By Jenny Kleinknecht

So I thought this was something neat.  Japanese architectural firm, Kengo Kuma, teamed up with UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design to create this community food hub called ‘Nest We Grow.’  The elaborate timber structure is meant to mimic the “vertical spatial experience” of a Japanese larch forest, which is a species of trees native to Japan.  This is a space where community members can come together to store and prepare their local foods, complete with tons of room to hang fish and produce.  There is even a central tea platform and sunken fireplace.  The food hub was constructed on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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