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Athens’ Placebo Pharmacy Is Wrapped with Light Infusing Braille Perforations

Posted By Lori Zimmer On May 31, 2011 @ 6:08 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery | 2 Comments

green design, eco design, sustainable design, KLab Architects, Open airy design, architecture, Greece, Athens, natural lighting [1]

The architects gave the nearly 2,000 square foot rotunda a facelift by wrapping it in the smooth, white panels with strategic cut-outs [2]. The new outer skin has a pattern that uses actual Braille [3]! This was KLad’s clever way to reference pharmaceutical packaging, translating actual data into a visually appealing aesthetic. The Braille cut outs also filters natural light [4] into the interior.

The resulting effect is an eye catching matrix which evokes both high tech computer data, and also traditional lace [5].  The metal panels are painted white, filtering and reflecting light to illuminate the interior. The inside is structured in a cylindrical manner [6], which reflects the façade’s circular attributes, and reinforces the open plan. A central cash register allows for continual radial flow of the pharmacy’s displays. KLab also installed a gradual ramp to the mezzanine offices, rather than a staircase, to preserve and reinforce the flow of the entire building.

+ KLab Architects [7]

Via Arch Daily [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/athens-placebo-pharmacy-is-wrapped-with-light-infusing-braille-perforations/klab_placebo_pharmacy2/

[2] cut-outs: http://inhabitat.com/yeshop-papercut-interior/

[3] Braille: http://inhabitat.com/the-materialized-light-of-padlab/

[4] natural light: http://inhabitat.com/the-little-herenhuis-in-the-netherlands-has-fabric-shingles-that-flap-in-the-wind/

[5] lace: http://inhabitat.com/gernot-riethers-coccoon-like-spherical-enclosures-made-of-sugarcane-win-aia-award/

[6] cylindrical manner: http://inhabitat.com/frances-museumotel-is-a-bubbly-retreat-complete-with-pod-homes/

[7] + KLab Architects: http://www.klab.gr/en/projects_detail.asp?id=108

[8] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/139250/placebo-pharmacy-klab/

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