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Foster & Partners' Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin's Old Reichstag Parliament Building
The restored Reichstag boasts a 94% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, uses renewable bio-fuel (refined vegetable oil) and provides energy for a few others parliaments buildings behind it. Almost like a power station, its surplus heat is stored as hot water 990 feet below the ground and comes back as heating during winter. According to Foster’s website, the transformation focused on 4 issues: “The significance of the Bundestag as a democratic forum, a commitment to the public accessibility, a sensitivity to history and a rigorous environmental agenda”.
Lead image courtesy of Foster and Partners, other photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat
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