Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Eco Green Architecture

I am always excited to see the trend of lush greens and solar energy being fully used for today's modern architecture. My first encounter to see this brilliant concept was in Taichung several years ago where they have a very healthy community living concept. They have a fabulous Green Zone in the city with smart green plants, forests and floral bushes with comfy benches besides the usage of myriad shades of green plants covering the walls of their shopping malls and all the ugly metal structures. You need to be there to witness their brilliance.



The famous Taiwan's Green Zone Belt in Taichung.
This was my old photo posted earlier.





Last Winter, I visited Fukuoka - Japan and was surprised to see a huge mall
 in Hakata where 2 floors were fully overgrown with plenty 
of green plants, tall trees, finest grass and  lalang weeds! 




It was mind blowing for me to see the abundance of healthy greens 
on a cold winter day.  I simply loved them all and took over 100 shots!
So far the closest green concept I have seen in KL is inside the
KLIA2 which is much lesser greens than this Japanese mall.





 Nearby my office, there is another new concept of retail lots
with offices above. They use natural earthen bricks as bare walls.





The other block is raw bricks with unfinished walls
and plenty of trees on their courtyard balconies.
Nobody has rented this place yet and I am wondering.





This is another example of raw unfinished walls at the
Empire Damansara area.





This is my ideal dream house. A simple wooden house with large tall windows
by the forest greens with solar roofs to tap the sunlight's energy.



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62 comments:

  1. i love that too!! but for me to love that, there must be a condition.. there must be proper planning and design, and not just for the sake of "green" and you bring all the plants into the building or onto the walls of the building.. it make no sense if you are wasting more energy to preserve the so-called "energy saving" green.. don't be surprise, if this is not well planned, it can actually waste more energy and create more harm to the environment..

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    1. It is true that we need to plan and maintain it well.
      The ones in Taichung is well planned with minimal or no supervision needed.
      I have yet to come across a city that could boast for the best energy saving culture with ample greens to dress their streets. Tell me if you know one and I will visit there.

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  2. anyways, i believe that those structures you saw in Taichung are real green architecture and i must say it feels more relaxing and lively to see green plants in the building.. flowers don't count for me actually, they are purely decorative but green plants really helps to reduce the CO2 in the closed environment.. and with green plants indoor, i also believe they design the buildings to get more natural sunlight and eventually reduced the usage of electrical lightings.. ahem, now i realise that my office has a huge glass window facing the sun and actually we do not need to turn on the lights for almost half a day.. i do preserve energy, though we are yet to buy more plants for the office :p

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    1. You should visit Taiwan soon! What are you waiting for when you could read mandarin! I bet Thambee will love that country more than Anay.
      Those flowers are off springs of those green plants and need no replanting or pruning.

      I have noticed the big windows at your office and thought you should install the solar panels that generate lights for your late evening and night time. Do it.
      I have seen thousands of homes in the rural mountain areas in Anhui, China where they install solar panels on all their roofs. I suspect they have to get free electricity and hot water from there.

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  3. wooi, i like that brick building nearby your office!! i have never expected this building is actually in Malaysia!! it looks like houses in a western country, and all buildings in my uni are actually brick houses.. it find it nice and actually cut off the need to paint and then maintain the paint.. i also wonder why nobody has rented the place?? probably because of the location?? you mentioned your office is deep in the industrial factories area??

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    1. Yes these buildings have caught my eyes and attention too as they are new to our country. That is why I am sharing them in my blog.
      I guess the industrial hub of factories actually limits the potential opportunities for retail business.

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  4. when are you buying a house like your dream house?? please invite us there and let us feel the nature.. but make sure you prepared lots of mosquito repellent and also sulphur to scare off snakes as well as protection against jungle animals and beasts.. :D

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    1. If my dream house could come true, I will invite you to hold your red carpet bloggers award ceremony there. We can have wild beasts and snakes for barbeque by our Diva chef Phong Hong! Good idea??

