Urbana Studio's Rob Ley has designed an interactive facade made from 7,000 metal panels at the Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.
The facade, which is attached to the hospital's parking structure, aims to draw attention to an infrastructural form that is often overlooked and under-appreciated. The artistic facade transforms an otherwise nondescript complex into an appealing synthetic topography.
By orienting the angled metal panels according to an accompanying color scheme from east to west, the architect ensured that visitors are greeted with a dynamic visual experience that changes according to their vantage point. Guests driving through the hospital grounds will experience a gradual shift in color and transparency, while those driving along the bordering highway will see a faster, more dramatic change corresponding to their speed.