Sometimes we need to look back in order to move forward and the most progressive architects, looked centuries back for some green roofs inspiration. These architects have designed some of the most impressive green architecture that we see rising today. There are many benefits into incorporating nature with architecture such as reducing the costs of heating/cooling which in turn mitigates the urban heat island effect, encouraging the local wildlife and a reduction in dust and smog levels. These buildings seamlessly connect to the surrounding environment and celebrate the beauty of nature. Without further ado, in no particular order let’s look at 20 Must-See Buildings that have Breathing Lush Walls and Green Roofs.
:: 1 :: Nanyang School of Art | Location: Singapore | Architects: CPG Consultants | Project Year: 2007 | Photographs: CPG Consultants | Type: Educational
:: 2 :: California Academy of Sciences | Location: San Francisco, CA, USA | Architects: Renzo Piano | Project Year: 2008 | Photographs: Tim Griffith | Type: Educational
:: 3 :: Villa Bio | Location: Barcelona, Spain | Architects: Enric Ruiz-Geli | Project Year: 2005 | Photographs: Lluís Ros / Optical Adiction| Type: Residential
:: 4 :: Edgeland House | Location: Austin, Texas, USA | Architects: Bercy Chen Studio | Project Year: 2012 | Photographs: Paul Bardagjy | Type: Residential
:: 5 :: Stone House | Location: Dong Trieu, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam | Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects | Project Year: 2011 | Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki | Type: Residential
:: 6 :: Nine Bridges “The Forum” | Location: Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea | Architects: D·LIM Architects | Project Year: 2013| Photographs: Joonhwan Yoon | Type: Mixed Use Architecture
:: 7 :: Bosco Verticale “The Vertical Forest” | Location: Milan, Italy | Architects: Boeri Studio | Project Year: 2014| Photographs: Kirsten Bucher | Type: Mixed Use Architecture
:: 8 :: The Meera House “Sky Garden House” | Location: Sentosa Island, Singapore | Architects: Guz Architects | Project Year: 2010 | Photographs: Patrick Bingham Hall | Type: Residential
:: 9 :: Green Screen House | Location: Saitama, Japan | Architects: Hideo Kumaki Architect Office | Project Year: 2012 | Photographs: Yukinori Okamura | Type: Residential
:: 10 :: Farming Kindergarten | Location: Biên Hòa, Dong Nai, Vietnam | Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects | Project Year: 2013 | Photographs: Gremsy, Hiroyuki Oki | Type: Educational
:: 11 :: Ewha Womans University | Location: Seoul, South Korea | Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture | Project Year: 2008 | Photographs: André Morin | Type: Educational
:: 13 :: OUTrial House | Location: Książenice, Poland | Architects: KWK PROMES | Project Year: 2007 | Photographs: KWK PROMES | Type: Residential
:: 14 :: Ann Demeulemeester Shop | Location: Gangham district of Seoul, South Korea | Architects: Mass Studies | Project Year: 2007 | Photographs: Mass Studies | Type: Commercial
:: 15 :: Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse | Location: Dietikon, Switzerland | Architects: Vetsch Architektur | Project Year: 2008 | Photographs: vetsch architektur | Type: Residential
:: 16 :: Naman Retreat the Babylon | Location: Ngũ Hành Sơn, Da Nang, Vietnam | Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects | Project Year: 2015 | Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki | Type: Hospitality, Hotel
:: 17 :: House for Trees | Location: Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects | Project Year: 2014| Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki | Type: Residential
:: 18 :: CR Land Guanganmen Green Technology Showroom | Location: Beijing, China | Architects: Vector Architects | Project Year: 2008| Photographs: Vector Architects | Type: Cultural Architecture, Pavilion
:: 19 :: Malator House | Location: Pelmbrokeshire, Wales, UK | Architects: Future Systems | Project Year: 1998| Photographs: Future Systems | Type: Residential
:: 20 :: Stacking Green | Location: Saigon, Vietnam | Architects: Vo Trong Nghia Architects | Project Year: 2012| Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki | Type: Residential
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