Discussion Topic 11: Gone Green

    Wadden Sea Centre is a building which is set in a very natural surrounding of the Wadden Sea. It was a farmhouse earlier, which was then transformed into the building it is today. “Instead of reading a large contemporary building landing onto the site, we wanted the project to appear as something which grows from the landscape, something which is at home in the ecology of the Wadden Sea”, says Pielmand the lead Architecht of this structure. He has used thatched roof in context of the surroundings, the building appears as a very natural part of the landscape. This had its own challenges as the wind and air could easily spread fire across the thatched roof, so the architect decided to use a layer of fibre glass membrane on the ceiling to reduce air flow, at the same time maintain the ventilation. I feel the costs involved are not much compared to a tall concrete building, but I feel more innovative thinking is required to create such a building model. This model will not be able to replace todays modern designs as the need of the hour is vertical expansion, for which we need stronger materials and more efficient designing, even though it compromises on the ‘green’ development ideas. This could be used for certain kinds of educational & research centres, or particular buildings that have a certain purpose to be close to natural surroundings.

Source: https://arcspace.com/article/ida_wadden-sea-centre/

  1. The COR building in MIAMI
    This is a lean green eco machine. This building was especially designed with a focus on complete green technology to make it as eco-friendly as possible. It house residential and commercial units, as well as some retail space. It has recycled glass floors, bamboo lined interiors and uses all energy star (energy saving) appliances. it is the perfect integration and amalgamation of all the green technologies available today; i.e. wind turbines, photovoltaic panels and solar hot water generation. Such a creative and innovative building. The costs involved in these technologically advanced buildings must be high in the beginning, but it is a one-time cost. Once these green technologies are installed, they require little or no maintenance and also they continuously generate free of cost energy. Whether it is electricity or hot water systems, the building becomes an example for others to move forward with design and renewable power generation. This is a very good alternative to traditional designs which have no green sources of power and constantly exploit the Earth’s resources.

Source: https://inhabitat.com/new-green-tower-in-miami-the-cor-building/

  1. The Clock-Shadow Building Milwaukee
    This is the best example of a landmark sustainable building made to address community care and giving back to the environment. It was built on a brownfield site which had bad soil. It made maximum use of space to create a healthcare centre for the underprivileged. It was planned in such way that a good 30% of its construction materials are recycled materials such as used kitchen cabinets, rusted steel panels, reclaimed wood siding etc. it generates its own water for cooling and heating the building during the various seasons through a geo-thermal system drilled in its flooring. It saved the used water discharge into Michigan lake by installing a 5000 gallon flush water cistern (one of its kind) and also a green roof. The architects purchased green energy to significantly reduce energy consumption on the site. All this was done with a strict budget and hence, this is one of the most amazingly planned urban buildings of all which meets all the criteria of ‘green energy’ and also makes a different to the society. This is a very good alternative to traditionally designed buildings near lakes and reservoirs.

Source: https://www.architectmagazine.com/awards/2013-aia-cote-top-ten-green-projects-clock-shadow-building-1_o