Green Cast by Kengo Kuma
and Associates

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Plants sprout through the patchwork aluminium facade of this pharmacy and clinic in Japan by architects Kengo Kuma and Associates (+ slideshow).

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Dozens of tiny holes pierce each of the aluminium panels, which were formed against broken-down polystyrene to give them a bumpy texture.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

The plants grow out from between the panels with ventilation shafts and rainwater downpipes concealed behind them.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Named Green Cast, the four-storey-high building also contains offices and an apartment.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Stairs lead up from the top-floor residence to a terrace on the roof and there's a car park in the basement.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Other recent projects by Kengo Kuma & Associates include a museum screened by floating tiles and a Starbucks coffee shop near a Shinto shrine.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

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Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Here's a little more text from Kengo Kuma & Associates:


Green Cast

The façade of the building is covered with planters made of aluminum die-cast panels, which provides space for facilities.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

The 3 (up to 6) aluminum panels, which also form planters, are made in monoblock casting.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Each panel is slanted, and its surface appears to be organic, of which cast comes from decayed styrene foam.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Equipment such as watering hose, air reservoir for ventilation and downpipes are installed behind the panels so that the façade can accommodate a comprehensive system for the building.

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Name of Project: Green Cast
Location: Odawara-shi, Kanagawa prefecture
Type of Project: new construction (extension from existing)

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Principal Use: shop, clinic, office and private residence
Design and Supervision: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Structure: RC, steel-frame

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Number of Stories: 1 underground, 4 stories above
Site area: 424.50sq m
Built area: 207.64sq m
Total area: 1047.80㎡(residence area: 181.61sq m)
Floor area for each story: B1F:288.68sq m 1F:201.65sq m 2F:189.13sq m 3F: 189.13sq m 4F: 181.61sq m
Maximum height: 14.97m

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Structure: Makino Structural Design
Utilities, Equipment: P.T. Morimura and Associates
Construction: Takenaka Corporation

Green Cast by Kengo Kuma

Tree Planting: Sugiko
Aluminum Die-Cast: Sanwa Tajima
Construction Period: May 2010 – June 2011

  • Colonel Pancake

    I want to like it, but it's a little too clunky. I wish to see finesse and refinement.

  • HDT

    absolutley no relationship between the exterior facade and interior, it's like two different projects.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Minecraft, anyone? ;)

  • yrag

    I agree with Colonel Pancake.

    In my case, regarding the exterior, I feel exhilarated with the shots up close, but then at a distance, taking in the whole, yeah it looks rather 'clunky'.