Sustainable architecture is no longer just about the choice of materials. Smart Magazine rounds up some of the world’s most innovative sustainable construction projects to look forward to in 2018.

These include:

  • Penda’s Timber Tower in Toronto, an 18-level structure constructed entirely of wood. The 62-meter high apartment building will pay homage to its roots by resembling a huge tree.
  • The 100 Trees Complex in Shanghai by Thomas Heatherwick, an entire district with schools, shopping centers, offices and living spaces brought together in a nature-inspired, hill-like complex covered in lush greenery.
  • Vietnamese star architect, Vo Tronh Nghia’s latest project in Ho Chi Minh City: a home design that started with the plants and trees and only considered the actual living space once the landscaping had been completed.
  • Francois Perrin’s Air Houses: pyramid-shaped, treehouse-like structures constructed around a light weight steel frame with an exterior skin fashioned from aluminium material.
  • The MVRDV architecture studio’s ‘Valley’ in Amsterdam, a project comprising three towers, 200 apartments, shops, restaurants and more. Individual segments are stacked like the striations of a mountain range and connect via paths and strips of green.
  • The Icone Tower in Manila by Henning Larsen Architects. The design took inspiration from the characteristic cone shape of the country’s Mount Mayon volcano.

For more information on these and other projects, read the full article here.