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Together, form and surface influence the way that people perceive buildings, but few projects challenge the eyes as much as Productive Ambiguities does, to the point of extraordinary distortion. Designers Koho Lin and Joseph Ramiro rendered their SCI-Arc structure in in two significant stages, the first flat and the second full.

Inspired by the art of tattooing, elaborate graphic designs were drawn up in two dimensions and then applied to the abstract three dimensional form of the civic building. The dynamism and the detail of the visual motifs would have been enough to boggle the observer, but greater depth went into the envelope than that. Shading through value and contrast alter the look of the structure's skin to give the impression that Productive Ambiguities has a much more billowing body than it actually has.