Monday, March 30, 2009

Selfridges Store, Bermingham, UK

The 260,000-square-foot (24,000 m2)is covered in 15,000 spun aluminium discs. The fluidity of shape recalls the fall of fabric or the soft lines of a body, rises from the ground and gently billows outwards before being drawn in at a kind of waistline. It then curves out again and over to form the roof, in one continuous movement. The skin is made up of thousands of aluminium discs, creating a fine, lustrous grain like the scales of a snake. In sunlight it shimmers, reflecting minute changes in weather conditions and taking on the colours, light and shapes of people and things passing by - an animate and breathing form.

Architect: Future Systems

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