An organic 'green' façade for Kengo Kuma's Green Cast

Perforated aluminium panels support a vertical garden

by Malcolm Clark
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The Green Cast building in the prefecture of Kanagawa, Japan was completed last year by the prestigious architectural firm Kengo Kuma and associates.

The special feature of the building is its façade covered with perforated press-welded aluminium panels which create a 'vertical garden'. The panels are slightly inclined in different directions, so as to give the whole building an organic appearance. The irrigation system, the air tank for ventilation and down pipes are installed behind the panels.

The building has five levels: the basement hosts a car park, the ground floor, a pharmacy and a clinic, above this, there are two office floors and one, the top floor, is a residence with a private terrace.

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    Green Cast

    Odawara-shi, Kanagawa prefecture / Japan / 2011