Cell Brick House

January 13, 2010

Architects: Atelier Tekuto / Yasuhiro Yamashita, Bunkyo-ku

  • At first glance, the Cell Brick House seems to be a structure of piled-up concrete blocks, but on closer inspection one sees that these blocks are in fact steel boxes
  • Three-storey home featuring a unique facade of alternating steel blocks and glass
  • On the inside, these steel boxes become built-in storage shelves

Architects: Future Systems, London

  • Bright blue facade covered with polished aluminum discs which seems to float on the surface
  • Discs change their appearance according to time of day and weather conditions
  • The three-dimensionally curved skin of the building covers the entire volume
  • The walls are a cost-effective solution of sprayed-concrete facade, insulated on the outside and then finished with a coat of coloured synthetic sealant
  • Fixed on top of this, via an adjustable connection, are the aluminum discs
  • This connection detail consists of a holding plate, affixed centrally, and a domed cover plate
  • First every tenth disc was fixed in horizontal bands, and then the remainder positioned accordingly in between
  • The slightly different spacing between the discs even out the variations in the curvature of the shell
  • All 660 mm in diameter, the 15,000 identical discs were produced in series- pressed, spun, and finally polished to a mirror finish and naturally anodized

Pavilion in Amsterdam

January 13, 2010

Architects: Steven Holl Architects, New York; Rappange & Partners, Amsterdam

  • Conversion of an historic warehouse into an administration building, an expansion of the existing structure to accommodate an underground car park, a cafeteria and an auditorium
  • The building skin is a three-dimensional, geometric collage of materials, shapes and colours, visually linked across staggered openings and transparent layers
  • The new addition is clad in green copper sheeting, whose nuanced colouring is the result of varying oxidation processes
  • The patinated, perforated sheeting forms the outer layer of the multi-layered facade construction
  • It is suspended some 30 cm in front of the actual solid external wall and fixed to a steel structure

House in Dornbirn

January 13, 2010

Architects: Oskar Leo Kaufmann + Albert Ruf, Dornbirn

  • Street face and the roof are seamless, perforated and riveted sheet stainless-steel panels
  • Rainwater flows through the perforations and runs off over a coated polyester mat
  • Beneath the matting is an additional layer that reduces the noise caused by precipitation


Architects: Wandel Hoefer Lorch + Hirsch, Saarbrucken

  • All-in-one supporting structure, roof and facade, forms a single whole
  • The expressive outer skin in oxidized steel is both load-bearing structure and facade
  • Skin consists of 1,160 triangular steel plates of 12-millimetre cor-ten steel
  • Cut by means of computer numerical control (CNC) to different sizes.
  • The angles between the individual plates were calculated in such a way that the elements provide the necessary structural height, and the folded structure has adequate stiffness
  • From these, 12 large elements were prefabricated in the workshop to be subsequently welded together on site.
  • After welding, the steel surfaces were sandblasted and evenly oxidized
  • The inner skin consists of triangular birch plywood panels, to which photographs and texts have been applied using an ink jet process- like a contemporary form of fresco.  
  •  The supporting construction is thermally separated from the steel structure