Some offices have taken the environment, health rather seriously. They have taken active steps in this direction. They have created workspaces which will as far as possible not have any adverse effects on nature. Here are few such examples of sustainable workspaces which will inspire others to take the same path while designing their offices.
Rijkswaterstaat Head Office
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Located in the Netherlands, this office was built in the year 2009. The office is designed in such a way that the noise of the traffic from the adjacent highway does not disturb the employees. There are arrangements to block the wrath of the sun as well. The wood used is FSC certified. There are solar panels on the roof. Meetings are held in the eco-friendly green roof terrace. This office has received certification from well known organisations like GreenCalc and BREEAM(environmental assessment methods for buildings).
If you want to see the superb amalgamation of eco friendly design and modern architecture, then you must check out Eco Park by Arkus. The project has four offices. These are separated from each other by vegetation. This helps in making the offices a part of the natural landscape and it also helps in insulation. The double roof of the structure helps in maintaining consistent temperatures. It helps in retention of heat so that heat does not get wasted.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Building in London
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You can probably call PricewaterhouseCoopers Building the most environment-friendly building in London. All the employees can control the heat and light system of their workspace with the help of the integrated IT system. This helps in preventing wastage of heat and light. The concrete has 80% recycled aggregate. The wasted heat is recycled in order to maintain the temperature of the structure. Recycled cooking oil is used for producing part of the building’s energy. The building has solar thermal panels.
LEED Gold office in Culver City
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This green office is due to the joint efforts of The Cuningham Group and REThink Development. They have made use of shipping containers in making the office. The office has beautiful indoor gardens. The office has natural light and there is ample ventilation. This place was earlier MGM studio warehouse. Today it is the symbol of sustainability and eco friendliness.
Macquarie Bank’s office in Sydney
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This is an energy efficient office. The headquarters of the bank was redesigned by Clive Wilkinson Architects (CWA), which is a California based company. Energy consumption of this redesigned office reduced by almost 50%. This ten storied building has ample amount of natural light.There are 26 meeting pods in this building. These help in communicating with the entire workplace.
Crystal forest office of Except
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This office is located in Amsterdam. They have made use of an abandoned shipyard to make the office. This is a perfect eco-friendly and energy neutral office, which is created by the Worldwide sustainability cooperative Except. This place makes use of chlorine free rain water. They have arrangements to produce food indoors. The modular hydroponic modules are used for the purpose of producing the food indoors. All the facilities and luxuries are available in this glass office. The plants in the office are not just for show. They actually help in filtering the air. The crystal office can be dismantled and you can just pick it up and move on.
These office spaces are an inspiration and show how eco friendly offices help in saving earth and it also helps in improving the productivity of the employees. They do not add to the deterioration of the climate.