4 buildings around the world adapted for sustainability
Museum of Tomorrow, Brazil
Built in Rio de Janeiro, the Museum of Tomorrow is a science museum, built in 2015 by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The building is funded by the government and is constructed using innovative design techniques and blends science with a focus on sustainable cities. Through its exhibitions and its partnerships with the country’s universities, scientific institutions and the United Nations, the Museum of Tomorrow strives to make visitors aware of the dangers of environmental degradation and the climate crisis. In terms of design, there are solar panels along the skylight which are designed in such a way that they can adapt to the changing environment. The building also houses restaurants, cafes and bars for visitors.
Vertical Forest, Italy
Bosco Verticale is a pair of towers in Milan that are designed to look like a vertical forest with plants lining each floor of the buildings. Designed by Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra, the building is a residential and office complex where you can rent apartments listed on Airbnb for £184 per night.
Solar house, West Bengal
Built by Linus Kendall and his wife Rupsa Nath in Baruipur, this sustainable house is made of mud and bamboo and survived a cyclone. It is a balanced mix of reinforced concrete frame (RCC) with sustainable materials like bamboo and thatch. Kendall is a Swedish climate change researcher while Nath is an artist. With Kendall’s sharp scientific use of non-toxic materials and Nath’s artistic eye, their home of a genius in balance. It was designed by Laurent Fournier, who is a sustainable architect and built by Indian craftsmen. They have a small pond in front of their house next to which they grow their vegetables and fruits in a completely organic way.
Headquarters of Sanko, Turkey
Sanko industries is one of the oldest companies in Turkey. Its headquarters in Turkey, designed by RMJM Milano, is one of the best-known architectural landmarks for its sustainable and innovative features like the greenery outside that will offset solar radiation and make the interiors cooler. The spacious atrium inside the building is open and airy, allowing natural light to illuminate the area. This reduces electricity consumption, although most of it uses renewable sources.