“GREENable” is a coined word that combines “GREEN”, which means nature and greenery, and “sustainable”, which means sustainability, and introduces actions and things related to coexistence with nature that are sophisticated and easy to use for everybody. It is a “community mark”.
The project takes place in the city of Maniwa, Okayama and provides a base for imparting education and inspiration for sustainable initiatives that cities can learn from.
The concept was conceived by Kengo Kuma, Pritzker Prize winner and designer of the national stadium where the Olympics were held. The building is a relocation of a wooden structure once used in Tokyo, representing low-carbon and sustainable architecture as well as an exchange between city and countryside. Essentially moved in a way that a concrete building cannot. Most notable are the “Wind Leaves”, which have been designed to maximize the beauty of the wood grain using 360 orthogonal laminated wood CLT panels produced in the town of Maniwa. The building is designed to allow air to circulate through the spaces between the panels, so that visitors can experience nature even inside the building. Beyond, the series of buildings symbolizes creation and the concept of upcycling.
His moniker “Wind Leaves” was also selected in a worldwide public competition and his name expresses the wish that “the environmental destruction and climate change that has already progressed can be restored to the original rich nature of the earth (GREEN) if we all work together to tackle it with the right approach to regional development.
The city of Maniwa is a place geared towards a traffic economy that uses resources that until now had no value, such as wood scraps and forest residues that were once waste from power plants. Today, the facility is proudly working towards zero waste in pursuit of this “city of the future” concept, in collaboration with important local partners and visitors can tour the unique structures while touring the Hiruzen Museum which features materials such as contemporary art, Kengo Kuma’s architectural models and information on sustainable living through a cycling center that presents minimal experiences that fuse natural and cultural resources into useful and sustainable projects with a impact.
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