Top 10 Earth- and People-Friendly Buildings

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Hi there. This is the Terry-Thomas Building in Seattle, Washington, and the American Institute of Architects just voted it one of the top 10 architectural projects marrying form and function for both human and environmental needs. When surveyed about what they hoped to get in a new office space, workers of the architecture firm that was one of the building’s first tenants asked for more natural light, improved ventilation and better open spaces. So the Weber Thompson firm in Seattle set out to bring all of these wishes to fruition, along with assuring that the building would stay in good financial standing to attract future rentals. (The total project cost came out to about $9.7 million.) The building also sits along a new streetcar line and includes showers for workers who opt to bike to work.

See the rest of the Top 10 at ScientificAmerican.com‘s slideshow.

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