An iridescent interior courtyard: La Defense Offices designed by UNStudio

La Defense Offices designed by UNStudio

La Defense Offices designed by UNStudio

La Defense Offices designed by UNStudio

I’ve seen pictures of UNStudio‘s La Defense Office in Almere for almost a decade. Images of the building are often dominated by the polychromatic curtain walls that shape the project. So it wasn’t until after I had seen images of the project for years that I realized that the entire project wasn’t clad in this iridescent film. In fact, only the facades that face the interior courtyard are exuberantly colorful. The rest of the building’s mass is dressed in a rather plain gray.  According to UNStudio’s website: “The exterior façade reflects the larger urban condition, while the interior façades of the courtyards have been designed with the office tenants in mind.” Here’s a video of the project that highlights the contrast between the project’s two faces:

Alex Dent

September 13, 2012 / By

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