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Spiralling Stainless-Steel Cultural Center

Clouds AO Designs the New 010 Building in Fukuoka

— March 7, 2023 — Art & Design
New York-based design studio Clouds AO was tapped to design the 010 Building located in Fukuoka, Japan with the help of both NKS2 Architects and Yakumi Nakahara Architects. The team creates a spiraling facade using stainless steel materials that panel along the cultural building. It overlooks the Naka River and has spaces that function as a bar, restaurant, and theater.

The studio explains that "The whirling curtains open up in all directions, inviting people from multiple approaches. The building does not have a traditional facade, there are no preferred sides, and its sculpted form faces in all directions equally. The satin metal curtains reflect the constantly changing liquid aura of the weather and open sky by day and shimmering city lights and neon by night."

Image Credit: Clouds AO
Trend Themes
1. Stainless-steel Architecture - Incorporating stainless steel materials into building design creates new opportunities for sleek and modern structures.
2. Non-traditional Facades - Creating buildings with façades that do not conform to traditional standards allows for unique and creative designs.
3. Multi-functional Structures - Designing buildings with spaces that have multiple functions provides versatility and enhances the user experience.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects and designers can take inspiration from the spiral stainless steel façade to create new and innovative structures.
2. Hospitality - Hotels, restaurants and bars can incorporate non-traditional facades and multi-functional spaces to create unique and memorable experiences for guests.
3. Entertainment - Theaters, concert halls and other entertainment venues can benefit from incorporating stunning and intricate façades that enhance the overall atmosphere of the space.
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