The sun is shining and we’re daydreaming about holidays, but we’re still thinking about sustainable architecture. Not in the office or the home this time, but on holiday and, more specifically, in hotels. Many of the luxuries that are enjoyable part of a hotel stay are, by their nature, wasteful, so hotels have to address the sustainability question in alternative ways. Just look at these five very different ‘green’ London hotels, and see how they compare.
On a sunny day in London, thoughts tend towards outdoors drinking, perhaps in one of the city’s rooftop bars. On our sustainable architecture walking tours we also tend to look up. But it’s to the city’s rooftops that are alive all year round, thanks to the rooftop gardens that are helping to make London green. Rooftop gardens have become an important element in sustainable architecture: they can improve water and air quality, not to mention increasing the biodiversity of the local area. And, for lucky workers in the buildings, it’s been proven that access to a green space can also reduce stress. Here’s a peek at five of London’s hidden green rooftops.
Here’s one of Christiaan Nagel’s mushrooms, looking splendid at the Old Street roundabout, London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’. You can read more about this man and his mission to ‘cover the world with mushrooms’ in our interview with the artist here.
Since the grand opening of the Metropolitan Railway back in 1863, the Tube has been a constant source of interest and intrigue for both Londoners and the many tourists that flock to the capital each year. As one of the most iconic modes of transport in the world, the London Underground is impressive not only for its rich and eventful history, but also for the sheer size of the network.