The entire facade of the Palace Hotel has been covered in thousands of living, breathing plants as a way to combat stormwater runoff.
On the Spanish island of Ibiza, a hotel uses an ingenious method to keep its guests cool using a living vertical garden and the magical properties of evaporation.
To convey “openness and transparency,” the design for the new International Criminal Court includes green walls and a generous use glazing for ventilation and daylighting.
A new McDonald’s/gas station combo in the Republic of Georgia is unlike rest-stop structure in the U.S., with a sweeping vegetated wall separating food service from car service.
The Bio Intelligent Quotient House in Hamburg included glass bio-reactors in its walls to produce algae for biogas fuel and to provide passive cooling via a series of louvered panels.
With nearly every square inch covered in live vegetation, Amsterdam’s SportsPlaza Mercator complex takes the green roof/green wall trend to its logical extreme.
A planned mixed-use high-rise in Berlin mimics the look of an Olympic medals podium and integrates its green spaces with adjacent athletic fields and urban nature reserves.
Designer Elizabeth de Portzamparc uses a green roof in her design for the new Musée de la Romanité in France, to contrast with 2,000-year-old Roman ruins.
A new sustainable science park in Alameria, Spain, dedicated to research and technology, uses high-tech facades to manager solar gain and provide ventilation.
Two residential towers in Milan are nearing completion that will be covered in CO2-eating, oxygen-producing trees that may help clear the smoggy city’s air and reduce energy costs..