I have been posting about many buildings and structures around the world. Last month I took a tour around my own country and was surprised by the history and architecture. So I have compiled a list from my diary. They are indeed superb structures and engineering marvels.
- Beehive Wellington – The beehive is the name given to the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings. A visual spectacle.
- Auckland Museum – One of the finest heritage buildings in New Zealand. It contains precious Maori artifacts. A must visit for travelers the building. The iconic structure is a structure to behold overlooking the Waitemata harbor in Auckland.
- Olveston Historic Home Dunedin – Dunedin is the most historic town of New Zealand and it has this famous Olveston Historic Home. The marvelous architectures makes it look like a castle from medieval times. A must visit. Dunedin has more places to go like the Hocken Library and the public art gallery.
- Ōamaru the city of white stone buildings – Every building in this town is white made of lime stone. You will not find such uniqueness anywhere in the world.
- T & G Napier – In Napier is the T & G building right in the center of the town. It is the most photographed building of New Zealand.The green domed building has become one of the favorite background for showcasing Napier. It is one of icons of New Zealand.
When a high-rise building commonly known as Skyscraper is build it has immense energy needs. Modern skyscrapers are supposed to be environment friendly too. It is tough on the designers, but they have done exemplary work in this regard. Here are some skyscrapers which are green too.
The Bank of America tower in New York City is one of the green skyscraper. The whole building is built using recyclable material. So much for the environment.
A rain water harvest channel is also built with the building. It is exquisite as it takes care of almost 40% of water needs of the building and also keeps the water table high.
Another aspect of high-rise that is sunlight has also been taken care of. There is less need of lighting in the day due to excellent architecture. Th windows help to bring maximum light decreasing the lighting needs. It helps save electricity for 40 homes. Amazing is it not?
The Pearl river Tower in Guangzhou China is the first zero energy building. In fact the building is designed to harvest wind energy. It will also harvest solar energy and indeed give power to power grids.
It is indeed a unique creation and shows the future of skyscrapers, which will not only be self-sustainable but will also be giving to the society.
Okhta Towers St. Petersburg Russia is another example of green skyscraper. The building is build in such a way with needle top and glass to maximize entry of sunlight. The green house effect keeps the building warm during winters.
It gives new meaning to Eco-friendly design and reducing energy needs.
So we have seen how the skyscrapers can be used to harvest sun, wind and water in all possible ways. The future is bright.
Skyscrapers are beautiful structures. I might be from rural New Zealand but I’m a city boy at heart and for me there’s no better sight than seeing the sun set over a city view that encompasses the futuristic silhouette of skyscrapers. I remember pouring over photos of American cities back when I was kid, I was fascinated by films set in New York such as King Kong and Ghost busters, they just seemed so different from home. I longed to live on the 40th floor of a skyscraper in downtown Manhattan, what view that would be!
Skyscrapers really are the perfect example of man’s triumph over the limitations of space. They also mirror our upward ambitions and pioneering attitude. I’ve been to New York and it was everything I had hoped it would be, but my real dream is to visit the ultimate skyscraper: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It’s the tallest building in the world, reaching almost a kilometer above ground with 163 floors! As befits such a masterpiece of modern architecture, it also contains apartments, shops, swimming pools, hotels, restaurants and a library.This is a modern marvel with no matching the architecture. Small buildings are a thing of the past. Very soon all land will be covered with these tall structures. Seems right out of a sci-fi movie right. Even in New Zealand these structures are coming up, and there is no stopping them.I need to get saving because there are plenty more skyscrapers like these on my bucket list.