Green Cast, Japan

Kengo Kuma Associates have brought to life a mixed-use structure  in Odawara, Japan, adorned with a vast configuration of intricately placed aluminum die-cast panels creating a living facade.  The 3 to 6 aluminum panels, which also form the planters, are made in momoblox casting.  The slanted organic looking panels are made of decayed styrene foam. Equipment such as a watering hose, air reservoir for ventilation and down-pipes are integrated behind the panels to allow the facade to accommodate a comprehensive system for the building.

The five story building was completed in 2011.  The basement and ground floor contain parking, a clinic and pharmacy. The second and third floors provide space for offices and a vocational school, leading up to a fourth floor two bedroom residence.