Is this building flicking you off? It's possible. 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.
The tower offers an ideal model of sustainable urban living by reducing reliance on transport and balancing energy consumption. Key to the energy performance of the building are its wooden brise-soleil facades, designed to encourage sunlight to permeate the complex. On the exterior, the layered facade will cut air-conditioning use while reducing the need for artificial lighting.
The 25-story building will be used for both commercial and retail facilities and will feature, offices, conference rooms, a hotel and casino, and a restaurant that offers panoramic views over the city. The project is expected to be completed in 2012.