Combiningconcrete, metal and glass, the building evokes some of the expressionist principles of Erich Mendelsohn’s Dynamism. The free-form steel spandrels reference the nearby road bridgehead site, act as privacy screens and block the noisy surroundings. The light-reflecting colored glass increases the amount of natural lightreaching the interior.
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The overall shape of the building makes it appear as a product of its surroundings, as if it was carved out by the street, sun path and wind. The resulting volume augments passive horizontal and vertical sun shading while providing optimal square footage. Landscaped street edges facilitate pedestrian movement and direct it toward the adjacent transit station. The full effect of movement is completed by a dynamic light installationby artist Tamar Frank.
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Via World Architecture News
Photos by Michael Elkan, Ed White