Ugly Buildings Getting Hi-Tech 'Re-Skin'

Ugly Buildings Getting Hi-Tech 'Re-Skin'

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Taryn Williford
Feb 10, 2010

Fake it 'til you make it, right? When you've got a tangle of cords, you tuck them away into a cable box. When your home office is a mess, you shut the door for company. So when Sydney's got an ugly spot in their skyline, they cover it up with a hi-tech 're-skin.'

Voted Sydney's ugliest building by The Sydney Morning Herald readers in 2006, the University of Technology (UTS) Broadway Tower might be in for a hi-tech and sustainable face lift.

'Tower Skin' is an easy-to-construct "mesh textile" cocoon that literally stretches to cover the existing building from the ground up, leaving the iconic-but-obsolete original tower (which was considered "cutting edge" in the 1960s) untouched.

Besides making the UTS tower less of an eyesore, it will make it tons more 'green' by collecting solar energy and allowing more light into the interior of the building. At night, Tower skin lights up and even becomes an "intelligent media surface," communicating info about campus events in real-time.

The director of Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA), the team that developed the skin, said this:

"The reskinning technology could be easily applied to other buildings in need of a facelift such as the post-industrial abandoned buildings across Hong Kong and elsewhere. We can quickly and cheaply enhance their performance and aesthetics through this minimal intervention."

Via DVice

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