With the world's growing population and our increased risk of irreversible climate change effects, finding eco-friendly materials to create eco-friendly architectural designs is more important than ever. This list of architectural designs from across the world showcases our human ability to adapt and innovate. From 3D printing to recycled plastic materials, this list touches on new ways to incorporate sustainability into everyday infrastructure.
One Prague-based architectural studio has designed a 3D-printed house called Prvok, which uses its eco-friendly architectural designs to construct the entire 43-square-meter house in 48 hours. The house will float on water and is estimated to last 100 years.
Among other notable eco-friendly architectural designs is Daydreamer Design's 'Wishing Pavillion.' Its 5,000 flame-colored bricks are made from recycled plastic water bottles and feature LED lights to allow nighttime interactions.
From 3D-Printing to Recycled Plastic Materials
Sustainable 3D Printed Habitats
WASP Debuts TECLA, a New Circular Model of Housing
Sustainable Parisian Neighborhoods
Jean Nouvel Designs a Sustainable Vertical Neighborhood
Triple-Tier Bamboo Homes
This Indonesian Dwelling Uses Local Bamboo & Recycled Plastic Panels
Inverted Aquatic Skyscrapers
The Conceptual 'Drilling Water-Scraper' Harnesses a New Energy Type
Recycled Plastic Bottle Pavilions
Daydreamers Design Reimagines the Chinese Burning Tower
Sustainable Self-Powered Homes
'The House of Wood, Straw, and Cork' is Modern Yet Cozy
Sustainable Prefab Forest Cabins
The 'A Forest For Rest' Cabin by Jorge Cobo is Ethereal
3D-Printed Floating Houses
Scoolpt's Prvok Home is Eco-Friendly and 3D-Printed on a Pontoon
Recycled Material Tiny Homes
The 'Tiny Tetra House' is Made with Recycled Tetra Cartons
Self-Sufficient Tiny Homes
The 'Niu Haus' Has a Sustainable Design That Reduces Ecological Impact