3. Cultivating a Building
The building’s transformation never ceases upon construction – it is always growing or shrinking – but always just enough to support the balance of human activity, material processing, and natural systems occurring on site. The landscaped and covered areas both play important roles in the site’s multifaceted function. On one side, a nature park manages storm water for the site, captures solar and wind energy, and acts as a display of low and high-tech sustainability measures. On the other side, the building accommodates the constant in and out-flows of recycled material, along with elevated classrooms that overlook the activity below.