AD Magazine Shows 7 Top Examples Of Sustainable Architecture Projects – The sustainable design and use of eco-friendly materials are going to be two of the main concerns for this year’s interior designers and architects. Whether we are talking about unique interior design projects or spectacular modern architecture projects, we can say that the design world as we know it is starting to change its environmental perspective one step at a time. Eco-friendly living has even seeped into some of the largest man-made projects in the world: skyscrapers. From the heart of midtown Manhattan and the Rick Cook–crafted Bank of America Tower to the verdant Oasia Hotel in downtown Singapore, the Architectural Digest team presented 7 incredible modern architecture projects that are showing the best of the sustainable architecture concept:
#1 Bank of America Tower (New York City)
Designed by American architect Rick Cook, the Bank of America Tower in New York City is at the forefront of sustainable architecture projects. Besides featuring floor-to-ceiling window glazing, which traps heat and maximizes natural light, the modern building collects rainwater to reuse throughout the structure.
#2 Shanghai Tower
Located in Shanghai, this 2,073 modern skyscraper was designed and is considered as the second tallest building in the world, behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. This sustainable architecture project features several modern details such 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.
#3 Bahrain World Trade Center
Created by Atkins in 2008, the sustainable architecture project that is now known as the famous Bahrain World Trade Center has eco-friendly features including three sky bridges holding wind turbines that generate power from strong breezes coming from the nearby Persian Gulf.
#4 Melbourne’s Pixel Building
The famous Pixel Building located in the beautiful city of Melbourne is a flashy example of the trendy sustainable architecture concept. Designed by the Australian-based design studio, called Studio505, the modern building‘s structure uses an intricate assembly of recycled colored panels to provide its occupants with maximized light control.
#5 Sydney’s One Central Park
Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, Sydney’s One Central Park modern features some incredible sustainable architecture details. The project’s structure is covered in 35 different species of plants, effectively trapping carbon dioxide, emitting oxygen, and providing energy-saving shade.
#6 California’ Apple Park
Created by the firm Foster + Partners, the 175-acre campus was the culmination of a dream that the company’s founder had in 2004 while walking through London’s Hyde Park. Steve Jobs wanted to house his company in a new environment where the barrier between building and nature seamlessly disappeared. A ring-shaped building that runs on fully sustainable energy, much of which comes from the solar panels that line the top of the spaceship-like structure. Between each floor is a canopy that slightly sticks out, its main purpose being to protect employees from the intense California sun. The sustainable architecture design for Apple’s new headquarters was designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster.
#7 Oasia Hotel In Singapore
This incredible boutique hotel in Singapore is a prime example of sustainable architecture meeting high design. Completed in 2016 by the WOHA studio, this modern architecture project features many gaps and porous exterior to allow natural air to funnel in and around the interiors, thus saving on energy.