“What is this. . . a forest?”
Looming large in a corner of the metropolis is a building that looks like it’s living together with trees. Surrounded by office buildings and condominiums, the building stands out prominently.
“Is this an experimental residential complex?”
Not knowing where to go, I just continued looking at the building.
Greeting me at that time was Mr. Toru Shiba of Osaka Gas, who served as my guide.
Toru Shiba Residential Energy Business Unit of Osaka Gas
“Welcome to NEXT21.”
“Good afternoon, Mr. Shiba. It looks like the building and the forest are blending together.”
“Yes, they are. This building is seen as a demonstration model for a residential complex that harmonizes with the environment. The aim is to promote greening of large-scale buildings.” What is a residential complex that harmonizes with the environment?
What is greening of large-scale buildings?
I’ve never heard of these key phrases. But they sound profound.
First of all, what is NEXT21?
So, I asked Mr. Shiba to explain what this is.