When it comes to green buildings there is no defined aesthetic.
Because green building covers a wide range of building types, from highly sustainable passive houses to completely organic earth ships, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what a green building should look like. Perhaps harder yet is discerning a building’s green capabilities simply by taking in the façade.
There can, however, be no mistaking those capabilities in some of the more creative green building concepts, as their overall aesthetic practically screams environmental consciousness.
The New Sky Condos, designed by architectural firm B+U Architects, feature just such a concept.
The first thing that stands out when seeing the concept images of the 5,000 square metre residential building is its ‘sponge’ façade details.
In place of traditional rectangular windows, the designers are installing what they have labeled ‘three-dimensional spatial obect(s) that shape the interior walls.’ Aesthetically, the organically formed window frames truly appear as if they are fashioned from plant life.
This kind of feature is a game changer. Not only do these unique windows allow the building an almost organic structural form, but they, ‘dissolve the edges of the window frames creating a unique view outside,’ offering select views of Lima, where the building will be located.
In the designers’ own words, they have shied away from the harsh geometry of modern architecture and created a structure with a ‘soft building edge that aims at dissolving sharp lines of a typical building skyline and creates an iconic addition to Lima.’
More importantly, however, this building promises to function just as one might expect in looking at it: as a green building.
Instead of going with a curtain wall solution in terms of the building’s overall structure, the architects have decided to construct the Sky Condos on a concrete load-bearing shell, which they say will create an efficient structure that is ‘column-free’ and full of interior open spaces.
While natural light will be optimised due to the specific window positioning that eliminates excess solar gain, LED lighting will also be included in the structure for night-time lighting. The LED lighting visually allows the building to glow from within.
The development will be delivered using precast concrete structural elements.
If this building comes off the page as planned, it will certainly be a game changer in terms of the ‘green’ aesthetic. With the sector becoming far more prominent and making the move into the mainstream industry, looking ‘green’ certainly garners a greater amount of acclaim.
However, if the building fails to run as efficiently as promised, acclaim could quickly turn into notoriety in an industry that refuses to be greenwashed.