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  5. Very interesting architectures and this concept of greenery is quite inviting and innovative to welcome. But maintaining these to grassroots are important since many building comes up with the designs of green space... many are left once the building is finished and got approved.

    I like your dream house. My uncle has built a wood house lately in his coffee estate land on the mountains of western ghats here.

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    1. Your uncle is so lucky to build his own house in his own estate that grows coffee! I would love that place and brew fresh coffee everyday. Now you have given me an idea that I should be growing the trees to put food on my dining table.

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  6. I used to love that kind of house, like in the middle of jungle, so close to the nature, but after that I start imagine is there gonna be a snake around...umm, I better don't try that...

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    1. The snakes are not always there and we need to be lucky to bump into one! I would buy 1606 from magnum 4D.

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    2. Why 1606? Smart ones like u, can decode what to buy when they see something significant.

      Magnum:
      1606 is tool box. Last draw 2 May 2012 consolation prize.
      Snake is 8398. Last draw 10 Dec 2014. Again consolation.

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    3. How I wish that I am the God of Wealth who knows the next winning numbers.
      I staked 1606 years ago after seeing a cobra and won few hundred bucks. Next time I must remember 8398!!!! Thank you friend.

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    4. God of Wealth wor you.
      Cobra is no 1606 or 8398.
      Yet you won. Many years ago, many hundreds worth a lot. Now 4 to 1. sigh..sigh..
      Cobra is 3592.
      King Cobra is 7133.
      You really one lucky chap. You can buy whatever number you feel strongly, you will still strike.
      Since 1606 is snake, cobra for you, go ahead, go for it.
      Seeing snake is very rare, very auspicious, just buy any number you like, friend.

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  7. Hi Twilight. I follow your advice to buy in July 2015 :
    1) Naturel Product of Spain Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cold Pressed 500 ml
    2) Country Farm Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Cold Pressed & Unrefined 500 ml Cholesterol Free
    Can I ask you, if I buy Coconut Oil 1000 ml does the bottle come with the "easy to pour plastic stick" like Olive Oil 500 ml?
    Coconut bottle once I pour, oil flow down all over the bottle. Kind of wasted.
    If Coconut 1000ml bottle same as 500ml same, then I won't buy 1000ml for freshness sake.
    Thanks for your enlightenment.

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    1. Hello friend. What a nice surprise that you are taking heed to these healthy oils that provides plenty of benefits for our well being.
      I am aware that we have very little choice of Virgin Coconut Oils in our country and I have not seen any bottles that come with the plastic cap that they call it "Spill Free" and pours it easily. I would suggest that you keep one empty bottle of the Olive Oil with that spill-free cap for future use to store the Virgin Coconut Oil inside. So there will be no wastage and no spills.
      I normally drink both the coconut and olive oils by pouring direct into my open mouth without using spoon so that I do not need to wash the spoons. I have to quickly drink a glass of Ribena immediately as the oil is actually geli to me. Muahahaha

      I hope that you are also drinking the Solarized Water in blue glass bottles. It is free and gives me energy besides helping our new cells to grow daily. I seldom feel tired at night after a long day at work.

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    2. Thanks for your detail reply.
      Thanks for calling me your friend.
      You are a good soul. Your wife, too.
      I take seriously to what you shared and said on your blog.
      I want to be as young as you.
      Always refresh to see if there's new story on your blog.

      I know this is out of topic for "go green". For that, I love my greens, eating and living.

      I haven't start on Solarized Water. I only have white colour glass bottle. Anyway, white also start first, deh. Important is sun power, right!?Nowadays sky is gloomy. Sun on leave.

      Yes, I thought of keeping olive bottle after finish.
      But I hope I can wash cleanly to pour coconut oil into olive bottle.

      Per your good recommendation. Olive brand, you recommended, is tasteless and odourless, but coconut oil is sure geli. Smell is strong. Both oil, I add to soup alternately, so I didn't buy Ribena. My body is cooling nature, Ribena is cooling for me. Ribena is a good recommendation though.

