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Architectural Developments Helping the Environment


Miami Beach’s First Underwater Sculpture Park

OMA Designed Miami Beach’s first Underwater Sculpture Park. The park serves as a man-made environment for aquatic wildlife and an underwater sculpture park for divers.


The Eden Project The Tropical Biome houses plants such as fruiting banana trees, coffee, rubber and giant bamboo, while the Mediterranean Biome is home to European plants such as olives and grape vines.


Prestige University

In India, Sanjay Puri Architects designed a building for Prestige University. This building solves more than one problem. The building serves as a green space for students to enjoy the outdoors and as a building with classrooms. The grassy roof keeps the building cool during the warm months and the skylights provide plenty of natural light.


Living In The Noom

Designed by the Mexican company Sanzpont Arquitectura, “Living In The Noom” consists of multiple 4-story houses surrounded by a bamboo cage-like exterior containing a vertical jungle growing up the bamboo cage. The greenery that surrounds the building helps to keep the interior cool. The terrace at the top has solar panels and a garden for the tenants. The buildings are also equipped with systems for rainwater harvesting, wastewater separation, wetland for greywater treatment, biodigesters, and compost area.


ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall

The back half of this building, made up of terraces, connects to the green space, available to the public. The terraces provide space for plants that support bird and insect life as well as provide temperature control to the building. The front of the building has an urban appearance. Some may say this building is like a mullet, business in the front, party in the back. The plot where this building was erected was the last undeveloped area lot in the area. In order to keep a green space for the public, the architect created this amazing dual-purpose building. The conceptual design was by Emilio Ambasz & Associates, Inc.

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