From a spaceship design in Sydney, to a plane design in London; from a balloon design in New York, to a kiteboard design in Cape Town; these extraordinary Virgin Buildings will positively change the landscape for the environment, architecture and cities around the world.
In addition to the striking designs, Virgin Buildings will feature renewable and recycled materials and cutting edge environmental considerations.
They’ll collect and recycle 100% of their water, using some of this for novel heating and cooling systems, as well as vertical gardens to grow food in the buildings.
Some of the buildings will even rotate to change how they interact with the sun.
Flexibility and maximising space considered throughout the buildings too, every single floor is built in a modular way, so walls can contract or expand. If you want a bigger kitchen, we can make a bigger kitchen!
As Tim Fox, Head of Environment and Energy at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, notes, making the buildings we live and work in better for people and the planet is of great importance. The use of energy to power the buildings we live and work in accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions annually. 50% of us already live in cities, this will rise to 70% in the next few decades, and so removing these emissions could create gigaton scale carbon savings this century.
After these first Virgin Buildings, we are working on taking a unique Tubular Bells design into space. Why not become the first company to put a hotel on the moon?
Peter Boyd explains how the Carbon War Room, who are working with businesses to reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale, are already focusing on the buildings sector, innovating the market instruments to fund retrofitting existing structures as well as constructing new energy efficient buildings.
Professor Brian Cox shared his expertise with us too: “The physics of creating rotating buildings in dense metropolises should not be underestimated, and efforts to source more of our primary energy from the sun – and put sustainable hotels on the moon - should be applauded.”
Many of Virgin’s buildings today, including Virgin Galactic’s Space Terminal at Spaceport America, Virgin America at Terminal 2 in San Francisco airport, our new Virgin Hotels, Virgin Money Lounges and Virgin Management head office all incorporate best in class environmental standards.
At home on Necker, we are well on the way to making it the most renewable island in the Caribbean, as part of the 10 Island Challenge.