      I thought of adding another oil to the collection. Udo's Choice Oil Omega 3, 6, 9 Essential Fatty Acids. What do you think?

      Thanks for giving me the correct name "Spill Free" cap, yay.

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    3. Hello my friend again. You sang so much praises and my tail was wagging like a happy dog. Thanks a lot. I like!
      I am not as young as you thought. My photos could play tricks and I am a good actor. LOL
      This SK Thambee blogger shared his brilliant idea of wrapping his bottles with the blue coloured transparent paper which is popular to make the Chinese lanterns! It is so difficult to find real coloured bottles, so this wrapping method is just as good. I didn't realize that it could influence the water using the sunlight to beam through the correct rays of coloured lights. That means the feng shui is correct about the importance of colours. My Christian friend refused to accept this fact.

      Yes I am also eating Omega 3. The Essential Fatty Acids is very good too. I am sure you are very much more healthier than me! Good day buddy!

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    4. Same here, I also bought Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drink after reading about its benefits in TM blog, hee hee, I always drink water straight after drinking the oil cos the taste is geli to me, but for the sake of good health, "suffer" a bit also ok, thanks for sharing TM

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  8. HEY HO! Still remember me? The buildings indeed are really eco green eh! :D

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    1. Hello Handsome Henry. Of course I remember you.
      You have been lost in the eco jungle for years!

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  9. I ever stayed in a hotel room where surrounding are all trees and bushes and all I get are mosquitoes, worms in my room, so I think I will think twice to have my house in the forest hee hee :) Also scare that there are snakes, scorpions and my "friends" (rats) haha

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    1. Of course I would buy a small plot of land & create a mini jungle of tall trees just to shield my wooden cottage. Just install netting to keep snakes and mosquitoes away. We can ask Phong Hond for exotic recipes to cook snakes and scorpions!

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  10. Your this post reminds of the topic of recycling to protect the environment, the Tzu Chi organisation which originated from Taiwan has recycling movement such as going to the beach side to pick up rubbish and group them into the various types of waste materials, I must say I am still very backward in contributing to the environment

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    1. I am always glued to the TV all night whenever I visited Taiwan as Tzu Chi has their own 24 hours channel to share their extremely good work in charity that has no boundaries. They have so many world class hospitals all over Taiwan to give free medical to the poor and needy besides flying in desperate patients from overseas. I salute them all.

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  11. There is a programme in SG where the host goes to the different countries such as Korea and Taiwan to search for those eco buildings and eco efforts in these countries, nice programme, I love watching such "documentaries".

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    1. That would be nice to watch that kinda documentaries! I pay a lot of attention to the environment in overseas and compared with my country. I had to shake my heads always. I would be happy enough if we have half of your republic's concept of environment and government.

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  12. Last time my office, we off the electrical lights during bright daytime when there is bright sunlight not because we want to conserve energy, it is because we have a "stingy" boss who wants to save money, muahaha

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    1. I love that kind of office concept where they recycle and conserve energy. My bosses are sadly wasteful people but generous in wrong ways.

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  13. I know you love greens.. A few times in your post, you took pictures about nice pretty flowers, and I paling remember one is your Ikea green plotted plants, being stollen, you remember? Solar energy, ok, I dare to admit, call me jakun, I only know solar energy in 2 stuffs - calculator and rooftops in certain houses.. Haha.. I know la, they use the sunlight as sources of energy, something like that. Energy saving, and eco-friendly too..The type of "greens" I like most is the "sakura tree" over here.. Cannot go Japan to see the real thing, no choice, have to see the "fake ones" here.. When I'm driving on the highway or stopping by a traffic light, I often see "sakura trees", very nice.. Pink blossoms one leh, I dunno what's the tree/plant called..

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    1. You made me think for a while the type of blogger I am. I realised I have no definition and directions! LOL... I would say the real green finger is Small Kucing's mamarazi who is a Queen of Eden! She grows everything in her jungle land. Wakakaka

      You will soon see my real hobby in my coming blog posts.

