Green Walled Facade Conceals Building’s Mechanicals

February 25, 2013 by

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Plants pop through small holes of the die-cast aluminum panels that punctuate the living facade of Green Cast, a mixed-use building in Odawara, Japan.

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Designed by architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, the building’s slightly slanted panels are formed over decaying styrene foam, creating organic-looking vertical planters over the structure’s entire surface.

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Concealed behind the panels, equipment such as watering hoses, air reservoirs for ventilation, and rainwater catchment downpipes service the green wall and the rest of the building.

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The building offers basement parking and provides two floors for offices and a vocational school while a fourth floor houses a two bedroom residence with access to a private rooftop terrace.

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