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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
The architects gave the nearly 2,000 square foot rotunda a facelift by wrapping it in the smooth, white panels with strategic cut-outs . The new outer skin has a pattern that uses actual Braille ! 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  into the interior.
The resulting effect is an eye catching matrix which evokes both high tech computer data, and also traditional lace . The metal panels are painted white, filtering and reflecting light to illuminate the interior. The inside is structured in a cylindrical manner , 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.
Via Arch Daily 
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URLs in this post:
 KLab Architects: http://www.klab.gr/en/projects_detail.asp?id=108
 Athens: http://www.archdaily.com/139250/placebo-pharmacy-klab/
 pharmacy: http://inhabitat.com/shipping-container-health-clinics-for-developing-countires/
 : http://inhabitat.com/athens-placebo-pharmacy-is-wrapped-with-light-infusing-braille-perforations/klab_placebo_pharmacy4/?extend=1
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/athens-placebo-pharmacy-is-wrapped-with-light-infusing-braille-perforations/klab_placebo_pharmacy2/
 cut-outs: http://inhabitat.com/yeshop-papercut-interior/
 Braille: http://inhabitat.com/the-materialized-light-of-padlab/
 natural light: http://inhabitat.com/the-little-herenhuis-in-the-netherlands-has-fabric-shingles-that-flap-in-the-wind/
 lace: http://inhabitat.com/gernot-riethers-coccoon-like-spherical-enclosures-made-of-sugarcane-win-aia-award/
 cylindrical manner: http://inhabitat.com/frances-museumotel-is-a-bubbly-retreat-complete-with-pod-homes/
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