Inhabitat featured the top 10 most impressive green architecture projects in 2008. I really only wanted to highlight a couple, but I really couldn’t help myself. These projects are absolutely jaw-dropping feats of ingenuity and innovation.
The 2008 Olympic Games in China featured several architectural marvels. The Greenpix Zero Energy Wall was definitely one of the biggest hits. It is the world’s largest color LED display. The building operates as a self-sufficient organic system by harvesting solar energy during the day and using it to illuminate the screen after dark.
This modern structure goes against the classical designs of traditional cathedrals. SOM wanted a theme of light to create a contemporary design the capture the soul of the Oakland community.
California Academy of Sciences
The Academy features an aquarium, a natural history museum, a living rain forest, a world class research facility all under a 2.5 acre green roof. The structure will house 38,000 live animals and is on track to receive LEED platinum status.
Zigguarat: Dubai Carbon Neutral Pyramid
The pyramids have inspired the latest proposed, Dubai super structure. The building will be a self sustaining metropolis that can house up to 1,000,000 people. There will be a public transportation system that will mobilize people vertically and horizontally. By running off of wind, stream, and other natural resources, the structure can operate completely off the grid. The giant, eco-pyramid is already being patented and could be the future for an overpopulated world.
The art school blurs the line between landscape and building. The series of roofs create great green space and helps insulate the building. It also harvests rainwater for landscape irrigation. The high performance glass façade reduces solar gain and heat load, while providing great views and loads of natural light for creative spaces.