Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Brandhorst Museum in Munich, Germany (Hunter Douglas facade)

The museum's most striking feature is its facade, composed of 36,000 TERRART®-Baguette ceramic rods in an assortment of 23 custom colors.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the technical design of NBK's system is also dynamic, and uses the principles of a rainscreen, ventilated facade. Instead of being engineered as a relatively impervious layer, caulked and sealed against the weather, the facade features open vertical joints that allow free flow of air. The facade's ability to balance air pressure, along with a support system that drains rainwater away from cavities behind, discourages water from entering wall cavities.

In a recent architectural review, Jonathan Glancey of
The Guardian had architect Matthias Sauerbruch describe his inspiration for the building: "'What we've tried to create,' says Sauerbruch, 'is a jewellery box that, hopefully, catches your eye and makes you want to see what's inside. And when you get inside, the jewellery is the art - and not the architecture.'" Glancey's own assessment is even more generous: "Sauerbruch is being too modest," he says. "The Brandhorst Museum is a jewel of a building, one that will greatly bolster Munich's growing cultural significance."

could something similar be done at lower cost with plastic tubes/cylinders?

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