Green buildings: 18 examples of sustainable architecture around the world

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Sustainable architecture seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings via CNN Style

There are a lot of ways to size up buildings, whether by measuring their height, comparing styles of architecture or dissecting their histories. But in the era of climate change, more and more emphasis is being placed on a building’s “green” credentials, as environmental impact leads decisions around design, construction and operations.
On Earth Day, look through CNN Style’s round-up of 18 noteworthy green buildings from around the world.

One Central Park (Sydney, Australia)
One Central Park features vertical gardens on the facade. It consists of two interconnected towers — the shorter one is in the forefront.

The innovative city that brought you the Sydney Opera House also thinks green — take One Central Park for example.
A park at the foot of the building literally continues up the structure, as vegetation of 250 species of Australian plants and flowers cover One Central Park, according to archdaily.com. They look pretty, shade the building and send an undeniable statement.
Its hovering cantilever, which holds the taller tower’s most luxurious penthouses, is a design marvel. Skyscraper.com says it has 25% less energy consumption compared with a conventional building of its size.

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