The greenest buildings of 2011

Story highlights

  • CNN presents a selection of eco-friendly buildings that were honored this year
  • Eco-friendly buildings include schools, homes, sports arenas and office buildings
  • Awarded by Royal Institute of British Architects and American Institute of Architects among others
Some house important corporate meetings; others are family homes. Some are gearing up to welcome top athletes while others open their doors to school children each day.
But all these buildings have one thing in common: This year they have won coveted architecture awards for innovative design and construction methods and for promoting sustainability.
CNN puts the global spotlight on a handful of buildings that have been recognized not only for their good looks but for their green credentials too.
Casa Locarno -- Locarno, Switzerland
Overlooking Lago Maggiore in Switzerland, Casa Locarno was designed by Designyougo and insulated to low energy standards. Instead of using conventional heating, solar collectors on the roof provide energy for the low temperature under-floor heating, as well as for hot water during most months of the year.
Swarovski Headquarters -- Lake Zur