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The Facade-Skin as canvas

The skin of the building is seen as a super-large three dimensional canvas, that forms the basis of a 'three dimensional painting'. The building is wrapped inside this canvas, as if it were a gift wrapped in wrapping-paper. The wrapping does not fold around the building orthogonally, but leans over 15 degrees creating a grid of lines that enhance the perspective while running over it's long linear facades, so giving the building a more horizontal and ground relating feel.

Following the grid, on each rectangle a spatially folded panel is fitted, giving the impression as if the basic pixels of the canvas were extruded three dimensionally. There are 6 different basic panels which are used in various ways; some protruding and some inverted, some rotated and some mirrored. For each position on the facade one individual panel is selected. While all the different panels together form a 'sensitive field', a field that, like equipped with sensors, is receptive to the light coming in from the sun.

Each panel of the facade is so like one pixel of an image, and all pixels together form a complete 'pointillst' painting. The building's skin is thus like a receiving canvas and the sun is as the painter.

Humanization of the scale

The panel size and directions are chosen in such a way that the large volume with its flat surfaces, is subdivided into a pattern of smaller elements, each with it's own individual three dimensional expression.
This subdivision is there to 'humanize' this large sized building, and deconstruct it into graspable cells that dynamically group and regroup around the facade, like a flock of birds swarming around in the summer evening sky.