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Complexity Via Simplicity: Urbana's Parking Structure Facade

Asked to design an interactive facade for an existing parking structure at the new Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, Urbana principle Rob Ley had a conundrum to deal with: "With Indianapolis’ really extreme weather patterns, we gave a lot of thought to: how can we make something that’s interactive but won’t be broken in a year?” he told the Architect's Newspaper. “Unfortunately, the history of kinetic facades teaches us that that they can become a maintenance nightmare."

His solution came from turning the question on its head - how could they design and fabricate a static facade that appears to change when the viewer moves? The resulting design appears highly complex, while in fact using aluminum fins bent at just three different angles. Find out more about the challenges of fabricating this facade, and inserting it into an existing structure, through the video above or at the Architect's Newspaper Fabrikator blog.

Parking Structure Art Facade / Urbana

  • Architects: Urbana
  • Location: Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Serge Hoeltschi

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AirMaster Gallery / Urbana

  • Architects: Urbana
  • Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Architects: Urbana, CSP
  • Design Team: José Fernando Vázquez Pérez, AIA, Rafael Castro Montes de Oca, AIA, Yalmary Tirado López, Carlos Cruz Ortiz, Luis Cruz de la Paz, Carol Lora
  • Structure: José Miguel Ortiz
  • Ilumination: Gianluca Picardi
  • Signage: Sign Engineering
  • Electrical: Carlos Requena, PE
  • Graphic Design: Sofía Saéz
  • Contractor: Hambleton Group
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Urbana

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