No. 8 Building: Façade Renovation by Atelier Archmixing

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Atelier Archmixing, Shanghai-based architectural firm, involved in a façade renovation project for No. 8 Building. Located in Xuhui District, Shanghai, the 230 m square building has a new and unique façade that appears different depending on the time of day. Meanwhile, the firm started the renovation project in 2012 and finished it in 2014.

The Facade Project

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No. 8 Building is located in a downtown commercial center, at the corner of two leafy historical roads. It houses old villa, office, and future boutique shop.

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With the façade renovation, the building is now clad in two different textures; traditional gray bricks and luminous bricks.

The Luminous Bricks

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Both the traditional gray bricks and luminous ones share the same quiet appearance during the day.

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However, when the sun goes down, the luminous bricks appear shining, displaying a dramatic experience altogether.

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No wonder that pedestrians are deeply attracted to the façade.

The Tectonic Details

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The current building façade brings out the tectonic details that carefully designed to establish a coherent face with different expression depending on the time.

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The firm admitted that the change of tectonics and materials were necessary to achieve different appearance for this historical and commercial building.

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