Enter the mixed-use development of two 30-storey blocks of offices and two 34-storey blocks of luxury residences on top of a four-storey retail block, and you’ll find a lush tropical biodiversity garden. Enter the Marina One complex in Singapore, which has received the MIPIM 2018 award for Best Innovative Green Building.
No matter whether the coming of spring has awoken your green thumb, or you’ve jumped onto the eco-hipster bandwagon, we’d like to offer you an original way to minimize at least part of the waste you generate. (And we really don’t mean your latest report, or that presentation for the boss, but real waste.)
Amazon opened a new office in January shaped as a series of glass spheres containing an indoor rainforest. The tech giant’s new building, called the Sphere, in its hometown of Seattle houses more than 40,000 plants made up of more than 400 different species. Plants, trees, sunlight, soil, and water take center stage – the sound of running water and the scent of flowering plants create an instant botanical immersion that takes visitors far away from the urban landscape. "The Spheres are a result of innovative thinking about the character of the workplace and an extended conversation about what is typically missing from urban offices – a direct link to nature," says Amazon in a press release.
Do you know what a never-ending work meeting of a large number of trees is called? A forest. According to many scientific studies, greenery and natural elements have a positive impact on people’s health and well-being. They are increasingly becoming a part of office buildings.
Paper is an ingenious invention that – hyperbolically speaking – gave rise to bureaucracy. Two thousand years after this invention, it is time to switch to a “paperless office.” In modern offices, all paper can be replaced with its digital equivalent. Well, almost all – it is not recommended to replace toilet paper with virtual!