Uniopt Pachleitner Group is an eye-wear and jewelery company. Their new headquarters in Graz, Austria was designed by GS Architects and has a futuristic appearance. Nicknamed “The Black Panter“, the new dramatic building was conceived taking into consideration the designs of the company, as well as its mission and philosophy. Here is more from the architects: “To achieve the sculpture-like aesthetic with dynamic sharp edges and imposing angles, the practice opted for a ventilated rain screen cladding system from Sto. This mechanical system allowed for the highly ambitious design, as well as a pure, black finish. From the start, GS Architects wanted a protective glass system to characterize the nature and purpose of their client. The StoVerotec Glass system provided all the functional and aesthetic design elements they required. The interior of the building is equally striking with sculptural elements throughout. The client demanded a tranquil, beautiful space to inspire creativity“. Do you appreciate the design of this modern building, or do you consider it too flashy?
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.