The Tower Of Cedars, Lausanne

9 astounding examples of green architecture

In an active effort to combat our beautiful world’s continuous deforestation and global warming issues, flourishing green buildings are popping up across the globe, everywhere from Sydney to Switzerland. This lush architecture is elevating hotels, corporate buildings and university campuses, going as far as to manifest in vertical farms. All conceived with a greener future in mind — the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the plants leads to a surefire way of tackling air pollution — they are aesthetically enhancing cities all around the world too. Here we round up some of the best offerings from around the world, set to give you a newfound love for foliage.

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One Central Park, Sydney

One Central Park, Sydney

One Central Park, Sydney

One Central Park, Sydney

One Central Park‘s two, leafy residential apartment blocks add a greener touch to Sydney’s skyline. The stoic glass towers — created by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel — display over 200 species of Australian foliage, wrapping the building with a mighty 38,000 plant forms. The colossal structure can count itself as one of the tallest vertical gardens in the world, incorporating thriving tapestries of dripping vines arising from some impressive horticultural craftsmanship.

East Village Apartment, Beirut

East Village Apartment, Beirut

East Village Apartment, Beirut

East Village Apartment, Beirut

Situated in Lebanon’s thriving capital city is the East Village Apartment building, created from a combination of angular wooden architecture and luxuriant vertical gardens. The building’s creative personality carries right through to its core, with an art gallery situated on the ground floor and plush apartments layered above it.

Eco Luxury Hotel, Paris

Eco Luxury Hotel, Paris

Eco Luxury Hotel, Paris

Eco Luxury Hotel, Paris

The future is green for the French capital as their nature laden Eco Luxury Hotel is set to be complete by 2022. The building consists of a ‘Honey-I-Blew-Up-The-Jenga’ inspired creation; layered wooden blocks overlap each other in a messy yet refined fashion. Blossoming greenery cascades over the timber, creating a garden paradise slap bang in the middle of an otherwise concrete jungle. For more information click here.

 

The Rolex Building, Dallas

The Rolex Building, Dallas

The Rolex Building, Dallas

The Rolex Building, Dallas

Incorporating cascading waterfalls, mirrored pools and multi-level gardens, The Rolex Building in Dallas has everything needed to create the perfect city-garden hybrid. Tiered columns of lush green foliage are stacked in a twisting column, creating a striking, masterpiece of construction that reigns over the city.

The Naman Retreat, Da Nang

The Naman Retreat, Da Nang

The Naman Retreat, Da Nang

The Naman Retreat, Da Nang

Da Nang’s The Naman Retreat personifies everything we know and love about spa serenity. Trickling hanging gardens replace uninspiring walls, creating a tranquil, nature flooded environment whilst still keeping a stable structure. Teetering on the edges of both hotel and spa, the establishment offers 32 suites and 70 private pool villas, a glorious infinity pool and a multitude of dining areas — where do we sign up?

Bosco Verticale, Milan

Bosco Verticale, Milan

Bosco Verticale, Milan

Bosco Verticale, Milan

In 2014, the Bosco Verticale — two towers teeming with exuberant greenery — was designed as part of the rehabilitation of the historic district of Milan. With a collective total of 44 storeys, there’s enough vertical space to create a heavenward forest. That being said, the twin buildings contain more than 900 trees, creating a sky-high botanical marvel. Fancy a night here? Apartments are available through Airbnb.

The Tower Of Cedars, Lausanne

The Tower Of Cedars, Lausanne

The Tower Of Cedars, Lausanne

The Tower Of Cedars, Lausanne

The Tower Of Cedars is a project currently in motion, set to combine towering city apartments with the world of vegetation. The prototype shows a futuristic-looking building created from svelte rectangular boxes, integrated with the blossoming leaves of the coniferous cedars. With construction only beginning last year, you’ve got plenty of time to save for a plane ticket. For more information on the architectural plans, click here.

PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore

PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore

PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore

PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore

This luxurious ParkRoyal auberge offers an innovative eco-hotel concept with stacked, flourishing sky gardens. Incredible views of the city skyline can be sought from the shrub abundant balconies, whilst the on-site infinity pool and gushing waterfalls boast all kinds of serenity. Bookings are available here.

Urban Skyfarm, Seoul

Urban Skyfarm, Seoul

Urban Skyfarm, Seoul

Urban Skyfarm, Seoul

Whilst not technically up and running, The Urban Skyfarm is a concept currently underway in North Korea. The project has been created to support local food production and environmental quality with multi-storey farms and gardens. Designed in a towering tree shape, the verdant structure will no doubt be a stunning architectural addition as well as an icon of sustainable development. For more information and progress updates click here.

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