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The Cluj-Napoca Art Center Breaks Down the Architectural Norm

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: Jun 29, 2011 • References: suckerpunchdaily
A full facade of curtainwall windows was impressive back in the 1930s, but a team of two architecture students have come up with the Cluj-Napoca Art Center in Romania and a new style of cladding for commercial buildings.

The glass box has reigned for decades, and Horea Racasan and Andrei Vlas offer up a more liberal treatment of geometry. Seemingly opposed to the idea of right angles and rational corners, the pair have created glossy elevations that appear much like haphazardly cut diamonds.

Contemporary clarity is achieved through this creative approach to catching light, for reflection is this structure's specialty. Complementing the old brick mosque beneath colossal floating gems, the pixelated Cluj-Napoca Art Center deconstructs its own futuristic form with shattering frames that break up each mirrored face.