All photos by Jed Warsager
This video shows the garage at night with the LED animation. Click on video to play.
Graphic Tension Façade System
The City of Boston and developer Commonwealth Ventures had a desire to create a building façade that would beautify the neighborhood. To achieve their goals they retained Spalding Tougias Architects in conjunction with local artist Joanne Kaliontzis.
Spalding Tougias Architects’ design balances the functional needs of a parking structure with an artistic expression via a dynamic façade system. It was realized by using Bunting Architectural Metals' Tension Façade System. The resulting product creates maximum free air flow while reducing the carrying weight on the precast concrete.
Suffolk Construction contracted with Bunting using a Design Assist project delivery method. Bunting focused on the engineering, fabrication , and installation of the system. The artwork provided by the design team was then translated by Bunting using its ImagePerf™ technology. The result created one of the largest public art displays in Massachusetts.
Perforated aluminum panels were imaged and tensioned in place, triangulating off the building to create a unique 3-D effect. An RGB LED lighting system was applied to the metal panels to create a vibrant color changing display at night.
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