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Can Good Architecture Be Green?

Spotlight on Eco Friendly Architecture

Eye-Opening Green Design Architecture


How are architects turning green? Eco friendly architecture and traditional architecture are at a climax. Traditional design methods, building materials, whole of life outlooks, how buildings operate, and consumer demand are changing how we do things. With traditional designs using virgin materials, consuming enormous amounts of energy and creating excessive waste, it is no wonder we are at a crossroads. Green design, sustainable architecture is where it’s at.

Quality Green Designs

Some green architects have embraced green design architecture. Some are yet to catch on. Sustainability challenges are not only impacting architects. Sustainability is influencing the entire construction, manufacturing, trade and engineering sectors.

Eco friendly architecture is the now and the future.

Quality is not reduced in green designs and architecture. In fact, the quality of designs and materials far surpass traditional architectural applications. It is an exciting time! We are seeing manufacturers ready with quality sustainability solutions coming into their own.

Good Green Architecture

Good architecture will always maintain core concepts such as location and orientation, designs relative to their environment and climate and in accordance with building function. What is different are the solutions employed to fulfil these criteria while significantly reducing the impact on the environment.

Below are a few of our favourites.

1. Copenhagen Waste-to-Energy Plant Cross Ski Slope

Bjarke Ingels, lead on the Denmark project has converted the roof of a waste treatment facility into a man-made ski slope. The facility converts waste into power and heating for the city. In an area of Copenhagen that years ago, would never have made the tourist visitor list, it is now a booming destination.

BeGreen2The Leadenhall Street office building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the tallest building in the heart of London, will feature a transparent atrium space that offers views into and out of the building. The tower will be lifted off the ground to make space for a seven-story atrium accessible from all directions at street level. By opening the atrium’s landscaped interior toward the southern sun, enabling the flow of pedestrians and incorporating a bar and restaurant – this urban space will become a relaxing oasis.
SOM’s design for Green Tech City in Hanoi, Vietnam, will create a new urban district for 20,000 people. Applying many of the principles of sustainability such as harnessing the wind and sun to support comfortable living conditions, the firm will also organize the district along a linear green corridor that incorporates low-rise pedestrian-friendly residential neighborhoods. By incorporating existing agricultural water channels into green spaces and waterways, this will give people access to green nature. These projects create rich environments beyond just functional purposes – benefitting both their users and adjacent communities.
At Danpal, we believe that creating healthy and safe, well designed, resource preserving functional physical environments in support of human habitation is the responsibility of architects.
BeGreen3A global leader in the design and manufacture of daylight systems with high thermal insulation properties and mechanical resistance, Danpal enables architects to harness natural resources in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner. Danpal light architecture solutions require minimal maintenance and offer excellent control of energy consumption, resulting in substantial life cycle cost savings. Danpal’s ready-to-install systems help reduce on-site labour time, particularly in open environments or problematic conditions. Perfect for facades, cladding, roofing, skylights and shading applications, Danpal® makes it easy to design natural daylight environments. A truly global company – with over 30 years’ experience offering unique solutions to architects – Danpal® have supported a multitude of innovative and renowned sustainable architectural projects.