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Oolite Arts is creating a 30 million dollar new eco-conscious complex that will host exhibitions, workshops, artist residencies, and more.

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Oolite Arts, a Miami-based nonprofit, hosts exhibitions and provides resident artists with free studio space. “We are both a community and a resource, providing artists with the free studio space, exhibition opportunities, direct Support and programming they need to advance their careers,” according to their website. The nonprofit also offers programs for the local neighborhood and wider community to help them better understand and create contemporary art.

Now, the non-profit is getting a new home and putting an eco-conscious mindset at the forefront of the design. The new headquarters is designed by Barcelona-based architecture firm Barozzi Veiga and will cost 30 million to complete. Construction will begin this fall with an opening date planned for 2024.

According to Barozzi Veiga, “The program is organized like a small village around an exuberant garden.” The massive building will include eco-conscious practices like harvesting rainwater, using vegetation to cool the complex, skylights, solar chimneys, water tanks, and wind turbines to catch energy. The building will also be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.

“The climate-responsive concept for Oolite Arts focuses on the integration of passive and active strategies that mitigate Miami’s hot summers and take advantage of its mild climate during the winter months,” the firm’s founders, Alberto Veiga and Fabrizio Barozzi told The Art Newspaper.

The Art Newspaper reported that the architects said the towers of the compound would “produce an artificial microclimate that benefits both the natural and the mechanical operation of the building,” and the vegetation that will be surrounding the building will protect it against the sun.

The new building will have 21 studio spaces along with exhibition spaces, a theatre, and classrooms. The nonprofit also plans to hold more than 200 public art classes.

It’s amazing that many companies recently seem to have the environment in mind when creating new building designs. The Four Seasons in Melbourne plans to open a skyscraper that will feature the world’s tallest vertical garden to help the air quality in the city. We will always be creating new buildings, so why not make them environmentally friendly? Check out these 10 amazing green buildings in the United States.

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