Design inspiration: 10 sustainable residential projects from around the world

Our team is passionate about architecture, design, innovation, education and sustainable development. We’re continually inspired by international best practices and projects from around the world. Here are a few we’d like to share with you. #sharingiscaring #marketingwithpurpose


Check out these 10 real estate projects that we’ll be keeping an eye on.

1) Tirana Riverside
Tirana, Albania
Stefano Boeri Architetti


Tirana Riverside is a sustainable district built on the banks of the Tirana River in Southeast Europe. The walkable neighbourhood, which takes 15 minutes to cross by foot, is home to an impressive 11,500 trees and numerous intelligent design features, including a smart grid with decentralized solar and geothermal power generation and energy storage facilities.

2) Agora Garden
Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Agora Garden

Not only is this building absolutely stunning from all angles, it boasts LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council and Diamond Level certification from the Low Carbon Building Alliance. It uses solar and wind power to achieve electrical and thermal self-sufficiency, and has no less than 23,000 plants growing on its balconies. The luxury high-rise also includes wireless monitor control of LED lighting and a light guide system.

3) Kaj16
Dorthe Mandrup


With an ambition of climate neutrality, this structure made from cross-laminated timber (CTL) and glass is a new beacon of sustainability. The concrete from the old building it is replacing will be crushed on site and reused to create the new building’s base, while the old glass is recycled as a terrazzo coating for the concrete surface. The designer used cloud-based technology to create modular options that will allow interior spaces to be easily converted from commercial to residential, or vice versa.

4) Smart Forest City
Cancun, Mexico
Stefano Boeri Architetti


This energy self-sufficient smart city is outstanding on both the ecological and social levels. In addition to 120,000 plants from 350 different species, the 130,000-unit neighbourhood will be home to a high-tech innovation campus drawing students and researchers from around the world, as well as sewage treatment plants, food production facilities, winter gardens, navigable canals, mobility hubs, a desalination system, and canals channelling water to private and public gardens.

5) The Line
Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

The Line

Although highly controversial, this linear city project is nothing short of spectacular. It promises to achieve net-zero emissions by relying solely on renewable energy. The Line will stretch 170 kilometers across northwestern Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea. The structure itself is a long, mirror-covered skyscraper that will be taller than the Empire State Building in New York. The Line will consist of three layers, including one on the surface for pedestrians, one underground for infrastructure, and another underground for transportation.

6) Fuse Valley 
Porto, Portugal
Groupe Bjarke Ingels (BIG)

Fuse Valley

Fuse Valley will be a 24-building community village built on a hillside. It will be home to a variety of tech companies and other businesses, as well as parks, terraces and rooftop landscaping. Nature paths will run through the area, following the contours of the land and allowing access to the various facilities.

7) The Regeneration Of Pirelli 39
Milan, Italie
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), Stefano Boeri Architetti

The Regeneration Of Pirelli39

An emblematic building is being transformed with 1,700 square meters of vegetation. In

addition, 2,770 square meters of solar panels will generate enough power for 65% of the tower needs.

8) Hive project : Cohésion sociale et régénération de la nature
United Kingdom
UOOU studio (Architect Gianluca Santosuosso)

The Hive project

What if the idea of home extended beyond humans and included animals, trees, wind and rain? With the “new ecology of place,” human presence doesn’t damage the ecosystem, but rather it enriches, supports and vastly benefits from its regeneration. In case you’re wondering, the honeycomb organization of the units serves a concrete purpose. It’s mathematically proven that regular hexagons are the best way to divide a space into equal parts with minimal structural support.

9) Les terrasses de Shenzhen
Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen Terraces

Forming the core of a thriving university neighbourhood, Shenzhen Terraces will maximize opportunities for people to meet, learn, relax and enjoy recreational and cultural activities. The project uses stacked, round plateaus to provide shade and allow natural ventilation and wind circulation.

10) The Toronto Tree Tower
Toronto, Canada
Firm Studio Precht (Funded by the Canadian Government)

The Toronto Tree Tower

To minimize construction noise and waste while maximizing efficiency, the components for this building will be prefabricated and assembled on site. Plants growing on the balconies will help cool the building and give occupants extra privacy.


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