5 Amazing Eco-Friendly Office Buildings of the Future

NASA’s Sustainability Base

The name itself says it: NASA wants this building to be the greenest in history, a piece of architecture that not only refuses to hurt the environment, but actually benefits it.

The $20-million project, located at the Silcon Valley’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Federal Airfield will generate most of its needed power through the use of solar panels. For approximately 325 days out of the year, the building — which was built using mostly recycled materials — will need no artificial lighting. Most interestingly, the building will be able to adapt to changes in sunlight, temperature and usage over time and automatically optimize its performance.

Oregon Sustainability Center

The city of Portland has an ambitious goal: to be the home of the world’s greenest office building. The $62 million project aims to be the first mixed-use office building in the U.S. to meet the Living Building Challenge standards, which includes net-zero levels of electricity and water usage.

To do that, the building will be blanketed with photovoltaic cells for collecting energy. It’ll have an underground tank that collects water and a geothermal well system that heats the building during winter and cools it during summer. Finally, the building will be toxin-free, built with locally sourced materials.


This pyramid-like structure, due to be finalized in 2015, will be a unique sight in Manhattan. Designed to marry a perimeter block and a skyscraper, at 467 feet it won’t tower above the New York City skyline, but it will be one of the greenest buildings around, anticipated for LEED Gold certification.

Bjarke Ingels Group strives to make this building a pleasant and desirable to live, so it gave every residential unit in the building a balcony (or a bay window) opened to natural light. Furthermore, the building’s courtyard will provide the inhabitants with a large green area, an uncommon feature among New York skyscrapers.

Apple’s Spaceship Campus

In August 2011, Steve Jobs proposed to the Cupertino City Council a new campus building for Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, which attracted a great deal of attention since it just might become one of the most technologically advanced office buildings in the world.

Among other bold plans, the building’s power will be self-sufficient. The huge building ring (larger than the Pentagon) will be 1,615 feet in diameter, with a huge amount of greenery in its middle. Apple plans to plant 2,300 trees, with greenery covering approximately 80% of the 150-acre site.


The winner of eVolo’s 2011 Skyscraper Competition, LO2P is a groundbreaking concept: a skyscraper which cleanses a city — in this case, New Delhi.

Acting as a giant lung for one of the world’s most polluted cities, the enormous turbine-like structure would be built out of recycled cars, and purify the air using large-scale greenhouses as filters. In addition, LO2P would use rotating filters to capture suspended particles from the air, then recycle waste heat and CO2 to grow plants.

Sustainable design. Experts have been telling us for decades that we should be building with these two words in mind, but which projects are really pushing the envelope, and which are merely adhering to the current standards?

We’ve done some digging and found wonderful architectural designs that are either planned or in development. The projects are not only beautiful — they’re also easy on the environment.

Be it by reducing the carbon footprint, saving water, or harnessing renewable energy sources such as sun and wind, these projects stand out as examples of the direction we should take if we want to make the world a more pleasant and healthy place to coexist.

Article excerpted from www.mashable.com

Awesome!! These ideas are brilliant! We hope there will be an eco-friendly residential area in the future too, don’t we?


About minesgreencircle

Founded in 2008, the Mines Green Circle is the special Green Environmental Unit of Palace of the Golden Horses and Mines Wellness Hotel for “Better Environment, Better Health”. It advocates green practices amongst the personnel of the Palace of the Golden Horses and Mines Wellness Hotels as well as its guests.

Posted on October 10, 2011, in eco, Eco News and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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