So we were trawling through Corbis looking for stock images and look what we stumbled across… woah. We are starting to do a couple of small residential jobs that involve printed louvre blades, but none on this scale or level of creativity. Excuse us while we pick up our jaw off the floor.
Finished last year, the Novancia business school is a 22,360sqm building in Paris that has the most impressive use of printed glass we have seen yet. What we love about this though is that the print is utilised on many more levels than just the visual treatment, it is a truely effective design consideration from start to finish.
As stated on e-architect, ‘Shutters seem closed when seen from afar and transparent when seen from nearby. The colour range also changes, as it adapts to the brightness and position of the sun. According to sunray position throughout the year, the facade colours will vary from pastel to fluorescent. When people stroll nearby, the landscape reflected by the shutters vibrates and becomes pixelated.’
According to a mathematical formula, colours vary within a gradation going from red to yellow and from yellow to red. Gradations accelerate and decelerate. Seven colours, three patterns, on both sides, and seven different heights result in eight hundred seventy-three references and four thousand one hundred and two implemented items. Shutters are the result of a long endeavour of graphic research, reinterpreting the sunbreaker theme.’
Imagine such a dynamic and visually interactive building like this on the Waterfront development, or even the City Link… City Grasskeepers – this is what Perth needs. Not a piece of lawn. Absolutely stunning stuff.
No doubt there will be some pretty impressive time-lapse videos coming out soon of the printed louvre blades changing in the sun.
More info and photos from the project can be found on the e-architect site.