terraces, bridges and roofs.
Energy consumption as low as possible
Not only must the construction of new buildings be more environmentally friendly, energy consumption must also be as low as possible. This is not an easy task for architects, who have to find a balance between the challenges of sustainable design and the final design that has to appeal to customers and the environment. The website Opumo published an article with striking and now well well-known examples of these kinds of exercises that these specialised architects make.
Examples from Singapore
The construction of new buildings on parks often recurs, with the park continuing, as it were, into the buildings around it, such as at Stepping Park House in the Vietnamese capital Ho Chi Minh. Houses and flat blocks around that park are built with natural materials such as wood and surrounded by plants and trees. A vertical forest is another concept, where the terraces on all floors of an apartment building are full of plants, shrubs and trees. The now well-known concept is by the Italian architect Stefano Boeri. Furthermore, the prestigious Park Royal hotel in the city-state of Singapore has huge 'air gardens', or entire floors and walkways that are fully planted. If you have to go from one part of the hotel to the other, you will step through real forests and gardens, with lots of birds. In the meantime, the hotel has won a whole range of eco-awards. Still in Singapore, there is a large family house where all the roofs have been transformed into gardens, a fine example of how ecology, sustainability and energy efficiency can go hand in hand. Finally, the Dutch architectural firm Studioninedots designs buildings that combine a mix of commercial and social functions, using recycled concrete as a base material, with places for planting plants and shrubs.