Under this waving vegetated roof is a LEED Gold Hotel and Spa whose green vocabulary is verbose. Using native plants to cover 60% of the urban site previously a gas station is now an environmental enhancement for the town of Hereldsburg California. Water is a main theme for the hotel where solar thermal panels heat the domestic H2O and the pool. Water reduction technologies are used for every service including a landscape system that is 2/3 more efficient than typical hotels. The interior is clad in low impact materials and all the amenities the well a versed eco-tourist would expect.
In the cradle of human’s origin is a eco resort that stays true to its origins. Activate Architects developed this hotel on the Letamo Estate in South Africa as a way to express ecological design through the repurposing of deconstructed buildings from the site as well as restoring the ground to its native state. The lush green roof and high mass wall regulates the indoor environment so well the hotel uses 75% less energy for climate control.
Built in the center of Stavanger, Norway, atop an existing parking lot is the sleek Two Seasons Hotel by JDS Architects. The design looks like a classic building block with a central court for light and air which someone put in a pan to melt and glazed with grass. An observation desk on top lets guest take a peek at the roof. The vegetation also helps keep the building cool and reduces the rain storm runoff– a huge benefit for the city. Inside guests will find a thoroughly contemporary stay with retail and restaurants set next to the adjacent patio.