A Productive Garden as a Symbolic Space for the Community

Kengo Kuma & Associates + College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley

This architectural prototype, made from sustainable materials and the latest generation of building materials, combines the “image” of monumentality required by contemporary architecture with the “phenomenon” of its fleeting temporality in a continuously changing environment and society. While the opaline plastic panels used on the façade and roof of Nest We Grow collect rainwater, they are also a medium between ground and a project that grows by rooting itself inside it; its hollow concrete base generates a “space of the earth” where the community can gather around a “central hearth” to consume agricultural products theatrically cultivated, harvested and conserved hanging from its composite wood frame structure.

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