Iridescent Foil Gives Exterior Unique Color Scheme
Project: La Defense
Location: Almere, Netherlands
Architects: UN Studio
Built in the Netherlands’ youngest city, on land only recently developed, sits a building like no other. While the street-facing portion of the La Defense office complex remains quite tamed in its attempt to blend harmoniously with its surroundings, the inner courtyards showcase UN Studio’s love for spectacular color combinations.
Applied to the exterior glass cladding, varicolored foil transforms the curtainwall into an ornate pattern of sun-reflecting panels. The applied foil is comprised of dichroic film with specialized crystals that allow for its reflective properties.
Prismatic in nature and covering a wide color spectrum, the panels reflect different shades of blues, greens, reds, purples and yellows, offering new perspectives at every angle. The complex is comprised of two buildings that vary in height and color orientation depending on viewpoint and time of day.
photos © Christian Richters via UN Studio
information © UN Studio
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