With climate change rearing its ugly head and sending major riptides throughout the Earth, architects and designers have realized the importance of integrating sustainability with their work. Hence, here are a few exciting designs aimed at creating greener and more sustainable spaces for us, and helping us reconnect with nature once more!
The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort allows you to sleep and hang out in the exquisite jungle of Northern Thailand, while majestic elephants casually stroll about. Designed by Eye in The Sky, these little bubbles are the true definition of architecture meets nature!
This triangular cabin by Jacob Witzling and Sara Underwood has a very green roof! It makes for the perfect little getaway. You will be surrounded by nature and sheltered by a roof brimming with plants and shrubs.
L’Oasis D’Aboukir by Patrick Blanc is a 25-meter vertical garden housing almost 7600 plants. Located in Paris, the wall houses 237 different plant species and is the perfect example of architecture integrating with nature.
Located in Rovinj, Croatia, and designed by 3LHD, the Grand Park Hotel features planted terraces lined with greenery that lead one down towards the Adriatic Sea.
Designed by Studio Mapos, the Peconic House features an impressive green roof, allowing the house to merge with its surroundings and truly be at one with the landscape. It exudes beauty and class while maintaining a rustic connection with nature.
Designed by Six N. Five, this example of floating architecture subtly floats on a water body while being surrounded by nature in its raw essence. It doesn’t get more relaxing or greener than this!
Designed by MIA Design Studio, each floor of this home in Saigon, Vietnam, extends to hold geometric planters that house various plants, shrubs, and trees. The architects merged nature into each section of this home.
Olsun Kundig revealed plans for a facility in Seattle that composts and transforms human bodies into soil, after death. The facility is filled with trees and plants, which may be grown using the soil the facility composts itself!
In the Bosland forest of Limburg, Belgium, Burol and Schap designed a stilted 10-meter high cycling path, surrounded and weaving through trees and the lush forest. I would love to go for a ride on my bicycle here!
Somewhere in Mexico City, suspended on a treetop is the Casa Flotante. It translates to floating house, and to be honest, the name completely fits. Designed by Talleresque, this elegant cabin gives the impression that it is floating in mid-air. However, supported by nine stilts, it is firmly bound to the ground. It’s a treehouse for adults!
For more such exciting and sustainable designs, check out Part 1 of this series!