Public Perceptions to Different Sustainable Architecture Propositions

Public perception is influenced by the maturity of technologies and both experienced and published experiences of these buildings. The following case studies of the federal building in San Francisco and the Lion House in Alnwick, UK, demonstrate how these highly sophisticated attempts towards achieving sustainable building status were received by the public. These examples show varying levels of integration of passive and renewable energy features.

Case Study 1 The Federal Building in San Francisco by Morphosis (2008)

The building was constructed on a brownfield site, with the architects ideas to ‘work in response to performance’ at various levels. In an interview, Thom Main states that the ‘Aesthetics is a response to various forces’ naming environmental design principles as leading factors in the decisions behind the glass fins on facades, and the mesh as shading systems on the south orientation. Although the building was not designed originally to meet LEED credentials, it was assessed postconstruction at a ‘Silver’ level. The building was designed with various environmental aspects to reduce energy demand.

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