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Glittering, Origami-Inspired High-Rise Pops Up in Paris

Posted By Lori Zimmer On November 4, 2013 @ 5:32 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Innovation,Sustainable Materials | 1 Comment

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Like iridescent fish scales, the Barclays Headquarters’ triangular panels form a pattern [6] on the street-facing façade. Rather than using real marble, the marble effect was achieved by screen-printing glass, which gave Gautrand total control over the marble pattern and glazing. The pattern and hues bend at the center of the triangles [7], to create a delicate fading effect.

The marble-printed skin acts as a natural (and aesthetically innovative) sun screen for the offices inside by blocking solar gain [8] and filtering harsh sunlight [9] through the translucent panels. The folded glass layer also creates an element of privacy for the offices behind it.

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On the top floor, a large outdoor balcony lines the windows. The edge of the balcony meets with the scalloped edge of the origami skin, decoratively framing the breathtaking views of Paris [10]’ grandest sites.

Gautrand redesigned the exterior of the building [11] to incorporate gardens and greenery. The courtyard is flanked by two gardens, which are accessible through the lobby and to the rear of the building. The roof was planted with grass and gardens [12], to filter rainwater, insulate, and create a green space for employees to enjoy the views. The manicured rooftop garden is also designed to coincide aesthetically with the beauty of the rest of the building. The reconstruction of the Barclay Building was performed under High Environmental Quality standards, with little environmental disruption during construction.

+ Manuelle Gautrand [3]

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[1] Eiffel Tower: http://inhabitat.com/ginger-group-unveils-plan-to-transform-the-eiffel-tower-into-a-gigantic-tree/

[2] Arc de Triomphe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc_de_Triomphe

[3] Manuelle Gautrand: http://www.manuelle-gautrand.com/

[4] double-skinned exterior: http://inhabitat.com/flaming-lips-frontman-wayne-coynes-psychedelic-renovated-warehouse-is-fit-for-a-rock-star/

[5]  : http://inhabitat.com/origami-building-glitters-near-the-eiffel-tower/gautrand-origami1/?extend=1

[6] triangular panels form a pattern: http://inhabitat.com/pixel-building-australias-first-carbon-neutral-building-is-now-complete/

[7] center of the triangles: http://inhabitat.com/glittering-louvered-ad-astra-skyscraper-is-topped-with-a-pyramid-heliport/

[8] blocking solar gain: http://inhabitat.com/double-skinned-arca-regler-facility-powered-by-geothermic-probes/

[9] filtering harsh sunlight: http://inhabitat.com/liyuan-librarys-wood-facade-filters-the-sun-while-harmonizing-with-the-surrounding-landscape/

[10] breathtaking views of Paris: http://inhabitat.com/paris-parc-big-off-win-competition-to-design-sorbonnes-new-research-centre-in-paris/

[11] exterior of the building: http://inhabitat.com/vivida-dorms-a-dynamic-australian-building-wrapped-in-a-gorgeous-metallic-skin/

[12] roof was planted with grass and gardens: http://inhabitat.com/beirut-wonder-forest-could-infuse-the-lebanon-capital-with-some-much-needed-greenery/

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