Thursday, May 28, 2009

Under construction

Right next to the harlequin building of yesterday another strange building is taking form. This will be the new domicile of the law firm Horten. Even though it wasn't finished when I saw it last, this is another head turner in the making. The 3D-facade have a purpose; the building is closed to the south to prevent too much heat through the windows and the "waves" will create shadows.

Inside ventilation systems will make sure that a nice working temperature will be held summer and winter (if they work, that is) with a much lower energy consumption than is the norm. The facade is made of a sandwich of two layers of fiber glass with foam in the middle, something that has never been done before in a building. It also means that there's no heavy steel frame work.

I'm not sure if I like this building or not, but as with many other new buildings given time I might like it.