Caltrans District 7 Headquarters

While its material language and structural elements allude to freeway infrastructure, the kinetic architecture of the building facade borrows its characteristic animation directly from the car. The outer layer of the double facade delaminates from the body of the building-functioning like the car body to protect and shield its inhabitants via a constantly shifting mechanical skin of perforated aluminum panels that alternately open or close depending on the sun’s angle and intensity. Appearing to be windowless and opaque at midday, the building transforms in appearance over time until it reaches near complete transparency at dusk-the fundamental reading of the building is in terms of transformation. 
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Last updated: 13-Aug-2013 12:49 PM
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