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One trend that has marked the decade is using materials in new and unexpected ways. This facade is made from polypropylene panels that are usually used inside of trucks to keep things cool. "Up close, this skin...evidences a texture that arises from screen printing the panels with black ink. It is one of the most tactically inviting facades in this book," Hill writes.
Design by Adjaye Associates with David Hotson Architect, 2005
In this block full of traditional buildings, this one certainly stands out. "The perforated metal rain screen of the facade incorporates random openings about the size and scale of a standard brick, giving the new townhouse a relationship to its neighbors even though it appears at odds with them," Hill writes.
Here's a closer look at the pattern. Hill explains that "the zigzag pattern in the perforations follows a staircase all the way up the front of the building."
Design by Peter Gluck and Partners, 2009
On a much larger scale, this is the largest affordable housing project in the history of New York City. The pieces of the project were prefabricated in the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard foundry. The facades are comprised of inexpensive fiber cement cladding. "Using the cladding in bright colors gives individuality to the cookie-cutter units," Hill explains.
Design by Alexander Gorlin Architect, 2008
This has been just a small taste of what Hill's new guide has to offer, focusing on the residential. The full guide also includes much-anticipated projects in the works for the next decade.
Book info: Learn more about the book and order from the publisher here
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