Sustainability in the modern world is shaping the building form in some different ways in the present context of architecture. Here are some examples of sustainability in modern architectural form.

Sustainability in the modern world is shaping the building form in some different ways in the present context of architecture. When it comes to sustainability there is a direct connection, we can develop it from a built environment and approach to zero energy collectively idea of making an ecological design by not reducing the present resources. The four most important goals and the approach of sustainable design is to make it energy efficient over the entire life cycle of the building by increasing its ability to capture and generate its own energy. By incorporating renewable energy sources, a sustainable approach to any building minimizes cost and complexity by taking in the advantage of a passive system for energy needs. Various architectural strategies have developed over time. 

Here are some examples of sustainability in modern architectural form.

1. Museum of tomorrow 

[Rio de Janeiro, Brazil] 

This design portrays the relationship between the city and the natural environment. This north-south oriented building is off Centre from piers longitudinal east-west axis where containers landscaping of beautiful garden parts and leisure areas along the southern length of the piers can be seen. Its components are constructed mainly from local materials with innovative features like rainwater harvesting that is reversible to maximize the energy absorption, solar panels that move with the sun, and the water funnel from GyunabaraBay is used for air conditioning. Priority to water conservation is given by facilitating treated recycled water in washbasins, sinks, and showers; thus, the best innovative green building (LEED gold-certified) in Brazil.

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2. Vancouver Convention Center West

[Vancouver, Canada]

To build an environmentally sustainable structure as much as possible, the Vancouver Convention Centre is Din by using the latest green technology to adopt sustainable operating practices. West buildings 6-acre living room is home to four beehives with European bees. In the foundation of the west building a restaurant, Marine Habitat is built. There is a proper treatment for Blackwater for washrooms and rooftop irrigation. Natural light and ventilation are encouraged in this double LEED Platinum-certified building which is the most environmentally responsive step in modern architecture form in Canada.

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3. Shanghai tower 

[China]

One of the most beautiful skyscrapers of 2015, The Shanghai Tower contributes green in its built environment by sufficient energy efficiency. This building has persuaded green development Strategies and got labeled in the LEED design project in 2015. This bioclimatic design includes sustainable features like,  

  • Water reduction up to 40%
  • Energy cost reduction up to 21%
  • Exterior lighting is facilitated by wind turbines at the top of the building tower.
  • $58M is saved by the geometry of the building. 
  • Ventilated Atrium and double skin curtain wall reduce energy and help in insulation.
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4. Marco Polo Tower

[Hamburg, Germany]

By keeping the sustainable initiatives at the forefront to create the ecological design in the high-class residential building of 85-metre-high, Discover encourages the use of solar panels to produce renewable energy by which this power is used to cool the buildings throughout. There is a vacuum collector on the roof with the heat exchanger which turns heat into the cooling system in the whole building. In addition to it, sound installed Yeh Towers make the natural ventilation without creating noise pollution. The overhanging task protects from the direct sun so that additional sun shadings are not required.

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5. Bosco Verticale

[Milan, Italy]

Bosco Verticale, the residential building created ecological Habitat and increased biodiversity by incorporating Green vertical terraces. Desire to towers of 110 meters and 80 meters in height, the balcony is thick enough for the plantation and extended out in an irregular manner, over which plants grow to a maximum height of 30 feet. During winters these trees/ plants allow the sunlight to warm the interiors. Also, these plants are used to observe carbon emission and dust particles, produce oxygen, and protect the building from radiation and noise pollution. These plants are irrigated by greywater from the building.

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Shivani Dolas
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Shivani Dolas is a curious architecture student .She is passionate about the current and future trends in architecture and thinks that apart from design and creativity, research has established itself as a third pillar in architecture. She is also ardent about conservation and sustainability in this field which encourage her to explore more into the domain.

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