Gallery: Architect Magazine Unveils Top Green Achitecture List!


Genzyme Center

The Genzyme Center in Cambridge, MA collected 9 votes for its LEED Platinum biotech facility, which includes a high performance curtainwall glazing system, a 32% water consumption offset, and extensive indoor gardens. Designed by Behnisch, Behnisch, and Partners out of Venice, California, Genzyme Center’s natural light enhancement system brings natural light in through a series of roof-mounted heliostats.

Lance Hosey, like all of us, was a little perturbed at the Vanity Fair A-List, which gave no real credit to green architecture and was more about celebrity architecture than anything. So Hosey decided to conduct his own survey and asked 150 green building experts and advocates — including architects, engineers, educators, and critics from the U.S., the UK, Europe, and Asia — to name “the five most-important green buildings since 1980,” using whatever criteria they liked. He took the first 52 responses, just like VF did and compiled a list of 18 buildings.

Some interesting results of the G-List survey as compared to the A-List reveal that the G-List is much more progressive, with the average age of the buildings numbering seven years compared to Vanity Fair’s list, which was 17 years. As Hosey says, “the A-List seems riddled with nostalgia.” Another interesting revelation is that not a single building repeats itself in either list, and not a single American architecture firm is included.

The survey for the G-List announced the California Academy of Sciences by Renzo Piano Workshop as the top green building of the 21st century. What do you think about the G-List — is it a welcome respite to Vanity Fair’s A-List?

Via Architect Magazine


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