As Quoted by a famous French architect, Jean Nouvel “Each new situation requires a new architecture”. This quote best fits in the modern type contemporary architecture world where architects need to provide better and unique solutions to the present and upcoming circumstances in a rapidly changing world. With the sudden change in the climatic conditions of the world, the global sea level is rising and availability of land for construction is decreasing. The futuristic approach needs to be taken into account for better living with renewable energy technologies.

The sustainable design with contemporary architecture is built to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. This is designed to be an energy-efficient solution which has effective heating, cooling and ventilation and which requires less energy.

Can contemporary architecture be sustainable?
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The aspects of contemporary architecture with sustainable development can be taken 3 main priority:

  1. Ecology [environmental aspect]
  2. Economy
  3. Society and its culture

Waste management and materials are also the high agenda when it comes to sustainable buildings.

These are some of the examples of contemporary designs that are sustainable.

1. One Angel Square, Manchester, England

This building has been awarded an outstanding Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology [BREEM] rating. This includes the LED lighting and rainwater and waste recycle system. This is said to be Manchester’s best sustainable building powered by a pure plant oil-fed combined heat and power system.

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2. The Crystal, London, United Kingdom

This is one of the most sustainable landmarks in London, United Kingdom, that draws hundreds of visitors each year. It has a striking structural design. Apart from this, the building uses most of the daylight where it utilizes smart lighting technology by photovoltaic solar panels. These panels are used to illuminate the building.

Also, incorporation of LED lights which depending upon the daylight present, it switches on and off automatically. The rainwater and greywater treatment at the roof of the building is also one of the best sustainable features this contemporary building has.

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3. Bullitt Center, Seattle, USA

In 2013, this office building was one of the greenest and sustainable buildings in the world. Bullitt Center was designed to have a lifespan of 250 years ideally. This is a carbon and energy-neutral building.

This building is independent of the water and sewage processing system. Also includes Photovoltaic panels to generate electricity making a sustainable indoor space to work in.

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4. Acros Fukuoka Foundation Building Fukuoka, Japan

This is a perfect example of the fusion of natural greenery and architectural concept often referred to as eco-architecture making it a sustainable building saving a lot of energy consumption.

The watering of the vegetation cover and surrounding of the building follows the natural irrigation process just as similar to mountains. The water follows from the top to the bottom of the building and further waters the vegetation on the way down.

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5. Bahrain World trade center, Manama, Bahrain

The 50-floored, twin tower complex of Bahrain world trade center (BWTC) is the first-ever skyscraper in the world to install wind turbines into its façade. It was built in 2008 by renewed firm Atkins. The 3-sky bridge with 225KW of wind turbines.

These wind towers reduce the building’s energy and carbon discharge. This is one of the best examples of contemporary style sustainable building.

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Author

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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