In the previous context postings, the buildings shown were inspired by local histories and regional architecture. But how does one handle context when there isn’t any immediate history, scale, or certainty to one’s surroundings?
For the Trutec tower, completed in 2006 and designed by Barkow Leibinger, the architect designed an admittedly self referential building…
The modulated array of prismatic glass panels creates a pixelated image of the buildings surroundings, allowing the facade to reflect and distort whatever context may eventually arise.
The interior also benefits from the effect, casting interesting shadows and unconventionally frames views of the exterior.
The mirrored glass panels have such a dynamic effect. Also, I’m finding Barkow Leibinger’s Applied Research on their website fascinating, Revolving Lasercutting on steel tubes and lots of metal work. Their material research must really inform the development of their facades.