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30 Sustainable Projects Paving the Path for Green Design

CEO Khai Intela
Sustainability is a pressing concern in today's world, and it is increasingly becoming a standard in architecture and design. However, LEED certification is just the beginning. Sustainable interior design requires a multifaceted approach, thoughtful consideration,...

Sustainability is a pressing concern in today's world, and it is increasingly becoming a standard in architecture and design. However, LEED certification is just the beginning. Sustainable interior design requires a multifaceted approach, thoughtful consideration, and careful planning. From stadiums that recycle, compost, or donate 91% of their waste to green roofs galore, these projects are leading the way in green design.

These Sustainable Spaces Showcase Innovative Materials and Designs

1. A Sustainable Home Overlooking Puget Sound

A sustainable house overlooking Puget Sound A sustainable house overlooking Puget Sound

Renovating a home with sustainability as the top priority can be challenging. But the architects and designers at The Miller Hull Partnership thrive on such missions. They bring sustainability to the forefront, creating homes that are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly.

2. An Eco-Sensitive Update for the American Geophysical Union

An open-air rooftop with a lattice ceiling An open-air rooftop with a lattice ceiling

The American Geophysical Union's Washington Headquarters and Hickok Cole embarked on an extensive plan to reduce energy consumption and incorporate sustainable practices into their 84,000-square-foot project. From energy reduction to reclamation and absorption, this update is a shining example of sustainable design.

3. Industrial Meets Natural for a Bike Park in Chicago

A building made of cubelike shapes for an environmental center A building made of cubelike shapes for an environmental center

What was once a dumping ground for slag from nearby steel mills is now Big Marsh, a bike park in Chicago. VDT designed a sustainable nail-laminated timber structure that marries industrial and natural elements. This eco-conscious building tells the story of the site's history while promoting environmental education.

4. A New Cultural Center Celebrates UNESCO-Protected Wilderness

A cultural center on the edge of a cliff overlooking a lake A cultural center on the edge of a cliff overlooking a lake

Located on the edge of the UNESCO-protected Greenland wilderness, the Ilulissat Icefjord Centre is a tribute to Danish nonprofit Realdania and local governmental groups. This 16,000-square-foot building, designed by Dorte Mandrup, combines stunning architecture with sustainable design principles.

5. Inside an Energy-Efficient Educational Space

A reception area with a glass wall overlooking a patio A reception area with a glass wall overlooking a patio

Originally commissioned for temporary use, ZGF transformed a building into an energy-efficient educational space. Rather than demolish and rebuild, they opted to adapt and re-use, showcasing the potential for energy efficiency in existing structures. This project is a testament to sustainable design and resourcefulness.

6. Behind the Design of the Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia

A woman looks out into a forest in a room with glass wall and wood floors A woman looks out into a forest in a room with glass wall and wood floors

Spanish firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos won a competition to design the Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia. Their focus on sustainable materials and thermal insulation resulted in a serene and easily heated structure. The design incorporates continuous links that echo the surrounding trees, creating a harmonious connection between music and architecture.

7. Sustainably Designed Buildings in Singapore

The exterior of the Oasia Hotel is covered in greenery and red brick The exterior of the Oasia Hotel is covered in greenery and red brick

Singapore is known for its sustainable architecture, and the Oasia Hotel Downtown is a prime example. With a natural vine-covered facade, lush sky terraces, and large planter boxes, this hotel embraces nature in an urban setting. The interior design by Patricia Urquiola complements the overall sustainable design.

8. 3XN Creates a Modern Design for Olympic House

Circular forms seem to swirl around this lobby for the Olympic House Circular forms seem to swirl around this lobby for the Olympic House

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach wanted sustainability and transparency to be at the forefront of the design for Olympic House. 3XN delivered on these concepts with a LEED platinum-certified building that reused 90% of the concrete from the previous headquarters. This impressive project highlights the intersection of sustainable design and Olympic ideals.

9. Inside Mega Project Parq Vancouver

The exterior of Project Parq Vancouver reflects the clouds and nearby buildings The exterior of Project Parq Vancouver reflects the clouds and nearby buildings

Project Parq Vancouver is a contemporary structure that stands out with its curving, low-rise design and mirrored facade. The use of aluminum louvers and abundant glazing contributes to its LEED Gold status. This project seamlessly blends into its surroundings while prioritizing sustainability.

10. TPG Architecture Designs the Associated Press Office in New York

A meeting area inside the Associated Press office in New York A meeting area inside the Associated Press office in New York

The Associated Press office in New York, designed by TPG Architecture, has achieved LEED Gold certification. The office space reflects the organization's identity and fosters a sense of collaboration among its employees. From vibrant design elements to sustainable features, this office embodies the spirit of the Associated Press.

These are just some of the sustainable projects leading the way for green design. The focus on sustainability is no longer an afterthought but a requirement in the architecture and design world. These projects set an example for the industry, showcasing the possibilities of sustainable interior design. For more inspiring ideas and stories on sustainable projects, products, and news, stay tuned to INTERIOR DESIGN.

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