Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Sikalias Pharmacy in Athens, Greece by KDI CONTRACT
September 4th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: KDI CONTRACT
In Sikalias Pharmacy project, KDI CONTRACT was commissioned to unify the design of the existing 4-storey building that accommodates the pharmacy, in order to communicate to the public the commitment on scientific research and prevention and, at the same time, promote the specialized services provided.The projectproved particularly challenging, given a number of constraints related to the building’s existing structural conditions and the site’s surrounding constructions.
The objective was accomplished by designing and applying to the front facade a perforated metallic mantle – full of motion, covering the full height of the building. The color of the metal skin reacts to sunlight and changes, over the course of the day, depending on the sun’s angle and the viewer’s position. The final outcome is greatly defined by the architectural lighting used both at the side-wall of the building and the interior of the perforated metallic facade, with the use of special led-technology light features. During the night, the building’s facade is illuminated from the interior, creatinga theatricalscenery.
The design of the facade, apart from its architectural concept, was studied in order toenhance the energy efficiency of the building and improve visual and thermal comfort. This was achieved by providing the appropriate shading, which minimizes direct sunlightwhile allowing natural daylight into the building. At the same time, through the specially designed facade’s openings, natural ventilation reduces excess heat and allows the interior to cool, during the hot summer months.
KDI CONTRACT’s design team took a step further by studying, from scratch, the colors and the brand logo, giving them a new dynamic. Source of inspiration was the «tree» as a symbol of life, formed by the use of words that are inextricably related to the philosophy of the brand. The newly designed logo was artistically rendered and hand-drawn, thus referring to the urban art and graffiti culture of the metropolis. The enlargement of the «tree» to near-monumental proportions and its implementation on the side-wall of the building add to an impressive result.
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