TIME’s “The Green Design 100” includes the top green picks in several categories including eco-cities, kids stuff, hotels, websites and more. Five current and future commercial buildings have made the list in the green architecture category:  One Haworth Center, Malibu Lumber Yard, Shanghai Tower, Madrid International Convention Centre and the Seawater Vertical Farm.

One Haworth Center

Perkins+Will is just stacking up the green design recognitions. The firm had two of the 10 listings on the American Institute of Architect’s 2009 COTE Top Ten Green Projects – the Great River Energy Headquarters building and Synergy at Dockside Green.

Now the firm is being recognized as the creative genius behind one of the top architecture projects on TIME’s The Green Design 100 for the One Haworth Center building. The 300,000 square-foot headquarters of office furniture and interior component company, Haworth, is a LEED-NC Gold registered project. 

Malibu Lumber Yard

The Malibu Lumber Yard is an upscale eco-friendly shopping center that was built on the site of the historic Malibu Hardware & Lumber Yard. A star-studded grand opening ceremony was held last month with Matthew McConaughey, Jewel, Angie Harmon and others in attendance.   

Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower in China is a work in progress; the official groundbreaking happened in late 2008, and the building is scheduled to be completed in 2014. Upon completion, the Shanghai Tower will become the tallest building in the country and the second tallest in the world. The building will have sky gardens, a system to recycle rainwater and a series of wind turbines.

Madrid International Convention Centre

The Madrid International Convention Centre is another work-in-progress.  With an expected completion date sometime in 2012, “The outermost layer of the building is formed by an array of flat hexagonal-shaped aluminum panels that form a bee-hive pattern across its surface, each with different dimensions and angles, according to the position on the global geometry.”  Source: Playgrounds M+T

Seawater Vertical Farm

The final commercial building project in TIME’s Green Design 100 architecture system is the seawater vertical farm concept design.   If the project makes it out of the concept phase, it will be built in Dubai.  The purpose of the tower is to turn seawater into freshwater through the use of a greenhouse-like effect.

The architecture section also included a couple of residential projects including Taliesin’s Mod.Fab and the Dwell Home Collection from Lindal Homes.

On a related note, read MNN Tech blogger Karl Burkart’s summary of TIME’s 6 best green gadgets.

Shanghai Tower Photo by uniquebuildings

TIME’s top green architecture projects
Five commercial projects have been named to TIME’s The Green Design 100.