The slat blinds arranged in three different color shades on the façade of a new library building can be opened and closed like the pages of a book.
Today, one increasingly comes across gold-plated architecture - be it on the facade of a department store that deals in precious metals, an information pavilion or a museum building. But now you can even find it lending a gleam to educational facilities and kindergartens, not to mention bakeries and police stations.
The new college building of the Cooper Union rises like a metallic monolith above New York's East Village. Thom Mayne's spectacular architecture incorporates an equally exciting lighting design.
On the exterior, a rainscreen cladding system of brightly colored fiber cement panels are arranged in a seemingly random distribution pattern to animate the facade and to speak to the center's youthful orientation and re-birth of a community.
Architecture | EducationPre-patinated sandwich elements in combination with brass panels: the facade of the new Fraunhofer Institute in Darmstadt is a living outer sheath with a trailblazing character.
Architecture | EducationIn collaboration with the architect Rem Koolhaas, Okalux developed insulating glass with integrated expanded metal, which was used in the construction of the Central Library in Seattle.
The floorboards by Mydeck is made of a combination of waste wood and plastic and, yet, look like planks from solid wood.