Aluminium facade, timber aesthetic, maintenance-free
Circa Gallery, an elliptical three-storey building located next to a filling station in a busy Johannesburg intersection, has become the city’s latest architectural landmark.
The sculptural profile of Circa Gallery was achieved by the use of multiple vertical fins surrounding the facade, a design element that serves to partition inside and outside spaces while allowing both gallery visitors and pedestrians glimpses of the other’s activity.
Inspired by the thorn-trunk fences around Zulu kraals (cattle enclosures within a village) and the “vertical elegance of reeds and grasses,” the architects encased the building with anodized aluminium battens that simulate the organic warmth of their inspirations.
Read more about how the aluminium fins of Circa Gallery evoke timber-like attributes but have inherent advantages over timber battens.
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