Eco Era

Osaka, Japan
2010

Oftentimes, sustainability is equated with the terms "ecological", "energy-efficient" or "bioclimatic", but these terms are just generalizations. A true sustainable building approach is more complex, challenging the entirety of architecture's role in contemporary society. In the campus design for the production studios in Osaka, Japan, for the international company called Penman Elite, all the buildings on the site are designed to be flexible, adaptable and zero-energy. The intent is that the building envelopes would be designed to optimize five energy themes: heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and electricity. Considerations for local climate and preferences for technologies are drivers in the development of the project.

Client: Penman Elite