Construction has begun on Park Habitat, a 20-storey building in San Jose that was designed by Japanese studio Kengo Kuma and Associates with a “green lung” atrium at its centre.
The mixed-use building will have a glass and wood facade covered with vines and planters, as well as operable vents on its exterior to bring in and flush out air.
Other stories in this week’s newsletter include a construction technique developed by MIT researchers that replaces load-bearing steel joints with tree forks, a “self-powered” ADU that uses no fossil fuels and an introduction to our series exploring deconstructivist architecture.
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