Mass Studies pulled no punches in this South Korean shop design, going from an entirely offbeat green-covered building decked in geo-textiles to form living walls and roofs. In its scale and proportions, it seeks a balance between the existing residential texture of the neighborhood and the new layer of commercial being introduced.
Outside of those gestures, however, this is a green building like few others. It is perhaps less about sustainable than about bringing the comfort and camouflage of nature into the heart of a busy urban area, as illustrated by the sectional drawings shown below. Nonetheless, its perennial wall plants will improve air quality and reduce noise - at least for those within the building - thus cutting down an air and sound pollution at the least.