Do you feel blue at the start of the week? Well, in that case, I have a building to show you, that will match your mood, indigo. Happy Monday!
Built in 2004 and designed by Herzog & de Meuron, this indigo monster of a building (I say this lovingly) is quite something! Like a huge wedge of blue cheese it seems to hover above the ground, for a lot of the space underneath is openly accessible.
Painted all over in a deep indigo, its skin is rough and very textured, and every now and then, panels of mirrored glass (the windows) have been added to reflect its surroundings.
It reminds me of the buildings in the Flintstones, although this one (or I should say, these ones, for apart from the main blue building, there are two smaller ones alongside it) are sharper and more angular in style.
The lower portion of the building, is finished either in a greenish glass or with shiny, perforated metal panes, which are in stark contrast to the indigo cottage cheese texture of the building, and also serve to reflect its surroundings.
The metal panes (I love them!) have also been added to the ‘ceiling’ of this open space, or if you will, to the bottom side of the Edifici Fòrum, which these days houses a museum.
Personally, the part I like best of the Edifici Fòrum, is the underbelly of the building. The perforated metal panels create a play of shadows and light, as well as colour and texture.
By exploring the underbelly of the building, one also discovers several light shafts, most of which are finished in the same indigo cottage cheese skin as the façade of the Edifici Fòrum, but some, like the one below, are cladded with the same panels that were used for the underbelly and many of the walls on the lower level.
Spectacular! I’d love this on one of the walls in the Cute Suite – it would be so funky! Hmmm, what do you think? lounge, or bathroom? Click on this link, check out the photos (or come visit) and help me decide…
Have a great week!