After five years in the making, last month New York City saw the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty Museum, and by all definitions, it is well worth the wait. The LEED-Gold building has a rooftop garden with flowers and grasses, while the windows are etched with textured circles designed to prevent birds from flying into them. In an effort to protect the building from hurricanes, the back of the museum features slots to accommodate a storm surge. As there is nothing under the building, flooding water can rise and flow out without damaging the artifacts inside. Wind-resistant glass and a precast concrete exterior also provide maximum insulation. Rain gardens and a stone roof clean rainwater as it falls before being released into the environment.
Image credit: The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Foundation)