5 LEED Buildings That Are Way Cool [PHOTOS]

All LEED-certified green buildings are pretty cool, from the ways in which they cut down on energy and water consumption, to their innovations in green technology use for a greener footprint. But some go above and beyond the technical aspects of coolness to flaunt some very eye-catching architecture as well.

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This gallery takes a look at some of the most interesting-looking LEED buildings around, from spare minimalism to futuristic pods to buildings that integrate the natural beauty of the land they inhabit. We’ll also be taking a look at some pretty cool groups of LEED buildings that arose as the result of some extreme circumstances, and some LEED complexes planned for the future. Click on each of the images below to learn more about these interesting LEED designs.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.