Green Architectures around the Globe to Inspire your Office Landscaping in 2020
Mini Green House Made of Grass
Updated on 2nd Feb 2020 by Planters
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Mini Green House Made of Grass Green architecture or green design is a sustainable green building technique. It is where environmental sustainability is the primary consideration. In green architecture, the architect focuses mainly on designing an energy-efficient and eco-friendly building. The bottom line to this type of architecture is that the architect strives to safeguard water, air, and earth. This is done by opting for eco-friendly building materials while following green architecture construction practices.

Amazing Green Architectures from Around the World

1. The Toronto Tree Tower, Canada

The Toronto Tree Tower is a proposed 18-storey residential block that will be made[1]  from cross-laminated timber and will be located in Toronto, Canada. The  building will incorporate staggered walls with trees and plants nascent from its extensive terraces. The trees and plants will help at keeping the inside of the building cool as well as ensure air pollution is tackled firmly.

Exterior Landscape Design The building will be constructed off-site and will be craned to the proposed location. This will be done so that time is saved, and waste and disruption is kept low get reduced. Noise reduction is also a factor that the designers put into consideration when designing the architecture.

The architect, Chris Precht, was taking advantage of the Canadian government funding agenda for buildings that are aimed to combat carbon emission.

While the owners of the building benefited from the funding, the government moved a step closer to winning the war against global warming. 
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2. The Park Royal Hotel, Singapore

This green structure is located in central Singapore. The designers of the hotel worked hard to ensure the hotel becomes an advocate for the ultimate ‘green city’ atmosphere. The hotel, which was designed by WOHA architects, boasts of massive curvaceous sky gardens that are draped with lush tropical plants that support swathes of palm trees and frangipani. The green atmosphere created by the complex extends to the nearby park, which then creates a vast urban parkland scenery.

Exterior Landscape - The Park Royal Hotel, SingaporeThe architectural design of this building is fundamentally organic, but there is plenty of geometric fluidity that makes it loftier and modern. The timber mouldings located above the reception area reveal WOHA’s passion for employing crafted ornament for interior design hence the need to                          Image Source: Global Hotel Alliance                                           incorporate traditions and vernacular Asian culture within the modern city.

3. Corallo House, Guatemala

The Corallo House project is located in Santa Rosalia, Guatemala. PAZ Arquitectura was behind the project. The house sits on an 8,040 square feet area and is located on a dense hillside. The designers have managed to cleverly merge Corallo’s architectural design with the already existing forest. The house was designed to preserve the forest and then allow the trees to interact with the living space.

Green Landscape Designs - Corallo House, GuatemalaThe main floor of the house has been built free of columns. The changing levels in the house are designed to adapt to the topography. The two facades of the house are made of glass, and this helps connect the interior with the exterior. Concrete has been used to construct the main structure of the house. This allows the rustic texture of wood to be more conspicuous.
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4. The Shilda, Georgia

This extraordinary winery, located in Kakheti, Georgia, is one of the signature projects by X-Architecture. In building the Shilda, the architects factored in the locality and the different qualities of the wine produced. The structure is entrenched right at the heart of the scenic landscape of the vineyards.

Exterior Landscape Design - The Shilda, GeorgiaDue to the design and the materials used to make the structure, you will barely notice it from above. The architect has cleverly used the thermal mass of the soil to optimise the cooling mechanism enjoyed inside the building. The towering façade faces north hence avoiding direct sunlight. This helps in reducing energy                               Image Source: Visual Atelier 8                                 wastage. The 2000 square meters structure has been built using structurally articulated curved beams. 

5. One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

This huge building that boasts of 3,000 residences and 65,000 square meters of retail and commercial space is one of the greenest structures in Eastern Australia. The 117-meter-tall mainly residential building was designed by green structures enthusiast Jean Nouvel. The building has a spectacular display of vertical gardens, and it’s cooled and heated by an on-site tri-thermal generation plant. The thermal plant is twice as efficient as the coal-powered power plants.

Exterior Landscape Design - One Central Park, Sydney, Australia <img style=Estimates show that the building’s emission reduction aim for over 25 years will be 190,000 tonnes. This is equivalent to removing 2,500 cars off the roads every year. The structure which sits on a 6-hectare piece of land was built with concrete and steel.

The collection of the rainwater guarantees the sustainability of the green design at the rooftop and the stormwater collected in the planter box drainage.

                Image Source: Frasers Property Limited

6. Santos Place, QLD, Australia

Santos Place is located in Brisbane, Queensland. The building, which has a 6-star green star rating, was built from 2007 and completed in 2009. The building houses a major oil company and is fundamentally an office complex. It was designed by Donovan Hill Architect and built by Hutchinson Builders.

