Architects across the world are finding creative ways to incorporate green features into their building designs. These eco-buildings are often visually striking, and as such, have become popular for amateur photographers.
By uploading photos of these eco-buildings to Instagram, people around the world are celebrating and sharing their love of eco-design. But which eco-building do we love the most?
Insulation4Less took to Instagram to find out. By listing buildings which fit certain green criteria – including carbon free design and use of renewables or energy saving schemes – and counted hashtags to reveal which eco-building is the most Instagrammed in the world.
Top 10 Most Instagrammed Eco-Buildings in the World
1. Bosco Verticale – Milan, Italy
Completed in 2014, these towers represent the best of modern eco-design. More forest than building, these residential towers are home to 2,280m2 of trees and shrubs.
2. Shanghai Tower – Shanghai, People’s Republic of China
Finished in 2015, China’s tallest green skyscraper boasts 43 different sustainable technologies, including renewable energy sources, landscaping which cools the building, and spiralling parapet which collects rainwater, which is then recycled through the tower’s internal air conditioning system.
3. Torre Reforma – Mexico City, Mexico
In terms of energy, resources used, waste produced and sustainability, Torre Reforma is potentially the greenest building in Latin America. The project, led by LBR Architects, makes 30% savings in water consumption, and over 80% of its materials were regionally sourced.
4. Vancouver Convention Centre – Vancouver BC, Canada
At just over 6 acres, the Vancouver Convention Centre has the largest garden roof in all of Canada, home to more than 4,000 different plants and grasses. The roof is also home to approximately 240,000 bees. Water used to irrigate the roof is recycled from the centre’s own treatment plant.
5. Museum of Tomorrow – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Winner of MIPIM Award for ‘Best Innovative Green Building,’ the Museum of Tomorrow, which itself showcases tech designed to save the future, is constructed from local materials and features moving solar panels designed to maximise the sun’s rays, and a rainwater collection system which is recycled through the building’s air conditioning systems.
6. Pricewaterhousecoopers Building – London, UK
The building incorporates a number of energy saving strategies. The high-performance shape of the building is designed to offer shade and insulation, and the building also features solar panels for the heating of the water system, a green roof, and fully automated building management system.
7. CopenHill – Copenhagen, Denmark
The cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world, CopenHill works to convert over 440,000 tons of waste into clean energy annually. It may also be the only power plant in the world with an all year around, open-air ski slope on the roof.
8. Cube Building – Berlin, Germany
A new office building which is highly energy efficient, the Cube has a glazed exterior coated with solar panels, as well as a variety of other smart solutions designed to capture heat energy. It’s a building that merges the digital with the eco to great success.
9. Marco Polo Tower – Hamburg, Germany
The tower makes use of solar panelling to produce a significant amount of solar energy, which is then used to cool rooms throughout the building.
10. One Angel Square – Manchester, England
One of the world’s most eco-friendly buildings, One Angel Square, the COOP’s Headquarters, has a double-facade which heats in the winter and cools in the summer. The building’s eco design reduces 80% reductions in carbon emissions. It was the first building in the UK to receive a BREEAM outstanding rating.
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