Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Wishlist: More Innovation with High-Rise Designs

I recently ran across the below renders for the Hualien Wellness & Residential development over in Taiwan. Several aspects of this project stood out to me. The most obvious is the stunning and unique design which also happens to be eco-friendly. What may be less obvious is that these are actually homes for seniors and the project is no taller than 18-stories.

There is absolutely no reason why we couldn't have buildings like this in San Jose, especially since they are well within our height limit. Not only are we the Capital of Silicon Valley, but we are at the center of the Green-tech industry. We should have buildings like this that could demonstrate innovation in the housing sector in addition to traditional green industries like solar energy.

I would even go so far as to call the designs below "suburban-friendly." I could see these types of buildings replacing strip malls near transit for traditionally suburban areas without causing much of a visual disturbance to nearby neighbors. Of course, I would love to see some of these Downtown... but at some point we will have to start thinking about urbanizing other parts of San Jose while minimizing impact to surrounding areas.

Source: Inhabitat







7 comments:

  1. Man! I sure would hate to have to mow those lawns!

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    1. just go to the peak, turn the lawnmower on. and than let it run to the bottom

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  2. Senior housing, yet the renders are full of young people.

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  3. I love the concept of natural elements, but real grass seems impractical at those slopes. I really like it on buildings, but it needs to be maintainable. Plus, the architecture doesn't look very timeless to me and I suspect one day they would look very dated. That said, these buildings certainly caught my eye.

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  4. I THANK WHAT DISTURBS ME THE MOST IS THAT I DON'T THANK THIS IS A JOKE. THIS IS SOME OF THE MOST IMPRACTICAL HOUSING FOR SENIOR OR ANY ONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER I HAVE EVER SEEN. IT LOOKS VERY TACKY AND POORLY CONSTRUCTED SOME THING THAT WOULD NOT LAST VERY LONG. I WOULD HATE TO HAVE TO LIVE THERE.

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    1. Why are you yelling?

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  5. The reason wny we can't have buildings like this in San Jose is 1 - Barry Swenson Builders and 2 - Severe lack of vision from city leaders. Anything that deviates from "standard" doesn't happen here. Which is so sad. We are the capital of innovation, but when it comes to architecture, we are the the middle of the pack. San Jose, even most new construction ( said most not all) looks like the OC, looks like Phoenix, looks like Boise etc. But beyond that, most of the United States is so far behind Asia and Europe when it come to architectural design.

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