Exterior Landscape Design - Santos Place, QLD, AustraliaSantos Place, which has a 33,000 square meter office floor, has been equipped with energy efficiency features. It boasts of high-performance double shading and extensive sun shading as well as unrivaled ventilation. It offers the tenants a sensored lighting system that automatically switches the light off if no movement is detected after five minutes. The tenants enjoy a gym and a 280 secured bicycle park in the basement.

It was constructed using 20% recycled concrete and 90% recycled steel.

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7. Fusionopolis Building, Singapore

This is a massive research and development complex that houses a wide array of tenants, from government agencies, retailers, research bodies to high-tech companies. The building has a total area of 120,000 square meters. It is located at the one-north business park. The main reason for building the Solaris building is to foster research and entrepreneurship.

Solaris Fusionopolis by Architects T.R. Hamzah and YeangThe building is made up of five phases. The last of the phases was completed in 2014. Two lower blocks of the building boast of plush gardens, a solar shaft, and an atrium that is naturally ventilated. Visitors and tenants also enjoy horizontal sun-shading. The main attraction of the building is the 1.5 km long spiral ramp that connects the tallest tip of the building to the
ground floor of the one-north park to the
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8. Skanska Visionary Building, Prague

In early 2019, Skanska Visionary building in Prague became the first building in Central and Eastern Europe to be granted the prestigious WELL core and Shell certification. The WELL certification is awarded to structures that perform exceptionally well in eight different categories, namely: comfort, fitness, nourishment, light, water, air, innovations and mind.

Exterior Landscape Design - Skanska Visionary Building, PragueAccording to the official website of Skanska, tenants enjoy optimized ventilation, heating, and cooling. The building also has an advanced recycling system as well as efficient faucets that save up to 30% of the water. The construction of the building has been done with eco-friendly materials that are great for the environment and the occupants. The building boasts of
                           Image Source: Tomas Hejzlar,                     an airy façade that offers excellent ventilation. The LED lighting and energy-saving system cut down power consumption by up to 36%.

9. Heliotrope, Germany

Rolf Disch designed this environmentally-friendly house from Germany. He also designed the Sun-Ship (Sonneschiff), another green-designed building. Heliotrope was the first building in the world to use lesser energy than it captures.

The Heliotrope house is built around a pillar and rotates at 360 degrees to track the movement of the sun. This allows the house to harness the maximum possible sunlight and warmth. Among the energy generating pieces of equipment that the house has are a combined heat and power unit, solar thermal balcony, and a dual-axis solar photovoltaic tracking panel.

Exterior Landscape Design - Heliotrope, GermanyThe Heliotrope house reuses rainwater and greywater. For all its domestic needs and toilet system needs, the Heliotrope is self-sustaining. The incredible green design concept that the Heliotrope has pioneered is now being appreciated and embraced by architects worldwide.
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10. Powerhouse Drobak Montessori, Norway

The Drobak school is a pioneer when it comes to green architecture in schools. The school’s green design has captured even the attention of international architects. The school boasts of numerous solar panels that face the sun at a 33-degree angle. Below the panels, the school has energy wells that tap into the immense geothermal energy found in the region. The school was designed by a group of architects known as the Powerhouse.

Exterior Landscape Design - Powerhouse Drobak Montessori, NorwayInside the school compound, the Powerhouse architects worked on two old office blocks and merged them into one. The project, which was called Kiobo had the concrete edifice striped hence giving the resulting building a 90% power saving benefit. The                                                  Image Source: Martela                                         shade screens and other passive temperature saving controls that the designers included go a long way at helping the school save power.

11. Off-the-grid Office by Stefan Mantu

According to Stefan Mantu, an architect based in Bucharest, people are in constant need to bond with nature. He specialises in transforming the leafy exterior into an office-friendly environment. He has managed to turn the exterior that has tall canopying trees into a cozy wooden-floored workplace.

Green Office Landscape Design - Off-the-grid Office by Stefan MantuAccording to Stefan, green architecture is an incredibly important topic for everyone because it gives us a chance to make crucial steps towards the sustainable development of our current society.

The off-the-grid concept communicates the importance of functional spaces in building sustainability and which brings respect between people and the places such offices are built on.

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12. Yin & Yang House by Precht

Located in Germany’s countryside near the town of Kassel, the Yin & Yang house is one that will leave you in awe. The house integrates very well with its surroundings. The roof of the house is the one that makes it most spectacular because it displays a landscape unlike any other that an eco-friendly structure can boast of. The roof has two peaks in opposite corners that develop mountains while the middle region is a valley.

