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Creative facades you can’t miss

We love working on building facades at Arrow Metal. This final outer skin is what makes a building so special, and there’s no shortage of creativity when it comes to unusual designs. For our team seeing a facade come together in ‘real life’ is always rewarding, especially if the design was challenging and complex. Take a look at some of the amazing creative facades around the world that we find so inspiring:

Euronews HQ and the Orange Cube, France, by Jakob + MacFarlane

Have you ever seen a facade as fluorescent as this? You can’t fail to spot this bright green building in Lyon’s docklands. Created by Jakob + MacFarlane, the Euronews HQ building is a spectacular example of the transformative impact creative facades can make.

If the colour wasn’t statement enough, the architects decided to also feature two giant holes in the aluminium facade too. These actually fulfil a functional purpose by allowing light and air to filter into the heart of the building, whilst giving workers waterside views.

Creative facades - Euronews HQ by Jacob + MacFarlane Creative facades - Euronews HQ by Jacob + MacFarlane

The company’s Orange Cube, further down the docklands, features a similar concept. It also has a giant piece missing for light, ventilation and views and is a vivid tropical-toned orange shade that truly captures attention.

Creative facades - Orange Cube buidling by Jacob + MacFarlane Creative facades - Orange Cube buidling by Jacob + MacFarlane

We can’t decide which we like best – but they’re both incredibly inspiring when it comes to bold and bright building facade design.

Images sourced from Jakob + MacFarlane

Kolon One and Only Tower, Korea, by Morphosis

Facades are typically made from metal or glass – but how about bullet-proof fibre? Incredibly, the sun-shading facade of the One and Only Tower in Korea is created from a unique material made by the occupying textile manufacturer, Kolon.

Kolon’s flagship new research and development material had to be something special, so architects Morphosis incorporated Kolon’s own high-tech fabric, Aramid, into the facade. Aramid has a tensile strength five times that of iron and is used for protective body armour.

Creative facades -Kolon One and Only Tower, Korea, by Morphosis Creative facades -Kolon One and Only Tower, Korea, by Morphosis

Images sourced from Morphosis

Wuxi, China, by Kengo Kuma

This porous, sponge-like building in China is the perfect place to soak up art and culture. What was once an industrial mill is now a beautiful art and commercial complex thanks to the unusual and intricate facade.

The Wuxi building by Kengo Kuma features hundreds of aluminium panels which alternate in direction forming an angular yet soft outline. The unique shape and form of each panel is based on the natural porosity of Taihu stone, a key part of local Taihu culture.

Creative facades -Wuxi, China, by Kengo Kuma Creative facades -Wuxi, China, by Kengo Kuma Creative facades -Wuxi, China, by Kengo Kuma

Images sourced from Kengo Kuma

Ginza Place, Tokyo, by Klein Dytham Architects

Ginza Place in Tokyo by Klein Dytham Architects looks just like giant woven basket. The lattice design, inspired by Japanese sukashibori openwork decoration, was achieved by folding and powder coating thousands of individual aluminium panels.

Look closely and you can see that the facade expands in shape nearer to the roof, emphasising the commanding vertical nature of the building at one of Tokyo’s most iconic intersections.

Creative facades -Ginza Place, Tokyo, by Klein Dytham Architects Creative facades -Ginza Place, Tokyo, by Klein Dytham Architects

Images sourced from Klein Dytham Architects

Creative facades and bespoke designs: Arrow Metal expertise

If you’re inspired to do something different with your metal facade, talk to our team to explore creative possibilities. We custom-create building facades in almost any design and pattern, based on illustrations, drawings, logos or text. Call our team on (02) 9748 2200 or send us an online enquiry

 

Posted: October 8, 2019

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