This impressive German High School is actually an old WW II Armory transformed into a solar-powered, daylit marvel. While the structural elements remain, the new roof is covered in translucent solar panels and glass, bringing the outdoors in while producing 225 kW of clean energy. Prefab classrooms tucked inside the naturally ventilated building provide an energy-efficient space to learn in.
One of the most elegant buildings we have ever come across is Singapore’s green-roofed art school at Nanyang Technological University by CPG Consultants. Like a stroke of calligraphy writ large, two sweeping green roofs create a mesmerizing effect that turns the building into pure landscape. The roof is as smart as it is beautiful – the carpet of grass controls storm water by soaking up monsoon, significantly reduces cooling loads, and adds biodiversity to the campus.