Andrew Michler

Studio Fuksas' Markthauser Complex is Clad in an Ultra Modern Ceramic Facade

by , 06/01/11
filed under: Architecture, Urban design

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The façade is made from thousands of 2-inch strips of painted terra-cotta tiles that cover insulated metal panels. Seemingly random windows dot the surface in a pattern that looks similar to a DNA sequence. Other view windows and skylights are protected from the sun with exterior rolling screens.

In the center of the building lies a grand public atrium that leads to the downstairs business and upper residences. The atrium visually connects the complex while creating a vertical neighborhood that sacrifices private square footage for public interaction. An upper floor topped with a glass roof directs daylight into the lower areas through unique skylights that flood the spaces with diffused light.

Inward-facing, full-height windows allow plenty of light into the apartments without causing for overheating, even in the peak of summer. The sculpted space features three massive columns that run all the way up to the rooftop from the ground floor, which features public spaces and business as a reflection of the commercial heart of the medieval town.

+ Studio Fuksas

Photographs © Moreno Maggi

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