Four Buildings Around the Globe With Fantastic Facades
Go ahead and judge these international destinations by their fantastic facades.
Firm: BN Asociados
Project: Biblioteca Central y Archivo Municipal en Leganés
Standout: Thousands of pigmented ceramic half cylinders represent book spines as they cover 23,000 square feet of surface area on the new library that has been nearly a decade in the making.
Project: Aranya Art Center
Site: Qinhuangdao, China
Standout: Molded concrete panels channel the rippling tide of the nearby Bohai Sea at a spiritually minded residential development’s event venue containing an amphitheater, galleries, and a roof deck.
Project: Courtyard No. 1
Site: Heze City, China
Standout: Inspired by suprematism, the early 20th–century abstract art movement, a residential sales center’s glazing of UV-resistant panels is intercepted by geometric apertures framed in stainless steel.
Firm: Pedro Reyes
Project: Pedro Reyes Studio
Site: Mexico City
Standout: The fabricators who collaborate on the sculptor’s Brutalist-inspired art constructed a workshop to match, punching portholes into the building’s precast concrete panels, then connecting its three floors with a spiral staircase in the same material.
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