The green building movement in Asia may be lagging behind the U.S. and Europe, but it is slowly gaining momentum. Today’s Wall Street Journal features a piece that highlights eco-architecture projects taking shape in Asian cities across Thailand, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. One project is Ocean One, a 91-story beachfront residential high-rise in the Thai resort town of Pattaya.
Other eco-friendly high-rises in Asia include the residential homes in Bang Na (a suburb of Bangkok) which feature special roofs that absorb minimal heat and increase ventilation and Orchard towers in Hong Kong which use a water-recycling system to collect rainwater to water gardens and wash floors. More buildings in Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City and Shanghai are in the works.