Sustainable Office Buildings
Despite the difficult economic conditions, major office complexes are being built in major cities in the world. ‘Green’ activists argue that these advances are inherently bad for the environment, and skeptics point out that making sustainability central conception of new offices, many companies are simply trying to compensate for its environment friendly activities too degrading.
However, since the main offices are being built, and in increasing numbers throughout the developing world, it’s great to see so many new ones have been designed with a low environmental impact in mind. This list includes 10 office buildings existing and future are not only bold, beautiful and futuristic, but “green” too.
Sustainable Office Buildings: One Westminster Place [London]
This 18 floors, 345,000 square meters “crystalline” structure will soon become the latest addition to the architecture of London Southbank. The offices of the impressive glass facade reflects the light through a color spectrum, creating a dazzling effect “dragonfly wing.” The building, which received an excellent BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) rating, has walls of glass plates that create a buffer zone isolation environment. In summer, hot air inside the buffer zone can be extracted for energy.
Sustainable Office Buildings: The Bow [Calgary]
The Bow in Calgary is fast becoming the headquarters of EnCana, second largest North American natural gas production. The 69 floors (236m tall) building that will house 3,300 employees of EnCana has a crescent shape with a large south-facing arc that captures the light and the sun’s heat, reducing energy needs offices. The arc is made largely on the super-strong steel, reducing the need for building materials in a 30 percent.
Sustainable Office Buildings: The Cactus Project [Qatar]
This new building designed to house the offices of the Qatari Minister of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture, fits perfectly into the landscape of the desert of Qatar burned. Its design was inspired by the cactus: it has energy efficient large umbrellas that open and close depending on temperature, in much the same way as a cactus open and close the stomata. The offices have adjoining botanical dome full of cactus and other plants.
Sustainable Office Buildings: 525 Golden Gate [San Francisco]
San Francisco has a large part of America to the environment. Now the city hopes to overshadow ‘green’ all other buildings, creating more sustainable office in the United States to host the City Council. Tower of civic administration, known as the Golden Gate 525, you have integrated wind turbines, solar and solar panels along its facade and roof. Windows, light shelves and a central core mass will flood 255,000 square feet of office space with natural light. (Updated:. The building at 525 Golden Gate was placed on the courtesy of waiting for the credit crunch)
Sustainable Office Buildings: The Okhta Tower [St Petersburg]
In 2016, St. Petersburg is home to the largest and one of the greenest towers in Europe: the Tower of 396m high Okhta, headquarters of Russian gas giant Gazprom Neft. The Tour has five parts that interlock in its upward trajectory, reflecting the movement and energy of the water in the river Neva, which surrounds the building.
Okhta Tower has an exoskeleton of two layers of glass, ventilation, sunlight and insulation against the bitter winters of the city notorious. The building is full of green spaces and social workers so as not to waste energy in the elevators, while in the breaks.
Sustainable Office Buildings: Fusionopolis [Singapore]
Fusionopolis is the result of the architect and avid environmentalist Ken Yeang.The 15-story skyscraper, which has a huge 1.3 million square meters, has a 1.4-km long stay “backbone” of vegetation that feeds on sunlight, redirected through a series of prisms. The vegetation insulates the complex in the winter and passive cooling in summer, as plants transpire and release of water vapor.
Sustainable Office Buildings: Ernst & Young HQ [Amsterdam]
As the Bow River, this 24-story building in Amsterdam, which houses the headquarters of Ernst & Young, was designed by sustainable architecture, which is central Foster + Partners. It’s not as adventurous as some other new construction in the list, but in reality over and above building regulations of the Dutch environment of 10 percent.
3-storey atrium and conference facilities building huge double height, illuminated by natural light, saving electricity. 65 percent of rainwater that falls on the site is maintained by the building system of groundwater storage, and much is used to fill a gap as large green is the focal point at the entrance to the offices.
Sustainable Office Buildings: StatoilHydro HQ [Oslo]
The futuristic new headquarters StaoilHydro Norway has five separate wings piled together in a seemingly random way. You save energy by using renewable geothermal heat your heating and cooling. Hot water (or cold depending on the depth at which it is extracted) is pumped out of the abandoned coal mine near the radiator directly in the office. Once the water has cooled radiators, is reinjected into the mine which is heated naturally by the Earth.
Sustainable Office Buildings: China Insurance Group HQ [Shenzen]
This asymmetry, 49 floors in the center of Shenzen is being built for China Insurance Group. Wavy FA ¸ ADE construction not only provides shade and ventilation, wind resistance increases, the supply of turbines in the inside of the offices. The additional energy is supplied by the photovoltaic cells on the roof.
Sustainable Office Buildings: BBVA HQ [Madrid]
Spanish banking group BBVA new headquarters, located in the outskirts of Madrid, is strewn streets to improve ventilation, and gardens for a greater good.The great tower, which acts as a focal point of the resort also provides shade to the offices below. PV using the tables of the construction and rainwater collected and recycled.