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  14. It takes a gardener to maintain green plants in and outside the house and building. Have to consider the fertiliser that used to keep them healthy. But greens for the commercial buildings are highly encouraged for they can afford it.

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    1. I fully agree with your opinion and points given. I just went to Wisma Putra this afternoon and saw all the green & plants around Putrajaya. They spend millions annually just to maintain them just to look good and shiok sendiri...! So many mouths and hungry could be fed with the money.

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  15. Nice nice...especially for the eyes. You would not see any greens at the office I m working cos we deal with metal...ahaha..Thank goodness on the way we see lots of trees and even monkeys.hehe

    Technically the co I m working at very much located in a deep jungle area.hahaha

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    1. Your workplace sound so interesting in the jungle! I would love that office compared to my current place. Got monkeys some more! They can pluck coconuts and durians for HB!

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  16. Good morning TM...

    Yawn, yawn, sleepy and the weather is so hot...

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    1. Better move to KL and live. Not so hot but corrupted only.

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  17. Today post get to see cute cute pose of TM, kakaka....

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  18. It will be nice if can stay at the house as in your last picture for a few days, to relax, and out of the city...

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    1. You still sound so stressed after zumba everyday! Go swimming and do yoga too!

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  19. If you ask me to stay there for long, scare scare, wait got monkeys, snakes, etc...

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    1. Don't be afraid. Be like a Chinese mainlander, catch the snakes and monkeys to barbeque!

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  20. The Empire Damansara building look like a fort,,, haven't been to this place.
    Hope you will get your dream house soon .... don't forget to invite all of us.

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    1. You should visit this Empire place for just once. It is quaint with interesting few eating shops like Boat Noodle. I will invite you to my house but I need to take loan from you to buy land & build. LOL

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  21. i rasa geli la kalau tetiba ada ulat daun ehheheeh

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    1. Eh.. In the North Of Thailand and Cambodia, they goreng the ulat. So sedap and harum they say.

      Bluek!

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  22. If plant all those trees indoors here in Bolehland, they would turn from beautiful into nuisance in no time. You know how "efficient" we are when it comes to maintaining things, right?

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    1. Yeah our peeps are sick sometimes. They might cart all the pots home in their car like nobody's business.

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  23. I love greens and it is very soothing to look at plants. I love it when buildings have indoor plants. It makes the place look good too. I tried having plants in the house but due to lack of sunlight, they don't do very well.

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    1. You and I love to look at the greens too. Adam and Eve have played in Eden much earlier until she ate that Apple. Like the jokes, if Adam was a Chinese, he would have grabbed the serpent snake and fry it instead of munching the red apple. Oops! My throat....

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  24. Lovely concept - I like the second photo. :)

    I never would have guessed that it's a mall until you mentioned it! The Japanese are really good.

    I think I've seen that brick office lot as well, it had a Brooklyn or New York sign somewhere right? I remember it being opposite a radio and TV station.

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    1. The Japanese are always very innovative in everything they do. Our Tun M failed miserably in his looking East policy. Now his people looked into their pockets instead.

      I am a bit blurr about the buildings you saw. There is only an Indian Temple right across and flanked by plants nurseries.

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  25. Anay, I like your dream house. Large tall window can see everything outside and inside the house. Anay, you must remember to wrap with towel as soon as you come out from your bath room eh! Otherwise, birds will fly in from the wood into your house to meet their friend. Wakakaka!

    Those office buildings in KL are so beautiful. I thought i can only see these in oversea.

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    1. Yeah KL buildings are very nice and some are built by corrupted fellas. So sad.

      Hey, I am old fashioned Anay and always wrapped up to my neck. The birds will fly to SS2 to greet your Kuku Bird friend Shawn. Wakakaka

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  26. Wah... your office area so nice lah...

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    1. I must learn to type shorthands like you. LOL

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  27. I'm in love with your dream house with solar roofs, Tan!

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  28. I wish all buildings will be eco-green buildings.

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  29. There is a chance you're eligible for a new solar program.
    Determine if you qualify now!

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