moho architects: mixed use tower in san jose de costa rica
 
moho architects: mixed use tower in san jose de costa rica moho architects: mixed use tower in san jose de costa rica
jun 22, 2009

moho architects: mixed use tower in san jose de costa rica

mixed used tower, san jose costa rica image courtesy moho architects

rising above the skyline of san jose in costa rica, this mixed use tower by spanish firm moho architects will be a new landmark, providing crucial amenities for the city, sheltered from the local climate. the concept is driven by a progressive environmental strategy that is expected to establish new benchmarks for the region.

the building offers an ideal model of sustainable urban living by reducing reliance on transport and balancing energy consumption between its mixed-use program of day and night time activities. program include  mixed commercial and retail spaces together with a business centre, offices, conference rooms, hotel floors and casino. the tower rises 25 floors consisting of a viewing platform and restaurant providing panoramic views over the city.

the tower splits and creases independently as it rises into the sky. this ‘head split’ configuration, permits natural lighting, while sky courts filled with vegetation punctuate at intervals the tower and mitigate the hot climate.

the development will take advantage of a number of sustainable energy strategies and key to the energy performance of the building are its wooden brise-soleil facades, designed to filter solar gain and to encourage daylight to permeate the complex.  the tower is intended to be a paradigm for passive environmental control, providing an alternative to the more conventional models of sealed and air-conditioned glass stumps. the layered facade cuts air-conditioning load and the plan encourages daylight, reducing the need for artificial lighting.

the project is currently in the schematic design phase and is expected to be completed in 2012.

mixed used tower image courtesy moho architects

mixed used tower image courtesy moho architects

mixed used tower image courtesy moho architects

mixed used tower image courtesy moho architects

mixed used tower – model image courtesy moho architects

mixed used tower – model image courtesy moho architects

mixed used tower – concept image courtesy moho architects

mixed used tower – sections image courtesy moho architects

mixed used tower – sections image courtesy moho architects

mixed used tower – sections image courtesy moho architects

general info location:  bulevar las américas, sabana norte, san josé, costa rica. architecture: moho architects. built surface:   28.000  sqm preliminary drawings: december 2008

  • Why do some architects believe that a diagram showing us HOW they made a shape is a justification of WHY they made the shape. This seems under cooked…

    -Vlad says:
  • I have to agree, I get the diagram, but don’t see the concept work behind it. And while I like the idea that the conditions change at the ground and the top of the building, the form feels a bit clumsy. It IS in schematics though.

    w says:
  • agree with y , shape is so amazing but no concept .

    introman says:
  • art things often are left for own perception, friends. it can’t be always obvious. if u ask me it’s better to leave this without diagram to see what happens…

    pepsico says:
  • Awesome ! a new crack house for SJ !

    Oye Pendejo says:
  • immature work in 3 d also they dont understand they are missing the golden chance God bless om namay shivay dinesh bhardwaj

    dinesh bhardwaj says:
  • TO BAB its not really think for Costa Rica, its not gonna work.

    Ga says:
  • move up, move down, move back, move forth, WOW what a great concept !! in good architecture schools around the worl you have to leave class immediately due to lack of understanding value of space and perception of inhabitants … RESET !!!

    SUNSHINE DESIGN KID says:
  • For me such a mofiication of a basic shape is justified only by predominant wind, ligh…etc. or urban context contitions. The building is too big to reqire fitting in the city fabric and the reasons for the modification are not clear…

    Biggy says:
  • Maybe in another scale, on a table, with flowers inside… 🙂

    françois says:

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