Daily Dose: “Reflective” Buildings

Add to TwitterGreen building is big, and undoubtedly it’s affected you or your company in some way, be that a major shift in building materials and design or simply fewer printed documents around the office. Environmental attention and concern has also heralded in a nature-inspired style of contemporary architecture. Perhaps not surprisingly, these buildings also exhibit some of the leading green practices of today’s building industry.

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Centre for Disease Control Complex, detail and nautilus shell

The nautilus shell is recognized for its geometric perfection and is the inspiration behind the design for the Centre for Disease (CDC) Complex in Taiwan. The four symbols of the DNA sequence are intertwined to form the patterned walls and the inner chambers of the building spiral toward the center, much like the actual construction of the shells themselves.

Community Rowing Boathouse

Community Rowing Boathouse

The Community Rowing Boathouse in Boston, MA was a featured project in last month’s Architectural Record. It is naturally ventilated, has low-flow plumbing and will sport a green roof once funding is secured. The image shows the south side of the building facing the street where cladding switches to horizontal louvers that mimic the waves of the nearby river.


Vertical Farm Design by Vincent Callebaut

Vincent Callebaut’s Vertical Farm is still in the design stage; Callebaut is hoping it will be constructed in New York. It’s based on a dragonfly’s wing and the “exoskeleton” is made up of steel and glass. The farm would house plants and animals in its wings and sport exterior gardens to collect and filter rain.


Yellow Treehouse Restaurant

Last (and absolutely not least!) is the Yellow Treehouse Restaurant in Aukland, New Zealand. The pine and poplar beams attached to a redwood tree resemble the construction of a moth’s nest. This luminous structure is the product of Pacific Environments Architects, Ltd. and seats eighteen diners.

Today’s Daily Dose is entitled “Reflective” Buildings for the obvious reason that these designs are relective of natural phenomena, but also because the buildings encourage our awareness of the responsibility we each have to protect the earth’s natural resources and creations. If you haven’t already, please do take the time to reflect on what you can do – however large or small – to live or build green.

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