CHA:COL’s Fairwood Building

Los Angeles based husband-wife studio, CHA:COL (Chinmaya+Apurva Collaborative), recently designed the Fairwood Building as part of a proposed Infrastructure City for hi-tech services in western .  The towers, that aim to replicate interconnected figures, will benefit the growing commercial district with their programmatic elements.

Further project description and more images after the break.

The commercial spaces and landscaped public areas of the 265 meter high building will fuse into the $12 billion urban development scheme.  The Fairwood building continues the ”urban wall”, which runs along the riverfront, by not disturbing the fluid pedestrian circulation that allows access to open areas within the development.

Metaphorically, the towers were envisioned as a pair of interconnected figures.  Such ideas were initiated after studies of design principles evident in regional architectural typologies were investigated.  Structurally, these inter-connected spaces are designed for vertical zoning such that the areas developed at the street level, rootftop terrace level or elevated sky level, work around a dense core.  Dense spaces are closer to the core while more open rest on the perimeter of the building.

The towers are sheathed in a double-layered envelope, a glass curtain wall which encloses the primary structure and an externally offset louvered screen system. The triangulated gird system curtain wall is adapted into modules based on ruling lines along a developable surface.  The insulated glazing system allows clarity, transparency and adaptability within the commercial office spaces.   The operable louver/ shading system is aligned along vertical surfaces to receive maximum solar heat gain.   A mechanized solar screen system and an integral ceramic fritted layer will animate the façade and provide thermal functionality.


Cite: Cilento, Karen. "CHA:COL’s Fairwood Building" 01 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • dustin

    I need a wife to design buildings with…

  • thiago

    I made a project quite like this one in my 2nd year school…

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    care dustin… thats what an indian wife take you to!

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    i use a product called athena to design facades such as that, if you would like to have a 3d model of that with a real curtain wall system let me know, our software can do this. it is a very impressive building.

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