Office Weekly Round Up: Green Offices

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The term “Eco-friendly” can sometimes be seen as a bad thing if you think about the non-green alternative. Energy conservation can bring some compromises, but that’s not always the case. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the more innovative green offices and how it helps productivity and, more importantly, drives costs down with their energy efficiency all while looking modern and chic.

A tree grows in the conference room.

A tree grows in the conference room.

Taiwan-based Ipevo’s office makes use of dried Taiwanese grass lawns and recycled camphor trunks. The result? An office environment that feels like you’re in the wilderness. Let’s just hope there’s no wildlife around.

Plywood up the yahoo.

Plywood up the yahoo.

Fondation Nicolas Hulot in France uses natural materials for its furniture, ceilings, and walls. The foundation was aiming for a moderate budget for this design, and we say that they nailed it! We like how everything looks bare in the open space.

Yard sales are clearly where it’s at.

Yard sales are clearly where it’s at.

Gummo, an advertising agency, elected to save on office design costs by buying used furniture from ebay and charity shops, as well as using furnishings from their office’s previous tenant. The office has a very modern look to it, so this was obviously the best way to go; after all, when has reusing perfectly fine old furniture been a bad thing?

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Whose turn is it to water the plants?

The apscOffices in Malaysia opted to use natural materials for their design to achieve an environment that is both calm yet stimulating. The walls are covered with timber strips to give the look of actual trees. We gotta say that we’ve never seen anything like it.

No batteries required.

No batteries required.

This eco office building in Paris was unveiled by MVRDV in 2010 and is powered by solar panels and designed in such a way that the building can utilize natural daylight and air so that it doesn’t have to rely on lighting and air conditioning as much as similar, traditional buildings.

This building and the sun are besties.

This building and the sun are besties.

In 2008, architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed what was touted as the world’s most energy efficient building. It houses one of the world’s most advanced solar arrays, so it uses no power other than that provided by the sun. It also makes use of highly advanced insulation, which greatly helps reduce energy use.

We’re pretty sure this building produces enough air for all its tenants.

We’re pretty sure this building produces enough air for all its tenants.

The urban farm in Japan is a corporate office building that makes extensive use of plants in its nine floors. The building’s farmers use both hydroponic and soil-based farming and they even serve what they harvest in the cafeterias! How can it get more efficient than that?

There used to be barn animals here before the layoffs.

There used to be barn animals here before the layoffs.

Skanska, a construction giant in Sweden, houses their offices in a building that was converted from a barn. Nowadays, the building is so energy efficient, its photovoltaic cells can pretty much the power everything its tenants need.

A green office can be a beautiful work of art that can lead in example of what energy efficiency and innovative design can be for progressive companies. Wouldn’t you like your office top be more green?