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Organic Building in Osaka is Clad with Plant-Filled Pockets

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On May 7, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Green Building | No Comments

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Space is limited in densely packed Japan meaning there is hardly any room remaining for garden space – but one great solution to this constraint is to place gardens right on the exteriors of buildings! Possibly a precursor to Patrick Blanc’s famous living walls [2], Italian-born architect and artist, Gaetano Pesce [3] designed and built the plant-clad Organic Building [4] in Japan. The exterior of the building is an eye-catching vertical garden that takes its conceptual cues from bamboo.

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Completed in 1993, the Organic Building has since been named a civic landmark by the City of Osaka, which has undertaken its maintenance in perpetuity. The exterior is covered with steel-encased concrete panels glazed with a red finish that feature rather cute extruding pockets [6]. Inside these containers are fiberglass planters that contain more than 80 types of indigenous plants and trees selected in collaboration with Osaka horticulturists, and they are all irrigated via a computer-controlled hydrating system of mechanical pipes.

The Organic Building is Pesce [3]‘s most famous structure and features 7,052 square meters of interior space, and nine stories with restaurants and retail on the street with office space above. Qualities of bamboo [7] – “its distinctive verticality, undulating surface, and tendency to grow into a network of interlocking but nonetheless unique spaces” inspired the building’s wavy skin and window placement. The red exterior is also in direct contrast to the surrounding neighborhood’s gray uniformity.

+ Gaetano Pesce [3]

+ Organic Building [4]

photo credit: Veronica Belmont Flickr [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/05/osaka-organic-building.jpg

[2] Patrick Blanc’s famous living walls: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/15/vertical-gardens-by-patrick-blanc/

[3] Gaetano Pesce: http://www.gaetanopesce.com/

[4] Organic Building: http://www.mwkdesign.com/kbda-archive/1998-074/98074.htm

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/07/organic-building-in-osaka-is-clad-with-plant-filled-pockets/organic-building-3/

[6] pockets: http://inhabitat.com/2009/07/02/woolley-pockets-build-your-own-garden-of-eden/

[7] bamboo: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/26/the-roof-of-the-ny-metropolitan-sprouts-a-bristling-bamboo-forest/

[8] Veronica Belmont Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/earlysound/sets/72157623949190984/

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