London’s Striking Modern Tourist Information Centre Harvests Rainwater and Geothermal Energy

by , 07/05/11

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The yellow panels lining the interior are made from a recycled British timber material called Trespa. They are assembled together like a triangular jigsaw puzzle, creating a bright and sunny atmosphere within the sharp building. Make Architects designed the building’s roof to make use of prevalent natural resources sourced from around the Big Smoke, while its sloping shape collects and reuses rainwater for irrigating plants and flushing the toilets.

The London Information Centre’s sustainable systems-based approach to design and innovative building strategies have won Make Architects several awards, including the 2009 RIBA Awards and the same year’s London Planning Awards for the Best Built Project on a Community Scale.

+ The City of London Information Centre

+ Make Architects

All photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

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