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.
Monastery Panagía Chosoviótisa
Amargos Island, Greece
Parish Church Complex of Marco de Canevezes, Portugal
by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza
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.
The Three Graces: Dubai
by Lars Spuybroek
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.
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.
Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun
with a distinctive architectural style modelled after the mythical Myinmo taung or Mount Meru, built in 1816
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.
in Tatuí, in the State of São Paulo, Brazil
performing arts center
Catholic Church of the Transfiguration
by London studio DOS Architects
Tour de la Chapelle
by Iñaki Abalos and Renata Sentkiewicz
Mexico City, Mexico
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.”
Batumi Aquarium in Georgia
Henning Larsen Architects
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.
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
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.
Futuristic Home Design by Factor Architecture, Netherlands
Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, the capital of Qatar
Zollverein School of Management and Design
Architects: Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
The new National Museum of Qatar
the Desert Rose of architect Jean Nouvel
Airspace Tokio by Thom Faulders
Auditorium of Tenerife
by architect Santiago Calatrava Valls
Caumine à Marie Best, Jersey Island
Milwaukee Art Museum, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Station / Gare Liège-Guillemins, Belgium
made of steel, glass and white concrete
The Azadi Tower (Freedom Tower)
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Casa da Música
a major concert hall space in Porto, Portugal designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas