LONDON + BEIJING––A deep blue facade of a corner lot row house rises from the ground level transforming into an iridescent turquoise in an ombre effect. The deeply hued glazed brick is encapsulated by an intricate Art Deco-informed cornice and window surrounds––designed by Lee Simmons––offering the illusion of deep relief and texture.
The intention was to ground the structure and prevent it from appearing as one solid block, and to highlight the process of hand dipping each glazed brick.
Designed by London-based architecture studio Stiff + Trevillion, the building was designed as a flexible, creative workspace, as the architects didn’t know at the time who would eventually occupy it, as Dezeen writes.
Completed in July 2018, the 27, 742 sq. ft., five-story building also features a ground-level restaurant and a basement.
Meanwhile, in Beijing, Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, has wrapped its client’s retail and dining center––M-Cube––in a pearlescent tile.
The 40,000 m2 project consists of a singular building that combines day-time shopping and vibrant night-life, acting as a major hub in the central district of Chongwenmen. MVRDV’s primary innovation in the construction of the project was in developing a pearlescent façade.
Working with manufacturers NBK and HDTC, MVRDV developed hand-glazed tiles to make up the building’s facade. The tiles reflect a spectrum of colors and patterns that fluctuate as lighting conditions change.
“The façade design balances between the desire of the client to create a striking building and the restrictive architectural conditions in that part of Beijing, demanding greys and beiges. Depending on the viewpoint, both parties can be satisfied as the façade material appears differently when looking at different angles, it varies from subtle grey to all colors of the rainbow.” –– MVRDV co-founder Jacob Van Rijs
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