Across the globe, perforated metal facades are being utilised to liven up buildings and provide the general public with must-see architecture. Recently, we came across this great façade in Amsterdam, designed to resemble a curtain.
Dutch designer Chris Kabel has wrapped this house and studio in Amsterdam with a facade of perforated hexagons that catches the light like a hanging sheet of fabric.
Kabel was approached by architecture studio Abbink X de Haas to collaborate on a building exterior that would relate to the history of the area, which is within the city's red light district but is also associated with the textile industry.
After considering a series of laser-cut screens, Kabel instead decided to use sheets of aluminium with perforated sections.
"With these industrially produced aluminium plates you can punch out a shape, then afterwards you can still bend the perforations, so then it can either catch light or cast a shadow," he said. "If they are bent upwards they reflect the light and bending downwards they become darker pixels."
Using this technique, the designer was able to replicate a pixelated image of a curtain by twisting over a million of the perforated hexagons using a custom-made tool.
Each aluminium sheet is also powder-coated to keep the facade white. "It had to be white because in Amsterdam all of the houses from the canals were always painted white to get as much light as possible into the inner courts," said Kabel.
The textured panels cover the entire wall and even form shutters over the windows and doors.
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Photos courtesy of Luuk Kramer