I figured since Alex wrote about art today that I should take a stab at a bit of architecture that caught my eye. The building above is an extension that acts as a cafeteria for a school in Switzerland. From a distance it might look dark and imposting but as you approach the building you realize that the entire surface is perforated with shape of leaves. While this could feel depressing and overbearing once you’re inside the space you can see how light and nice it is, the blonde wood definitely helps.
The extension was designed by :Mlzd, a multi-member team of architects from Biel. I think the contrast between the heavy metal and the punched out leaves is a nice combination. It’s great to see such a contemporary addition to an old fashioned building, something the Swiss are extremely good at. I’d love to see how the sun shines through the cut out leaves, I bet it’s quite beautiful.
Update: Julia Wurst, one of the architects over at :Mlzd, kindly sent me a large image of what it looks like when the light shines through the metal facade. It’s pretty rad looking in my opinion, it’d be great to sit and watch the leaves move.