Creative Green Landscape Designs- Yin & Yang House by PrechtThe valley between the two raised peaks of the house will also serve as the rainwater harvesting channel. Water will be used to irrigate the plants on the roof during dry seasons. Also included in the Yin & Yang design are greenhouses that will come to life during winter. In the greenhouses, vegetables and fruits can be grown. According to Pretch, the architect desires to design buildings that help people connect and integrate with nature. Integrated structures that allow bees and birds to nest in them will help at making people feel alive and more connected to nature.
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13. Dutch Charities Lotteries (Goede Doelene Loterjien), The Netherlands

The Benthem Crouwel Architects have transformed an old neglected office complex into one of the best green buildings in Amsterdam South. The eco-friendly building has been renovated, and its new shimmering silver roof has helped the building command respect and admiration in this part of the city.

The core aim of Goede Doelene Loterjien Company was to have its more than 600 workforce under the same roof. Because sustainability was necessary for the business, the management decided to embrace transparency in all aspects of its operations, including the renovation part. The renovated building boasted of a new public restaurant, an auditorium, a TV studio and offices.

Exterior Landscape Design - Dutch Charities Lotteries (Goede Doelene Loterjien), The NetherlandsIn refurbishing the building, employees were involved in designing it from the very beginning.

Everyone had their ideas put into consideration, and this brought about co-creation that guarantee a unique working atmosphere and more cohesive work practices. The design of the building embraces a forest 
                        Image Source: Goede Doelen Loterijen, Archilovers  
                scenery in almost every aspect. Around 7,000 polished aluminum leaves cover the roof, which is supported by tree-shaped columns. The roof shimmers carry a forest theme, and they change appearance at different times of the day. This roof further boasts of carrying more than 900 solar panels. All the rainwater collected around the house is reused for roof irrigation. A lot of materials from the former offices have been reused in making the new ones.

14. Brussel’s Historic Tour & Taxis, Belgium

This building that was abandoned for nearly half a century has come back with a startling yet a refreshing tale to tell. Brussels has been working on its long-abandoned buildings in the past few years. Once the new proposal of turning old Brussels buildings into a renovated and modern city suburbia is complete, the city will enjoy new restaurants, shops, office space, and luxury housing.

Interior Landscape Design - Brussel’s Historic Tour & Taxis, BelgiumIn this part of Brussels that once used to have more than 3,000 employees, it turned into a ghost town after being abandoned due to the formation of the European Union.

This green architecture proposal might be the answer that Brussels needs for this part of the city.

     Image Source: Vincent Callebaut, My Modern Met

15. Consorcio Building, Santiago, Chile

Consorcio Company has taken most of the floors in this building, and the rest are rented out. Both sections of the building have separate access points and circulations. The building has a volume attached to the neighboring building that has three levels. The main volume of the building is 17 meters and is 75 meters long. This volume is bent towards the western façade, and it aligns with the axes of El Bosque and Tobalaba. It is the acute angle that this volume represents that marks the symbolic start of the magnificent El Bosque.

Exterior Landscape Design-Consorcio Building, Santiago, Chile The facades of the Consorcio Building are captivating at the very least. The western-facing facade was reworked with natural materials that enabled the designers to come up with a double façade. The inner part of the façade comes with a curtain wall, while the outer part is secured with thick vegetation. The reason behind the double façade is to reduce solar absorption. This transforms the front into a vertical garden measuring 2,700 square meters.

The vegetation gives the building a sophisticated yet very natural atmosphere. A huge metal visor has been used to protect the two higher levels of the building.

            Image Source: Enrique Browne, e-architect

Implementing Green Architecture Concepts to Office Landscapes

The number of green design structures coming up is increasing all over the world. People are becoming more aware of the need to integrate nature into their everyday lives. Some are going green because they want to feel more outdoor-sy as compared to having a restrictive indoor and non-green environment. As we have discussed above, there are many designs that any designer can embrace or modify. From Australia to China to Eastern Europe to America, there is always a new intriguing design that can transform a simple building into an iconic eco-friendly piece of architecture.

The materials used to make an eco-friendly house must be those that will make the building truly green. These materials can be renewable, recycled, refurbished, salvaged, or locally available. The other factors to consider when picking the building materials for your office may include the level of VOC in the materials, moisture resistance, and whether they are toxic or not.

Of course, a building cannot qualify to get the green architecture title if it doesn’t satisfy the eco-green principles. Some of the principles that you need to satisfy are water, energy efficiency, and the effective use of the available land. The indoor environmental quality and waste management are other principles that all the above buildings have tried to comply with.

And if you’re looking for an easy-way to make your office greener, call Planters today and make that your first step to a sustainable business landscape!
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