In search of beautiful Green

By Winn Apple   |   Published October, 2012

Green architecture may have once evoked images of bland structures that sacrifice style for ecological design – homes and offices as drab as a cardboard box.

Today’s green designers are producing modern, sleek and artful buildings which are both visually appealing and incredibly efficient.

Today, I’d like to share a few of the remarkable designs I’ve run across in my search for beautiful green.

At the top of my list is a magical dwelling that could easily be found on the set of “Lord of the Rings”. The adobe style home looks as though it was carved out of earth and moss and begs to be inhabited by a hobbit or woodland creature. Truly whimsical.

The next on the list falls at the opposite end of the spectrum from our hobbit home. Though not yet realized in our physical world, this sci-fi apartment complex is a proposed design intended to house 60 units all of which would be supplied with 100 percent renewable energy. Solar panels, rain water collection and wind turbines are just a few of the features incorporated to make this property completely self sufficient. My favorite feature…your electric car is hooked up to the wind turbine to refuel!

Thinking outside the box…literally was the phrase that came to mind when stumbling across this “Tubohotel”. This ingenious design utilized concrete tubes and transformed them into a very sensational looking hotel, situated in Mexico City offering a view Sierra del Tepozteco mountain range.  Though concrete is not normally considered an Eco-friendly material, the tubes had been recycled, therein minimizing waste.

The last example is a simple, clean and modern. This little gem fits everything you need into 520 square feet of living space. The entire roof captures solar energy as well as rain water which is directed to the surrounding yard, perfect for a vegetable garden – which would further its capacity to keep the tenant self sufficient.

Like Eco-friendly architecture, Green printing continues to evolve. Presses are becoming more efficient, the process produces less waste and fewer chemicals. There are loads of forest friendly papers available ranging in recycled content up to 100% and vegetable/soy based inks sold in recyclable cartridges.

Certified Green printers, like Bacchus Press, follow strict guidelines in order to maintain their certification. We may not have wind turbines, but we make a heck of an effort to minimize our impact.

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About the Author

In addition to crafting content and blogs, Winn Apple writes short stories and novellas for middle-grade readers. You can find her short stories along with a portfolio on her site, or on her soon to release website, – the best darn place to find short stories for kids.


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