Five Fantastic Façades

In case you missed it, we’re re-publishing this popular post for your material pleasure. Enjoy!

To celebrate the recent launch of ArchDaily Materials we’ve brought together five projects with fantastic façades, from Viñoly’s Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building in San Francisco to Holzer Kobler’s PALÄON in Schöningen, . A building’s envelope is often people’s first impression and, in recent years, have been one of the focuses of innovation in the design and construction industry. The projects we’ve collated show a glimpse at what’s possible with façades and wall finishings.

World’s First Algae Bioreactor Facade Nears Completion

BIQ via GOOD

BIQ – the world’s first algae powered building – is set to be completed in later this month. Built for the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in Hamburg, this zero-carbon apartment complex will sport a bright green facade-cum-algae farm, while its interior proposes a radical new theory on how we will live in the near future.

More about BIQ after the break…

TUKCOM I.T. Mall Sriracha / Supermachine Studio

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Architects: Supermachine Studio
Location: Sriracha,
Design Team: Pitupong Chaowakul, Suchart Ouypornchaisakul, Santi Sarasuphab, Nuntawat Tassanasangsoon, Kasidis Puektes,Jetsada Phongwasin and Korthong Thongtaem
Area: 1,200 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Supermachine Studio

Anti VJ facade installation at Songdo

An impressive visual performance by label Anti VJ , over the of a recent building in the new Songdo city, .

Watch in HD at Vimeo.

Bosque Esmeralda / ROW Studio

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With a shopping center already under construction, ROW Studiowas asked to design the for the center in Zona Esmeralda, in . The clients asked for an interesting, and almost contradictory mix of requirements: the façade must be both dynamic and eye-catching, while still blending into the surrounding forest line.

More images and more about the facade after the break.