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Sustainable Tower “Peels” the Costa Rican City Skyline
Driven by a progressive environmental strategy that will exploit sustainable energy design, Spanish-based firm Moho Arquitectura’s design for a mixed-use tower in San Jose will become a new benchmark for eco-friendly design in Costa Rica. In addition to its eco-conscious features, the unique “peeling” quality of the tower is sure to turn some heads!
Located in front of Sabana Park, a major recreation hub of San Jose, the proposed development offers sustainable living options for inhabitants of the city by balancing energy consumption between its mixed-use program that includes commercial and retail spaces, as well as the inclusion of a hotel and casino.
Constructed mostly from concrete, the tower will be clad in a wooden brise-soleil facade, specifically designed to allow natural light and ventilation to enter the complex, reducing the need for artificial light and air conditioning systems. Rising twenty-five stories above the city, the tower splits as it rises upwards into the sky, creating room for outdoor open spaces or sky gardens filled with plantlife.
Expected to be complete in 2012, the development will provide the necessary amenities for the city of San Jose in addition to protecting its inhabitants from the hot Costa Rican climate.
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