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30 Amazing White Buildings That Help to Fight Global Warming

According to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, white roofs would help to fight global warming.
Here you can view some old and modern examples of completely white buildings.

According to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, white roofs would  help to fight global warming and contribute to the solution of urban problems such as heat islands formed in large cities.

This solution would reduce the cost with the use of air conditioning which reduces the emission of carbon dioxide, reduces the heat in buildings that do not use air conditioning ventilation and improve roof insulation.
This happens because while most of the dark-colored roofs reflect only 20% of the sunlight the white roof reflects 60% to 80% of sunlight diminishing the effects caused by the incidence of sunlight and helping to combat global warming.

In Mediterranean countries, this is a traditional practice for centuries. It’s the cheap solution for people used to live with very hot temperatures during several months. So, why not use it to fight global warming in other parts of the world?

As I always liked white houses, I thought about collecting a few images of beautiful and completely white buildings. Some of them are still projects but you can view more information about them by clicking the source links.

Wat Rong Khun
a contemporary unconventional buddhist and Hindu temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

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Monastery Panagía Chosoviótisa

Amargos Island, Greece

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Parish Church Complex of Marco de Canevezes, Portugal

by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza

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House-museum Salvador Dalí – Portlligat

the place in which he normally lived and worked up till 1982 when, upon Gala’s death, he took up residence at Púbol Castle.

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The Three Graces: Dubai

by Lars Spuybroek

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Helix Hotel: Dubai

Designed by Leeser Architects and forming a captivating corkscrew from top to bottom with no clear breaks, the entire structure garners green energy from both the sun and the wind, and flows from retail and residential to hotel suites and saunas.


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Cardboard Building – Westcliff on Sea

The Cardboard Building at Westcliff Primary School is a detached activity space that showcases the potential of cardboard as a sustainable construction material. Designed by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture.


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Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun

with a distinctive architectural style modelled after the mythical Myinmo taung or Mount Meru, built in 1816

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Tokyo Residence by Yasuhiro Yamashita

a great example of how you can use just a small piece of land to build an really interesting piece of architecture.

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Pyramid house

in Tatuí, in the State of São Paulo, Brazil

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Tempodrom (Berlin)

performing arts center

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Catholic Church of the Transfiguration

by London studio DOS Architects

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Tour de la Chapelle

by Iñaki Abalos and Renata Sentkiewicz

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Soumaya Museum

Mexico City, Mexico

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The Wind Shaped Pavilion

Michael Jantzen’s Wind Shaped Pavilion  is “a large fabric structure that can be used as a public or private pavilion. As a lightweight fabric structure, the wind slowly and randomly rotates each of the six segments around a central open support frame. This continually alters the shape of the pavilion, while at the same time generating electrical power for its nighttime illumination.”

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Batumi Aquarium in Georgia

Henning Larsen Architects

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The Infiniski Manifesto House

by James & Mau Architecture in Curacaví, Chile.

Infiniski is a construction company that specialize in building eco-friendly houses and buildings based on the use of recycled, reused and non polluting materials.

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Temporary Bar by Diogo Aguiar and Teresa Otto

a temporary bar made of 420 IKEA storage boxes built by students of architecture in Parque da Cidade, Porto

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Tokyo Apartment par Sou Fujimoto

With its “Tokyo Apartment” Japanese architecture Sou Fujimoto stacks archetypal houses and connected by stairs to create a set of five homes like no other.

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Futuristic Home Design by Factor Architecture, Netherlands

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Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, the capital of Qatar

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Zollverein School of Management and Design

Essen, Germany

Architects: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA

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The new National Museum of Qatar

the Desert Rose of architect Jean Nouvel

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Airspace Tokio by Thom Faulders

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Auditorium of Tenerife

by architect Santiago Calatrava Valls

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Caumine à Marie Best, Jersey Island

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Milwaukee Art Museum, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Station / Gare Liège-Guillemins, Belgium

made of steel, glass and white concrete

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The Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower)

Tehran, Iran

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Casa da Música

a major concert hall space in Porto, Portugal designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas

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  1. Jessie Will

    On October 9, 2010 at 5:02 am


    I’m not so familiar with methods against global warming, but these buildings are amazing. I especially liked the Catholic Church and the Batumi Aquarium.

  2. Ethics0006

    On October 9, 2010 at 5:05 am


    Nice Post

  3. Bely

    On October 9, 2010 at 8:04 am


    I really liked the Three Graces in Dubai

  4. GodsGrace

    On October 9, 2010 at 10:37 am


    It is awesome

  5. Ubel Ein

    On October 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm


    Amazing structures!

  6. alxymy

    On October 10, 2010 at 12:49 am


    great for environment and very unique artists almost fantasy style architecture.

  7. Pocahontas

    On June 4, 2012 at 12:46 am


    How does the wind shaped pavilion fight global warming? Seemingly it’s only benefit is to generate energy, which seems highly inefficient based upon its conceptual design, for its own use at night. Why not just avoid building the structure in the first place to save materials and damage to the ecosystem it will presumably be located upon?

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