Simple Ecological Planning – with Vectorworks
Today's clients often ask for more than an appealing design; they also want their buildings to be eco-friendly and sustainable. The following projects created with Vectorworks software - themselves merely a small selection among countless examples - show how the two go hand in hand.
NYC Subway Goes Solar
For the largest above-ground station in the New York City subway system, Brooklyn's Kiss + Cathcart architects designed an innovative panelized construction system of semi-transparent photovoltaic modules to generate solar energy. Show More
Green Building in the Botanic Garden
Sydney's Kennedy Associates Architects' goal was to set the benchmark for future buildings on the estate at the Botanic Garden in Sydney and to provide a unique multi-function facility, which meets high standards in terms of ecological sustainability within a very modest budget. Show Less
Bowden Centre won Australia's most prestigious architecture awards
The Bowden Centre, completed in February 2007, is a new educational and multipurpose resource building at Mt. Annan Botanic Garden, Sydney, NSW, Australia. The building's primary purpose is to provide a teaching facility for the numerous school groups who visit the garden every year. However, the facility has also been designed to accommodate a broad range of other activities, from seminars to weddings. A high standard of ecological sustainability within a very modest budget was achieved through, amongst other things, siting the new building in the location of an existing structure, recycling the steel structure and aluminum windows from the earlier building, the thermal management of the building via a ground-coupled, water-based air conditioning system, and the inclusion of a series of plywood-clad, vertical wall openings that act as alternatives to conventionally glazed windows. Kennedy Associates Architects are proud recipients of the 2008 Sulman Award for Public Architecture and the 2008 Architecture Award for Sustainable Architecture for this project.
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Sustainability Pays Off
A new resource-efficient building was constructed for Darmstadt Technical University based on the designs of the Stuttgart architects Knoche. In January 2009, the design was awarded the German Sustainable Building Certification. Show More
Eco-Campus in Japan
Energy-efficient buildings and carefully planned green spaces make the Sagamihara Campus of Aoyama Gakuin University near Tokyo a veritable "Eco-Campus". In comparison to a plan without such measures, CO2 emissions were reduced by more than one fifth. Show More
Hawaii Preparatory Academy's Energy Laboratory
The Hawaii Preparatory Academy's Energy Laboratory provides students a living lab to learn about alternative energy and sustainability. The project has also won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu 2010 Award of Excellence. Show More