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Eco-Friendly Office Uses Vegetation To Naturally Cool Building

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An office building currently under construction in Lagos, Nigeria is turning heads even before its completion. Designed by Domaine Public Architects, the building was nominated for the title of Best Office Building at the 2016 World Architecture Festival, and it's easy to see why.

The project, entitled Otunba Offices, has an innovative design which incorporates what some refer to as passive house principles. These principles include structural elements which are meant to make a building extremely, measurably energy-efficient from the ground up. Instead of relying completely on air conditioning, the building is designed to stay naturally cool. Because heat rises, upper floors are larger than lower floors, spreading out temperature in a consistent way, without the need of artificially-generated cold air. 

And the innovative cooling doesn't stop there. Otunba Offices features natural ventilation oriented in such a way that the building will be shaded throughout the majority of the day, and vertical slits along the building's exterior allow wind to get closer to insulation, resulting in a natural temperature drop.